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Friday's Newspapers:
21st February 2020

Middlesbrough have pocketed a £2m windfall from the transfer of Martin Braithwaite from Leganes to Barcelona courtesy of a sell-on clause inserted when the 28-year-old was sold to the La Liga side last August.
Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen flew to Milan to have a face mask fitted so he can play against Tottenham on Saturday.
Tottenham ace Steven Bergwijn is facing a driving ban after being caught doing 91mph in a built-up area.
16-year-old Chelsea starlet Samuel Iling-Junior is wanted by Bayern Munich, PSG and Ajax after his contract talks stalled.

Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino has been linked with a possible summer exit from Anfield with Bayern Munich considering making a move for the Brazilian.

Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has been told to snub Manchester United and move to Liverpool instead.
Liverpool have no intentions of changing their scouting set-up despite links with Real Madrid scout Juni Calafat, who has also been linked to Chelsea
Paul Pogba's Manchester United exit is not proving as simple as he foresaw with agent Mino Raiola struggling to find a suitor for the wantaway star.
RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano says he knows there are "several clubs" looking to sign him but he will make "the right decision" at the end of the season.

FA staff will be forced to move out of Wembley for Euro 2020 as UEFA are due to move into the stadium on May 27, 16 days before the tournament begins.
Lewis Hamilton is making Mercedes wait to open contract talks, though he revealed that 'freedom' will be a central demand when negotiations finally start.
Chelsea winger Willian, who is out of contract at the end of the season, says he has no plans to move his family from their London home after passing the British citizenship test.

FA chiefs will request Marcus Rashford's medical reports amid doubts he could miss Euro 2020.
Mikel Arteta has suggested he's building Arsenal's team around Bukayo Saka, not slotting him in to fill a gap.

Carabao Cup organisers face the potential ignominy of empty seats at the Wembley final next week because Manchester City have yet to sell out their most expensive tickets.

Inverness have vowed to go to war with the SFA over James Keatings' Challenge Cup Final ban.
Former Rangers target Simon Deli has claimed he turned down a move to Glasgow because he felt Club Brugge were more ambitious.

Celtic are sweating on the fitness of Scott Brown after the skipper picked up an injury against Copenhagen.

Atletico Madrid's players were angered by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp's complaints after they beat the Reds 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 match, and think the German should focus more on his own team's shortcomings. (ESPN)

Manchester City and Barcelona will have to pay in excess of 90m euros (£75m) for Inter Milan's Slovakia defender Milan Skriniar, 25, this summer. (Calciomercato)

Arsenal are considering triggering the £34m release clause in 24-year-old Bayer Leverkusen and Germany defender Jonathan Tah's contract. (Bild - in German)

Spain full-back Marcos Alonso remains a target for Inter Milan - but Chelsea are set to raise their asking price for the 29-year-old. (Calicomercato - in Italian)

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish says he is confident of keeping manager Roy Hodgson at the club after offering him a new contract. (Sky Sports)

Chelsea's Brazil winger Willian, 31, is out of contract at the end of the season but says he has no plans to move his family from their London home. (Mail)

Inter are prepared to offer players to Verona as part of a deal for their Albania defender Marash Kumbulla, 20, who has also been linked with Liverpool. (Inside Futbol)

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was keen on signing Christian Eriksen before the 28-year-old Denmark midfielder left Tottenham for Inter Milan last month. (Manchester Evening News)

La Liga strugglers Leganes are furious Barcelona were allowed to sign Denmark forward Martin Braithwaite, 28, outside the transfer window, and hope they will be granted the same permission to sign a striker. (AS)

Juventus and Inter are interested in signing Chelsea's Emerson Palmieri but have yet to make an official bid for the 25-year-old Italy full-back, according to his agent. (

Real Madrid are monitoring highly rated Rennes and France Under-21 midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, 17. (Marca)

Chelsea's Denmark defender Andreas Christensen, 23, will be fit to face Tottenham on Saturday having flown to Milan to have a protective mask made after breaking his nose against Manchester United on Monday. (The Athletic)

Manchester United are said to have deemed a move for West Ham midfielder Kai Corbett, 17 - a triallist at Bristol City last month - to be too expensive. (Bristol Post)

Bayern Munich's German goalkeeper Christian Fruchtl, 20, turned down a move to Liverpool last year because he was not prepared to play a substitute role. (Sport1, via Mirror)

Former Manchester United forward Robin van Persie says Solskjaer needs to win the Europa League with attractive football to appease his critics this season. Van Persie says Jose Mourinho's Europa League win with United "didn't feel satisfying" because of the style of play. (Sun)

Brazil defender David Luiz, 32, believes Arsenal have the necessary quality in their squad to go on and win the Europa League this season after falling at the final hurdle last year. (Evening Standard)

