Press Gossip - 2021


Full Member
Jul 13, 2014
Behind you. Stop picking your nose.
I used to LOVE reading The Sun, especially the one on Sunday (the name slips my mind) as a kid
I used to think we were signing everyone.
Some of the reporting is just cringey
I was the same - I used to spend the summer holidays down in West Cork and we'd no tv there (internet wasn't a thing). Every morning I used to run into the newsagent and check the back pages of all the papers to get my transfer rumour fix!

Never bought the Sun though - my old man had it drummed into us that they were cnuts and not to be given our money at an early age.


Full Member
Jun 24, 2015
Thursday's Newspapers:
7th May 2020


  • The Premier League will ban team celebrations, shirt-swapping and spitting when matches resume.
Football's really gonna suck for a while when it restarts. Neutral venues, no fans, no celebrations. Are they going to ban walls as well?


Full Member
Sep 22, 2012
Football's really gonna suck for a while when it restarts. Neutral venues, no fans, no celebrations. Are they going to ban walls as well?
Yeah and without shirt-swapping and spitting, what's the point?

Honestly if the little guys kick the ball around the green thing, I'll be happy. Losing my mind without it.


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Friday's Newspapers:
8th May 2020


  • Premier League players must keep their cars spotless as part of coronavirus hygiene measures.
  • Manchester United's players have stepped up their training at home in preparation for the season to restart.
  • Liverpool have partially reopened their training base at Melwood to enable players to resume training in isolation.
  • Kylian Mbappe has been awarded the Ligue 1 Golden Boot following the cancellation of 2019-20 season due to coronavirus despite being level on goals with Monaco's Wissam Ben Yedder.


  • Manchester United are stepping up their pursuit of Jack Grealish - in a £50m move for the Aston Villa star.
  • Manchester City defender Kyle Walker faces a police quiz and a £1,000 fine after breaking lockdown rules three times in 24 hours.
  • A gang have raided the homes of Chelsea manager Frank Lampard and Leicester's late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, stealing more than £1m of valuables.
  • Premier League clubs opposed to the restart fear Liverpool will play the kids once they have won the title.
  • Chris Wilder has told Manchester United it would be 'morally' wrong for them to recall Dean Henderson.


  • The toxic rift over plans to complete the Premier League season at neutral venues has deepened, with positions becoming more entrenched amid mounting threats over the consequences of clubs failing to break the deadlock.
  • Premier League clubs fear they will be met with resistance if their players are asked to follow the lead of the Bundesliga and go into a week-long group quarantine away from their families ahead of any restart to the season.
  • Premier League rebel clubs will be told failure to complete this campaign will put next season under threat and will have catastrophic consequences for the football industry.
  • League One and League Two clubs who want to spend more than potential new budgetary caps could be subjected to a "super tax", with the money raised then redistributed to rival teams.
  • A psychologist who has been helping players cope with the impact of the coronavirus crisis has warned many are scared of returning ahead of the resumption of the Premier League season.
  • The Premier League is not intending to send squads of players into quarantine if one of them tests positive for coronavirus once they return to training.
  • Tottenham are interested in buying Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and will wait until after the coronavirus pandemic before making a final decision on making an offer for him.


  • Sean Dyche has refused to rule out the possibility of leaving Burnley.
  • Brighton chief executive Paul Barber has warned the Premier League is facing a full scale revolt over the Project Restart plans.
  • FIFA will sanction an increase from three to five substitutions per game when football returns amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
  • Liverpool are keen on signing Werder Bremen's £33m star Milot Rashica, according to the president of the Kosovan Football Federation Agim Amedi.
  • Manchester United have tabled a last-ditch £30,000-per-week contract to try and keep teenage star Angel Gomes at Old Trafford.


  • Amanda Staveley's Saudi-backed takeover of Newcastle is set to be formally announced by the end of next week, according to sources close to the country's royal family.
  • The government and Premier League could face legal action from top-flight clubs if players contract COVID-19 if and when the season starts again.
  • New Premier League protocols could reportedly ban swapping shirts after matches and even team celebrations.

  • Borussia Dortmund expect England star Jadon Sancho to stay put this summer. But, in contract to this, sources close to the player claim he is unlikely to extend his current contract, which expires in 2022 and could still move on. He will not come cheap though, with the Bundesliga giants expecting in excess of £100m. (SKY SPORTS)
  • Manchester United are on a fresh collision course with outcast Alexis Sanchez, with the Chilean set to return to Old Trafford in the summer despite wanting to stay in Italy. (DAILY EXPRESS)
  • Chelsea star Jorginho could be reunited with former boss Maurizio Sarri, as Juventus have reportedly opened talks with the Italian's agent over a £35million summer transfer. (DAILY EXPRESS)
  • Barcelona are considering loaning out Philippe Coutinho again. If he makes another 24 appearances for the LaLiga giants, that will take him to 100 and Liverpool will reportedly be due a £17m payment. (MARCA)
  • Everton are poised to join the race for to battle Trabzonspor's £26m-rated goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir. Sevilla, Atalanta, Benfica and Lyon are also said to be interested. (FANATIK)
  • Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson has claimed the SPFL's governance was the worst he's ever known as his position on the league board hung in the balance. (DAILY RECORD)

Newcastle will spend 80m euros (£70m) on Barcelona and Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho if the club's proposed takeover goes through. The 27-year-old is currently on loan at Bayern Munich. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Newcastle's potential new owners also want to sign Napoli and Senegal centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly. The 28-year-old is expected to leave the Italian club this summer for around £69.8m. (Sky Sports via Star)

However, Koulibaly is also considering a move to Liverpool. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Borussia Dortmund expect England winger Jadon Sancho, 20, to remain at the club, despite continued interest from Manchester United. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal could be given the chance to sign Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, 27, as a direct replacement for Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Aubameyang, 30, is out of contract next season, while Argentine Icardi is currently on loan at Paris St-Germain. (Tuttosport via Teamtalk)

The Gunners are also close to securing an agreement with free agent George Lewis. The Norwegian winger, 19, was previously at Tromso. (Metro via Goal)

Barcelona teenager Marc Jurado, 16, has turned down an offer of a professional contract with the Spanish club. The right-back is set to join Manchester United in the summer. (ESPN)

Chelsea target Dries Mertens has yet to agree a contract extension with Napoli. The Belgian forward, 33, is out of contract in the summer. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham are all interested in Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. The Serbian, 25, will be allowed to leave the club for upwards of £80m. (Mail)

Kosovo and Wolfsburg winger Milot Rashica, 23, is a transfer target for Liverpool, the president of the Kosovo football federation has said. (Standard)

Championship leaders Leeds United are the favourites to sign Linfield midfielder Charlie Allen. The Northern Irishman, 17, has attracted interest from Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool. (Yorkshire Post)

Chelsea are interested in Monaco defender Fode Ballo Toure. The Frenchman, 23, is under contract until 2023. (Foot Mercato - in French)

Henrikh Mkhitaryan's agent has denied that Arsenal want to sell the Armenian. Mino Raiola said the rumours about the midfielder, 31, were "fake news". (Express)

Barcelona's Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic, 32, says he is not thinking about leaving the club, despite his contract expiring in 2021. (Sky Germany - in German)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012

Saturday's Newspapers:
9th May 2020

daily mirror

Premier League clubs fear up to 50 players could revolt against plans to resume the season.
Arsenal are closing in on the signature of teenager George Lewis on a free transfer after the Norwegian winger's two-week trial with the Gunners.
Liverpool have been linked with a swoop for Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka - but the Gunners are reportedly planning to be rebuff all interest in the left-back.
Liverpool have reportedly jumped ahead of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Paris-Saint Germain in the race to sign Kalidou Koulibaly.
An EFL club have purchased technology from Hong Kong that could increase the chances of football returning while another 40 are in talks.
Louis van Gaal blames "evil genius" Ed Woodward for his Manchester United sacking - more than he does Jose Mourinho.
Salomon Rondon has revealed he came desperately close to joining Manchester United in January.

the sun

League One and League Two will be called off next week when the 47 clubs vote to end the season with immediate effect.
Arsenal have been offered Mauro Icardi in a swap deal with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, incredible reports from Italy claim.
Manchester United have no intention of recalling their goalkeeper Dean Henderson from Sheffield United before this season can be finished.
Manchester United have reportedly enquired over the possibility to bring Real Valladolid centre-back Mohammed Salisu to Old Trafford at the end of the season.
Odion Ighalo wants to extend his loan spell at Manchester United until the end of the season - whenever that may be.
Cesc Fabregas has claimed that Barcelona would be worthy winners of the LaLiga title as he responded to former team-mate Thibaut Courtois.
Paulo Dybala has expressed his desire to reunite with old Juventus pal Paul Pogba.

daily mail

Premier League clubs will vote this Monday on proposals to extend players' contracts until the day after the end of the rescheduled season when they meet to discuss Project Restart.
The Government is set to recommend that all UK sportspeople agree a coronavirus charter before returning to action.
Facebook has cracked down on a fake news campaign targeted at discrediting Manchester City.
Pakistan would be willing to extend their tour of England this summer if the planned three-match Test series against West Indies is scuppered.

the times

Stewart Donald could sell Sunderland without repaying more than £20 million in parachute payment money that is owed to the club.
A growing number of Championship clubs are pushing for the season to be curtailed and the table decided on a points-per-game system - but with a play-off to decide the final promotion place to the Premier League.

daily telegraph

Premier League footballers are scheduled to start being tested for coronavirus next Thursday with clubs told to expect their results in just 24 hours, sparking further controversy over 'Project Restart'.
Premier League clubs are preparing to square up to each other in Monday's meeting over the threats, bullying and backbiting regarding 'Project Restart'.
Premier League clubs will resist the option to scrap the Video Assistant Referee for the rest of the season following concerns over sporting integrity.
England are exploring whether they could use additional venues to stage international cricket this summer in addition to the Ageas Bowl and Emirates Old Trafford, with Durham's ground a prime contender.
Salomon Kalou may have played his final game for Hertha Berlin, with the German club intending his suspension to last the rest of the season.

daily star

Mikel Arteta has been urged by former manager Arsene Wenger to bring back his style of football to Arsenal.
Rennes wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga insists he is "not thinking too much" about reports linking him with a big-money move to Liverpool or Real Madrid this summer.

daily record

Hibs supremo Leeann Dempster helped relegate Ann Budge to her face as top-flight clubs killed off hope of reconstruction.

scottish sun

John Bennett believes the reaction of the SPFL board to Rangers' dossier only serves to prove an independent enquiry is needed.
Former Hearts chairman George Foulkes insists the only option left is to declare the Premiership null and void.

