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Friday's Newspapers:
22nd January 2021



the sun
Manchester City have suffered a huge blow with Kevin De Bruyne facing up to four weeks out with a hamstring injury.
West Ham are preparing a 16m transfer offer for Bournemouth striker Josh King after failing with an initial 13m bid.
Paul Pogba's Manchester United revival comes after working with Darren Fletcher in a new coaching role, as the ex-Old Trafford ace is helping the France international improve his defensive side.
Mamadou Sakho could be in hot water at Crystal Palace after footage of him at a Dubai restaurant without social distancing.
Wolves have provisionally agreed a fee of almost 18m with Real Sociedad for their Brazilian striker Willian Jose.


the times
Founder members of a proposed European Super League would be offered up to 310m each to join the competition and could earn as much as 213m a season from it, according to an incendiary document.
A major police investigation has uncovered evidence that suggests legal disputes in football and other sports may have been corrupted by the submission of misleading documents.
Arsenal are now actively looking for reinforcements this month, Mikel Arteta has confirmed, having discharged their first priority of clearing unwanted players from the squad.


daily mail
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has admitted concerns about Chorley's pitch ahead of their FA Cup clash and fears his players could suffer 'serious injury'.
Celtic, Burnley, West Ham, Brighton, West Brom and Bournemouth are all battling to sign Crystal Palace's James McCarthy, with the midfielder out of contract this summer.
Nick Pope is challenging Jordan Pickford for the England number one spot but his international starting chances could be damaged by Burnley's style of play, claims Tom Heaton.
Top-flight football clubs are having to undertake a series of urgent measures to address concerns over the quality of their pitches.


the guardian
Concrete proposals for a European Super League are being discussed by top clubs including Manchester United and Liverpool with more seriousness because of the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
World No 3 Dominic Thiem has denied the top players are receiving a notable advantage before the Australian Open by spending their 14-day quarantine in Adelaide, rather than Melbourne where more than 300 players are staying.
Margaret Court, the former Australian tennis player who has sparked controversy in recent years because of her views on LGBTQ+ issues, will be recognised with Australia's highest honour.


daily express
Liverpool and Manchester United are paying close attention to contract negotiations concerning Bayern Munich youngster Jamal Musiala, with talks said to have reached deadlock.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is open to signing a new left-back in this transfer window as cover for Kieran Tierney.


daily mirror
Bayern Munich have confirmed their intention to sign RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano who had previously been linked with Liverpool and Manchester United.
Liverpool are one of the many teams said to be interested in Reading midfielder Michael Olise.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has insisted that young forward Folarin Balogun has a future at the club despite speculation linking him with a move in the summer.


daily telegraph
Leicester City have made an enquiry about signing Christian Eriksen on loan for the rest of the season, but baulked at his 300,000-a-week wages.
The Premier League has been warned teams could abuse the offside law that allowed the controversial Manchester City opener against Aston Villa on Wednesday.
The prospect of the Olympics being forced behind-closed-doors has increased significantly after chief organisers said spectators are not a "must have".
The Government could face surprise resistance in handing northern clubs Euro 2020 fixtures as most of them are planning pitch resurfacing this summer.
Helen MacNamara, one of Britain's most senior civil servants, has quit Government to become a top executive at the Premier League.


daily record
Hearts have offered Andy Irving a new deal and the player has responded with a counter offer as the two parties try to thrash out his Tynecastle future.


scottish sun
Rangers are closing in on a deal for Bournemouth pair Jack Simpson and Nnamdi Ofoborh.
Eddie Howe is the red hot favourite to be the next Celtic manager after two bookies suspended betting on him taking over from Neil Lennon.
John Hughes insists it will take 500,000 to prise Ross Stewart away from Ross County in the next ten days.
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