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Liverpool, Real Madrid and Man City will fight it out to sign Jude Bellingham this summer.


West Ham manager David Moyes says England midfielder Declan Rice will command a British transfer record if he ever leaves the London Stadium.

France suffered an almighty scare before rallying to edge Italy in the Six Nations.


David de Gea is confident that new signing Marcel Sabitzer can fill in for Manchester United midfield general Casemiro during his three-game suspension.

Manchester United expect bids will be submitted next week to take over control of the club from the Glazers, according to reports.

Liverpool's owners, Fenway Sports Group, are no longer interested in a full sale of the club, it has been claimed.

Liverpool's painful mid-season form can be summed up by the fact that their top league scorer since the World Cup is Leicester City defender Wout Faes.

Gemany national team boss Hansi Flick was in attendance for Chelsea's 0-0 home draw against local rivals Fulham on Friday night as speculation over current Blues boss Graham Potter's future continues.


PSG sporting advisor Luis Campos has reassured fans that contract discussions with Lionel Messi are ongoing, and the club still hope to tie him down to a new deal.

Manchester United would be willing to pay £107m to sign Victor Osimhen at the end of the season, according to reports.

Mason Mount has rejected Chelsea's offer of a new contract and is unhappy at the terms that were put on the table, according to reports.


Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay will lead an exodus of six big-name Manchester United players in a fire sale this summer.

Jesse Marsch admits he is concerned by the way in which Leeds seem to "find ways to lose matches".

Manchester City are to hand teenage starlet Rico Lewis a new bumper long-term deal with a 400 per cent pay rise.


Manchester United fan and billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is set to be among those bidding for the club this week, according to reports.


Great Britain ended an 84-year wait for a four-man bobsleigh world championship medal after Brad Hall, Arran Gulliver, Taylor Lawrence and Greg Cackett claimed silver in St Moritz, Switzerland.

Liverpool will listen to offers this summer for 31-year-old former Cameroon centre-back Joel Matip, whose contract runs until 2024. (Football Insider)

West Brom's Spanish head coach Carlos Corberan could replace Jesse Marsch should Leeds United make a managerial change. (Mail)

Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wants to return to Stamford Bridge for a third spell. The Portuguese approached prospective new buyers when the club was up for sale. (GiveMesport)

Chelsea are open to hiring former Spain manager Luis Enrique if they choose to replace Graham Potter. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Barcelona are monitoring Chelsea's 33-year-old Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who spent six months at the Nou Camp last year. (Football Transfers)

Newcastle United will keep tabs on 22-year-old England midfielder Conor Gallagher after holding talks with Chelsea over a January move. (Football Insider)

Fulham have placed a £35m price tag on 25-year-old United States defender Antonee Robinson, who is attracting interest from Manchester City, AC Milan and Inter Milan. (Sun)

Atletico Madrid have moved ahead of Juventus in the race to sign Chelsea's France midfielder N'Golo Kante, 31, when his contract expires this summer. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Formal bids to buy Manchester United are expected this week, with initial offers expected to pass £4bn. British billionaire and boyhood United fan Sir Jim Ratcliffe is the early frontrunner. (Mail)

Liverpool are prepared to sell 24-year-old Republic of Ireland keeper Caoimhin Kelleher, who wants regular first-team football, at the end of the season. (Sun)

Liverpool and Aston Villa are set to test Athletic Bilbao's resolve next summer with bids for Spain winger Nico Williams, 20, and 22-year-old Spanish midfielder Oihan Sancet. (AS via Teamtalk)

Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic says the 70m euro (£62m) fee for a permanent deal included in the loan for Manchester City's Portugal full-back Joao Cancelo, 28, will be "difficult" to meet. (Mirror)

Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 30, is being lined up for a loan transfer by Galatasaray after a difficult season with Aston Villa. (Sun)

Paris St-Germain are in talks with Argentina World Cup winner Lionel Messi, 35, over a new contract. (Mail)


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Tuesday 7 February 2023 06:33, UK


Manchester City's Premier League rivals are demanding they are kicked out if found guilty of dodgy deals.
Manchester United reportedly saw a £100m bid for West Ham captain Declan Rice rejected last summer.
Southend United face the very real prospect of going out of business due to their perilous financial situation.

Lee Westwood is due to face down the DP World Tour in a legal hearing in London this week that will effectively decide if the golfers that joined LIV Golf can be banned from the Ryder Cup.
Chelsea have hired the mental skills coach behind the All Blacks' rugby union team's "no-d---heads" policy to help create the one thing Todd Boehly's money can't buy: a winning culture.
West Brom's Carlos Corberan has emerged as a strong contender to take charge of Leeds United after Jesse Marsch was sacked as head coach at Elland Road after just 11 months in charge.

Harry Kane will need to continue his quest to become the Premier League's record goal scorer at Tottenham Hotspur as the club will not sell him to a rival this summer.

The Everton kit man was forced to make a trip to Sports Direct last week after new manager Sean Dyche realised the club did not have enough pairs of socks for training.
Manchester United are ready to shell out £107m on Napoli sensation Victor Osimhen to boost Erik ten Hag's squad in the summer transfer window, it's been claimed.
Brighton captain Lewis Dunk has insisted that the whole club is behind Moises Caicedo after he failed to force through a move to Arsenal in the January transfer window.
After Manchester City's recent charges from the Premier League, John Cross believes Pep Guardiola will stick to his word and leave the club if they're found guilty of the allegations.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has reportedly decided to leave Lazio and pursue a new challenge, with Arsenal in pole position to sign him in the summer.

The ECB is refusing to fly Adil Rashid back from England's one-day games in Bangladesh to attend the Yorkshire racism trial next month by making the extraordinary claim that it is too expensive.
The independent commission into Manchester City's alleged rule breaches will be chaired by an Arsenal member.
Sheffield Wednesday boss Darren Moore could be set for a surprise West Brom return if Carlos Corberan leaves for Leeds United following the sacking of Jesse Marsch.
Fenway Sports Group are reportedly yet to receive any offers for Liverpool since they put the club up for sale three months ago.
Manuel Neuer's Bayern Munich career is more than likely over, according to reports in Germany.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's Chelsea future is under intensifying scrutiny after coach Graham Potter left him out the team's Champions League squad - and a move to Major League Soccer could be on the horizon.
Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita is is reportedly headed for the Anfield exit door in the summer.
Cristiano Ronaldo's lacklustre start in Saudi Arabia appears to have hit another 'difficult' bump according to the comments of his Al Nassr team-mate Luis Gustavo.

Image:Carlos Corberan has impressed as West Brom head coach

Rayo Vallecano head coach Andoni Iraola is one of the names on Leeds United's radar as the Premier League club weigh up their next move after sacking Jesse Marsch.
Newcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin has revealed he attracted interest during the January transfer window due to his lack of playing time in recent weeks.

Yosuke Ideguchi is set to seal his exit from Celtic back home to Japan imminently, according to reports in Asia.
The Aberdeen board has made its first moves in their managerial search - former Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder.
Chris Sutton is convinced Ange Postecoglou won't do a Brendan Rodgers by bolting at the business end of the season.

Ange Postecoglou has been installed as one of the early favourites to replace Jesse Marsch at Leeds United.
Leeds legend Paul Robinson wants Ange Postecoglou headhunted as their next boss.
Turkish side Konyaspor are lining up a shock move for Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos before their transfer window slams shut.

Paris St-Germain want to sign 28-year-old Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva, who is open to leaving Manchester City, but could face competition from Barcelona. (Le10 Sport - in French)

Manchester United will look to sell French forward Anthony Martial, 27, England centre-back Harry Maguire, 29, and Brazilian left-back Alex Telles, 30, in the summer as the club aims to make room for a new striker in Tottenham's England captain Harry Kane 29, or Napoli's 24-year-old Nigeria international Victor Osimhen. (MEN)

Tottenham will not sell club record goalscorer Kane to a rival club this summer. (Times)

Manchester United would be required to pay £120m to sign England midfielder Declan Rice, 24, from West Ham, after having a £100m bid rejected last summer. (Talksport)

Manchester United are also keeping tabs on Atletico Madrid and Belgium winger Yannick Carrasco, 29. (AS - in Spanish)

Real Madrid believe England midfielder Jude Bellingham, 19, will choose to move to the Premier League when he leaves Borussia Dortmund. (Athletic - subscription required)

Major League Soccer side Los Angeles FC have enquired about signing Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 33, from Chelsea. (Relevo - in Spanish)

West Brom's Carlos Corberan ranks high on Leeds' shortlist of replacements for the sacked Jesse Marsch. (Guardian)

The Baggies are braced for an approach from Leeds and want Corberan to sign a new contract to stave off interest. (Football Insider)

Real Madrid legend Raul, who currently coaches the club's reserve side, has turned down the opportunity to replace Marsch as Leeds boss. (AS)

Juventus deny reports they are planning to terminate the contract of France midfielder Paul Pogba. The 29-year-old hasn't played for the club because of injuries since joining from Manchester United in the summer. (Fabrizio Romano)

Southampton's owners discussed the future of manager Nathan Jones after Saturday's 3-0 defeat by Brentford but are set to stick by him for the time being. (Talksport)

Jones is expected to still be in charge for Southampton's home game against Wolves on Saturday. (90min)

Former Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is the leading candidate to become manager of German club Hoffenheim after they parted company with Andre Breitenreiter. (Sky Sport Germany)

Aston Villa's Brazilian forward Philippe Coutinho, 30, has turned down a move to Galatasaray. (TeamTalk)

Chelsea have scouted Porto and Portugal stopper Diogo Costa, 23, as they look to address their goalkeeping situation in the summer. (90 Min)

Inter Milan have added Fulham's 25-year-old defender Tosin Adarabioyo to their list of targets to replace 27-year-old Slovakia centre-back Milan Skriniar, who is expected to leave the Serie A side when his contract runs out in the summer. (Tuttomercatoweb - in Italian)

Former Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce turned down the chance to manage former club Wigan Athletic after the Championship side approached him after their recent sacking Kolo Toure. (Football Insider)


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Wednesday 8 February 2023 07:26, UK


Qatari investors are planning an incredible mega-money swoop for Manchester United and want to give manager Erik ten Hag the financial backing to lead the club back to the top, Sportsmail can reveal.
Everton head coach Sean Dyche will scoop a survival bonus upwards of £3.5m if he leads the club to Premier League safety.
The RFU will consider bringing in an alcohol-free zone at Twickenham as part of a review of the matchday experience during England games.
Luka Modric has reportedly been handed an ultimatum by Real Madrid that he must retire from international duty if he is to sign a new contract at the club.
Juventus want to sign Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic as part of a swap deal for Denis Zakaria during the summer transfer window, according to reports.
Saudi side Al-Nassr are reportedly willing to offer Sergio Busquets a sensational £16m-a-season to join Cristiano Ronaldo in the Middle East.
Inter Milan are reportedly plotting a summer move for Chelsea defender Trevoh Chalobah.
Liverpool's Julian Ward has emerged as a leading candidate to take over as sporting director with Ajax.

Erik ten Hag is facing a £100m striker dilemma at Manchester United this summer as he weighs up whether to move for Tottenham's Harry Kane or Napoli's rising star Victor Osimhen.
Chelsea are in talks with a number of companies over a lucrative new front-of-shirt sponsor to replace Three.
Michael Cheika and Vern Cotter have emerged as leading candidates to take on Steve Borthwick's former role at Leicester Tigers.
Manchester City's hopes of making Jude Bellingham the centrepiece of a big summer revamp could be complicated by the storm engulfing the club.

Tottenham have been given renewed belief that they could successfully swoop for Alessandro Bastoni during the summer, with the Inter Milan player's contract demands yet to be approved by the Serie A giants.

Chelsea are reportedly keeping tabs on former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique.
Arsenal could cash in on Folarin Balogun in the summer despite the striker currently outshining Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe in France.
Manchester City expect boss Pep Guardiola will have left the club before they are punished for over 100 financial rule breaches, according to reports.
Pep Guardiola said in May 2022 if he thought Man City had lied to him about their financial situation, he would leave the club
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is back at work with Chelsea amid rumours of a shock return to Barcelona this summer.
Inter Milan have revealed they attempted to land Lionel Messi when he left Barcelona - but could not compete with PSG's financial muscle.
Former Liverpool player Bruno Cheyrou is reportedly set to become Lyon's new sporting director.

The threat of sanctions could stop star players joining Manchester City.

Liverpool have been warned that Jurgen Klopp would have plenty of suitors if they sacked him - with Chelsea among them.
Fresh details have emerged of Arsenal's failed attempt to sign Lionel Messi while he was still a youth team player at Barcelona.
Adrien Rabiot - who came close to joining Manchester United last year - is one of five first-team stars reportedly put up for sale by Juventus as they seek to cut costs.
Everton are in talks over a £105m investment which would trigger a major shake-up at Goodison.

West Ham United have warned Declan Rice's admirers there is a £120m price tag on his head.

Juventus' transfer activities were being investigated by Italian financial authorities four months before Tottenham hired the club's sporting director, Fabio Paratici.

Stevie Mallan has paid tribute to former teammate, goalkeeper Ahmet Eyup Turkaslan, who has been confirmed as one of the casualties in the Kahramanmaras earthquake.
Lord Willie Haughey has claimed Celtic and Hearts were not hit with the same rule that saw Queen's Park thrown out of the Scottish Cup.

Chris Wilder is out of the running to be next Aberdeen manager.

