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Wednesday's Newspapers:
14th April 2021



daily mail
Bayern Munich are confident they will land Erling Haaland next summer if he spends one more season at Borussia Dortmund.
Mike Ashley is closing the Newcastle United retail store and has made all of his staff redundant, informing them that the club's proposed new owners do not wish to keep them.
West Brom's bid to switch their game against Aston Villa was blocked by the Premier League because of their commitment to televise every match this season.
Premier League clubs are considering a boycott of social media next weekend.


daily mirror
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is being eyed by Tottenham amid uncertainty surrounding the future of Jose Mourinho.
William Saliba has been handed an encouraging boost over his Arsenal future by manager Mikel Arteta.


daily telegraph
Gini Wijnaldum has given Liverpool hope of him staying at Anfield beyond the summer when his contract expires.
Wolves are interested in signing Iceland prodigy Isak Bergmann Johannesson from IFK Norrkoping but are worried about getting a post-Brexit work permit.
Manchester United have sent scouts to watch AFC Wimbledon goalkeeper Matthew Cox.
Crystal Palace are yet to decide on whether there will be a change in the dugout next season after their longest consecutive run in the Premier League, but one manager catching the eye is Valerien Ismael at Barnsley.
Everton midfielder Mo Besic is a target for Reading this summer when his contract runs out at Goodison Park.
The Carabao Cup final has been engulfed by accusations of discrimination and poor treatment of fans as plans for the return of crowds were condemned by supporters' groups.
A fan zone for up to 12,500 supporters to watch England's Euro 2021 matches on outdoor screens is being planned for Trafalgar Square.
James Maddison, Ayoze Perez and Hamza Choudhury will train with their Leicester team-mates on Wednesday for the first time since breaching Covid regulations.


the sun
Manchester United are back on the trail of Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.
Ashley Young is mulling over his future as he prepares to add a Serie A winner's medal to his collection with Inter Milan.
Jose Mourinho's row with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has killed off any lingering chances of Harry Kane moving to Manchester United this summer.
UEFA are set to partially scrap the away goals rule from next season. Under the new regulations poised to be agreed on Friday, away goals will only count extra up to the end of 90 minutes in the second leg.
Chelsea are reportedly willing to offer Hakim Ziyech to Sevilla in a player-plus-cash deal to bring Jules Kounde to Stamford Bridge.
Ex-Premier League referee Howard Webb has married his long-term girlfriend German VAR Bibiana Steinhaus.


the times
Everton have identified Norwich City's Max Aarons as an option at right-back and will look to haggle down his £30 million asking price.
Players from all English clubs could miss out on selection for the British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa because of the overlap between the Gallagher Premiership season and the Lions training camp.


the guardian
Team GB's athletes at the Olympic Games this summer will be powered by 45,000 teabags, more than 7,000 bags of crisps and nearly 8,000 porridge pots.


daily star
The representatives of Jesse Lingard have warned off on suggestions Manchester United may try and use the West Ham loanee as a makeweight in a deal to bring Declan Rice to Old Trafford.


daily record
Misfiring Celtic striker Patryk Klimala is on the verge of joining NY Red Bulls after the MLS outfit lodged a lucrative bid to the Hoops hierarchy for a permanent transfer for the £3.5million Polish frontman.
Scottish football chiefs are ready to demand crisis talks with the Scottish Government over fears season ticket sales will be crippled by coronavirus.
Ambitious Stephen Glass wants Bruce Anderson to sign a new contract and to fight for a place in his new-look Aberdeen frontline next season.
 

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Thursday's Newspapers:
15th April 2021


the sun
Declan Rice sounded out Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw on what it is like at Manchester United while away with England, according to reports.
PSG are preparing an audacious player-swap move in a bid to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, according to reports.
William Saliba will reportedly be considered for the Arsenal first team next season after impressing during his loan spell at Nice.
Lucas Torreira looks set to stay at Arsenal with a move to Boca Juniors looking 'unlikely', according to reports in South America.
Yangel Herrera says it is his dream to play under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
Red Star Belgrade have been punished for racist abuse aimed at Zlatan Ibrahimovic earlier this year.


daily mail
Mohamed Salah is reportedly concerned Liverpool may consider cashing in on him this summer after he flirted with a move away in recent months.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman urged Boris Johnson to intervene in the takeover of Newcastle by telling the Premier League to 'correct' its decision to block the deal.
Phil Foden was less than impressed following his heroics in Dortmund after a tweet was published on his official Twitter account without his approval.
Arsenal are unlikely to renew the contract of centre-back David Luiz this summer, according to reports.
Fulham have joined a number of teams interested in making a permanent move for Chelsea youngster Ike Ugbo.
The Lions and Premiership clubs remain at daggers drawn over player release for a pre-tour camp with a key meeting set for next week.


daily mirror
Luka Modric has encouraged Kylian Mbappe to join Real Madrid if the La Liga champions attempt a move for him in the summer transfer window.
Bernd Leno has opened the door to a departure from Arsenal, with contract talks yet to begin between the German and the Gunners.
Jesse Lingard is reportedly undecided on his Manchester United future, despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer launching a charm offensive.


daily express
Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is being linked with an incredible return to Manchester United this summer.
Arsenal star Folarin Balogun rejected approaches from 15 clubs as he signs a new contract at the Gunners.
Chelsea transfer guru Marina Granovskaia is ready to put a host of first-team players up for sale in order to fund a move for Erling Haaland, reports suggest.


the times
Everton have identified Norwich City's Max Aarons as an option at right-back and will look to haggle down his £30m asking price.
Wimbledon has revealed that a new 8,000-seat show court and 38 additional grass courts are part of plans for the largest expansion in its history.


scottish sun
Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon is at the centre of a police probe over claims he was involved in an alleged cross-border Covid-breach.
Callum Davidson would love to keep on-loan Rangers winger Glenn Middleton for next season.
Patryk Klimala has jetted out to New York to complete his Red Bulls move.


daily record
Morton are bracing themselves to be hammered by the SFA after breaching Covid rules to play in a bounce match for trialists.
Leo Hjelde's dad has revealed the Celtic defender is being tracked by a number of clubs but is targeting a first-team breakthrough next term.


daily star
Chelsea are apparently willing to go all-out in order to sign Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde, and will even offer them Hakim Ziyech in exchange.


the guardian
Lionel Messi has helped to obtain 50,000 Covid vaccines from China for an ambitious but controversial plan to inoculate all of South America's football players before this summer's Copa America tournament.
 