Tottenham's Netherlands winger Steven Bergwijn, 22, faces a driving ban after being caught speeding at 91mph in a built-up area in Eindhoven. (Sun)

Brazilian winger Matheus Pereira could become a permanent West Brom player after the derby against Birmingham next month. When the 23-year-old makes 30 appearancesit triggers the clause in his loan deal from Sporting Lisbon. (Express and Star)

Sunderland are offering a trial to South Shields defender Wouter Verstraaten, a 23-year-old who began his professional career with the academy at PSV. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Manchester City have yet to sell out their most expensive tickets for the Carabao Cup final with Aston Villa on 1 March. (Telegraph)

Borussia Dortmund fans are set to get a three-year away ban at Hoffenheim because of offensive banners aimed at the club's owner. (ESPN)

Arsenal are sending scouts to watch Italy midfielder Bryan Cristante, 24, play for Roma this weekend. (Mail)

Paris St-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who has been charged by Swiss prosecutors following an investigation into the awarding of tournament media rights, previously agreed to pay Fifa a substantial settlement fee that led to the world governing body dropping a bribery complaint. (Times - subscription required)

Manchester City will not be forced to sell any of their key stars if their two-year Champions League ban remains in place and may even benefit financially from their time out of Europe. (Mail)

Southampton are hoping to re-sign England midfielder Adam Lallana, 31, who is expected to leave Liverpool this summer. (Express)

FA staff will have to move out of Wembley at the end of May when Uefa takes control of the stadium for this summer's European Championships. (Mail)
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Saturday's Newspapers:
22nd February 2020

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Manchester City have turned to the QC who twice beat the Government over Brexit to help them fight their two-year Champions League ban.
Brendan Rodgers has challenged Leicester City to gatecrash the Premier League's established order by becoming "Big Six" regulars.
Planning permission for Chelsea's proposed new stadium runs out at the end of the month with no indication yet made by the club when work might start.

daily mirror

Bayer Leverkusen defender Jonathan Tah has emerged as a possible summer target for Arsenal, who are reported to be considering whether to trigger his £34m buyout clause.
Jordan Henderson faces a race against time to lead Liverpool's quest for a dream trophy double.
PSG forward Neymar is reportedly considering signing an extension to his current deal at Paris Saint-Germain despite speculation continuing to link him with a return to his former club Barcelona.
Former Juventus and AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri has suggested he wants to be back in a job by September with Manchester United said to be among the clubs monitoring the Italian's situation.
Carlo Ancelotti admits that Everton's away record against the Premier League big six makes him want to cry.
Arsenal centre-back Shkodran Mustafi thinks he could still play an important part in the club's future despite it appearing all-but-certain at one stage that he would move on.

the independent

Members of the US women's national team are seeking more than $66m in damages as part of their gender discrimination lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation.

the sun

Steve Bruce is tempted to take Toon 'whipping boy' Joelinton out of the firing line at Selhurst Park.
Danny Drinkwater is being warned to shape up to avoid the hook by Aston Villa boss Dean Smith.
Norwich do not expect Sam Byram back until pre-season after he was forced to undergo surgery on a ruptured hamstring tendon.

scottish sun

Rangers could be charged by UEFA after a flare was thrown on to the Ibrox surface near the halfway line during the epic 3-2 victory over Braga.

daily mail

Floyd Mayweather's uncle has revealed his nephew is planning to fight UFC duo Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov on the same day in what would be a historic double-header.
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Sunday's Newspapers:
23rd February 2020

Wolves' Diogo Jota has emerged as a potential transfer target for Manchester United

Manchester United are set to make a move for £50m Wolves striker Diogo Jota.
Manchester City are interested in signing Fabian Ruiz from Napoli in the summer transfer window.

Liverpool have joined the race to sign Birmingham City teenager Jude Bellingham.
Manchester City's bid to overturn their European ban could end with Liverpool in the dock over allegations that the Premier League champions-elect hacked into the Etihad's scouting database.
Minnesota United boss Adrian Heath has predicted that David Beckham's Inter Miami will follow Manchester City's fast-track to success - with a cash-driven blitz of the MLS which could include offers to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Manchester City will make a rare cut-price move into the transfer market this summer with Pep Guardiola keen to seal a £15m move for veteran Bayern Munich midfielder Javi Martinez.

Serie A giants Inter Milan are reportedly targeting another raid of the Premier League, with Antonio Conte's side believed to be keen on Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Manchester United ace Anthony Martial.

The introduction of concussion substitutes in football is to be delayed again after experts failed to agree on the best way to protect players.