Newcastle United will compete with Manchester City to sign England midfielder James Maddison, 26, from Leicester City. (Northern Echo)

Manchester United are targeting a £100m move for either Tottenham's England captain Harry Kane, 29, or Napoli's 24-year-old Nigeria international Victor Osimhen, with manager Erik ten Hag prioritising a world-class striker. (Telegraph)

Qatari investors will soon make a formal bid for Manchester United which they are confident will beat any competition, with the Glazer family seeking a £6bn sale. (Mail)

Manchester City are keen to beat Real Madrid and Liverpool to the signing of 19-year-old England midfielder Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund in the summer transfer window - but the threat of sanctions after they were charged by the Premier League could deter them from doing so. (Telegraph)

Borussia Dortmund are preparing their offer to persuade Bellingham to stay in Germany for another season. (90min)

Arsenal may still decide to sell England youth international Folarin Balogun in the summer, despite the 21-year-old forward scoring a Ligue 1 leading 14 goals in 21 games for Reims this season. (Sun)

Rayo Vallecano manager Andoni Iraola is understood to be among the leading candidates to replace Jesse Marsch as Leeds United manager. (Independent)

Leeds United will not look to appoint former manager Marcelo Bielsa or ex-Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, who is holding out for the Real Madrid job. (Star)

Everton manager Sean Dyche will receive a bonus of more than £3.5m if he leads the club to Premier League safety. (Mail)

Liverpool and Manchester United have both begun working on a summer deal for Eintracht Frankfurt's 24-year-old France forward Randal Kolo Muani. (L'Equipe, via Metro)

Chelsea could include English defender Trevoh Chalobah, 23, in a deal for Inter Milan and Netherlands right-back Denzel Dumfries, 26. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Manchester United's talks over a new contract with Portugal right-back Diogo Dalot are at an advanced stage, meaning it will be difficult for Barcelona to sign the 23-year-old. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

France midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 27, who came close to joining Manchester United last year, is among five first-team players who will be put up for sale by Juventus. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Mirror)

Inter Milan held talks with Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 35, before the former Barcelona star decided to join Paris St-Germain. (Goal)

Roma's 23-year-old Italy winger Nicolo Zaniolo has travelled to Istanbul to complete a transfer to Galatasaray. (Mail)

Spanish midfielder Sergio Busquets, 34, has been offered a two-year deal worth £16m per season by Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr but will wait to see if Barcelona give him a new deal before making a decision. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)


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Thursday 9 February 2023 06:36, UK


Harry Kane will need to continue his quest to become the Premier League's record goalscorer at Tottenham Hotspur as the club will not sell him to a rival this summer.

Sir Martin Broughton, the businessman responsible for the Fenway Sports Group era at Anfield has questioned the £4bn-plus asking prices for Liverpool and Manchester United - because they lack London postcodes.
Michael Vaughan has offered to pay to fly England's Adil Rashid home from the one-day internationals in Bangladesh to ensure he can give evidence in person at the Yorkshire racism case.
South African lawmakers have pledged to block a proposed £42.5m sponsorship deal between Tottenham Hotspur and the country's official tourism board
Takeover offers for Manchester United are due to be tabled within the next 10 days, with the Glazer family still open to a potential deal that could be completed by April.

A delegation from Leeds has returned empty-handed from Madrid after failing to persuade the Rayo Vallecano head coach, Andoni Iraola, to exchange Spain for West Yorkshire.
Spanish football's third tier could face collapse in the next 24 hours. A stand-off with the country's football federation means the clubs must fall in line or risk funding being removed and the Primera Federacion being abandoned just 18 months after it was set up.
The FA is to make a second attempt to get approval from FIFA for trials of temporary concussion substitutes after proposals were rejected last month.

Discussions between Manchester United and the Qataris have already taken place as a group of investors from the oil-rich state launch their bid for the club. The Glazer family will probably struggle to attract their desired £6bn bid for United, according to those within the process. They believe between £4.1bn and £4.5bn is more realistic.
Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has appealed for patience in the club's pursuit of a new manager after Rayo Vallecano's Andoni Iraola turned down their approach on Wednesday night.
Newcastle United have secured a major breakthrough in their plans to expand St James' Park after buying back the land directly behind the stadium.
Tottenham manager Antonio Conte is expected to return to work on Thursday after arriving back in England following gallbladder surgery.
The Premier League's case against Manchester City could take up to four years before a verdict is reached, according to one of Britain's leading sports lawyers Nick De Marco KC.
The Football Association have launched an internal review into their disciplinary practices following the embarrassing John Yems racism affair.
Manchester United have reportedly identified Roma striker Tammy Abraham as a possible option to bolster their attack.
Charlton manager Dean Holden is among the names under early consideration at Huddersfield Town after they confirmed the departure of head coach Mark Fotheringham.

Twelve months on from suffering a frozen penis at the Winter Olympics, skier Remi Lindholm is a gold medal winner once again. Lindholm suffered the bizarre injury when competing at the Beijing Games last winter.

Tottenham could turn to Ben Foster as emergency goalkeeping cover after Hugo Lloris was ruled out for up to eight weeks.
Manchester United have been handed encouragement in their pursuits of Barcelona pair Frenkie de Jong and Ansu Fati with LaLiga demanding that the Catalan giants dramatically reduce their wage bill.
Gabriel Jesus has returned to Arsenal's London Colney training ground to ramp up his rehabilitation from knee surgery.
Arsenal may have a clear run at Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Zubimendi this summer thanks to Barcelona turning their transfer focus elsewhere.

Man Utd's Qatari bidders are confident the club would be allowed in the Champions League. The group of investors say they are separate from PSG's Qatar owners QSI.
World Cup star Sofyan Amrabat reportedly offered to play for free in order to secure a move to Barcelona.
Steven Gerrard is reportedly on Leeds' shortlist to become the new manager after Jesse Marsch was sacked for a miserable run.
New Belgium manager Domenico Tedesco has decided against keeping Arsenal legend and Frenchman, Thierry Henry, on as his assistant.
World Cup star Sofyan Amrabat reportedly offered to play for free in order to secure a move to Barcelona.

Former Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen has spoken on just how shocked he was upon joining the Hoops in January 2014 - claiming that there 'was only one option' after interest emerged from Parkhead.
Alan Burrows revealed he snubbed approaches from several clubs - but jumped at the chance to take charge at Aberdeen.

Liverpool are among the clubs interested in Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite, 20, who is on loan at PSV Eindhoven. Manchester United and Roma are also tracking the England Under-20 centre-back. (Mail)

Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 33, is on the verge of leaving Chelsea for Los Angeles FC. (Le10 Sport - in French)

Chelsea are in advanced talks with Thiago Silva over a deal to take the Brazilian defender's contract beyond his 39th birthday in September. (Evening Standard)

Arsenal, Liverpool and Newcastle are all interested in Ajax's Mexico midfielder Edson Alvarez, 25. (Caught Offside)

Arsenal could also have a clear run at a move for Real Sociedad's Spanish midfielder Martin Zubimendi, 24, this summer thanks to Barcelona turning their transfer focus elsewhere. (Mirror)

Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder Jude Bellingham, 19, has reportedly ruled out moves to Chelsea and Paris St-Germain in the summer. Liverpool, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Manchester United are all keen on the player. (Express)

Everton will make another attempt to sign Portuguese forward Beto, 25, from Italian side Udinese in the summer after failing to clinch a deal in January. (Mondo Udinese - in Italian)

Leeds United have been turned down by Rayo Vallecano's Spanish coach Andoni Iraola, 40, to replace sacked boss Jesse Marsch as the Premier League side face further frustration in their attempts to appoint a new manager. (Onda Cero, via Express)

Tottenham could sign 39-year-old former Manchester United and England keeper Ben Foster as cover for Hugo Lloris, who is out for at least six weeks with a knee injury. Foster announced his retirement last September but could join on a short-term loan. (Mirror)

Nathan Jones' job as Southampton boss is safe for now. The Welshman, 49, was appointed in November but the Saints are bottom of the Premier League, three points from safety. (Mail)

Chelsea have decided to loan Andrey Santos, 18, out to a Brazilian club should he fail to obtain a work permit. The Brazil under-20 midfielder was one of eight players signed during a record-breaking £300m January transfer window, joining for £16m from Vasco da Gama. (Evening Standard)

Chelsea are in advanced talks over a new deal for 18-year-old English left-back Lewis Hall, whose current deal with the Blues runs until 2025. (Football Insider)

Manchester United have been handed encouragement in their pursuits of Barcelona's Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong, 25, and Spanish forward Ansu Fati, 20, with La Liga demanding that the Catalan giants dramatically reduce their wage bill. (Mundo Deportivo, via Mail)

Former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is to discuss a new contract with AC Milan. The France international, 36, had been a target for Everton in January. (Fabrizio Romano)

Striker Joao Mendes, the 17-year-old son of Brazil legend Ronaldinho, is set to join Barcelona after successfully passing a trial at the Nou Camp. (Star)

Morocco World Cup star midfielder Sofyan Amrabat, 26, offered to play for free in order to secure a move to Barcelona from Fiorentina. (Mundo Deportivo, via Sun)

Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic says the club turned down an offer from Inter Milan for France defender Benjamin Pavard, 26. (Bild's Christian Falk)

Spain defender Sergi Roberto, 31, is set to agree a contract extension with Barcelona after the La Liga side made an improved offer. (Relevo - in Spanish)

Huddersfield are considering approaching Charlton boss Dean Holden to take over as their new manager following the dismissal of Mark Fotheringham, with ex-Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder and former Wigan manager Leam Richardson also among possible candidates for the post. (Mail)


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Ben Chilwell has emerged as a transfer target for Manchester City, according to reports.
Former Manchester United and France footballer Patrice Evra was today given a criminal conviction for posting homophobic abuse online.
Marcus Rashford has been fined after he admitted speeding in his £670k Mercedes and slapped with six points.
Chelsea have completed the signing of Jimmy Jay Morgan from Southampton.
Manchester United are close to entering the next phase of a sale with several interested parties jostling to purchase the club.
Kaveh Solhekol breaks down exactly what went wrong with Hakim Ziyech's transfer that saw the winger's loan from Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain collapse on transfer deadline day
Chelsea's Hakim Ziyech held talks with Roma but a deal fell through during the January transfer window, reports suggest.
Erik ten Hag is considering ditching Wout Weghorst for their return league fixture against Leeds after another underwhelming performance from the on-loan Netherlands striker.
Chelsea have secured yet another signing, this time bringing in leading physio Fearghal Kerin to try and get to the bottom of a series of hamstring injuries within the squad.

At least five serious bidders are preparing to do battle in the bid to buy Manchester United, with Sir Jim Ratcliffe stepping up his interest by involving major investment banks JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs.

A group of five serious bidders have emerged as the battle to buy Manchester United heads for the next stage.
Manchester City are considering introducing netting in the away section at the Etihad Stadium following numerous incidents at matches against rivals Liverpool - the latest of which left a 15-year-old girl 'scarred for life'.
Manchester United teenager Kobbie Mainoo has signed a new long-term contract at Old Trafford.
Kaveh Solhekol explains the latest with the potential sale of Manchester United with private investors linked to the Qatari royal family said to be interested in purchasing the club
Tottenham are interested in England defender Marc Guehi as Crystal Palace brace themselves for a fight to keep another key player ahead of next season.
Yorkshire chairman Lord Patel could face contempt of court charges after accusing a female employee of having a sexual relationship with the county's former physio.
MLS franchise LAFC fear they will be unable to convince Chelsea striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to make a short-term move to the United States.
Premier League referee Anthony Taylor has been selected to take charge of Saturday's Club World Cup final between Real Madrid and Al Hilal.
Lionel Messi has emerged as a doubt for Paris Saint-Germain's mouth-watering Champions League clash with Bayern Munich next week because of a hamstring problem.
Ollie Pope has opened up on how changes in England's coaching regime and the arrival of Brendon McCullum as head coach have helped him fall back in love with batting again.

Everton have hired Lee Sargeson from Brighton and Hove Albion as manager of scouting operations.
Feyenoord have not had an approach from Leeds United over head coach Arne Slot - and are planning to knock back any move.
Real Valladolid has suspended 12 club members for abusing Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior during a league fixture in December.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has revealed Sergio Busquets wants to "live the American experience" when he eventually decides to leave the Nou Camp.
Leeds United's attempt to appoint Andoni Iraola as their next head coach is at a standstill despite a bid to secure a deal over the past 24 hours.
Tigres have announced the departure of head coach Diego Cocca ahead of anticipated confirmation that he will become the new Mexico manager.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe will fight it out with private Qatari investors and US consortia for Manchester United, having secured two of Wall Street's biggest lenders to bankroll his deal.
Birmingham fans are fearing the worst amid a Football League investigation and the threat of relegation.
Coaching from the stands is to be allowed at Wimbledon for the first time this summer as the All England Club falls into line with the other three slams.

The former Wales attacker Jason Bowen is living with motor neurone disease, an online fundraiser for his treatment has revealed.
Ukraine's athletes have accused the International Olympic Committee of rewarding Vladimir Putin's aggression and being "on the wrong side of history".

Duncan Ferguson has claimed he was only sent to prison for assault because of a rival-supporting judge.
Former college students were in shock after realising Leeds United's caretaker boss Michael Skubala was their old teacher.

Martin Odegaard has revealed how Mikel Arteta persuaded him to join Arsenal over a Zoom call in 2021.
Owen Farrell has admitted his surprise at the strength of criticism around his midfield partnership with Marcus Smith.

Russia's Olympic ice dance icon Roman Kostomarov may now reportedly lose his hands after undergoing surgery to amputate his feet after contracting severe pneumonia.
Former England women's head coach Lisa Keightley is currently working as Paarl Royals' tactical performance coach and hopes other female coaches will also be given opportunities to work in men's cricket.
Prospective Sheffield United owner Dozy Mmobuosi insists he can lead the club back to the Premier League - and keep them there long-term - if his £90m takeover is ratified by the EFL.

Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea could be among the beneficiaries of a firesale at Inter Milan in the summer which might include Alessandro Bastoni, Marcelo Brozovic, Denzel Dumfries and Lautaro Martinez.

The possible move of Ange Postecoglou from Celtic to Leeds has been resurrected.
Former Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is convinced Ange Postecoglou would not leave Celtic for Leeds if approached by the Premier League club
Raith Rovers star Kieran Ngwenya is facing a club vs country battle ahead of the Challenge Cup final.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has backed former Rangers manager Steven Gerrard to take over at Leeds United.
Motherwell will face competition from a number of Scottish Premiership rivals and teams from England's Championship if Leeds United decide to release current Fir Park loanee Stuart McKinstry at the end of the season.

Gus MacPherson has branded Michael Beale's 'cow field' blast over the McDiarmid Park pitch 'unprofessional'.
VAR will be used for the first time in the Scottish Cup as Celtic take on Rangers.
Michael Beale is refusing to rule out a Rangers return for Steven Davis.

Manchester City are interested in signing Chelsea and England left-back Ben Chilwell, 26, in the summer. (CaughtOffside)

French league champions Paris St-Germain will make a move for Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola if he leaves the English club. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Chelsea have identified Napoli and Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen, 24, as their top forward target for this summer's transfer window. (90min)

Inter Milan want to renew Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku's season-long loan at the club in the summer and a meeting with the Blues about the 29-year-old Belgium international's future is likely to take place in March. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Metro)

Los Angeles FC do not believe they will be able to convince Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 33, to join them on a short-term loan move from Chelsea. (Mail)

Tottenham are interested in Crystal Palace and England defender Marc Guehi, 22, as they look to sign two new central defenders for next season. (Mail)

RB Leipzig may look to re-sign midfielder Naby Keita, 27, in the summer after they had a deadline-day bid rejected by Liverpool for the Guinea international. (Bild - subscription required)

Barcelona and Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie, 26, turned down a move to Tottenham in the January transfer window. (Sport - in Spanish)

Inter Milan are ready to enter into more talks with Chelsea over a permanent deal for Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku. The 29-year-old is currently on loan at the Serie A side. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Ajax are stepping up their attempts to land Liverpool's sporting director Julian Ward when he departs his role at Anfield at the end of the season. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Leeds United are considering a move for Feyenoord manager Arne Slot to become their new manager. (Times - subscription required)

Barcelona want to extend the contract of club captain and former Spain midfielder Sergio Busquets, 34. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Liverpool are keeping close tabs on Birmingham City and England youth international George Hall. Everton and Leeds are also interested in the 18-year-old midfielder. (Football Insider)

Barcelona will pursue a deal for Bayern Munich and France right-back Benjamin Pavard, 26, in the summer. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti could be set to replace Tite as Brazil head coach. (GeGlobo, via DefensaCentral - in Spanish)

Former Leicester City team-mates, defender Danny Simpson, 36, and ex-England midfielder Danny Drinkwater, 32, are among a group of unemployed footballers organising kick-abouts to keep fit. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Portugal forward Joao Felix, 23, says he is unsure if he will stay at Chelsea when his loan deal from Atletico Madrid runs out at the end of the season, as the Blues do not have an option to buy him included in the deal. (AS - in Spanish)


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The strategy of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, to try to purchase Manchester United while also owning Paris Saint-Germain will be to demonstrate to UEFA that each club will be controlled by a separate entity.
Attempts to resuscitate the European Super League are focused on persuading clubs outside of the continental elite to join, as a crucial month in its momentum awaits.

Canada captain Christine Sinclair has said the national team will go on strike this week over a lack of funding which they believe will affect their ability to perform at this year's Women's World Cup.

Mason Greenwood has spoken with Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag for the first time since attempted rape charges against the striker were dropped.
Ross Barkley has been snubbed from Nice's squad for the Europa Conference League knockout stages.
The maximum salary Greenwood could receive in China if he moves from Manchester United is £2.7m, which works out to around £50,000 a week for the season.
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is facing a fine of up to a month's wages - around £1.4m - over an interview in which he criticised the club's decision to let goalkeeping coach and close friend Toni Tapalovic leave.
Troy Deeney has revealed he got a message on Instagram from a 12-year-old Jadon Sancho while he was on Watford's academy books telling him he would be a star in the future.
Wales have written to UEFA to voice their concerns over Croatia's decision to use Split's Poljud Stadium for their Euro 2024 qualifier in March, with a recent site visit seeing fans; representative Paul Corkery brand the ground "not fit for purpose'.

Sean Dyche plans to invite former England rugby union coach Eddie Jones to Everton as he seeks to glean the "golden nuggets" which can help the club move forward.
Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak could leave the club if they are found guilty of breaching Premier League financial rules.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola's two different answers from May 2022 and February 2023 on how he would see his future at the club amidst allegations of financial irregularities.

The five serious bidders to buy Manchester United are told to submit a one-paragraph offer of their bid - including proof of funds - by next Friday with a group of Qatari investors and Sir Jim Ratcliffe leading the race
Leeds sporting director Victor Orta's position is under scrutiny amid the club's problematic search for a new manager and its impact on a planned takeover.
The FA's scouting chief Steve Morrow - who helped guide Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe at Arsenal - leaves his position after less than two years in the role.
Manchester United are monitoring 18-year-old Arthur Vermeeren at Royal Antwerp, with the rapidly developing midfielder - tipped to be a future Belgium star - also garnering interest from Newcastle and other Premier League sides.
MCC to vote in May over whether to keep traditional Eton versus Harrow fixture at Lord's after bungling bosses were forced to apologise for dropping the historic contest without consulting members.
Caroline Dubois says she has been sparring men in the build-up to her next fight and claims opponents tell her she 'fights like a guy'... as she insists she has a 'different mindset' to fighters like Katie Taylor.
Hernan Crespo believes recent Chelsea signing Enzo Fernandez will become one of the best footballers in history
Serie A winning coach Alberto Zaccheroni, who won the title with Milan in 1999, is in intensive care in a Cesena hospital after suffering a head injury in a fall at his home.
Stuart Broad is backing Ollie Pope to be England's next Test cricket captain after the Surrey batsman recently admitted it would be an honour to take on the role.

Tottenham Hotspur have been left surprised and bemused by Pep Guardiola namechecking chairman Daniel Levy over what he feels is a Premier League agenda against Manchester City.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola faces questions about the club's alleged breaches of Premier League financial rules.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will snub a move to the MLS and fight for his place at Chelsea.

Roma attacker Paulo Dybala could be available to a host of Premier League clubs for as little as £10.7m in the summer, according to reports emanating from Spain.

AC Milan are set to step up their interest in Naby Keita in a bid to lure the midfielder on a free from Liverpool this summer
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has had a dramatic change of heart over his future and decided to stay at Chelsea despite tumbling down the pecking order under Graham Potter.

Chelsea head coach, Graham Potter dismisses reports of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang going out on loan and says Raheem Sterling is a doubt for their match against West Ham following a training injury.
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has revealed his worries about players burning out because of the club's busy upcoming schedule across four competitions.

Barry Robson is under serious consideration to land the Aberdeen job on a permanent basis.
Greg Taylor insists Ange Postecoglou doesn't need to chase the bright lights down south - because he's already at a big club.

Duncan Ferguson was left trembling when he realised half of the prison inmates would go for him during his three-month sentence in 1994.

Tottenham are among the admirers of Leicester City and England midfielder James Maddison, 26. (Mirror)

Meanwhile, Spurs are determined not to allow England forward Harry Kane, 29, to join a Premier League rival this summer - no matter the price - amid interest from Manchester United and Bayern Munich. (90min)

USA international forward Christian Pulisic, 24, is set to be part of a summer clearout at Chelsea with the likes of Morocco winger Hakim Ziyech, 29, and Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku, 29 - currently on loan at Inter Milan - also expected to leave permanently. (ESPN)

AC Milan are set to revive their interest in Arsenal and England Under-21 forward Folarin Balogun, 21, who is currently impressing as top scorer in Ligue 1 while on loan at Reims. (Mail)

However, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has hinted he has plans to keep Balogun at Emirates Stadium. (Metro)

Milan are also keen on Liverpool and Guinea midfielder Naby Keita, 27. (Mirror)

Liverpool and Newcastle have held talks over a possible move for Bayer Leverkusen and Germany centre-back Jonathan Tah, 26. (90min)

Manchester United are prepared to sign Austria midfielder Marcel Sabitzer, 28, permanently in the summer if he impresses during his loan spell from Bayern Munich. (ESPN)

Tottenham could move for Benfica talent spotter Rui Pedro Braz if their current managing director of football Fabio Paratici is given a worldwide ban after being implicated in the financial scandal surrounding Juventus. (Mirror)

Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 33, will reject a move to Los Angeles FC and fight for his place at Chelsea. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool have all held talks with the agent of Barcelona and Spain forward Ansu Fati, 20. (Fabrizio Romano)

Manchester United are also monitoring Royal Antwerp's highly rated 18-year-old Belgian midfielder Arthur Vermeeren. (Mail)


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Leeds United could make a move to install Steven Gerrard as their new boss after a number of rejections.
Manchester City will prove it's business as usual by completing a stunning deal to add Brazilian club EC Bahia to the City Football Group portfolio.
Ilkay Gundogan has defended Erling Haaland and insisted that he is a good fit for Manchester City after Jamie Carragher suggested that the Norwegian forward may have "picked the wrong club" last week.
Reece James has condemned an incident before Chelsea's clash with West Ham at the London Stadium which appeared to show one of their fans being knocked out and later shown being pushed away in a wheelchair with a bloodied face.

Jurgen Klopp will be given the funds he needs to boost Liverpool's squad in the summer and the club is also closing on the appointment of a new head of research to add to their recruitment efforts.

UEFA are set to give the green light to a group of Qatari investors interested in buying Manchester United from the Glazers despite concerns over a possible conflict of interest with Qatar Sports Investments already owning Paris Saint-Germain.
Manchester United's owners are split over the valuation of the Premier League club with some Glazer family members willing to consider offers of under £5bn despite increased interest from the Middle East and two potential private groups from Saudi Arabia possibly joining the race.
Arsenal have been left furious after it emerged VAR official Lee Mason forgot to draw the appropriate lines when reviewing Ivan Toney's goal for Brentford at the Emirates and should have spotted team-mate Christian Norgaard in an offside position.
Leeds United are still hoping to persuade Rayo Vallecano head coach Andoni Iraola to leave Spain and come to the Premier League.
Tottenham have suffered another injury setback with Ryan Sessegnon set to miss six weeks with a hamstring issue he suffered in training.
Furious Valencia fans staged a mass protest against owner Peter Lim before their La Liga clash with Athletic Bilbao, with the resulting defeat leaving them second from bottom in the table.
Canelo Alvarez is set to fight in his hometown Jalisco for the first time in 12 years in early May, when his opponent could be English super middleweight John Ryder, the WBO interim champion.

Manchester City might have taken the lead in the race to sign West Ham midfielder Declan Rice this summer, but it might not be a reunion for him with England team-mate and good friend Kalvin Phillips, who the Hammers want in part-exchange to replace him.

Some officials at Chelsea are resigned to Mason Mount not signing a new deal with the club.

History will be made on Sunday in the Arizona desert when Jason and Travis Kelce become the first ever brothers to compete against one another on the NFL's biggest stage.
Stuart Broad has admitted being dropped for England's tour of the West Indies last year has probably extended his Test career as he feels he would have joined other seamers in struggling in the prevailing conditions in the Caribbean.

Pep Guardiola has accused rival clubs of jealousy in pushing for Manchester City to be punished for breaching financial regulations.
Finn Russell ran the show as Scotland blitzed Wales 35-7 at Murrayfield to kick off a Six Nations campaign with back to back victories for the first time.

Former Arsenal star Paul Merson believes that Liverpool selling Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich has been their most costly error this season.

A Southampton fan was kicked out of St Mary's by security after waving a giant P45 cut-out at Nathan Jones during the dismal defeat to Wolves.
Nathan Jones says his side should've won against Wolves and reveals the current pressures he feels at the moment at Southampton.
Lewis O'Brien is hoping to quit Nottingham Forest and join a club in America's MLS.
Rangers are watching keeper Angus Gunn's problems at Norwich as they look for a new long-term No 1.
Potential new owners of Manchester United have been ordered to submit one-paragraph offers summarising their bids before the end of next week.
Listen to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola's two different answers from May 2022 and February 2023 on how he would see his future at the club amidst allegations of financial irregularities.
Manchester City's recent Premier League charges for alleged Financial Fair play breaches will take a long time to answer but if they are guilty the outcry for blood will be deafening, writes Karren Brady.
Fuming Premier League clubs fear the case against Manchester City will take an astonishing four years to conclude and are furious about Pep Guardiola's Friday press conference attack on them.
Arsenal have joined Premier League rivals Newcastle in the race to sign Borussia Monchengladbach attacker Marcus Thuram in the summer.
Liverpool are lining up fresh competition for goalkeeper Alisson, with Anderlecht No 1 Bart Verbruggen top of their shopping list to replace Caoimhin Kelleher if, as expected, he leaves in the summer.
Sean Dyche has demanded that his new Everton bosses make it a priority to secure the future of England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, whose current contract expires in the summer of 2024.
Sunderland goalkeeper Anthony Patterson is set to be rewarded for his excellent club form with a first England U21 call for this summer's Euros.
Manchester United are set to take note of Cristiano Ronaldo's scathing comments about their Carrington training ground with an overhaul which will include a yoga suite.
Neymar has enraged his neighbours in Paris with a series of wild house parties which have even seen one of the city's mayors get involved to calm the situation.
Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has set up a private security business after a spate of home raids on footballers' houses.