Chelsea have opened talks with Leicester over Ben Chilwell, 23, with the England left-back keen on a move to London. (Express)

Chelsea are also interested in French left-back Fode Ballo-Toure, 23, from Monaco as a cheaper alternative to Chilwell. (Foot Mercato - in French)

Chelsea, Manchester United and Juventus have shown an interest in Fiorentina and Italy forward Federico Chiesa, 22, who is valued at around £60m. (Star)

Manchester United will allow 23-year-old goalkeeper Dean Henderson to remain at Sheffield United this season, even if the campaign runs beyond the end of the Englishman's original loan deal. (Manchester Evening News

Manchester United have made enquiries about Real Valladolid's Ghanaian 21-year-old centre-back Mohammed Salisu, with the club wanting to sign a defender for next season to give Victor Lindelof extra competition. (ESPN)

Liverpool are keen on Brazilian forward Talles Magno, 17, from Vasco da Gama in his native Brazil, with Benfica, Lyon and Sevilla also in the race for his signature. (Express via AS)

Juventus' Bosnia international midfielder Miralem Pjanic, 30, has agreed to join Barcelona next season. (Gazetta dello Sport)

Barca are pushing ahead with their attempts to sign Inter Milan's Argentine forward Lautaro Martinez, 22, and have offered a choice of six players, including 26-year-old French centre-back Samuel Umtiti, as part of a swap deal. (Sport - in Spanish)

Inter Milan’s Christian Eriksen, 28, has had to live at the club’s training complex during lockdown, with the Denmark midfielder having yet to find a home since his January switch from Tottenham. (Sun)

West Ham will allow English midfielder Nathan Holland, 21, to leave for £1m this summer, with Sheffield Wednesday interested. (Football Insider)

Arsenal want to sign Leicester's Netherlands Under-19 international full-back Dennis Gyamfi, 18. (Football Insider)

The Gunners are in talks to sign 19-year-old Norwegian winger George Lewis, currently a free agent, after he impressed on trial at the club. (Football London)



Full Member
Jun 24, 2015
daily record

Hibs supremo Leeann Dempster helped relegate Ann Budge to her face as top-flight clubs killed off hope of reconstruction.
Doesn't make any sense?


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Sunday's Newspapers:
10th May 2020

Bundesliga 2 side Dynamo Dresden players test positive, return delayed

Dresden were due to play Hannover away on May 17; entire squad, coaching and supervisory staff must go into 14 days of quarantine at home

  • Inter Milan Christian Eriksen is living at club's training ground due to the coronavirus lockdown.
  • Russia are facing a new football scandal after WADA and FIFA uncovered evidence of a state-sponsored doping programme.

  • One Premier League club fears being without five stars due to Covid-19 health concerns if the season restarts.
  • Anthony Knockaert called for the season to be scrapped - and branded it "absurd" players are not being consulted.
  • A top police official has called for the Premier League to delay next month's proposed return over coronavirus fears.
  • Ex-Spurs star Kieran Trippier will cost £20m if Premier League clubs want to bring him back to England.

  • The Premier League's bottom six will only agree to finish the season at neutral venues if relegation is scrapped.
  • Real Madrid have set Arsenal a June 15 deadline for a decision over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
  • Manchester United plan on sealing a £20m move for Swansea defender Joe Rodon - on the advice of Ryan Giggs.

  • Liverpool are planning to offer Sadio Mane a fresh blockbuster contract that would see him completing his career at Anfield.
  • Chelsea and Manchester United have joined Tottenham in the pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain star Thomas Meunier.
  • United are preparing an offer for Inter's Argentina forward Lautaro Martinez, but Barcelona and French giants PSG are also interested in the 22-year-old.

  • Manchester City's Raheem Sterling could miss out on huge new deal due to coronavirus.
  • Football's financial crisis has not prevented Manchester United offering a £1,200-a-week contract - to 16-year-old Joe Hugill.

  • The Premier League is aiming to reassure players and staff with £4m coronavirus nasal testing.

  • Douglas Park says Rangers will pay for an independent investigation into the SPFL themselves if it's voted for at Tuesday's EGM.

  • The Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund that will take an 80 per cent stake in Newcastle are also looking to acquire Brazilian top-flight club Botafogo. (Newcastle Chronicle)
  • Manchester United have made initial enquiries about the possibility of signing Real Valladolid defender Mohammed Salisu this summer. (Manchester Evening News)
  • The Red Devils, Chelsea and Spurs are interested in Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. (Caught Offside)
  • Liverpool midfielder Pedro Chirivella is set to leave for Ligue 1 side Nantes when his contract expires this summer. (Football 365)
  • Tottenham are currently leading Manchester United in the race to sign Paris St-Germain's Belgium right-back Thomas Meunier, 28. (Sun)

    Manchester United are considering replacements for David de Gea, even though the 29-year-old Spain goalkeeper signed a new four-year contract in September. (Mirror)

    Manchester United are preparing an offer for Inter Milan's Argentina forward Lautaro Martinez, but Barcelona and PSG are also interested in the 22-year-old. (Express)

    The Red Devils, Chelsea and Tottenham are all interested in Lazio's Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, 25. (Caught Offside)

    Liverpool are prepared to make a move for 17-year-old Brazilian forward Talles Magno, who plays for Rio de Janeiro side Vasco de Gama. (Star)

    Liverpool could also swoop in for Arsenal left-back Bukayo Saka, with the English 18-year-old’s contract talks on hold. (Sun)

    The Reds' Spanish midfielder Pedro Chirivella, 22, will join Ligue 1 side Nantes when his contract at Anfield expires this summer. (Football 365)

    Tottenham should sign Bournemouth’s Scottish winger Ryan Fraser, 26, on a free transfer this summer, says former Spurs striker Darren Bent. (Express)

    Real Madrid’s 23-year-old Spain playmaker Dani Ceballos, who is on loan at Arsenal, has shut down rumours linking him to Sevilla with a Donald Trump GIF. (Sun)

    Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Liverpool will always be recognised as Premier League champions, even if the season is cancelled. (TalkSport


Cliche Guevara

Full Member
Dec 8, 2015
The sentence doesn't make any sense? What does 'relegated to her face' even mean?
Anne Budge is the Hearts owner. There was a meeting of the 12 Scottish Premiership clubs regarding league reconstruction proposals, which would have saved Hearts from relegation.

Hibs were one of the clubs who voted against league reconstruction thereby confirming Hearts relegation in the presence of their owner.


Full Member
Jun 24, 2015
Anne Budge is the Hearts owner. There was a meeting of the 12 Scottish Premiership clubs regarding league reconstruction proposals, which would have saved Hearts from relegation.

Hibs were one of the clubs who voted against league reconstruction thereby confirming Hearts relegation in the presence of their owner.
Ah, gotcha. That makes complete sense. Thanks for the clarification @Cliche Guevara. :)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Monday's Newspapers:
11th May 2020


  • Newcastle's prospective new owners have earmarked Gareth Bale as their priority summer signing.
  • Premier League players believe clubs are engaging in unethical practices to influence them ahead of next week's crucial Project Restart vote.
  • Manchester United have reportedly revived their interest in Inter Milan striker and Barcelona target Lautaro Martinez, whose release clause is set at £94million.
  • Manchester City defender Kyle Walker has been writing to the club's supporters to apologise for flouting lockdown rules.

  • UEFA is considering plans to shorten the qualification competitions for next season's Champions League and Europa League or, in a worst-case scenario, scrap them altogether.
  • Germany will press on with plans to resume the season next weekend despite one club placing their entire squad into a 14-day quarantine after two players tested positive for coronavirus.


  • The Premier League has been given a boost, with Government sources confirming that plans are on track for professional sports to return in June.
  • Liverpool will reassure any club that raises a concern about Jurgen Klopp selecting a youth team in the club's remaining Premier League fixtures that the claims are absurd and he will play his strongest line-up in every game in the event of a restart.
  • League One and Two clubs will hold a crucial meeting on Thursday, with the abandonment of the season appearing increasingly likely.

  • Manchester United are in contact with the agent of Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot, according to reports.
  • Lyon have reportedly transfer-listed Liverpool target Houssem Aouar ahead of the summer window.
  • Liverpool are eyeing up a summer move for Bukayo Saka, but Arsenal are poised to reject any offers they receive.
  • Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has reignited transfer rumours after following Napoli's Dries Mertens on Instagram and reportedly contacting the forward directly.

  • Atletico Madrid want to swap midfielder Thomas Partey for Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
  • The threat of a new European Super League is growing because of football's financial meltdown across the continent.
  • Paul Pogba can be the best player in the world at Manchester United according to his former team-mate Ander Herrera.


  • The 'big six' will warn the dissenting voices that voting against a return to action will do long-term damage to the Premier League.
  • Chelsea will make a move for West Ham's Declan Rice if they lose N'Golo Kante this summer.
  • Premier League players will this week be told returning to training and games will be safer than going to the supermarket.

  • Dayot Upamecano’s agent believes a big-money move may no longer be possible this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic and its financial impact on football. (METRO)
  • Manchester United are keeping a close eye on PSG striker Edinson Cavani as his contract is set to expire this summer. (MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS)
  • Newcastle have been linked with a move for PSG forward Edinson Cavani among a host of big-name players. (NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE)
  • Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas admits it will be difficult for the club to keep hold of their star players this summer - amid reported interest from Chelsea in Moussa Dembele. With the Ligue 1 season already over, he may have already made his last appearance for the club. (DAILY STAR)
  • Willian's contract talks with Chelsea are now 'dead in the water' and, with his family settled in London, Arsenal and Tottenham could plot a move. (FOOTBALL.LONDON)
  • Man City want to sign PSG midfielder Edouard Michut, 17, and if they cannot do it this summer then the reigning Premier League champions are prepared to wait for his contract to expire in 2021. (SKY SPORTS)

Arsenal's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 30, promised his grandfather before he died that he would play for Real Madrid. (Sun)

The Gunners have also been dealt a blow in their pursuit of RB Leipzig's 21-year-old French defender Dayot Upamecano after his agent said a big money move would be unlikely because of coronavirus. (Sport 1, via Metro)

Shanghai Shenhua expect Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo, 30, to return from his loan spell at Manchester United in time for the start of the new Chinese Super League season, which is scheduled to begin in July. (Sky Sports)

Meanwhile, Manchester United have revived their interest in 22-year-old Inter Milan and Argentina striker Lautaro Martinez. (Sport, via Mail)

Tottenham and Arsenal have been boosted in their pursuit of Brazilian midfielder Willian because the 31-year-old's contract extension talks with Chelsea are dead in the water. (

Borussia Dortmund want to sign Chelsea's teenage midfielder Charlie Webster and give the 16-year-old the Jadon Sancho treatment. (Sun)

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has followed Dries Mertens on Instagram and reportedly contacted the 33-year-old Belgium and Napoli forward directly. (Express)

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas admits it will be difficult for the club to keep hold of their star players this summer - amid reported interest from Chelsea in 23-year-old French striker Moussa Dembele. (Star)

Manchester City want to sign Paris St-Germain's 17-year-old French midfielder Edouard Michut. (Sky Sports)

The father of Brazilian midfielder Gerson has claimed that Arsenal and Tottenham are both keen on signing the 22-year-old midfielder from Flamengo. (ESPN, in Portuguese)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Tuesday's Newspapers:
12th May 2020

Manchester United are keen to splash the cash on not one, but two strikers when the transfer window reopens.

  • Manchester United are confident of signing £60m-rated Lyon striker Moussa Dembele, according to reports.
  • Kylian Mbappe was reportedly 'flattered' that Jurgen Klopp called his father to register his interest in signing him.
  • Liverpool feel "insulted" that many believe their fans would not respect public health guidelines in any Premier League return.

  • Benfica striker Carlos Vinicius is a top target for Manchester United as the club prepare to offer £35million for the starlet.
  • UEFA will extend their May 25 deadline if the Premier League need more time to present their restart plans.
  • Joan Laporta wants to be reunited with Pep Guardiola at Barcelona next summer if he becomes president.