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Friday's Newspapers:
16th April 2021


daily telegraph
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has opened the door for Paris Saint-Germain to make a substantial bid for on-loan striker Moise Kean but the club have placed a £45m price tag on the Italy international.
Phil Foden has decided to part ways with the social media company that runs his Twitter account over a contentious message to Kylian Mbappe in the immediate aftermath of Manchester City's Champions League quarter-final triumph over Borussia Dortmund.
The £305m Saudi Arabia-backed bid to buy Newcastle United will be re-submitted if the club wins its arbitration case against the Premier League.


the sun
Manchester United are ready to step up their pursuit of Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic with the defender's transfer fee set at £38m this summer.
Barnsley have warned Crystal Palace off nicking boss Valerien Ismael this summer.
Harry Kane can be forgiven for considering his future at Tottenham with Manchester United claimed to be interested, according to Dimitar Berbatov.
Sead Kolasinac is willing to take a 50 per cent pay cut to make his loan move to Schalke permanent this summer, according to reports.


daily mail
The Premier League has shifted its calendar to allow each club to play in front of its own supporters - but no away fans will be admitted.
Europe's biggest clubs are expected to make a grab for greater control of the Champions League, when they hold crucial talks on Friday.
The attack on Real Madrid's team bus by Liverpool supporters only served to spur on the Spanish side, claims Federico Valverde.
Carlos Vinicius looks unlikely to return to Benfica next season, with a Premier League battle between Tottenham and Wolves brewing over his signature.
Lucas Torreira has continued to make his feelings clear to Arsenal that he is desperate to join Boca Juniors.
Footballers are paying as much as £4,000 a month to outsource their social media activity.
Watford are set to offer Ashley Young a shock return to the club - 14 years after he left Vicarage Road.
Mauricio Pochettino has promised Paris Saint-Germain fans he will 'fight' to keep hold of star man Kylian Mbappe amid strong interest from Real Madrid.


daily mirror
Netherlands boss Frank de Boer has told Virgil van Dijk to forget about playing in this summer's European Championships and instead focus on his Liverpool comeback.
Arsenal face losing Eddie Nketiah after convincing Folarin Balogun to sign a new deal at the Emirates.
Paul Pogba says Granada's players were trying to get him sent off during his fleeting appearance for Manchester United in the Europa League quarter-finals.


the times
Mo Farah and Dina Asher-Smith are expected to lead a strong British contingent at a Diamond League meeting in the North East next month after the event was switched from Morocco to Gateshead.


the guardian
Carlo Ancelotti has claimed a central midfielder and striker are not transfer priorities for Everton this summer because the club trust Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Paris Saint-Germain have yet to make a permanent move for Moise Kean.


daily star
Mino Raiola's demands for Erling Haaland have forced one Premier League side to "pull out" of a transfer.
Manchester United and Liverpool are among the club eyeing up a move for Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic, who brands himself the 'Serbian Zlatan Ibrahimovic'.


daily record
Scottish football is set for a huge Covid shot in the arm next month with padlocks set to come off the turnstiles in time to let fans in for the end-of-season top-flight playoffs.
Jubilant Stephen Glass has revealed Celtic were on the phone trying to keep Scott Brown when he was up signing his pre-contract.
Former Rangers boss Alex McLeish believes Celtic need to get the "wheels turning again" in their search to name Neil Lennon's permanent successor.


scottish sun
Cops probing claims Neil Lennon breached Covid rules with an alleged cross-border pub trip have said no English laws were broken.
Jim Goodwin has been given a three-match ban by the SFA after confronting ref Don Robertson.


daily express
Manchester United have held talks about a blockbuster deal for Erling Haaland with Mino Raiola, according to reports.
 

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Saturday's Newspapers:
17th April 2021



daily mirror
Liverpool are ready to break the bank and sign Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele as a replacement for Sadio Mane, according to sensational reports from Spain.
Manchester City are ready to open talks with Phil Foden over a lucrative new contract to reflect his emergence as one of their most important players.
Yaya Toure has revealed that he wrote a letter of apology to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola after comments he made in an interview following his final season at the Eithad.
Real Madrid have named Martin Odegaard as one of their untouchable players in the transfer market.


daily mail
Chelsea are interested in bringing in England international Jude Bellingham this summer in a mega-money deal from Borussia Dortmund, according to reports.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City are all chasing Inter Milan hot-shot Martin Satriano.
Tottenham have reportedly joined the race to sign Barcelona full-back Emerson this summer - but face competition from PSG and both Milan clubs.
Andre Silva's agent has confirmed that the Eintracht Frankfurt striker and rumoured Manchester United target doesn't have a release clause.
The undisputed heavyweight clash between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury is set to take place in Saudi Arabia this summer, according to reports.


