Press Gossip - 2022


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Premier League leaders Arsenal are reportedly 'ready to take action' to acquire the services of Lazio midfield maestro Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, the Serbia international has four goals and eight assists this season in Serie A. (Daily Express)

Following uncertainity around his future at Barcelona, Liverpool are reportedly looking into the feasibility of signing teenage sensation Gavi. (Daily Mirror)

With Antonio Conte's future at Tottenham up in the air, former Barcelona and Spain boss Luis Enrique is reportedly open to the possibility of becoming head coach at the end of the season. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly keen on signing Switzerland and Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel. (The Sun)

Graham Potter and Chelsea are boosted by the return of keeper Edouard Mendy who has resumed full training after a two-month injury absence, however, his future at Stamford Bridge remains uncertain. (The Times)

Mikel Arteta and Arsenal are prepared to reward Granit Xhaka's excellent performances this seasson with a 12-month contract extension, the new deal will keep him at the club till 2025. (The Sun)

Watford starlet Adrian Blake is being monitored by a number of clubs, including Tottenham. (Daily Mail)

Danish youngster Lasse Abildgaard is set to undergo trials with Manchester United. (The Sun)

Europe's elite clubs including Real Madrid, Manchester United, Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund are all reportedly interested in Rangers starlet Bailey Rice. (The Scotsman)

Scottish Premiership clubs Dundee and Patrick Thistle are both looking to sign Alloa Athletic defender George Stanger. (Daily Record)

Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 35, will be offered 220m euros (£193m) per year to move to a Saudi Arabian club when his Paris St-Germain contract ends in the summer. (Marca - in Spanish)

Manchester City's World Cup-winning Argentina forward Julian Alvarez, 23, is set to sign a new contract which will keep him at the Etihad until 2028. (Mail)

France midfielder Paul Pogba, 30, wants to stay at Juventus next season despite playing only 35 minutes in Serie A this season because of injuries. (90min)

Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez has spoken with 32-year-old Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, whose Manchester City deal expires this summer. (AS - in Spanish)

Borussia Dortmund may offer Germany winger Julian Brandt, 26, a new contract in a bid to fend off interest from Arsenal and Tottenham. (Sport Bild - in German)

Manchester United could make a £105m move for Eintracht Frankfurt's 24-year-old France forward Randal Kolo Muani. (Sport Bild - in German)

Chelsea are interested in Borussia Monchengladbach's 21-year-old France midfielder Man Utd Kone, who has also attracted interest from Paris St-Germain. (Sun)

Chelsea are open to selling England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 27, this summer, with five Premier League clubs, plus AC Milan and Roma interested. (Football Insider)

West Ham are considering a move for 30-year-old Werder Bremen and Germany striker Niclas Fullkrug. (Sport Bild via Sport Witness)

Newcastle, Aston Villa, Wolves and Leeds United are interested in signing Portugal defender Raphael Guerreiro, 29, when his contract at Borussia Dortmund runs out in the summer. (90min)

England midfielder Harry Winks, 27, says he has not been contacted by anyone from Tottenham, including manager Antonio Conte, during his loan spell at Sampdoria. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Fulham are monitoring Paris St-Germain's 20-year-old French midfielder Edouard Michut, who is on loan at Sunderland.(Fabrizio Romano)

Italy midfielder Marco Verratti, 30, is considering his future at Paris St-Germain after recent criticism, but the club have no intention of selling him. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Former France striker Karim Benzema, 35, has agreed a new contract with Real Madrid. (L'Equipe - in French)

England manager Gareth Southgate is set to add former Netherlands striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to his backroom staff to replace Chris Powell, who is leaving to focus on his job as head of Tottenham's academy. (Times - subscription)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
In an attempt to sign Brazilian wonderkid Vitor Roque, Barcelona are planning to follow the strategy used by PSG to sign Kylian Mbappe from AS Monaco. (Daily Mail)

Lionel Messi's uncertain future at PSG could lead to a move to Saudi Arabia, with the Argentine reportedly the target of a £194m-per-year contract. (The Sun)

Paul Pogba's future is unsure once again after picking an injury in training for Juventus, the France international has played only 36 minutes of first-team football this season in Serie A. (Daily Mirror)

Erik ten Hag is planning another transfer raid on former side Ajax, this time for Dutch wonderkid Amourricho van Axel Dongen. (Daily Express)

Liverpool reportedly recently had both Dani Ceballos and Marco Asensio "in reach", however, failed to complete moves for the Spanish internationals. (Daily Mirror)

Graham Potter and Chelsea have reportedly enquired about Borussia Monchengladbach star Man Utd Kone amidst reports of interest from other European clubs including Paris Saint-Germain. (The Sun)

Julian Alvarez is set to agree a new deal at Manchester City which will reportedly double his current wages to about £100,000-per-week over the next five seasons. (Daily Mail)

Reports in Germany suggest that Eintracht Frankfurt are preparing for a huge bid from Manchester United in the summer for star striker Randal Kolo Muani, the France international currently has 10 goals and 11 assists in the Bundesliga. (The Sun)

Harry Winks has admitted that he is unsure where his future lies with Tottenham as he has had no contact from anybody at the club during his loan spell at Sampdoria so far in Serie A. (Daily Mail)

Amidst as many as eight interested parties, Sheikh Jassim Al Thani is reportedly emerging as the favourite to complete a Manchester United takeover as the Glazer family has been from impressed with INEOS owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe. (The Guardian)

Roma defender and former Manchester United player Chris Smalling is set to open talks over a fresh deal with the club after initially submitting a transfer request. (The Sun)

Manchester United are ready to join the bidding to sign England midfielder Jude Bellingham, 19, from Borussia Dortmund. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Newcastle United want to make Leicester midfielder James Maddison a priority this summer with the 26-year-old said to want to play in the Champions League and become a regular in the England squad. (The I)

Dele Alli's loan spell at Besiktas will not be made permanent in the summer, while Everton are likely to terminate the 26-year-old English midfielder's contract. (Football Insider)

Thierry Henry has rejected the chance to become head coach of the France women's team. (Le Figaro - in French)

Instead, former Arsenal and France striker Henry is keen on the vacant United States men's head coach position. (ESPN)

Qatar's Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani is one of the bidders for Manchester United and he will make a second offer for the Old Trafford side within 10 days after his representatives visited the club on Thursday. (Sky Sports)

Napoli and Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen, 24, who has been linked with some of Europe's top clubs, says he will discuss his future with his agents at the end of the season. (Sport1 - in German)

Real Madrid are considering a move for 29-year-old Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, who is set to return to Chelsea at the end of his season-long loan spell at Italian side Inter Milan. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Manchester United, Newcastle, Brighton and Brentford have all shown interest in Spain and Celta Vigo midfielder Gabri Veiga with other Premier League clubs also previously scouting the 20-year-old. (90min)

Arsenal are also keen on Veiga and the Gunners are the player's preferred destination. (Diario AS, via Fichajes - in Spanish)

Brighton winger Solly March, 28, is set to sign a new contract with the Englishman's current deal due to expire this summer. (Athletic - subscription required)

Wolves are set to offer captain and Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves, 26, a new contract. (90min)

Bayer Leverkusen are interested in signing West Ham and Czech Republic right-back Vladimir Coufal, 30. (Football Insider)

Crystal Palace will make a decision on the future of manager Patrick Vieira during the international break. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Former Tottenham and England left-back Danny Rose, 32, is training with National League side York City, having been without a club since his Watford contract was mutually terminated in September. (Sun)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Saturday's newspapers


Real Madrid are monitoring developments with Harry Kane as they consider forwards to bolster their strike force this summer.

Second bids for Manchester United have to be lodged by the middle of next week - with final offers due around Easter.

Melissa Reddy with the latest as Harry Kane's future could be unresolved heading into the January window with Tottenham not willing to sell him this summer

Sheffield United have introduced a series of extraordinary cost-cutting measures to avoid entering administration as soon as next week.

Wolves were on the wrong end of another refereeing blunder in their 2-1 defeat at Newcastle last weekend, an independent panel has ruled.

Gareth Southgate will stand by Kyle Walker for the forthcoming European Championship qualifiers against Italy and Ukraine after the England defender was involved in an alleged incident in a Cheshire bar.


Real Madrid are considering a move for Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku, according to reports.

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag met Sir Jim Ratcliffe during the British billionaire's visit to Carrington amid takeover talks.

Manchester United star Alejandro Garnacho has officially snubbed Spain to play for Argentina.

Paris Saint-Germain ultras have announced they are planning a protest against Lionel Messi.


Manchester United are set to appoint Adidas executive Matt Hargreaves to lead their football negotiations.

Newcastle United forward Miguel Almiron is set to be out for the next six weeks after suffering a thigh injury in training.


Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani's financial experts are examining Manchester United's accounts before making a second bid for the club, with no guarantee this will constitute an increased offer.

Kaveh Solhekol says we can expect second bids for Manchester United next week as Sir Jim Ratcliffe visits Old Trafford to hold talks over a potential takeover

Chelsea have stepped up interest in buying a stake in Strasbourg after Uefa's president, Aleksander Ceferin, opened the door to relaxing restrictions on clubs with the same owner playing in the same European competitions.


Premier League clubs have told the Football Association that they are producing the highest quality players in Europe, even if the volume of game-time for England-qualified players [EQPs] has consistently fallen as the league has become more successful.


Robbie Savage has offered to reimburse production staff who will not be paid after Six-0-Six was cancelled during the Linekergate crisis.


Chris Eubank Jr's cousin Harlem Eubank has revealed that the Brighton boxer was not himself on the day of the Liam Smith fight. Harlem, a fellow professional boxer, says he noticed a troubling shift in Chris' body language while in the dressing room before his walk out.

A look back at how one of the sport's most intense rivalries culminated in an unforgettable victory for Liam Smith over Chris Eubank Jr in January


Celtic are pushing for a return to bumper away crowds in Old Firm clashes for next season - after it was revealed rival punters will be banned from Celtic Park and Ibrox for the remaining two league encounters.

Lowland League clubs have green-lit plans for a Conference involving Rangers, Celtic, Hearts and Aberdeen B teams to be established at tier five of Scottish football.

Real Madrid are monitoring developments with Tottenham's England striker Harry Kane, 29, whose contract runs out in 2024 and has been linked with a possible move to Manchester United or Bayern Munich. (Mail)

A 200m euros (£175m) release clause written into Erling Haaland's contract with Manchester City is no longer valid and the club will be able to set their own price should they wish to sell the 22-year-old Norway striker, who is under contract until 2027. (Goal)

Chelsea and England midfielder Mason Mount, 24, has appointed a new agent to handle a potential deal away from the London club. (Mail)

Paris St-Germain and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 35, is keen to return to Barcelona and speaks to manager Xavi often. (Foot Mercato - in French)

Brighton are prepared to offer in-form Japanese winger Kaoru Mitoma, 25, a record deal as Real Madrid, Manchester City and Arsenal register their interest. (Goal)

Arsenal are preparing a new bid for Brighton and Ecuador midfielder Moises Caicedo despite the 21-year-old signing a new contract recently. (Football Insider)

Sevilla will not be making 30-year-old Manchester United and Brazil defender Alex Telles' loan deal permanent. (Mirror)

Patrick Vieira was sacked as Crystal Palace manager because it was believed he was being too soft on his under-performing players. (Mirror)

Chelsea are "highly interested" in signing West Ham's Declan Rice, 24, in the summer - the England midfielder is contracted at London Stadium until 2024. (Florian Plettenberg)

Injury-plagued France midfielder N'Golo Kante, 31 - who has not played since August because of a hamstring problem but is returning to fitness - is "poised" to sign a new two-year deal at Chelsea. (Sun)

Barcelona's Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong, a long-time target of Manchester United and Chelsea, said in an interview on Spanish television: "Barca has always been the club of my dreams... I hope to be able to continue there for many more years". (TV3 - in Catalan)

Nigeria midfielder Alex Iwobi, 26, whose current deal at Everton runs until the summer of 2024, has been offered a new contract but is waiting to see how the season pans out before signing it. (Football Insider)

Liverpool will allow former England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 29, and Guinea's Naby Keita, 28, to leave as free agents in the summer, while Brazil's Arthur Melo, 26, will return to Juventus at the end of his loan deal as Jurgen Klopp bids to rebuild his midfield. (Athletic - subscription required)

Bayern Munich's Netherlands midfielder Ryan Gravenberch, 20, has sealed a move to Liverpool, according to former Reds player Jose Enrique, who made the disclosure on a live web stream. (Sun)

Napoli's Georgia winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, 22, who has been linked with Real Madrid and Manchester City, could be tempted to join Newcastle if they qualify for next season's Champions League. (Football Insider)

Barcelona would be willing to sell midfielders Ousmane Dembele, 25, of France, and Ferran Torres, 23, of Spain, to raise the money to fund the signing of Juventus's Italian forward Federico Chiesa, 25. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Former Spain midfielder Sergio Busquets, 34, has been offered a one-year contract extension by Barcelona, with the option of a further year, but is also weighing up a possible switch to Inter Miami or Toronto in the MLS, and has had offers from three clubs in Saudi Arabia. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Manchester United are set to appoint Adidas executive Matt Hargreaves, who has a legal background and is a United fan, to lead their football transfer negotiations. (Athletic - subscription required)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is in line to be given an extension to his three-year contract, despite ongoing negotiations over the possible sale of the club. (Mirror)

Chelsea want to sign Leeds United's French goalkeeper Illan Meslier, 23, in the summer. (Football Insider)

Newcastle United have rekindled their interest in Bayer Leverkusen's France winger Moussa Diaby, 23, and Dutch left-back Mitchel Bakker, 22. (90min - in German)

Diaby has long been a target of Arsenal, but the Premier League leaders may struggle to compete with Newcastle in their pursuit of the £62m-rated forward. (Express)

Departing Liverpool and Brazil forward Roberto Firmino, 31, wants to stay in Europe when he leaves Anfield at the end of the season. (Football Insider)

Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah's agent Ramy Abbas Issa has dismissed rumours suggesting the 30-year-old Egypt forward wants to leave Liverpool. (90min)

Liverpool and Manchester United are interested in Anderlecht'sDutch goalkeeper Bart Verbruggen, 20. (Het Laatste Nieuws - in Dutch)

Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, 31, has been told he can leave Chelsea this summer. (Mirror)

Ex-England boss Roy Hodgson, 75, is ready to return as Crystal Palace manager on a deal until the end of the season after positive talks over the weekend. (Sun)

Chelsea are considering building a new stadium at Stamford Bridge that could cost up to £2bn and would involve them playing at another stadium for four years, with Craven Cottage, Twickenham and Wembley potential temporary venues. (Mail)

Wolves will listen to offers for Ruben Neves this summer with Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Liverpool keen on the 26-year-old Portugal midfielder. (Mirror)

Liverpool will not offer Guinea midfielder Naby Keita a new contract when his current deal expires at the end of the season with Inter Milan interested in the 28-year-old. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Ghana forward Mohammed Kudos is concentrating on helping Ajax defend the Dutch title, rather than rumours of a move to Manchester United, and says he will enter talks over a contract extension "when the time is right". (De Telegraaf - in Dutch)

Tottenham are monitoring Watford winger Adrian Blake, 17, who is out of contract in the summer. The England-born teenager has been at the club's academy since he was nine but is yet to make his league debut. (Mail)

Borussia Monchengladbach are resigned to losing midfielder Man Utd Kone in the summer with Chelsea among the clubs interested in the 21-year-old Frenchman. (Caught Offside)

Former France and Arsenal team-mates Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry could be set to battle it out for the vacant role as United States men's national team coach. (Goal)

Paris St-Germain are willing to pay up to 180m euros (£159m) for Napoli and Georgia winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, 22. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Monday 20 March 2023 07:27, UK


Everton will make an ambitious move for West Ham striker Michail Antonio if they beat the drop.
Chelsea and Newcastle are keeping an eye on former Manchester City forward Brahim Diaz.
Several Tottenham players want Antonio Conte to be sacked "now" after being stunned at his weekend rant against them and the club's owners.
Nike and Puma are to stop making football boots from premium kangaroo leather after pressure from animal rights activists and a crackdown in the United States.
Ipswich are planning to make a move for Portsmouth striker Colby Bishop if they secure promotion to the Championship.

Chelsea are plotting a move to sign Napoli's red-hot striker Victor Osimhen in the summer and will include winger Christian Pulisic in a player-plus-cash deal according to reports in Italy.
Steven Gerrard is set to be part of Channel 4's broadcast team for their coverage of the European Championship qualifiers.
Celtic midfielder Aaron Mooy will not be linking up with Australia for two friendlies against Ecuador because of a lingering back problem.
Chelsea have been in talks with Premier League rivals Fulham over a four-year ground share while they redevelop Stamford Bridge.
A friendly match between England and Italy supporters has been targeted by hooligans in a chilling development ahead of this week's European Championship qualifier in Naples.
England fans have been left stranded after the FA's official travel partner cancelled their trip to Naples just days before Gareth Southgate's side face Italy in a repeat of the EURO 2020 final.
Jamie Redknapp and Karen Carney discuss Antonio Conte's outburst following Tottenham's 3-3 draw with Southampton in the Premier League.
Tottenham and Antonio Conte have held crisis talks following a stunning verbal assault on his players with chairman Daniel Levy set to gauge opinion before deciding his head coach's future.
Franck Kessie came off the bench to score an injury time winner as Barcelona came from behind to beat Real Madrid and take a 12-point lead in LaLiga.
Clinton Morrison and Danny Cowley assess the impact that Antonio Conte's scathing criticism of his team will have on the Tottenham players.

Manchester United and Liverpool could be set to rival each other for the signing of Ruben Neves in the summer.
Liverpool are expecting interest in some of their fringe players from Ajax in the summer with sporting director Julian Ward set to join the Dutch club.

Former referee Keith Hackett says Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic deserves a 10-game suspension for his shove on referee Chris Kavanagh on Sunday.

Former Newcastle defender Jetro Willems was punched by a supporter as tensions boiled over when Gronignen hosted Heerenveen in the Dutch top-flight.

Bayern Munich plan to send Joao Cancelo back to Manchester City at the end of the season.

James Tavernier has called on Rangers to produce an awesome April as they look to make amends for February's Old Firm flop.
Dundee United are set to demand a "VAR summit" after being left furious by a controversial penalty call in their draw with St Mirren on Saturday. Motherwell and Kilmarnock were also critical of weekend decisions made with technological assistance.

Aston Villa are considering a move for Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 29, who is currently on loan at Inter Milan from Chelsea. (Todo Fichajes - in Spanish)

Manchester United are prepared to sell club captain and England centre-back Harry Maguire, 30, and Sweden defender Victor Lindelof, 28, this summer. (Football Insider)

Manager Jurgen Klopp wants Liverpool to offer veteran English midfielder James Milner, 37, a new deal. (Football Insider)

Chelsea are interested in a move for Inter Milan and Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana, 26, in the summer. (InterLive, via Fichajes - in Spanish)

Chelsea and Newcastle are both monitoring former Manchester City forward Brahim Diaz. The 23-year-old Spaniard is currently on loan at AC Milan from Real Madrid but could become available at the end of the season. (Sun)

Arsenal want to sign Galatasaray's French right-back Sacha Boey, 22. (Aksam - in Turkish)

Germany attacking midfielder Marco Reus, 33, wants to stay at Borussia Dortmund, where he is captain, until the end of his career. (Sky Germany - in German)

Tottenham could reignite their interest in Napoli and South Korea centre-back Kim Min-jae, 26, this summer. (Football Insider)

Everton will move for West Ham's Jamaica striker Michail Antonio, 32, in the summer, if they avoid relegation. (Sun)

Ghana midfielder Mohammed Kudus, 22, hopes to stay at Ajax beyond the end of the season despite interest from Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool. (De Telegraaf, via 90min)

Besiktas are preparing to trigger the purchase option in their loan deal for West Ham's Congo defender Arthur Masuaku, 29. (Fanatik, via Inside Futbol)

Former Everton boss Frank Lampard is ready for his next managerial role, nearly two months since he was sacked by the Toffees. (Sun)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Tuesday 21 March 2023 08:02, UK


Manchester United have sent scouts to watch Brighton's Kaoru Mitoma this season.
Emiliano Martinez has revealed he wants to stay at Aston Villa for "many years to come".
West Ham are reportedly interested in replacing David Moyes with Reims boss Will Still.
Former Juventus striker Christian Bunino, now playing in Serie C for Lecco, was bizarrely sent off on Sunday against Piacenza for urinating on the side of the pitch while waiting to come on as a sub.
Ronnie O'Sullivan has slammed snooker's bosses in an astonishing rant, claiming the sport is "in the worst place it has ever been" and that those running it "aren't the smartest of people", while suggesting players need to go on strike to force through change.

Brighton CEO Paul Barber has played down talks of winger Karou Mitoma leaving the club in the next transfer window.
Manchester City have reportedly moved quick to try and land upcoming Croatian 16-year-old Luka Vuskovic amid interest from some of Europe's biggest clubs.
Chelsea are considering a move for Andreas Pereira as a possible replacement for Mason Mount, but could face competition from Atletico Madrid and PSG.
Real Madrid have opened talks with Eduardo Camavinga about extending his contract with the club, according to a new report, which suggests the inclusion of a mammoth release clause.
The son of Tottenham legend Justin Edinburgh has hit out at the group of Colchester fans who chanted 'vile and hurtful' songs about his late father during Leyton Orient's League Two clash on Saturday.
Kylian Mbappe is set to be named as the next captain of France later this week, replacing Hugo Lloris who retired from international football after the World Cup in Qatar.
Arsenal are ready to make a summer move for Red Bull Salzburg forward Noah Okafor, but will face competition from London rivals Tottenham and West Ham for the £25m-rated player.
France boss Didier Deschamps has admitted his regret at the decision made by Manchester United defender Raphael Varane to retire from international football, but says he respects the decision.
LIV Golf's start to life on America's CW Network is going from bad to worse, with their lowly 0.2 per cent rating for the season-opener somehow dropping to 0.14 per cent for the event in Tucson last weekend.
NBA star Ja Morant could be back with the Memphis Grizzlies as early as Wednesday as he looks to move on from the strip club gun scandal which saw him suspended for eight games.

Rival Premier League clubs are likely to make their opposition clear if Qatari investors win the race to take over Manchester United.

England fans travelling to Naples to watch this week's Euro 2024 qualifier against Italy are becoming increasingly concerned over their safety and a lack of co-operation coming in from local authorities.

Tottenham have reportedly made contact with Eintracht Frankfurt head coach Oliver Glasner as uncertainty surrounding Antonio Conte's future goes on.
The Football Association have been urged to ban Aleksandar Mitrovic for a minimum of six matches and have been warned that a soft approach to the growing abuse of match officials will lead to a referee being murdered.
Dermot Gallagher explains why Fulham's Aleksandar Mitrovic was sent off in the FA Cup for pushing a referee, while Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes wasn't for a similar incident in the Premier League against Liverpool
Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has continued his ruthless overhaul of the club's backroom staff by sacking head groundsman Jason Griffin after over 30 years of service.
Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun has been backed to follow in the footsteps of USA sporting greats Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes. Former USMNT striker Eric Wynalda has urged his country's football federation to do all they can to convince the Gunners loanee to play for them over England.

Tottenham Hotspur are expected to agree Antonio Conte's departure from the club this week.
Newcastle United are looking into a summer move for Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay as manager Eddie Howe feels the Scotland international has the physical attributes to succeed in his system.

Mo Salah's agent has responded sternly to claims the forward wants to leave Liverpool this summer.
Bayern Munich plan to send Joao Cancelo back to Manchester City at the end of the season.

Man Utd Tuilagi believes Steve Borthwick's new-look England can be a contender at this year's Rugby World Cup despite their disappointing finish in the Six Nations.

Motherwell defender Max Johnston is set to be offered a route to the English Premier League with Burnley.
Former Celtic hero Erik Sviatchenko looks set to swap Europe for North America - with the Danish defender closing in on a reported move to MLS outfit Houston Dynamo.
St Mirren are set to open talks with manager Stephen Robinson over a new long-term contract and are also keen to tie down Australia defender Ryan Strain on fresh terms.

Arsenal flop Nicolas Pepe is understood to be open to a permanent stay with French side Nice, where he is spending the season on loan.

Andy Walker has hit out at the use of VAR by Scottish referees after seven contentious calls over the weekend.
Former Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has bagged a new job five months after being sacked by Aston Villa, having been snapped up by Channel 4 for the England's upcoming Euro qualifiers.