  • Saido Berahino says he "would jump at the chance" to return to West Brom.
  • Benfica striker Carlos Vinicius is a target for Manchester United, with the Brazilian having an £88m release clause.
  • Arsenal are eager to sell Henrikh Mkhitaryan but Roma are unwilling to pay their £15m asking price.

  • Manchester United and Tottenham are reportedly pushing hard to sign Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo.
  • Manchester United are keen on signing Velez Sarsfield's Argentine playmaker Thiago Almada, who has also been linked with Arsenal.

  • England's cricketers are set to return to training amid hopes international matches can be staged behind closed doors this summer.

  • Celtic have ordered all their foreign players to return to Scotland no later than next week to begin preparations for Scottish football's restart.
  • Ex-St Mirren boss Oran Kearney is hoping to manage in Scottish football again one day.
  • Everton are being linked again with a move for Southampton captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
  • Manchester City are reportedly in pole position to sign Barcelona right-back Nelson Semedo this summer.

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil, 31, will not leave the club this summer and instead see out the remaining year left on his Gunners contract. (Fanatik, via Football London)

Arsenal hope to keep on-loan Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos, 23, until the current Premier League season can be finished, but are not planning to extend the Spain international’s deal with the club for another campaign. (El Confidencial, via Metro)

RB Leipzig have joined Everton in wanting to sign 20-year-old French defender Jean-Clair Todibo from Barcelona. (HITC)

Manchester United are interested in signing 19-year-old Argentine playmaker Thiago Almada, who has also been linked with Arsenal, from Velez Sarsfield. (Tutto Mercato Web, via Express)

Manchester United have yet to agree a new deal with 19-year-old midfielder Angel Gomes, whose contract with the club runs out at the end of June. (Goal)

Benfica striker Carlos Vinicius is a target for Manchester United, with the 25-year-old Brazilian having an £88m release clause. (Sun)

Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez, 29, says Liverpool were interested in signing him before he joined Manchester City from Leicester City but the Reds dropped their interest after bringing in Mohamed Salah from Roma. (Bein Sports, via Manchester Evening News)

Chelsea are confident of securing youngster Charlie Webster, who is believed to be a target for Borussia Dortmund, on a professional contract when he turns 17 next January. (Telegraph)


Full Member
Nov 28, 2015
How is the Benfica player? I don't think I've ever heard of him.

Thanks Christinaa!


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Wednesday's Newspapers:
13th May 2020

  • Crystal Palace see Sean Dyche as the ideal long-term successor to Roy Hodgson.
  • Chelsea believe they are close to landing Manchester United starlet Angel Gomes.
  • Barcelona are keen on Juan Foyth with the Spurs defender available for transfer this summer.
  • Tottenham will not allow record signing Tanguy Ndombele to leave this summer.
  • Arsenal target Thomas Partey has been encouraged to move from Atletico Madrid to the Premier League - so he can play in "the best league in the world".
  • Mesut Ozil will see out the final year of his £350,000-a-week Arsenal contract, according to his agent.

  • England could be made to play eight matches in a mega winter window as FIFA plot a calendar overhaul.
  • Several Premier League players have been warned they need to also consider their financial futures as they weigh up whether to back Project Restart.
  • Juventus have become the first Italian club to introduce their own salary cap, effectively ruling themselves out of the race for Manchester United's Paul Pogba.
  • Newcastle are ready to spend £53m to bring Gareth Bale back to the Premier League. The Wales forward's future remains in doubt at Real Madrid
  • Liverpool are reportedly eyeing another Red Bull Salzburg star in the form of Dominik Szoboszlai, just four months after bringing Takumi Minamino to Anfield on a cut-price deal.

  • It is "inconceivable" that supporters will not flock to matches being held at home grounds, a leading police commissioner has warned in comments that will add to the unease about the Premier League's hopes to scrap plans to play at neutral venues.
  • Some Premier League dressing rooms are facing growing friction amid divisions over whether to sign individual coronavirus agreement forms.
  • Bristol Rovers midfielder Alex Rodman believes 1,400 footballers from the EFL will be unemployed this summer amid fears that professional football may not return this year.

  • EFL clubs won't be able to vote on their futures - until the Premier League confirm there will be relegation.
  • Unrest is growing among Premier League clubs about the proposed Saudi Arabian takeover of Newcastle.
  • Barcelona and Real Madrid are considering extending their player wage cap caused by coronavirus, meaning players like Lionel Messi face a 30% pay cut next season.
  • Arsenal are poised to land £2m Basel centre-back Eray Comert but face a battle with Galatasaray.
  • Arsenal are ready to pull the plug on Dani Ceballos' loan at the end of the season as they have no plans to sign him permanently.
  • James Rodriguez is in advanced talks with Atletico Madrid over a summer transfer.

  • Liverpool are set to be rivalled by Barcelona for striker Timo Werner after the La Liga side's efforts to sign Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez hit an impasse.
  • Manchester United face a battle to sign transfer target Federico Chiesa with Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham also keen on the Fiorentina star.
  • Newcastle have earmarked Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard as a potential new signing.

  • Manchester United are 'very close' to securing a deal for Saul Niguez with Atletico Madrid forced to cut their asking price in half.
  • Manchester United want to secure summer deals for Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish and Jude Bellingham.

  • Rangers are considering their legal options as they vowed to keep piling the pressure on the SPFL.
  • Neil Doncaster has held out an olive branch to Rangers by urging them to help protect Scottish football from the catastrophic impact of the coronavirus crisis.

Newcastle are ready to spend £53m to offer Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, 30, a route back to the Premier League this summer. (Daily Mail)

Tottenham will not allow £55m record signing Tanguy Ndombele, 23, to leave this summer. The French midfielder has been linked with Barcelona and Liverpool. (Independent)

Dejan Lovren appears to be edging closer to an exit from Liverpool, with Roma set to make their move for the 30-year-old Croatian defender. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Liverpool Echo)

Liverpool have joined the race along with several European giants for Red Bull Salzburg's 19-year-old Hungarian midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai. (Tuttosport, via Daily Mail)

Manchester United want to secure summer deals for a trio of young English players this summer - Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho, 20, Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, 24, and Birmingham's 16-year-old midfielder Jude Bellingham. (Daily Star)

However, striker Odion Ighalo, 30, may have played his last game for Manchester United after talks to extend the Nigerian's loan deal from Shanghai Shenhua in China reached an impasse. (Standard)

Juventus have become the first Italian club to introduce their own salary cap, effectively ruling themselves out of the race for Manchester United's 27-year-old France midfielder Paul Pogba. (Daily Mail)

Lionel Messi, 32, and some of his fellow players in Spain face a 30% pay cut next season as Barcelona and Real Madrid consider extending the wage drop caused by coronavirus. (Sun)

Chelsea are confident of signing Manchester United's 19-year-old English midfielder Angel Gomes. (Mirror)

West Brom will rival Tottenham for the signing of £18m Fenerbahce and Kosovo forward Vedat Muriqi, 26, if they are promoted to the Premier League. (Aksam, via Birmingham Mail)

Crystal Palace want Burnley boss Sean Dyche as their next manager. (Mirror)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Thursday's Newspapers:
14th May 2020


  • Premier League players have been assured they will not be rushed back for Project Restart.
  • Manchester's top cop has poured cold water on the Premier League bid to play at home grounds.
  • Manchester City have begun to refund their season ticket holders for the final six Premier League home matches of the season.
  • Timo Werner (below) has irked Bayern Munich supremo Karl-Heinz Rummenigge after the Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool target insisted he would prefer to move elsewhere than Bavaria.
  • Adrian insists Liverpool are ready to defy coronavirus and start playing again.
  • Arsenal reportedly face competition from AC Milan in the race to snare Real Madrid flop Luka Jovic away from the Bernabeu.
  • Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt could be on the move after just one uninspiring year in Italy with Barcelona reportedly ready to bring him to the Nou Camp.
  • Thomas Partey is reportedly set to snub interest from Paris Saint-Germain because he wants to sign for Arsenal this summer.
  • Mark Noble and Declan Rice were the first stars through the doors as West Ham returned to training.
  • Celtic starlet Daniel Kelly is reportedly at the centre of a five-way transfer battle as Premier League teams look to lure him south of the border.


  • The Premier League is facing a race against time to meet its restart target of June 12 after managers and players expressed doubts about the viability of the planned resumption date.
  • Erling Haaland has insisted he is only thinking about playing for Borussia Dortmund despite rumours linking him with a move to Real Madrid.


  • The Premier League are set to delay Project Restart after Jose Mourinho led concerns over player welfare at Wednesday's managers' meeting.
  • Chelsea believe they are close to landing Manchester United starlet Angel Gomes.
  • Barcelona are keen on Juan Foyth with the Spurs defender available for transfer this summer.
  • One of the biggest hurdles potentially blocking the return of Premier League football has been overcome, with cautious police backing to allow games at Anfield.
  • Paul Scholes has recalled how Manchester United's players went from looking forward to playing with Ronaldinho to trying to kick him within a matter of days.
  • Owen Hargreaves believes the coronavirus crisis won't stop Manchester United buying "special case" Jadon Sancho.
  • Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummeenigge has suggested the club will not be held to ransom for Leroy Sane.

  • The restart of the Premier League season is expected to be pushed back by at least seven days from June 12 to June 19 after players and managers expressed their concerns that major questions needed to be answered over the risks of a return to full-contact training and games being played again. (DAILY TELEGRAPH)
  • Celtic star Kristoffer Ajer has told his agent to arrange a transfer away from the clubs this summer amid strong interest in him. (DAILY EXPRESS)
  • All 12 top-flight clubs including Rangers have confirmed they will not object to the current season being officially ended with Celtic crowned nine in-a-row champions. (DAILY RECORD)
  • Jack Ross insists Hibs will have no sympathy for Hearts if the Jambos are relegated from the Premiership. (DAILY RECORD)
  • Celtic could bank a £4m coronavirus boost after Barcelona joined the chase for Moussa Dembele. (SCOTTISH SUN)

Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has expressed surprise after 24-year-old Germany and RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, who has been linked with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United, said he would rather move abroad than to the German champions. (Bild, via Metro)

Bayern Munich are considering a bid of more than £50m to try to sign Manchester City winger Leroy Sane, with the 24-year-old Germany international's contract running out at the end of next season. (Telegraph)

Manchester United have secured 23-year-old France and Lyon striker Moussa Dembele, who is also a target for Chelsea, in a £61.8m deal. (Todofichajes, via Express)

Manchester United want 16-year-old midfielder Jude Bellingham to challenge for a first-team place if they manage to sign him from Birmingham City this summer. (Evening Standard)

Chelsea are willing to sell French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, 25, for £31m but Paris St-Germain do not want to go above £26.5m to sign him. (Le10 Sport, via Star)

Barcelona have put a £53m price tag on 22-year-old France forward Ousmane Dembele, who they signed in a £135.5m deal. (Marca, via Star)

Tottenham defender Juan Foyth has been offered to clubs and Barcelona are interested in the 22-year-old Argentine. (Mirror)

Barcelona have held talks with Juventus about signing Italy defender Mattia de Sciglio, 27, from the Serie A side after contract talks with Portugal right-back Nelson Semedo, 26, broke down. (Marca)

Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz, 20, has been linked with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United but former Germany international Michael Ballack has told his compatriot to stay at his current club. (Football London)

Everton are set to let Dutch keeper Maarten Stekelenburg, 37, leave when his contract runs out at the end of the season and look to bring in a new stopper to provide competition for England international Jordan Pickford, 26. (Football Insider)


Full Member
Jan 20, 2014
Barcelona have put a £53m price tag on 22-year-old France forward Ousmane Dembele, who they signed in a £135.5m deal. (Marca, via Star)
If we aren't getting Sancho we should do this. Let's say he doesn't grow out of his bad habits, that probably won't matter til he's 27 or 28 and he was fantastic at Dortmund.


