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Wednesday's Newspapers:
14th April 2021

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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'.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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".

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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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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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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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Wolves and Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves, 25, is seen by Barcelona as a long-term target to replace Spain international Sergio Busquets, 34. (Sport)

Chelsea want to sign Inter Milan's Dutch international wing-back Denzel Dumfries, 26. Inter would sell for around £44m. (Calciomercatoweb - in Italian)

Real Madrid will attempt to sign Manchester City and Portugal full-back Joao Cancelo, 28, next summer and are also planning a move for City's 22-year-old Norway striker Erling Haaland in 2024. (AS - in Spanish)

Haaland's father, former Nottingham Forest, Leeds and Manchester City midfielder Alfie, has suggested Haaland may only spend two to three seasons with Manchester City before moving to Spain. (Times , subscription required)

Newcastle United have Leicester City's England midfielder James Maddison, 25, and his Belgium international team-mate Youri Tielemans, 25, in their sights for 2023. (90 min)

A Premier League all-star side could play combined teams from rival leagues such as La Liga or the Bundesliga under plans being considered by club executives. (Times - subscription required)

Aston Villa have no intention of letting Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, 30, leave in January with Manchester United among the clubs interested in him. (Football Insider)

Manchester United, Southampton and Everton remain keen on PSV Eindhoven and Netherlands forward Cody Gakpo, 23, and could make a move during the January transfer window. (Football Transfers)

Tottenham's Italian manager Antonio Conte, 53, has dismissed reports linking with him with a return to Juventus as "disrespectful" and insists he is very happy at Spurs. (Evening Standard)

Brighton are planning to hold contract talks with Belgium forward Leandro Trossard, 27, and Argentina midfielder Alexis Mac Allister, 23. (Athletic - subscription required)

Newcastle United are close to signing 18-year-old Australia forward Garang Kuol from Central Coast Mariners, with terms agreed between the clubs. (Chronicle)

Aston Villa's French defender Morgan Sanson, 28, would have moved to Espanyol but his paperwork only came through 15 minutes after the transfer window closed earlier this month. (L'Equipe - in French)

Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea are interested in Chile and Universidad de Chile midfielder Dario Osorio, with Brighton, Brentford, Leicester and Wolves also admirers of the 18-year-old. (90min)

Liverpool are weighing up a January move for Egypt and Pyramids winger Ibrahim Adel with Arsenal, Brentford, Brighton and Nottingham Forest also on the 21-year-old's trail. (90min)

Juventus face competition from Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, AC Milan and Barcelona for the signature of Spain forward Marco Asensio after the 26-year-old declined a contract extension with Real Madrid. (Calciomercato - in Italian)


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Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford was one of the players on Kylian Mbappe's transfer wishlist after he secured his future with Paris Saint-Germain over the summer.


Chelsea are looking to land RB Leipzig forward Christopher Nkunku next summer amid reports that he underwent "secret" medical checks overseen by Blues staff before the most recent deadline.

Chelsea's president of business Tom Glick initially brushed off complaints from agent Catalina Kim which eventually led to the dismissal of newly-appointed commercial director Damian Willoughby.


Barcelona have only paid Manchester City £2.6m of the £48.4m fee they agreed for forward Ferran Torres since the deal was concluded in January and there are other clubs still owed money for deals done more than two years ago.

Gareth Bale's beer brands "Bale Ale" and "Bale Lager" are set to hit supermarket shelves in Wales next week as part of the country's celebrations of reaching November's World Cup finals.


Lucas Moura will consider a move away from Tottenham in January and has admitted a move to Sevilla intrigues him.

Barcelona could face the prospect of having to fork out £53m to get their hands on teen sensation Alberto Moleiro if his club Las Palmas secure promotion to La Liga this season, circumstances which would see his release clause double.

Liverpool are plotting a summer 2023 move for exciting Norwegian talent Andreas Schjelderup, who has played a starring role for Nordsjaelland and earned him comparisons to Erling Haaland.


Formula One's rulers are coming under pressure to hand the 2021 title to Lewis Hamilton if Red Bull are found guilty of breaking the spending cap during Max Verstappen's maiden success.

Human rights group Open Stadiums has demanded that FIFA kick Iran out of the World Cup because of the country's oppression of women.