Tottenham Hotspur are expected to agree the departure of their Italian manager Antonio Conte, 53, this week, with former player and English first-team coach Ryan Mason, 31, likely to take charge until the end of the season. (Telegraph - subscription required)

The Tottenham players believe Conte will leave because his comments after the Southampton game have soured relations with some members of the squad. (Times - subscription required)

Eintracht Frankfurt boss Oliver Glasner is one of the contenders to succeed Conte, with Tottenham having already made contact with the 48-year-old Austrian. (Bild - in German)

Spurs want £100m up front for England striker Harry Kane if they consider selling the 29-year-old in the summer when he will have one year left on his contract. (Times - subscription required)

Manchester City are growing confident they can land England's Jude Bellingham, 19, in the summer, but Real Madrid remain in the race for the Borussia Dortmund midfielder. (ESPN)

Liverpool are not willing to pay the fee demanded by Dortmund for Bellingham so will switch their attention to Wolves' Portugal midfielder Matheus Nunes, 24, instead. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Manchester United bidder Sir Jim Ratcliffe says he doesn't want to pay a "stupid price" for the club. (Wall Street Journal)

Arsenal are ready to offer Norway playmaker Martin Odegaard, 24, a new deal to keep him at the club until 2030. (Football Transfers)

Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani will make a second bid for Manchester United on Wednesday after positive talks with the club last week. (Sky Sports)

Declan Rice is expected to leave West Ham this summer with Chelsea and Arsenal leading the chase for the 24-year-old England midfielder. (Fabrizio Romano)

Manchester United have sent scouts to watch Japan winger Kaoru Mitoma, 25, in action for Brighton. (Sun)

Newcastle United are targeting Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay this summer and the 26-year-old Scotland international is believed to be open to the move. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Juventus' hopes of signing N'Golo Kante, 31, for free in the summer have been dashed, with the France midfielder set to agree a new two-year deal with Chelsea. (Tuttomercato - in Italian)

Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham have looked at Red Bull Salzburg striker Noah Okafor, with the 22-year-old Switzerland international's contract ending in summer 2024. (Mail)

Aston Villa's World Cup-winning keeper Emiliano Martinez insists he is planning to stay at the club, despite huge interest in the 30-year-old Argentina international. (Mirror)

Chelsea are ready to sell Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, 31, following a breakdown in contract renewal talks. (Football Insider)

Fulham's former Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira, 27, is attracting interest from Chelsea, who see the Brazilian as a potential replacement for 24-year-old Englishman Mason Mount - but they face competition from Atletico Madrid and Paris St-Germain. (ESPN)

Barcelona's Spanish captain Sergio Busquets, 34, is considering offers from the Major Soccer League and Saudi Arabia, but will decide during the international break whether to reject them and agree a new deal to stay at the Nou Camp. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Wednesday 22 March 2023 07:50, UK


Napoli will demand £150million for their star striker Victor Osimhen this summer, according to reports, with Manchester United and Chelsea chasing his signature.
Peterborough United will receive a bonus payment of around £1m from Brentford if Ivan Toney makes his England debut in this week's European Championship qualifiers against Italy and Ukraine.
Brentford boss Thomas Frank claims Ivan Toney 'truly deserves' his England call-up and reveals he found out about his selection from Bees team-mate Saman Ghoddos.
Second bids for Manchester United have to be lodged by 9pm on Wednesday night - with the club set to be sold for a world-record fee of more than £5bn should the Glazers accept one of the offers.
Premier League stars are being encouraged to tone down their celebrations by managers for fear of goals being ruled out by VAR and it affecting their concentration.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink will be tasked with getting England's strikers firing once his appointment to Gareth Southgate's staff is confirmed.

Manchester City have suffered an injury scare after Erling Haaland withdrew from the Norway squad because of a groin injury, ahead of facing Liverpool in their first game back after the international break.
Erling Haaland's former coach Alf Ingve Berntsen says the 'sky is the limit' for the 22-year-old striker who has broken Man City's 94 year-old record for most goals scored in a season.

Harry Redknapp has teased a Tottenham return to assist Ryan Mason, if Antonio Conte is sacked as expected this week.
Millionaire stars at Tottenham were branded selfish and savaged for not being able to perform under pressure - and now they are being pampered with a "well-being guru" to keep stars happy.
England fans have been warned not to wear belts in Naples ahead of the Three Lions' trip to Italy on Thursday, amid fears of violent clashes with Italian ultras.
Premier League and EFL clubs have shelled out a staggering £1.3m in fines this season for abusive and aggressive behaviour.
Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has claimed John Obi Mikel once swung for him.

Lando Norris was put in a headlock and robbed of his £144,000 watch after the Euro 2020 final at Wembley, a court has heard.
Rafa Nadal's absence from Indian Wells saw the 22-times Grand Slam champion slip out of the top 10 for the first time since 2005 this week.

Shaun Murphy has hit back at Ronnie O'Sullivan following the snooker great's angry rant about the state of the sport.
Mercedes driver George Russell admits the 'correct decision' has been reached after being forced to give the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix third-place trophy back to Fernando Alonso.

Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani is said to be "very confident" his debt-free bid to buy Manchester United can win over the Glazer family as the £5 billion takeover battle enters its defining stage.
Daniel Levy has difficult questions to answer over the running and direction of Tottenham Hotspur as he attempts to identify a long-term successor to Antonio Conte.
Sky Sports chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol and senior reporter Melissa Reddy provide an update on Antonio Conte's future at Tottenham after he criticised the club and some players following their 3-3 draw against Southampton.
Rory McIlroy is looking at using a replica of the putter with which he won his first two majors more than a decade ago as he seeks finally to end his Masters void and so become just the sixth player in history to complete the career grand slam.

Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale joked that his dad might text Mikel Arteta and beg him to stop asking his son to play out from the back.

Wolves owners' Fosun have opened talks over a potential investment in Belgian club K.V. Oostende as they look into expanding their portfolio of football clubs in Europe.
Jack Willis is hopeful he can continue to represent England after the World Cup as the openside flanker closes in on a new contract with Toulouse in the Top 14.
Jonny Bairstow is expected to miss the Indian Premier League this year and focus on preparing for the Ashes as he continues his comeback from a broken leg last summer.

Former Celtic star striker Moussa Dembele will leave Lyon this summer when he contract expires, it has been reported.

Liverpool have held talks with Monaco Sporting Director Paul Mitchell over potentially taking on the same role at Anfield.
Dani Carvajal has opened up on the El Clasico rivalry within the Spain camp after it was reported that the Barcelona and Real Madrid players have been 'kept apart in training'.
England white-ball coach Matthew Mott has repeatedly spoken of his desire to tempt Ben Stokes out of ODI retirement ahead of the 50-over World Cup later this year.

The Scottish FA are considering developing a team of specialist video assistant referees as they bid to improve their practices amid a weekend of VAR chaos in the top flight.

Manchester United have stepped up their interest in Monaco's 25-year-old France defender Axel Disasi. (Mail)

Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani is set to increase his bid for Manchester United to £5.5bn. (Mirror)

Manchester United and Liverpool lead Barcelona in the race to sign Wolves and Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves, 26, this summer. (Football Insider)

Tottenham players have been in contact with former manager Mauricio Pochettino about a return to the club. (Sky Sports)

Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp says he would "love" to work with Ryan Mason if he is appointed interim boss. (talkSPORT)

Chelsea and Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 33, could return to Barcelona as a low-cost option only 12 months after his move to Stamford Bridge. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Chelsea may release Aubameyang from his contract this summer. (Sport - in Spanish)

Paris St-Germain are the latest club to consider a move for 24-year-old Napoli and Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen. (Foot Mercato - in French)

Napoli want no less than 150m euros (£132m) for Osimhen this summer. (Il Mattino - in Italian)

Paris St-Germain have made Manchester City's Portugal forward Bernardo Silva, 28, one of their top summer targets. (Revelo - in Spanish)

Real Madrid remain in talks with 37-year-old Croatia midfielder Luka Modric over a new contract. He has attracted interest from clubs in Saudi Arabia and Qatar. (Sky Sports Germany)

Tottenham are unlikely to exercise the option to sign on-loan France defender Clement Lenglet, 27, on a permanent deal from Barcelona. (AS - in Spanish)

Liverpool's former England midfielder James Milner, 37, will be forced to take a pay cut if he signs a new contract. (Football Insider)

Wolves' owners are in talks to buy a stake in Belgian club KV Oostende. (Guardian)

Nigeria midfielder Alex Iwobi, 26, is close to agreeing a new contract at Everton. (Football Insider)

Liverpool may move for Bayern Munich's 20-year-old Netherlands midfielder Ryan Gravenberch if they miss out on top target Jude Bellingham, 19, of Borussia Dortmund. (The Athletic - subscription)

France forward Moussa Dembele, 26, will leave Lyon at the end of the season and become a free agent, with clubs in England, Italy and Germany keen. (Sky Germany)

French striker Neal Maupay, 26, could leave Everton this summer amid interest from clubs in Italy. (Tuttomercatoweb - in Italian)


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Sep 19, 2012
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Tottenham risk missing out on Mauricio Pochettino at the end of the season, with the Argentine manager high up on Real Madrid's shortlist if Carlo Ancelotti leaves the Spanish club this summer.
Dele Alli's time with Besiktas reached a new low when his manager questioned the England midfielder's commitment after he missed training on Wednesday and was reportedly not answering his phone.
Gareth Southgate is excited to have another shot at leading England to glory and hinted that winning next summer's Euros may see him extend his stay.
Gareth Southgate asks England fans to respect the local culture ahead of their match against Italy in Naples

Gianluca Scamacca is set to face England on Thursday night under a cloud of uncertainty as he changes agencies and considers his future with West Ham
The battle for Manchester United descended into farce last night as the initial deadline for second bids passed. Representatives of the Qatar-based group and that of Sir Jim Ratcliffe had both claimed that their offers had gone in before the 9pm cut-off.
Kaveh Solhekol explains that an extension has been given to Qatari and INEOS bidders for Manchester United after the initial deadline passed
Former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf has said he is hopeful Chelsea will be able to sign Joao Felix this summer and even suggested two players they might look to offload to help them in their pursuit.
Folarin Balogun sent US football fans into a frenzy after posting a picture on Instagram which appeared to show him in Orlando, near where the national team is currently holding a training camp. Balogun is eligible to play for the country, as well as England and Nigeria.
Brendan Rodgers has revealed Harry Souttar could be used as a makeshift striker after the Leicester boss experimented with the idea in training.

Jermain Defoe has questioned the point of pursuing a coaching career as a black player after seeing numerous older pros of colour denied an opportunity to manage.
Liverpool's forgotten man Arthur Melo is set to leave the club without playing a single Premier League minute. That is despite him declaring it was a "dream" to join the Reds last summer.

Declan Rice has said Graeme Souness' criticism of his game is "harsh" because he "doesn't watch West Ham every week", as the England midfielder insisted he generally takes pundit scrutiny on board to improve his game.
Roberto Mancini does not expect a call from Premier League investigators as the Italy boss says his time at Manchester City was "all above board".
Tottenham attacker Dejan Kulusevski has voiced his respect for "important man" Antonio Conte despite the uncertainty over his club manager's future.

Tottenham are reportedly interested in luring Dean Henderson from Manchester United this summer as they hunt for Hugo Lloris' successor. Erik ten Hag is on the search for a new stopper of his own amid uncertainty about David De Gea's Old Trafford future.
Randal Kolo Muani has seemingly opened the door to a move away from Frankfurt this summer, with Manchester United among the clubs expressing an interest. Erik ten Hag is set to be in the market for a marquee striker as a long-term replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Cesc Fabregas holds no grudges against Mesut Ozil after he announced his retirement from football. The former Arsenal captain has paid tribute to the German despite him blocking his return to the Gunners nine years ago.
Andy Ruiz Jr has called for a fight with Tyson Fury after his proposed heavyweight unification bout against Oleksandr Usyk fell through.

Manchester United are set to beat Chelsea and other Premier League rivals to the signing of Watford full-back Harry Amass, who was part of the first-team squad for their FA Cup clash with Reading earlier this season before he had even turned 16.

Dele Alli has not gone absent without leave at Besiktas, as has been claimed by outspoken coach Senol Gunes, but is in London after the Turkish club agreed to allow him to attend a doctor's appointment on Wednesday.
John Blain, one of the former cricketers and coaches accused of racism by former Yorkshire spinner Azeem Rafiq, has revealed he will challenge any guilty verdict in the High Court and that the accusations made him consider suicide.

Rangers have been running the rule over Nottingham Forest defender Jonathan Panzo. The Light Blues have scouted the central defender, who is currently on loan at Coventry.
Celtic's fears over Ange Postecoglou's long-term future were easing as Brentford's Thomas Frank emerged as a frontrunner for the Tottenham job.
Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson has urged Kieran Tierney to jump at the chance of getting regular first-team football away from Arsenal.
Open Goal are set to end their partnership with Broomhill FC after just a year. The podcast and entertainment brand - fronted by former Celtic and Swindon star Si Ferry - entered into the revolutionary agreement with the Lowland League club last summer.

Brighton have confirmed that Chelsea paid £21.5m in compensation for prising away head coach Graham Potter and his backroom team last September.
Arsenal are the worst offenders when it comes to abusing referees, with Mikel Arteta's side having been fined a whopping £185,000 this season for poor behaviour.
Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Zubimendi says he has no plans to leave the club in the short-term after turning down the chance to join Arsenal during the January window.
Christian Eriksen is set to give Manchester United's midfield a boost after he returned to training on grass.
Casemiro has been handed the captain's armband by Brazil's interim manager Ramon Menezes, with the Manchester United midfielder one of few older outfield players in his squad to face Morocco.

Leeds legend and former Scotland star Willie Bell has died at the age of 85.
Kilmarnock boss Derek McInnes has opened up on his anger at the Scottish FA's referees' department and says he is fed up at receiving apologies over incorrect decisions and VAR mistakes.

Manchester United could use Tottenham's interest in English goalkeeper Dean Henderson, 26, to persuade Spurs to sell England striker Harry Kane, 29. (ESPN)

Eintracht Frankfurt's France forward Randal Kolo Muani, 24, who is a £105m target for Manchester United, has suggested he is open to a move this summer. (L'Equipe, via Mail)

Manchester City have reignited their interest in Bayer Leverkusen's 19-year-old Germany midfielder Florian Wirtz. (90min)

Tottenham risk missing out on former manager Mauricio Pochettino in the summer with the Argentine high on Real Madrid's wish list if current boss Carlo Ancelotti leaves. (Times - subscription required)

Sweden winger Dejan Kulusevski, 22, says he wants to stay at Tottenham and that the uncertainty over the future of Spurs manager Antonio Conte will not impact the club's option to buy him. (Mail)

Chelsea have accepted they will need to take a sizeable loss if they are to sell Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 29, in the summer. (Football Insider)

Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City are interested in signing 19-year-old Italy forward Wilfried Gnonto from Leeds United.(Gazzetta dello Sport, via Metro)

Juventus and Napoli are among several Italian clubs who are also interested in Gnonto. (90min)

Arsenal and Barcelona's hopes of signing Spain midfielder Martin Zubimendi from Real Sociedad appear to be over after the 24-year-old said he does not intend to leave at the end of the season. (Mail)

Barcelona are interested in signing Monaco's 21-year-old Brazilian defender Vanderson. (Sport - in Spanish)

Several clubs have shown interest in signing English left-back Brandon Williams, 22, from Manchester United. (Football Insider)

Juventus' France midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 27, has hinted he may be interested in a summer move to Liverpool. (Sun)

Paris St-Germain are prepared to sell Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches, with a number of Premier League clubs believed to be monitoring the 25-year-old's situation. (90 Min)

Manchester United are set to sign Watford's English left-back Harry Amass and beat Chelsea to the 16-year-old's signature. (Evening Standard)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Friday's newspapers


Paul Mitchell has been earmarked for a role in any INEOS football structure at Manchester United, should the Sir Jim Ratcliffe-led consortium buy the club.

World Athletics has banned trans women from international competition, Sebastian Coe has confirmed.

Ronnie O'Sullivan went "too far" with his criticism of snooker, the sport's chief has said, after the seven-time world champion said it was "in the worst place it's ever been".


Marcus Rashford is ready to wait and see what Manchester United's new owners put on the table before committing to a new contract. The England forward, 25, has only a year of his current deal left at the end of this season.

Tyson Fury has revealed that he and wife Paris are expecting their seventh child. The Furys welcomed baby Athena to their clan in August 2021, with many expecting their young daughter to be their last child.

Zack Steffen has admitted that he has no plans to return to Manchester City at the end of the season. The American joined Pep Guardiola's side in 2019 and has made 21 appearances for the reigning Premier League champions.

Tim Sherwood has claimed that he stopped Tottenham from selling Harry Kane to Leicester City - for just £600,000.

An England fan had his ticket for the Italy match ripped up by the FA after showing off an offensive Diego Maradona flag.

Holland's preparations for their Euro 2024 qualifiers this week are in disarray after five players were forced to leave their camp with illness.


Huddersfield Town is to be bought by an American consortium after agreeing an 11th-hour takeover to avoid entering administration and being condemned to relegation.

Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has blamed the previous Blues regime for sanctioning the change to a tribute for club legend Ray Wilkins which featured in an episode of Ted Lasso and supporters labelled 'disrespectful'.

The Qatar bid for Manchester United will finally land on Friday - but it will still be way short of the Glazers' valuation.

Folarin Balogun will be selected for the U21 European Championship despite the threat of the striker switching allegiances from England to the United States.


The American former owners of AC Milan have tabled an offer for a minority stake in Manchester United. Elliott Investment Management, which before selling Milan last year celebrated a first Serie A title in a decade with the Italian giants, had initially made a proposal offering financing to any potential bidders.

Anthony Watson is the latest England international considering a move to France this summer. The Leicester Tigers wing is set to visit the Top 14 side Castres in the coming days, as he assesses his options for next season. He could take up an option in Japan.

Revamped plans for a European Super League would see Celtic and Rangers eclipse the huge sums currently on offer for competing in the UEFA Champions League.

Marcus Rashford took to social media on Thursday to reveal he is taking some 'Downtime' in the Big Apple.

There is every chance Brighton defender Levi Colwill, on loan from Chelsea, earns his first England call-up for the summer fixtures against Malta and North Macedonia.


Italian police reportedly knocked an England fan unconscious in ugly scenes ahead of the Three Lions' Euro 2024 qualifying match in Naples. There had been fears of horror clashes ever since the Italian FA confirmed the game would be staged in the city, which is famed for its football-related violence.

Liverpool have been handed a significant blow in their pursuit of recruitment expert Paul Mitchell, as they may face competition from Manchester United to secure his services.

Emma Raducanu could find herself unable to compete at next year's Olympics despite claiming she would "love to" play. The country's top-ranked woman has not represented the national team for almost a year. After making herself "unavailable" for next month's Billie Jean King Cup qualifier tie, Raducanu is running out of chances to make herself eligible for Paris 2024.


David Beckham has invested £49m ($60m) into Inter Miami's training facilities, with the footballing mogul continuing to transform the MLS franchise.

Chris Kamara has revealed he urged Jose Mourinho to move for Virgil van Dijk - when the Dutchman was impressing at Southampton.


Antonio Conte could miss out on the prospect of a £15m payday by leaving Tottenham before the end of the season. Tottenham are expected to agree Conte's exit after the Italian criticised the club's players following the 3-3 draw with Southampton in which Spurs let a 3-1 lead slip.

McLaren have announced a big restructure of their technical department in a bid to arrest their alarming decline in performance, with technical director James Key leaving the Woking team with immediate effect.

The Times' Charlotte Duncker and the Guardian's Jonathan Liew explain what makes Harry Kane such a special player.

An England supporter who was pictured with an offensive flag referencing the death of Diego Maradona had his tickets for Thursday night's Euro 2024 qualifier revoked and was condemned by the Football Association.

World Athletics has put itself on a potential collision course with the International Olympic Committee after banning Russia and Belarus athletes from elite competition.


Glamorgan will benefit from the knowledge of one of English cricket's finest white-ball minds with Mark Alleyne returning to elite head coaching after a gap of 15 years.

Gareth Southgate says it was an 'historic moment' for 'outstanding' Harry Kane, after the England captain became his country's record goalscorer.

Steven Gerrard believes it might be time for Harry Kane to "move on" after the Tottenham striker became England's leading scorer - with Manchester United interested.

Ibrahima Konate admits Liverpool need to freshen up their squad with new additions this summer if they're to be Premier League title challengers again.


Michael Beale is hoping for a five-star summer as he plans for the next stage of his Rangers restoration project.

Barry Ferguson reckons Billy Gilmour needs to move on from Brighton to get his career back on track - and says he'd love to see him back at Rangers.

Hundreds of England fans missed kick-off in their Euro 2024 qualifier with Italy after being bused to the stadium in the wrong direction.

Swedish chief Mats Enquist says his country will never use VAR until it stops ruining games for fans.


The race for Alfredo Morelos' signature continues to heat up with the striker coming to the end of his Rangers contract.

The Colombian striker, whose current deal is set to expire in the summer, has been heavily linked with a move away from Glasgow after failing to agree a new contract with the club as of yet.

The European Super League would offer Celtic and Rangers a 'big opportunity' to progress, according to the man spearheading the controversial project.

The planned breakaway league caused major backlash upon its announcement back in early 2021, with opposition eventually leading to the vast majority clubs who had signed-up to withdraw.

Real Madrid have reactivated 'Operation Haaland' with the intention of signing prolific Norway striker Erling Haaland, 22, from Manchester City in 2024, when a release clause in his contract of up to 240m euros (£212m) becomes active. (AS - in Spanish)

Bayern Munich have decided to sack manager Julian Nagelsmann, 35, with his fellow German and former Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel the leading candidate to replace him. (Bild - in German)

Tottenham could turn to Nagelsmann as a replacement for Italian Antonio Conte, 53, who looks set to leave the Premier League club. (Football.London)

Chelsea, Manchester City and Newcastle United are considering a summer move for Juventus' 19-year-old English winger Samuel Iling-Junior. (90min)

England striker Marcus Rashford, 25, will hold off signing a new contract at Manchester United until the club's new owners are confirmed. (Sun)

Arsenal have joined Leeds, AC Milan and Sevilla in the race for Barcelona and Spain Under-19 international Ilias Akhomach, 18. (Sport - in Spanish)

Liverpool face competition from Manchester United to secure the services of recruitment guru Paul Mitchell, 41, who will leave Monaco this summer. (Mirror)

Manchester City are working on a deal for Hajduk Split centre-back Luka Vuskovic but face competition from Paris St-Germain for the 16-year-old Croatian. (Fabrizio Romano)

Everton have joined Newcastle in considering a move for 19-year-old Brazilian striker Giovani, who plays for Palmeiras. (ESPN Brazil - in Portuguese)

Everton will put up French striker Neal Maupay, 26, for sale in the summer. (Football Insider)

The chances of Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 35, leaving Paris St-Germain for his former club Barcelona are increasing. (90min)

Barcelona could be banned from European football next season after Uefa opened an investigation into payments made to a former vice-president of Spain's referees' committee. (Sun)

Manchester United's Sweden defender Victor Lindelof, 28, will make a decision on his future at the end of the season. (Mirror)

Concerns are growing among some parties interested in buying Manchester United that the Glazer family may choose not to sell the club. (Guardian)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Saturday's newspapers


Harry Maguire claims he will view his England career as a "failure" unless they win a trophy.

Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepe is one of seven players who could be in line for a summer exit.

Thomas Zilliacus admits that he does not have the wealth of Sheikh Jassim but the Finnish entrepreneur insists that his bid to buy Manchester United is "serious and credible."

Manchester City forward Erling Haaland is "touch and go" to face Liverpool after the international break, according to his father Alfie.


Tyson Fury is hoping to become a knock-out as a property tycoon - by starting a firm to buy, sell and lease real estate.


Everton could face a worrying points deduction after the Premier League confirmed they had been charged with breaching Financial Fair Play rules.

Sky Sports News' Kaveh Solhekol provides an update after The Premier League referred Everton to an independent commission for an alleged breach of its profitability and sustainability rules. The club deny any wrongdoing.


Tottenham want to hold talks with Julian Nagelsmann as uncertainty reigns over the future of current head coach Antonio Conte.

Kenny Sansom has opened up about rebuilding his life after a battle with booze that left him in a coma and unable to walk, talk or eat.

National League captains have written to the Football Association to ask for urgent talks over controversial contract changes.


Dundee are looking to bolster their final Championship title charge with the signing of American Pierre Reedy.


Stve Clarke has signed a new contract to extend his spell as Scotland boss.

Tottenham Hotspur have made 35-year-old German Julian Nagelsmann - sacked as Bayern Munich manager - the number one candidate to replace Italian Antonio Conte, 53, as their new boss. (Football Insider)

Spurs want to hold talks with Nagelsmann, having previously been informed the former RB Leipzig boss has a 'soft spot' for the Premier League club. (Mail)

However, Nagelsmann could be considered as the next Real Madrid manager, with 63-year-old Italian Carlo Ancelotti's future uncertain. (Sport - in Spanish)

Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, who has been out of work since leaving Paris Saint-Germain in July, is open to a return to Spurs if Conte is sacked by the club. (Sun)

Spurs are willing to part ways with 36-year-old France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, the club's captain, this summer. (Football Insider)

German Thomas Tuchel, 49, will target Chelsea's English assistant coach Anthony Barry, 36, after being named as Nagelsmann's replacement at Bayern. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Bayern moved quickly to appoint Tuchel due to fears that he may be approached by Real Madrid or Tottenham. (Mirror)

Tuchel will also attempt to sign Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, 31, and Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic, 28, from former club Chelsea. (Calciomercato, via Football.London)

Manchester United have joined Manchester City and Liverpool in exploring a deal for Chelsea's Kovacic. (90min)

Barcelona are interested in signing Manchester City's Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 32, and those involved in negotiations over his future believe a move to Spain is likely. (Athletic - subscription required)

Arsenal will sell their record signing Nicolas Pepe, currently on loan at Nice, this summer but may have to pay the 27-year-old Ivory Coast international to leave. (Sun)

Newcastle United have held talks with the representatives of Borussia Monchengladbach and France striker Marcus Thuram as they prepare to rival Inter Milan for the 25-year-old's signature. (90min)

West Ham's Brazil international midfielder Lucas Paqueta, 25, will leave in the summer if the Hammers are relegated. (Football Insider)

PSV Eindhoven are open to selling Ivory Coast midfielder Ibrahim Sangare, 25, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham all showing an interest. (90min)

Barcelona are hopeful Uefa will not decide to ban the club from European competition amid an ongoing investigation into the club's alleged bribing of Spanish referees. (Mail)

Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has provisionally agreed to host an all-star fundraising match at Stamford Bridge in August in partnership with the Football for Ukraine charity. (Evening Standard)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Sunday's newspapers


Man City are ready to make Erling Haaland the Premier League's top earner - and kill off talk of a Real Madrid raid - as Etihad bosses plan to sit down with the 42-goal striker at the end of the season to discuss a new £500,000-a-week deal.

The billionaire Qatari sheikh trying to buy Manchester United hopes to persuade the Glazer family to sell - by discussing a joint venture with the Glazers which could see NFL games in the Middle East.

Kaveh Solhekol brings us up to date on the latest developments surrounding the possible takeover of Manchester United takeover and describes the next steps in the process

New Bayern Munich manager Thomas Tuchel wants to reunite with Chelsea aces Edouard Mendy and Mateo Kovacic, reports suggest.