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Friday's Newspapers:
15th May 2020

  • LaLiga clubs are preparing to cut their wage bills by 30 per cent for next season as Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez could be allowed to leave Real Madrid for free.
  • Premier League officials are in a race against time with their plans to get Project Restart underway left in limbo.
  • Manchester United scout Piotr Sadowski believes players from Eastern European clubs are more likely to be targeted by wealthier teams in the upcoming window due to their cheaper market value.
  • Plans to restart Scottish football in regional hubs dotted around the country have been discussed by the SFA and SPFL Joint Response Group.
  • Bundesliga stars have been warned that catching coronavirus could cause 'irreversible' and 'career-ending' lung damage by a top sports doctor ahead of the league's return this weekend.
  • Paul Pogba and some of his Manchester United team-mates stepped up their training regime - by training at a local cricket club in Cheshire on Thursday afternoon.
  • Chelsea could be set to miss out on one of their top targets this summer with Dries Mertens eyeing a stay in Serie A should his Napoli contract expire.
  • Premier League clubs are offering short-term contracts to released youngsters for the start of next season to help boost their chances of finding new clubs.
  • Brighton chief executive Paul Barber feels vindicated by his opposition to completing the Premier League season at neutral venues after revealing a majority of clubs backed his stance.
  • The £300m takeover of Newcastle United by a Saudi-led consortium should be scrutinised by the government amid concerns over broadcast piracy, a Conservative MP has said.

  • Wolves have lined up a bid for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Palhinha after ordering Morgan Gibbs-White to remain at home after breaching lockdown rules.
  • Dele Alli has been visited by a police officer at his home as the investigation into his robbery continues.
  • Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham admits he is desperate to finish his breakthrough season.

  • Newcastle are preparing a bid of £26m for Juventus ace Adrien Rabiot.

  • Serie A giants Roma have contacted Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss a possible takeover of the club.
  • Manchester United have picked former Manchester City player Rabbi Matondo as a back-up if their pursuit of Jadon Sancho falls through.
  • Manchester United and Manchester City stars will be tested for COVID-19 next week after club bosses installed a testing facility at their training grounds.
  • Leeds United are confident that they are able to re-sign Ben White following fresh transfer talks.
  • Willian's future is in an awkward 'position' amid a potential switch from Chelsea to Arsenal.

  • Premier League players are worried they will not be able to get the treatment they require if and when football restarts, leaving managers having to decide whether or not to gamble over their fitness.
  • A parliamentary committee is going to reject a call from one of its own members for it to scrutinise the planned Saudi Arabia-led takeover of Newcastle United.
  • Championship club owners will be forced to fund the cost of coronavirus testing unless a white knight emerges who is prepared to foot the bill.

  • Footballers are buying ferocious guard dogs as it emerged knife raiders took £350,000 of watches from England's Dele Alli.
  • A whopping 700,000 pints of beer could be wasted at London's football stadiums - because there's no one to drink it.
  • Premier League pals of Dele Alli have hatched a plan to make his stolen watches too hot to handle so they can't be sold on.
  • Lionel Messi's dream return to Newell's Old Boys could be at risk due to safety issues in Argentina.
  • Matt Doherty claims many Premier League footballers are willing to take risks to get back to work.

  • Scotland's top-flight clubs will hold an emergency summit with SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster as they prepare to rubber-stamp a historic decision to hand the league title to Celtic.
  • Gary Mackay has told Craig Levein "good riddance" as he finally prepares to leave Hearts.
  • Legendary Romania star Gheorghe Hagi has publicly reiterated his desire to see his son sign for Rangers after admitting discussions with Steven Gerrard about the 21-year-old's future.

Midfielder David Silva's contract with Manchester City is due to end on 30 June but the Spaniard, 34, is willing to extend it until the end of the campaign, his last with the club. (Times - subscription required)

Manchester United have been scouting Schalke's Wales winger Rabbi Matondo and could make a move for the 19-year-old if they fail to sign Borussia Dortmund and England forward Jadon Sancho, 20. (Manchester Evening News)

Chelsea target Dries Mertens is looking to stay in Serie A if his Napoli contract runs out, with Inter Milan also interested in the 33-year-old Belgium forward. (Mail)

Bayern Munich and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, 31, has advised 19-year-old Norway forward Erling Braut Haaland - who has been linked with Manchester United and Real Madrid - to continue his development at Borussia Dortmund. (Metro)

Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho's agent says he has not held talks with any clubs about the 27-year-old Barcelona player, who is on loan at Bayern Munich. (Talksport)

Southampton's English striker Che Adams is set to be made available in the summer for £10m or less - despite Championship side Leeds United agreeing a £19m fee for the 23-year-old in January before changing their mind. (Football Insider)

Manchester United's 19-year-old England Under-20 midfielder Angel Gomes, whose deal with the club runs out this summer, has not signed a new contract because of doubts over breaking into the first team and the club targeting similar aged players. (Manchester Evening News)

Leeds United could make a move for TottenhamHotspur and Argentina defender Juan Foyth, 22, if they are promoted to the Premier League. (Football Insider)


Flaming Full Member
Feb 8, 2014
If we aren't getting Sancho we should do this. Let's say he doesn't grow out of his bad habits, that probably won't matter til he's 27 or 28 and he was fantastic at Dortmund.
We need to stay as far away from this idiot as possible.


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012

Saturday's Newspapers:
16th May 2020

the sun

Manchester City are poised to hand Gabriel Jesus a new deal worth £120,000-per-week to block mounting interest from Juventus.
Moise Kean did not realise he was breaking lockdown guidelines when he hosted a party at his home.
EFL chiefs are heading for a war with League Two clubs over relegation after the season was scrapped.
The call on whether the Premier League season can be completed may not now be made until June.
England U18 wonderkid Jeremy Sarmiento is a target for several clubs in Europe's top five leagues after starring overseas with Benfica.
Newcastle are in talks over a £21.25m deal for Inter Milan star Valentino Lazaro - to kick-start their Saudi revolution.

daily mail

Lothar Matthaus was left stunned by Manchester City's decision to sell Jadon Sancho to Borussia Dortmund because Pep Guardiola has such 'a good eye for young talent.'
Premier League clubs will be asked to vote on how the season should be curtailed even if they give the green light to Project Restart next week.
Stewart Donald can charge interest up to nine per cent above base rate on money he loans to the holding company that owns Sunderland.
Daniel Levy has expressed fears that staging the rest of the Premier League season - and potentially the whole of the following campaign - at neutral venues would further hinder his attempt to sell naming rights for Tottenham's new stadium.

daily telegraph

The Premier League was warned by managers it risks a player revolt without better leadership during Project Restart.
League Two clubs voted 20 to four against the relegation of the bottom club, currently Stevenage, as part of discussions towards the season being curtailed early by the Football League.
Celtic are set to be crowned Scottish champions for the ninth successive season on Monday, following Friday's meeting of the Premiership clubs.
Pakistan are ready to tour England this summer after positive talks were held on Friday over biosecurity arrangements for their Test and Twenty20 series.
Premiership clubs are expected to adopt the recommendations of Lord Myners' salary-cap review which includes extreme punishments for clubs, coaches and players.

daily mirror

Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier thinks the decision to end the French top-flight season early is part of a plot against Lyon that will be "covered up" by the French state.
Liverpool have targeted Talles Magno for their next generation of stars, as they adjust to a new Premier League financial reality.
Aaron Cresswell has accused football of not listening to the concerns of players worried about Project Restart.
David Silva is willing to sign a short-term deal to complete the season with Manchester City.
Gabriel Agbonlahor has claimed he is aware of Premier League players ready to snub a return to action next month.
Aston Villa's survival hopes have taken a hit after the West Midlands mayor and police chief admitted resuming the season at Villa Park may not be possible.

daily express

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is not interested in signing Napoli defender and Manchester United transfer target Kalidou Koulibaly in the summer window, according to reports.
Unai Emery says he was overruled by Arsenal in his quest to sign Wilfried Zaha as they favoured the long-term benefits of Nicolas Pepe.
Chelsea are prepared to offload Emerson Palmieri this summer in order to generate transfer funds, with Blues director Marina Granovskaia key to any potential departure.
Chelsea are not expected to exercise a buy-back clause on Jeremie Boga this summer, despite the Sassuolo ace impressing in Serie A.

daily star

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira wants to leave the Emirates this summer, his agent has revealed.
Gareth Bale has no interest in a potential move to Newcastle amid reports suggesting the Tyneside club will look to sign him once their £300m takeover is complete.

daily record

Celtic will have to wait to be awarded the Scottish Premiership title as Friday's meeting to decide the league's fate delayed the final call.
Celtic captain Scott Brown admits he could never have imagined lifting nine league titles in a row, as he hails his "best season ever".
UEFA president Alexander Ceferin has admitted that Euro 2020 may not be played across 12 cities as originally planned.

scottish sun

Hearts star Liam Boyce is praying that Daniel Stendel will still be at Tynecastle next season - no matter what division the club finds itself in.

Manchester City are set to give Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus a new deal worth £120,000-per-week in the face of interest for the 23-year-old from Juventus. (Sun)

But City are prepared to sell attacking midfielder Leroy Sane this summer, despite their tough stance with Bayern Munich over the 24-year-old German. Sane's contract enters its final 12 months at the end of the season. (Evening Standard)

Germany midfielder Toni Kroos, 30, has ruled out a possible reunion with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City and says he expects to finish his career with Real Madrid. (Eurosport)

Tottenham Hotspur target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has no plans to force a move away from Lazio this summer and the 25-year-old Serbia play maker could be rewarded for his loyalty with a new £3.5m-a-year contract. (Corriere dello Sport via HITC)

Wolfsburg's Dutch striker Wout Weghorst has revealed he has ambitions to play in England with the 27-year-old saying Liverpool are a club he finds "very special". (Goal)

Liverpool are ready to make a move for 17-year-old Brazilian striker Talles Magno. The teenager, who has been compared to compatriot Neymar, is already a first-team regular at Brazilian side Vasco da Gama. (Mirror)

Newcastle are in talks over a £21.25m deal for Inter Milan star Valentino Lazaro after the Austria winger impressed during a loan spell at the club this season. (Sun)

Wolves are not expected to break the bank on individual players this summer despite reports linking them with a £53m swoop for Benfica's Brazilian striker Carlos Vinicius, 25. (Express and Star)

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira's agent has claimed that the 24-year-old is keen to leave the Emirates Stadium and return to Italy. (Tuttomercatoweb via Metro)

Former Gunners boss Unai Emery has claimed he was forced to sign winger Nicolas Pepe, 25, for Arsenal - and revealed he would have preferred forward Wilfried Zaha, 27, after holding talks with the Crystal Palace star. (Mail)

