Arsenal to confirm £16m Chambers signing

By David Ornstein & Nabil Hassan BBC Sport Arsenal are expected to confirm the signing of Southampton defender Calum Chambers for a fee of about £16m on Monday.

The England Under-19 international will join the Gunners’ Austria training camp after he underwent a medical on Friday.

Chambers, 19, has made 25 senior appearances for the Saints and Arsenal see him as an option at right-back, centre-back or in a more advanced role.

Arsenal have also enquired about Saints midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, 24.

In a BBC Sport feature on England’s possible team for the 2018 World Cup, four of five national journalists questioned picked Chambers in defence.

Chambers would become Arsenal’s fourth summer signing following the arrivals of Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez, Newcastle right-back Mathieu Debuchy and Nice goalkeeper David Ospina.

Manager Arsene Wenger is still in the market for a holding midfielder and another defender – if captain Thomas Vermaelen leaves the club.

Chambers would be the latest player to leave St Mary’s this summer following the departures of Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana to Liverpool and Luke Shaw to Manchester United.

Calum Chambers could become the third youth team product to leave Southampton for Arsenal in recent years.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain followed Walcott to Arsenal in 2011 for £15m. The midfielder has scored five Premier League goals for Arsenal.

Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Chambers have made 79 league appearances for Saints between them.

Defender Dejan Lovren is also set to undergo a medical with Liverpool after the clubs reached agreement on a £20m move.

And Tottenham have made an enquiry for Saints striker Jay Rodriguez.

Any confirmed Chambers deal is likely to see right-back Carl Jenkinson, 22, leave Arsenal on loan to gain regular first-team football.

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Rangers’ board in Ibrox pledge

Rangers’ board say they will not enter into a sale and leaseback agreement over Ibrox.

Fans recently marched to the club’s ground to demand assurances that the stadium would not be used as security against future borrowings.

Concerns over Rangers’ current financial position prompted the march.

“The board is committed to protecting the assets of the club for the benefit of all Rangers fans,” read a statement on the club’s website. 

Rangers added: “The board is happy to reaffirm its position, which has never been a matter of debate, by confirming once again that it will not enter into any form of sale, securitisation or leaseback of Ibrox Stadium.”

The march was organised by fans’ group Sons of Struth, who have arranged various protests against the board.

The Championship club have admitted they will need to raise money to cover running costs over the next 12 months, and have said they will hold a share issue to raise funds.

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QPR recall Brazil keeper Cesar

QPR have recalled Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar from his loan spell at Major League Soccer side Toronto FC.

The 34-year-old joined the Canadian club in February after just one appearance for QPR in the Championship.

Cesar played in all of Brazil’s games at the World Cup and was the hero in the penalty shootout win over Chile.

In a statement, Toronto said: “We’d like to thank Julio for everything he brought to our club. He made an immediate impact.”

Cesar joined QPR from Italian side Inter Milan on a four-year deal in August 2012.

Former England goalkeeper Robert Green established himself as first choice during Rangers’ promotion back to the Premier League and signed a two-year contract extension with the club in July.

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Sigurdsson scores twice in Swansea win

Gylfi Sigurdsson scored twice on his return as Swansea City eased to their first pre-season victory with a comfortable 4-0 win away at Plymouth Argyle.

Rory Donnelly put the Swans ahead following a mistake by Argyle goalkeeper Luke McCormick.

Jordi Amat doubled the Premier League side’s lead following a goal mouth scramble.

Substitute Sigurdsson’s low shot and late free-kick sealed the win.

The Icelandic midfielder was making his first appearance for the Welsh club, since moving to the Liberty Stadium from Tottenham, in exchange for Wales full-back Ben Davies.

Swansea were playing their first game on British soil this summer after returning from their US pre-season training camp .

In the States they drew 1-1 against Mexican side Chivas Guadalajara and lost 2-0 to American second tier side, Minnesota United.

Midfielder Leon Britton and forward Marvin Emnes were missing for the trip to Home Park.

Before kick-off the Swans revealed that the pair have knee injuries and may miss their Premier League opener, away to Manchester United on 16 August.