Manchester United are set to rival Arsenal in the race to sign striker Rasmus Hojlund, according to reports.


Chelsea are yet to receive an approach from Bayern Munich over Anthony Barry joining the German club despite Thomas Tuchel signalling his intentions to recruit the English coach.

New Bayern boss Thomas Tuchel said he wasn't expecting to be in his position

Barcelona have confirmed that defender Andreas Christensen has suffered an injury to his left calf while on international duty with Denmark.

Harry Maguire has suggested that it would be a failure if England failed to win Euro 2024 following their progress at recent international tournaments.


The Premier League is facing urgent questions from top-flight clubs over its decision to charge Everton with breaching spending rules just nine months after insisting that they had no case to answer.

Real Madrid star Luka Modric has dismissed suggestions that he could join Cristiano Ronaldo at Al-Nassr.

Juventus have put a £9.7m price tag on young winger Samuel Iling-Junior, according to reports.

Wout Weghorst was asked to drop into a deeper No 10 role during a game by manager Erik ten Hag, the striker has revealed.

Chelsea are in advanced talks to sign Norwich City youngster Alex Matos.

Dana White claims Conor McGregor's hugely anticipated UFC comeback could be staged at Madison Square Garden in New York.


The former Rangers manager Steven Gerrard was pelted with bottles and other objects thrown by Celtic supporters after celebrating his goal in a charity match at Anfield on Saturday.

Ex-Rangers boss Steven Gerrard scored in Liverpool Legends' 2-0 win over Celtic, before celebrating in front of the Celtic fans. Proceeds raised from the match will support a range of LFC Foundation's and partner charities. (Credit: LFC)


Manchester City midfielder Rodri left Premier League title rival Martin Odegaard in agony with a crunching tackle as Spain faced Norway on Saturday.

Tottenham may reportedly miss out on signing loanee Dejan Kulusevski when the summer transfer window opens if they do not finish in the top four.


Aleksandar Mitrovic may have cost himself a move to Manchester United with his red-card rage at Old Trafford.

Leeds are interested in re-signing Kalvin Phillips in the summer.


Mesut Ozil has sought to turn the page with former club Arsenal after announcing his retirement from football.


Lionel Messi has thanked the Argentinian Football Association after they renamed the national team's training centre after him.

Chelsea could be set to tear up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's contract after his recent trip to Barcelona, it has been claimed, with Inter Milan keeping tabs on his situation.


World Rugby is exploring an innovative law change that would see yellow cards upgraded to reds by television officials at this year's World Cup.


Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos has been spotted wearing an Everton kit at a keep-fit kick-about in Colombia.

Manchester United are interested in signing Brighton's Republic of Ireland international striker Evan Ferguson, 18. (Football Insider)

United also have "concrete interest" in Danish striker Rasmus Hojlund, 20, who plays for Atalanta. (Ekstra Bladet, via Sport Witness)

Fulham and Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, 28, had been a target for Manchester United before he was sent off at Old Trafford for pushing referee Chris Kavanagh. (Daily Star)

Manchester City are ready to offer Norway striker Erling Haaland, 22, a new contract worth £500,000 per week in a bid to stave off interest from Real Madrid. (Sun)

Leeds United are interested in re-signing England midfielder Kalvin Phillips, 27, this summer despite him only joining Manchester City last year. (Daily Star)

Brighton will not allow manager Roberto de Zerbi, 43, to leave if Tottenham Hotspur want him to replace their current boss, 53-year-old fellow Italian Antonio Conte. (Team Talk)

No talks had taken place between Tottenham and German Thomas Tuchel, 49, before the former Chelsea boss was appointed Bayern Munich manager on Friday. (Evening Standard)

England midfielder James Ward-Prowse, 28, will definitely leave Southampton this summer if the Saints get relegated, with Tottenham keen to sign him. (Football Insider)

Arsenal are among the clubs interested in Southampton's Belgian midfielder Romeo Lavia, 19. (Fabrizio Romano)

Inter Milan are keeping tabs on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's situation at Chelsea and could make a move for the Gabon international striker. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Midfielder Luka Modric, 37, has dismissed suggestions he will move to a Saudi Arabian club with the Croatia international saying he wants to retire at Real Madrid. (Mail)

Tottenham are interested in Sporting Lisbon midfielder Manuel Ugarte, 21. (Mirror)

Leeds have also sent scouts to watch the Uruguay international. (O Jogo via Goal)

West Ham are keen on Coventry and Sweden striker Viktor Gyokeres, 24, who is valued at around £20m. (Sun)

Brentford, Crystal Palace, Everton, Leeds and Leicester are all also monitoring Gyokeres. (90min)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Monday's newspapers...


Tottenham could have competition in the race for Julian Nagelsmann as it emerges that Real Madrid are reportedly big admirers of the boss.

N'Golo Kante's contract talks are into the final stages, according to reports - and the midfielder looks set to commit his future to Chelsea.

Lionel Messi could be set to leave Paris Saint-Germain and join Inter Milan this summer, according to reports.

Brighton wonderkid Evan Ferguson is set to snub a host of suitors to stay on the South Coast.

Leeds will be sweating over the fitness of star man Wilfried Gnonto after the forward went off injured in Italy's Euro qualifier against Malta.

Folarin Balogun has fuelled speculation he could leave Arsenal by revealing he would be open to returning to Stade Reims.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is reportedly willing to accept a huge wage cut to return to Barcelona.


Wayne Rooney had to decline the opportunity to award Harry Kane with a commemorative golden boot to mark the current England captain becoming the national team's all-time leading goalscorer due to his commitments with DC United.

The FA are close to appointing a new director of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI).

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is emerging as a target for a trio of Premier League sides as the midfielder prepares to leave Liverpool - with Aston Villa, Newcastle and Brighton among the clubs to have an early interest in the former Arsenal star.

Reece James is not expected to be a long-term absentee after pulling out of the England squad on Saturday.


Ukraine supporters took aim at Vladimir Putin, both in song and symbolically, as their national team took on England at Wembley on Sunday.


Manchester United winger Anthony Elanga has admitted he has been frustrated by his lack of playing time at the club this season.

The president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), Ednaldo Rodrigues, has revealed that Carlo Ancelotti would be an obvious choice to fill the vacant managerial position at the end of the season.

Bayern Munich have made an official approach to Chelsea for their first-team coach Anthony Barry.


Chelsea have received an approach from Bayern Munich for highly-rated coach Anthony Barry, but the club are disappointed with their former head coach Thomas Tuchel for making his interest public.


Everton's alleged breach of Premier League profit and sustainability rules is likely to centre on the costs related to their new £500m stadium and the impact of Covid-19.


Daizen Maeda says he is withdrawing from the Japan squad so he can focus on making himself fit for a vital period at Celtic.

Christian Ramirez has opened up on his Aberdeen 'frustration' as he marked his debut in MLS with a double in a 6-1 win.


Castore admit they underestimated the demands of supplying kits to Rangers after coming under fire from fans.

Manchester United are interested in signing Benfica and Portugal forward Goncalo Ramos, 21, who has a release clause of 120m euros (£105.6m). (Record, via Goal)

Striker Evan Ferguson, 18, will turn down a move to Manchester United because the Republic of Ireland international thinks staying at Brighton will be better for his development. (Sun)

Meanwhile, Manchester United will consider Brentford's Spanish goalkeeper David Raya, 27, as an alternative to his compatriot David de Gea, 32, who is yet to agree a new contract. (Give Me Sport)

Chelsea are willing to pay £100m for top target, Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen, 24, of Napoli. (Football Insider)

Chelsea are in discussions with France midfielder N'Golo Kante, 31, over a new two-year contract, with the option of a further year at Stamford Bridge. (Fabrizio Romano)

The Blues are disappointed with former manager, German Thomas Tuchel, for making public his desire to take highly-rated English coach Anthony Barry to Bayern Munich. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Arsenal will prioritise another attempt to sign Brighton and Ecuador midfielder Moises Caicedo, 21, in the summer. (Football Transfers)

Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Brighton are interested in signing England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 29, whose contract at Liverpool expires at the end of the season. (Mail)

Newcastle are interested in signing Southampton and England midfielder James Ward-Prowse, 28. (Football Insider)

South Korea defender Kim Min-jae has been linked with Manchester United but the 26-year-old says he is not interested in rumours about his future and that he wants to focus on playing for Napoli. (Mail)

Barcelona have ruled themselves out of signing Portugal and Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves, 26, this summer. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Spain midfielder Sergio Busquets, 34, is still yet to agree a new deal at Barcelona and could move to Major League Soccer. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Manchester City believe Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan does not want to stay with the club, with the 32-year-old in negotiations with Barcelona about joining them when his contract runs out in the summer. (Sport)

Barcelona do not want Spain forward Dani Olmo, 24, to renew his contract with RB Leipzig so they can sign him on a free transfer when his current deal ends in 2024. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Chelsea and Arsenal will go head-to-head in a battle to sign Everton and Belgium midfielder Amadou Onana, 21, after an impressive start to his career at Goodison Park. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

The head of the Brazilian FA (CBF) has claimed Real Madrid's Italian boss Carlo Ancelotti is the perfect man to replace Tite as coach of the national team. (Reuters)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Tuesday 28 March 2023 07:40, UK


Manchester United are interested in signing Goncalo Ramos from Benfica.
Bukayo Saka will become Arsenal's top earner when he signs a new five-year contract worth up to £300,000-a-week.
Manchester United are "already negotiating" a transfer for Ruben Neves as Barcelona pull out of the race for the Wolves star.
Wolves loanee Fabio Silva admits he "maybe" would have liked to stay a little longer at Porto instead of moving to Molineux.
Manchester United and Arsenal have reportedly received a huge boost in their pursuit to sign Juventus star Dusan Vlahovic.
The Sun's Jack Rosser and Mail on Sunday's Rob Draper discuss what impact Everton's FFP breaches will have on their new £550m stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.
Tottenham will not rush into finding Antonio Conte's permanent successor - despite three candidates - Mauricio Pochettino, Luis Enrique and Julian Nagelsmann - being currently out of work.
Vitesse Arnhem, the Dutch club who become infamous for their influx of Chelsea loanees, are reportedly on the brink of collapse.

Tottenham Hotspur made contact with Julian Nagelsmann's representative at the weekend after starting the process of finding a successor to Antonio Conte.
Chelsea face having to raise substantial amounts of cash by selling off players this summer to avoid breaching the Premier League's financial rules next year after reporting large losses for a second successive season.
Manchester City will conduct tests on Erling Haaland's groin injury this week to establish whether their top goalscorer will be available to play against Liverpool on Saturday.
West Ham United are open to buying the London Stadium after the venue's owner admitted that it would remain a burden on the capital's taxpayers even if a naming-rights deal was secured.
The Princess of Wales intends to continue with the tradition of presenting the Wimbledon singles trophies this year regardless of whether the champions are from Russia or Belarus.

Tottenham called time on Antonio Conte's tenure after believing the manager had lost the dressing room and would have little chance of guiding the club to another top-four finish following his furious evisceration of the players at Southampton.

Erling Haaland has returned to Manchester City to continue rehabilitation on a groin injury picked up last week.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is seeking clarification on whether top target Julian Nagelsmann is open to replacing Antonio Conte as the club's new head coach.
Everton's charge for breaching Premier League spending rules could delay the completion of their new stadium with potential funding partners reluctant to commit until the matter has been resolved.
Bukayo Saka will earn close to £15m a season when he finally signs his new contract with Arsenal.
Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is edging closer to a move to Barcelona.
Jose Mourinho's Roma future appears to still be up in the air after it emerged that the club's chief decision-makers are still yet to hold talks with the Portuguese coach.
Russia could be banned from team sports at next year's Paris Olympics under conditions being considered to allow athletes from the country to compete as 'neutrals' at the Games.
Anthony Joshua could fight Tyson Fury next if he beats Jermaine Franklin on Saturday night.

Major League Soccer clubs have come up with a novel way to afford bringing Lionel Messi to America: by every team contributing a portion of the Argentina legend's salary.
Sadio Mane is looking forward to teaming up with Thomas Tuchel as he looks to prove to Bayern Munich exactly why they bought him.
Gabriel Magalhaes has revealed that Gabriel Jesus vowed to win the Premier League for Arsenal on his first day at the Gunners.
Jack Grealish spends over £50 on his post match meal by ordering the same Chinese takeaway after every Manchester City home game.

Liverpool have yet to open contract talks with James Milner despite Jurgen Klopp's eagerness to secure the player's services for another year.
Fulham have requested a personal hearing with the Football Association after Marco Silva and Aleksandar Mitrovic were handed multiple charges following their FA Cup quarter-final defeat by Manchester United.
Leeds United are hopeful that Willy Gnonto and Max Wober have avoided lengthy absences after carrying out assessments on the injuries suffered by them on international duty.
Manchester United defender Maria Thorisdottir has been ruled out of the remainder of the 2022-23 season and the 2023 Women's World Cup with a foot injury.

Daniel Levy will start work on finding Tottenham Hotspur's next permanent manager immediately with Julian Nagelsmann at the top of his list of targets, but the club's chairman faces more problems and the threat of further fan anger.
Tottenham are considering announcing a price rise to season tickets at a time when the faith of supporters is being tested again and many are being hit by the cost of living crisis.

Newcastle are reportedly weighing up a move for Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips, who is eager to seek a new challenge after just one year at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester United winger Antony is nowhere close to the level of Bukayo Saka or Mohamed Salah as things stand, according to Chris Sutton.

Barry Robson is on the verge of being named Aberdeen boss untll the summer.
Rangers star Fashion Sakala has blasted his own Zambia fans - accusing the national team's supporters of "vicious insults and endlessly booing" him.

Manchester City have no plans to sell England midfielder Kalvin Phillips this summer, despite the 27-year-old making only limited appearances since his move from Leeds United. (Football Insider)

However, Phillips is said to be prepared to leave City amid fears his lack of playing time may affect his chances of being selected for England. (90min)

Paris St-Germain and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 35, could move to the MLS this summer - with each of the 29 clubs in the league contributing to his salary. (Sport - in Spanish)

PSG remain in contact with the representatives of Chelsea and France midfielder N'Golo Kante, 31. (90min)

Napoli value 24-year-old Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen, who has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United, at a minimum of 150m euros (£131.7m). (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Tottenham made contact with former Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann's camp at the weekend, with the club wanting to talk to candidates to replace Antonio Conte as soon as possible. (Times - subscription required)

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is waiting to hear if Nagelsmann is open to joining Spurs, with Real Madrid and Chelsea also interested in the 35-year-old. (Mail)

Bayern Munich's squad has split into two factions over the decision to sack German manager Nagelsmann. (Bild, via Goal)

Antonio Conte plans to recharge his batteries before any return to management, with Inter Milan, AC Milan, Juventus and Roma all keeping him in mind. (Mail)

Leeds United striker Rodrigo, 32, will likely have to take a pay cut if he is to sign a new contract at the club. The Spain attacker's current deal is due to expire in the summer of 2024. (Football Insider)

England forward Bukayo Saka, 21, will earn close to £15m a season when he finally signs his new contract with Arsenal. (Mail)

Chelsea face having to raise substantial amounts of money by selling off players this summer to avoid breaching the Premier League's financial rules next year. (Times - subscription required)

Liverpool have yet to open contract talks with former England midfielder James Milner despite Jurgen Klopp wanting to keep the 37-year-old for another year. (Athletic - subscription required)

Tottenham are among a number of Premier League clubs interested in Brighton and Republic of Ireland striker Evan Ferguson, 18. (Football Insider)

Borussia Dortmund want to sign 19-year-old Northern Ireland midfielder Shea Charles from Manchester City. (Bild - in German)

Barcelona will have to sign at least three to four players on free transfers this summer as they work within a tight salary budget. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Wednesday 29 March 2023 07:48, UK


Manchester United are preparing to make their move for Harry Kane - and bosses will not wait until the end of the season before opening negotiations with Tottenham in the hope of agreeing an £80m deal.
Marcus Rashford reportedly turned down a £400,000 a week deal from Paris Saint-Germain.

Chelsea are set for a battle with the Premier League over a potential breach of spending rules, with the club ready to cite Antonio Rudiger's departure for Real Madrid on a free transfer last season as one justification for their huge losses.
Manchester City are monitoring Celta Vigo's Gabri Veiga as they look to bolster their midfield options this summer.
Everton face the possibility of increased costs for their new stadium despite claiming to have agreed fixed-price contracts for the £550m project.
England attacking coach Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink will stop providing promotional content for betting firms after an interview he gave to a gambling company that is banned from operating in Ukraine emerged on Tuesday.
Dejan Kulusevski has urged his Tottenham team-mates to "move on" and "stand behind" their club's decision to part ways with former boss Antonio Conte.
Roberto De Zerbi is keen to have increased input into Brighton's transfer plans after leading the club to the brink of European football this season.
Huddersfield have announced their prospective new owner is American businessman Kevin M Nagle.

EFL clubs are taking part in a major campaign to stop "horrendous" crowd violence shaming football again.
Manchester United duo Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Axel Tuanzebe could switch their international allegiances from England after holding positive talks with DR Congo.
Liverpool have reportedly entered the race for Eintracht Frankfurt star Evan Ndicka with the centre-back available for free at the end of the season. Arsenal and Tottenham have both been linked with the Frenchman in the past who could potentially pose as an alternative to RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol.

Qatari authorities have opened criminal proceedings into the circumstances surrounding the death of a migrant worker who died while working on a World Cup training base in December.
Fears are growing at Morecambe that the relegation-threatened League One side will become the next English club to enter administration after players and staff were told their March wages would be late.
Borussia Dortmund have become the latest team to join 'The Soccer Tournament' (TST) in the US this summer, joining Wolves and Wrexham, as well as other teams from around the world.

Newcastle's takeover is under fresh scrutiny after the Premier League admitted for the first time it is "completely aware" of court disclosures involving LIV Golf and the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF).

Christian Eriksen is ahead of schedule and could be back in action for Manchester United in just 10 days.
Aston Villa are interested in signing Tammy Abraham, according to reports.
Manchester City have joined Man Utd and Newcastle in trailing Celta Vigo midfielder Gabri Veiga.
Roma are considering options to replace Tammy Abraham, with Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino top of their wishlist.
Chelsea have been criticised by Lyon for their "impatient" transfer strategy after Malo Gusto suffered an injury while back on loan in France.
Manchester United could miss out on the Champions League even if Jim Ratcliffe takes over and they finish in the top four due to Britain's richest man owning Nice. Under UEFA rules, that would mean if United and the French top-flight club both finish in Champions League qualification spots, only the side finishing higher could be allowed to enter the competition.
Former Arsenal defender Tony Adams believes that based on current form, only Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi is better than Bukayo Saka in world football.

Chelsea have yet to open talks with Mateo Kovacic despite his contract having just 16 months left to run.
Chelsea could offload Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Conor Gallagher, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic in a summer clear out.

There were incredible scenes in Austria as 1,300 ultras filled the stands at Austria Salzburg with flares, drums and flags to cheer on the club's U7s team. Footage of the event showed good-natured 'fanatics' creating an amazing atmosphere as the children played a small-sided match in front of them.
Chelsea will reportedly argue that they missed out on funds after Antonio Rudiger's departure in a dramatic war with the Premier League over their losses. The Blues are set to be asked to justify a loss of £121m in 2021-22, and will apparently point to the departure of Rudiger as one reason why.
Carlo Ancelotti could inadvertently strike a blow into Tottenham's chances of appointing Julian Nagelsmann if the Italian is sacked by Real Madrid. Spurs' pursuit of Nagelsmann has reportedly been complicated by the German's wish to see if any other high-profile jobs become vacant before the summer.

Luis Diaz returned to training on Tuesday to give Liverpool a timely boost in their push for Champions League qualification.
Bayern Munich are considering taking advantage of Mason Mount's contract stalemate at Chelsea and the club's financial problems by making a move for the England international this summer.
Brooks Koepka's coach Pete Cowen says LIV Golf players will struggle at the Masters.

Former Dundee United boss Liam Fox is set to join Barry Robson's backroom staff at Aberdeen.
Rodri launched a bitter blast at Scotland after their stunning 2-0 win over Spain at Hampden, taking the hump at the hosts' perceived diving and time wasting, describing the approach as "rubbish".
Celtic captain Kelly Clark has insisted it will be up to the football authorities how Rangers assistant Craig McPherson is dealt with but she has maintained Fran Alonso did little wrong as he celebrated a 99th minute equaliser on Monday night at Broadwood.

Michael Beale has hailed Allan McGregor's "outstanding service" for Rangers as he approaches 500 appearances for the club - and a potential new contract.

Manchester United are preparing to make an £80m bid for Tottenham and England forward Harry Kane, 29, after club chief executive Richard Arnold sanctioned a potential deal. (Star)

Bayern Munich want to sign Chelsea and England midfielder Mason Mount, 24. (Times)

Manchester United have taken "no major steps forward" in agreeing a new contract for England forward Marcus Rashford, 25. (Athletic - subscription required)

Chelsea have yet to open new contract talks with Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic, with Manchester City interested. The 28-year-old has 16 months left on his current deal. (Standard)

Liverpool are willing to pay more than £60m for Napoli and South Korea centre-back Kim Min-jae, 26, who is also a target for Manchester United. (Rai, via Four Four Two)

Liverpool are also in the fight for French centre-back Evan Ndicka, 23, who will be available on a free transfer in the summer after turning down a final contract offer from Eintracht Frankfurt. (Mirror)

Arsenal are interested in signing Denmark midfielder Jesper Lindstrom, 23, who Eintracht will let leave for a fee of about 30m euros. (Sport 1 - in German)

Manchester City are still waiting for Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan to make a decision on his future, with Barcelona keen on signing the 32-year-old on a free transfer. (Fabrizio Romano)

If Gundogan does go, City are considering Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder Jude Bellingham, 19, and Bayer Leverkusen and Germany midfielder Florian Wirtz, 19, as potential replacements. (Football Insider)

City have joined Manchester United and Newcastle in monitoring Celta Vigo's 20-year-old Spanish midfielder Gabri Veiga. (Sun)

Clubs interested in Roberto de Zerbi would have to pay a fixed amount to Brighton for the Italian manager and any deal could only be done in the summer, not during the season. (Fabrizio Romano)

Meanwhile, De Zerbi wants more control and a greater input into Brighton's transfer plans. (Mail)

Chelsea are set to make 27-year-old English midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek available for transfer at the end of the season. (Football Insider)

Barcelona are interested in signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on loan, just a year after the Gabon striker, 33, left the club for Chelsea.(Sport - in Spanish)

Former Spain defender Hector Bellerin, 28, is in talks over a return to Real Betis, where he spent last season, when he ends his current loan from Barcelona to Sporting Lisbon this summer. (Marca - in Spanish)

A number of Premier League clubs, including Leicester, Fulham and Wolves, are monitoring Lorient and France Under-21 midfielder Enzo Le Fee after the 23-year-old confirmed he wants to leave this summer. (90 min)

Tottenham have come to a pre-contractual agreement to sign 16-year-old English forward Herbie James on a three-year deal from Manchester City's academy. (Football London)

Chelsea are set for a battle with the Premier League over a potential breach of spending rules with the club ready to cite Germany defender Antonio Rudiger's departure for Real Madrid on a free transfer last summer as one justification for their huge losses. (Mail)

Manager David Moyes and his West Ham coaches fear they will be sacked if the Hammers lose to relegation rivals Southampton on Sunday. (Mail)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Thursday 30 March 2023 08:33, UK


Manchester United will step up efforts to tie Marcus Rashford down to a new long-term contract.
Chelsea fans are so concerned about the threat of a move away from Stamford Bridge to Earl's Court that they have assembled a series of questions to put to Todd Boehly, the club's chairman and co-owner.
Premier League clubs are set to agree to ban gambling companies from advertising on the front of their shirts.
The takeover of London Irish by American investors could be concluded "in a matter of days".
Saracens' efforts to win a fourth Heineken Champions Cup have received a boost, with Owen Farrell set face Ospreys in Sunday's round-of-16 match at the StoneX Stadium despite his injury scare last weekend.
The Olympic swimmer Adam Peaty has pulled out of next month's national trials and July's World Championships, citing a struggle with his mental health.
The Olympic silver-medal winner Laura Muir and her GB team-mate Jemma Reekie have flown home from a training camp in South Africa after falling out with their long-term coach Andy Young.
Varvara Gracheva, the world No 54 women's tennis player, is hoping to switch her national allegiance from Russia in the coming weeks after submitting a French citizenship application.

Premier League referees are being judged by a group of five former players and managers including Rob Green and Karen Carney - and have been told their accuracy on big decisions this season has improved.
Newcastle Falcons have denied suggestions they were considering voluntary relegation from the Premiership, while London Irish have also hit out at a report that staff may not be paid this month.

Arsenal are growing in confidence they can win the race to land their No 1 target Declan Rice this summer, according to reports.
Arsenal will have to pay up to £26m to sign striker Elyi Wahi, Montpellier manager Michel der Zakarian has warned.
David De Gea has reportedly rejected a new Manchester United contract as the club attempt to force him into a pay cut.
Manchester United and Tottenham have been handed a boost in their attempts to sign David Raya, with Brentford lining up a move for his potential replacement, Dutch international keeper Mark Flekken.
Julian Nagelsmann's girlfriend will leave her job at Bild after his shock dismissal as Bayern Munich manager, the publication confirmed.
Thomas Tuchel is bagging a "galactic" salary after taking over at Bayern Munich, reports claim.
Niko Kovac has turned down the chance to become Tottenham's new manager, according to reports.
Tickets for Arsenal's final day clash with Wolves have hit the market for a staggering £53,000 each.
Manchester United fans are furious with the ticket prices announced for the pre-season friendly against Wrexham.
Newcastle are reportedly monitoring Nice star Khephren Thuram ahead of a summer move.

Manchester United's coaching staff still have concerns over Harry Maguire's defensive qualities as the club captain continues to struggle for minutes.
Luis Enrique has admitted he does not see himself managing in the Premier League in what could be a blow to Tottenham.
Dejan Kulusevski has insisted he and the rest of the Tottenham squad "stand by" the club's decision to part company with Antonio Conte, but has admitted he will miss working with the former Inter Milan coach.