the sun
Manchester United have reportedly made contact with Leicester City about signing Wesley Fofana.
Chelsea target Sergio Aguero is demanding £200,000-a-week wages from his next club, according to reports.
Lucas Torreira has again pleaded with Arsenal to let him join Boca Juniors and suggested the Gunners could sanction a one-year loan deal.
Shaun Wright-Phillips reckons that Phil Foden can become the most decorated English player of all time.
Joe Cole rolled back the years by turning up for non-league side Belstone FC at the weekend.
Aston Villa love Colin the Caterpillar cakes so much they create a 2ft version to celebrate players' birthdays.


daily express
Real Madrid are set to replace Raphael Varane in the summer transfer window with Jules Kounde if the France international moves to Manchester United in a £60m deal.
Tottenham are set to sit down with the representatives of Joachim Andersen in the next few weeks to discuss a potential transfer this summer.
RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate has claimed that Liverpool are yet to contact him over the possibility of a summer move, despite continued reports linking him with an imminent switch to Anfield.


daily star
Pep Guardiola's multiple rejections of the Chelsea job appear to have taught Blues owner Roman Abramovich the value of patience with his club's managers.
Thomas Tuchel says he has considered asking his players to help decide who Chelsea should buy this summer.
Luis Suarez could reportedly make a sensational return to Liverpool this summer.


scottish sun
Former Celtic keeper Fraser Forster has broken the silence on his decision to leave Parkhead, claiming he wanted to fight for the number one jersey at Southampton.
Scott Brown and Leigh Griffiths are no big loss to Celtic, insists ex-boss John Barnes.
Teenage prospect Harry Cochrane is to leave Hearts in the summer after turning down a new deal.


daily record
Dundee United manager Micky Mellon is confident midfielder Peter Pawlett will reject a move to St Johnstone and stay at Tannadice.
 

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Sunday's Newspapers:
18th April 2021


daily star sunday
Paul Pogba is demanding a whopping £500,000-per week to sign a new deal at Manchester United.
Raheem Sterling is back on Real Madrid's transfer radar.
Manchester City have reportedly been told Jack Grealish has a release clause in his Aston Villa contract.
RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate has revealed that Liverpool have not contacted him about a potential move to Anfield this summer.


mail on sunday
Premier League clubs are set to launch a social media blackout at the start of next month as part of a war against online racism.
England is in a showdown with Russia for extra Euro 2020 games, with UEFA set to announce on Monday that Dublin will not be a host city for the delayed European Championships this summer.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has praised Folarin Balogun's 'unique' qualities with the striker on the brink of a new deal with the club.


sunday mirror
Gini Wijnaldum is still planning to join Barcelona in the summer because he wants to play alongside Lionel Messi - and Dutch team-mate Memphis Depay.
Paul Pogba's contract saga is set to be played out in front of the TV cameras after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted he has no problem with Amazon's potentially explosive documentary series about the Manchester United midfielder.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hailed Manchester United's Mason Greenwood as a natural No.9.
The Chelsea dressing room were reportedly left shocked by Thomas Tuchel's decision to leave Tammy Abraham out of his 20-man squad to take on Manchester City in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final.
Mike Ashley and Newcastle supporters are set for further takeover disappointment after the Amanda Staveley-led consortium which wanted to buy the Toon turned its attentions to Inter Milan.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has confirmed that Lionel Messi's contract talks are "progressing".


the sun on sunday
Manchester United are on the trail of Metz teen sensation Pape Sarr.
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho expects to learn tomorrow whether Harry Kane has any hope of playing in the Carabao Cup final.
Tottenham are interested in signing Barcelona defender Emerson, according to reports.
Eden Hazard is ready to return for Real Madrid ahead of an emotional Chelsea reunion in the Champions League semi-final.
Leeds have joined the chase for Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico.
Wayne Rooney is having a luxury whisky and cigar room built into his £20m mansion.


sunday express
The powers that be at Tottenham are not expecting Jose Mourinho to remain in charge beyond the end of the current season, according to reports.
Inter Milan defender Achraf Hakimi appears to have poured cold water on the possibility of a summer move to Arsenal.


sunday telegraph
The schedule for this summer's British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa is set to change, with the first Test in the three-match series now taking place in Cape Town before the final two Tests are held at altitude in Johannesburg.


the observer
Warren Gatland has revealed that Andy Farrell - his key lieutenant on the two previous British & Irish Lions tours - could still be added to the coaching staff for this summer's trip to South Africa.


sunday mail
Connor Goldson is set to commit his long-term future to Rangers by signing a contract extension early next week.
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard insists Scott Brown will be missed in the heat of derby battle when he leaves Celtic in the summer.


scottish sun
Leeds hope to make it third time lucky with a £15m move for Ryan Kent.
Rangers hero Glen Kamara has launched a management consultancy business named in honour of his club's historic 55th league title.
 

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Monday's Newspapers:
19th April 2021



daily mail
Thomas Tuchel has opened the door to extending his Chelsea contract as he approaches the final 12 months of his deal.
Kevin De Bruyne fears he has suffered ankle ligament damage after hobbling out of Manchester City's FA Cup semi-final defeat.
Sheffield United are plotting a 'Norwich approach' to promotion next season after Wolves confirmed their fall back to the Championship.
While fans have to wait until the final two matches of the season to return in limited numbers to Premier League matches, the same cannot be said of directors.
At the start of the season, Premier League press officers set up a WhatsApp group to improve communication between the media departments but the relegated sides now face being kicked out.
Eyebrows have been raised ahead of UEFA's 45th Ordinary Congress over the decision to hold it in person, in Montreux, Switzerland despite the need for cross-border travel during the pandemic.


daily mirror
Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he still doesn't know when skipper Jordan Henderson will be back in training.
Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette was forced out of his team's 1-1 draw with Fulham after sustaining an apparent hamstring injury.
Eden Hazard is "ready" to take on Chelsea in the Champions League, according to Zinedine Zidane.
Steve Bruce wants to sign Arsenal loanee and match winner Joe Willock for Newcastle permanently.