Hulk has threatened to quit Atletico Mineiro after receiving "unacceptable" criticism from the Brazilian club's supporters.

John Fury says his son Tyson will not fight Anthony Joshua until 2023 because a defeat would be "financial suicide" for his team, and their proposed December date will be filled with a bout against Luis Ortiz, Andy Ruiz or Filip Hrgovic.

Conor Benn's trainer Tony Sims has admitted the team will consider pulling out of next weekend's clash with Chris Eubank Jr if their rival weighs in at over 158.5lbs.


Marcus Smith is determined that Harlequins continue to excite in the Gallagher Premiership to try and provide supporters with some kind of distraction from Britain's financial crisis.


Fans who become drunk and disorderly at the Qatar World Cup will be put into "sobering tents" until they have recovered from the after-effects of alcohol as officials look to take a "softly-softly" approach rather than come down heavy.


Rangers fear injury-plagued defender John Souttar will not be available for a first-team return until 2023 after surgery on his Achilles.

Celtic are facing a defensive injury crisis ahead of the Champions League date with RB Leipzig with both of their first-choice centre-backs - Cameron Carter-Vickers and Carl Starfelt - struggling to be fit in time for midweek.

RB Leipzig's 24-year-old France forward Christopher Nkunku has already completed a medical before joining Chelsea for £52m in next summer's transfer window. (Bild)

Manchester City's Norway striker Erling Haaland, 22, considered a move to Liverpool in the summer transfer window, but a switch to Manchester United was out of the question. (Star)

Aston Villa are assessing former Paris St-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino and Villarreal boss Unai Emery amid speculation over Steven Gerrard's future. (Football Insider)

Arsenal and Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus has said he needed a change from Pep Guardiola's system at Manchester City and now feels "free" playing under Mikel Arteta. (ESPN)

Paris St-Germain sporting director Luis Campos has said the club made a mistake by signing both Brazil forward Neymar, 30, and France striker Kylian Mbappe, 23, in recent transfer windows. (Mail)

Mbappe handed PSG a four-man transfer wish list over the summer that included Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford, 24. (RMC Sport - in French)

Juventus are interested in signing Portugal right-back Diogo Dalot, 23, on a free transfer when his Manchester United contract expires next summer. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Juventus also want to bring in Barcelona and Spain's 33-year-old left-back Jordi Alba in January. (Sport - in Spanish)

Tottenham are keeping tabs on Leicester City's James Maddison, with the 25-year-old England midfielder "very keen" on a move to the north London club. (Football Insider)

New Chelsea manager Graham Potter is prepared to give United States winger Christian Pulisic, 24, a chance to prove himself at Stamford Bridge before making a decision on his future. (90min)

Potter has not closed the door on Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku returning to Chelsea after his loan spell with Inter Milan and is expected to hold talks with the 29-year-old at the end of the season. (ESPN)

Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard has said Douglas Luiz, 24, is no closer to signing a new deal with the club, boosting Arsenal's chances of signing the Brazil midfielder. (Sun)

Juventus and Italy midfielder Manuel Locatelli could leave the Serie A club in the January transfer window with Arsenal keen on the 24-year-old. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Wolves and Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves, 25, rejected offers from Manchester United and Liverpool this summer. (Sport - in Spanish)

France defender William Saliba is in no rush to sign a new contract with Arsenal, with several clubs registering their interest in the 21-year-old. (Five Insider)

Barcelona and Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong, 25, remains on Manchester United's list of transfer targets for next summer. (ESPN)

Chelsea have included RB Leipzig chief Christopher Vivell among the possible candidates for the technical director role at Stamford Bridge. (Standard)

Chelsea's 19-year-old English centre-back Levi Colwill - currently on loan at Brighton - is being monitored by various Italian clubs, including AC Milan, Napoli, and Atalanta. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Real Madrid are planning to offer their Brazil defender Eder Militao, 24, a contract extension until 2028 with a release clause of 1bn euros included in the deal. (Fabrizio Romano)


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Wolves are considering the future of head coach Bruno Lage after the club's underwhelming start to the season.


Nice lead the chase for Ukraine winger Mykhaylo Mudryk despite Premier League interest.

Newcastle have put Elliot Anderson on a £30,000-a-week deal. The Toon are eager to keep the 19-year-old Scotland Under-21 international.