Real Madrid remain keen to sign Erling Braut Haaland and will watch the 19-year-old striker on Saturday when Borussia Dortmund return to Bundesliga action. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Chelsea are ready to offload several first-team players to help fund a summer rebuild but are expected to resist any offers for midfield duo N'Golo Kante, 29, and Jorginho, 28. (ESPN)

Leicester City will resist any offers for Wilfred Ndidi in the transfer window amid speculation linking the 23-year-old Nigerian midfielder with French champions Paris St-Germain and Manchester United. (All-Nigeria Soccer)

Barcelona are looking again at Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz. The 20-year-old has been linked with Liverpool but Barca remain keen. (Sport1 - in German)

Birmingham City teenager Jude Bellingham, 16, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United, could be joined there by younger brother Jobe, 15. (Mail)

Lionel Messi's cousin has voiced security concerns over a potential return to Newell's Old Boys for the 32-year-old Barcelona superstar who wants to end his playing career in Argentina. (Star)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012

Sunday's Newspapers:
17th May 2020

sunday mirror

Wayne Rooney believes Manchester United made a huge mistake when they sacked Louis van Gaal.
Aston Villa will not be bullied over their £80m valuation of Jack Grealish - even if the club loses its survival fight.
Arsenal and Everton are reportedly targeting young centre-back Marash Kumbulla, who has been compared to Italy and Juventus legend Giorgio Chiellini.
Barcelona are looking to fend off competition from Liverpool to seal a deal for Bayer Leverkusen's Kai Havertz.
Championship clubs could be restricted by a salary cap - but not for another 12 months, with a £15m-£20m limit on first-team squad salaries likely.

the observer

England's plan to stage international cricket this summer involves hiving off players from contact with other personnel at the ground and forming exclusive "contact clusters" to reduce the risk of Covid-19 sweeping through the camp.

sunday times

Leroy Sane risks taking a backward step if he leaves Manchester City, according to former City and Bayern Munich midfielder Owen Hargreaves.

sunday telegraph

Howard Wilkinson's suggestion that the Championship should be decided on a points-per-game basis in the event of curtailment was met with strong opposition from Lee Bowyer, the Charlton Athletic manager, during a League Managers Association conference call.
Steve Bruce has revealed there is widespread opposition to the Premier League's plans to restart on June 12, as he warned that players would not be fit enough to play until the end of the month.
The Premier League should not be using personal protective equipment (PPE) during the coronavirus crisis until shortages blamed for the deaths of healthcare workers are fully resolved, the UK's doctors' union has said.
Premiership Rugby clubs will lose out to France in the race for top talent in the wake of the bombshell report by Lord Myners on the salary cap, according to an influential former Sale owner Brian Kennedy.


Manchester United are reportedly working on a fresh move for Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso to potentially replace Paul Pogba.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is reportedly looking into signing Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot in the upcoming transfer window.

sunday express

Jurgen Klopp has eased the pressure on his Liverpool players by claiming he does not expect them to play to the peak of their powers when they eventually return to action.
Manchester United have started conducting background checks on Aston Villa star Jack Grealish, who is one of the main summer transfer targets for boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to fight Real Madrid for the signing of Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar, reports say.

mail on sunday

Some chairmen at lower league clubs have had preliminary discussions about a radical restructuring of the divisions that would merge League Two and the National League on a regional basis and turn them into League Two North and League Two South.
Strikers will be most at risk of exposure to the coronavirus once Premier League football returns as they spend the most amount of time near other players, while goalkeepers are the least exposed.

the sun on sunday

Wilfried Zaha has emerged as a potential target for Newcastle if their Saudi takeover goes through.
Premier League players have been urged not to copy ex-Man City star Dedryck Boyata who kissed on-loan Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic during Hertha Berlin's 3-0 behind-closed-doors Bundesliga win at Hoffenheim.

scottish sun

Rangers are eyeing up double transfer raid for Aberdeen's Lewis Ferguson and Livingston's Lyndon Dykes.

France striker Kylian Mbappe will not push to leave Paris St-Germain this summer because of the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and the 21-year-old will stay with the Ligue 1 champions for one more season. (L'Equipe, via AS)

Juventus are close to a deal to re-sign France midfielder Paul Pogba, 27, from Manchester United and will try to use fellow French midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 25, as a makeweight to bring the price down. (L'Equipe, via Sunday Express)

But Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane remains determined to sign compatriot Pogba from Manchester United. (Mundo Deportivo, via Star on Sunday

Barcelona and Real Madrid are interested in Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho but Manchester United have been the most proactive in trying to sign the 20-year-old England international. (Athletic, via Star on Sunday)

Meanwhile Chelsea are set to receive £48.5m from Atletico Madrid for 27-year-old Spain striker Alvaro Morata this summer - and could use those funds to make a move for Sancho. (Sun on Sunday)

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has praised the qualities of Inter Milan striker and fellow Argentine Lautaro Martinez, 22, who has been mentioned as a target for the Spanish club. (Sport, via Metro)

Club Bruges manager Philippe Clement says he expects 22-year-old Nigeria striker Emmanuel Dennis, who has been linked with Arsenal, Newcastle United and Wolves, to leave the club. (La Derniere Heure, via Birmingham Mail)

Former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi doubts whether Liverpool's Senegal forward Sadio Mane, 28, and 30-year-old Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who plays for Arsenal, could fit in with the football the Nou Camp club play. (Metro)

Veteran Juventus and Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini has said Real Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos's challenge on Liverpool's Mohamed Salah that forced the Reds striker off injured in the 2018 Champions League final was a "masterstroke". (Marca)

Chelsea believe they have moved ahead of Tottenham in their attempts to sign 16-year-old Dutch midfielder Lamare Bogarde, who plays for Feyenoord. (Football Insider)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Monday's Newspapers:
18th May 2020

  • The Premier League are prepared to extend the season to the end of August to ensure the disrupted campaign is completed.
  • Manchester United star Marcus Rashford was snapped training with a member of the club's fitness staff on Sunday - with the striker also heading to Carrington for a coronavirus test.
  • Arsenal target Emmanuel Dennis is set to leave Club Brugge this summer after three years at the club, his manager has revealed.


  • Arsenal are likely to miss out on Ryan Fraser as the Bournemouth star has set his sights on a free transfer to Tottenham.
  • Newcastle have received a boost in their reported attempt to sign Edinson Cavani. Paris Saint-Germain are not expected to offer the Uruguayan a new contract.
  • Liverpool have reportedly tabled a lower offer than Newcastle for Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly.
  • Manchester United face a battle with Juventus to sign Wolves star Raul Jimenez in the summer transfer window.


  • The Premier League will discover how many players have contracted coronavirus when they meet to vote on Project Restart on Monday.
  • Harry Kane cannot wait to start chasing his first goal of the decade if the Premier League resumes next month, following the longest spell on the sidelines during his career.

  • Premier League players are expected to return to training on Tuesday, with a decision on neutral venues possible later this week.
  • League One clubs are this week expected to follow League Two in curtailing their season, Coventry and Rotherham would be promoted and up to eight teams could be involved in a play-off.

Paul Pogba: Frenchman would be better in a deeper role, says Wayne Rooney

  • Barcelona and Juventus have come to an agreement over a summer move for Nelson Semedo to head to Italy, with Miralem Pjanic, Mattia De Sciglio and £22m heading to Catalunya.
  • Wayne Rooney reckons Paul Pogba would benefit from playing in a deeper role at Manchester United.
  • Manchester United are reportedly set to be snubbed in the race to sign Thiago Almada, the Argentine midfielder dubbed 'the new Lionel Messi'.


  • Manchester United have been told they must pay £80m for Jack Grealish by Aston Villa in the summer.
  • Liverpool star Adam Lallana has been tipped to leave the club at the end of his contract and move to Leicester.
  • Chelsea have demanded at least £58m for Jorginho should Juventus firm up their interest.
  • Premier League clubs have been told they could face heavy sanctions for serious breaches of new COVID-19 rules amid concerns that the system for testing players could be manipulated. (THE TIMES)
  • Celtic are set to be crowned champions after an emergency SPFL board meeting on Monday morning. (DAILY RECORD

Manchester United will have to pay £80m for Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, 24, even if his side are relegated from the Premier League. (Mirror)

Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso is also a target for Manchester United and German club are willing to let the 25-year-old France international leave to fund moves for other players, including Manchester City and Germany winger Leroy Sane, 24. (Express)

Juventus will rival Manchester United in the race to sign Wolves forward Raul Jimenez, 29. (Times - subscription required)

Bournemouth and Scotland winger Ryan Fraser, 26, is believed to be interested in joining Tottenham on a free transfer when his contract with the Cherries runs out on 30 June. (Mirror)

Liverpool midfielder Pedro Chirivella, 22, has been offered a five-year deal but is yet to decide on his future, having received interest from Nantes and Rangers. (Goal)

Liverpool are considering a summer move for Roma forward Nicolo Zaniolo, 20, who is also a target for Manchester United and Tottenham. (Corriere dello Sport - via Sports Mole)

Meanwhile, it is claimed Liverpool had already made steps on a potential move for Zaniolo before the coronavirus pandemic halted football. (Il Tempo - in Italian)

Real Sociedad defender Diego Llorente, 26, is looking for a move this summer and Monaco and Liverpool are among those interested. (La Razon - Spanish)

Crystal Palace are planning a triple raid on Burnley for manager Sean Dyche, winger Dwight McNeil, 20, and defender James Tarkowski, 27. (Mirror)

Manchester United will have to fend off interest from Real Madrid for defender Milan Skriniar, 25, with Inter Milan prepared to let him leave in the summer. (Mirror)

Fiorentina midfielder Christian Koffi, 19, decided against joining Liverpool in 2018 but says he did not make a mistake. (sofoot - in French)

Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali, who has been linked with Liverpool, is on the verge of joining Inter Milan after the 20-year-old rejected a move to Serie A rivals Juventus. (Le10 Sport


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Tuesday's Newspapers:
19th May 2020

Jurgen Klopp has demanded the Premier League season is finished and slammed claims the campaign could be declared null and void.

  • Mauricio Pochettino is now free to embark on the next step of his managerial career after his Tottenham Hotspur gardening leave finally came to an end - one day after the Premier League should have finished.
  • Premier League clubs will have to consider isolating players for up to 14 days in hotels before matches resume, with an "inspector" to be appointed for every training ground to make sure the strict rules are being followed.
  • The Premier League is looking at proposals to add artificial fan noise to enhance the match experience when the season resumes.
  • The EFL plan to make the remainder of the Sky Bet Championship season a festival of football with midweek matches broadcast at tea-times and evenings.

  • Roma are set to miss out on signing Manchester United defender Chris Smalling on a permanent basis.
  • A study has shown that playing games behind closed doors can 'effectively mean a removal of home advantage'.
  • Plans to film dugouts and technical areas are likely to be rejected, amid fears that managers wearing microphones could bring the game into disrepute.
  • Raheem Sterling has cast further doubt over Project Restart by insisting that Premier League footballers need at least a month of training before they can play again.

  • Manchester United have raided the former youth club of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard by signing six youngsters.
  • Erling Haaland rejected a move to Juventus in January because they wanted to put him in the Under-23 squad.
  • La Liga's plans to restart the season involve having a maximum of 197 people inside the stadium on matchday.