Leicester will make a second bid for £25m-rated Callum McGregor from Celtic this summer.
Chris Wilder hopes going on a European tour will boost Sheffield United's chances of landing Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips.
Gary McAllister has revealed Rangers are working to tie down Euro hero Ianis Hagi on a permanent deal.
Chelsea have capped ticket sales for their FA Youth Cup semi-final clash with Millwall at Stamford Bridge at just 2,700 due to fears of crowd trouble. The Lions have already sold out their 1,000 allocation and asked for more.
West Ham are leading the race for in-demand Amiens striker Serhou Guirassy, with the French club looking to tie up a £20m deal quickly because of their fears of being relegated.
Crystal Palace are sending scouts to watch Eintracht Frankfurt winger Filip Kostic, who could become available this summer.
Blackpool have started hunting down new candidates to take over as manager with first choice Nathan Jones having been slow to commit to the role.
Jordan Rhodes is stuck at Sheffield Wednesday because of the loan fee owner Dejphon Chansiri is insisting on getting for him.
Middlesbrough want £25m for defender Dael Fry, who remains a target for Burnley.
Tottenham hope to steal a march on rivals to sign Sunderland's teenage striker Joe Hugill, a 16-year-old who is already playing at U23 level.
Spurs are also set to beat Arsenal to hosting rights for Anthony Joshua's heavyweight title defence against Kubrat Pulev in June.

The Glazer family will hold the key to Paul Pogba's hopes of leaving Manchester United this summer.

Liverpool have entered the race for Birmingham's 16-year-old English midfielder Jude Bellingham, who could cost about £30m and has also been linked with Manchester United. (Star on Sunday)

Inter Milan are preparing a summer bid for Arsenal's Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with a potential £92m at their disposal to bring the 30-year-old to Italy. (Sunday Express)

Manchester United and France forward Anthony Martial, 24, is also an Inter target to replace 22-year-old Argentina striker Lautaro Martinez, who is wanted by Barcelona. (Tuttosport, via Sunday Mirror)

Manchester City will face competition from Real Madrid for Napoli's 23-year-old midfielder Fabian Ruiz, who is valued at £80m. (Sunday Express)

Leicester City will make a second bid for Celtic's £25m-rated Scotland midfielder Callum McGregor, 26, this summer. (Sun on Sunday)

RB Leipzig's 23-year-old Germany striker Timo Werner - who has been linked with Liverpool - has described Jurgen Klopp as the "best coach in the world". (Mail on Sunday)

Aston Villa's English midfielder Jack Grealish, 24, insists he is taking rumours of a move to Manchester United or Liverpool "with a pinch of salt". (Express and Star)

Manchester City's England Under-21 midfielder Phil Foden, 19, says he is happy to stay at the club rather than go out on loan to secure more regular first-team football. (Manchester Evening News)

Chelsea are interested in Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, who is on loan at Paris St-Germain, and could make a move for the 27-year-old Argentina international in the summer transfer window. (Sport Witness)

Sheffield United will make a £20m bid for Leeds' English defender Kalvin Phillips, 23. (Sun on Sunday)

Manchester United and Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic, 31, wants to stay at Old Trafford beyond his existing contract, which runs out in the summer. (Sunday Mirror)

West Ham United are favourites to sign Amiens striker Serhou Guirassy in a £23m deal, although Brighton and Tottenham are also interested in the 23-year-old Frenchman. (Sun on Sunday)

Manchester City will "leave nothing off the table" when they attempt to overturn their two-year European suspension, which could end with Liverpool in the dock over allegations they hacked into the Etihad Stadium club's scouting database. (Sunday Mirror)

A deal to take Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale, 30, to China on a free transfer was "90%" done last summer and collapsed once the Spanish club demanded a fee, claims Jiangsu Suning coach Cosmin Olaroiu. (

Juventus and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 35, reached an agreement with Real Madrid in 2008 before going on to play for Manchester United for another year. (Manchester Evening News)

Brighton plan to increase the capacity of Amex Stadium from 30,750 to at least 32,000. (Argus)

Lille and Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches, 22, says he was "forced" to make a loan move to Swansea. (Wales Online)
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Monday's Newspapers:
24th February 2020


Chelsea are reportedly monitoring striker Mauro Icardi's situation at Paris Saint-Germain as they weigh up a summer transfer.
Manchester United's want-away midfielder Paul Pogba could be returning to Juventus in a swap deal that could take Aaron Ramsey to Old Trafford. Pogba has barely featured for United this season due to an ankle injury and has repeatedly been said to be keen to leave. He could return to his old club Juve, who could be happy to part with £50million and Ramsey after the Welshman's struggles to fit in this season following his move from Arsenal.
Crystal Palace are interested in Eintracht Frankfurt winger Filip Kostic. Eagles manager Roy Hodgson has been monitoring the 27-year-old, who could become available in the summer. The £10million-rated Serbian is being eyed as a replacement for Wilfried Zaha, who looks set to leave Palace this summer.
Southampton are to begin talks over a new deal with manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Crystal Palace have performed a deep clean of their Selhurst Park stadium in a bid to avert issues with coronavirus, while Brighton have urgently stepped up measures to protect staff, players and supporters after five cases of the disease were linked to the city.


