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Mike Summerbee, who was part of the successful Manchester City side of the late 1960s and early 1970s, has been impressed with defender John Stones' start to life at the club this season, stating he represents the future of defending.

The 22-year-old was roped in from Everton in a massive deal over the course of the summer but has fitted right into Pep Guardiola's starting XI, making a total of 19 appearances in all competitions.

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Argentina's superstar footballer Lionel Messi's father is negotiating his son's transfer from Spanish champions FC Barcelona to French side Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), according to media reports.

Jorge Messi is maintaining a dialogue with Paris Saint-Germain Director of football and former Barcelona player Patrick Kluivert regarding a possible move of his son, French media RTL reported on Tuesday citing sources.

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Palmeiras clinched a record ninth Brazilian Serie A football title and their first since 1994 when they defeated Chapecoense 1-0. Defender Fabiano struck in the 26th minute at Allianz Parque stadium on Sunday to secure the title for the Sao Paolo club with one match still remaining.

Jubilant Palmeiras coach Alexi Stival paid tribute to his players and refused to be drawn on his future amid speculations he will leave the club.

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Former Manchester City and Brazil international midfielder Elano has announced his retirement from football. The 35-year-old has played sparingly for Brazilian club Santos this season as coach Dorival Junior favours younger players.

In a statement on their official website, Santos said Elano would assume an assistant coaching role at the club next season.

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FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid clinched top spots in their Champions League groups, consigning Bayern Munich and Manchester City to the second knockout stage berths from Groups D and C, respectively.

Atletico, playing in front of their own fans at the Vicente Calderon stadium, beat PSV Eindhoven 2-0 here on Wednesday to preserve their perfect record in the 2016-17 Champions group stage.

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Highly rated Brazilian defender Marcelo Hermes is set to join Portuguese football club Benfica in Europe's January transfer window, according to media reports. The 21-year-old left-back has impressed Benfica talent scouts with his form for Gremio in Brazil's Serie A this year.

According to the Uol news portal on Monday, Benfica see Hermes as an ideal replacement for Spaniard Alex Grimaldo who is reportedly being targeted by Manchester City.

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English Premier League side Manchester City is reportedly preparing a staggering offer worth £200 million ($247 million) to sign FC Barcelona star forward Lionel Messi next summer, according to English media reports.

The London-based tabloid Sunday Mirror on Sunday reported that the Mancunian club is prepared to pay Messi a basic wage of £500,000 ($617,700) per week.

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