  • Neil Warnock has praised Chris Wilder as a tactical genius, with the Sheffield United boss competing for a Champions League place.
  • Daniel Sturridge is reportedly in talks with two MLS clubs over a proposed move when his FA ban is over.

  • Jurgen Klopp has slammed claims that the Premier League season should be declared 'null and void' as it has been in certain other leagues around Europe.
  • Kyle Walker's future at Manchester City is not under threat, despite his recent misdemeanours while on coronavirus lockdown.

  • Craig Halkett has told Ann Budge she has the backing of the dressing room as the Hearts owner doubled down on her legal threat after the Jambos were sent down.
  • Partick Thistle's players are now counting the cost of their relegation to League One through massive wage cuts.

  • Celtic will offer fans refunds to cover the remaining 2019/20 matches that they will miss out on.

Bayer Leverkusen's German attacking midfielder Kai Havertz, 20, should turn down the chance to go to Liverpool and choose Borussia Dortmund instead says former Germany international Jens Nowotny. (Goal)

Juventus could sell a host of players, including Bosnia midfielder Miralem Pjanic, 30, and Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain, 32, this summer as part of a new policy of cutbacks designed to help the club cope with the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. (Daily Mail)

Barcelona are to step up their attempts to sign Inter Milan's Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez, 22, and Pjanic. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Manchester United are ready to revive their interest in Napoli's Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 28, after learning of Liverpool's interest in the Napoli star. (Gazzetta dello Sport via Daily Express)

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius, 26, will not return to train with the club. The German had cancelled his contract with loan club Besiktas earlier this month. (Daily Star)

Newcastle United's on-loan winger Valentino Lazaro is waiting to hear from managing director Lee Charnley on where his future lies next season. The 24-year-old Austrian joined the Magpies from Inter Milan in January. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Manchester City are confident David Silva, 34, will agree to a short-term contract extension to allow the midfielder to see out the remainder of the season. The Spanish midfielder is scheduled to leave on 30 June when his deal expires. (ESPN)

Manchester United are set to recall 23-year-old Portuguese keeper Joel Pereira from his loan spell at Hearts following the conclusion of the Scottish Premiership season. (Manchester Evening News)

Wolves extend 33-year-old English goalkeeper John Ruddy's contract by a further year. (Birmingham Mail)

Watford's English striker Troy Deeney fears Premier League players will face a public backlash over mass testing for coronavirus. (Good Morning Britain via Evening Standard)

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is hoping his out-of-contract players will sign short-term extensions to their contracts, which are set to run out before the proposed end of the current season. The contracts of Brazilian midfielder Willian, 31, and French striker Olivier Giroud, 33, are set to expire on 30 June. (Chelsea)

Lampard rejected the chance to be Ipswich boss because they had no money, according to his uncle Harry Redknapp. (Sun)

Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino is free to sign for prospective clubs after his Tottenham garden leave ended. (Telegraph)

Roma's legendary Italian forward Francesco Totti, 43, says he was very close to joining Real Madrid but they would not offer him more than what their striker Raul was making. (Libero via Marca)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Wednesday's Newspapers:
20th May 2020

  • Kai Havertz is the target for Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool - with Bayer Leverkusen preparing to cash in on Germany's best young player this summer.
  • Barcelona are putting all of their squad except Lionel Messi, Frenkie De Jong and Marc-Andre ter Stegen up for sale to prevent financial meltdown.
  • PSV Eindhoven youngster Wouter Verstraaten has snubbed a move to Sunderland for non-league South Shields.
  • Arsenal are favourites to land Feyenoord starlet Orkun Kokcu as replacement for Mesut Ozil this summer, beating Chelsea to the punch.
  • Manchester United are reportedly lining up a swoop for Borussia Monchengladbach star Alassane Plea.
  • Willy Caballero has been given another year at Chelsea after the club triggered an extension clause in his contract.
  • Barcelona target Neymar will not be leaving Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
  • Barcelona reportedly turned their attention to signing Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez after being knocked back by Tottenham in their approach for Harry Kane.

  • Formula One have upped the battle to save the British Grand Prix by telling Boris Johnson that if it is cancelled the race will go to Germany.
  • The company overseeing testing of Premier League players for coronavirus have sought to assuage concerns after it was revealed their results are not 100 per cent reliable.
  • UEFA is considering cutting the number of teams at next year's Under 21 European Championship so it can shoehorn the tournament into a congested summer.
  • Danny Rose believes Premier League players are being treated as lab rats as they gear up for a return during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Paul Lambert says it is a 'disgrace' that the EFL has not yet made a decision on the fate of the current season.
  • Gloucester and Wasps are among a host of Premiership clubs who have informed players that their pay cuts will continue for the 'foreseeable future', prompting fears of an exodus from the league.

  • Manchester United and Chelsea have been offered some hope in the transfer race for Jadon Sancho, after a Borussia Dortmund chief admitted the expectation of high transfer fees is likely to diminish over the course of the summer.
  • Manchester City are tracking Fulham teenager Cody Drameh with the Premier League champions eyeing the 18-year-old right-back as one for the future.
  • Manchester United have reportedly joined Liverpool and Manchester City in the race to sign Wolves winger Adama Traore - and Bayern Munich are also interested.
  • Arsenal could sign Justin Kluivert from Roma in a swap deal that would see Henrikh Mkhitaryan go the other way, according to a report from Italy.
  • Arsenal have reportedly made contact with the agent of Moussa Diaby over a potential transfer.

  • Crystal Palace are ready to rival Tottenham in the chase for Ryan Fraser with boss Roy Hodgson desperate to bring the Bournemouth winger to Selhurst Park on a free transfer.
  • Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has made AC Milan star Ismael Bennacer a summer transfer target as the Spaniard looks to find an immediate replacement for the outgoing David Silva.
  • Manchester United are prepared to allow Alexis Sanchez, Dean Henderson and Chris Smalling extend their loan spells for the remainder of the 2019/20 season if leagues can resume.
  • Antonio Conte wants to make a double swoop on former club Chelsea in the summer for Victor Moses and Emerson Palmieri.

  • Squad salary caps of £2.5m for League One and £1.25m for League Two are being proposed by the English Football League - with automatic points deductions for clubs who fail to pay their players on time.
  • Supporters could be forced to wear face masks to watch England play at Twickenham this autumn if crowds are permitted to attend by the Government.
  • The Women's Super League season is moving closer towards cancellation but there is still no decision on how the final placings will be resolved.
  • England Cricket's return to training has been put on hold due to complications over obtaining PPE and clearance to take county staff off furlough.
  • Umpires around the world will stop taking players' jumpers and caps when cricket resumes.
  • British No 1 Johanna Konta has called for full equality in any united body that attempted to combine the Association of Tennis Professionals and Women's Tennis Association tours.

  • Cash strapped Premiership clubs have been scrambling to unlock more than £7m worth of emergency prize money from the SPFL over the past 48 hours - after Hearts made no attempt to put a legal freeze on the payments.

  • Neil Lennon says Celtic will not be encouraging any bids for their top stars including Odsonne Edouard.

Manchester City forward Leroy Sane is not interested in a move to Premier League rivals Liverpool. The 24-year-old Germany international remains set on a move to Bayern Munich.(Bild, via Sports Illustrated)

Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland, 19, turned down a move to Juventus in January because the Italian champions planned to put the Norway international into their under-23 squad. (La Repubblica, via Star)

Manchester United are among the favourites to sign Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Adama Traore, joining Liverpool and Manchester City in considering a move for the 22-year-old Spaniard. (Birmingham Mail)

Arsenal are hoping to sign Bayer Leverkusen's France Under-21 winger Moussa Diaby. The 20-year-old former Paris St-Germain player provided two assists in Leverkusen's win over Bundesliga rivals Werder Bremen on Monday. (Le10Sport - in French)

Chelsea are leading the race to sign Dutch centre-back Xavier Mbuyamba from Spanish giants Barcelona, according to the 18-year-old's agent. (Voetbal International, via Mail)

Newcastle United's on-loan England defender Danny Rose, 29, believes Mauricio Pochettino - his former manager at Tottenham Hotspur - will "eventually" end up managing Manchester United. (The Lockdown Tactics, via TeamTalk)

Several European clubs are interested in Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen, who is out of contract this summer. The 33-year-old Belgian has been offered a deal by Spanish side Real Betis, with fellow La Liga outfit Valencia, plus Italian clubs Inter Milan and Roma also considering a move. (Star)

Manchester United midfielder James Garner, 19, will be allowed to leave on loan next season, with Championship sides Cardiff City, Swansea City and Sheffield Wednesday interested in the Englishman. (Mail)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Thursday's Newspapers:
21st May 2020

  • Liverpool have reached a financial settlement with new sponsors Nike that will allow them to finish the season and win the Premier League* wearing their New Balance kit.
  • Premier League clubs with small dressing rooms may have to arrange new changing facilities on opposite sides of their stadiums to enable players to maintain distancing when football restarts.
  • A number of Premier League players were made to wait for the green light to take part in training this week after returning inconclusive coronavirus tests.
  • Hundreds of the 1,400 EFL players who are out of contract this summer may never get a professional deal again.
  • Bournemouth's Jordon Ibe is facing a possible club fine after being pictured appearing to breach lockdown regulations.


  • Victor Moses is facing an uncertain future at Chelsea with the winger set to be dumped by Inter Milan after his flop loan spell.
  • Arsenal are lining up Borussia Dortmund centre-back Manuel Akanji for £25m after opening talks in January.
  • The Premier League's big return to training has been hampered by sticky balls with some players slamming Phase One Covid-19 training programmes as "pointless" and "ludicrous".
  • Sadio Mane is overtaking Kylian Mbappe as Real Madrid's main striking target this summer, reports suggest.
  • Chelsea have reportedly been joined by Real Madrid in the race for Lille star Gabriel.
  • Philippe Coutinho is back training on his own for Bayern Munich as the German giants consider extending his deal, according to reports.
  • Gareth Barry "broke strict FA rules" to pump £800,000 into Swindon, it was alleged in court.
  • Wayne Rooney plans to turn the grounds of his new country pile into a golfer's paradise.

  • FIFPro, the world players' union, says "multiple" footballers from the leading leagues in Europe have contacted them to say they feel pressurised to return during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The Premier League is planning to speak to managers and players this week about how football can take the crucial step of returning to contact training and matches.
  • League One's season is set to be decided by a crucial vote next week, following talks at the English Football League's board meeting on Wednesday.
  • Norwich City are returning to training on Friday after tests revealed players and staff did not record positive for coronavirus.

  • Footballers are ramping up security and installing panic rooms in their homes in the wake of Dele Alli's terrifying robbery ordeal
  • Manchester City attacker Leroy Sane has been told he must be prepared to take a huge pay-cut if he is to join Bayern Munich.

  • EFL Championship action is set to resume on June 20 after a timetable was agreed to complete the 2019/20 campaign by the end of July.
  • Arsenal are considering a swap deal with Atletico Madrid that would see Alexandre Lacazette moving to Spain and Thomas Lemar coming the other way.
  • The Premier League are thought to have given Newcastle's £300m Saudi-led takeover the green light and an official announcement could be made in the coming days.

  • Derby owner Mel Morris is prepared to vote for a premature end to the Championship season even if it means the Rams missing out on a play-off place.
  • Arsenal legend Ian Wright says he could not blame Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if he wanted to leave the club this summer
  • Jadon Sancho is reportedly still likely to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer - with Manchester United at the front of the queue.
  • Neymar's return to Barcelona will not be feasible this summer, according to his agent Wagner Ribeiro.
  • Arsenal's Granit Xhaka claims he and the club's fans both overreacted during his outburst back in October.