Fed-up West Ham fans will stage a protest against the club's owners at Anfield tonight - although they will be fewer in number than hoped for.
Paolo Maldini has confirmed there is an 'automatic renewal clause' in Zlatan Ibrahimovic's AC Milan contract if they qualify for the Champions League.

Aston Villa star Jack Grealish admitted he is flattered by rumours linking him with a move to Manchester United but insists he is not paying too much attention to the gossip.

Ralph Hasenhuttl believes James Ward-Prowse's versatility can make him a valuable option for Gareth Southgate at this summer's European Championships.
The Football Association will issue new guidelines in the early part of this week which are expected to advise coaches and teachers to no longer practice heading with primary school-aged children.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised star man Bruno Fernandes as Manchester United's January signing put in another man-of-the-match display as Watford were overcome. (PRESS ASSOCIATION)
Roma boss Paulo Fonseca wants to sign on-loan duo Chris Smalling and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to permanent deals. (SKY SPORTS)
Wolves and Burnley have joined in the hunt for Leeds' midfielder Kalvin Phillips. The 24-year-old has already caught the eye of Sheffield United, who are considering a £20m swoop. Manchester United and Aston Villa are also said to be interested. (DAILY STAR)
Liverpool are interested in young Brighton defender Ben White. The 22-year-old is currently out on loan at Leeds, where he has been a fixture in 37 appearances this season. Leeds will want to sign him permanently if they gain promotion to the Premier League, but could be outbid by Premier League leaders Liverpool. (THE ATHLETIC)
Gillingham's 20-year-old central defender Jack Tucker is being watched by Aston Villa and Birmingham. (BIRMINGHAM MAIL)
Aston Villa are keen on 13-year-old Daniel Akinleye, currently with French third-tier side Quevilly-Rouen Metropole. (BIRMINGHAM MAIL)
Liverpool have added their name to a host of clubs interested in Birmingham's 16-year-old star Jude Bellingham. (DAILY STAR)
Braga picked up a 3-1 win over Vitoria Setubal as they prepared for their last 32 return leg with Rangers - but were left sweating over the fitness of Nuno Sequeira. (DAILY RECORD)
Referee Michael Oliver should have been told to look at Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso's controversial tackle against Chelsea on VAR pitchside screen, referees chiefs have admitted. (THE TIMES)

AC Milan technical director Paolo Maldini says Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 38, has an automatic renewal clause if the Italians qualify for the Champions League. (Mail)

Roma boss Paulo Fonseca wants to sign England defender Chris Smalling, 30, and 31-year-old Armenia midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan - who are on loan at the Serie A aide from Manchester United and Arsenal respectively - on permanent deals. (Sky Sports)

Paris St-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel is thought to be in talks with Bayern Munich over a move back to his native Germany. (90 Min)

Liverpool's talent scout has been watching Brighton's English defender Ben White, 22, on loan at Leeds. (The Athletic - subscription required)

Barcelona are close to signing of 20-year-old Spanish centre-back Hugo Guillamon from Valencia's reserve team.(Sport)

Crystal Palace are looking at 27-year-old Eintracht Frankfurt and Serbia winger Filip Kostic - once a Liverpool target - as a potential £10m replacement for Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha, 27.(HITC, via Sun)

Paris St-Germain and Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani, 33, says January was "difficult" after a move away from the club did not materialise and negotiations over a new contract, which expires in June, stalled. (Goal)

Aston Villa and West Ham United are both monitoring Gillingham's English defender Jack Tucker, 20. (Birmingham Mail)

Villa are targeting 13-year-old striker Daniel Akinleye, from French third-tier club Quevilly-Rouen Metropole. However, Akinleye, who was born in France to Nigerian parents, wants to follow in the footsteps of Nigeria forward Odion Ighalo, 30, and play for Manchester United.(Birmingham Mail)

United have invited two Polish defenders - Radoslaw Sewerys of Korona Kielce and Akademia Chorzow's Mateusz Lipp, both 16, for a week-long trial. (Manchester Evening News)

Real Madrid's 19-year-old Brazilian forward Rodrygo will miss Sunday's Clasico at home to Barcelona through suspension after being sent off for goading the opposition goalkeeper after scoring for the club's second team. He was being tipped to come into the starting XI to replace the injured Eden Hazard. (Goal)

Rangers are interested in West Brom's Rayhaan Tulloch. The 19-year-old English winger is out of contract at the Hawthorns this summer. (Mirror)

Manchester City will train at Atletico Madrid's ground on Wednesday morning before their Champions League last-16 match against neighbours Real at the Bernabeu that night. The Wanda Metropolitano was the venue for last season's final. (AS)
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