WSL to be played in winter months from 2017, Pelle exits Saints for £12m move to China and Everton or Arsenal? Justin Bieber can’t decide who to support…


1. Gary Neville has taken to social media to tout a possible Manchester United debut for Zlatan Ibrahimović in a pre-season trip to Salford City, the club part-owned by Neville and his former ‘Class of 92’ team mates including brother Phil.

2. Starting in the 2017/18 season, the Women’s Super League is to be played during the winter months in an unprecedented move by the Football Association. It is hoped that the rescheduling will enhance England’s chances of winning the 2023 World Cup.

3. 26-year-old France international Moussa Sissoko has been quoted as saying he hopes to leave St James’ Park ‘as early as possible’, despite Newcastle holding out for £35m for the midfielder.

4. Rangers FC have announced manager Mark Warburton has signed a contract extension which will see the former Brentford boss stay with the newly promoted Glasgow giants until 2019.

5. Graziano Pellè has left Southampton to join Chinese club Shandong Luneng for £12m and will become the fifth highest paid player in the world with his £260,000 equalling the wage paid to Zlatan by Manchester United.

6. The shirt worn by Sir Geoff Hurst in England’s historic 1966 World Cup final win over West Germany has gone unsold at an auction (BBC).

7. Prompted by news that former Arsenal keeper Alex Maninger may be about to sign for Liverpool, a website has assembled a list of players who are still plying their trade years after their Premier League heyday (WhoAteAllThePies).

8. Not content with winning Euro 2016, Portugal players Nani, Cristiano Ronaldo and Renato Sanches seem to be auditioning for the X-Factor during their national team’s open-top bus celebrations (BleacherReport).

9. Be afraid Gunners fans, be very afraid. Canadian warbler Justin Bieber is trying to pass himself off as one of your own by posing in an Arsenal shirt, but he’s also worn an Everton ‘jersey’ to so he probably had no idea what was going on (DailyStar).

10. And finally…It’s safe to say Nike haven’t aimed their latest boots at Sunday League clogging centre-halves. You couldn’t get away with wearing these on Hackney Marshes (Mirror).

By Chris Horricks (@chrishorricks31).

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