Manchester United legend Gary Pallister says Jude Bellingham already holds the key to next season's Premier League title.
Tottenham defender Pedro Porro has hit back at Tim Sherwood for the second time in seven days after his early criticism.

The FA have charged Arsenal's Miguel Molina and Aston Villa's Victor Manas with improper conduct following a heated confrontation in a clash at Villa Park last month.
One of Tottenham's biggest supporters' groups called upon the club to put out a "clear statement of strategy" following news of managing director Fabio Paratici's football ban being extended worldwide.
Sporting manager Ruben Amorim has ruled himself out of the running for the Tottenham manager's job because of an issue with Daniel Levy, according to reports.
Real Madrid are understood to be big admirers of Chelsea's Reece James, according to reports in Spain.
Ruud Gullit has claimed Wout Weghorst is "not good enough" to play for either Manchester United or the Netherlands.
Manchester City are ploughing £300m of investment into revamping one end of the Etihad Stadium.
Bolton have become the second club to demand compensation from Barcelona over the transfer of Marcos Alonso last summer, according to reports in Spain.
Bayern Munich defender Matthijs de Ligt has revealed he was blindsided by the shock sacking of Julian Nagelsmann and the appointment of his successor Thomas Tuchel.
Jack Willis has signed a new contract with Toulouse which could keep him at the French club until the summer of 2025 - but his hopes of playing for England after the World Cup remain in doubt.
Former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu has confirmed she tore two ligaments in her left ankle after withdrawing from her fourth-round match against Ekaterina Alexandrova on Monday night.

Aston Villa are closing in on a deal for Celtic's rising star Aidan Borland.

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, 24, is Arsenal's top target this summer and there is growing confidence they can beat competition from Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United to sign the England international. (Evening Standard)

Real Madrid have made Borussia Dortmund's England midfielder Jude Bellingham, 19, their priority signing, however the Spanish giants are also interested in Chelsea's 23-year-old England defender Reece James. (AS - in Spanish)

Manchester United are monitoring Eintracht Frankfurt's France forward Randal Kolo Muani, 24, and Atalanta's 20-year-old Denmark striker Rasmus Hojlund in case they are priced out of a move for Tottenham and England frontman Harry Kane, 29. (Manchester Evening News)

United could miss out on signing Austria midfielder Marcel Sabitzer permanently after his loan deal as new Bayern Munich manager Thomas Tuchel may decide to keep the 29-year-old. (Sun)

German Julian Nagelsmann, 35, and 51-year-old Argentine Mauricio Pochettino are open to succeeding Italian Antonio Conte at Tottenham - however both managers will wait to see if the Real Madrid job becomes available in the summer. (90min)

Former Spain boss Luis Enrique, 52, says he would like to manage in the Premier League with a team that is able to do "important things". (Cadena SER - in Spanish)

Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 32, is ready to leave Manchester City and join Barcelona on a free transfer at the end of the season. (Football Insider)

Barcelona will press ahead with a deal for Gundogan after reaching a verbal agreement to sign Athletic Bilbao's Spain centre-back Inigo Martinez, 31. (ESPN)

Newcastle want to sign Denmark centre-back Andreas Christensen, 26, from Barcelona. (Sport - in Spanish)

Newcastle manager Eddie Howe is pushing the club to sign 26-year-old Scotland midfielder Scott McTominay from Manchester United. (Football Insider)

Barcelona will face competition from Arsenal and Chelsea for Athletico Paranaense's 18-year-old Brazil forward Vitor Roque. (Sport - in Spanish)

Manchester City and Paris St-Germain have made opening bids for Hajduk Split's 16-year-old Croatian defender Luka Vuskovic. (90min)

Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea, 32, has turned down Manchester United's first offer of a new contract. (Athletic - subscription required)

England forward Marcus Rashford, 25, has dismissed reports he wants a new deal, worth £500,000 per week to stay at Manchester United, as "complete nonsense". (Independent)

United are planning to step up contract talks with Rashford before the end of the season. (ESPN)

Georgia's 22-year-old winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia is set to sign a new five-year deal to stay at Napoli. (Footmercato - in French)

Brighton want to sign Japan midfielder Reo Hatate, 25, from Celtic. (Football Insider)

The Seagulls are set to offer Republic of Ireland striker Evan Ferguson, 18, a new contract amid interest from other Premier League clubs. (Football Insider)

The father of 20-year-old Spain forward Ansu Fati wants his son to leave Barcelona due to a lack of minutes this season. (Athletic - subscription required)

Manchester City are to invest £300m in redeveloping Etihad Stadium, including increasing the capacity to about 61,000. (Mail)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Friday 31 March 2023 07:54, UK


Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal have offered to make Lionel Messi the world's highest-paid player in a proposed deal that would eclipse that of Cristiano Ronaldo at rivals Al Nassr.
Cristiano Ronaldo was rebuffed after attempting to wrest control of the Manchester United captaincy from Harry Maguire as the situation at Old Trafford deteriorated last season.

A report in Spain has claimed Real Madrid have placed Reece James "top of their transfer wishlist".
Arsenal are ready to rival Barcelona in the race to sign Brazilian wonderkid Vitor Roque, according to reports.
Chelsea are reportedly plotting to offload Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Inter Milan and in doing so blocking a return to Barcelona.
Vincent Kompany has emerged as a leading contender to become Tottenham's new boss.
Manchester United are exploring an Old Trafford revamp, according to reports.
Thomas Frank says he is flattered to be touted as Antonio Conte's replacement at Tottenham but insisted he is happy at Brentford.

Premier League clubs have avoided £470m in tax since 2015, according to a financial think tank alleging "improper and possibly illegal behaviour" across the game.
England head coach Steve Borthwick has pulled off a major coup by landing the highly rated Felix Jones, who was a key cog in South Africa's 2019 World Cup triumph.

Chelsea will reportedly demand £70m from clubs who are interested in signing Mason Mount this summer.
Manchester United are reportedly considering a move for Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel while they attempt to sign David De Gea to a new deal.
Lionel Messi has reaffirmed to Argentina team-mates that he is inclined to extend his contract at PSG before exploring a move to Major League Soccer.
Morgan Schneiderlin admits he's still angry at himself for wasting his opportunity at Manchester United.
Tottenham chief Fabio Paratici has jetted back to England to face growing uncertainty over his future after he was hit with a global ban from football.
Manchester United's latest financial figures illustrate that the Glazers' reported asking price of £6bn is far too high.
Brighton will discuss a new deal for striker Evan Ferguson this summer to reward his excellent progress.

West Brom's auditors have stated there is a "material uncertainty" over the company continuing as a going concern because of a lack of guarantees over finances.
The Olympic athletes Laura Muir and Jemma Reekie decided enough was enough and quit their training camp in South Africa after an argument over using a hire car to visit a coffee shop for a drink.

Sky Sports News chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol outlines the changes the Premier League has introduced to the owners' and directors' test
Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani's eye-watering bid to buy Manchester United will reportedly not face any issues with the new, stricter owners' and directors' test.
Tottenham have reportedly identified Brighton's Evan Ferguson as a long-term successor to Harry Kane.
Leeds could reignite interest in Patrick Vieira and make him their next manager in the summer, according to reports.
The Premier League has reportedly rejected a £15m proposal by Netflix to make a documentary about the 20 top-flight clubs.
Liverpool are admirers of Chelsea defender Levi Colwill and could look to sign the central defender this summer if the Blues are willing to do business, according to reports.

Tottenham forward Bethany England has been told not to give up on her dream of representing England at this summer's World Cup.

The Professional Footballers' Association will launch a campaign this summer to warn players of the risks of using snus.
West Brom's directors have effectively written off the £5m loan the Championship club's owner Guochuan Lai paid to one of his Chinese companies in June 2021, signalling their belief that it is never coming back.
Aston Villa could welcome Boubacar Kamara back for the trip to Chelsea as his recovery has gone quicker than planned.

Ilkay Gundogan's agent has denied the Manchester City midfielder has made a decision on his future after repeated suggestions that the Germany international is joining Barcelona this summer.
Mason Mount is interested in joining Bayern Munich and reuniting with Thomas Tuchel after the former Chelsea manager was appointed by the German club last week.

Arsenal have announced their intention to fight ticket touting - with tickets for their final game of the season selling for as much as £50,000.

Celtic's hopes of wrapping up a quick fire title will not be delayed by the coronation of King Charles.
Lee Johnson fears it will take Middle East millions for the Premiership's lesser lights to wrestle power away from Scotland's west coast.

Alfredo Morelos has narrowed his next destination down to two clubs, Aston Villa and Sevilla, it's being reported.
Reo Hatate is set to miss Celtic's return to Premiership action at Dingwall on Sunday to ensure he's 100 percent fit for the Old Firm.


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Sep 19, 2012
Chelsea have emerged as major contenders to sign Napoli's Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen, 24, this summer. (Standard)

Chelsea are also set to make a bid for Barcelona and Spain left-back Alejandro Balde, 19, to replace their England defender Ben Chilwell, 26. (Sport - in Spanish)

Bayern Munich are interested in signing Chelsea forward Kai Havertz, 23, with the German international previously expressing interest in being reunited with his former manager Thomas Tuchel. (90min)

Chelsea are expecting a bid from Real Madrid for England right-back Reece James, 23. (Football Insider)

Paris St-Germain have told Lionel Messi they will pay whatever it takes to keep hold of the Argentine forward, 35, amid reports Barcelona have made contact about a potential return. (Mundo Deportivo)

Arsenal are keen on Real Madrid midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni to improve their squad in the summer, with Liverpool also said to be interested in the 23-year-old Frenchman. (El Nacional - in Catalan)

Arsenal are considering a bid for Barcelona and Brazil's 26-year-old winger Raphinha, who joined the La Liga side from Leeds United last summer. (Football Insider)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said the club have been busy during the international break lining up potential summer targets and ready to spend big in the transfer market. (Mirror)

England defender Luke Shaw, 27, has agreed a new four-year contract with Manchester United. (Athletic - subscription required)

Chelsea's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 33, wants to return to Barcelona but the Blues do not want to sell the Gabon striker. (Sport - in Spanish)

Roma are considering a move for Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, with the 32-year-old Spaniard out of contract in the summer. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Daniel Levy has no intention of selling to the two Manchester clubs again as the Tottenham chairman still regrets selling England defender Kyle Walker, 32, to Manchester City in 2017. (Mail)

Erik ten Hag will decide on the futures of Manchester United duo Scott McTominay and Victor Lindelof in the summer, with Scotland midfielder McTominay, 26, attracting interest from Newcastle and Sweden defender Lindelof, 28, drawing interest from Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid in January. (Fabrizio Romano)

Crystal Palace and Ghana duo Jeffrey Schlupp, 30, and Jordan Ayew, 31, have signed new contracts at the Eagles. (Athletic - subscription required)


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Sep 19, 2012
Sunday 2 April 2023 09:07, UK


Todd Boehly faces a multi-million pound 'divorce bill' this summer as he bids to offload a raft of Chelsea players including Romelu Lukaku and Christian Pulisic.
Erik ten Hag is set for a £12m jackpot when he signs a new five-year deal this summer.
Harry Maguire is wanted back 'home' at Leicester - with a loan move on the cards next season.
Barcelona will switch their sights to a summer raid for Ilkay Gundogan after giving up on trying to land Bernardo Silva.
Brighton have joined Arsenal and Leicester in the hunt for Feyenoord midfielder Orkun Kokcu.
Burnley chief Vincent Kompany wants to snatch Dutch goalkeeper Bart Verbruggen from his old club Anderlecht.
Eddie Hearn revealed Wayne Rooney has spoken to him about fighting Jake Paul with Old Trafford a realistic host.

Tottenham have told Mauricio Pochettino to forget about a return to his old club.

Premier League clubs have discussed their fears the new format for the FIFA Club World Cup, which expands to become a 32-team tournament in 2025, could become a "European Super League by the back door".

Barcelona vice-president Rafa Yuste has said the club has been in contact with Lionel Messi about a possible return to the Nou Camp.
Graham Potter is under even more pressure following Chelsea's 2-0 loss to Aston Villa. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Lee Hendrie discuss whether it's time for a change, or if he needs more time

The catastrophic state of Everton's finances is underlined by an outstanding loan of £150m, immediate repayment of which can be triggered by relegation.
Prospective buyers of Manchester United, including advisors to Sheikh Jassim of Qatar, and Sir Jim Ratcliffe, will have been told the extent to which United may still be on the hook to HMRC for unpaid tax.
The 18 first-class cricket counties have combined debts of £366m.
Luther Burrell's claims of racism in rugby will be backed this week when the findings from an investigation into his revelations are published.
Rangers are set to battle back against a new SPFL sponsorship deal with Scottish vodka distillery as a potential row leaves other Premiership clubs fearing financial fallout if agreement is rejected.

Chelsea are furious at Barcelona for contacting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and will now refuse to sell the striker to the Catalan club, it has been claimed.
Finnish entrepreneur Thomas Zilliacus has urged rival Manchester United bidders Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani to join forces with him to buy the Glazer family out of Old Trafford.
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has drawn up a three-man shortlist for the summer transfer window as he bids to boost his options in midfield - with Declan Rice, Frenkie de Jong and Jude Bellingham all being eyed.
Sean Dyche once failed in an attempt to sign Harry Kane for Burnley - when Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy priced the striker out of the move.

Ange Postecoglou has revealed he tried to sign Kaoru Mitoma in his first transfer window as Celtic's manager.

Manchester United want to make Joao Felix the 'cornerstone of their team', according to reports in Spain.

Former Rangers defender Leon Balogun was involved in a confrontation with QPR fans after his side lost to bottom of the table Wigan Athletic.

Manchester City and Real Madrid have made RB Leipzig's 21-year-old Croatia defender Josko Gvardiol their top centre-back target, and the German side would want £75m. (90min)

Liverpool and Manchester City are both working on deals to sign England midfielder Mason Mount, 24, from Chelsea this summer, with the Reds currently seen as favourites. (Football Insider)

Leicester City want England centre-back Harry Maguire, 30, to return on loan from Manchester United. (Sun)

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has told former manager Mauricio Pochettino he does not want the Argentine to return to the club during talks over a potential return. (Star)

Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 35, will not take a pay cut to stay at Paris St-Germain. (Goal)

Messi's options, should he choose to leave the French champions, include an offer from Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal and a return to Barcelona. (Mirror)

Chelsea face the prospect of having to pay players millions to leave the club this summer as they look to reduce their wage bill. (Sun)

Napoli and South Korea defender Kim Min-jae, 26, is open to joining Liverpool. (Foot Mercato - in French)

Manchester United are monitoring the situation of Atletico Madrid's 23-year-old Portugal forward Joao Felix, who is currently on loan at Chelsea. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

United are admirers of Porto's Portuguese goalkeeper Diogo Costa, 23, and 27-year-old Spaniard David Raya, of Brentford - however neither would want to move if the club's Spanish number one David de Gea, 32, signs a new contract. (Express)

French forward Anthony Martial, 27, is among eight players Manchester United are looking to sell this summer. (Football Insider)

Aston Villa's hopes of signing Spanish midfielder Oihan Sancet from Athletic Bilbao have been dealt a blow after the 22-year-old signed a new long-term deal at the La Liga club. (TeamTalk)

Tottenham and PSG have been offered the opportunity to sign Spain defender Aymeric Laporte, 28, from Manchester City. (90min)

Real Madrid will not sell Ferland Mendy for less than 60m euros (£53m), with Arsenal, Manchester City and Newcastle interested in signing the 27-year-old France left-back. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed Brazil want to appoint him as their coach, however he wants to stay at Real Madrid. (ESPN)

Manchester City will look to sign Barcelona's Ansu Fati, 20, following comments made by the Spain forward's father about a lack of playing time. (Football Insider)

Burnley manager Vincent Kompany wants the Championship leaders to sign 20-year-old Dutch goalkeeper Bart Verbruggen from his old side Anderlecht. (Sun)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Monday 3 April 2023 07:35, UK


Julian Nagelsmann is not interested in succeeding Graham Potter at Chelsea this season, according to reports in Germany.
Marco Silva has emerged as a surprise candidate to take over at Chelsea after Graham Potter was finally sacked.
Sky Sports News' chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol explains why Chelsea have decided to part company with Graham Potter
Chelsea would have had to pay an estimated £50m after sacking Graham Potter, but have reached an agreement which avoids a world-record fee.
Chelsea have been accused of disrespecting their women's team by announcing their decision to sack Graham Potter during their win over Aston Villa Women.
Erling Haaland should be back for Manchester City to face Southampton on Saturday.

Chelsea are now on the hunt for their third manager under Todd Boehly with Mauricio Pochettino on a seven-man shortlist to replace the sacked Graham Potter.
Sunday marked the first time in eight years that two Premier League managers lost their jobs on the same day - and remarkably Brendan Rodgers was involved in both.
The Super Sunday panel of Jamie Redknapp and Gary Neville discuss whether Brendan Rodgers could replace Antonio Conte at Tottenham

Gabriel Jesus has been labelled a "special player" by manager Mikel Arteta after marking his first Arsenal start in the Premier League since the World Cup with two goals.
Cristian Stellini has promised Tottenham will come out punching from a fortnight of chaos.

Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and three-time Champions League winner Zinedine Zidane are among the frontrunners to succeed Graham Potter at Chelsea.
Leicester would be interested to know the Potter's immediate plans following his sacking by Chelsea.
The FA has condemned chanting by Manchester City supporters during the victory over Liverpool.

Chelsea have sacked Graham Potter after just six months in charge in a move that stunned the club's players, many of whom first heard of it through the club's public statement on Sunday night.

Julian Nagelsmann is the leading contender to take over as manager at Chelsea.

John Lundstram hopes Saturday's Old Firm showdown will be a game-changer for Rangers' title hopes.

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has been installed as one of the favourites to become the next Leicester manager.
Rangers have sent scouts to Greece to take a look at Aris winger Luis Palma, according to reports out of the country.

Rafael Benitez, Jesse Marsch, Ralph Hasenhuttl and Adi Hutter are all contenders for the vacant Leicester City managerial job. (Mail)

Graham Potter's sacking by Chelsea will spark huge interest at Leicester City, with the manager previously identified as a potential successor to Brendan Rodgers. (Leicester Mercury)

Potter could be offered an immediate return to management at Leicester City. (Talksport)

Fulham boss Marco Silva has emerged as a surprise candidate to become Chelsea manager. (Mirror)

Chelsea are interested in former Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann after sacking Potter, while ex-Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino also has admirers on the board. (Talksport)

Nagelsmann has already been approached about the possibility of becoming the new Chelsea manager. (Fabrizio Romano)

However, Nagelsmann is not interested in succeeding Potter at Chelsea. (Sky Sports Germany, via Mirror)

Liverpool have identified Chelsea and England midfielder Conor Gallagher, 23, as a strong target this summer. (Independent)

Arsenal have three midfield targets for the summer including Everton and Belgium's Amadou Onana, 21, Brighton and Ecuador's Moises Caicedo, 21, and West Ham and England's Declan Rice, 24. (Football Insider)

Newcastle United are firm favourites to sign Leicester City and England midfielder James Maddison, 26. (Football Insider)

Chelsea are preparing to fend off Real Madrid's interest in England defender Reece James, 23, this summer and they could offer as much as £90m. (Football Insider)

Aston Villa is a more realistic destination for £25m-rated Southampton and Ghana defender Mohammed Salisu, 23, than Chelsea and Manchester United. (GiveMeSport)

Liverpool are highly interested in Eintracht Frankfurt and Denmark midfielder Jesper Lindstrom, 23, but face competition from Arsenal. (Florian Plettenberg - Sky Sports Germany)

Premier League clubs are monitoring South Korea midfielder Lee Kang-in, 22, who is expected to leave Mallorca in the summer. (Fabrizio Romano)


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Sep 19, 2012
Tuesday 4 April 2023 07:35, UK


Manchester United want to capitalise on Chelsea not having the option to buy Joao Felix permanently ahead of his loan spell coming to an end, it has been claimed.
Erik ten Hag is ready to stick five Manchester United players on the transfer list this summer to free up funds for new recruits - and Joel Glazer's favourite Anthony Martial is said to be among the stars who could get the chop.
Harry Kane is set to be Manchester United's top priority in the summer transfer window, with Erik ten Hag keen to improve his options at striker.
Luis Enrique has emerged as Chelsea's top target to replace Graham Potter following his ruthless sacking.
Graham Potter is set to bank £13m from Chelsea after being dismissed just seven months into the lucrative five-year contract he penned with the Blues back in September.
Chelsea are ready to rival Arsenal and Manchester United in the race for Atalanta's sought-after striker Rasmus Hojlund.
The Football Association has decided Pep Guardiola will not face any action over his controversial celebration during Manchester City's win over Liverpool on Saturday.

Luis Enrique has emerged as a frontrunner for the Chelsea job.
Graham Potter wants to take a break until the end of the season and has already turned down an approach from Leicester.
The Independent's Miguel Delaney discuses whether the Chelsea job was always too big a task for former boss Graham Potter
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reacted to Graham Potter's exit by 'liking' a post announcing his departure.
Rafa Benitez has been linked with the vacant managerial position at Leicester.

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is growing increasingly impatient with Jadon Sancho, according to reports.
Manchester United have reportedly opened talks regarding a potential summer deal for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.

Chelsea are keen to speak to a number of candidates as part of their 'exhaustive' search for a successor to Graham Potter.
Graham Potter is set to receive around £13m in compensation after being sacked by Chelsea taking the amount of money the club have spent on managerial costs to over £50m in the space of nine months.
Rio Ferdinand has insisted that Manchester United players have 'downed tools' in recent games.
Daniel Levy is keen to sign James Maddison - who is also a target for Newcastle - no matter who Tottenham's next manager may be.
Jamie Carragher believes it is the manager and not the owner that changes the culture of a club and feels Antonio Conte should not have joined Tottenham
Liverpool are not just looking for midfielders this summer - they want a new goalkeeper, with Caoimhin Kelleher ready to leave.
Leeds and Liverpool scouts were at Birmingham on Saturday to see teenager George Hall turn in a match-winning performance.
Pere Guardiola, a respected agent with SEG and the brother of Pep, is the leading candidate to represent one of Europe's hottest prospects - Gabri Veiga at Celta Vigo.
Inter Milan are keen on Newcastle winger Allan Saint-Maximin.
Inter Milan's attacking full-back Denzel Dumfries has joined a new representative group as interest from Manchester United and Chelsea continues to grow.
Steve Cooper held talks with Evangelos Marinakis last week as the Nottingham Forest boss approaches a game that could shape his future at the club.

Chelsea would ideally aim to appoint a new head coach before next week's Champions League showdown against Real Madrid but are determined to complete a robust process in order to reach the right decision after the failure of Graham Potter.
Steve Cooper insisted he would not be distracted by the "sideshow" of his future potentially being on the line as Nottingham Forest face Leeds on Tuesday night.

Chelsea want to interview Julian Nagelsmann, Mauricio Pochettino, Ruben Amorim, Oliver Glasner and Luis Enrique as part of their search for a manager but are prepared to wait until the summer before appointing a full-time replacement for Graham Potter.

The LIV Golf rebels have agreed not to wear the logo of the Saudi-funded circuit at this week's Masters.

Top target Ange Postecoglou is set to disappoint Leicester as they look to secure a quickfire replacement for Brendan Rodgers.

Motherwell's Max Johnston is being watched by four clubs battling it out to reach the Premier League, with Luton, Blackburn, Norwich and West Brom sending scouts to Easter Road on Saturday to watch the right-back in action.
Graham Potter has rejected the chance to take over as Leicester manager following his sacking at Chelsea. (Talksport)
Potter will wait until the summer before taking his next job. (Mail)
Former Barcelona and Spain manager Luis Enrique has emerged as a frontrunner to become the new Chelsea manager. (Sun)

Chelsea want to interview five candidates for their vacant managerial position - Enrique, Julian Nagelsmann, Mauricio Pochettino, Napoli's Luciano Spalletti and one other. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Sporting Lisbon manager Ruben Amorim and Eintracht Frankfurt boss Oliver Glasner are also under consideration. (Guardian)

Chelsea's hierarchy have concerns over former Bayern Munich boss Nagelsmann's age of 35. (Sky Sports)

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag sees England captain Harry Kane as his first-choice striker option this summer but the 29-year-old is open to a signing a new contract at Tottenham.(Athletic - subscription required)

England defender Harry Maguire, 30, will be put up for sale at United this summer with Ten Hag calling for the club to be more ruthless in clearing out the squad. (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester United have held exploratory talks about signing France full-back Benjamin Pavard, 27, from Bayern Munich. (Athletic - subscription required)

United have begun talks over the signing of Bayer Leverkusen and Netherlands full-back Jeremie Frimpong, 22. (Florian Plettenberg)

The Red Devils are also set to rival Chelsea for the permanent signing of Portugal forward Joao Felix, 23, from Atletico Madrid. (Mundo Deportivo)

Tottenham are considering a summer move for Leicester's 26-year-old England midfielder James Maddison. (Mail)

Arsenal and Chelsea are interested in Everton's 21-year-old Belgium midfielder Amadou Onana, who is valued at £70m. (Football Insider)

Bayern Munich will not activate the 70m euro (£61m) clause to make Joao Cancelo's loan from Manchester City permanent but may try and negotiate a reduced price for the 28-year-old Portugal full-back. (Fabrizio Romano)

Tottenham will sound out Brendan Rodgers about becoming their new manager following his sacking at Leicester. (Football Insider)

Arsenal have held talks with Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans, 25, whose contract at Leicester runs out this summer. (TeamTalk)

A Saudi Arabian club have a strong interest in Aston Villa and Brazil forward Philippe Coutinho, 30. (Football Insider)

Chelsea have a verbal agreement to sign Ecuadorian midfielder Kendry Paez, 15, from Independiente del Valle in a deal that could be worth more than £17.5m. (Standard)

The Blues have ramped up their interest in Atalanta and Denmark striker Rasmus Hojlund, 20. (Mail)

Newcastle United are one of a number of Premier League clubs showing interest in Manchester City's 21-year-old English midfielder Taylor Harwood-Bellis, who is currently on loan at Burnley. (90min)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Wednesday 5 April 2023 07:55, UK


Patrick Vieira is a leading contender to become Nottingham Forest's next manager if the Premier League strugglers sack Steve Cooper.
Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper says he is focused on what is good for the club over his own future
Premier League rivals Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham have expressed an interest in activating the £40m release clause of Napoli defender Min-Jae Kim.
Chelsea have made contact with Julian Nagelsmann and Luis Enrique as they step up their search for a new head coach.
Tottenham outcast Harry Winks will likely be on the move again once his loan spell at Sampdoria comes to an end in the summer.
Italian league leaders Napoli are ready to rival Tottenham for highly rated teenage striker Adama Bojang.
Wilfried Zaha is facing four weeks out with a groin injury picked up in Saturday's 2-1 win over Leicester.
Winning the Europa Conference League is the only way to save West Ham's season and David Moyes fears the club's fight for Premier League survival will get in their way.
Burnley boss Vincent Kompany has made a personal check on Brondby goalkeeper Mads Hermansen.
LaLiga has called for an urgent board meeting on April 19 to assess the state of officiating in Spain and question Barcelona over their alleged payments to ex-referees chief Jose Negreira.