Michael Beale has drawn up a list of keeper targets for Rangers but it might not signal the end for Allan McGregor at Ibrox.

Liverpool may be willing to sell 'superstar' players, including Egypt forward Mohamed Salah, 30, this summer. (Football Insider)

Contact has been made between Real Madrid and German Jurgen Klopp, 55, over the Liverpool manager replacing their Italian boss Carlo Ancelotti, 63, this summer. (El Nacional - in Catalan)

Liverpool would accept an offer of around £15m for 31-year-old German-born Cameroon defender Joel Matip. (Football Insider)

Some Chelsea personnel are "resigned" to England midfielder Mason Mount, 24, not wanting to sign a new contract. (Telegraph)

Englishman Steven Gerrard, 42, is "very interested" in replacing the sacked Jesse Marsch as Leeds manager. (Football Insider)

Gerrard would bring former Leeds United midfielder and ex-Liverpool team-mate Gary McAllister back to Elland Road as part of his coaching staff if he is appointed manager. (Mirror)

Manchester United are in talks with England forward Marcus Rashford, 25, about a contract extension. (GiveMeSport)

Newcastle are plotting a move to sign Lazio and Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, 27, whose contract expires in 2024. (Il Messagero, via Goal)

Manchester United are interested in signing Roma's Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, 29. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Atletico Madrid and Portugal forward Joao Felix, 23, who is currently on loan at Chelsea, has emerged as a potential summer target for Real Madrid. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves will listen to offers from Premier League clubs Manchester United, Liverpool and Newcastle United after Barcelona ruled out a possible move for the 25-year-old. (Sport - in Spanish)

Athletic Bilbao and Spain defender Inigo Martinez, 31, would prefer to move to Barcelona than Atletico Madrid. (Sport - in Spanish)

Paris St-Germain are desperate to prise away Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola, 52, from the Premier League champions. (El Nacional - in Catalan)

England and Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, 29, will turn down a European move in favour of staying in the Premier League this summer. (Football Insider)

Barcelona's Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie, 26, refused a move to Tottenham Hotspur in the January window. (Sport - in Spanish)

Brazil defender Marquinhos, 28, has agreed personal terms on a contract extension with Paris St-Germain until 2027. (Nicolo Schira)

Barcelona manager Xavi says the club are close to agreeing a contract renewal with 31-year-old Spain midfielder Sergi Roberto. (Fabrizio Romano)

Both AC Milan and Inter Milan are considering Lazio's Italian boss Maurizio Sarri, 64, to become their future head coach. (Il Messaggero, via Football Italia)

Leeds United's English full-back Luke Ayling, 31, could be set for a new deal at Elland Road. (Football Insider)

Switzerland and Fulham defender Kevin Mbabu, 27, is in advanced talks over a loan deal with Servette as he looks set to leave the Premier League club. (Fabrizio Romano)


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Former Ajax manager Alfred Schreuder appears to be in pole position to become the new manager of Leeds United after flying in to watch the team's 2-0 defeat to Manchester United.
The Premier League's referees' chief Howard Webb has summoned all officials to an emergency meeting after two major VAR errors took place in separate matches on Saturday.
Jesse Marsch is among those under consideration for the Southampton vacancy.

Tyson Fury's fight for the undisputed world heavyweight championship against Oleksandr Usyk is heading for Wembley Stadium on April 29.
Neymar reportedly clashed with team-mates before being involved in a heated dressing room row with Paris Saint-Germain chief Luis Campos following Saturday's defeat at title rivals Monaco.
Pep Guardiola was spurred on in his impassioned defence of Man City after a talk with bullish Ferran Soriano.
Big-spending Chelsea have signed so many new players they have had to install extra lockers at their Cobham training base.
The EFL all-club meeting planned for later this month has been postponed while officials await publication of the Government's White Paper on the introduction of an independent regulator.
Outgoing Leeds boss Jesse Marsch took the trouble to contact each one of his former players individually to thank them for their efforts.
Southampton are open to appointing an overseas boss which could see a renewed move for Torino manager Ivan Juric.

Sam Allardyce has opened the door to a shock Premier League return by saying he would be open to taking the Leeds job.
Former Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin was carried off in tears after collapsing with a horror injury as Villarreal took on Barcelona.
Kylian Mbappe, who has been out with a thigh strain, is set to be named in Paris Saint-Germain's matchday squad against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night, according to reports.
Marcus Rashford has set up a security firm to protect his colleagues' assets after a spate of raids on footballers' mansions.
Erik ten Hag says Marcus Rashford's focus over 90 minutes and his team staying composed were crucial to the victory at Elland Road
Mykhailo Mudryk appears to have liked an Instagram post mocking his Chelsea team-mate Marc Cucurella.
Chelsea face missing out on Joao Felix with Real Madrid keeping tabs on the forward, according to reports.
Arsenal have reportedly "opened talks" with Athletico Paranaense over a deal for Brazilian teenager Vitor Roque.

The Premier League quietly changed six of the financial charges aimed at Manchester City after they were included in their initial statement by error.
Liverpool are set to be without Thiago Alcantara for the next month as the severity of the Spanish midfielder's hip flexor injury was revealed, while the Reds have also suffered another long-term injury blow.
Sean Dyche is keen for Jordan Pickford to sign a new Everton contract as soon as possible amid interest from Manchester United and Tottenham.
Liverpool are interested in signing Dutch goalkeeper Bart Verbruggen to provide competition for current No.1 Alisson for next season.

Liverpool are ready to fight back after a dismal season by funding Jurgen Klopp to rebuild his squad in the summer and by hiring a new head of research - a key position in the club's recruitment operations.
Newcastle United will wear their famous black-and-white stripes in the Carabao Cup final.
Tottenham Hotspur's troubled weekend went from bad to worse after they learnt midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur had suffered cruciate ligament damage.

Liverpool have appointed a new director of research - with Will Spearman being promoted from his role as the club's lead data scientist.

An angry Massimiliano Allegri confronted a Juventus fan in the stands who was allegedly continuously abusing the club's players during their Serie A clash with Fiorentina.
Tottenham could reportedly secure the signature of long-term target Andre Onana at the end of the season, with the player being 'put up for sale' by Inter Milan.

Rangers have been linked with a summer move for international midfielder Darius Olaru, captain of Romanian club FCSB.

Hibernian are set to hand Mikey Devlin a contract for the rest of the season after the former Scotland international impressed during a recent trial.
Calvin Ramsay has suffered another cruel blow after it was revealed the Scotland full-back could miss the rest of the season because of injury.

Paul Lambert will not be returning to Motherwell as their new gaffer.

Chelsea are among a number of clubs monitoring Brentford and Spain goalkeeper David Raya, 27. (Football.London)

Chelsea are also interested in signing Barcelona and Morocco winger Abde Ezzalzouli. The 21-year-old is currently on loan at Osasuna. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Liverpool have joined the race to sign Victor Osimhen from Napoli. The 24-year-old Nigeria forward is also wanted by Manchester United. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Liverpool want to sign Anderlecht's Dutch goalkeeper Bart Verbruggen with a view to the 20-year-old becoming their future number one stopper. (Sun)

Barcelona want to bring in manager Pep Guardiola, Spain midfielder Rodri, 26, and Argentina striker Julian Alvarez, 23, from Manchester City if the English club are sanctioned for breaking the Premier League's financial rules. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

New Everton manager Sean Dyche has made it a priority that England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, 28, signs a new contract at the club. (Sun)

Tottenham face being without Uruguay midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur for six or seven months after the 25-year-old suffered a knee injury in the defeat by Leicester City on Saturday. (Guardian)

Former Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch is under consideration for the Southampton job after the departure of Nathan Jones on Sunday, Marsch left Elland Road a week ago. (Athletic - subscription required)

Southampton are also interested in Torino manager Ivan Juric. (Mail)

Newcastle United are leading Liverpool and Barcelona in the race to sign Eintracht Frankfurt and Japan midfielder Daichi Kamada, 26. (CaughtOffside)

Both Southampton and Leeds want Argentine coach Marcelo Gallardo, 47, as their new manager. (Football Insider)

France midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 27, says he does not know "what will happen" when his contract with Juventus runs out in the summer. (DAZN, via Football Italia)

Flamengo and Brazil forward Pedro, 25, is on the radar of West Ham. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Crystal Palace are keeping tabs on 28-year-old Celtic and Japan forward Kyogo Furuhashi. (Football Insider)


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Elon Musk is believed to be interested in making a £4.5bn move to buy Man Utd.
Manchester United will be faced with taking a £40m hit on Harry Maguire if the England defender leaves Old Trafford this summer.
Tyson Fury has reportedly held talks with Deontay Wilder for weeks over having a fourth fight at Wembley if his bout with Oleksandr Usyk fails to happen.
Real Madrid are keeping tabs on Richarlison ahead of a potential summer move, according to a report.
Atletico Madrid are reportedly interested in signing Christian Pulisic.
Leeds are considering appointing an interim manager until the end of the season after Alfred Schreuder became the latest candidate to be ruled out - with Nuno Espirito Santo and Steven Gerrard available, but the Liverpool legend has his reservations.
Wayne Rooney is reportedly interested in becoming the new Southampton manager.
Chelsea's latest teenage sensation Andrey Santos is expected in London on Tuesday after leading Brazil to success in the South American Under 20 Championships.
Ronald Araujo has told his Barcelona bosses he would sign club legend Lionel Messi and Rodrigo Bentancur if he were in their shoes.
Marcel Sabitzer is keeping an open mind over the possibility of turning his loan spell at Manchester United into a permanent move in the summer.
Jack Willis, England's rejuvenated hitman, faces the threat of being left in Test exile after the World Cup, as the RFU set a time-limit on his special dispensation to play abroad.

David Beckham has been asked to back various rival bids for Manchester United as the takeover race hots up.
England are hoping for a timely fitness boost ahead of their Six Nations trip to Wales, with Tom Curry and Courtney Lawes both due back to club action this weekend.
Lando Norris has urged the FIA to perform a "U-turn" on political messaging, saying Formula One's drivers should not have to ask for permission to speak about issues which are important to them as they are "not at school".

Jesse Marsch held positive talks with Southampton about becoming their new boss.
Lee Mason and John Brooks could both be removed from next weekend's Premier League matches after the two made high-profile errors while working as VARs.
Manchester United and England star Marcus Rashford has been driving a £280,000 supercar - with the number plate for a Skoda.
Paris Saint-Germain are preparing for the exits of both Lionel Messi and Neymar following a breakdown in dressing room relations, it has been claimed.
Luis Suarez contributed to a mass brawl during Gremio's win over Avenida that eventually saw the army rush onto the pitch.

Wayne Rooney wants a sensational return to English football.
Tommy Fury has confirmed brother Tyson will be in his corner in Saudi Arabia against Jake Paul.
Shakhtar Donetsk defender Oleh Danchenko clinically died in training before being resuscitated.
Everton keeper Jordan Pickford's "penalty cheat sheet" was spotted on his water bottle during their 2-0 defeat to Liverpool on Monday night.
Former Leeds defender Danny Mills told Sky Sports he was unsurprised to see Jesse Marsch sacked as manager
Joel and Avram Glazer could launch a shock bid to keep control of Manchester United by buying out their four siblings.
Lionel Messi is leaning towards leaving PSG on a free transfer this summer, according to reports.

Youssoufa Moukoko is to miss Borussia Dortmund's Champions League tie with Chelsea after being ruled out for six weeks.
Charlton Athletic owner Thomas Sandgaard is in talks with the US businessman Marc Spiegel over a potential sale, which could result in legal action being taken against the Dane by a rival group he had already agreed a deal with.
Kylian Mbappe has returned to training ahead of Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League last-16 first leg against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

Arsenal could face a major dilemma in their summer pursuit of West Ham midfielder Declan Rice as an indirect result of Chelsea's record-breaking January move for Enzo Fernandez, according to reports.


A number of Premier League clubs are to push for semi-automated offsides to be brought in for next season after two costly VAR errors at the weekend.
The Gallagher Premiership is destined to remain a closed league next season after the RFU rejected Ealing Trailfinders' bid for promotion yet again.

Former Brazil star Ze Maria is a shock contender for the Motherwell job.
Celtic keeper Vasilis Barkas will return to Parkhead in the summer after Utrecht confirmed they cannot afford to buy the Greek shotstopper.
Kyogo Furuhashi will undergo further tests on his shoulder injury today.
League Managers' Association chief Billy Brown fears Scottish football is becoming like England, with managers sacked within months.
Kyle Lafferty has been backed to re-discover his form at Linfield by boss David Healy.

Partick Thistle made the shock decision to axe Ian McCall days before their brave Scottish Cup exit to Rangers.