daily express
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been impressed with Joe Willock's form during his loan spell at Newcastle United.
Alexandre Lacazette has insisted that his immediate future is in Arsenal's hands as speculation grows over a summer move away from the Emirates Stadium.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was 'very close' with Erling Haaland during their time at Molde, it has been claimed.
Manchester United are looking increasingly likely to go after West Ham star Declan Rice this summer.
Tottenham don't have Maurizio Sarri in mind to replace Jose Mourinho, reports say.


daily star
Manchester United could reportedly meet the release clause of Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez to help bolster their midfield.


the sun
Barcelona are set for crunch talks over Lionel Messi's contract situation after the player's father landed in the city.


scottish sun
Roy Keane fears he has been overlooked for the Celtic job - despite talks with the Scottish giants.
Neil Lennon's agent has hit out at those who filmed the ex-Celtic boss in a pub.
Morecambe boss Derek Adams insists he is relaxed about Rangers' interest in exciting prospect Carlos Mendes Gomes.
 

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Tuesday's Newspapers:
20th April 2021


daily mail
Ed Woodward held an emergency briefing with 'seriously unimpressed' Manchester United players at Carrington on Monday morning.
Fans have swiftly and fiercely voiced their anger at the European Super League stink - with the Chelsea Supporters' Trust branding the plan the 'ultimate betrayal'.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has vowed the Government will use every tool at their disposal to kill the rebel European Super League.
Tottenham have made Red Bull Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann their preferred candidate to replace sacked Jose Mourinho.
The big six clubs could be blocked from signing foreign players amid the push to join the European Super League.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admits it might be impossible to prevent his players from being distracted by the furore surrounding a possible European Super League.
Manchester United legend Eric Cantona says the views of supporters should have been taken into account before the European Super League was revealed.


the sun
Jose Mourinho was axed as Tottenham boss after a players' revolt.
Crystal Palace have reportedly placed Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira on their shortlist to succeed Roy Hodgson if the veteran manager leaves Selhurst Park this summer.
A number of angry clubs reportedly want the six European Super League breakaway sides to be kicked out of the Premier League immediately.
Gareth Southgate is concerned that a breakaway European Super League could ruin his England plans.
Chelsea have stepped up their interest in Bayern Munich defender Niklas Sule, according to reports.
Eric Bailly is poised to be offered a way out of Manchester United by former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini.


daily telegraph
Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City were in danger of being thrown out of the Champions League and Europa League semi-finals on Monday night as football authorities, fans and the Government declared war on the European Super League.
Jose Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur following chairman Daniel Levy's decision to accelerate the appointment of a new manager - prompted by the interest in young German coach Julian Nagelsmann from perennial Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
Jose Mourinho's sacking by Tottenham Hotspur means he has now earned £77.5m from losing managerial jobs during his career - more than £60m of which has come from English clubs.


daily express
Chelsea are poised to make a summer move for Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane.


daily mirror
Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke was reportedly absent from showdown talks between Arsenal players and the club's hierarchy over controversial plans to join a European Super League.
Edinson Cavani has informed Manchester United chiefs he will be leaving this summer, according to multiple reports in South America.


daily record
Robbie Neilson has admitted top six is the initial target for Hearts on their return to the Premiership as he takes the walk-before-you-can-run approach.
Luton Town want to make a summer swoop for Motherwell midfielder Allan Campbell.
St Johnstone boss Callum Davidson has confirmed he was turned down by Rangers when attempting a January swoop for Nathan Patterson.
SFA bosses are confident star trio Andy Robertson, Kieran Tierney and Scott McTominay will be cleared to play in the Euros this summer - despite a threat from UEFA to have them banned from the tournament as part of football's raging civil war.


scottish sun
Celtic target Eddie Howe has joined the chorus of condemnation towards the breakaway European Super League.


the independent
Sir Keir Starmer has called on the government to introduce legislation to block English clubs' involvement in the European Super League, and even prise ownership from the current "Big Six" hierarchies so they have less control, stating there would be cross-party support.
 

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Wednesday's Newspapers:
21st April 2021


daily mail
Tottenham have reportedly made an approach for Maurizio Sarri as they go on the lookout for a new manager following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.
Manchester United's stock market value plunged by around £150m as plans for a European Super League crumbled.


the sun
Manchester United and Liverpool have entered the race to sign Sevilla forward Youssef En-Nesyri this summer, according to reports.
Hector Bellerin is edging towards a summer move to Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports.
Mohamed Salah has received some relief from Liverpool's struggles - by being appointed Egypt's permanent captain.
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck ultimately led the Blues' exit from the European Super League but it was Roman Abramovich's anger that brought the whole house of cards down.


daily mirror
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has confirmed he will be leaving Twitter as the outrage surrounding the European Super League takes over the social media site.
Kylian Mbappe has reportedly started searching for a house in Madrid as speculation he could leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer intensifies.


daily express
Arsenal are set to battle Premier League rivals Leicester City for the signing of exciting Empoli midfielder Samuele Ricci, according to reports.
Tottenham's decision to part ways with Jose Mourinho was made due to fears that up to 10 players would look to leave the club, it has been reported.


daily star
Conor McGregor has cheekily hinted at buying Manchester United following Ed Woodward's stunning resignation.


the guardian
Women's sport could generate more than £1bn per year by 2030, and increasing the visibility of female athletes and teams is key to unlocking the huge sum.
Schalke have been relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time in 33 years after losing 1-0 to fellow strugglers Arminia Bielefeld on Tuesday.


daily telegraph
Jack Nowell could be in line for a Lions call-up following his comeback from injury at the weekend.


scottish sun
John Kennedy has revealed for the first time he could leave Celtic this summer.
Rangers will have to wait to discover the outcome of the SFA hearing for the Covid Five.


daily record
John Kennedy has revealed he's set for a first face-to-face meeting with Celtic's new chief executive Dominic McKay before the end of the week - but insists he won't treat it as an interview for the manager's job.


the independent
Former Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has said he is "not surprised" to see The Super League falling apart.


the times
Pat Lam has warned that the Gallagher Premiership must learn from the outcry generated by football's proposed European Super League if it wants to ring-fence the competition permanently.
UK Athletics is ready to take legal action against the London Stadium over a breach of contract if it refuses to pay the £3m bill for moving the seats required to host the Anniversary Games on July 13.
 