Dusan Vlahovic may consider a transfer to Arsenal this summer after previously snubbing Mikel Arteta's project for Juventus.
Wolves have removed a clause in Matheus Nunes' contract that would have allowed him to join Liverpool for £44m.
Officials from the UK Government have raised concerns about Manchester United bidder Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani.
Lionel Messi's time at Paris Saint-Germain is set to come to an end at the end of the season after a chastening period for the club.
Aleksander Ceferin says UEFA will have "a very serious conversation" about changing the much-criticised handball law after a string of poor decisions.

Chelsea are considering Frank Lampard as a caretaker boss for the rest of the season with the club legend in the crowd for their clash with Liverpool.
The Manchester United ownership saga took a huge twist as it was claimed senior Government officials have concerns about Qatari banker Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani.
Chelsea will not be making a move for Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi.
Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper's job is on the brink after Tuesday's devastating defeat to relegation rivals Leeds United.
Lionel Messi has reportedly been offered £350m a year to join Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal.
Italian police have made four arrests over Charles Leclerc's stolen £265,000 watch.
Tiger Woods has ruled out winning a sixth Green Jacket as the former Masters champion admitted his glory days are behind him after his car crash in February 2021.
Kell Brook has raged at Amir Khan for his "disgusting" positive drugs test.

Erik ten Hag has demanded his Manchester United players turn into "robots" to ensure a top-four finish this season.
FA bosses are seeking an even harsher punishment for Fulham duo Aleksandar Mitrovic and Marco Silva after an independent regulatory commission ruled on their red card meltdowns against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Chris Woakes will seek talks with Ben Stokes and direct instructions on England's new style of play as he looks to force his way into this summer's Ashes plans.

The DP World Tour has won its legal battle against the LIV rebels and will now be able to suspend and fine players who participate in conflicting events without a release.

Chelsea have made contact with Julian Nagelsmann and Luis Enrique after the club started the process of finding the permanent successor to Graham Potter.
Rafael Nadal has announced his withdrawal from next week's Monte Carlo Masters, in a move which will add to fears that he has reached a physical tipping point.
Premiership Rugby's losses nearly doubled to £36m last year in another sign of the economic turbulence in English rugby.

Douglas Park has stepped down as Rangers chairman with John Bennett replacing him.

Michael Beale fears a ban on away fans for Saturday's Old Firm clash will heap huge pressure on derby referee Kevin Clancy.
Crystal Palace are set to move for Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos in the summer.

Chelsea have made contact with former Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann, 35, and ex-Spain manager Luis Enrique, 52, over becoming the club's new manager. (Telegraph - subscription required)

However, Chelsea could appoint their former midfielder and manager Frank Lampard as caretaker boss until the end of the season after he was seen in the stands watching Tuesday's draw with Liverpool. (Sun)

Brighton's Italian boss Roberto de Zerbi, 43, is not being considered as a potential manager for Chelsea following the sacking of his Seagulls predecessor Graham Potter. (Athletic - subscription required)

Having been sacked by Chelsea, Englishman Potter, 47, is a candidate to become the next West Ham boss with the club set to consider the future of current manager, Scot David Moyes, 59, in the summer. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Both De Zerbi and Nagelsmann have indicated they are not interested in the vacant Tottenham manager job. (90min)

Former Crystal Palace manager, Frenchman Patrick Vieira, 46, could become Nottingham Forest's manager if the club decide to sack 43-year-old Englishman Steve Cooper. (Mail)

Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 35, is unlikely to reach an agreement with Paris St-Germain to extend his stay at the club. (ESPN)

Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal have made an official offer to Messi worth more than 400m euros (£350m) a year. (Fabrizio Romano)

Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham have expressed an interest in activating the £40m release clause of Napoli's South Korea defender Kim Min-jae, 26. (Mail)

Southampton's England midfielder James Ward-Prowse, 28, is a summer target for Manchester United. (Football Insider)

Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Everton, Wolves, Burnley and Middlesbrough are considering a move for Rangers' Colombia striker Alfredo Morelos, 26. (Teamtalk)

Liverpool have switched their attention to Brighton and Ecuador midfielder Moises Caicedo, 21, after Wolves removed a clause from Portugal midfielder Matheus Nunes' contract that would have allowed the 24-year-old to join the Reds for £44m this summer. (Mirror)

Wolves are preparing to make a move for Real Madrid and Spain midfielder Dani Ceballos, with the 26-year-old out of contract this summer. (90min)

Ajax are keen to bring Manchester United and Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek, 25, back to the club this summer. (Football Insider)

Serbia forward Dusan Vlahovic, 23, would be open to joining Arsenal this summer, having rejected the Gunners for Juventus last January. (FourFourTwo)

Liverpool will allow Guinea midfielder Naby Keita, 28, to leave the club on a free transfer this summer. (Fabrizio Romano)

Sampdoria will not make their loan deal for Tottenham and England midfielder Harry Winks, 27, permanent because of financial problems at the club. (Sun)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Thursday 6 April 2023 08:49, UK

On Back Pages, Craig Hope says Frank Lampard must feel like he's won the lottery if he is to become Chelsea caretaker manager, while Charlotte Duncker feels it could be the stability the club needs


Chelsea are considering a discussion with Antonio Conte, in what would be another sensational development in their managerial search.
Chelsea's co-sporting directors have met with the players to explain the club's strategy in their search for a new manager, according to interim boss Bruno Saltor.
Inter Miami are willing to offer Lionel Messi an equity stake in the club to convince him to join this summer, although the player's preference is to stay in Europe until the 2024 Copa America in order to try and win the Champions League one last time.
Leicester City are considering an experienced caretaker in order to stay in the Premier League, with former manager Martin O'Neill and Rafa Benitez among the names discussed.

Luis Enrique is ready to manage Chelsea after talks with chairman Todd Boehly - with Frank Lampard set to fill in until the end of the season.
Manchester United will invite potential bidders to more talks in the coming days - and insist a sale is still possible.
Wolves' Daniel Podence could face a six-match ban for allegedly spitting at Nottingham Forest's Brennan Johnson after the FA confirmed he has been charged.
Barcelona fans chanted Lionel Messi's name in the 10th minute of their El Clasico clash with Real Madrid.
Robert Lewandowski has revealed he laughed at Jurgen Klopp when the Liverpool boss made a cheeky transfer offer.
Jamie Redknapp says he wouldn't be surprised if Chelsea appointed his cousin Frank Lampard as caretaker manager, stating no-one knows the club better than him

Zinedine Zidane will not become the next Chelsea or Tottenham manager because of his lack of English, according to Emmanuel Petit.

The FA has admitted to an error of judgment after deleting a tweet that compared leading Women's Super League players to Barbie dolls.
Erling Haaland is set to be available for Manchester City's match against Southampton on Saturday after he returned to training on Wednesday.

Liverpool 'keeper Alisson has spoken out on his fiery argument with Jordan Henderson during the goalless draw with Chelsea, insisting it's all water under the bridge.
Arsenal are stepping up efforts to sign Eintracht Frankfurt defensive midfielder Djibril Sow in the summer transfer window for a fee in the region of £13m.

Ajax's Dutch Cup semi-final against Feyenoord was suspended for almost half an hour after midfielder Davy Klaassen was struck in the head by an object from the crowd at De Kuip.
Erling Haaland has returned to training after the Manchester City striker recovered from a groin injury.
A gambling company with close ties to many Premier League shirt sponsors has been issued with a fine of more than £300,000 by the UK gambling operator.

The Glazer family are planning to delve deeper into offers for Manchester United as they invite the leading bid contenders for negotiations in the coming days.
Tottenham are leading the chase to land James Maddison, with the England midfielder looking an increasingly likely departure from Leicester City this summer.
Brentford goalkeeper David Raya is now firmly on the radar of LaLiga's biggest clubs for a free transfer at the end of next season, which could complicate his next decision.
The Football Association has published which intermediaries were involved in transfers in the last two windows, with Unique Sports Group (USG) the leading agency for transactions across the divisions.
Harold Varner III has unleashed a remarkable attack against his fellow LIV players, saying "they're growing their pockets, not growing the game".
Maro Itoje has urged Premiership Rugby to "make it more attractive" for clubs to keep hold of their England players, with the Saracens lock understood to be considering a lucrative move overseas after the World Cup.

The Premier League has stepped up its attempts to crack down on tragedy chanting after a marked increase in incidents.

Bologna could return to raid the Scottish Premiership yet again after being linked with Josh Campbell and a pair of Aberdeen leading lights.
Kilmarnock kid Ben Brannan is set to get the chance to win a dream move to Tottenham.

Chelsea are considering holding talks with former boss Antonio Conte over the vacant manager's role. (Independent)

Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso has emerged as a contender for the Chelsea job following Graham Potter's sacking. (Guardian)

Leicester are set to demand about £50m for 26-year-old England midfielder James Maddison, with Tottenham favourites to sign him.(Telegraph - subscription)

Tottenham are interested in Atletico Madrid's 28-year-old Argentina midfielder Rodrigo de Paul. (Inter Live - in Italian)

Inter Miami are willing to offer Paris St-Germain's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 35, an equity stake in the club to convince him to join this summer. (Independent)

Arsenal have opened talks with Leicester's 25-year-old Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans, who has also attracted interest from Newcastle United and Barcelona. (Football Insider)

Arsenal view Brighton manager Roberto de Zerbi as a possible replacement if Mikel Arteta leaves for Real Madrid. (Mirror)

Chelsea have started negotiations with France midfielder N'Golo Kante, 32, over a new contract. (Fabrizio Romano)

Leicester are considering an experienced caretaker manager such as Martin O'Neill or Rafael Benitez as Brendan Rodgers' replacement until the end of the season. (Independent)

Leicester have identified Graham Potter, recently sacked by Chelsea, and Brentford manager Thomas Frank as summer targets, with ex-Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl and former Leeds manager Jesse Marsch also under consideration. (Sky Sports)

Former Borussia Monchengladbach manager Adi Hutter could also be an option for Leicester. (Mail)

Leicester are favourites to sign Valencia's 22-year-old Georgia goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili. (Fabrizio Romano)

Burnley want to sign Ajax's 20-year-old Dutch winger Sontje Hansen this summer. (Football Insider)

Arsenal are in negotiations with the representatives of 23-year-old English forward Reiss Nelson about a contract extension. (Fabrizio Romano)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Friday 7 April 2023 08:04, UK

The Guardian's Jonathan Liew and The Athletic's David Ornstein discuss what success would look like for Frank Lampard in his return to Chelsea, taking temporary charge of the club until the end of the season

Ollie Watkins is in talks with Aston Villa over a new contract as his superb form in front of goal has the club dreaming of European football.
Ollie Watkins broke an Aston Villa club record as he became the first player to score in five consecutive games for the club
Christian Eriksen has returned to first-team training after being out injured since late January.
Bayern Munich loanee Joao Cancelo admitted he doesn't have a 'very simple personality' as he reassured fans of the Bundesliga giants that they could still 'count on' the Portuguese defender despite an uneven start in Germany.
Tottenham's club record signing Tanguy Ndombele has claimed he had 'no choice' but to leave after being told he had fallen down the pecking order by former boss Antonio Conte.

Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara is ready to make his comeback for this weekend's visit of Arsenal.

Arsenal could target Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi if Real Madrid poach Mikel Arteta this summer.
Chelsea have reportedly sounded out Jose Mourinho over a sensational third stint in charge of the club.

The British government considered the possible failure of the takeover of Newcastle United to be an "immediate risk" to the United Kingdom's relationship with Saudi Arabia.
The Guardian's Jonathan Liew and The Athletic's David Ornstein discuss what success would look like for Frank Lampard in his return to Chelsea, taking temporary charge of the club until the end of the season
Kylian Mbappe has criticised Paris Saint Germain for not gaining his permission to use an interview with him in a video promoting season tickets for the 2023-24 campaign, adding that the club are not "Kylian Saint Germain".

Manchester United have been handed positive news about Luke Shaw's condition after being forced off in Wednesday's 1-0 win against Brentford.
Marcel Sabitzer 'can imagine joining' Manchester United on a permanent basis this summer in a welcome boost for Erik ten Hag.

Gregor Townsend is set to be offered a two-year contract extension that will keep the Scotland head coach in charge until 2025.

Manchester United are reportedly locked in a three-way battle for the signature of Jeremie Frimpong in the summer transfer window.
Aberdeen striker Luis 'Duk' Lopes has caused a potential stir amongst the Pittodrie faithful after claiming that he only moved to the Scottish Premiership side in a bid to 'springboard' a move to England.
Anthony Stewart says he was told he had to leave Aberdeen in the final hours of the transfer window despite having no desire to leave Pittodrie.
Ryan Gauld has admitted he would consider a Canada call-up after failing to make the breakthrough for Scotland.

Rangers are one of a number of top European clubs who have sent scouts to watch emerging MLS star Brandon Vazquez in action.

Chelsea have contacted former manager and current Roma boss Jose Mourinho about returning for a third spell in charge at Stamford Bridge. (Relevo - in Spanish)

Mourinho has also received a 120m euros (£105m) offer to coach in Saudi Arabia for two years. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Chelsea are eyeing a summer move for Portugal and Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos, 21. (Football Insider)

Inter Milan want to tie Italy centre-back Alessandro Bastoni, 23, down to a new contract amid interest from Manchester City. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Barcelona are confident they can sign Portugal full-back Joao Cancelo from Manchester City this summer. The 28-year-old is currently on loan at Bayern Munich. (Sport - in Spanish)

Manchester United have been in talks for weeks over signing Jeremie Frimpong from Bayer Leverkusen, who will want 50m euros (£43.9m) for the Dutch full-back, 22. (Bild - in German)

Barcelona and Bayern Munich have followed Manchester United in meeting with Frimpong's agent over a potential move from Bayer Leverkusen this summer. (Fabrizio Romano)

AC Milan have reached an agreement with Rafael Leao over a new contract for the Portugal forward, 23. (Relevo - in Spanish)

Arsenal have made West Ham's 24-year-old England midfielder Declan Rice their prime target this summer after cooling their interest in Leicester's Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans,25. (Football London)

Arsenal could also make a summer move for Feyenoord's Turkey midfielder Orkun Kokcu, 22. (Express)

West Ham boss David Moyes will remain in charge for Saturday's game against Fulham despite Wednesday's 5-1 home defeat by Newcastle. (Sky Sports)

France forward Kylian Mbappe, 24, features prominently in Paris St-Germain's video to promote season-ticket renewals for 2023-24 but there is no mention of Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 35, or Brazil forward Neymar, 31. (Le Parisien - in French)

Austria midfielder Marcel Sabitzer, 29, would consider making his loan move from Bayern Munich to Manchester United a permanent deal. (Sky Sport)

Arsenal are stepping up their efforts to sign Switzerland midfielder Djibril Sow, 26, from Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer. (Mirror)

West Ham and England winger Jarrod Bowen, 26, is wanted by Newcastle. (Talksport)

Leeds United will look to sign on-loan United States midfielder Weston McKennie, 24, permanently from Juventus if they avoid relegation from the Premier League. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Turkish club Altay SK say that Manchester City, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla have made offers for their Turkish defender Efe Sarikaya, 17. (Sport - in Spanish)

Valencia's Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 36, says he is not thinking about retiring. (AS - in Spanish)

Tottenham have taken Scottish defender Ben Brannan, 16, on trial from Kilmarnock before a potential move. (Football Insider)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Saturday 8 April 2023 00:01, UK


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been included on the shortlist for the vacant manager's job at Club Brugge.
Manchester City's stadium is set to be named as a host venue, ahead of Old Trafford, for the British and Irish bid for Euro 2028.
Gareth Southgate, Jose Mourinho, Rio Ferdinand and Zinedine Zidane are to be members of a new UEFA advisory board of elite coaches and former players which will aim to tackle issues around the laws of the game, refereeing and the football calendar.

Jesse Marsch has emerged as favourite for the Leicester City job after holding talks with King Power Stadium bosses.
Burnley's Johann Gudmundsson was struck on the head by a missile thrown by a spectator during the Clarets' 2-1 Championship win at Middlesbrough.

Guus Hiddink has backed Frank Lampard to get the Chelsea head coach job permanently.
Kyle Walker faces a battle for a regular starting place in the system Pep Guardiola is using to defend the Premier League title, which could spark interest in the Manchester City defender

Billions of pounds from the sale of Chelsea are still yet to be transferred to a foundation being established to provide Ukraine with aid, nearly a year on from the club's takeover.
John Terry has clashed with a Chelsea supporter online after he was told he should not be given a role as part of Frank Lampard's coaching team.
Arsenal forward Reiss Nelson is facing a criminal trial in September after his dog allegedly attacked a masseur in his north London home.
Pep Guardiola has cast doubt over how much Kyle Walker will be involved for the remainder of Manchester City's bid for three trophies.
Liverpool star Thiago Alcantara is reportedly on Barcelona's five-man midfielder shortlist ahead of this summer as the LaLiga giants look to revamp their engine room.

A new study has found 70 per cent of women saw girls drop out of sport when they were at school due to clothing and related body image concerns, with many left feeling "sexualised" by what they were forced to wear.

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi gave the club's stars a dressing down at their training session on Friday amid a dreadful run of results.
Andy Carroll has revealed he was the target of online abuse during his time at Liverpool and claimed he had to stay "positive" when his mental health was tumbling.
Former Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be handed a return to the dugout by Belgian giants Club Brugge.

Paris St-Germain have stepped up their interest in signing England midfielder Jude Bellingham, 19, from Borussia Dortmund this summer. (SER Deportivos via AS - in Spanish)

PSG are set to rekindle their interest in Chelsea's 30-year-old Morocco winger Hakim Ziyech. (Football Insider)

Carlo Ancelotti will be considered by Chelsea for a second spell as manager if he leaves Real Madrid at the end of the season. (ESPN)

Fiorentina are willing to listen to offers for 26-year-old Morocco midfielder Sofyan Amrabat this summer, and Manchester United made an offer in January, says his agent. (Sport - in Spanish)

Former Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been included on the shortlist for the manager's job vacated by Scott Parker at Club Bruges. (Times - subscription)

Paris St-Germain have dashed Real Madrid's hopes of signing 24-year-old France forward Kylian Mbappe this summer by declaring they will not sell him before 2024. (Sport - in Spanish)

Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 32, has played enough games to activate a one-year contract extension at Nice, but they are in talks over a longer deal. (L'Equipe - in French)

AC Milan will not offer a new contract to 41-year-old Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. (FootMercato - in French)

Manchester City's Etihad Stadium has been chosen ahead of Old Trafford as one of 10 stadiums to form part of a British and Irish bid to host Euro 2028. (Times - subscription)

Aston Villa are in talks with England striker Ollie Watkins, 27, over a new contract following his fine recent form. (Mail)

Feyenoord coach Arne Slot is an outside contender to land the Tottenham job this summer, months after rejecting a lucrative approach from Leeds. (Express)

Former England manager Sam Allardyce has emerged as a surprise contender to take charge at Leicester City.(Football Insider)

Former Leeds boss Jesse Marsch has held talks with Leicester over their managerial vacancy. (The Athletic)

Newcastle United are interested in signing Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans, 25, when his Leicester contract expires this summer. (Football Insider)

Marcelo Bielsa, Jesse Marsh's predecessor at Leeds, has agreed to become coach of Uruguay.(TyC Sports)

Mateo Retegui, who is on loan at Tigre from Argentine rivals Boca Juniors, says his next club will be in Europe after scoring on his Italy debut against England. Eintracht Frankfurt and Inter Milan want to sign the 23-year-old striker. (Fabrizio Romano)

Luis Campos should keep his job as Paris St-Germain's football advisor this summer, even if coach Christophe Galtier is sacked. (L'Equipe - in French)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Saturday 8 April 2023 23:13, UK



Newcastle and West Ham are leading the race to sign Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha, who is set to become a free agent at the end of the season.

Prince George cut an excited figure in the crowd after going to watch Aston Villa's win against Nottingham Forest with his father William.
Manchester United legend Bryan Robson was involved in a car crash on Saturday while heading to watch his old club's victory over Everton.
Brentford and Brighton are the Premier League's biggest overachievers, looking at wages per point gained this season.
TV star James Corden played a surprise role in the shock appointment of Frank Lampard at Chelsea.
Former Chelsea stars Frank Leboeuf and Mario Melchiot fear for Blues goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga's future at the club.

Alvaro Arbeloa has leapfrogged Raul as a serious contender to succeed Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid... but the former defender could be made No 2 alongside Jose Mourinho in a move that could split supporters down the middle
Frustrated Erik ten Hag admitted Marcus Rashford's suspected groin injury "doesn't look well" after the Manchester United forward limped off late on during their win over Everton
Carlo Ancelotti expects experienced trio Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos to remain at Real Madrid despite their contracts expiring this summer
Real Madrid wonderkid Endrick has hit out at media criticism in Brazil after the 16-year-old's recent goal drought for Palmeiras lasted 14 games

Arsenal have reportedly made contact with Porto star Pepe ahead of the summer transfer window.
Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit wants his former club to sign Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins.

Manchester United, Tottenham, Brighton, Leicester, West Ham and Brentford were in Rotterdam for Feyenoord's KNVB Cup semi-final with Ajax to watch highly-rated Feyenoord pair Orkun Kokcu and Santiago Gimenez.
Bernd Leno has claimed Arsenal's 'All or Nothing' documentary was not an accurate representation of what was going on at the club.
The son of former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs has seen his hopes of landing a professional contract dampened after a trial with Sheffield United due to the club's transfer embargo.
Leicester City have agreed a long-term deal to make Jesse Marsch their new manager.
James Maddison has removed his Twitter account following Leicester City's 1-0 defeat against Bournemouth in Saturday afternoon's relegation six-pointer at the King Power Stadium.

Liverpool are preparing for a summer rebuild, with Real Madrid's France midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, 23, high on their agenda. (El Nacional - in Catalan)

Newcastle and West Ham are the frontrunners to sign Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha, 30, on a free transfer when his Crystal Palace contract expires this summer. (Star Sunday)

Newcastle have also been long-term admirers of Scott McTominay but Manchester United want at least £50m for the Scotland midfielder, 26. (Star Sunday)

Victor Osimhen has emerged as a target for Manchester United and Chelsea this season but the Nigeria striker, 24, says he is happy at Napoli. (France Football, via L'Equipe)

Manchester United's hopes of signing Harry Kane this summer have been boosted by Bayern Munich's reluctance to get involved in a bidding war, with Tottenham set to demand at least £100m for the England striker, 29. (Sunday Mirror)

Arsenal are interested in signing Wolfsburg's Germany full-back Ridle Baku, 25, but will face competition from Chelsea and Villarreal. (Caught Offside)

Former Leeds boss Jesse Marsch has agreed a long-term contract to take over as Leicester City manager having turned down Southampton in February as they only offered him a deal to the end of the season. (Sunday Telegraph - subscription required)

Scouts from Manchester United, Tottenham, Brighton, Leicester, West Ham and Brentford watched Turkey midfielder Orkun Kokcu, 22, and Mexico forward Santiago Gimenez, 21, in action for Feyenoord against Ajax last week. (Sunday Mirror)

Paris St-Germain are still hopeful of agreeing a new deal with Argentina striker Lionel Messi, 35, despite interest from his former club Barcelona. (Sport - in Spanish)

Premier League executives are discussing plans to broadcast live matches via its own platform rather than through broadcast partners such as Sky Sports and BT Sport. (Sunday Mirror)

Ex-Chelsea and Brighton boss Graham Potter wants to become the next Southampton manager, if they remain in the Premier League. (Football Insider)

Barcelona are open to offers for Spain midfielder Ansu Fati, 20, Brazil winger Raphinha, 26, and Spain forward Ferran Torres, 23. (Sport - in Spanish)

Aston Villa are planning to break their transfer record again this summer with another "huge" spending spree. (Football Insider)

Liverpool and Chelsea will try to sign Argentina midfielder Alexis Mac Allister, 24, from Brighton this summer. (Relevo - in Spanish)

Crystal Palace are looking at Sunderland's English winger Jack Clarke, 22, as a potential replacement for Wilfried Zaha. (Sun on Sunday)

Barcelona's talks with Ousmane Dembele over a new contract have stopped as they are unable to offer the France winger, 25, a pay rise. (Sport - in Spanish)

Barca are monitoring the progress of Turkey midfielder Arda Guler, 18, at Fenerbahce. (Relevo - in Spanish)

Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal are working to sign former Spain defender Sergio Ramos as a free agent when the 37-year-old's contract with Paris St-Germain expires this summer. (Nicolo Schira)

Watford's English left-back Harry Amass, 16, is set to join Manchester United despite interest from Chelsea and Manchester City. (Football Transfers)

West Ham will look to appoint Rafael Benitez as their new manager if they choose to sack David Moyes before the end of the season. (Football Insider)
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Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Monday 10 April 2023 07:45, UK


Erik ten Hag will target a central midfielder for Manchester United’s squad this summer, with Brighton pair Moises Caicedo and Alexis Mac Allister among the shortlist of players considered as potential signings.