Atletico Madrid could sell Portugal forward Joao Felix, 23, to Chelsea for 100m euros (£88m) this summer. They had been asking for up to 140m euros (£124m). (Relevo - in Spanish)

Chelsea's USA midfielder Christian Pulisic could be heading in the opposite direction to Felix, as Atletico Madrid consider a cut-price bid for the 24-year-old, who was signed by the Blues in 2019 for £58m. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Real Madrid are tracking Juventus' Serbia forward Dusan Vlahovic, 23, and Tottenham's Brazil striker Richarlison, 25, as long-term replacements for 35-year-old former France striker Karim Benzema. (ESPN)

Manchester United face making a £40m loss on England defender Harry Maguire, 29, if he leaves in the summer. (Mail)

Paris St-Germain are ready to put Brazil forward Neymar, 31 - whom they signed for a record 222m euros (£196m) from Barcelona in 2017 - on the transfer list this summer. (Foot Mercato - in French)

Qatar Investment Authority will make a formal bid in the region of £5bn to buy Manchester United in their entirety this week. (Telegraph)

Bayern Munich will not sign France forward Marcus Thuram, 25, from Borussia Monchengladbach, but Inter Milan and AC Milan remain keen. (Sempre Inter)

Bayern Munich have turned their attention back to Tottenham's England striker Harry Kane, 29, with Eintracht Frankfurt's 24-year-old France forward Randal Kolo Muani, lined up as an alternative. (La Gazzetta dello Sport via Sempre Inter)

Seventeen-year-old Athletico Paranaense forward Vitor Roque, who recently helped Brazil win the South American Under-20 Championship, is top of Arsenal's summer transfer list. (AS - in Spanish)

Spain midfielder Sergi Roberto, 31, has agreed an extension to his contract that will keep him at Barcelona until June 2024. (Fabrizio Romano)

Leeds United look set to appoint a short-term manager and reassess at the end of the season after failing in their bid to tempt number one target Andoni Iraola from Rayo Vallecano. (Guardian)

Southampton have held talks with 49-year-old American coach Jesse Marsch - sacked by fellow Premier League strugglers Leeds United last week - about replacing Welshman Nathan Jones. (TalkSport)

Bayern Munich's Austria midfielder Marcel Sabitzer, 28, says he is "feeling good" during his loan spell at Manchester United and is open to a permanent move. (Mail)

Contract extension talks between Chelsea and Mason Mount have stalled. The 24-year-old England midfielder has less than 18 months to run on his current deal. (Football Insider)


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Arsenal are the front-runners to sign Declan Rice despite the midfielder's links to Chelsea.
A bid from Qatar Investment Authority to buy Manchester United in its entirety will come by the end of the week in time for the deadline set by the New York merchant bank selling the club.
Almost 3,000 Liverpool fans have signed up to a series of compensation claims against UEFA for the trauma they suffered during the Champions League final last year.
Chelsea are still trying to compete for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham despite the challenges of convincing the England midfielder to join.

Erling Haaland was fit to train yesterday, handing Pep Guardiola and Manchester City a huge boost before their pivotal top-of-the-table clash with Arsenal on Wednesday.

UEFA will not block a Qatari takeover of Manchester United should a bid from the oil-rich nation be made.
Arsenal have been told they could sign West Ham captain Declan Rice for a lower fee than Hammers boss David Moyes has suggested.
The Moldovan Football Federation have confirmed Thursday's Europa Conference League clash between Sheriff Tiraspol and Partizan Belgrade will be played behind closed doors due to national security concerns
Dharmesh Sheth says although West Ham will not let Declan Rice leave in the January transfer window, Arsenal remain interested in a summer move for the England midfielder.

Liverpool fans will take legal action against UEFA with more than 2,600 set to claim compensation for their horrific ordeals at last season's Champions League final.
Romeo Beckham made it a Valentine's Day to remember after scoring an injury-time winner in Brentford B's Middlesex Senior Cup clash.
Aston Villa are expecting offers for Emiliano Martinez in the summer after the World Cup-winning goalkeeper's sparkling form... but they are under no pressure to sell with the Argentina No 1 under contract until 2027
Wales players are considering the prospect of unprecedented strike action ahead of next weekend's crunch clash with England as contractual chaos engulfs the country's national game.
The Athletic's David Ornstein and ESPN's Mark Ogden discuss reports that Wales' Six Nations clash with England could be in doubt due to potential strike action.
Jesse Marsch is raring to become Southampton's new manager after Nathan Jones' dismissal - with the ex-Leeds boss having told the Saints hierarchy he is ready to take the job and guide them out of relegation.
John Fury says Tommy Fury has completed 100 rounds of sparring, sent several opponents to hospital, broken one boxers jaw and KO'd heavyweights ahead of Jake Paul fight and insists retirement talk is not just for clout if he loses.
Leeds are considering appointing an interim manager until end of season after Alfred Schreuder became latest candidate to be ruled out - with Nuno Espirito Santo and Steven Gerrard available, but the Liverpool legend has his reservations.

Paris Saint-Germain have named the youngest player to ever start in a knockout Champions League game: 16-year-old Warren Zaire-Emery.
Newcastle United fans have been left worried about their chances in the Carabao Cup final after the referee for the fixture was announced as David Coote, who is is reportedly a Manchester United fan.
Bayern Munich defender Matthijs de Ligt has hinted Erik ten Hag could join the German club later in his career.

Watford head coach Slaven Bilic has confirmed club captain Tom Cleverley could be sidelined for a long period with a thigh injury.
The United States, Mexico and Canada will automatically qualify for the 2026 World Cup.

Chris Maragos has been awarded $43.5m after a mistreated knee forced the Philadelphia Eagles star to retire from the NFL.

Scott Brown has told how Gordon Strachan, Neil Lennon and Brendan Rodgers have been helping him to plot Fleetwood's FA Cup course into the history books as he cuts his teeth in his first job in management.
Dave King admits he's now weighing up what to do next with his Rangers shares after seeing plans to sell to Club 1872 collapse.

An X-rated banner unveiled by Celtic fans aimed at Douglas Ross has been branded 'unacceptable' by one of his former refereeing colleagues.

Manchester United are interested in signing England striker Tammy Abraham, 25, from Italian side Roma. (Caught Offside, via Manchester Evening News)

Chelsea are ready to join the race to sign £100m-rated England international Jude Bellingham, 19, from Borussia Dortmund despite spending more than £600m in the past two transfer windows. (Telegraph - subscription required)

The emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, is expected to make a bid of more than £4bn for Manchester United by Friday's deadline. (Guardian)

Leicester have stepped up contract talks with midfielder James Maddison, 26, as the England international approaches the last 12 months of his current deal. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Spain forward Ansu Fati, 20, has no intention of leaving Barcelona, despite offers from Tottenham, Arsenal and Bayern Munich, along with interest from Manchester United. (Mundo Deportivo)

Arsenal have re-ignited their interest in Inter Milan and Argentina striker Lautaro Martinez, 25. (Football Insider)

Tottenham are exploring a summer move for Sevilla's 31-year-old Moroccan goalkeeper Yassine Bounou, known as Bono, as they look for a long-term replacement to 36-year-old Frenchman Hugo Lloris. (AS - in Spanish)

Aston Villa are expecting offers for Argentine World Cup-winning goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, 30, this summer, but are under no pressure to sell as he is under contract until 2027. (Mail)

Brazil forward Rodrygo, 22, says he had a transfer agreement in place with Barcelona before he joined Real Madrid. (Goal)

Fenerbahce are interested in signing 21-year-old forward Mason Greenwood from Manchester United. (FotoSpor - in Turkish)

Leeds would have to pay Al-Ittihad about £5.3m in compensation to bring manager Nuno Espirito Santo to Elland Road. (Telegraph)

Manchester United have an "active interest" in signing Real Valladolid's Spanish right-back Ivan Fresneda, 18. (Football Insider)

Athletico Paranaense have turned down an offer from Barcelona and two other clubs for 17-year-old Brazilian striker Vitor Roque, who is also reported to be a target for Arsenal. (Goal, via Globo Esporte)


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Aston Villa might listen to offers for World Cup-winning goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez in the summer to help finance another summer rebuild.
Barcelona forward Ansu Fati has shut down talk of a transfer, saying he wants to fight for a regular role in the team amid fresh links with a move to Manchester United.
Tottenham's billionaire owner Joe Lewis wants nearer £4.5bn from any person or group keen on buying the Premier League club.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic took part in a match for AC Milan's U18 side on Wednesday alongside his son Maximilian, 16, who joined the Serie A club from Hammarby last summer.
Inter Miami have been given a major boost in their bold attempt to sign Lionel Messi - with reports in France saying the World Cup winner is unsure about staying in Paris.
Angry Wales stars held an emergency meeting with their bosses on Wednesday and set a deadline of next Wednesday to solve the sport's contractual chaos.

Todd Boehly talked with Paris Saint-Germain about a possible deal to sign Neymar during a meeting with Nasser Al-Khelaifi in the French capital earlier this week, according to reports in France.

Manchester United players do not want Mason Greenwood back at the club and still "harbour concerns" about him coming back despite all charges against him being dropped.
Stoke City's owners, who are worth more than £8bn, have conceded the facilities available to their women's team, who play in the National League Northern Premier Division, are inadequate after fans compared the former home of now defunct Norton United to a landfill site.
Sam Warburton says there is no chance he would have signed the contract offered to current Wales players which has led to talk of a strike, one the former captain says he would have no problem supporting.
A judge in Nevada has ordered the lawyer representing Cristiano Ronaldo's rape accuser Kathryn Mayorga to pay the player around £275,000 in costs after using stolen documents in a lawsuit against him.
Michael Beale, the Rangers manager, has told Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent that, if they are going to leave Ibrox at the end of this season, they must do so with their heads held high.

Manchester United are said to have "genuine interest" in Roma striker Tammy Abraham if they are unable to secure the signing of Napoli's Victor Osimhen this summer.
Erik ten Hag says both Manchester United and Barcelona share ambitions to compete in the latter stages of the Champions League, but their immediate focus is on their Europa League clash.
Erik ten Hag is not ruling out a fresh move for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong in the summer as he prepares to face the Dutchman on Thursday night in the Europa League.
Southampton's decision to employ Nathan Jones looks set to cost them more than £8m, including the £4m payment made to his former club Luton Town and wages of £1.25m per year which he will still be due after his dismissal.
Paul Gilmour provides more details behind Southampton's sacking of Nathan Jones.
Bayern Munich say Marcel Sabitzer will cost Manchester United £16m as Erik ten Hag ponders a permanent move for the loan hit.

Real Madrid are close to agreeing fresh terms with former Manchester City midfielder Brahim Diaz, who is currently out on loan with AC Milan and scored their Champions League winner against Tottenham on Tuesday.
Kylian Mbappe has said that he "shouldn't have come back" and played during Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League first-leg defeat to Bayern Munich.

Barcelona are facing further sanctions which could include docked points and potentially even relegation from La Liga, amid an investigation into payments made to a company belonging to former referees committee vice president Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira, according to reports in Spain.
Arsenal are reportedly trying to steal a march on their rivals by opening transfer talks for wonderkid Vitor Roque.

Wrexham co-owner Ryan Reynolds could soon be adding another sports franchise to his portfolio as he is said to be considering buying the NHL's Ottawa Senators.

Recent Liverpool signing Cody Gakpo was spotted breaking one of Jurgen Klopp's rules when he touched the "This is Anfield" sign on Monday night - Klopp previously banned players yet to win a trophy at the club from touching the sign.
Barcelona star Raphinha has admitted he would love for Casemiro to make a controversial transfer move to the Nou Camp.
Liverpool sent a scout to watch Sporting Lisbon's clash with Porto as they eye young centre-half Goncalo Inacio.

Former Ireland rugby union international David Humphreys is set to become the new director of cricket operations for the England & Wales Cricket Board.
Former Nike director Nikki Doucet has been appointed by the FA as consultant regarding the future direction of the WSL and Women's Championship's future plans for the next few months as the two divisions move closer to being run by a standalone company.

Six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan is celebrating his 60th birthday, which is on Friday, by making a donation of nearly £9m to the Make-A-Wish Foundation which grants wishes to children all over the world.

Rangers have been urged to trigger a "bargain" £5m clause to buy loanee Malik Tillman from Bayern Munich in the summer.
Michael Beale says Rangers are carrying too many players this season and is planning to cull his squad in the summer.
Dundee United head coach Liam Fox insists he still retains full faith in his players despite publicly questioning their personality and bravery.
Former Rangers coach Dave Vos has landed on his feet after leaving with a return to Ajax.

Jack Ross is on a three-man shortlist for the Motherwell job.
The legacy of Darvel's Scottish Cup heroics will be a new permanent 300-seat stand at Recreation Park.

Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has met with Paris St-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi in Paris to discuss a possible summer transfer move for 31-year-old Brazil forward Neymar. (Le Parisien - in French)

Argentina forward Lionel Messi, whose deal with PSG runs out in the summer, is unsure about signing a contract extension with the French champions, which could open the door to the 35-year-old moving to MLS side Inter Miami. (L'Equipe, via Mail)

Arsenal are monitoring the situation of Manchester United's England forward Marcus Rashford, 25, amid uncertainty over his contract at Old Trafford. (Football Insider)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has asked the club to sign 24-year-old Spanish midfielder Martin Zubimendi from Real Sociedad. (Sport - in Spanish)

Arsenal and Manchester United are interested in 26-year-old Dutch right-back Denzel Dumfries, who Inter Milan may be prepared to sell in the summer. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Barcelona coach Xavi says Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong, 25, did not want to join Manchester United last summer. (Sun)

Barca have agreed a deal with LA Galaxy to sign 21-year-old Mexico right-back Julian Araujo until June 2026. (Fabrizio Romano)

Araujo will arrive in Barcelona on Thursday to begin training with the Spanish giants. (ESPN)

Bayern Munich have carried out internal analysis that has identified 29-year-old England striker Harry Kane, whose contract at Tottenham runs out in summer 2024, as the ideal striker for the German club to sign. (Bild - in German)

Tottenham are interested in 21-year-old Ecuador defender Piero Hincapie from Bayer Leverkusen. (Caught Offside)

Aston Villa could listen to offers for Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, 30, in order to help fund the club's summer rebuild. (Mail)

Portugal defender Joao Cancelo, 28, says rumours of a falling out with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola before his loan move to Bayern Munich are a "complete lie". (Mundo Deportivo, via Mirror)

Mauricio Pochettino could return as Tottenham manager and replace under-pressure Antonio Conte. (TalkSPORT)

Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Newcastle have all made contact with Ecuadorian club Independiente del Valle over 15-year-old midfielder Kendry Paez. (90min)


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Qatari investors are confident they will win the battle to buy Manchester United and any sale could even be closed as early as the end of April.
Lionel Messi's father Jorge held further talks with Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday over a new contract to extend his stay in France, with no discussions having yet been held with other interested clubs, which include MLS franchise Inter Miami.
Harry Redknapp has informed Leeds that he would be open to taking on their managerial vacancy.
Nottingham Forest forward Morgan Gibbs-White is on England's radar after Gareth Southgate's No 2 Steve Holland checked on him during a training session.
Bayern Munich have told Manchester United it will cost them £18m to turn Marcel Sabitzer's loan move to Old Trafford into a permanent transfer in the summer.
Cameras from Netflix were thrown out of Welsh rugby's crisis press conference while filming for a Six Nations documentary with players banning them from future events until their contract situation is sorted.
Chelsea will be patient waiting for Raheem Sterling's return from injury, despite their desperate need for firepower up front.
Sean Dyche intends to do a forensic examination of Dominic Calvert-Lewin's medical records and lifestyle as he aims to keep the striker fit.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe's bid to buy Manchester United would not burden the club with any debt if successful, with the billionaire rejecting any leveraged buyout of the type used by the Glazer family.
FIFA are considering lodging a rare appeal against a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after its life-time ban on Yves Jean-Bart, the former president of the Haitian Football Federation.

Saudi Arabia has joined the race for a full buyout of Manchester United, as bids from Qatar are also expected on Friday.
Netflix were ordered out of a Wales press conference yesterday by captain Alun Wyn Jones under a "work-to-rule" order.

Chelsea's Marc Cucurella has been left unsettled in west London after becoming the latest footballer to be the victim of a burglary at his home.

Ajax midfielder Edson Alvarez has revealed he "grieved" for one day over a failed move to Chelsea last summer and now hopes a move will materialise in the future.
Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool are all monitoring Chelsea and England midfielder Mason Mount's contractual situation ahead of possible summer offers, although reports in Spain suggest he will be offered to Atletico Madrid as part of a deal to sign Joao Felix on a permanent deal.
West Ham great Tony Cottee is certain Declan Rice will leave the club in the summer and hopes fans will respect his desire to head to a club where winning trophies is more likely.
Barcelona are facing further transfer troubles after one of Marcos Alonso's former clubs, fourth division side Union Adarve, reported their signing of the former Chelsea star to FIFA for fraud.
Spurs will be without boss Antonio Conte until he has fully recovered from emergency surgery - which could take up to 8 weeks.
A Qatari consortium will today make a £5bn bid for Manchester United.
David Moyes says West Ham fans who think the club can always compete at the top are 'kidding themselves'.
Nottingham Forest are set to ask Premier League chiefs if they can recall Steve Cook into their 25-man squad to face Erling Haaland and Man City on Saturday.

Aston Villa are looking to sign defender Ibrahima Bamba from Vitoria in the summer as part of the Portuguese team's integration into the Midlands side's new multi-club structure.

A letter urging UEFA to block a Qatari takeover of Manchester United has been sent to the governing body's president Alexander Ceferin, citing concerns about "the integrity of the game".
Neymar is facing more questions about his professionalism after he was pictured playing poker and then eating at McDonald's following Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich.
Atletico Madrid have emerged as potential candidates to sign Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino in the summer with the Reds running out of time to tie him down to a new contract.

Image:Roberto Firmino's Liverpool deal expires at the end of the season
Former world No 1 Brooks Koepka is reported to be showing "buyer's remorse" over his 2022 decision to join the LIV Golf League.
Harry Redknapp is ready to make a sensational return to management if Leeds ask him to come out of retirement.

Manchester United are "showing signs" of interest in Roma's World Cup winner Paulo Dybala, with foreign clubs able to sign him for a bargain £11m in the summer because of a release clause.
Arsenal's hopes of signing Marco Asensio on a free transfer have been boosted with Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti playing down chances of him signing a new deal, saying coldly: "Maybe he does [stay], maybe he doesn't. I don't care much."
The Kansas City Chiefs are bracing themselves for a significant coaching departure with highly-rated offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy set to interview for a head coaching role with the Washington Commanders.
Emma Raducanu has signed up for the Eisenhower Cup mixed doubles tournament where she will be partnered by fellow Briton Cameron Norrie.

Former Aberdeen defender Calvin Ramsay - now with Liverpool - is unlikely to play again this season after having surgery on his back.

Gordon Strachan was the big mover in the betting market to become Aberdeen's next manager and is now one of the favourites, alongside current interim boss Barry Robson.

Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United are monitoring 24-year-old England midfielder Mason Mount's contract situation at Chelsea. (ESPN)

Chelsea have offered Mount in a swap deal to make 23-year-old Portugal forward Joao Felix's loan move from Atletico Madrid into a permanent transfer. (Marca - in Spanish)

Several of the Premier League's top clubs have been alerted to the possible availability of Paris St-Germain's Brazil forward Neymar, 31. (90min)

Argentina forward Lionel Messi's father held talks with PSG on Thursday as they look to agree on a new contract for the 35-year-old. (Mail)

Groups in Saudi Arabia have joined the race to buy Manchester United. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Qatari investors are readying an opening bid worth about £5bn for United. (Bloomberg)

Bayern Munich have told Manchester United they will need to pay £18m to sign Austria midfielder Marcel Sabitzer, 28, on a permanent deal. (Bild, via Mail)

Real Madrid are eyeing a move for Manchester United and Portugal right-back Diogo Dalot, 23, who is yet to renew his contract at Old Trafford. (AS, in Spanish)

Arsenal have sent their scouts to watch Athletico Paranaense and Brazil youth international forward Vitor Roque. Barcelona are also keen on the 17-year-old who is likely to attract a fee of more than £50m. (CaughtOffside)

Newcastle, Real Madrid, Manchester City and PSG are all interested in Napoli and Georgia winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, but the Serie A side would want well in excess of £50m for the 22-year-old. (90min)

In addition, Newcastle are also watching on Real Valladolid's 18-year-old right-back Ivan Fresneda, but may only make a move for the Spaniard if they qualify for next season's Champions League. (Football Insider)

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti says he does not care whether Spanish midfielder Marco Asensio, 27, signs a new deal at the club or leaves. (Mirror)

Southampton and West Ham are both in contact with the representatives of Nice's 23-year-old Nigeria forward Terem Moffi. (Football Insider)

Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp would be open a return to management should Leeds United ask him to come out of retirement. (Mirror)

Nottingham Forest are attempting to register English defender Steve Cook, 31, back into their squad before facing Manchester City at the weekend. (Telegraph - subscription required)


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Liverpool are pushing hard to sign Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount in the summer with Blues boss Graham Potter admitting negotiations over a new deal for him have been "complicated".
Barcelona were reportedly "sent a threatening fax" by the former vice-president of Spanish football's Referees' Committee - Jose Maria Enriquez Negreiera - back in 2019 after the club informed him they would no longer be making any payments to him for technical advice on officials.
Miami-based investment firm 777 Partners, owners of clubs in Brazil and Europe including Genoa and Standard Liege, are showing interest in Everton.
Wigan winger James McClean has bizarrely suggested football should allow 10-to-15-second ice hockey-style fights between players, who would then be sin-binned.
British tennis chiefs fear that prestigious tournaments at Queen's and Eastbourne could be lost overseas unless they allow Russians to play in their events this summer.

The Qatari bidders for Manchester United are confident they can prove they are separate entities to Paris Saint-Germain's owners despite a series of links having already been pointed out.
Chelsea are now planning to loan Andrey Santos out to a club in Brazil in order to secure the handful of points he needs to earn a United Kingdom work permit.

Real Madrid have set their sights on Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot now they feel his contract is getting down to a point where there might be doubt over him extending.
Manchester United's Mason Greenwood, who remains suspended by the club, has secretly met up with some of his team-mates in private to try and rebuild his relationship with them and resurrect his Old Trafford career.
Newcastle United are battling with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in the race to sign Napoli hot-shot Khvicha Kvaratskheila according to reports in Italy.
Raphinha has apologised to his Barcelona team-mates after his outburst at being substituted towards the end of Thursday's Europa League clash with Manchester United.
Barcelona are set to be without midfielder Pedri for around a month with a hamstring injury, meaning he will miss the Europa League return leg against Manchester United.
Tommy Paul says football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will be ringside for his upcoming fight with Tommy Fury in Saudi Arabia.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will not be part of Chelsea's squad against Southampton despite Graham Potter's earlier insistence that he was still an "important player".
The New York Jets are set to meet with former Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr over a free agent deal which could end their reported interest in Green Bay Packers signal-caller Aaron Rodgers.

Robert Pires says only three members of the current Arsenal squad - William Saliba, Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka - would have made the starting XI of Arsene Wenger's Invincibles, with Pires himself being one of the players to miss out.
Six first-class counties are demanding urgent answers from the England and Wales Cricket Board as to why a middle-aged player who transitioned from a man to a woman is being allowed to compete against girls as young as 12.
Umpires in the County Championship will wear cameras attached to their chests when the new domestic season begins in April, with the aim of recording details of each delivery to help England make more informed selection decisions.

Leicester Tigers have admitted they are "suffering some very challenging conditions" and are looking to raise £13m in fresh investment from two of their current directors.

Barry Robson is taking the positives from Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack's patient approach to finding a new manager but remains coy at being favourite to take over.

Manchester City have renewed their interest in West Ham's 24-year-old England midfielder Declan Rice. (90min)

Liverpool are pushing to sign England midfielder Mason Mount amid a lack of progress in the 24-year-old's contract talks with Chelsea. (Mail)

David Beckham's Inter Miami are in pole position to sign Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 35, should he decide to leave Paris St-Germain. (Mirror)

But Messi's father and agent, Jorge Messi, says it is unlikely the frontman will play for former club Barcelona again. (ESPN)

Aston Villa are interested in a summer move for Roma's English striker Tammy Abraham, 25. (90min)

Atletico Madrid want £80m for Chelsea to make 23-year-old Portugal forward Joao Felix's loan move a permanent deal this summer. (Standard - subscription required)

Leeds United are leading the race to sign Canada winger Tajon Buchanan, 24, from Club Bruges. (Calciomercato, via TeamTalk)

Juventus have decided to sell 26-year-old Switzerland midfielder Denis Zakaria at the end of his loan spell at Chelsea. (Standard)

Chelsea are yet to apply for a work permit for Brazilian midfielder Andrey Santos, 18, who they signed in January. (Athletic - subscription required)

Santos is due to be sent out on loan in his native Brazil with Palmeiras until December. (Fabrizio Romano)

Leeds have told interim boss Michael Skubala, 40, he could remain in charge until the end of the season. (90min)

Newcastle United are preparing to offer English defender Dan Burn, 30, a new contract. (Football Insider)

Everton manager Sean Dyche plans to look into English striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin's entire lifestyle, including the mattress he sleeps on, as he attempts to overcome the 25-year-old's fitness issues. (Times - subscription required)

Sports streaming platform DAZN is set to compete with Sky, BT Sport and Amazon Prime for Premier League rights packages. (Times - subscription required)


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Qatari investors could still bid for a stake in Tottenham, even if Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani completes a takeover of Manchester United.

Ed Woodward, the former Manchester United executive vice-chairman, stands to make around £1.5m from the club's sale.
Angel Di Maria has questioned Paris Saint-Germain's decision to give Kylian Mbappe 'all the power' - especially when they also have Lionel Messi in their ranks.

West Ham have put Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic at the top of their list to replace Declan Rice if he leaves the Hammers this summer.
West Ham are also watching developments with England midfielder Kalvin Phillips at Manchester City.

Manchester City are set to give Nathan Ake a bumper new contract after blocking a return to former club Chelsea.
Chelsea are set to increase the size of their changing room after splurging £300m last month adding to their star-studded squad.

American hedge fund giant Elliott Investment Management entered the Manchester United takeover race on Friday night.


Paul Merson says Chelsea are a team of individuals and does not see their bad run of form stopping any time soon after defeat at home to Southampton
Chelsea will look to offload Mason Mount, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Hakim Ziyech, Conor Gallagher and Ruben Loftus-Cheek at the end of the season as the club prepares to spend big once again.
Roma striker Tammy Abraham is on Manchester United's list of potential targets this summer.

Arsenal are interested in singing Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Jesper Lindstrom, who has been labelled the "Danish Bruno Fernandes", to the Premier League this summer.

Manchester United are one of several top European clubs to express their interest in Atalanta defender Giorgio Scalvini.