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THE SUN

Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic will not be joining Arsenal in January after rumours of a reported swoop.
Manchester United reportedly plan to trigger a 12-month extension on Marcus Rashford's contract.
Arsenal are reportedly battling three Premier League rivals for Alex Baena after identifying the Villarreal winger as a possible alternative to Mykhaylo Mudryk.

DAILY TELEGRAPH
Family members of three of England's 1966 World Cup heroes have called on football to stop heading among young children and a major public education campaign about the national game's "irrefutable" dementia link.
Staff at Worcester Warriors have been asked to come and collect their personal belongings from Sixways before 4.30pm on Monday afternoon as club directors anticipate their suspension from all competitions.


DAILY MAIL
Liverpool have been handed a major boost with talisman Mo Salah set to be rested for Egypt's friendly against Liberia on Tuesday.
Argentina are set to ask Premier League clubs to not field their players in the final game before the World Cup, according to a report.
Midfielder Toni Kroos is expected to be offered a contract extension at Real Madrid.
Paul Pogba is ahead of schedule in his recovery from knee surgery and is hopeful of playing for Juventus next month as he looks to bolster his chances of making France's World Cup squad.

THE TIMES
More than half of the 18 first-class counties have indicated that they will not vote in favour of Andrew Strauss's proposals to overhaul county cricket.
Nick Easter accepts Worcester Warriors' international players including Duhan van der Merwe, Ted Hill, Ollie Lawrence and Rory Sutherland could be lost even if a new financial backer saves the club.

DAILY EXPRESS
Moises Caicedo has hinted he would pick a Manchester United transfer over Chelsea or Liverpool moves.

DAILY STAR
Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha has bought a football club in his native Ivory Coast and, according to his brother, has plans to lead them to the country's top tier.

Wilfried Zaha has scored four goals in five appearances for Palace this season
Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard opened up on his bout with depression, induced by the Coronavirus lockdowns.

DAILY MIRROR
Louis van Gaal has questioned Frenkie de Jong's fitness ahead of the World Cup in Qatar - a problem that may concern Erik ten Hag.
Real Madrid star Federico Valverde has evolved into one of Europe's top midfielders at the Bernabeu, but he almost signed for Arsenal after being spotted as a teenager.

THE ATHLETIC
Nemanja Matic has spoken out in defence of former Manchester United team-mate Harry Maguire, describing social media criticism of the England international as "a disaster".

Harry Maguire has not featured in Premier League action for Man Utd since early September

DAILY RECORD
Midfielder Scott Arfield has issued a 'never say never' message to Canada over an international retirement U-turn.
Lee Wallace has retired from football, hanging up his boots after an 18-year professional career.

SCOTTISH SUN
Celtic ace Liel Abada has dismissed speculation linking him with a possible transfer to the Premier League.
Celtic star Reo Hatate has admitted major disappointment at being left out of the Japan squad for the friendly against the USA.




Manchester City have reached an agreement in principle on a new contract for England attacking midfielder Phil Foden, with the deal believed to be over six years and worth about £250,000 a week. (Football Insider)

Belgium international Romelu Lukaku does not plan to return to Chelsea at the end of his season-long loan at Inter Milan, who are expected to renew the 29-year-old's deal. (La Gazzetta dello Sport, via Football Italia)

Brighton and Belgium forward Leandro Trossard, 27, says he would be willing to follow former Seagulls boss Graham Potter to Chelsea, but he would want to play and not sit on the bench. (Het Nieuwsblad, via Mail)

Liverpool centre-back Vigil van Dijk, 31, believes fellow Dutch defender Jurrien Timber, who was linked with a summer move to Manchester United, is further along in his development than he was at the same age of 21. (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester United are targeting England and Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, 28, as a possible replacement for Spain's 31-year-old David de Gea. (Metro)

Juventus are prepared to make a move for France forward Antoine Griezmann, 31, if Atletico Madrid do not make his move from Barcelona permanent. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Mail)

Argentina defender Lisandro Martinez, 24, says he did not pay attention to criticism of him during the early part of the season following his summer move to Manchester United from Ajax. (TyC Sports, via Metro)

Leicester City could make a move to try to sign 28-year-old Germany international Robin Gosens, who can play at left-back or left midfield, from Inter Milan in January. (FC Inter News)

Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic, who joined Roma in the summer after his Manchester United contract expired, is on track to trigger an automatic contract renewal at the Serie A side. (La Gazzetta dello Sport, via Football Italia)

Rangers are prepared to sell 26-year-old Finland midfielder Glen Kamara in the January transfer window. (Football Insider)
 

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Jude Bellingham is set to snub Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool as he prefers a move to Real Madrid over the Premier League.