Manchester United new boy Antony is currently living in Paul Pogba's old house.

Harry Redknapp says Harry Maguire is a 'proper' defender' and the Man Utd star should start for England at the World Cup.

Juventus are ready to offload Manuel Locatelli in January with Arsenal already interested in signing him.

Garang Kuol watched on with fans as his new Newcastle team-mates thrashed Fulham.

Ruben Neves rejected approaches from Manchester United and Liverpool in the summer to wait for a "dream" move to Barcelona.


Hundreds of football fans are reported to have died following riots during a match which got severely out of hand and resulted in clashes with police following the final whistle in the match between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya in Indonesia.

Manchester United are hoping second time's a charm when it comes to signing Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham.


Manchester United are hoping second time's a charm when it comes to signing Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham.

Luis Suarez has paid Uruguay team-mate Fede Valverde the ultimate compliment in comparing him to Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.

Steven Gerrard is expecting speculation around Douglas Luiz's future to continue all season - but concedes it is a 'touchy situation' with the Brazilian out of contract next summer.


Rangers fear injury-plagued defender John Souttar will not be available for a first-team return until 2023 after surgery on his Achilles.

Wolves boss Bruno Lage's future at the club is in doubt after their poor Premier League start continued with defeat by West Ham. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Arsenal are hoping to move ahead of Liverpool and Manchester United in their pursuit of Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves, 25. (Express)

Barcelona will rival the Gunners for the signature of Neves, too. (Sport)

West Ham are competing with AC Milan to sign 23-year-old Club Bruges winger Noa Lang. (Calciomercato)

Manchester City will increase striker Erling Haaland's wages after the 22-year-old's superb start to the season. (Star)

Haaland's father Alf-Inge has said in a new documentary that he only sees his son playing at City for "three or four years". (Star)

Nice are leading the race for Shakhtar Donetsk and Ukraine winger Mykhaylo Mudryk despite interest from Brentford, Everton and Newcastle, with the French side willing to pay £25million plus extras for the 21-year-old. (Sun)

Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, 25, remains on Manchester United's transfer wish list. (ESPN)

Liverpool are chasing Colombia and Chicago Fire forward Jhon Duran but face competition from Chelsea for the 18-year-old. (Sun)

Liverpool and Arsenal are set to battle it out for 18-year-old Norwegian striker Andreas Schjelderup, who plays for Danish club Nordsjaelland and has been dubbed the next Erling Haaland. (Mail)

Arsenal are considering a move for Bayer Leverkusen and Ecuador centre-back Piero Hincapie, 20. (Teamtalk)

Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold have urged Borussia Dortmund midfielder and fellow England international Jude Bellingham to join them at Liverpool. (Football Insider)

But Manchester United are also planning to pursue the 19-year-old again. (Express)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he is not thinking about his future at the club despite his contract expiring at the end of the season. (Manchester Evening News)

Barcelona still owe Manchester City £46m for the transfer of forward Ferran Torres, 22. (Mail)


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Wolves want Sporting Lisbon boss Ruben Amorim to replace Bruno Lage who was ruthlessly sacked yesterday.
Man City star Erling Haaland has told Jude Bellingham to join him at the club, according to reports.
Jack Grealish celebrated Manchester City's derby demolition of United by grabbing a Chinese takeaway with his pals.
Chelsea were hoping to keep Christopher Nkunku's medical at the club secret, according to reports.


French forward Christopher Nkunku has reportedly chosen to join Chelsea amid interest from Manchester United. Paris Saint-Germain are also thought to be interested in the versatile playmaker, having sold him in 2019.
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has deemed Donny van de Beek surplus to requirements, according to reports.
Barcelona are targeting a move for Wolves star Ruben Neves next summer which could eventually enable Frenkie de Jong to leave the club and join Manchester United, according to reports.
Chelsea boss Graham Potter has been tipped to make a move for his former player Moises Caicedo, who he managed during his time at Brighton. But the 47-year-old reportedly loves Seagulls midfielder Leandro Trossard so could decide to make a move for him instead.

Djed Spence's sister aimed a dig at Antonio Conte after the manager left the right-back out of Tottenham Hotspur's 3-1 defeat by Arsenal on Saturday.
A mural honouring Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been vandalised for a second time after red paint was thrown over the artistry adorning the side of a house in the city.

