City go seven games in a row with a win against Brighton
Manchester City beat Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 at home to move a point behind second-placed Liverpool with a game less.
Kevin De Bruyne had chances to score in the first half but was denied by Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez, before Phil Foden netted the game’s only goal in the 44th minute.
Raheem Sterling had the chance to add a second in added time in the second half but kicked a penalty well over the bar.
Leeds game against Southampton postponed
As Dan Sheldon and Phil Hay revealed earlier today, Leeds’ game against Southampton – originally scheduled for next Wednesday – has been moved so Southampton can play their postponed FA Cup third round tie against Shrewsbury.
This match has been canceled due to an outbreak of COVID-19 at the League One club, and Athleticism understands that it will now take place next Tuesday.
It is also understood that Southampton’s game against Leeds could be postponed to March.
Eze to be fined but not dropped by Palace over COVID-19 breach
Crystal Palace midfielder Eberechi Eze will not be let down after breaching COVID-19 regulations by attending QPR’s FA Cup match against Fulham at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
Eze was spotted without a mask on his return to his former club, but Palace manager Roy Hodgson says the 22-year-old will only be fined for his actions.
There had been suggestions that the trip was sanctioned by the FA, but Athleticism realizes that is not the case and the FA is investigating the matter.
Women’s FA Cup remains suspended
The Women’s FA Cup will remain suspended during the third national lockdown, after the FA postponed second and third round matches last month.
Clubs at these levels are not classified as ‘elite’ and are therefore unable to train or play matches during lockdown.
The FA said it was “not in a position where the second and third rounds can be played”, so the competition will remain on hiatus.
United’s Timothy Fosu-Mensah joins Bayer Leverkusen
Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah has completed a €2m (£1.8m) move to Bayer Leverkusen.
The Dutch international – whose contract with United was due to expire in June – has signed a three-year contract with Leverkusen, who are currently third in the Bundesliga.
Fosu-Mensah has made just one Premier League appearance for the club this season – starting in the shock 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace in September.
Slimani’s transfer to Lyon paves the way for Dembele’s move to Atletico
Leicester City striker Islam Slimani has signed for Lyon on a free 18-month deal, a move that sees former Celtic and Fulham man Moussa Dembele join Atletico Madrid on loan until the end of the season. end of the season with an option to buy.
Atletico were keen to sign a striker after Diego Costa was released from his contract earlier this month, and will pay a €1.5m (£1.3m) loan fee for Dembele with a €33.5m (£29.9m) purchase option.
For the latest reports on the big transfer stories from the window, go further below with Athleticism Forward column News Explained.
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