THE SUN
England No 1 Jordan Pickford and Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak are reportedly both targets for Manchester United.
Jadon Sancho skipped watching England vs Germany - and instead posted a snap of FIFA 23.
Portugal fans are calling for Cristiano Ronaldo to be dropped from the starting XI for their clash versus Spain.
A mural of Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has been restored after it was defaced with Manchester United-styled graffiti.
Jude Bellingham has been in impressive form for club and country


DE TELEGRAAF
Inter Milan defender Denzel Dumfries is flattered by interest from Chelsea and Manchester United.

DAILY MIRROR
Actor Michael Sheen staged another offering of his viral motivational speech... this time in front of the Wales squad, as they prepare to embark on their first World Cup journey since 1958.



DAILY MAIL
Cesc Fabregas has opened up about how Arsene Wenger used to test his players mentally.

DAILY EXPRESS
Footage has emerged of German fans storming the Green Man pub near Wembley Stadium ahead of the two sides' Nations League clash on Monday.
Formula One fans have received an apology from chiefs of the British Grand Prix following the chaotic sale of tickets for next year's race at Silverstone.

England manager Gareth Southgate defends his decision to select Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire in the game against Germany

DAILY TELEGRAPH
Eddie Jones will take inspiration from the manhunt of Osama bin Laden as he hopes to equip England for the "most volatile rugby environment we have ever seen".




Newcastle United are considering making a £50m bid for Shakhtar Donetsk's Ukraine winger Mykhaylo Mudryk, 21. (the i)

England and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham, 19, who has been linked with a move to Liverpool, is Real Madrid's top target for next summer's transfer window. (Marca)

Liverpool could move for a swap deal involving Bellingham in January, with Guinean midfielder Naby Keita, 27, wanted by Dortmund. (Bild, via Express)

AC Milan technical director Paulo Maldini says Portugal forward Rafael Leao, 23, who has been linked with a move to Chelsea, knows his future is with the Serie A club despite complications from a previous transfer affecting negotiations to renew his contract at the San Siro. (CalcioMercato, via Mirror)

Chelsea are planning to increase the summer offer they made for Inter Milan's Netherlands defender Denzel Dumfries to 50m euros (£44.5m), but would be willing to loan the 26-year-old back to the Serie A club for six months if the deal goes through in January. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Former PSV Eindhoven right-back Dumfries says reported interest from Chelsea and Manchester United "flatters me" but is focused on regaining the Serie A title with Inter. (De Telegraaf, via Express)

Manchester United are keeping close tabs on Aston Villa's Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, 30. (Football Insider)

Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham are looking into the possibility of signing 25-year-old Spain and Villarreal centre back Pau Torres. (Caught Offside)

Inter Milan have not made any progress in talks over an extension for Milan Skriniar, whose contract expires next summer, so Paris St-Germain could make another move for the Slovakia defender, 27, in the winter transfer window. (La Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Real Madrid plan to bring back Spain winger Brahim Diaz, 23, formerly of Manchester City, from a loan spell at AC Milan to replace compatriot Marco Asensio, 26, when his contract ends next summer. (Football Espana)

Asensio has already signed a preliminary contract with Real's arch-rivals Barcelona that will run for four years from next summer. (RAC1, via Bild)

Barcelona and Liverpool are interested in swapping forwards, with the Netherlands' former Manchester United attacker Memphis Depay, 28, heading to Anfield and Brazil's Roberto Firmino, 30, replacing him at the Nou Camp. (Sport)

Liverpool are not ruling out a move for Benfica's Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez, 21, who has a reported 120m euros (£106.5m) release clause in his contract. (O Jogo via Liverpool Echo)

Belgium defender Jason Denayer, 27, who was linked with Wolves this summer, has joined UAE side Shabab Al-Ahli on a one-year deal after leaving Lyon at the end of last season. (L'Equipe - in French)

Sadio Mane's Senegal compatriot Salif Diao says the 30-year-old Bayern Munich forward pushed for his summer move from Liverpool because he "did not have the love that he needed" from manager Jurgen Klopp. (Liverpool Echo)

Middlesbrough's English boss Chris Wilder, 55, is a leading candidate for the vacant job at Championship rivals Bournemouth having previously led Sheffield United to promotion to the Premier League. (Mail)

Former Norwich midfielder Mark Fotheringham, 38, is leaving his role as Hertha Berlin's assistant manager to become the new manager of Championship side Huddersfield Town. (Football Insider)
 

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DAILY MIRROR

Erling Haaland has reportedly urged former Borussia Dortmund team-mate Jude Bellingham to join him at Manchester City.
Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal have claimed Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo was interested in joining them in the summer.
Jose Mourinho has highlighted Jurrien Timber, a summer target for Manchester United, as a player he wants at Roma.
Atletico Madrid have been linked with a shock move to sign veteran defender Gerard Pique, whose relationship with Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez is reportedly completely broken.
Harry Maguire stayed behind at Wembley for almost two hours after England's draw with Germany on Monday night to hold a private chat with boss Gareth Southgate.
Arsenal are sweating on the fitness of a number of players ahead of Saturday's North London derby with Tottenham Hotspur following the latest round of international fixtures.


DAILY MAIL

Chelsea's off-field exodus has continued with long-serving head physiotherapist Thierry Laurent leaving the club in another major change to their medical department.
Juventus are reportedly considering making a move for Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea at the end of the season.
David De Gea is a reported target for Juventus
Former Chelsea star Mikel John Obi has announced his retirement from football, aged 35.
Phil Mickelson and Ian Poulter are among four LIV golfers to ask a federal judge on Tuesday to remove their names from an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour.

THE SUN

Harry Maguire is set to be sidelined for around two weeks in another blow to the struggling defender, who picked up a thigh injury during England's 3-3 draw with Germany.
Lionel Messi will decide his future after the World Cup - but has so far had no offers from any club.
Eddie Hearn has insisted that he is still working with Tyson Fury's team to deliver a fight between Anthony Joshua and the Gypsy King.