Luis Suarez has confirmed he will not be returning to Europe, ending any idea of a return to Liverpool.
Chelsea manager Graham Potter is reportedly open to bringing Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge after the record signing's year on loan in Italy.
Sadio Mane has opened up on his recent run of low form for Bayern Munich and admitted it has proven challenging to adapt after leaving Liverpool this summer.

The Real Madrid president has claimed football is "sick", has been overtaken by American sports in terms of popularity, and that a European Super League would cure its ills.
Tax investigations into British football clubs have yielded £59m for HM Revenue & Customs in the past year, according to figures released by a leading accountancy firm.
An insolvency expert wrongfully prosecuted during a disastrous fraud probe into the takeover of Rangers claims he has only just been given crucial documents by the Crown Office that should have been handed over two years ago.

England internationals Ted Hill and Ollie Lawrence are among four Worcester Warriors players who will join Bath on loan this week as the club desperately try and cut costs.

British number one Cameron Norrie has confirmed he has tested positive for Covid.
Eddie Jones has reacted to the new Gallagher Premiership season being launched with a glut of tries by warning his England players they will be dropped if they are vulnerable in defence.
World Cup hopeful Conor Gallagher will get plenty of chances to impress Gareth Southgate in October, promised new Chelsea boss Graham Potter.

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has been "discussed" as an option for the vacant Wolves job, according to reports.
Rangers ace Ryan Kent could be set for a January reunion with Steven Gerrard, according to reports.

Rangers star Ryan Kent is reportedly attracting interest from Steven Gerrard's Aston Villa and Leeds United as the clock ticks down on his Ibrox contract.

Everton and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is expected to be the subject of a Manchester United bid 'pretty soon', according to reports.

Wolves have sounded out the former Olympiakos coach Pedro Martins and are expected to hold further talks this week.

Chelsea owner Todd Boehly could further his pursuit to follow the Red Bull model by bringing in RB Leipzig's technical director having overseen a medical for star player Christopher Nkunku.
Manchester City are likely to rip up Erling Haaland's contract and give him a new one - if he continues to plunder goals at such a prolific rate.

Manchester United are reportedly set to battle several of Europe's biggest clubs for the signing of Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos.

Former Olympiacos coach Pedro Martins is likely to be a strong contender to replace Bruno Lage as Wolves manager, while Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui could be considered and Celtic's Ange Postecoglou has been discussed. (Telegraph

Sporting Lisbon boss Ruben Amorim is also among the contenders for the Wolves job, though it would cost the club £20m in compensation. (Sun)

Chelsea wanted to keep news that Christopher Nkunku had already had a medical with the club a secret as they have yet to agree a fee with RB Leipzig for the 24-year-old France forward. (Fabrizio Romano)

Liverpool will face competition from Juventus and Real Madrid for the signature of 25-year-old Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans, whose Leicester contract expires at the end of the season. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Sevilla and Valencia are interested in signing 26-year-old France forward Anthony Martial from Manchester United. (Todofichajes - in Spanish)

UAE side Sharjah FC have expressed an interest in signing Everton striker Salomon Rondon, though the 33-year-old Venezuela international looks likely to stay at Goodison Park. (Liverpool Echo)

Reims want to turn their season-long loan of Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun, 21, into a permanent move. (Ekrem Konur)

Arsenal could face competition from Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Paris St-Germain for 22-year-old Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic. (Il Bianconero - in Italian)

Manchester United failed in a bid to sign Italy midfielder Manuel Locatelli, 24, from Juventus over the summer. (Sport Mediaset - in Italian)

Arsenal have enquired about signing Locatelli in the January transfer window. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Tottenham's Brazilian winger Lucas Moura, 30, will be a target for Sevilla in the January transfer window. (Vamos Mi Sevilla - in Spanish)


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Former Liverpool and Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez is in the frame for the top job at Nottingham Forest as East Midlands derby defeat pushes Steve Cooper to the brink.


Arsenal have stepped up efforts to tie down William Saliba to a new contact until 2027 after his performances this season.
Willaim Saliba's current Arsenal contract expires in 2024
Manchester United held a clear-the-air meeting into their shambolic derby day performance at their Carrington training base.
Arsene Wenger thinks the summer departure of "big-game player" Sadio Mane has been the main factor in Liverpool's slow start to the season.