Spanish defender Chico Flores is also to be assessed after going off in the first half with a shoulder injury.

By that point the Swans were already in front taking the lead after just eight minutes.

Pilgrims keeper McCormick spilled the ball on the edge of the area, allowing Donnelly an easy tap in.

Ki Sung-yeung, who was on loan at Sunderland last season, was prominent in midfield, alongside the powerful Jonjo Shelvey.

Despite dominating possession Plymouth nearly drew level, but Carl McHugh’s close range header was saved by Lukasz Fabianski.

After the break Amat fired high into the net from a corner to make it 2-0 on 69 minutes, before Sigurdsson slotted home from just inside the area, three minutes later.

The 24-year-old, who was previously on loan with the Swans in 2011-12, made it 4-0, dispatching a free-kick from 25 yards out, into the top corner.

Swansea’s next pre-season friendly is away to Exeter City on 29 July.

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Shaw deal too expensive – Mourinho

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho claims he pulled out of a bid to sign left-back Luke Shaw this summer because his wage demands would have “killed” the club.

Shaw became the fourth-most expensive defender in history when Manchester United signed him earlier this month from Southampton for £27m.

Mourinho says Shaw’s reported wages of around £100,000 a week were too large.

“If we pay to a 19-year-old boy what we were being asked for, to sign Luke Shaw, we are dead,” said Mourinho.

“We would have killed our stability with financial fair play and killed the stability in our dressing room, because when you pay that much to a 19-year-old kid – a good player, fantastic player – but when you pay that amount of money, the next day, we would have had players knocking on our door.

“They would have been saying, ‘How is it possible I play 200 games for this club, won this and that, yet a 19-year-old comes here and gets more money than I get?”‘

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Shaw, a Chelsea fan as a youngster, made his Premier League debut in November 2012 and earned his first England cap in the friendly against Denmark in February.

The left-back has agreed a four-year contract with United, with an option to extend for a further year. The fee could rise to £31m, depending on his performance.

He became the youngest player to feature at the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil when he played the entire 90 minutes of England’s 0-0 draw with Costa Rica.

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Chelsea move level with Birmingham

By Catherine Etoe Women’s football reporter Chelsea moved level on points with Women’s Super League leaders Birmingham with a 2-1 win against Bristol Academy.

Manchester City beat champions Liverpool 1-0 with a deflected shot from striker Krystle Johnston.

Arsenal were pegged back against Notts County when debutant Fiona O’Sullivan scored late on to secure a 1-1 draw.

The game between Birmingham and Everton was postponed due to player call-ups to the England squad for the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

TV: Eight editions of the Women’s Football Show, plus England’s World Cup qualifiers and the FA Cup final live

Radio: Sixteen games broadcast live on BBC Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra

Online: Twice-weekly WSL goals round-up, news and match reports, plus England qualifiers and FA Cup streamed live

High-flying Chelsea made it three 2-1 victories on the trot in the league after beating Bristol Academy at Staines Town.

Chelsea, chasing a fourth straight home victory, scored within 13 minutes as Japanese striker Yuki Ogimi netted with a back-post header from Ana Borges’ cross.

Bristol keeper Mary Earps kept the Vixens in the match, denying decent efforts from Rachel Williams and the lively Eni Aluko

Chelsea had to keep on their toes at the back with Natasha Harding coming close on the counter-attack, but the England forward Aluko, 27, put the home side 2-0 up eight minutes after the restart when she fired across Earps into the corner.

The visitors, without suspended defender Jemma Rose and injured striker Laura del Rio, cut the deficit when Nicola Watts calmly lobbed keeper Marie Hourihan to make it 2-1.

But Chelsea saw the match out to keep in touch with leaders Birmingham City, who have a game in hand, while Bristol drop two places to seventh.

Manchester City drew level on points with champions Liverpool after taking a first-half lead which they refused to relinquish.

City were 1-0 up after just 17 minutes at Manchester Regional Arena when striker Krystle Johnston’s shot took a deflection and flew into the net.