  • Callum McGregor insists he's staying at Celtic for 10-in-a-row - and he would love to see old boss Brendan Rodgers back at Parkhead for the party.
  • Scottish football is ready to plead with Holyrood to be allowed to pull its boots back on - as Nicola Sturgeon prepares to give the green light for the country to start playing sport again.
  • Hearts' hopes of saving their own top-flight skin suffered another hammer blow after St Mirren chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick insisted Daniel Stendel's side was so bad it deserved to go down.

Manchester City and Germany forward Leroy Sane, 24, has the number 10 shirt reserved for him at Bayern Munich next season. (Mirror)

Chelsea are struggling to offload Victor Moses as Inter Milan refuse to pay the £10.75m asking price for the 29-year-old Nigerian winger. (Sun)

Jorginho's agent insists the Italian midfielder is happy at Chelsea and claims Juventus have not made an approach for the 28-year-old. (Metro)

Trabzonspor's Turkish goalkeeper and Leicester City target Ugurcan Cakir, 24, has been the subject of a 20m euros bid from Spanish side Sevilla. (Leicestershire Live)

Liverpool* are ready to sell three players this summer in order to fund a £52m move for 24-year-old RB Leipzig and Germany forward Timo Werner. (Athletic - subscription required)

Manchester United would like to keep 30-year-old striker Odion Ighalo, on loan from Shanghai Shenhua, but they are "relaxed" over the Nigerian's future after Marcus Rashford's return to fitness. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal are considering a swap deal with Atletico Madrid that would see 28-year-old French striker Alexandre Lacazette moving to Spain, and compatriot Thomas Lemar, 24, coming the other way. (AS - in Spanish)

Neymar, 28, will not leave Paris St-Germain to rejoin Barcelona this summer because of the impact of coronavirus on football finances, says the Brazil forward's agent. (Star)

The EFL's leaders are confident that support for the Championship to restart, even from relegation-threatened clubs such as Middlesbrough, will mean the season resumes next month. (Times - subscription required)

Early rounds of the Carabao Cup are under threat if next season does not get under way before the beginning of September. (Telegraph - subscription required)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Friday's Newspapers:
22nd May 2020

  • PSG are considering a £35m bid for Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as his contract winds down.
  • Gareth Bale can prove he is still one of the world's best players by moving to Newcastle United - says Brazilian legend Ronaldo.
  • Arsenal have reportedly entered negotiations over a move to sign Adrien Rabiot, as Juventus bid to raise funds for a possible swoop for Manchester United's Paul Pogba.
  • Manchester United are keeping tabs on Sporting Lisbon star Nuno Mendes, who has been dubbed the "best under-19s left-back in Europe."
  • The FA are determined to conclude this season's FA Cup alongside the Premier League should it resume safely, with behind-closed-doors semis and a final at Wembley.
  • Championship clubs are facing growing opposition from concerned players to their plans to restart the season.

  • Newcastle's takeover has been given the green light as Premier League bosses have finally approved the £300m Saudi deal.
  • Romelu Lukaku says he will "never forgive" Andre Villas-Boas for leaving him out of Chelsea's Champions League-winning squad in 2012.
  • Gareth Bale was reportedly rejected by an MLS club due to eye-watering wage demands.
  • Barcelona are reportedly prepared to allow seven players to leave on swap deals to ensure Lautaro Martinez signs from Inter Milan this summer.
  • Serge Aurier's latest lockdown lapse could cost him £140,000.
  • N'Golo Kante was back at Chelsea on Thursday for a second day of testing - a day after being given compassionate leave due to his fears over coronavirus.
  • QPR captain Grant Hall has joined a growing camp of players who think it is too dangerous for football to return.

  • Premier League footballers have been warned against signing documents that could affect their rights if they contract coronavirus.
  • EFL clubs fear curtailing the seasons in League One and League Two could lead to a Championship breakaway.
  • Danny Drinkwater is continuing to train with Aston Villa following his bust-up with team-mate Jota days before the Premier League was suspended.
  • Premier League clubs are facing another major financial blow amid fears the shirt sponsorship bubble has burst.

  • The FA Cup faces being abandoned for the first time in peacetime since it began 149 years ago, although the Premier League is pulling out all the stops to rescue it.

  • Manchester City star Sergio Aguero is being eyed by Inter Milan as a replacement for Lautaro Martinez as the forward is edging closer to Barcelona.
  • Andre Villas-Boas has reportedly snubbed an offer from Newcastle to take over the club once the £300m Saudi-backed takeover goes through.
  • Arsenal target Odsonne Edouard has the backing of the Gunners' record goalscorer, Thierry Henry, to go "right to the top".
  • PSG have withdrawn from the race to sign Napoli central defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

  • Chelsea are preparing for Valencia to make a bid to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga this summer, according to reports in Spain.
  • Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has added Sevilla star Diego Carlos to his summer transfer shortlist and the 27-year-old centre-back has a £67m release clause in his contract.
  • Arsenal are reportedly weighing up a summer move for Besiktas centre-back Domagoj Vida, who could be available for as little as £6million in the upcoming transfer window.

  • Barry Ferguson has urged Rangers to splash the cash to sign his nephew Lewis Ferguson.
  • Ianis Hagi's move to Rangers on a permanent deal is in the final stages, according to reports.
  • Dundee United have been tracking Finnish Under-21 star Ilmari Niskanen.

Barcelona have lowered their valuation of 26-year-old French defender Samuel Umtiti to just £27m, amid interest from Manchester United and Arsenal. (Sport - in Spanish)

United have made recruiting a new centre-back their top priority this summer, and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now has a clear path to signing Napoli's 28-year-old Senegal international Kalidou Koulibaly, with Paris St-Germain no longer interested. (Express)

Juventus and Bosnia-Herzegovina midfielder Miralem Pjanic, 30, will turn down a move to the Premier League this summer, with Chelsea among the clubs interested. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Real Madrid and Manchester United could be forced to wait two years to sign 19-year-old Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, with the Norwegian's 75m euro release clause not active until 2022. (Evening Standard)

Arsenal are planning a £25m transfer move for Dortmund's 24-year-old Switzerland defender Manuel Akanji, after talks began in January. (Sun)

Meanwhile, the Gunners have joined Everton in targeting Juventus' French midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 25, and hope he can form a partnership with compatriot Matteo Guendouzi, 21. (Le10 Sport - in French)

Tottenham Hotspur's 29-year-old defender Danny Rose, who is on loan at Newcastle United, has revealed he wants to play for Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers - but joked that Foxes left-back and England team-mate Ben Chilwell, 22, would "have to be bought first". (Mail)

Paris St-Germain remain open to signing Arsenal's 30-year-old Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has one year left on his contract at Emirates Stadium. (Le10 Sport - in French)

Leicester lead Manchester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton in the pursuit of Celtic and Norway defender Kristoffer Ajer, 22. (

Dortmund and Germany midfielder Emre Can, 26, says he would never sign for Manchester United because his "heart would not allow it" after playing for Liverpool. (Bild, via Mirror)

Crystal Palace are ready to make a move for Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser. The player favours a move to Tottenham, but manager Jose Mourinho is unconvinced of the 26-year-old Scotland international's suitability for a top-six club. (Express)

Manchester United are putting together a £10m package for Sporting Lisbon's 17-year-old Portuguese left-back Nuno Mendes, after former Old Trafford winger Nani recommended his compatriot. (Star)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012

Saturday's Newspapers:
23rd May 2020

the sun

Arsenal are chasing Ajax star Nicolas Tagliafico in a £20m deal - as Mikel Arteta searches for a new left-back.
Three Premier League clubs are interested in having cardboard cut-outs of supporters in empty stands when top-flight football returns.
Arsenal and Chelsea are both tracking 18-year-old Kaan Kurt who is playing for Borussia Monchengladbach II in the fourth tier of German football.
England's struggling football clubs hope to bring crowds back as early as October - but in small numbers.

daily telegraph

The proposed £300m takeover of Newcastle United is finally expected to be resolved next week.
English clubs will get an added chance of European glory next year as UEFA firms up its plans for Europa League 2 despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Mark Palios has promised that he and Tranmere Rovers will fight against the recommendation of the EFL board that would relegate the club if the League One season has to be curtailed.

daily mail

The Professional Footballers' Association has asked the Government to undertake more research into possible greater coronavirus risks for black, Asian and minority ethnic players, amid strong concerns among some about a return to football.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche says he isn't bothered about player fitness when football returns.
Pep Guardiola wants Barcelona defender Nelson Semedo to challenge Kyle Walker at Manchester City next season.
Fans could be asked to vote to select personalised goal celebration music for individual players when the Premier League resumes.

daily mirror

Manchester City's and Manchester United's dreams of European success this season have been dealt a blow following the Government's announcement regarding quarantine measures for people coming into the UK.
Willian has made his clearest indication yet that his time at Chelsea is coming to an end after conceding the club will not change their mind on their contract offer.
Tottenham's attempts to keep hold of Jan Vertonghen appear to be failing as the Belgian looks increasingly likely to leave the club this summer.
Jamaal Lascelles insists Newcastle's players have no fear about getting the Premier League back on.

daily star

Leicester head a pack of Premier League clubs ready to pounce for Liverpool's Adam Lallana.
West Ham are chasing Amiens striker Serhou Guirassy, according to the French club's president.
Manchester City star Sergio Aguero is being eyed by Inter Milan as a replacement for Lautaro Martinez, as the forward is edging closer to Barcelona.
Manchester United star Luke Shaw has backed youngster Mason Greenwood to turn into another Robin van Persie at the club.
David Luiz has opened the door on a return to Benfica when his Arsenal contract ends next summer.

scottish sun

John Beaton admits the fallout from the controversial 2018 Old Firm derby at Ibrox changed his life forever.

daily record

Hearts could be pushed to the brink of another financial collapse next week.
SPFL clubs face a whopping bill of £10k-per-week to test their players and staff for COVID-19.