Chelsea have reportedly joined Dusan Vlahovic's growing list of suitors.
Liverpool want to sign Youri Tielemans in the next transfer window, according to sources.
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes slammed Jadon Sancho and Antony's performance in the derby against Manchester City.


Chelsea hope to sign Josko Gvardiol as well as Christopher Nkunku.
Julen Lopetegui and Bo Svensson have emerged as Wolves' top targets to replace Bruno Lage.


Gary O'Neil and Rob Edwards top Middlesbrough's shortlist after Chris Wilder's sacking on Monday morning.


Chelsea boss Graham Potter has been tipped to make a move for his former player Moises Caicedo, who he managed during his time at Brighton.
Moises Caicedo has also been linked with moves to Liverpool and Man United


Merseyside cops say officers will flood the city to make sure Rangers' Champions League clash with Liverpool "goes ahead smoothly".


Ange Postecoglou has challenged his Celtic team to begin stamping their Champions League authority after a bright reintroduction to the tournament which has delivered limited rewards.
VAR's introduction into Scottish football is said to be "imminent" with the technology set to be in place before the World Cup. Two former top referees say that it will be brought in within a matter of weeks to the Scottish Premiership after weeks of trialling.
Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, will be allowed to leave Manchester United in January. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Chelsea are believed to be monitoring Arsenal's 21-year-old Brazil forward Gabriel Martinelli. (Mail)

The Gunners have offered 21-year-old England forward Bukayo Saka £200,000-a-week to extend his stay with the club. (Football.london)

In addition to talks with RB Leipzig about signing France forward Christopher Nkunku, 24, Chelsea are also discussing signing Croatia centre-back Josko Gvardiol, 20, from the German club. (90 Min)

The Blues will also assess the goalkeeping situation at the club over the coming months, with Senegal international Edouard Mendy, 30, yet to sign a new contract. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has told the club's hierarchy not to offer any players new contracts until he works out who deserves them. (Telegraph - subscription required)

France defender William Saliba has confirmed his representatives have spoken to Arsenal about the 21-year-old signing a new contract. (90 Min)

Barcelona manager Xavi says "it is not the moment" to talk about Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 35, returning to the club and to "leave him in peace" to enjoy his time at Paris St-Germain. (ESPN)

Wolves chiefs are in no rush to fast-track a replacement for manage Bruno Lage who was sacked on Sunday. (Sun)

Rafael Benitez, the ex-Liverpool manager, is an option to replace Colin Cooper at Nottingham Forest if the Premier League basement club decide to make a change. (Mail)

Former Watford manager Rob Edwards and Bournemouth caretaker boss Gary O'Neil are in the frame to replace the sacked Chris Wilder as manager of Middlesbrough. (Football Insider)

Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Leicester City are monitoring 23-year-old Sheffield United and Wales left-back Rhys Norrington-Davies. (Football Insider)

Newcastle have agreed a two-year contract extension with 30-year-old England striker Callum Wilson. (90min)


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Arsenal are reportedly willing to use Albert Sambi Lokonga in a straight swap for Juventus midfielder Manuel Locatelli, with both players valued around the £26m mark.
Arsenal scouts are said to have cast an eye over Croatia midfielder Lovro Majer in his side's 2-1 Nations League victory over Denmark at the back end of last month.
Liverpool are reportedly one of several clubs interested in making a move for Jamal Musiala, but Bayern Munich have no interest in selling the highly-rated teenager at the moment.


Newcastle chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan has revealed the Saudi-led PIF were offered a 30 per cent stake in another Premier League club before they bought the Toon.
Chelsea boss Graham Potter has hailed AC Milan's Rafael Leao as a "top player" amid transfer speculation.
Joe Cole believes not even the management greats of Sir Alex Ferguson and Brian Clough could get this Chelsea team immediately challenging for league titles and European cups.
Antony ignored defensive orders from boss Erik ten Hag to track back before Sunday's 6-3 Manchester derby mauling.
Julen Lopetegui is set to bow out as Sevilla's head coach after Wednesday's Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund and take a massive step towards becoming Wolves' next boss.
Italy's justice ministry has asked Brazilian authorities to extradite former Manchester City star Robinho so he can serve a nine-year prison sentence in relation to rape.
Erling Haaland reportedly has a clause in his contract that will allow him to leave Manchester City for Real Madrid in 2024.
John Obi Mikel claims snubbing Manchester United for Chelsea was the "best decision" he ever made.
Arsenal star William Saliba was lined up by Barcelona for a transfer over the summer.