Brentford have reportedly slapped a £35m price tag on goalkeeper David Raya amid interest from several Premier League sides.

Liverpool are 'preparing a £70m offer' for Real Madrid midfielder Aurelian Tchouameni.
Lionel Messi 'is hoping to hear from Barcelona president Joan Laporta' over a sensational Nou Camp return this summer.
Dele Alli's season is over after the Everton midfielder, who has been on loan at Besiktas, picked up a hip muscle injury which will rule him out for up to 10 weeks.
Villarreal's Alex Baena has decided to press charges against Real Madrid's Fede Valverde after the Uruguay midfielder punched him in the face as he was boarding the team bus after the two sides met on Saturday night.
Charles Leclerc has pleaded with fans to stop gathering outside his place of residence after his home address was recently leaked to the public.

Manchester United will learn the full extent of Marcus Rashford's injury on Monday - but he is likely to be absent from Thursday's Europa League quarter-final first leg at Old Trafford against Sevilla.
Chelsea and Liverpool are set to target Inter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella, with the Italian club prepared to sell for £44m, according to reports.
Manchester City's 19-year-old midfielder Kian Breckin - the son of former Nottingham Forest centre-back Ian - is being watched by Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Southampton.
Actor Ryan Reynolds has bought a £1.5m pad near Wrexham after snapping up the town's football club.

Manchester United have been handed a major boost in their hopes of signing Ansu Fati, with Barcelona ready to sell the attacker.

Jofra Archer has given the England management an injury scare after suffering "discomfort" in his troublesome right elbow.

Rangers remain adamant they are a match for runaway leaders Celtic, with captain James Tavernier insisting their Parkhead display proved they can win the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park later this month.

Former Leeds manager Jesse Marsch has decided not to take the Leicester City job despite being close to reaching a final agreement. (Telegraph - subscription)

AC Milan have added England Under-21 striker Folarin Balogun, who is on loan at Reims from Arsenal, to their list of summer targets, although they expect the Gunners to ask for more than 30m euros (£26.5m) for the 21-year-old. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Tottenham have registered an interest in signing Morocco winger Hakim Ziyech, 30, from Chelsea this summer. (Football Insider)

Manchester United are keeping tabs on Celta Vigo's Spanish midfielder Gabri Veiga, 20, before a potential summer move. (Football Insider)

Manchester United have also put Brighton's Ecuador midfielder Moises Caicedo, 21, and Argentina midfielder Alexis Mac Allister, 24, on their transfer shortlist. (Telegraph - subscription)

Former France striker Karim Benzema, 35, wants to stay at Real Madrid for at least one more season after turning down an offer from Saudi Arabia. (Marca - in Spanish)

Chelsea and Liverpool are set to target 26-year-old Italy midfielder Nicolo Barella, with Inter Milan prepared to sell him for £44m. (Calciomercato via Sun)

Manchester United have had positive talks with Monaco over the signing of 25-year-old France defender Axel Disasi. (Give Me Sport)

Manchester United could turn their attention towards signing Bayern Munich's France defender Benjamin Pavard, 27, if Bayern beat United to the signing of Bayer Leverkusen's Netherlands defender Jeremie Frimpong, 22, this summer. (Football Insider)

Spain goalkeeper David Raya, 27, will not sign a new deal at Brentford, who are set to ask for 40m euros (£35.4m) to sell him this summer. (Fabrizio Romano)

Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 30, is exploring options for an Aston Villa exit, with a return to Inter Milan possible. (InterLive via Sports Witness)

Everton have yet to make a decision on the long-term future of 30-year-old England centre-back Conor Coady, who is on loan from Wolves. (Liverpool Echo)

Bologna are competing with Leicester City to sign Birmingham City's 18-year-old Wales midfielder Jordan James. (Sun)

France midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 28, says he is still waiting to discuss a new contract with Juventus. His current deal is set to expire this summer. (Fabrizio Romano)

Borussia Dortmund's 33-year-old Germany winger Marco Reus, whose contract expires this summer, is set to sign a new deal for next season despite having to take a pay cut. (Bild - in German)

Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez wants former Spain midfielder Sergio Busquets to stay for at least one more season before joining an MLS club. (Goal)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Tuesday 11 April 2023 08:40, UK


Manchester United are preparing for a summer clearout with up to 13 players set to leave Old Trafford this summer.
Liverpool have joined West Ham and Wolves in the hunt for Bristol City midfielder Alex Scott.
Brighton are interested in signing Arsenal winger Reiss Nelson.
Brighton are also hopeful of agreeing a new contract with boy wonder Evan Ferguson.
Leeds United have joined Borussia Dortmund interest in Manchester City prospect Shea Charles.
Chelsea and Crystal Palace are the latest clubs to post interest in Gambia striker Adama Bojang.
Chelsea are keen to open talks with Atletico Madrid about making Joao Felix's move permanent, according to a new report.
Barcelona sporting director Jordi Cruyff is attracting interest from Premier League sides as he considers his future at the club.
Lionel Messi's father and agent Jorge met with Barcelona president Joan Laporta last month amid ongoing speculation over the 35-year-old's future in Paris.
Scotland have been lined up for a glamorous international friendly against World Cup finalists France - four days after taking on Spain in a crunch Euro 2024 qualifier.

Bidders in the race for Manchester United have grown frustrated over the Glazer family's lack of updates.

Leeds United must pay Jean-Kevin Augustin £24.5m after being found to have breached their former player's contract.
Villarreal's Alex Baena has revealed his family have received death threats after he was allegedly attacked by Real Madrid's Federico Valverde.
Fulham will take part in an expected Premier League pre-season tournament that will involve six clubs and take place in the United States.

Paul Ince is facing the sack as Reading manager as the club battle to avoid relegation to League One.

Wolves are still working on a long-term deal for contract rebel Ruben Neves.
Newcastle United are speaking to architects about expanding St James' Park.
Manchester United are interested in signing Celta Vigo starlet Gabri Veiga, according to reports.
AC Milan are targeting a summer move for Arsenal's Folarin Balogun, reports in Italy say.
Hakim Ziyech is a reported summer transfer target for Tottenham.
Crystal Palace are preparing to spend big in the summer to reboot their long-term plan after sacking Patrick Vieira.

Former Tottenham winger Darren Anderton has backed his old club to appoint Brendan Rodgers as their new head coach this summer.

The owner of relegation-threatened Southampton faces having to pay back a £110m loan, money he used to buy the club last year, by the end of 2024.
Arsenal are open to selling Folarin Balogun as he does not want to return to the club as fourth-choice forward in the summer.

Ange Postecoglou has shut down long-term injury fears surrounding Reo Hatate and insisted the playmaker will be back for Celtic's bid to create more magic in the Premiership run-in.
Steven Fletcher is adamant Dundee United are finally fit for survival thanks to a second 'pre-season' under Jim Goodwin.

Aston Villa are interested in signing England midfielder Kalvin Phillips, 27, from Manchester City.(Football Insider)

England defender Ben Chilwell, 26, is set to sign a new four-year contract at Chelsea. (Athletic - subscription)

Lionel Messi's father and agent Jorge has met with Barcelona, but no transfer proposal was offered for the 35-year-old Paris St-Germain and Argentina forward. (Cadena Ser via Mirror)

Germany winger Marco Reus, 33, will take a pay cut to sign a new deal at Borussia Dortmund.(Bild - in German)

West Ham are monitoring Manchester United's English defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 25, with the prospect of a summer move. (Football Insider)

Arsenal are open to selling England Under-21 forward Folarin Balogun this summer. The 21-year-old is currently on loan at Reims. (Times - subscription)

Arsenal and Chelsea are among the clubs interested in a move for Wolfsburg's 25-year-old Germany right-back Ridle Baku. (Bild - in German)

Chelsea hope to keep 23-year-old Portugal forward Joao Felix, who joined on loan from Atletico Madrid in January, for next season. (Fabrizio Romano)

Newcastle United want to sign Watford's 21-year-old Brazilian forward Joao Pedro in the summer. (Football Insider)

Brighton are hopeful of agreeing a new contract with 18-year-old Republic of Ireland forward Evan Ferguson, despite strong interest from Manchester United and Tottenham. (Mail)

Brighton are interested in signing Arsenal's 23-year-old English winger Reiss Nelson, whose contract expires at the end of the season. (Mail)

Liverpool want to sign Bristol City's English 19-year-old midfielder Alex Scott this summer, but West Ham and Wolves are also interested. (Mail)

Arsenal are monitoring Bayern Munich's 20-year-old Netherlands midfielder Ryan Gravenberch, who is also a target for Manchester United. (Sky Sports Germany via Mirror)

Leeds United have been ordered to pay £24.5m to former French striker Jean-Kevin Augustin, 25, after being found to have breached his contract. (Athletic)

Barcelona are ready to offer 19-year-old Spain defender Alejandro Balde a new contract, but Chelsea remain interested in signing him at the end of the season. (Sport via Football Transfers)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Wednesday 12 April 2023 07:52, UK

Liverpool 'concede defeat' in Bellingham pursuit

Real Madrid are favourites to sign Jude Bellingham after Liverpool ended their interest in the midfielder.
An independent regulator for football could be installed for the start of 2024-25 season, with a shadow regulator potentially in place for the start of next season.


Liverpool are drawing up a list of alternative targets to Jude Bellingham after deciding that the scale of their summer rebuild precludes a move for the England midfielder.
The number of football agents is expected to fall dramatically with the introduction of a new FIFA exam that requires applicants to study from a 528-page book
Tickets for Arsenal's final Premier League game of the season against Wolves are selling for £10,000.

Manchester United have received a transfer boost with Barcelona plotting to sell Ansu Fati, according to reports.
Richarlison is facing an RSPCA investigation over claims his dogs are a noisy nuisance.

Liverpool have dramatically decided to pull out of the race to sign prime target Jude Bellingham as they prioritise a significant squad rebuild instead.
Jorge Sampaoli has been sounded out about becoming Nottingham Forest manager, with the club mulling over whether to replace Steve Cooper before the end of the campaign.
Howard Webb has appointed a first-ever technical director at the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) as he continues his revamp of the organisation.
Russian tennis player Anastasia Potapova has vowed not to wear a Spartak Moscow shirt on court again, after she was criticised for doing so during Indian Wells.
Orange cards could be used by referees at this year's Rugby World Cup, in a bid to avoid controversies such as the wrongful dismissal of England full-back Freddie Steward in Dublin last month.

Liverpool have decided not to pursue a deal for Jude Bellingham this summer as the cost of signing the England international would restrict the planned overhaul of Jürgen Klopp's squad.
A pair of trainers worn by NBA star Michael Jordan have sold for $2.2m (£1.8m), setting a record price at auction for game-worn sports footwear, Sotheby's announced.

Liverpool sprang a major surprise on Tuesday night when they pulled out of the race to sign their top transfer target Jude Bellingham this summer.
Nottingham Forest have sacked sporting director Filippo Giraldi in another big move from owner Evangelos Marinakis.

Nottingham Forest are working on a deal to appoint Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson in a senior football role.
An online petition calling on the UK government to make chanting about tragedies at football matches a criminal offence has gained more than 15,000 signatures in the space of a week.
Brighton chief executive Paul Barber says bringing foreign referees into the Premier League to increase the pool of talent "has some attractions".
Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah has returned to training following a spell out with an ankle injury.
Fulham have announced an 18 per cent ticket price rise on adult season ticket renewals and introduced a new £3,000 ticket for the 2023-24 season.

Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to get into a verbal altercation as he left the pitch following Al-Nassr's side's 0-0 draw with Al Feiha
Al-Nassr have reportedly parted ways with head coach Rudi Garcia after holding 'secret talks' with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Scottish football has been warned it is running the risk of another referees' strike.
Hearts chief executive Andrew McKinlay has rubbished claims they hit the panic button by sacking Robbie Neilson - insisting the decision was not driven by the fan "boo-ometer".
Barcelona hero Robert Lewandowski hopes that Lionel Messi will end his spell in Paris Saint-Germain's star-studded side - begging the Argentine to return to the Nou Camp.

Dave King says he's rejected a whopping £25.3m offer for his stake in Rangers.
Alfredo Morelos has been told to swap Scottish football for a tilt at Turkey by fellow Colombian international Alexis Perez.

Chelsea have held talks with the agent of Spain midfielder Gavi, 18, over a free transfer move from Barcelona this summer. (AS - in Spanish)

Liverpool have made Chelsea's Mason Mount, 24, a priority midfield target this summer after ending their interest in signing England team-mate Jude Bellingham, 19, from Borussia Dortmund. (Football.London)

Bayern Munich are considering a bid for Napoli's 24-year-old Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen, who is open to a move to the Bundesliga side. (Sky Germany - in German)

Former River Plate boss Marcelo Gallardo is a contender for the permanent manager's job at Chelsea. (UOL - in Portuguese)

Nottingham Forest have sounded out Argentine manager Jorge Sampaoli as a replacement if Steve Cooper is sacked. (Mail)

Brighton want £80m to sell Ecuador midfielder Moises Caicedo, 21, to Manchester United this summer. (Football Insider)

The bidding process to buy Manchester United is to enter a third round, with owners the Glazers holding out for offers of about £6bn. (Mail)

Newcastle are among several Premier League clubs ready to make a move for 25-year-old English winger Harvey Barnes if Leicester are relegated. (Football Insider)

Leeds, Brentford and Borussia Dortmund want Manchester City's 19-year-old Northern Ireland midfielder Shea Charles. (Guardian)

Real Madrid are considering signing Brazil forward Roberto Firmino, 31, on a free transfer when his Liverpool contract expires at the end of the season. (El Nacional - in Spanish)

West Ham are considering Chelsea's Conor Gallagher, 23,and Manchester City's Kalvin Phillips, 27, as replacements for 24-year-old fellow England midfielder Declan Rice. (Standard)

French forward Hugo Ekitike, 20, who is on loan from Reims, wants to stay at Paris St-Germain despite struggling for game time this season. (Foot Mercato - in French)

Northern Ireland midfielder Isaac Price, 19, is close to signing a pre-contract agreement at Standard Liege after turning down a new deal at Everton.(Liverpool Echo)

Wolves are preparing a fresh contract offer for 26-year-old Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves, who has been linked with Arsenal and Manchester United. (Sun)

The agents of Valencia's Georgia goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili, 22, held talks with Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester United and Leicester last week. (90Min)

Arsenal want to sign Flamengo's 17-year-old Brazilian winger Matheus Goncalves. (Sun)

Nottingham Forest have held talks with Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson as they seek a replacement for Filippo Giraldi. (Athletic - subscription)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Thursday 13 April 2023 07:38, UK


Vincent Kompany is now Tottenham's No 1 target to replace Antonio Conte.
Manchester United and Manchester City will have to pay as much as £130m to land Jude Bellingham.
Chelsea have stepped up their pursuit of Gavi with Todd Boehly set to meet with his parents, according to reports.
Jordan Zemura has agreed to join Udinese this summer on a free transfer from Bournemouth.
Newcastle have reportedly joined the race to sign Declan Rice this summer.
Kepa Arrizabalaga was on the verge of joining Real Madrid before Zinedine Zidane blocked the transfer, according to reports.
Jose Mourinho is only prepared to leave Roma for two clubs - but will reportedly "push" for a return to Chelsea.
Manchester United bidder Thomas Zilliacus has pulled out of the club's "farcical" takeover saga.
Bayern Munich's Leroy Sane confirmed his family still lives in Manchester.

Sam Wallace of The Telegraph and David Ornstein from The Athletic discuss the future of Jude Bellingham, could Erling Haaland help convince him to sign for Manchester City?
Manchester City are willing to pay whatever it takes to sign Jude Bellingham as they face a straight shootout for the Borussia Dortmund midfielder with Real Madrid.
Tottenham Hotspur and Everton have agreed to hide branding while hosting matches at Euro 2028 if they finally strike naming rights deals for their stadiums.
Paris Saint-Germain coach Christophe Galtier has received death threats and he and his family have been placed under protection following alleged claims of racism made against him.

Real Madrid have made Jude Bellingham their top transfer target this summer after a meeting between senior figures at the club and representatives acting for the young England midfielder.
Former Tottenham forward Erik Lamela says he can understand why Spurs fans want Mauricio Pochettino back in charge of the club.
Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Crystal Palace are all keen on the Dutch manager Arne Slot, who has transformed Feyenoord into runaway Eredivisie leaders.
The legal tackle height in Scottish domestic rugby is to be lowered next season in a bid to reduce the number of head injuries.

Watford have held preliminary discussions with Francesco Farioli about succeeding current head coach Chris Wilder.
England will train at the Sunshine Coast Stadium in Queensland, Australia, which will be their first base camp at the Women's World Cup this summer.

Manchester United's move for Jude Bellingham - along with the rest of their summer transfer activity - is surrounded by uncertainty as the takeover saga continues.
Premier League clubs will vote on Thursday on a voluntary ban on front-of-shirt gambling sponsors, which are currently worth a combined £52m.
Harvey Barnes is losing his race to be fit for Dean Smith's first game as Leicester boss but could be in contention for the crucial clash with fellow strugglers Wolves on April 22.
Women's tennis will return to China after a four-year absence this autumn for the first time since the disappearance of Peng Shuai despite ongoing concerns over her freedom and safety.

Bravemansgame, the likely favourite for Thursday's Grade One Aintree Bowl Chase, was sensationally taken out of the feature race on the opening day of this year's Grand National meeting after a court order was made to prevent him running.
A pair of trainers worn by NBA star Michael Jordan have sold for $2.2m, setting a record price at auction for game-worn sports footwear, Sotheby's announced.

Arsenal lodged an enquiry for Chelsea icon N'Golo Kante as the France midfielder attempts to come to a decision over his future.
Al-Nassr manager Rudi Garcia has been given one game to save his job as their Saudi Pro League title challenge falls apart.
Gerard Pique reportedly helped persuade Barcelona to part company with Lionel Messi two years ago.
Luton will have to fork out around £10m to improve their stadium if they are promoted to the Premier League this season.
Steven Gerrard is happy to bide his time as he plots his return to top-level management.

Worried neighbours reported Tottenham Hotspur forward Richarlison to the RSPCA after growing concerned about the noise his dogs were making.
Manchester United have reportedly stepped up their efforts to sign Dani Olmo from RB Leipzig this summer.

Ian Maxwell has vowed that a Hampden upgrade is coming should the joint UK bid to host Euro 2028 be successful.

Hearts goalkeeper Craig Gordon is facing further surgery to help his recovery from his horrific double leg break.
Snooker legend John Higgins is extra motivated to win this year's World Championship - so he can meet Ange Postecoglou.

Burnley boss Vincent Kompany is Tottenham's number one target to replace Antonio Conte. (Sun)

Manchester City lead Real Madrid in the race to sign Borussia Dortmund's Jude Bellingham after Liverpool dropped out of contention to sign the 19-year-old England midfielder. (ESPN)

West Ham and England's Declan Rice, 24, Brighton's 21-year-old Ecuador international Moises Caicedo, Inter Milan and Italy's Nicolo Barella, 26, and Wolves and Portugal's 24-year-old Matheus Nunes remain on Liverpool's short-list for a new midfielder. (Florian Plettenberg)

Barcelona will step up their interest in Ilkay Gundogan after being impressed with the 32-year-old German midfielder's performance for Manchester City against Bayern Munich in the Champions League. (Sport - in Spanish)

Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United are monitoring Bayern Munich's 20-year-old Netherlands midfielder Ryan Gravenberch. (Footmercato - in French)

Tottenham, West Ham and Crystal Palace are all keen on Dutch manager Arne Slot, who has turned Feyenoord into runaway Eredivisie leaders. (Times - subscription required)

Arsenal are targeting a summer move for Crystal Palace and France Under-21 winger Michael Olise, with the 21-year-old valued at more than £40m. (Football Transfers)

Arsenal previously enquired about signing Chelsea and France midfielder N'Golo Kante, 32. (Le Parisien, via Mirror)

Fulham, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace are interested in Besiktas' Portugal midfielder Gedson Fernandes, 24. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Liverpool have sent scouts to watch Fulham midfielder Joao Palhinha on several occasions as they consider a summer move for the 27-year-old Portugal international. (Football Insider)

Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Monaco have shown interest in Crystal Palace and Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha, 30, with his contract expiring in the summer. (Footmercato - in French)

Leeds United have put a £40m price tag on 23-year-old French goalkeeper Illan Meslier. (Football Insider)

French 22-year-old right-back Sacha Boey - a former target for Crystal Palace - wants to leave Galatasaray, with a move to either the Premier League or Bundesliga his priority. (Foot Mercato - in French)

Former England defender Chris Smalling, 33, will sign a new two-year deal at Roma this week despite interest from Inter Milan, Juventus and a number of Premier League clubs. (i Sport)

Arsenal will demand £35m for 21-year-old English striker Folarin Balogun who is currently on loan at Reims and a target for RB Leipzig. (Florian Plettenberg)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Thursday 13 April 2023 22:48, UK


Chelsea have invited Julian Nagelsmann for face-to-face talks as they ramp up their search for a new manager.

Real Madrid have made Jude Bellingham their top transfer target this summer after a meeting between senior figures at the club and representatives acting for the England midfielder.
Vinny O'Connor explains why Liverpool have seemingly pulled out of the race to try to sign Jude Bellingham
Tottenham, West Ham and Crystal Palace are all keen on the Dutch manager Arne Slot, who has transformed Feyenoord into runaway Eredivisie leaders.
Angry Fulham fans have urged the owner Shahid Khan to reconsider a plan to charge as much as £3,000 for season tickets in the club's new Riverside Stand next season.
Tottenham and Brighton have been charged by the FA for failing to control their coaching staff during a touchline bust-up in the Premier League match on Saturday.

Newcastle are set to sign Republic of Ireland U19 goalkeeper Reece Byrne to their academy squad.
Former Real Madrid and Everton playmaker James Rodriguez has had his Olympiacos contract terminated.
Lyon have denied reports that American businesswoman Michele Kang is set to acquire a majority stake in the women's team.

Arsenal have made contact with N'Golo Kante about a potential move across London next season, according to reports.
Arsenal are said to be keeping tabs on pacey French winger Moussa Diaby as the north London club prepare to compete against Paris Saint-Germain and Newcastle in the upcoming transfer window.
The US are ready to make Folarin Balogun one of their poster boys if he opts to represent them at senior international level.
Real Madrid are ready to make a fresh bid to sign Reece James if Chelsea are forced to sell players this summer.
Liverpool are set to make a move for Bayern Munich's Ryan Gravenberch, according to reports, as Jurgen Klopp's side sets about rebuilding the midfield amid news that the club have dropped out of the race for Jude Bellingham.
Tottenham are the latest club to signal their interest in Barcelona's Ansu Fati - but the out-of-favour wonderkid is determined to stay at the Nou Camp, according to reports.

Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United are interested in Alexis Mac Allister, who would welcome a summer transfer and is expected to leave Brighton early in the window if conditions are met.

Bayern Munich are interested in signing Harry Kane this summer - but the England skipper wants to stay in the Premier League.
Sadio Mane was grieving the death of a close family member when he attacked Bayern Munich team-mate Leroy Sane after his team's Champions League thrashing at Manchester City.
Liverpool have already missed out on one of their alternative targets to Jude Bellingham, with Konrad Laimer set to join Bayern Munich instead.
Al Nassr have confirmed the exit of boss Rudi Garcia - who will be replaced by Dinko Jelicic - after Cristiano Ronaldo let the club know of his dissatisfaction with the French coach's approach.

Celtic and Rangers will not be forced to rip up multi-million pound sponsorship deals despite a move by the Premier League to ban bookies as shirt sponsors.
Rangers could be set to make a second attempt to lure Barcelona kid Pablo Torre to Ibrox, according to reports in Spain.

Bayern Munich are interested in signing England striker Harry Kane, 29, from Tottenham this summer - but Manchester United are favourites because the player wants to stay in the Premier League. (Mirror)

But German champions Bayern are ready to test Tottenham's resolve with a persuasive offer for England captain Kane. (Independent)

Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United are interested in signing Brighton's 24-year-old Argentina midfielder Alexis Mac Allister, who would welcome a summer transfer. (Guardian)

Real Madrid are ready to make a new bid to sign England defender Reece James, 23, if Chelsea are forced to sell players this summer. (Mail)

Former Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann, 35, has been invited to meet Chelsea's board as the club continues its search for a new permanent manager. Ex-Spain boss Luis Enrique, 52, has already held talks. (Bild - in German)

Barcelona expect Chelsea to make another attempt to sign Brazil winger Raphinha, 26, this summer. (Sport - in Spanish)

Leeds United's 23-year-old French goalkeeper Illan Meslier - who is a target for Chelsea - wants to quit the West Yorkshire club in the summer, even if they avoid relegation. (Football Insider)

Cristiano Ronaldo's Al-Nassr side are targeting Zinedine Zidane or Jose Mourinho as their next manager after the sacking of Rudi Garcia. (CBS Sports)

Liverpool and Manchester City are among several clubs monitoring Nice and France midfielder Khephren Thuram, 22. (Foot Mercato - in French)

France forward Kylian Mbappe, 24, says his next career goal is to win the Champions League with Paris St-Germain, despite coming close to leaving the club for Real Madrid last year. (90min)

Spain forward Ansu Fati, 20, wants to stay at Barcelona, despite interest from Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Tottenham. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Manchester City and Chelsea both sent scouts to watch Monaco's France defender Axel Disasi, 25, last weekend. (Le Parisien - in French)

Chelsea are confident of reaching an agreement with England midfielder Mason Mount, 24, over a new contract. (90min)

Fulham are considering a move for Porto's Colombia midfielder Mateus Uribe, 32, as a replacement for Portugal international Joao Palhinha, 27, who is a target for Manchester United. (Sun)

Crystal Palace and Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha, 30, will turn down offers from Saudi Arabian clubs as he wants to remain in European football. (Mail)

Nottingham Forest will launch a bid for Flamengo and Brazil striker Pedro, 25, if they avoid relegation from the Premier League. (Football Insider)

Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez, 31, is a free agent after agreeing to terminate his contract at Greek side Olympiacos. (Liverpool Echo)

English midfielder Adam Forshaw, 31, will leave Leeds United this summer. (Football Insider)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Saturday's newspapers:


Chelsea have scheduled a second transfer meeting to sign Barcelona midfielder Gavi this summer as the Catalan club look set to seal the signing of Ilkay Gundogan from Manchester City.

