Friday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending ...
Mesut Ozil remains open to staying at Arsenal but is keeping all options on the table as the club have yet to re-open contract talks with the playmaker, a source told ESPN FC.
- Arsene Wenger has said the club could cash in on Alexis Sanchez and Ozil in January.
- Shkodran Mustafi has been ruled out until the next international break, while Laurent Koscielny faces a late fitness test ahead of Saturday's game at Watford.
MAN UNITED: Jose Mourinho insists there is nothing Liverpool fans can do to make Anfield intimidating for his Manchester United players this weekend.
- Jurgen Klopp had once hoped of becoming Manchester United manager, his former boss Eckhard Krautzun has said.
- Midfielder Paul Pogba is back in light training a month after being sidelined with a hamstring injury.
- Kenny Dalglish insists there was never any bad blood between him and Sir Alex Ferguson as the former Manchester United manager will attend a ceremony honouring the Liverpool legend on Friday.
MONACO: Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev says that there is a "fair chance" of Thomas Lemar leaving next summer amid interest from the Premier League.
BARCELONA: On the back of dragging Argentina to a World Cup, the one and only Lionel Messi has been furnished with a brand new pair of custom football boots with which to continue weaving his magic.
- Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has said he expects Barcelona's visit on Saturday to be "a football game, not a political demonstration."
- Barcelona have said they are in a position to pursue their interest in Philippe Coutinho in January after having bids for the Liverpool playmaker rejected in the summer.
PREMIER LEAGUE: Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been named the Premier League's Player of the Month for September.
- Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has been named Premier League Manager of the Month for September after winning four games in a row.
- The average ticket price across the Premier League this season is £32 and more than half of all fans are paying less than £30 per match, according to the league's second annual pricing survey.
MAN CITY: Sergio Aguero has said he would "love" Lionel Messi to join him at Manchester City but acknowledged that it would be difficult for his compatriot to leave Barcelona.
- Former Blackburn winger Jason Wilcox has been appointed as Manchester City's academy director.
BAYERN MUNICH: Jupp Heynckes regrets Netherlands' failure to qualify for the World Cup, and said that Arjen Robben is on a par with Dutch greats such as Johan Cruyff, Ruud Gullit, Marco van Basten and Frank Rijkaard.
Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann says he has not been approached by Bayern Munich to take charge of the German champions next season.
- Bayern Munich goalkeeper Sven Ulreich has told ESPN FC he has to fill the boots of "the world's best" as he stands in for the injured Manuel Neuer.
REAL MADRID: Getafe coach Pepe Bordalas has dismissed any notion that Cristiano Ronaldo is going through a "mini crisis" ahead of his side's meeting with Real Madrid on Saturday.
- Juve are to feature in a four-part documentary produced by Netflix next year after the U.S. entertainment company was granted behind-the-scenes access to the Serie A champions.
TOTTENHAM: Tottenham Hotspur could break the 10-year-old Premier League attendance record when they host Bournemouth at Wembley on Saturday.
NEWCASTLE: Newcastle United have made midfielder Mikel Merino's loan move into a full-time transfer from Borussia Dortmund, signing the Spain under-21 international on a five-year contract.
BUNDESLIGA: Borussia Dortmund supporters are set to continue their protests against RB Leipzig when the clubs meet at the Westfalenstadion on Saturday.
UNITED STATES: Former U.S. national team striker Landon Donovan had a harsh assessment of the team that failed to reach the 2018 World Cup, saying the Americans didn't deserve a spot in Russia after its calamitous qualifying campaign ended in a 2-1 defeat to Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday night.
- Former CONCACAF president Jack Warner has called Trinidad and Tobago's historic defeat of the United States in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday the happiest day of his life, while adding that "nobody in CONCACAF likes the U.S."
- United States Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati has called the U.S.'s failure to qualify for the World Cup "a huge disappointment," and said the team's poor CONCACAF campaign this cycle was "not good enough."
MLS: Former Brazil international Kaka will not renew his contract with Orlando City at the end of the year, putting an end to his three-season spell at the club.
- WATCH: The best of Kaka.
SERIE A: Serie A has made a switch and assigned its international TV rights predominantly to IMG for €371 million per season -- nearly double the value of the previous deal.