A leading British football agent is the subject of a police blackmail investigation after allegedly sending a threatening email to the former Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia.
Graham Potter insists he will focus on getting midfielder N'Golo Kante fit before addressing the World Cup winner's fast-expiring contract at Chelsea.
Everton's plan to exercise an option to sign Conor Coady on a permanent basis will not be affected by the change of manager at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Nottingham Forest have sounded out Rafa Benitez as a potential replacement for Steve Cooper with members of the club's recruitment team also facing the sack.
Worcester Warriors expect to be suspended from the Gallagher Premiership for the rest of the season and have their enforced relegation to the RFU Championship confirmed on Wednesday.
Saudi Arabia is to organise international skiing and snowboarding events at a $500bn (£440 billion) futuristic megacity in the desert after being chosen to host the 2029 Asian Winter Games.

Xabi Alonso is under serious consideration to become Bayer Leverkusen's new manager, according to reports.
Lionel Messi is out of contract with Paris Saint-Germain this summer and there have been suggestions that he plans to return to Barcelona - but it is understood no decision has been made.

Ukraine is set to join Spain and Portugal in a combined bid to host the 2030 World Cup.
Gary O'Neil is unlikely to return to Middlesbrough as Chris Wilder's replacement as the club searches for its sixth boss in less than five years.

Leandro Trossard has refused to dismiss speculation linking him with a move away from Brighton.
Former Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel has turned down the chance to take charge of Bayer Leverkusen.
Wolves target Julen Lopetegui is set to leave Sevilla in the coming days to pave the way for a possible move to Molineux.
Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis is considering sacking manager Steve Cooper as part of a major overhaul at the Premier League strugglers.
Brendan Rodgers is hoping to bring in Manchester United's Donny van de Beek for around £13m, as the Foxes look to find a replacement for Youri Tielemans.
Highly-renowned medical leaders from the NFL and Premier League held a day-long summit on Tuesday to discuss best practices and health and safety advancements amidst the NFL London games.
Chelsea risk losing one of the world's best defensive midfielders for nothing in the summer after talks with N'Golo Kante over a contract extension stalled.
Barcelona coach Xavi called for referees to have to explain their decisions post-match after he felt his side were robbed in Milan.
Tony Bellew believes Tyson Fury never planned to fight Anthony Joshua on December 3, instead using their public negotiations to soften the blow of a disappointing match-up against Derek Chisora or Mahmoud Charr.

Nottingham Forest's recruitment chiefs are facing the sack after the club's mammoth £150m summer spend.
Grassroots football referees are considering a national strike after an official suffered severe injuries - reported to be a broken nose, broken ribs, a dislocated shoulder, a broken collarbone and concussion - during a "serious assault" on Sunday.
Wasps have 10 days to secure vital investment or face entering administration after the club filed a second notice of intention to appoint administrators.

A Liverpool mural of Jurgen Klopp was vandalised ahead of the Champions League group stage clash with Rangers.

Manchester City are already trying to renegotiate Erling Haaland's contract, which includes a clause allowing the Norway striker, 22, to leave after two years if Real Madrid make an offer. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Arsenal have reached an agreement in principle on a new contract for England winger Bukayo Saka, 21. (Football Insider)

Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis is considering sacking manager Steve Cooper and some of the club's recruitment staff after five successive Premier League defeats. (Mail)

Forest are considering former Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez as Cooper's potential replacement, while ex-Burnley boss Sean Dyche is also an option. (Guardian)

Manchester United are reluctant to let Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo leave in the January transfer window, and the 37-year-old may have to wait until his contract runs out next summer before departing Old Trafford. (Mirror)

United are interested in signing Benfica's Portuguese forward Goncalo Ramos, 21, and PSV Eindhoven's Netherlands winger Cody Gakpo, 23. (Express)

Former Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has turned down the chance to manage struggling Bayer Leverkusen in his native Germany. (Sport1)

Leverkusen are looking at appointing former Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso as a replacement for manager Gerardo Seoane. (ESPN)