THE TIMES

Newcastle United are interested in signing Leicester City's James Maddison in January as they look to add creativity to their team.

THE TELEGRAPH

Mauricio Pochettino was at Wembley for England's final World Cup warm-up draw with Germany while debate rages over the future of manager Gareth Southgate.
England have offered to be a neutral host for future Pakistan-India Test series opening the possibility of the two countries playing bilateral cricket for the first time in more than 15 years.
Jim O'Toole, the former Worcester Warriors executive leading an American-backed consortium bidding to buy the club, says his group can pay the £17.5m required to complete a takeover "at warp speed" and salvage their next fixture against Harlequins.

DAILY EXPRESSS

England and Arsenal legend David Seaman believes that Ben White would be a 'perfect' candidate to slot in on the right side of a back three for the Three Lions, despite being left out of the latest squad.
Manchester United forwards Antony and Jadon Sancho are battling over who will get to wear the iconic No 7 shirt at Old Trafford when Cristiano Ronaldo eventually leaves the club in advance of next season, according to reports.
Athletic Bilbao forward Inaki Williams has confirmed he rejected the chance to join Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp in a mega-money transfer.

EVENING STANDARD

Chelsea boss Graham Potter has been handed a triple injury boost with N'Golo Kante, Edouard Mendy and Christian Pulsic all nearing a return.
Barcelona are missing up to six players with injury ahead of a frantic fixture schedule, which includes El Clasico.


MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Luke Shaw says he has "accepted" why he has been dropped by Erik ten Hag and has vowed to be ready when called upon.
Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo has played down any fears that he could be a doubt for next weekend's derby against Manchester City after suffering an injury to his face while on international duty with Portugal.
Antony says Erik ten Hag has changed the way he trains players since leaving Ajax to take charge of Manchester United earlier in the year.

SCOTTISH SUN

Michael Beale has been tipped to make a sensational return to Ibrox as the club's next manager by Gers hero Kenny Miller.
Reo Hatate's hopes of making the Japanese World Cup squad took a hit when he made a 12,000-mile round trip but didn't make it onto the pitch for a single second across two games.

DAILY RECORD

New Dundee United boss Liam Fox has revealed Jack Ross was one of the first to reach out to him to congratulate him after landing the job.
Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara admits he hopes to move to a "top five" European league as he addressed his Ibrox future for the first time since links with Nice.




Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 35, is set to leave Paris St-Germain in the summer as he will refuse any new contract offer. (Beteve, via Star)

England striker Harry Kane, 29, remains Bayern Munich's number one transfer target, with the German giants set to once again test Tottenham's resolve. (Kicker, via Sun)

Newcastle United are ready to make a third bid for Leicester City's England midfielder James Maddison, 25, after having offers of £40m and £45m turned down. (Times - subscription required)

England midfielder Jude Bellingham, 19, should join Manchester United when he leaves Borussia Dortmund, according to former Old Trafford goalkeeper Ben Foster. (Metro)

Liverpool, who have also been linked with Bellingham, have begun to target alternative midfielders and are looking at Benfica's 21-year-old Argentine player Enzo Fernandez. (Fichajes, via Teamtalk)

Borussia Dortmund are monitoring Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita and could look to sign the 27-year-old Guinea international on a free next summer when his Reds contract runs out. (Star)

Chelsea will not lower their asking price of £31m for American winger Christian Pulisic as Juventus show interest in signing the 24-year-old. (Calciomercato, via Express)

Chelsea are looking to hold further talks with Bayer Leverkusen's Tim Steidten over the sporting director role at Stamford Bridge. (Guardian)

AC Milan are interested in Chelsea and Albania striker Armando Broja, 21, as they look to bring in a forward next summer. (Calciomercato - In Italian)

Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal have claimed Manchester United's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, was interested in joining them in the summer. (Mirror)

Eintracht Frankfurt's Danish playmaker Jesper Lindstrom, 22, has reacted to reports linking him with a move to Arsenal, saying it is "great clubs like them are watching me". (Tipsbladet via Express)

Leeds are due to open contract talks with England winger Jack Harrison, who was the subject of a reported £20m bid from Newcastle in the summer. The 25-year-old midfielder's current deal runs out in the summer of 2024. (Football Insider)

Former Tottenham and Paris St-Germain head coach Mauricio Pochettino, who has been linked with the England manager's job, was at Wembley to watch their 3-3 draw with Germany. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Chelsea have sacked head physio Thierry Laurent, the fourth member of the backroom team to leave Stamford Bridge in the past week. (Mail)

Newcastle are monitoring Brazilian 18-year-old midfielder Andrey Santos, who plays for Vasco da Gama. (Fabrizio Romano)

Egypt-born forward Garang Kuol, 18, is set to arrive in England to sign for Newcastle United from Australian club Central Coast Mariners, although the Magpies are not expected to register him until January. (Mail)
 

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Barcelona vice president Eduard Romeu believes it would be "economically viable" for the club to secure Lionel Messi's return on a free transfer next summer.
Arsenal will make a further approach for Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz in January, but at a significantly lower price with their target's contract winding down.
Chelsea are unlikely to have a sporting director in place in time for the World Cup with a number of candidates remaining of interest as Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali's search continues.
Al-Hilal president Fahad ben Nafel claims Cristiano Ronaldo was open to a move to the Saudi club over the summer but a £210m deal, including a £25m fee to Manchester United, was scuppered by a transfer ban.
Former Everton player Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is among thousands of Russians to be called up by Vladimir Putin to fight on the Ukraine frontline.
Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard says Douglas Luiz will respect and understand the club's decision to turn down bids from Arsenal and not to let him leave.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and his fiancée Perrie Edwards were left shaken after a terrifying burglary at their £3.5m home in Cheshire earlier this week.