Chelsea are set to hold renewed talks with Mason Mount over a new contract, with the midfielder's current deal due to expire next year.


Manchester United are set to target Fulham's Joao Palhinha this summer, with the west Londoners already lining up Porto's Mateus Uribe as a replacement for their Portuguese star.

Eddie Howe has refused to rule out a Newcastle move for a player like Declan Rice after insisting they only want to sign "elite" talent this summer.

Bayern Munich star Leroy Sane reportedly asked club chiefs not to sack team-mate Sadio Mane - despite being punched by the Senegalese star in a furious row after their defeat to Manchester City.


Chelsea are set to sell eight players this summer in a massive clear-out.


Anthony Gordon has apologised to Eddie Howe in clear-the-air talks with the Newcastle manager after reacting angrily to being substituted.


Kalidou Koulibaly will miss the second leg of Chelsea's Champions League quarter-final tie against Real Madrid with a hamstring injury that will sideline him for several weeks.

Tino Livramento made his return to competitive action with the Southampton B side against Stoke in the Premier League 2 on Friday.

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Christophe Galtier has confirmed he will be taking legal action over claims he made racist or insulting remarks about Nice players while he was manager of the club last year.


Chelsea have held talks with Sporting's Ruben Amorim as they continue their search for their next permanent manager.


Christian Nerlinger has knocked back the chance to become Rangers' new sporting director.

Chelsea are prepared to make Barcelona and Spain midfielder Gavi one of the top earners in the Premier League in order to sign the 18-year-old. (AS - in Spanish)

The Blues are also confident they can win the race for Napoli and Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen, 24, even without Champions League football next season. (90min)

Liverpool have made Brighton's Argentina international Alexis Mac Allister, 24, their top midfield target this summer. (Football Insider)

Crystal Palace and Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha, 30, is set to reject a move to Saudi Arabia and remain in Europe once he becomes a free agent at the end of the season. (Evening Standard)

England striker Harry Kane, 29, will wait to reassess a new contract at Tottenham once the club has appointed a new manager, amid interest from Manchester United and Bayern Munich. (90min)

Manchester City and Liverpool are eyeing Chelsea's 20-year-old English defender Levi Colwill, who is currently on loan at Brighton. (Standard)

In addition to Colwill, Liverpool are also interested in Chelsea's England midfielders Conor Gallagher, 23, and Mason Mount, 24. (Football Insider)

But Chelsea are expected to make a final push to convince Mount to sign a new contract. (ESPN)

The Blues have held talks with Sporting Lisbon's Ruben Amorim, 38, as the club's search for a new permanent manager continues. (Guardian)

Manchester City are among a number of clubs monitoring Portsmouth's 16-year-old English wing-back Koby Mottoh. (Football Insider)

Barcelona are close to agreeing a deal with Manchester City captain and Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 32. (90min)

Chelsea could sell as many as nine first-team players in order to balance their finances, with United States forward Christian Pulisic, 24, among those that could leave. (Mirror)

Liverpool are among a number of clubs tracking Lyon and France Under-21 winger Bradley Barcola, 20. (Fabrizio Romano)

Roma are interested in signing 31-year-old Brazil forward Roberto Firmino when his contract with Liverpool expires this summer. (Nicolo Schira)

Roma are also considering signing Leicester City and England full-back James Justin, 25, on loan with an option to make the move permanent for a 20m euro (£17.7m) fee. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Fulham will set a £60m asking price for 27-year-old Portugal midfielder Joao Palhinha, who is a target for Manchester United. (Metro)

Manchester United and Manchester City are both interested in signing Inter Milan and Italy centre-back Alessandro Bastoni, 24, in the summer. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

The agent of Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 32, says the Germany international has no agreement with another club amid links to Barcelona. (AS, via Mirror)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012

Manchester City
are in pole position to sign 19-year-old England midfielder Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund this summer but want assurances that he wants to work with manager Pep Guardiola. (Sunday Mirror)

Brighton value Argentina midfielder Alexis Mac Allister at £60-70m but hope they could get more with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United keen on the 24-year-old. (Football Insider)

France midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, 23, is struggling for first-team football at Real Madrid but they will not listen to offers. (AS - in Spanish)

Barcelona manager Xavi does not think 18-year-old Spain midfielder Gavi would be happy at a different club after he was linked with a move to Chelsea. (90min)

Barcelona and Inter Milan have discussed a swap deal involving Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie, 26, leaving the Spanish club and Croatia midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, 30, moving in the opposite direction. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Chelsea have no intention of selling England Under-21 defender Levi Colwill, who is on loan at Brighton. The 20-year-old will be part of the first-team set-up at Stamford Bridge next season. (Independent)

Tottenham have opened talks with England defender Eric Dier, 29, about a new three-year deal until 2026 and want it finalised quickly regardless of who becomes the next manager. (Football Insider)

Austria midfielder Marcel Sabitzer's chances of a permanent move to Manchester United depend on Bayern Munich dropping their £25m asking price for the 29-year-old. (Sun)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will allow 31-year-old Cameroon centre-back Joel Matip to leave this summer. (Football Insider)

Liverpool have stepped up their interest in Bayern Munich's 20-year-old Netherlands midfielder Ryan Gravenberch. (Times - subscription)

Newcastle United will not offer 26-year-old French winger Allan Saint-Maximin a new contract and will listen to offers. (Teamtalk)

RB Leipzig are interested in 21-year-old Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun, who is impressing on loan at Reims, as a replacement for 25-year-old France forward Christopher Nkunku, who is set to join Chelsea in the summer. (Todofichajes - in Spanish)

Former Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira is top of Nottingham Forest's shortlist if they sack boss Steve Cooper. (Daily Star on Sunday)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Monday 17 April 2023 07:37, UK


Paris Saint-Germain, who are set to change manager again this summer, are among the big European clubs monitoring Arsenal's Mikel Arteta.
Luis Enrique was prepared to join Chelsea immediately and was left disappointed when Frank Lampard took charge on an interim basis, reports say.
Napoli hitman Victor Osimhen has dealt his suitors a blow by declaring that he's already at one of the biggest clubs.

Arsenal are running the risk of losing boss Mikel Arteta with talks over a new contract being put on ice for the time being.
Wrexham's celebrity status will increase again on Tuesday when UFC legend Conor McGregor puts his Forged Irish Stout on sale at the nearby Turf Hotel in aid of the Your Space autism charity backed by striker Paul Mullin.

Liverpool have been urged to sign Kalvin Phillips from Manchester City to help rebuild their midfield after the Reds ended their pursuit of Jude Bellingham.
Michael Olise is reportedly set to turn down a move to Arsenal as he has plans to stay at Crystal Palace next season.
Besiktas are reportedly lining up a move to bring Wout Weghorst back to the club in the summer - despite the Dutch forward leaving them midway through this season to join Manchester United.
Barcelona reportedly want to use their relationship with super-agent Jorge Mendes to sign Wolves midfielder Matheus Nunes, but expect a deal to be out of reach due to their financial constraints.
Newcastle United's owners remain in talks with a number of European clubs as they look to add an affiliate to their portfolio.
James McClean has called out the Football Association for once again failing to deal with anti-Irish abuse after he was subject to sectarian chants from home fans during their game at Wigan, which he highlighted to match official Thomas Bramall.
The publication of a report by barrister Katherine Newton into complaints of racism at Essex County Cricket Club has again been delayed amid reports that it will contain "bombshell" material implicating at least one well-known former player and coach.
Dillian Whyte does not believe Anthony Joshua's claim that he will not fight again until December and says he has been "doing some strange stuff" to try and create some mystery.

Chelsea have held a meeting with Julian Nagelsmann as the west London club aim to narrow down the shortlist of candidates to become their next permanent head coach.
Chelsea admire Vincent Kompany, who led Burnley back to the Premier League, and Palmeiras' Portuguese coach Abel Ferreira.

Trainer Sandy Thomson is blaming the protestors who delayed Saturday's Grand National at Aintree for the death of his horse Hill Sixteen, who "got very hot" and had to be re-saddled during the delays and then suffered a fatal fall at the first fence.

The former Premier League player arrested on suspicion of child sex offences is now exploring legal action after a two-year investigation by police failed to lead to any charges being laid.

Mick Kennedy, the manager who led minnows Darvel to a stunning Scottish Cup win over Aberdeen earlier this season, has left the club.
Tottenham are in pole position to sign highly-rated Kilmarnock teenager David Watson, with the possibility that he will spend time in London on trial, possibly as early as this week. Spurs are also interested in his 16-year-old team-mate Ben Brennan.
Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon warned players and staff that he was about to bring in "forensic computer IT guys" to try and find out the identity of the infamous "Lennoxtown Leaker" who was putting team news out 24 hours before their games.

Chelsea have met with former Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann as they continue the search for their next permanent boss following the sacking of Graham Potter. (Times - subscription required)

Former Spain boss Luis Enrique was disappointed not to be appointed Chelsea manager prior to the club's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Real Madrid, but is emerging as the favourite for the role because he could help in signing Barcelona's 18-year-old Spain midfielder Gavi. (AS - in Spanish)

Real Madrid want to take advantage of a clause in 22-year-old Manchester City striker Erling Haaland's contract to sign the Norway attacker in summer 2024. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Arsenal are targeting a move for 23-year-old Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic, with Everton's England forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin, 26, a back-up option if they fail to land the Serbian. (Football Insider)

England midfielder Jude Bellingham, 19, would rather stay at Borussia Dortmund and reassess his future in 2024 than make a move that is not right for him this summer. (Times - subscription required)

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler believes the Reds are right not to spend the majority of their transfer budget on Bellingham this summer as they need a major midfield overhaul. (Mirror)

RB Leipzig and AC Milan will compete to sign Arsenal and England Under-21 striker Folarin Balogun in the summer, with the 21-year-old impressing on his loan spell at Reims this season. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Napoli forward Victor Osimhen has been linked with Manchester United but the 24-year-old Nigeria international has appeared to suggest he is happy at the Italian club. (TG5, via Manchester Evening News)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is pushing to keep German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 32, and Portuguese playmaker Bernardo Silva, 28, at the club despite both players being linked with moves away from the club this summer. (Football Insider)

Besiktas want to re-sign Dutch striker Wout Weghorst with Manchester United unlikely to turn the 30-year-old's loan move from Burnley into a permanent switch. (Goal)

German midfielder Toni Kroos is set to continue at Real Madrid for another season, with the 33-year-old ready to accept a contract extension at the Spanish giants. (Marca)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Tuesday 18 April 2023 07:25, UK


Tottenham Hotspur are planning to make contact with Luis Enrique as the club step up their efforts to find a new permanent head coach and prepare for a potential battle with London rivals Chelsea.
Newcastle United's excellent season under Eddie Howe has helped persuade the club's owners to be more aggressive in their summer recruitment strategy, having initially planned to operate with a modest budget of just £20m topped up by player sales.
Todd Boehly delivered a pre-Real Madrid pep talk to Chelsea's players in the Stamford Bridge dressing-room after the latest demoralising defeat to Brighton on Saturday in which he labelled the club's plight as "embarrassing".

Barcelona are growing increasingly confident of signing Ilkay Gundogan, the Manchester City captain, on a free transfer.

Vincent Kompany is a contender for the Tottenham head coach's job - but Burnley are ready to offer their boss an improved deal to keep him at Turf Moor.
Manchester City will not stand in Aymeric Laporte's way if the defender wants to pursue a move elsewhere.
Manchester United co-chairmen Avram and Joel Glazer are reportedly growing increasingly confident of remaining in control of the club by securing outside investment.
Marseille have become the latest club to express an interest in Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha when he becomes a free agent this summer.
Chelsea will try and sell Conor Gallagher this summer with a number of Premier League and European clubs interested in the England midfielder.
Liverpool held a recruitment meeting last week in their Fitzrovia offices in London as they collate information on transfer targets. Talks are expected soon with Brighton's World Cup winner Alexis Mac Allister.
AC Milan are reportedly interested in signing Mason Greenwood amid increasing uncertainty over his Manchester United future.
Arsenal are optimistic Oleksandr Zinchenko will be back in their squad against Southampton on Friday night after his late injury-enforced withdrawal from the 2-2 draw at West Ham on Sunday.
Aston Villa are keen on signing Arsenal forward Reiss Nelson this summer, four years after he was blocked from leaving the Emirates while now Villa boss Unai Emery was in charge of the club. They will likely face competition for his signature from Brighton and West Ham.
Promoter George Warren claims Joe Joyce will still get "big fights" despite his shock defeat at the weekend against China's Zhilei Zhang.
Deontay Wilder's trainer Malik Scott says a clash with Anthony Joshua is the "only bout he wants" as he enters negotiations for a multi-fight deal in Saudi Arabia which could see them fight on the same card as Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk.

Bayern Munich will reportedly "do everything possible to axe Sadio Mane" after he was fined £260,000 for allegedly punching Leroy Sane.
Bayern Munich coach Thomas Tuchel defended Sadio Mane after the forward apologised for punching team-mate Leroy Sane, insisting 'everyone has the right to make a mistake'
Stoke City have confirmed defender Ben Wilmot suffered a broken back against West Brom on Saturday but will not require surgery on the injury.

Chelsea reportedly rejected the chance to make Luis Enrique their new manager immediately, instead preferring to hire Frank Lampard on an interim basis.
Inter Milan are considering moves for Borussia Monchengladbach striker Marcus Thuram and Liverpool's Roberto Firmino as they look for significantly lower-cost deals than one to make Romelu Lukaku's loan move from Chelsea permanent.
Sporting Lisbon are reportedly "furious" with defender Jerry St. Juste after he recently spoke out about interest coming from a leading Premier League club.

Nottingham Forest are lining up a move for former City Ground favourite Pierre van Hooijdonk's son Sydney, who has impressed in the Netherlands this season on loan at Heerenveen from Bologna with 16 goals in 31 games.
Bill Belichick's position as head coach of the New England Patriots could be under threat if the franchise repeats the struggles of last season, which saw them post a rare losing record in his 23rd season in charge.
The Mirror's chief football writer, John Cross questions if Javi Gracia can turn the negativity around at Leeds after two heavy home defeats from Liverpool and Crystal Palace

Istanbul could again miss out on hosting a Champions League final amid growing concerns this season's match could be disrupted by political unrest following the country's election a month earlier.

Aberdeen striker Duk has confirmed the Dons will be due to pay Benfica half of any transfer fee.
Jason Cummings is at the centre of a major transfer battle in India. That's after Mumbai City joined champions Mohun Bagan in a bidding war to sign the former Scotland striker.
Steven MacLean will get the chance to stake his claim to take over from Callum Davidson as St Johnstone manager, potentially staying in caretaker charge until the end of the season.

Aberdeen have renewed their interest in signing Go Ahead Eagles defender Jay Idzes, who they had hoped to bring to Pittodrie in January before then manager Jim Goodwin was dismissed.

West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice would prefer a summer move to Arsenal, with Newcastle also interested in the 24-year-old. (Talksport)

Rice is among several English options, including Leicester City midfielder James Maddison, 26, and Brentford forward Ivan Toney, 27, being considered by the Magpies as they target the arrival of four 'elite' players this summer. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Bayern Munich's 20-year-old Netherlands midfielder Ryan Gravenberch has told Liverpool he is open to a summer move to Anfield. (Mirror)

Barcelona are confident of signing Manchester City's Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 32, on a free transfer once his deal with the Premier League side ends in the summer. (Times - subscription required)

Tottenham are set to rival Chelsea for former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Former Spurs boss Antonio Conte could be set to join Roma next season, with their current manager Jose Mourinho tipped to take over French side Paris St-Germain. (Calciomercato, via Mirror)

Aston Villa, Everton and West Ham are all interested in Inter Milan's 28-year-old Argentine forward Joaquin Correa. (Sport Witness)

Chelsea will try to sell Conor Gallagher this summer with a number of Premier League and European clubs interested in the England midfielder, 23. (Mail)

Arsenal have offered Reiss Nelson, 23, a new contract but there remains doubt over his long-term future, with Aston Villa, Fulham, West Ham and Brighton among the teams interested in signing the English winger. (Mail)

West Ham are set to receive a fee of about £1.75m from Turkish club Besiktas for DR Congo left-back Arthur Masuaku, 29, after the obligation-to-buy clause in his loan agreement was triggered. (Football Insider)

Aston Villa have set their sights on a summer move for Manchester City's England right-back Kyle Walker, 32, who is out of contract in 2024. (Football Insider)

Chelsea are set to sign 15-year-old Columbian midfielder Kendry Paez, who will join the club in 2025 when he is 18, in a deal worth £17.6m. (Fabrizio Romano)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Wednesday 19 April 2023 07:26, UK


Todd Boehly is reportedly keen on keeping midfielder Mason Mount at Chelsea amid speculation surrounding his future.
Jurrien Timber could be set to leave Ajax this summer with his partner 'already house-hunting in Liverpool' according to surprise reports in Holland.
Marseille are unlikely to take up the option to sign Arsenal full-back Nuno Tavares in the summer with sources inside the Ligue 1 club questioning his professionalism.

Newcastle United are planning to make a big splash in the summer and are expected to spend heavily again under their new Saudi Arabian owners.
Crystal Palace would like Roy Hodgson to stay at the club and work with their next manager after guiding them to the brink of Premier League safety on his return to Selhurst Park.
The two chief European Super League rebels, and Spain's biggest clubs, have clashed anew in spectacular fashion, with Real Madrid accusing Barcelona of being the favourites of the country's fascist dictator General Francisco Franco, who died in power in 1975.
Eddie Hearn has confirmed discussions are taking place to hold a super-fight double header in Saudi Arabia that would feature Tyson Fury against Oleksandr Usyk plus Anthony Joshua against Deontay Wilder on the same card for £322m.
Saracens have emerged as a potential destination for Anthony Watson should the England wing opt to stay in the Premiership and continue his Test career next season.

Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al Thani remains confident he will succeed with his bid to buy Manchester United after it emerged that the Carlyle Group, a US investment firm, wants a minority stake and the Glazers have instructed Raine, the bank handling any sale, to examine the offer.

A number of coaches to some of Britain's leading athletes have not been paid for months by the cash-strapped UK Athletics (UKA).

West Ham manager David Moyes' future beyond this season is under increasing doubt with the process of identifying potential successors ahead of next season under way.
William Saliba is ready to put his body on the line to play in Arsenal's title run-in despite concerns of injury complications if he is rushed back.
West Midlands rivals Aston Villa and Wolves lead the Premier League in the staggering amount it costs to be a match-day mascot. Villa top the table with their 'Mascot Experience' setting you back a whopping £500 for a Category A game, while it dips to £460 for Category B games.
John O'Shea has moved into favourite position to take over as the next Reading manager following the sacking of Paul Ince.
Didier Drogba launched a scathing attack on Chelsea after their Champions League exit saying it is "no longer the same club" as the one he played for, and urging them to "go back to the principles and values they had".
Arsenal's players have faced social media criticism for failing to interact with an eight-year-old girl who was one of their mascots at West Ham, although her father says she had a "special day".
Leeds United's owner Andrea Radrizzani faces losing up to £270m if the club is relegated, with the valuation of their possible takeover by 49ers Enterprises dropping from £420m to £150m if they are in the Championship.

Wesley Sneijder is worried that Manchester United and Liverpool defensive target Jurrien Timber might struggle to adapt to playing against "those wardrobes in the Premier League" and would lose every header.

Steven Gerrard has been tipped to take over at Olympiacos in the summer, reports suggest.
Romeo Beckham has been praised by Phil Giles for his humble attitude with Brentford's director of football insisting the move was "not a PR stunt".
Blackburn legend Morten Gamst Pedersen has signed for Norwegian club Ranheim at the age of 41.
Marcelo's son has been called up to the Spain U15 team for the first time.

Millwall could be set to reignite their move to land Hibs striker Kevin Nisbet.
St Mirren assistant coach Diarmuid O'Carroll is wanted as the new manager of Northern Ireland club Cliftonville, where he previously spent time as a player.

Celtic fear key defender Cameron Carter-Vickers might not be able to see out the season as they ponder options for knee surgery to fix an injury which has been affecting him for some time.

Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane, 29, is Paris St-Germain's top attacking target this summer. (Le Parisien - in French, subscription required)

The Liverpool board have prepared and approved a contract for Chelsea's England midfielder Mason Mount, 24. (Football Insider)

Jose Mourinho could become Paris St-Germain manager next season with the Roma boss currently at the top of sporting director Luis Campos' wishlist. (RMC Sport - in French)

Manager David Moyes is increasingly likely to leave West Ham this summer with the process of identifying potential replacements under way. (Mail)

Crystal Palace want Roy Hodgson to stay at the club beyond the summer to mentor whoever replaces him as manager. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Steven Gerrard is reportedly on the shortlist to be the next head coach at Greek side Olympiakos six months after being sacked by Aston Villa. (Express)

Manchester United and Liverpool are leading the race for Brighton and Argentina midfielder Alexis Mac Allister, 25, with Arsenal's negotiations not as advanced. (Cesar Luis Merlo - on Twitter)

United are close to agreeing a new contract with Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 32, whose current deal runs out at the end of the season. (ESPN)

Southampton have told midfielder James Ward-Prowse, 28, he can leave in the summer if the club is relegated. Tottenham, West Ham and Newcastle are all interested in the England international. (Talksport)

Leeds will sign Spain Under-19 international winger Ilias Akhomach, 19, after he failed to agree a contract renewal with Barcelona. (Sport - in Spanish)

The Barcelona dressing room increasingly believes Argentina and Paris St-Germain forward Lionel Messi, 35, will re-join in the summer. (Sport - in Spanish)

Two Manchester United scouts watched Birmingham City academy winger and England Under-16 international Trevan Sanusi, 15, on Monday. (Football Insider)

Ivory Coast centre-back Eric Bailly, 29, will return to United this summer with Marseille choosing not to take up an option to make his loan deal permanent. (Fabrizio Romano)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Thursday 20 April 2023 07:24, UK


Chelsea stars are considering their future over major concerns about the club's direction.
The Evening Standard's Chelsea correspondent Nizaar Kinsella says the size of Chelsea's squad is affecting the team's performances this season
LaLiga president Javier Tebas has suggested Barcelona would have to take 'financial measures' if they wanted to re-sign Lionel Messi.
Victor Osimhen has been told by his idol Didier Drogba a move to Paris Saint-Germain would be the wrong one to make if he wants to keep progressing as a player.
Liverpool are starting to facilitate refunds from UEFA for tickets bought by their fans for the disastrous 2021-22 Champions League final.Yorkshire CCC could face running out of money to pay player and staff salaries before the end of the season with banks reluctant to provide a £20m loan due to concerns over the club's financial forecasts.
Referee Michael Oliver earned around £3,000 - roughly double his Premier League officiating fee - to take charge of the Saudi League game between Cristiano Ronaldo's Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal this week and was flown to the Middle East in business class.
Manchester United do not want Alejandro Garnacho to play in the upcoming U20 World Cup in his native Argentina according to reports from South America.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has admitted he came close to retiring from the NFL last season after suffering a third concussion scare.

Chelsea have not placed Luis Enrique among the leading candidates for the permanent head coach job as the club start to cut down their shortlist and prepare for a new round of talks.
Paul Merson believes Chelsea need a long-term managerial appointment as soon as possible, to replace caretaker manager Frank Lampard
Chelsea co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali made another trip to the Stamford Bridge dressing room on Tuesday night, but this time steered clear of making any speeches to the players.
Manchester United and City are facing calls from anti-discrimination campaigners to amend their badges amid suggestions that the boats on their motifs are linked to slavery.
A new breakaway in European football politics will have the considerable support of Spain's LaLiga president Javier Tebas to challenge the authority of the European Club Association (ECA), run by his arch-rival the Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
The London Marathon will escape large-scale disruption after Just Stop Oil and Extinction Rebellion, the two climate change protest groups, agreed not to target Sunday's event.
Fly-half Marcus Smith has revealed his hunger to secure a place in the England squad all stemmed from a Twitter troll four years ago who baited him by saying he would never make it "because he couldn't tackle."

West Ham have identified Lille's Paulo Fonseca as a potential replacement for David Moyes, who is likely to part company with the club at the end of the season.

Chelsea are set to slash 19 players' wages when they fail to qualify for next season's Champions League.
Tottenham are interested in Chelsea's 19-year-old defender Levi Colwill.
Arsenal have been handed a huge boost in their battle for the Premier League title as Oleksandr Zinchenko has returned to training.
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has been branded "almost a dictator" who made "false promises" by Riccardo Basta, a player he coached during his time at Bayern Munich.
Oleksandr Zinchenko is back in training to give Arsenal a boost ahead of Friday's clash with struggling Southampton.

Karim Benzema is set to leave Real Madrid in the summer of 2024 after agreeing a fresh one-year contract extension with the club.
Ospreys star Harri Morgan has revealed he tried to take his own life in February and will take a break from rugby to prioritise his mental and physical well-being.

Will Still could sideline his love of West Ham to takeover at Tottenham in the summer following reports of a surprise meeting.
Manchester City are set to hand Erling Haaland a new deal - and it will remove his £150m release clause.