Chelsea, Manchester United and Leicester have contacted Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho's agent over a summer move, but the Blues are the 27-year-old Brazil international's first choice. (Sun)

Chelsea's Brazil midfielder Willian, 31, has hinted he could sign a short-term deal until the end of the season as the Premier League campaign is likely to run beyond the end of his contract on 30 June. (Mail)

Former Liverpool midfielder John Barnes says Borussia Dortmund's Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 19, has what it takes to replace Roberto Firmino at Anfield. (Express)

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been assured that Manchester United will be competitive in the transfer market this summer after they revealed the coronavirus pandemic has cost them £28m. (Express)

Bayern Munich had stepped up their interest in Jadon Sancho before the season was paused by coronavirus, but Borussia Dortmund, who are confident they can secure a £100m fee for the 20-year-old England midfielder, will not sell to their Bundesliga rivals. (Metro)

Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino's gardening leave has expired and he says he is looking for the "right project", amid rumours linking him with Newcastle. (Express)

Bayer Leverkusen's 20-year-old Germany midfielder Kai Havertz, who has been linked with Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea, has been warned off a move to the Premier League by forward United and Tottenham forward Dimitar Berbatov. (Evening Standard)

Chelsea are interested in Barcelona's 18-year-old Dutch defender Xavier Mbuyamba as they look to invest in youth because of the financial impact of coronavirus. (Evening Standard)

Chelsea's search for a goalkeeper has been dealt a blow as Germany international Marc-Andre ter Stegen, 28, is set to sign a new five-year deal at Barcelona. (Sun)

Paris St-Germain have made an opening offer of £44.7m plus £8.9m in add-ons for Argentina striker Mauro Icardi, 27, who has been on loan at the French club from Inter Milan since last summer. (Sky Sports)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012

Sunday's Newspapers:
24th May 2020

the sun on sunday

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants Wolves speed machine Adama Traore to join his champions*-elect.
Former FA and Arsenal chief David Dein says next season should run from February until November.
Burnley's Jack Cork claims most Premier League players back the return to football, despite their initial concerns over Project Restart.
Chelsea have been handed a boost by the news that Inter Milan have reportedly rejected Paris Saint-Germain's bid for striker Mauro Icardi.

sunday telegraph

Premier League clubs could lose around £70m in commercial revenues if the police and Government enforce their plans to play the remaining matches at neutral grounds.
Hull City's vice-chairman Ehab Allam has launched a scathing attack on the English Football League over its plans to restart the Championship season, less than 48 hours before second-tier clubs return to training.

mail on sunday

A group of Brighton players asked the club to tone down their outspoken opposition to Project Restart last week as they felt it belittled their chances of staying in the Premier League on merit.
Small print in Manchester United's latest quarterly financial results reveal the Premier League giants chose to defer their £10m VAT bill to the UK Government for a year.
Regular water breaks may be needed in Premier League games if football returns during summer, according to Brighton chief executive Paul Barber.
Hundreds of small clubs could be excluded from the 2020-2021 FA Cup if the start to next season is delayed.

daily star sunday

Danny Ings, Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse are all set to be up for grabs in the transfer market if Southampton's owner Gao Jisheng does not sell his 80 per cent stake in the club.
Ainsley Maitland-Miles is set to leave Arsenal this summer as part of Mikel Arteta's squad rebuild.
Chelsea are set to issue a social distancing warning to their first-team stars after Marcos Alonso and Kepa Arrizabalaga breached protocol to take pictures with fans.

sunday express

Newcastle and Wolves are ready to offer Chelsea flop Gonzalo Higuain a second chance in the Premier League.
Manchester United's hopes of landing Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho this summer could depend on Manchester City's Champions League ban being upheld.
Kepa Arrizabalaga could move to Valencia this summer while Chelsea are looking to sign Ajax's Andre Onana as a replacement for the Spaniard.
Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana could upset supporters if he refuses to extend his contract until the end of the season.

sunday mirror

Manchester United are hoping Argentine giants Boca Juniors and Estudiantes will become embroiled in a £12m bidding war for Marcos Rojo.
Arsene Wenger has claimed he will never return to Arsenal Football Club - not even as a spectator.
Manchester United are said to have held talks with Adrien Rabiot's agent over a prospective transfer this summer.
Barcelona are ready to cut their losses and offload Ousmane Dembele for just £37m.

sunday mail

Neil Lennon reckons he'd have been sacked if he'd endured two trophyless seasons like Old Firm rival Steven Gerrard.

scottish sun

Next season's Old Firm games could all be played in 2021 as part of a shock plan to shuffle the Scottish football calendar.

Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola has begun talks with Juventus about a summer move, but Real Madrid and Paris St-Germain are also both interested in the 27-year-old Manchester United midfielder. (Le10sport - in French)

Bayern Munich could get in the way of Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's plans to sign Borussia Dortmund and England winger Jadon Sancho, 20. (Sun)

Barcelona are open to selling all but six of their players this summer as the club's financial situation worsens because of coronavirus. (Marca)

Sergio Aguero's agent has denied suggestions the 31-year-old Manchester City striker could leave the Etihad this summer, with rumours linking him with a return to Argentina. (Mirror)

Chelsea midfielder Willian, 31, says the club's refusal to offer him a three-year contract extension has left him in a "difficult" situation. (Esporte Interativo, via Metro)

Manchester United are now favourites to sign Napoli centre back Kalidou Koulibaly, 28, after PSG, Barcelona and Real Madrid pulled out of the race. (Sun

The Red Devils have also held talks with 25-year-old Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot's agent, with Arsenal and Everton also interested. (Mirror)

Arsenal are chasing £20m Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico, 27, after the Argentine starred in the Dutch side's run to the Champions League semi-finals last season. (Mirror)

Midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 22, is expected to leave the Gunners when the summer transfer window opens after falling out of contention under new boss Mikel Arteta. (Star)

Real Madrid are considering a surprise summer move for Celtic's Norwegian defender Kristoffer Ajer, 22, after his impressive showings in the Scottish Premiership. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Monday's Newspapers:
25th May 2020

  • Rafael Benitez is keen to make an emotional return to Newcastle United under a new Saudi Arabian-backed ownership with John Stones and Ross Barkley among the players the Spaniard would like to take with him.

  • Bruno Fernandes is undertaking extra training sessions away from Manchester United in a bid to regain his match sharpness, along with team-mate Diogo Dalot.
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is preparing to fast-track 17-year-old youngster Hannibal Mejbri straight into the Manchester United first-team next season.

  • The Premier League season could be completed using a combination of home grounds and neutral venues in a dramatic new twist to Project Restart.

  • Philippe Coutinho and his agent have reportedly made a decision about the Brazilian's future ahead of a potential move this summer.
  • Leicester will start working at their new state-of-the-art £100m training facilities from next month and manager Brendan Rodgers believes it will make them a permanent top-six team.
  • Arsenal could be forced to extend Henrikh Mkhitaryan's contract if they ever want to receive a transfer fee for him.

  • Joe Hart, who is out of contract this summer, feels he will have to move abroad to get back into the big time.

  • Liverpool and other teams who use pressing as a tactic face greater challenges in minimising contact between players when the return to competitive training resumes this week.

  • West Ham fans are in talks with the club about showing their faces on Zoom on the London Stadium's big screens to help give players a boost in behind-closed-doors games.

  • Celtic have been handed a boost in their bid to keep Fraser Forster and Mohamed Elyounoussi at the club next season, with Southampton preparing for a mass exodus of players.

Arsenal are to begin talks with Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho's agent. The Brazilian 27-year-old has spent the season on loan at Bayern Munich but the Bundesliga champions will not pay the £105m required to make the deal permanent. (Le10sport - in French)

Paris St-Germain are negotiating an agreement with Arsenal in an attempt to sign forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 30, for £34m. (Todofichajes)

Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, 32, could return to the Premier League after a disappointing loan spell with Chelsea - Newcastle and Wolves are both interested. (Express)

RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, 24, has been heavily linked with Liverpool but former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves has suggested Old Trafford could be a better move. (Star)

Wolves striker Raul Jimenez, 29 and valued at £57m, is being monitored by Manchester United, Arsenal and Real Madrid. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

Bournemouth striker Joshua King, 28, is a target for four of the current top six clubs in the Premier League after Manchester United's £20m deadline-day bid was turned down in January. (Mirror)

Juventus want to beat Real Madrid to Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland, 19, in a £67m move. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

Barcelona are willing to offload France forward Ousmane Dembele, 23, for just £37m. The Spanish club paid £137m for the Frenchman three years ago but he has only started five times after a string of injuries. (Mirror)

Winger Adama Traore, 24, has been advised to ignore Liverpool's interest and stay at Wolves for another season by former Sheffield United midfielder Michael Brown. (Star)

Wales and FC Schalke winger Rabbi Matondo, 19, says he is fully focused on the German club amid interest from Manchester United. (Manchester Evening News)


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Tuesday's Newspapers:
26th May 2020

  • Odion Ighalo is likely to leave Manchester United on Sunday and return to Shanghai Shenhua, who have offered him a new contract worth more than £75m over four years.
  • The British Grand Prix is set to be reprieved after Boris Johnson intervened personally to ensure that two Formula One races can go ahead at Silverstone this summer despite the 14-day coronavirus quarantine restrictions.

  • Barcelona will listen to loan offers for Ousmane Dembele in the summer such is the desire to get him off the wage bill and to stop his value nose-diving.
  • Everton have made a £25m offer to Barcelona defender Jean-Claire Todibo, who is currently on loan at Bundesliga outfit Schalke.
  • Players are at an increased risk of muscle and joint injuries with Project Restart failing to provide a proper pre-season to build fitness, warns former England and Arsenal physio Gary Lewin.
  • Chelsea have opted against using the buy-back clause for winger Jeremie Boga despite becoming one of Serie A's most exciting players since joining Sassuolo in 2018.

  • Premier League players are ready to give their seal of approval for Project Restart.

  • Skint Premier League clubs are considering payday-style loans with huge interest rates to stay in business.
  • Jurgen Klopp held a "virtual meeting" with Timo Werner over Easter to discuss a transfer to Liverpool.
  • Chelsea keeper Willy Caballero has backed team-mate N'Golo Kante over his COVID-19 fears.

  • Premier League clubs are not expected to have to place their squads into a 14-day quarantine period if one of their players tests positive for COVID-19, according to the government's latest guidance.
  • Manchester United are ready to sanction an extension to Dean Henderson's loan at Sheffield United and allow him to finish the season at Bramall Lane.
  • World Rugby's influential medical group has proposed banning reset scrums and upright tackling in a huge shake-up of the sport's laws.
  • Sky Bet Championship players have been told they can opt out of training should they fear for their safety during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • A group of world-leading heart doctors have warned about the potential cardiac risks of the coronavirus to sportspeople and recommended that elite athletes should not return to exercise for at least two weeks after a positive test.

  • Southampton could step up their interest in Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham - with goalkeeper Fraser Forster included in any deal.
  • Gareth McAuley claims Celtic's nine in a row title is a hollow triumph.

  • SPFL bosses are set to call an emergency board meeting in the next 48 hours to discuss the next step in the crisis facing Hearts.
  • KuPS sporting director Jonne Lindblom has admitted Dundee United are among a string of teams who are tracking new Finnish star Ilmari Niskanen.
  • Gary Maley's Livingston future is at the mercy of social media, after the club posted a poll on whether he should be given a new contract.

Everton have made a £40m move to sign midfielder Allan, 29, but Napoli want closer to £60m for the Brazilian. (Il Mattino - in Italian)

The Toffees have also made a £25m offer to Barcelona for French defender Jean-Claire Todibo, 20, who is currently on loan at Bundesliga side Schalke. (Mail)

Bournemouth owner Maxim Demin came close to selling the Cherries to a Saudi Arabian business consortium in January, only to see the deal break down over a disagreement in the club valuation. (90min)

Manchester United will grant an extension to let English goalkeeper Dean Henderson, 23, finish the season on loan at Sheffield United with the current deal ending in June. (Telegraph)

Chelsea have decided against using their buy-back clause on Sassuolo's Ivory Coast international winger Jeremie Boga, 20, who has been linked with a move to Napoli. (Guardian)

On-loan Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 27, may not play for Bayern Munich again after the Bundesliga leaders decided not to sign him permanently from Barcelona and has been offered to Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham. (Sky Sports)

Inter Milan and Argentina striker Mauro Icardi, 27, is moving closer to a permanent transfer to Paris St-Germain for around £54m. (ESPN)