DAILY MAIL

Bill Foley's £150m takeover of Bournemouth could be completed in the next week and he could be in charge by the end of October once he passes the Premier League's ownership tests.
Everton forward Anthony Gordon is one of a number of young players who could gatecrash England's World Cup squad with good performances over the next few weeks.
Tottenham will have to pay around £31m for Dejan Kulusevski at the end of the season if they finish in the Champions League positions with the obligation becoming an option if they fail to make the top four.
England's World Cup kit manufacturer Nike are under growing pressure to follow Hummel's example and make a stand against Qatar's human rights record.
Antonio Cassano believes Cristiano Ronaldo would be better off retiring than trying to extend his top-flight career, with the risk that the latter days of it will be spent mainly on the bench for club and country.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

Chelsea are ready to join a long line of Premier League clubs in making an attempt to sign Borussia Dortmund and England star Jude Bellingham.
Long-time Football League player Ryan Cresswell has opened up on his dependency on sleeping tablets during his time in the professional game and says the crisis has hit the sport "at all levels".
Borussia Dortmund's Jude Bellingham continues to be linked with a move to one of the Premier League giants at the end of this season.
Newcastle United are still paying more than £100,000 a week to players, including the likes of Dwight Gayle and Isaac Hayden, who are no longer with the club because of loan moves.
Yorkshire are subject of a High Court claim from former England physio Wayne Morton over the details about his dismissal and a string of shocking accusations made against him during Lord Patel's purge of the club.


THE TIMES

Ibrahima Konate is closing on a return to the Liverpool squad after two months out with a knee injury.

DAILY EXPRESS

Manchester United could make a move for Napoli winger Hirving Lozano in January but it might depend on them moving one of their current players who occupy a similar position.
Chelsea will have the chance to re-sign striker Tammy Abraham from AS Roma next summer thanks to a "discreet" buy-back clause that activates in 2023.

DAILY MIRROR

Cristiano Ronaldo's sister Katia Aveiro has accused Portugal fans of "spitting on the plate they eat from" after fierce criticism of his performances for the national team and calls for him to be dropped.

EVENING STANDARD

Tottenham are ready to make a move for Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak as the long-term successor for Hugo Lloris, although they will likely face competition from Manchester United.

DAILY RECORD

Rangers were one of the teams in attendance on a busy Tuesday night for scouts in Velje, where Denmark's U21 side faced their Croatian counterparts in front of representatives from almost 40 clubs.
St Johnstone are worried about David Wotherspoon's return to first-team action after he was hurt in a bounce game at Falkirk - Wotherspoon has been out with a knee injury for nearly a year.





Chelsea have joined the race to sign England and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham - the price for the 19-year-old is set to be £130m, with Liverpool and Real Madrid also interested. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Paris St-Germain forward Lionel Messi, 35, could return to Barcelona according to vice president Eduard Romenu, who told Spanish radio station El Mati de Catalunya Radio that a move for the Argentina striker could be "viable." (Sun)

Manchester City are planning talks with their unsettled Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva to find out if he will try to move again at the end of the season, with the 28-year-old having expressed a desire to leave for the past two summers. (Mail)

Arsenal are still interested in signing 24-year-old Douglas Luiz from Aston Villa to replace the injured Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey, 29. Gunners boss Mikel Arteta failed to bring in Luiz in the summer but is set to make a third bid for the Brazil midfielder, after having two rejected on transfer deadline day. (Sun)

Barcelona are interested in Manchester City and Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, with the 31-year-old only having one year left on his contract. (Sport)

Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has defended 30-year-old Senegal striker Sadio Mane, who has failed to score in five games for the German champions. (Bild - in German)

Everton forward Anthony Gordon was heavily linked with Chelsea during the summer but the 21-year-old England Under-21 international says he "was never desperate to leave" the Goodison Park club. (Metro)

Wolves have reportedly signed Chile midfielder Dario Osario from Universidad de Chile for a fee of £5.5m with Real Madrid and Manchester City previously being linked with the 18-year-old. (Express)

Tottenham have targeted Atletico Madrid and Slovenia goalkeeper Jan Oblak, 29, as a long-time replacement for France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 35. (Evening Standard)

Paris St-Germain president Nasser al-Khelaifi said Barcelona's asset sales in the summer to fund signings were "not fair" and suggested Uefa should investigate their legality. (ESPN)

Tottenham are set to sign Sweden forward Dejan Kulusevski, 22, on a permanent deal when his loan from Juventus expires. (Fabrizio Romano)

Atletico Madrid are considering a move for Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea with the 31-year-old Spain international's contract coming to an end at the end of the season. (90min)

Everton have told Venezuela striker Salomon Rondon, 33, he is free to find a new club in January after failing to secure a move this month to Turkey. (Football Insider)

Portugal right-back Diogo Dalot, 23, is hopeful of receiving a new contract offer from Manchester United. Barcelona, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Roma are monitoring Dalot's form. (Manchester Evening News)

Chelsea could re-sign England striker Tammy Abraham, 24, from Roma via a £67m buy-back clause. (Fabrizio Romano)

Christian Pulisic no longer wants to leave Chelsea after being linked with various clubs, including Manchester United, over the summer. The appointment of Graham Potter at the Blues means the 24-year-old US striker thinks he has a chance to establish himself. (Evening Standard)

Chelsea want to sign Slovakia defender Milan Skriniar from Inter Milan with the 27-year-old's contract set to expire at the end of the season. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

The takeover of Bournemouth by Las Vegas businessman Bill Foley is close to completion and could be finalised within the next seven days. (Mail)
 
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