Tottenham are interested in signing Real Madrid and Germany defender Antonio Rudiger, 29, in the summer transfer window. (Fijaches - in Spanish)

Manchester United and England striker Marcus Rashford, 25, will have a £120m price tag if the Premier League club are forced to sell him next summer. (Star)

Manchester United are willing to increase David de Gea's wage to £250,000 a week to keep the 32-year-old Spain goalkeeper at Old Trafford, but the club are already looking at Leeds' French star Illan Meslier, 22, as his long-term replacement. (Sun)

Sir Jim Ratcliffe's Manchester United takeover bid is £1bn less than the £5bn offered by Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani. (Foot Mercato - in French)

West Ham could make summer bids for Manchester United's 26-year-old Scotland midfielder Scott McTominay, England centre-back Harry Maguire, 29, Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek, 25, and France forward Anthony Martial, 27. (CaughtOffside)

The Hammers are putting Lazio and Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, 27, at the top of their list to replace England midfielder Declan Rice, should the 24-year-old leave in the summer. (Sun)

Qatari investors could still bid for a stake in Tottenham, even if Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani completes a takeover of Manchester United. (Times - subscription required)

Manchester City are planning to open talks with Argentina's World Cup winner Julian Alvarez about a new contract, despite the 23-year-old striker only arriving at Etihad Stadium last summer. (Mirror)

Barcelona agreed to sign Atletico Madrid and Portugal forward Joao Felix in January 2022, but the deal collapsed because of Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations. (AS - in Spanish)

Blackburn Rovers have offered Chile striker Ben Brereton Diaz, 23, a £30,000-a-week contract for one year to make him stay at the Championship club amid interest from Villarreal. (Sun)

Newcastle United are plotting a summer move for Fulham and United States full-back Antonee Robinson, 25. (Football Insider)

Nottingham Forest's English midfielder Lewis O'Brien, 24, has attracted interest from MLS clubs New York City, Columbus Crew and Atlanta United. (Sun)

Liverpool have opened preliminary talks over signing Colombia Under-20s defender Kevin Mantilla, 19, from Independiente Santa Fe. (Football Insider)

Crystal Palace and West Ham are keen on a move for Bristol City's 19-year-old English midfielder Alex Scott, who is valued at £20m. (Sun)


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There has been no Saudi-backed move for Manchester United, in a major boost for the chances of the Qatari bid for the club.
Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers blasted the 'incredible' decision that saw Marcel Sabitzer avoid a red card in the first half of their defeat at Manchester United on Sunday.
Welsh rugby players have not changed their stance on strike action ahead of Saturday's Six Nations clash with England and insist it is not an empty threat.
Graeme Souness believes Marcel Sabitzer is lucky to still be on the field after only picking up a yellow card for his tackle on Leicester defender Wout Faes

Bidders for Manchester United will be told the Glazers have no intention of selling for less than their £6bn asking price.
Southampton's interim manager Ruben Selles joked the squad would have to buy him a new suit if Saints won at Chelsea and match-winner James Ward-Prowse says that is exactly what will happen this week.
Arsenal and Tottenham are rivals for Montpellier's young striker Elye Wahi, according to reports in France. The 20-year-old has eight Ligue 1 goals in 21 games this season and has also caught the attention of Borussia Dortmund.
Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are ready to make offers to impending Juventus free agent Angel Di Maria if the Serie A club is unable to tempt him into one final season with the club before returning to Argentina to finish his career with Rosario Central.

The Glazer family has been offered the financial backing to remain as owners of Manchester United by American hedge fund Elliott Management after the New York-based group registered an interest in investing in the Premier League club.

Liverpool have cited the quick turnaround between Premier League and Champions League fixtures as their explanation for flying the 33 minutes back from Newcastle on Saturday.
Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has rejected claims over a tense relationship between him and Neymar amid an apparent dig towards the Brazilian in the past week.
Sadio Mane snubbed Mo Salah when asked in an interview to name the best finisher he played alongside at Liverpool, with the crown instead going to now AC Milan striker Divock Origi.

LaLiga will file an official complaint to the Pamplona court after Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior was subject to racist abuse during their 2-0 win at Osasuna on Saturday.
Nottingham Forest have launched an appeal over the Premier League's decision not to approve their application to include Steve Cook in their 25-man squad.
Brighton & Hove Albion head coach Roberto De Zerbi has advised owner-chairman Tony Bloom to extend Adam Lallana's contract after revealing he could be without the former Liverpool and England midfielder for the rest of the season.
Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi criticised the standard of refereeing in the Premier League, and insisted he didn't say anything 'bad' despite being shown a red card following the defeat to Fulham
Real Betis set a record for football's most inclusive game on Saturday for the most supporters with disability to attend a match as they beat Valladolid 2-1.

QPR are plotting a swift appointment having sacked manager Neil Critchley amid fears they were sleepwalking towards relegation to League One.

Those running the sale of Manchester United are said to be unhappy with the statement put out by Qatari investors on Friday night, with mention of returning the club to "former glories" being seen as implied criticism of the Glazer family.
RB Leizpig defender Josko Gvardiol has revealed he would love to play in the Premier League in an interview that will undoubtedly perk up interest from England's leading clubs.
Tony Cascarino says Graham Potter would have already been sacked three times if Chelsea were still under the stewardship of Roman Abramovich.

Arsenal analyst Miguel Molina reportedly blew kisses at Aston Villa counterpart Victor Manas before being kicked out of the press box at Villa Park on Saturday with a second clash in the tunnel leading to officials from both teams intervening.

Dundee United have accepted a "six-figure" offer from Premier League side Fulham for their teenage striker Rory McLeod with the deal potentially including a loan-back clause for 2023/24.

RB Leipzig and Croatia centre-back Josko Gvardiol, 21, says he "wants to play in the Premier League" and was close to joining Leeds United in 2020 while he could have signed for Chelsea last summer. (Times - subscription required)

Bayern Munich have joined Paris St-Germain in the race to sign Chelsea and Morocco winger Hakim Ziyech, 29. (Fijaches - in Spanish)

Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has no intention of sacking manager Graham Potter despite the Blues' 1-0 defeat by Southampton on Saturday. (Mirror)

Barcelona are keeping close tabs on Manchester City and Spain midfielder Rodri ahead of the summer window and would be prepared to offer £80m for the 26-year-old. (Football Insider)

Tottenham are eyeing former manager Mauricio Pochettino as a potential replacement for Antonio Conte if the Italian leaves Spurs at the end of the season. (Nicolo Schira)

Newcastle United are closely monitoring Arsenal and Scotland defender Kieran Tierney, 25. (Football Insider)

Liverpool's pursuit of Borussia Dortmund's England midfielder Jude Bellingham, 19, and Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount, 24, could depend on their Champions League campaign. (Express)

The Glazer family have been offered the financial backing to remain as owners of Manchester United by American hedge fund Elliott Management after the New York-based group registered an interest in investing in the club. (ESPN)

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has prioritised a new contract for in-form England forward Marcus Rashford, 25. (Sky Sports)

Inter Milan are the frontrunners to sign Borussia Monchengladbach and France forward Marcus Thuram, 25, ahead of Manchester United and Bayern Munich. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Chelsea and Tottenham are weighing up a summer move for Brighton's Republic of Ireland forward Evan Ferguson, 18. (Sun)

Sevilla are interested in securing a loan deal for Manchester City's Spanish full-back Sergio Gomez, 22. (Fijaches - in Spanish)


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Alejandro Garnacho is edging nearer to signing a new long-term deal at Manchester United after a deal in principle was reportedly agreed between player and club.
Manchester City have poached Newcastle's first-team coaching analyst Mark Leyland after just 14 months at St James' Park in a significant blow to Eddie Howe's management team.
Javi Gracia has emerged as a contender to take over at Leeds United until the end of the season.
David Moyes is set to stay in charge for West Ham against Nottingham Forest this Saturday - but Rafa Benitez is on standby and wants the job.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has called for Deontay Wilder to fight him after the American declared he is now 'taking full control' of his career.
Chelsea's hopes of loaning Andrey Santos out to Brazilian club Palmeiras have stalled after they insisted on any deal for the player, who has been denied a UK work permit, should last until their season ends in November.

Chelsea boss Graham Potter has been told to "put his tin hat on" and fight through the boos, with co-controlling owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali having no plans to sack him ahead of this week's vital showdown with rivals Tottenham.

Manchester United have been handed a boost ahead of their Europa League play-off second leg against Barcelona, with Gavi suspended and Pedri's fitness a concern.
Lewis Hamilton's salary is dwarfed by Max Verstappen's but the Mercedes ace is still second-top earner as F1 stars' wages are revealed.
Thiago Silva's wife Belle liked a tweet describing Chelsea boss Graham Potter as a "deadbeat" manager who "doesn't know what he is doing".
Premier League clubs are being urged to each give up £20m per season to end what EFL chief Rick Parry calls the "catastrophic" cost of relegation.
Chelsea planned to let Christian Pulisic leave the club in January after signing Mykhailo Mudryk, but they were scuppered when he suffered a knee injury five days into the window.
Timo Werner has opened up on his disappointing spell at Chelsea, criticising former Blues boss Thomas Tuchel and singling out the re-signing of Romelu Lukaku as the beginning of the end for him in the Premier League.
EFL chief Rick Parry has reiterated comments that the League is looking at offering a third promotion spot to the National League, something which has long been campaigned for in non-League circles.

Manchester United will be used for "sportswashing" if it is sold into Qatari ownership, Amnesty International has warned.

Karim Adeyemi is a serious injury doubt for Borussia Dortmund's Champions League second-leg tie against Chelsea after tearing a muscle fibre in his side's Bundesliga win over Hertha Berlin.

Paris Saint-Germain are ready to re-appoint Thomas Tuchel and would be willing to admit their mistake in sacking him in the first place.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy and owner Joe Lewis are thought to be undecided over whether they want to listen to offers for the whole club, sell a minority stake or remain in complete control.

Premier League clubs fear the introduction of a government-appointed independent regulator could discourage future foreign investment and weaken the top flight's position in European football.
Wales rugby stars are set to down tools two days before their Six Nations clash with England on Saturday, with the likelihood that they will refuse to train on Thursday unless they receive further concessions at a meeting on Wednesday.
Borussia Monchengladbach have confirmed Marcus Thuram - a target for multiple Premier League teams - will leave the club on a free transfer in the summer.

The LTA has been offered £415,000 ($500,000) from the WTA Tour if it lifts its ban on Russian and Belarusian players from competing in this year's pre-Wimbledon grass-court events.

Ricardo Rodriguez is a new contender to become the next Aberdeen manager with Alan Burrows set to begin work as chief executive of the Dons.

Brighton are reported to have sent a scout to watch Motherwell prospect Max Johnston in their Scottish Premiership clash with Hearts on Saturday. Johnston's contract is up in the summer and would only cost a buying club a limited amount of compensation.

Lewis Ferguson has already attracted the attention of AC Milan and Juventus after a series of impressive displays in Serie A for Bologna.

Paris St-Germain are preparing to reappoint former Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel as the club's manager, having sacked the German in December 2020. Christophe Galtier is currently in charge of the Ligue 1 side. (Evening Standard)

Brazil forward Neymar, 31, has no interest in leaving Paris St-Germain before his contract ends in 2027. (L'Equipe - in French)

Arsenal are leading the race to sign England midfielder Declan Rice, 24, from West Ham with his representatives in sustained contact with the Gunners. (Football Insider)

Manchester United are prepared to listen to offers for Scotland midfielder Scott McTominay and believe they can get £25m for the 26-year-old. (Football Insider)

Spain forward Ansu Fati, 20, has been linked with Manchester United but says he has a contract with Barcelona until 2027 and hopes to stay with the La Liga club for "many more years". (Goal)

Manchester United have agreed a deal in principle with 18-year-old Argentina forward Alejandro Garnacho over a new five-year contract. (ESPN)

Manchester United are confident Portugal right-back Diogo Dalot, 23, will sign a new contract at the club. (Football Insider)

West Ham manager David Moyes is set to be sacked if his side, who are in the Premier League relegation zone, lose at home to Nottingham Forest on Saturday. (Times - subscription required)

Rafael Benitez is interested in replacing Moyes as West Ham boss. (Mail)

Leeds United are in talks with former Watford boss Javi Gracia about the vacant managerial post at the club, with the Spaniard part of a two-man shortlist. (Guardian)

Leeds are interested in Barcelona's 18-year-old Spanish forward Ilias Akhomach. (ESPN)

Tottenham owner Joe Lewis and chairman Daniel Levy are unsure whether to listen to offers for the whole club, sell a minority stake or stay in control of the club. (Evening Standard)

The father of Liverpool's 18-year-old Spanish midfielder Stefan Bajcetic says the Reds were not going to sign his son from the Celta Vigo academy until they learned that rivals Manchester United had stepped up their interest. (El Mundo, via Sport Witness)

Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are all interested in 25-year-old France forward Marcus Thuram, who will be a free agent this summer after rejecting a new deal with Borussia Monchengladbach. (Talksport)

Chelsea are in talks about sending Brazilian striker Andrey Santos on loan to Palmeiras after the 18-year-old was denied a work permit. (Evening Standard)


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N'Golo Kante is close to handing Chelsea a huge boost by signing a new contract as he closes in on a first-team return.
Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani is confident his proposed buyout of Manchester United would not fall foul of rules barring ownership or control over more than one club.
Brighton are set to face a summer battle to hold on to Roberto De Zerbi - less than a year after appointing the Italian as Graham Potter's successor.
Birmingham City are facing another charge by the Football League after a lengthy investigation into the club's ownership structure.
Leicester Tigers will appoint Australia assistant coach Dan McKellar as their new head coach, although it is unclear whether he will be able to link up with the team for pre-season this summer as he could retain his place on Eddie Jones' staff for the World Cup.

Manchester United could be without Harry Maguire, Antony and Anthony Martial for the second leg of their Europa League play-off against Barcelona.
Erik ten Hag shared dinner with Manchester United great Sir Alex Ferguson on Monday night ahead of a week when the club face a huge Europa League date with Barcelona and the Carabao Cup final against Newcastle.
The "Hand of God" ball which Diego Maradona scored his notorious goal against England with failed to sell for a second time at auction with the owner - match referee Ali Bin Nasser - holding out for £2.5m. Bids on this occasion only reached £1.4m after a £2m winning bid was rejected last November.

