Friday Kickoff: Messi, Chelsea, Benzema and more


One of the game’s best is set for his return, while one of the world’s biggest clubs announced a major sponsorship deal.

Lionel Messi is set to return to the Barcelona lineup this weekend against Deportivo La Coruna, marking his first appearance since suffering a groin strain on Sept. 21. (REPORT)

Chelsea has signed a new kit deal with Nike that will see the club earn £60 million per season for the next 15 years. (REPORT)

Karim Benzema is reportedly set to find out on Friday whether is ongoing extortion case involving teammate Mattieu Valbuena is set to be dismissed. (REPORT)

Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey will be out for several more weeks due to injury. (REPORT)

Real Madrid midfielder Isco will not leave the club before this summer, according to his father. (REPORT)

Despite interest from Chelsea, Atletico Madrid winger Yannick Carrasco insists he’s happy with the Spanish club. (REPORT)

Javier Mascherano is set to sign a new deal with Barcelona on Monday. (REPORT)

Mousa Dembele is a doubt for Tottenham’s upcoming match against West Brom due to a foot injury. (REPORT)


UCLA star Jackson Yueill is eyeing options both at home and abroad as he prepares for a pro move. (READ)

The Colorado Rapids slipped past the San Jose Earthquakes to move atop the Supporters’ Shield standings. (READ)

Adam Jahn scored a brace, but it wasn’t enough to save the Columbus Crew’s playoff hopes in a draw with the Chicago Fire. (READ)

D.C. United could face delays over a disagreement regarding the design of the new stadium. (READ)

Bob Bradley expects a confident Swansea City team in his debut match against Arsenal. (READ)

CONMEBOL is reportedly interested in hosting the Copa Libertadores final in Miami. (READ)

Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger said that Bob Bradley is “equipped” to manage in the Premier League. (READ)


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