Spain international Cesc Fabregas looks set to stay at Arsenal for at least one more season after new Barcelona president Sandro Rosell admitted no talks between the two sides over a deal for the Gunners captain were currently taking place.
Barca had a reported Euros 29million bid for Fabregas turned down by the Gunners earlier this summer.
The midfielder, who left the Camp Nou for north London when he was only 16, struggled to oust Xavi and Andres Iniesta from the Spain side at this summer’s World Cup finals.
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Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon’s terrible run of injuries has continued after the club confirmed the Scotland international had fractured a bone in his arm after falling awkwardly in training.
The former Hearts shot-stopper had to have a minor operation on Thursday and will miss the start of the season.
Gordon spent several months on the sidelines last season although he did manage to make 31 appearances for Steve Bruce’s side.
Rangers have allowed Scotland international Kevin Thomson to join Middlesbrough, with the 25-year-old midfielder penning a four-year contract at Gordon Strachan’s side.
Thomson was entering the final 12 months of his Ibrox deal and leaves the club after scoring three times in 108 appearances.
Liverpool have been drawn against either FC Rabotnicki or Mika in the third qualifying round of the Europa League.
Last season’s beaten semi-finalists are overwhelming online favourites to win the tie even though the first leg of the clash takes place more than three weeks before the start of the Premier League season.
Meanwhile, Celtic have been handed a very difficult tie against Braga in the third qualifying round of the Champions League as they attempt to reach the lucrative group stages of the competition.
The Bhoys, now under the stewardship of Neil Lennon, finished second in the SPL last term, but face a Braga side that led the Portuguese League for long spells in 2009-10 before eventually losing out to Benfica in the title race.
In rugby league, Bradford Bulls have confirmed that St Helens coach Mick Potter will take up the managerial reins at the end of this season.
The Australian, who was expected to leave the Saints so that he could return to his homeland, has penned a three-year deal with the Odsal-based club and will fill the position vacated by Steve McNamara.
McNamara left to take on the England coaching job on a full-time basis while his former number two Lee St Hilaire will guide the Bulls for the remainder of the campaign.