Liverpool winger Gemma Davison led the Reds’ chase for an equaliser, driving at the City defence, but Johnston came closest to scoring again. The 30-year-old forward tried a cute long-range lob but keeper Libby Stout got her fingertips to the effort.

City midfielder Jill Scott set up Toni Duggan for a good chance at the re-start but the England striker shot over. The miss was almost punished by Liverpool midfielder Katrin Omarsdottir late on but her curled effort flew wide of the post.

A late goal from striker Fiona O’Sullivan saw Notts County take a precious point from their visit to Arsenal at Meadow Park.

The Gunners went into the break 1-0 up thanks to a penalty by defender Casey Stoney; the former England skipper scoring nine minutes in after Danielle Brogan had felled Danielle Carter in the box.

The Lady Pies upped the ante in the second period and O’Sullivan tested her Republic of Ireland colleague Emma Byrne with a decent header midway through the half.

Byrne could do nothing about O’Sullivan’s equaliser four minutes from time, though, the debutant latching on to Rachel Corsie’s knock-down to score.

The result sees Arsenal and Notts County move up a place in the standings to fifth and sixth respectively.

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Man Utd display not good – Van Gaal

By Simon Stone BBC Sport in Denver Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal described his team’s display as “not good” despite a 3-2 win over Roma in the United States.

Wayne Rooney struck twice and created a goal for Juan Mata as United hit three first-half goals in Denver.

But Van Gaal suggested his best passers were off-form – picking out Mata, Ander Herrera and Shinji Kagawa.

“I am pleased that we have won but it was not a good performance,” the Dutchman said.

“54,000 people came to watch us but we can perform much better.

“All my good passers failed today. I think it was because of the height and the air.

“Mata, Herrera and Kagawa – these are the best passers (at the club), and everything went wrong.”

Johnstone (Amos 46); Jones (M. Keane 46), Evans (Smalling 46), Blackett; Valencia (Young 46), Cleverley (Hernandez 70), Herrera (Kagawa 46), James (Shaw 46); Welbeck (W Keane 46), Mata (Lingard 46), Rooney (Nani 46). Subs not used: De Gea, Lindegaard, Fletcher, Zaha.

Rooney’s 36th-minute opener from 20 yards sparked a three-goal flurry at the end of the first half.

Mata lobbed home after a raking pass from England striker Rooney, who then scored a stoppage-time penalty.

Miralem Pjanic netted an amazing 75th-minute strike from inside his own half for Roma, before Francesco Totti’s 89th-minute spot-kick.

“In the second half we forgot to keep the ball,” Van Gaal said. “When you are 3-0 ahead, the only thing you have to do is keep the ball in possession and the opponent has to run and run and run.

“We forgot to do that. We brought Roma back into the match.”

Rooney Rooney’s 36th-minute opener was United’s first of three goals in nine minutes

Victory was United’s second in succession under Van Gaal, following a 7-0 defeat of LA Galaxy.

Roma started the brighter, with Mattia Destro breaking clear in the second minute and lifting a shot over Sam Johnstone – but the ball bounced narrowly over the crossbar.

Mostly, though, it was a series of misplaced passes, poor control and general lethargy in the 30 degree heat.

Rooney lifted the torpor, curling home in exactly the same manner as he had been practising  at the other end of the pitch in Friday’s training session.

He then created United’s second with an arrowed pass from inside his own half. Mata’s one-touch control was instant and his delicate finish perfect

United were on a roll and when Danny Welbeck was prevented from reaching Herrera’s return pass by Mehdi Benatia, Rooney’s powerful penalty sent Lukasz Skorupski the wrong way from the spot.

As promised, Van Gaal made nine changes at the break.

Mata Juan Mata set up Rooney and then combined with the England striker to score United’s second

His preferred system of three central defenders meant an unaccustomed right wing-back role for substitute Ashley Young – and he was soon booked for sliding into Leandro Castan.

In a game of excellent goals, Pjanic scored the most spectacular, lobbing Ben Amos from 60 yards.

Totti then converted a penalty following Michael Keane’s handball a minute from time, but United held on and face Inter Milan next in Washington on 29 July.

Man United United held on to win 3-2 despite a late Roma comeback

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