Chelsea are leading the race for AC Milan's 23-year-old Portugal forward Rafael Leao. (Star)

AC Milan could use their game against Chelsea in the Champions League to talk to the Blues about signing 23-year-old English defender Trevoh Chalobah and United States forward Christian Pulisic, 24. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Inter Milan could look to try to sign Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek, 25, from Manchester United in January. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Liverpool's owners are willing to fund a big-money transfer in January if Reds manager Jurgen Klopp and the club's recruitment team find the right player. (Football Insider)

Liverpool boss Klopp says he wanted to sign Arsenal's Martin Odegaard, 23, for previous club Borussia Dortmund but the Norway midfielder chose to join Real Madrid. (Goal)

Arsenal are thinking of offering Belgian midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga, 22, in a swap deal for 24-year-old Juventus and Italy midfielder Manuel Locatelli. (Calcio Mercato Web)

Leandro Trossard, 27, has refused to dismiss speculation linking him with a move away from Brighton, with Arsenal and Chelsea interested in the Belgian winger. (Mail)

Everton plan to exercise an option to turn 29-year-old England defender Conor Coady's loan move from Wolverhampton Wanderers into a permanent switch for a fee believed to be less than £10m. (Times - subscription required)

Chelsea boss Graham Potter says his focus is on getting France midfielder N'Golo Kante fit again, and that the contract situation of the 31-year-old, whose deal runs out next summer, is "between the club and him". (Guardian)

Sevilla have agreed a deal with former manager Jorge Sampaoli to return to the club to replace Julen Lopetegui as boss. (ESPN)


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Southampton are set to sack manager Ralph Hasenhuttl after the club's poor start to the season. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper is a potential candidate to replace Hasenhuttl at St Mary's. (Mail)

Forest face competition from Leicester City to land Rafael Benitez as their new manager, if they decide to sack Cooper. (Football Insider)

New York Red Bulls head coach Gerhard Struber is also being considered by Forest. (Sun)

Liverpool will consider a move for Bayern Munich's 19-year-old Germany midfielder Jamal Musiala next summer should they fail to land Borussia Dortmund's England midfielder Jude Bellingham, 19. (Mirror)

Liverpool and Guinea midfielder Naby Keita, 27, will not discuss a new deal with the Reds until January. His current contract expires next summer. (Bild)

Barcelona have agreed to permanently sell Antoine Griezmann, 31, to Atletico Madrid for half his 40m euros asking price. The France forward is currently on loan at Atletico. (Marca - in Spanish)

West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice, 23, will be Chelsea's top transfer target in 2023. (90min)

Everton will pay just £4.5m to turn 29-year-old England defender Conor Coady's loan from Wolves into a permanent deal before the end of the season. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Arsenal are monitoring Marcus Rashford's situation at Manchester United before a possible bid for the 24-year-old England striker. (Football Insider)

Lionel Messi has yet to receive any contract offers with his Paris St-Germain deal expiring at the end of the season, though former club Barcelona are keen to re-sign the 33-year-old Argentina striker. (Fabrizio Romano)

Messi is open to a return to Barcelona but one of the obstacles to any deal is his relationship with the La Liga club's president, Joan Laporta. (Mail)

Former Olympiakos boss Pedro Martins, who was linked with the Wolves job, is close to being appointed manager of Hull. (Talksport)

English striker Eddie Nketiah, 23, says he is frustrated at his lack of game time at Arsenal since signing a new five-year deal in the summer but is determined to prove he deserves to play more for the Gunners. (Mail)

American group LAMF Global Ventures Corp has expressed an interest in taking over Everton but a deal is not thought to be close. (Liverpool Echo)


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Liverpool are weighing up a move for Germany's Bayern Munich midfielder Jamal Musiala.
Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn has confirmed that his club held discussions over signing Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer - but opted against a move.
Erling Haaland reportedly earns just shy of an eye-watering £900,000 per week at Manchester City.


Bournemouth expect to announce that the club is to be sold to American investor Bill Foley for around £120 million, with the 77-year-old in Dorset on Thursday to watch the first team train ahead of an agreement with Russian-British businessman Maxim Demin.
The All England Club has been plunged into turmoil by the departure of three senior directors and a move to sideline its chairman Ian Hewitt in the wake of the controversial decision to ban Russians and Belarusians from this year's Wimbledon.
Eddie Jones could be forced into another shake-up of his England staff before next year's World Cup with Anthony Seibold, his defence coach, linked to a top job in Australian rugby league.