Tottenham will reportedly demand a fee in the region of £88m for Harry Kane this summer with Paris Saint-Germain now set to rival Manchester United for his signature.
Liverpool's interest in Chelsea and England forward Mason Mount is looking more likely to bear fruit with the potential 30 per cent cut in his Stamford Bridge wages set to kick in as they miss out on next season's Champions League.
Michael Schumacher's family is planning to take legal action against German publication Die Aktuelle after it published an AI-generated interview with the former F1 driver, who has not been seen in public since suffering serious head injuries in a ski accident in 2013.

Erling Haaland is ready to discuss a contract extension with Manchester City, who are keen to offer the free-scoring Norway striker a new and improved deal after his excellent first season at the club.

Wrexham co-owner Ryan Reynolds has promised a "monster" party if the team can defeat Boreham Wood and win the title on Saturday.

Michael Beale is confident his scouting team will be able to bring Champions League-level talent to Rangers this summer despite the departure of sporting director Ross Wilson.
Aberdeen have been told there is no chance of further appeals over Graeme Shinnie's red card against Ross County because of the rule book they helped to write.

Manchester City are preparing to offer Norway striker Erling Haaland a new deal in a bid to ward off interest in the 22-year-old from some of Europe's top clubs, including Real Madrid. (Athletic - subscription required)

Haaland is ready to discuss a contract extension but his current deal no longer includes a release clause set at £175m as a consequence of Pep Guardiola signing a new two-year deal as the club's manager in November. (Times - subscription required)

Chelsea have decided against pursuing ex-Spain boss Luis Enrique to become their new manager and will instead turn their attention to former Paris St-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Former Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann impressed during initial talks with Chelsea about the role and is seen as the likeliest candidate. (Guardian)

The Blues' decision to snub Enrique will leave the path clear for Tottenham to appoint the Spaniard, 52, as Antonio Conte's successor in north London. (Express)

Some of Chelsea's players will see their wages reduced by at least 30% with the club set to miss out on the Champions League next season. (Mail)

Manchester United are interested in signing Netherlands and Bayer Leverkusen right-back Jeremie Frimpong, 22, with United prepared to offload Englishman Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 25, and Portugal's Diogo Dalot, 24. (Mail)

Barcelona would not be able to sign Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 35, from Paris St-Germain in their current financial situation, says La Liga president Javier Tebas. (Goal)

West Ham have identified Lille's Paulo Fonseca as a potential replacement for David Moyes, who is likely to part company with the club at the end of the season (Guardian)

Arsenal could sell 21-year-old England Under-21 striker Folarin Balogun - on loan at French side Reims this season - to RB Leipzig in the summer to help fund a £100m move for West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice, 24. (Metro)

Real Madrid and France forward Karim Benzema, 35, has signed a one-year contract extension, keeping him at the Spanish club until 2024. (Mirror)

AC Milan's Portuguese winger Rafael Leao, 23, has confirmed he wants to stay at the San Siro despite reported interest from Manchester City. (Manchester Evening News)

Bayern Munich and Netherlands prospect Ryan Gravenberch, 20, is another player being considered by Liverpool as they look to revamp their ageing midfield. (FourFourTwo)

Manchester United and Newcastle United are interested in 21-year-old Sporting Lisbon and Portugal defender Goncalo Inacio. (Football Insider)

West Ham could suffer a mass summer exodus with 30-year-old Argentine forward Manuel Lanzini, Italian defender Angelo Ogbonna, 34, Czech 30-year-old full-back Vladimir Coufal, English left-back Aaron Cresswell, 33, Spanish forward Pablo Fornals, 27, and 28-year-old Czech midfielder Tomas Soucek set to follow captain Rice out of the door. (Football Insider)

Germany midfielder Toni Kroos, 33, could sign a new deal with Real Madrid despite reports he may retire. (Mail)

Tottenham are interested in a move for 20-year-old Chelsea centre-back Levi Colwill, who has impressed on loan at Brighton this season. (Sun)

Manchester City captain Ilkay Gundogan, who has been linked with Barcelona, says he must assess if his 32-year-old body is up to the rigours of another season in England. (Times - subscription required)

Chelsea could offload either, or both, Senegal keeper Edouard Mendy, 31, and Spaniard Kepa Arrizabalaga, 28, in order to sign Borussia Dortmund and Switzerland goalkeeper Gregor Kobel, 25. (Bild - in German)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Friday 21 April 2023 07:41, UK

The Telegraph's Jason Burt thinks Manchester United still need a big overhaul of their squad following their 3-0 defeat to Sevilla

Manchester United appear to have taken the lead to sign Atalanta striker Rasmus Hojlund this summer after Karim Benzema committed to a new Real Madrid contract.
Todd Boehly reportedly sacked Thomas Tuchel just days after he was denied the opportunity to take a group of guests into the dressing room.

Tottenham are exploring an interest in Sporting Lisbon head coach Ruben Amorim.
Ex-Aston Villa women's coach Jack Peel could face further disciplinary action from the FA for breaching the terms of his suspension by attending a match involving one of his alleged victims.
Atletico Madrid are growing increasingly concerned that Chelsea will not buy Joao Felix in the summer, according to reports.

Barry Hearn, the owner of World Snooker, is ready to fund legal action on behalf of the 400 fans who were affected by Just Stop Oil protester Edred Whittingham on Monday night.
Fans will be banned if the season run-in once again sparks celebratory pitch invasions, the Premier League and Football Association warned amid an ongoing zero-tolerance approach.
A damning Rugby Football Union review has concluded that England's squad lacked the requisite fitness levels to compete in the Six Nations Championship.
The Rugby Football Union will bolster Steve Borthwick's bid to rebuild the England scrum with additional coaching resources to support talented young forwards. Interviews for England men's vacant scrum coach position have concluded, but Telegraph Sport understands that two further pathway skills coaches will be brought in.
MCC have promised that the heritage and tradition of Lord's will be retained in the latest stage of the ground's redevelopment and expansion, after appointing architects to design new Tavern and Allen Stands.

A former PGA Tour player who is now a leading orthopaedic surgeon has said he would be "amazed" if Tiger Woods ever wins another tournament after undergoing more surgery.
The RFU will try again on Friday night to push through plans to lower the legal tackle height in community rugby - this time to the base of the sternum - after its first attempt sparked a grassroots revolt and forced embarrassed Twickenham executives to issue an apology.

The use of VAR is actually improving according to data, despite a string of high-profile errors which have left fans fuming.

A new study has found that even a brief session of heading a football can immediately alter brain function and the way the brain communicates with the muscles around it.
The Guardian's Jonathan Liew and The Telegraph's Jason Burt debate whether Mauricio Pochettino would be a good fit for Chelsea

Treble-chasing Celtic fear Cameron Carter-Vickers might not see out the season.
Hearts are leading the chase to land Livingston skipper Nicky Devlin in the summer.

The administrators of a firm which was embroiled in a kit sales dispute with Rangers have decided to proceed with a multi-million pound legal claim against the club.
Benfica are reportedly interested in landing Celtic's Liel Abada this summer.

Former Paris St-Germain and Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has held talks with Chelsea about becoming their new manager. (Mirror)

Chelsea are planning a player clearout before 30 June in order to stay within Financial Fair Play rules. (Evening Standard)

Manchester United's Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 32, is on the verge of agreeing a new contract. (Forbes)

United are leading the race to sign 20-year-old Atalanta and Denmark striker Rasmus Hojlund. (Mirror)

Barcelona are finalising an offer to present to Paris St-Germain for the return of 35-year-old Argentina forward Lionel Messi. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Aston Villa have renewed their interest in Arsenal and England attacking midfielder Emile Smith Rowe, 22. (Talksport)

Villarreal are set to offer Spain defender Pau Torres a new contract with Aston Villa plotting a move for the 26-year-old this summer. (Football Insider)

Manchester City are keen on signing Chelsea and Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic, 28, this summer despite also wanting to stay in the race for Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder Jude Bellingham, 19. (Givemesport)

Manchester City's top players will earn more than £2m in bonuses if the club win the Treble of Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup this season. (Mail)

Paris St-Germain are likely to sign either Nice and France midfielder Khephren Thuram, 22, or 27-year-old Lens and Ivory Coast midfielder Seko Fofana as an alternative to Bellingham. (CaughtOffside)

Crystal Palace, Wolves, Burnley and Sheffield United are all interested in signing Republic of Ireland defender Matt Doherty, 31, this summer after his unsuccessful spell at Atletico Madrid. (90min)

Newcastle are ready to cash in on 26-year-old French winger Allan Saint-Maximin to raise funds for summer signings. (Talksport)

Newcastle's majority owners are in talks over the purchase of Belgian club KV Oostende as a partner club. (Athletic - subscription required)

Manchester United, Newcastle, Wolves, Arsenal, West Ham and Crystal Palace are all keeping tabs on Bayern Munich's Morocco full-back Noussair Mazraoui, 25. (90min)

Mazraoui is open to leaving Bayern Munich if he does not get more first-team football at the German club. (Sky Sport Germany)

Former England defender Chris Smalling, 33, is in the final stage of negotiations with Roma to extend his stay until June 2025. (Fabrizio Romano)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Saturday 22 April 2023 07:22, UK


Chelsea could axe up eight players to stay in line with Financial Fair Play rules. Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech, Kalidou Koulibaly, Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Conor Gallagher, Romelu Lukaku and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could all be sold after a difficult campaign.
David Moyes has insisted for the first time that he is planning for next season, despite reports West Ham could make a change in the dugout this summer.


Arsenal have held talks over a potential move for Chelsea's Mason Mount this summer.
Manchester United's humiliating Europa League exit underlined the major summer clear-out facing Erik ten Hag. As many as 12 senior players are set to be axed this summer, as the United boss gets ruthless with the second phase of his rebuild.
Erik ten Hag says Manchester United 'have to do better' as his side turn their attention to the FA Cup semi-final against Brighton on Sunday after a disappointing Europa League exit
Ten Hag could be about to rekindle his interest in Barcelona playmaker Frenkie de Jong - 12 months on from the unsuccessful pursuit that dominated the majority of the last summer transfer window.

Mauricio Pochettino has held at least two rounds of talks over becoming Chelsea manager this week as he emerges as the favourite to become the club's next head coach.
Tottenham's shamed transfer supremo Fabio Paratici can repair his reputation and return to football, according to the club's acting head coach Cristian Stellini - who overcame a match-fixing ban to revive his own career.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is lobbying for promotion and relegation to be scrapped in the Women's Super League in favour of a closed competition.
Roberto Firmino has agreed a deal to join Barcelona when his Liverpool contract ends in June. It will bring to a close his glittering eight-year stay at Anfield, where he is no longer a regular starter in Jurgen Klopp's team.
Bill Kenwright has revealed he has been battling a chronic illness for eight years - but it will not stop his search for new investment at Everton.
Pep Guardiola revealed that midfielder Kalvin Phillips is not yet up to speed with Manchester City's system as the manager ponders how much to rotate for Saturday's FA Cup semi-final.
The simmering tension between the Premier League and FA has increased during talks about the creation of the independent regulator and negotiations over changes to the post-Brexit work permit requirements for foreign players.

Mauricio Pochettino is emerging as the favourite to land the permanent head coach job at Chelsea following a dramatic 24 hours in which Julian Nagelsmann dropped out of the running and Vincent Kompany was placed on the club's shortlist.
Erik ten Hag is preparing to oversee a big clear-out at Manchester United this summer with the futures of up to 15 players in doubt.
In first newspaper interview since failed January transfer, Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo reveals why he was so keen to join Arsenal - and why he wants the Gunners to win the Premier League title.
Javier Mascherano, the coach of the Argentina U20s, is due to fly to England next week for talks with Manchester United in the club-versus-country row about Alejandro Garnacho.
Manchester City midfielder Rodri reveals why Manchester City are ready to hunt down Arsenal if they buckle under the pressure - and why a potential treble could be 'unstoppable'.
The tackle height for English community rugby will drop to "the base of the sternum" from next season after the Rugby Football Union's council voted in favour of the height reduction on Friday.

David Brooks has spoken about his recovery from cancer and admitted that during his absence he put on more than 15kg in weight and a return to football was far from his thoughts.
Bobby Moore's former wife has pleaded for the return of the shirt he wore when captaining England to their World Cup triumph in 1966.
Rafael Nadal is at risk of missing the French Open for the first time in 19 years after admitting he "can't give deadlines" for a return to the tour.
A former PGA Tour player who is now a leading orthopaedic surgeon has said he would be "amazed" if Tiger Woods ever wins another tournament after undergoing more surgery.
The leading football agent Aidy Ward has been banned by the FA until December 2024 for trying to sign a player before his 16th birthday.

Wrexham manager Phil Parkinson says Ben Foster quickly impressed the team in training after coming out of retirement to join the National League side in their promotion push
Wrexham's stars will reportedly receive an incredible gesture from club owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney if they secure promotion.
Michael Oliver pocketed double his Premier League fee for taking charge of the match between Cristiano Ronaldo's Al Nassr and Al Hilal.

Mikel Arteta admitted he and his Arsenal players had an 'empty' feeling after dropping two points against Southampton. Despite scoring two late goals to rescue a 3-3 draw, several discouraged Gunners stars slumped to the turf after the final whistle.

After drawing their third straight game in the Premier League, Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville question whether Arsenal now need to win at Manchester City next week if they're to go on to lift the Premier League
Andy Murray has appeared to make a U-turn after contemplating whether he would skip the rest of the clay season. The Brit has arrived in Madrid ahead of the upcoming Masters event to get some practice in after a disappointing early exit in Monte Carlo.
Mercedes have forbidden Williams from poaching engineers or other members of staff despite Lewis Hamilton's complaints. Earlier this season, the seven-time champion claimed Silver Arrows chiefs had not listened to him over the design of the W14.
Vincent Kompany has reportedly made Chelsea's four-man managerial shortlist, although the club's recent experience with Graham Potter may count against him getting the job. The Burnley boss has earned admirers at Stamford Bridge for his stellar work at Turf Moor this season, but others in west London harbour concerns.

Wing king Jota has joined the list of Celtic stars facing a battle to be fit for Hampden. But Ange Postecoglou is more concerned about his bid to shatter a Parkhead goal record that's stood since the First World War.
The Scottish FA has released its detailed reasons for not overturning Graeme Shinnie's red card in a response to Aberdeen demanding a new panel for their appeal.

Disgraced Rangers coach Craig McPherson will continue to work with their women's team after his headbutt ban.
The administrators of a firm which was embroiled in a kit sales dispute with Rangers have decided to proceed with a multi-million pound legal claim against the club.
Henrik Larsson has been called onto a UEFA panel of experts to debate the future of VAR in Europe.

Arsenal are monitoring Mason Mount's situation at Chelsea and could rival Liverpool for the 24-year-old England midfielder this summer. (Goal)

The Gunners have also sent scouts to assess Spain midfielder Martin Zubimendi, 24, and French defender Robin le Normand, 26, who both play for Real Sociedad. (Mail)

Paris St-Germain are preparing a £133m bid for Napoli and Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen and will move into pole position, ahead of Chelsea, for the 24-year-old. (Football Insider)

Mauricio Pochettino is the new front-runner for the Chelsea manager job after Julian Nagelsmann dropped out of contention. (Guardian)

Brazil striker Roberto Firmino, 31, has agreed to join Barcelona when his Liverpool contract expires this summer. (Mail)

The advisors of Chelsea and Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic have travelled to London to speak to Manchester City about a transfer with the 28-year-old about to enter the final year of his deal. (Sport Klub - in Croatian)

Liverpool and Tottenham will attempt to sign 23-year-old French defender Evan Ndicka on a free transfer when his Eintracht Frankfurt contract expires this summer. (Football Insider)

Tottenham are considering former Spain boss Luis Enrique and Sporting Lisbon's Ruben Amorim as candidates to become their manager for the next season. (Nicolo Schira)

Manchester United will look to sell as many as 12 first-team players this summer, including England defender Harry Maguire, 30, Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 32, and France striker Anthony Martial, 27. (Mirror)

The Red Devils are considering Valencia and Georgia's £45m-rated goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili, 22, as a replacement for De Gea. (Givemesport)

Southampton and England midfielder James Ward-Prowse, 28, is attracting interest from Newcastle and Aston Villa. (Mail)

Liverpool are willing to let 20-year-old Portuguese forward Fabio Carvalho leave on loan next season after just 632 first-team minutes this year. (90min)

American hedge fund manager Tom Wagner is close to agreeing a takeover of Championship club Birmingham with plans to sell St Andrew's and build a new stadium. (Mirror)

Aston Villa, Newcastle, Liverpool and Tottenham all had scouts at the Europa League quarter-final between Sporting Lisbon and Juventus on Thursday with the visitors' France midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 28, and Sporting's English winger Marcus Edwards, 24, and Portugal midfielder Pedro Goncalves, 24, among the players being assessed. (90min)

Barcelona and Spain defender Marcos Alonso, 32, has no interest in leaving the club despite interest from Inter Milan. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Real Madrid's Croatia midfielder Luka Modric, 37, has received a contract offer from a Saudi Arabian club that would double his wages next season. (AS - in Spanish)


Gossip Girl
Sep 19, 2012
Sunday 23 April 2023 07:44, UK


Lionel Messi is set to leave PSG this summer as the club embarks on a new strategy focused on recruiting young French players - with Barcelona eyeing a sensational deal.
Stan Collymore believes Mason Mount will make a "step up" if he leaves Chelsea for Premier League rivals Liverpool this summer.
Julian Nagelsmann will not be the next Chelsea manager after pulling out of the race but Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou is a surprise name on the club's shortlist.
N'Golo Kante and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are summer targets for Barcelona.
James Tarkowski claims Everton "expect more and need more" from their forwards as Dominic Calvert-Lewin returned in their goalless draw at Crystal Palace.

Erik ten Hag has been able to name his first-choice midfield of Bruno Fernandes, Christian Eriksen and Casemiro just seven times this calendar year, of which United have won six and drawn one.
The aftermath of owner Todd Boehly's dressing-room team talk continues to reverberate around Stamford Bridge as the club step up their hunt for a new manager, with an appointment expected within the next few weeks.
Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku will play in the Coppa Italia semi-final second leg against Juventus on Wednesday after his one-match ban was overturned on Saturday by the president of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) as a measure to fight racism.
West Ham fans hoping to see their club in a European final for the first time in almost 50 years are set to be left disappointed thanks to Uefa's miserly ticket allocation.
Leicester star James Maddison is expected to return for the crunch clash with Leeds after missing the Foxes' win over Wolves due to illness.
Zinedine Zidane is ready to return to management and is targeting a post at his former club Juventus, according to reports in France.

Saturday's Dutch league match between relegation-threatened Groningen and NEC Nijmegen was abandoned after a cup of beer thrown from the crowd struck the assistant referee.

Xabi Alonso is emerging as a strong candidate to be the next West Ham manager - if David Moyes leaves.
Newcastle are confident of landing Arsenal's Kieran Tierney with Eddie Howe on the lookout for a new left-back.
Burnley are in trouble with the EFL after playing a weakened team against Reading last week.
Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler could be up for the manager's job at League Two Tranmere.
Wrexham fans were treated to another taste of Hollywood before their crunch game against Boreham Wood as Ant-Man star Paul Rudd turned in the local pub for a pre-match beer.

Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount has already dropped a subtle hint that Arsenal could emerge as his next destination as he continues to be linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge at the end of the campaign.

Manchester United remain interested in Napoli hotshot Victor Osimhen and club chiefs even went to watch him in last week's Champions League defeat to AC Milan.
Gary Neville has revealed that he would've loved to have featured under Jose Mourinho during his playing career.

Aaron Hickey is a £30m summer target for Manchester City.
East Kilbride have confirmed Darvel hero Mick Kennedy as their new manager.

Michael Beale says he will back the Rangers board if they decide not to hire a replacement for Ross Wilson.

Manchester United are stepping up their interest in Victor Osimhen after sending scouts to watch the 24-year-old Nigeria striker play for Napoli in the Champions League last week. (Star Sunday)

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou is the latest manager to be considered for the Chelsea job, though former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino remains the frontrunner. (Observer)

Julian Nagelsmann, who pulled out of the running to be Blues boss last week, is interested in joining Tottenham. (Bild - in German)

Bayer Leverkusen boss and former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso, 41, has emerged as a strong candidate to be the next West Ham manager if David Moyes leaves this summer. (Sun on Sunday)

Paris St-Germain will let Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 35, leave on a free transfer when his contract expires this summer as the club plans a more sustainable future with fewer star names and a greater emphasis on developing young talent. (Sunday Mirror)

Newcastle are planning a move for Barcelona's 26-year-old Brazilian forward Raphinha. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Manchester United and Liverpool are interested in signing 24-year-old Argentina midfielder Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton. (Fabrizio Romano)

Aston Villa are considering a £55m combined bid for two Manchester City and England players - 32-year-old defender Kyle Walker and midfielder Kalvin Phillips, 27. (Football Insider)

Ollie Watkins has agreed a new long-term contract at Aston Villa despite Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United expressing an interest in the 27-year-old England striker. (Teamtalk)

Chelsea's 32-year-old France midfielder N'Golo Kante and 33-year-old Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are summer targets for Barcelona. (Sunday Mirror)
At least 10 Chelsea players are considering their futures at the club after their Champions League defeat by Real Madrid last week ended any hopes of silverware and European football next season. (Standard)

Newcastle United are confident they can complete a £30m deal to sign Arsenal and Scotland defender Kieran Tierney, 25, this summer. (Sun on Sunday)

Brighton are close to agreeing a deal to sign 16-year-old Scotland-born defender Ronan Ferns from Celtic. (Football Insider)

Barcelona have scouted as many as 13 players as they look to sign a right-back this summer, including Manchester United's 24-year-old Diogo Dalot and 28-year-old Joao Cancelo, who is currently on loan at Bayern Munich from Manchester City. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign 18-year-old Portuguese winger Diego Moreira on a free transfer when his Benfica contract expires this summer. (Record - in Portuguese)


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Chelsea players are excited by the prospect of Mauricio Pochettino becoming the club's next permanent head coach.


Tottenham have made contact with Sporting CP over the potential signing of Pedro Goncalves, reports claim.

Manchester City plan to swoop for Brentford's Scotland full-back Aaron Hickey as part of a Pep Guardiola shake-up.

Newcastle's transfer supremo Dan Ashworth is personally tracking Blackburn teenager Adam Wharton.


Julian Nagelsmann is reportedly tempted by the opportunity to manage Tottenham next season.

Phil Neville has said he needs to turn Inter Miami's form around 'ASAP' after seeing his team lose for the sixth straight game in Major League Soccer this weekend.


Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is overseeing a change in approach at the club which is likely to see Lionel Messi leave at the end of his contract this summer - with the futures of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe also likely to come under scrutiny.


Southampton director of football operations Matt Crocker is set to be named the US Soccer Federation's sporting director.

Real Madrid will change the pitch at the Bernabeu before the Champions League semi-final with Manchester City.

Romelu Lukaku has reiterated he wants to focus on Inter Milan amid continued speculation over his long-term future.

Daniel Levy watched on in the stands as his Tottenham Hotspur team were thrashed by Newcastle United in their Premier League meeting on Sunday.

The English Football League have contacted Burnley over their team selection for their Championship fixture with Reading earlier this month.


Beer thrown from the crowd caused a 15-minute stoppage to PSV Eindhoven's 3-0 home win over Ajax on Sunday - the second such incident of the weekend in the Dutch Eredivisie.


The agent of Tottenham flop Emerson Royal claims he 'wants' his client to join a club that fights for titles this summer.

Chelsea have completed the signing of Benfica winger Diego Moreira with an 'announcement coming soon', per reports.


Aberdeen's Connor Barron has been attracting interest from across Europe with Belgian side KRC Genk preparing a summer move, according to a report..


Bristol City are closing in on a £2m deal for Aberdeen's Ross McCrorie.

Rangers reject Juan Alegria has claimed he never got a chance at Ibrox and accused the club of being disrespectful.

Paris St-Germain are considering selling Neymar this summer - with Chelsea and at least one other Premier League club pondering a move for the 31-year-old Brazil striker. (Mirror)

PSG striker Lionel Messi wants to return to Barcelona but the Spanish club need to raise £88m through player sales and activate another 'economic lever' in order to re-sign the 35-year-old Argentina captain. (Mail)

Tottenham striker Harry Kane is on Bayern Munich's shortlist this summer, although the 29-year-old England captain is believed to be reluctant to leave the Premier League. (Bild - in German)

AC Milan are looking at making a move for 32-year-old England right back Kyle Walker, who has a year left on his contract with Manchester City. (Times - subscription required)

Juventus are planning a move for Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 31, who is unhappy after just one season at Chelsea. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Brighton midfielder Alexis Mac Allister, 24, says he will discuss any "good" offers that might come in for him this summer but, if there aren't any, the Argentina international "will continue to be very happy" with the Premier League club. (ESPN via 90 Min)

Liverpool have cooled their interest in 21-year-old Croatia defender Josko Gvardiol as they believe Red Bull Leipzig's £80m valuation is too high. (Football Insider)

Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount is a target for Liverpool but Manchester City are also interested in trying to sign the 24-year-old England international, whose contract with the Blues runs out in summer 2024. (Florian Plettenberg of Sky Sport Germany)

Manchester City are planning a move for Brentford's 20-year-old Scotland full-back Aaron Hickey, who is valued at £30m. (Sun)

Former Spain boss Luis Enrique is out of the running to become the new Chelsea manager. (Fabrizio Romano)

Chelsea's players are excited by the prospect of former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino becoming their new manager. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Former Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann, who pulled out of the running to become Chelsea boss, is interested in taking over as Tottenham manager for next season. (Bild - in German)

Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool have registered an interest in Valencia's 20-year-old United States defender Yunus Musah. (90 Min)

Chelsea have no interest in selling England Under-21 defender Levi Colwill, 20, this summer despite interest from Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City. (Football Insider)

Former Liverpool and England striker Robbie Fowler is considering applying for the vacant manager's job at League Two Tranmere Rovers. (Sun)

Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Brighton are tracking Blackburn's highly rated England Under-19 midfielder Adam Wharton, 18. (Sun)