Cristiano Ronaldo could be offered an exit route from Manchester United by Galatasaray, according to reports.
N'Golo Kante has reportedly been offered a shock switch to Arsenal or Tottenham.

A Europa League tie between Malmo and Union Berlin was delayed after a huge explosion took place just a few yards away from the pitch. Trouble began to emerge from the stands as fans threw objects and pyrotechnic missiles onto the pitch, causing the referee to suspend play and take the players off the pitch on Thursday night in Sweden.
Liverpool will mitigate financial challenges faced by potentially failing to qualify for the Champions League by continuing their off-the-pitch development, the club's chief executive has explained. Billy Hogan has insisted that the club's hierarchy have plans in place should Jurgen Klopp's side fail to finish in the Premier League's top four.

England will go into the World Cup without a win in their past six matches and facing what is officially the toughest group in the tournament.
Restaurant owners in Manchester have criticised the "preposterous" claims made by a footballer's wife who said the city's establishments serve only "horrible" and "frozen" food.

Trevoh Chalobah believes Reece James might just be the world's best right-back.
England players will join forces with the United States to show solidarity for victims of the abuse scandal ahead of Friday evening's sold-out international at Wembley.
Pep Guardiola believes the brilliance of Erling Haaland is allowing another attacking "weapon" in Julian Alvarez to settle quietly and effectively at Manchester City.

Brendan Rodgers has revealed he twice rejected the chance to leave Leicester as he tries to turn around their season.
Taking the knee at the World Cup retains significant support from inside the England camp, despite the players not doing it for the first time in two years before last month's Nations League matches.

Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly not part of the leadership group that's been forged at Manchester United.

Rangers are set to reward rising star Adam Devine with a new contract.
Matt O'Riley insists Celtic must learn fast to get ruthless and go for the Champions League kill.

Arsenal are leading the chase for Rangers youngster Jack Wylie, according to a report.

Galatasaray want to sign Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, from Manchester United in January. (Fotomac - in Turkish)

Bayern Munich chief executive Oliver Kahn says the Bundesliga giants considered a move for Ronaldo in the summer. (Bild, via Mail)

Wolves are expected to hold talks with Julen Lopetegui this weekend, following the former Spain manager's sacking as Sevilla head coach. (Sky Sports)

France midfielder N'Golo Kante, 31, believes Chelsea do not want to offer him a contract extension, with his current deal due to expire next summer. (Footmercato - in French)

Arsenal are interested in Porto and Iran's 30-year-old forward Mehdi Taremi. (A Bola, via TEAMtalk)

Real Madrid are keeping tabs on Benfica's 18-year-old Portuguese defender Antonio Silva. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Inter Milan hope to secure Hakan Calhanoglu's long-term future at the club after fending off interest in the 28-year-old Turkey midfielder from clubs including Everton. (Teamtalk)

US billionaire Bill Foley, the owner of NHL franchise the Vegas Golden Knights, has a verbal agreement in place to buy Bournemouth. (Athletic - subscription required)

Norway striker Erling Haaland, 22, is earning £865,000-per-week at Manchester City. (Mail)

Leeds United are interested in 22-year-old Swiss forward Noah Okafor, who plays for Red Bull Salzburg, but face competition from AC Milan. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Championship table-toppers Sheffield United are keen on Kilmarnock's Scottish centre forward Bobby Wales, 17. (Football Insider)

Barcelona's vice-president has warned the club's wage bill will not reach manageable levels until the contracts of star names including Spain defenders Gerard Pique, 35, and Jordi Alba, 33, and midfielder Sergio Busquets, 34, come to an end. (Mail)

Barcelona have been linked with Spanish midfielder Martin Zubimendi but it appears the 23-year-old is close to signing a new deal with Real Sociedad. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Former player Rio Ferdinand has urged former club Manchester United to sign Borussia Dortmund's England midfielder Jude Bellingham, 19, who is also a target of Real Madrid and Liverpool. (Mirror)

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed he has rejected two opportunities to leave the club. (Leicester Mercury)