Chelsea flop Timo Werner has blasted former coach Thomas Tuchel for "scapegoating" him.
Chelsea will sell Mason Mount in the summer if the midfielder fails to agree a contract extension.
Former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is holding out for the West Ham job.

Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly is a 'big fan' of Eintracht Frankfurt boss Oliver Glasner, who could fall under consideration for a second time under the American's reign if Graham Potter is relieved of his duties in west London.
Arsenal are ready to make a "mega money" for Atalanta striker Rasmus Hojlund, who has impressed during his first season in Serie A and has also attracted interest from Real Madrid.
Manchester United are in contract talks with five players, including England stars Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw, with business continuing as usual despite continuing takeover talk.
Reports in Spain have hinted that Real Madrid will look to bring in Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic as the long-term replacement for Karim Benzema.

Reims president Jean-Pierre Caillot would love to have Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun back on loan again next season after a prolific goalscoring run in France but he believes a "very big club" will sign the 21-year-old if the Gunners do not decide to integrate him into their first-team plans.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was pictured playing five-a-side football in Milan after being given permission to travel to Italy by Graham Potter and the Chelsea hierarchy.
Manchester United's share price on the New York Stock Exchange fell significantly on Tuesday after stories emerged that the Glazer family might make a U-turn on their proposed sale.

Aston Villa would consider offers for Emiliano Martinez this summer - though they are set to demand a high price for their World Cup winner.
Dutch legend Marco van Basten has heaped praise on Ajax's Mohammed Kudus and claimed the Ghanaian is a superior player to Antony, who left Ajax for Manchester United last summer in an £85.5m switch.
Brad Friedel says US stars Christian Pulisic and Matt Turner should move on from Chelsea and Arsenal respectively to secure more playing time.
Fans have voiced their support for Wales stars in their dispute with Welsh rugby chiefs over contracts but many hope that a strike, which could potentially see the Six Nations clash with England called off, is somehow avoided.
Jockey Rachael Blackmore has paid tribute to "the horse that changed my life" after her historic 2021 Grand National winning partner Minella Times was retired after suffering a setback.
Jake Paul says Tommy Fury's boxing career is being ruined by his father John ahead of their Saudi showdown this weekend.

Sarina Wiegman has acknowledged things are "not going to change overnight" after all 13 players to feature for England in their under-23's 4-1 victory over Belgium on Monday were white.

Wilfried Zaha is considering a move to link up with Cristiano Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia, after rejecting multiple offers to extend his contract at Crystal Palace.

Actor Joseph Fiennes, whose previous roles include William Shakespeare, will portray Gareth Southgate in a National Theatre production of Dear England, which will look back at the England manager's career since the tragedy of his Euro '96 penalty miss.

Kieran Tierney is considering his future at Arsenal after becoming increasingly frustrated by his lack of action.
Neil Lennon has confessed he's missing the 'buzz' of being a club manager.

Dundee United owner Mark Ogren says there will be "no immediate changes" at the club and is set to stand by sporting director Tony Ashgar and boss Liam Fox despite a fan protest outside Tannadice before their AGM on Tuesday.

Chelsea's France midfielder N'Golo Kante, 31, is set to sign a new contract as he closes in on a return from injury. (Telegraph - subscription)

Former Tottenham and Paris St-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino has turned down an initial approach from Chelsea to replace Graham Potter. (90min)

Aston Villa are prepared to listen to offers for 30-year-old goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who helped Argentina win the World Cup last year. (Mail)

Manchester United will not spend big in the summer transfer window even if the Qatari takeover bid is successful. (ESPN)

Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani is confident his bid for United would not fall foul of multi-club ownership rules. (Telegraph - subscription)

Leicester City are trying to persuade playmaker James Maddison to sign a new deal, but will look to sell him in the summer if it does not look like he will stay. Manchester City, Newcastle United and Tottenham are interested in the 26-year-old England international. (Football Insider)

Napoli's Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen, 24, has not ruled out leaving this summer and said "it is for the club to decide" his future amid interest from Chelsea and Manchester United. (ESPN)

Brighton manager Roberto de Zerbi, 43, is attracting admiring glances from some of the leading clubs in his native Italy and has also been linked with Tottenham. (Telegraph - subscription)

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, 30, has turned down multiple offers to extend his contract and Al Nassr, who signed Cristiano Ronaldo in December, are one of three Saudi Arabian clubs to have sounded out the Ivory Coast international. (Evening Standard)

Al Nassr nutritionist Jose Blesa says all the players are training harder and following stricter diets since Ronaldo's arrival. (Ideal via Mirror)

Manchester United are not expected to turn 30-year-old Netherlands striker Wout Weghorst's loan move from Burnley into a permanent switch in the summer. (Football Insider)

Arsenal are preparing a bid for Atalanta's 20-year-old Denmark forward Rasmus Hojlund. (La Repubblica - in Italian)

Real Madrid have made the first move by sending scouts to watch Hojlund. (Mirror)

Leeds United are planning to move for 24-year-old Sweden striker Viktor Gyokeres, whose contract with Coventry City runs until summer 2024. (Teamtalk)

Barcelona's 20-year-old Spain forward Ansu Fati wants to stay beyond his current contract, which runs until 2027. (90min)

Former Fulham and Bournemouth manager Scott Parker is facing calls for him to be sacked at Club Brugge after one win in nine games. (Mirror)


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Alejandro Garnacho is close to signing a new long-term deal at Manchester United having impressed Erik ten Hag this season.

Yorkshire have pleaded guilty to a charge of destroying or losing documents relating to racism allegations made by Azeem Rafiq.


A buyout financier worth £290bn has offered funds to at least one bidder to support a potential takeover of Manchester United, according to reports.

Napoli have told Premier League suitors that Khvicha Kvaratskhelia is "priceless".


Newcastle United chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan has been on Tyneside conducting a series of progress reports with senior members of the club's management team ahead of Sunday's Carabao Cup final.


Arsenal are reportedly planning to make an offer for Atalanta striker Rasmus Hojlund, but could face competition for his signature from Real Madrid.

Borussia Dortmund have reiterated their desire to keep Jude Bellingham at the club this summer and revealed they are yet to receive contact from any teams regarding a potential transfer.

Newcastle United will not hold an open-top bus parade if they fail to win the Carabao Cup, unlike in previous years when returning defeated from Wembley.

Joao Cancelo has admitted he has a 'difficult personality' as he doubled down on his insistence his Deadline-Day departure from Manchester City was a mutual decision which came in a conversation with manager Pep Guardiola.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is confident star man Victor Osimhen will remain at the club this summer amid interest from Manchester United.

Newcastle winger Ryan Fraser is now training with the club's U21s and is unlikely to return to the senior set-up.


Graham Potter and Chelsea coaching staff spoke on Tuesday to address how their season is unravelling.


Ryan Reynolds and Rob McIlhenney will welcome Wrexham to the United States this summer and are set to play for the Welsh club in a $1m tournament.


Newcastle United fans travelling back from London after Sunday's Carabao Cup final have been banned from drinking alcohol on evening train services from the capital.

LaLiga has announced it has filed three complaints after perpetrators responsible for racially abusing Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior and Villarreal's Samuel Chukwueze were identified.

Crystal Palace defender Tyrick Mitchell is in contention to face Liverpool despite sustaining an ankle injury at the weekend.

Sean Longstaff has credited head coach Eddie Howe with "saving my Newcastle career" ahead of Sunday's Carabao Cup final against Manchester United.


Olly Lee, the son of Newcastle United star Rob Lee has been forced into early retirement as the result of an arthritis condition.


Dundee United chairman Mark Ogren says he understands the frustrations of supporters as they fear heading into the Scottish Championship - although he has 'no plans' to make any immediate changes.

Barcelona manager Xavi says he is in "constant contact" with Argentina forward Lionel Messi, whose deal at Paris St-Germain runs out in the summer, and that the 35-year-old would be be welcomed back "home" to the Spanish club if he wanted to return. (Goal)

Chelsea will sell England midfielder Mason Mount in the summer, when he will have a year left on his contract, if they fail to agree a new deal with 24-year-old. (Athletic - subscription required)

Arsenal are set to battle Borussia Dortmund, Newcastle and Juventus for the signature of Real Valladolid's 18-year-old Spanish right-back Ivan Fresneda. (Standard)

Arsenal have also started contract extension talks with 30-year-old Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka, who is keen to remain at Emirates Stadium. (90min)

Liverpool are interested in RB Leipzig and Croatia defender Josko Gvardiol, 21. (Fabrizio Romano)

Portugal defender Joao Cancelo, 28, says his loan move to Bayern Munich was an opportunity he could not refuse after believing he should play more at Manchester City, while manager Pep Guardiola disagreed. (O Jogo, via Mail)

Manchester United's England left-back Luke Shaw, 27, and Portugual right-back Diogo Dalot, 23, have done enough to secure new deals with the Old Trafford club but a number of other players at the club face being sold in the summer. (Football Transfers)

The agent of Austria midfielder Marcel Sabitzer has hinted the 28-year-old could remain at Manchester United beyond the end of the season following his loan move from Bayern Munich. (Sport 1 - in German)

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has given Manchester United hope of signing 24-year-old Nigeria forward Victor Osimhen after saying "sometimes there are offers you can't refuse". (Mirror)

Leicester City could look to sign Borussia Dortmund's Germany midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud, 27, on a free transfer in the summer. (Leicester Mercury)

Former England goalkeeper Ben Foster, 39, says he does not regret turning down the chance to come out of retirement and sign for Newcastle United, whose first-choice keeper Nick Pope is banned for Sunday's Carabao Cup final. (Talksport)

Newcastle winger Ryan Fraser is training with the club's under-21s and the 28-year-old Scotland international is expected to leave the club in the summer. (Mail)


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Phil Neville has admitted that Inter Miami are interested in Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets.

England's "big six" clubs face paying millions of pounds each year to fund the new independent regulator for football under plans announced by the government.

Jordan Pickford's new contract at Everton does not include a relegation release clause.

Steve Borthwick and England players are pushing the RFU to relax the overseas player rule.


An enhanced owners' and directors' test, one of the central components of a proposed independent regulator for football, would not have prevented the Saudi-led takeover of Newcastle and would not block a Qatari buyout of Manchester United, the government has confirmed.


Liverpool have received a timely boost with Ibrahima Konate returning to training after three weeks out.

Referee John Brooks will return to duty in the FA Cup after being dropped following a high-profile error in the Premier League.

Real Madrid's David Alaba faces a month out injured with a right hamstring injury.


Chelsea stars have reportedly been left unconvinced by the new haul of transfers.

Darren Fletcher's sons bizarrely played against each other in a youth international clash.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has reportedly been thrown a transfer lifeline by Fenerbahce.

Tommy Fury has accepted an £8m bet from Jake Paul on the outcome of their fight in front of media in the Middle East.


Bukayo Saka has told Arsenal he wants to stay, with the Premier League leaders closing in on securing their brilliant forward to a new contract worth a minimum £10m a year.

Newcastle's players will share bonuses of £1m if they win the club's first trophy in 48 years in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester United on Sunday.

Furious Newcastle fans have ripped into former Magpies striker Nile Ranger after he was seen trying to sell 100 tickets to their Carabao Cup final on social media.

Manchester United academy graduate Andreas Pereira has debunked the theory that Jose Mourinho limits chances for young players.

Conor Benn could still be hit with a ban of up to two years for his positive drugs tests despite being permitted to return to the World Boxing Council rankings this week.


Football's new independent regulator will have up to 200 staff members.

Napoli defender Kim Min-jae has emerged as a Manchester United target once more, a few short years after Jose Mourinho turned down the chance to sign the centre-back.

Sergio Ramos has confirmed his retirement from international football after a call from Spain's new manager Luis de la Fuente.

There were ugly scenes at the end of PSV Eindhoven's Europa League play-off clash against Sevilla on Thursday evening after a fan invaded the pitch and confronted a player.


Josko Gvardiol's Premier League suitors have been warned RB Leipzig will not give up the £100m-rated defender without a fight this summer.

Sergio Garcia has expressed his "sadness" at the breakdown of his close relationship with Rory McIlroy, saying that the Northern Irishman "lacked maturity" when abruptly ending their friendship over the LIV Golf breakaway.

The All England Club's much-delayed plans to expand into neighbouring Wimbledon Park Golf Course are likely to receive a verdict from the local councils - namely Merton and Wandsworth - in the week beginning April 24.


Chelsea star Mykhailo Mudryk is 'not in a good mood' at the club according to Shakhtar Donetsk director of football Darijo Srna as the 40-year-old joked he would buy the player back.

Tottenham are reportedly keen to sign Lecce star Morten Hjulmand at the end of the season, with the midfielder attracting plenty of interest due to his good form in the Serie A.

Chelsea attacking duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Christian Pulisic are targeting a way out of Stamford Bridge this summer.


Crystal Palace are among a number of English Premier League clubs who are keen on Rangers youngster Calum Adamson.

Dundee United have made a move for US international keeper Bill Hamid.

Cho Gue-sung could be set for a move to Glasgow in the summer transfer window - albeit to the blue half of the city, with Rangers being touted for a move by Jeonbuk sporting director Park Ji-sung.

Hearts have opened contract talks with Robert Snodgrass over extending the veteran's stay in Gorgie.

Arsenal have put West Ham's England midfielder Declan Rice, 24, at the top of their wanted list this summer as the Gunners are unlikely to have the funds to compete for Borussia Dortmund's £150m-rated England midfielder Jude Bellingham, 19. (Football.London)

However, Rice would transform Liverpool's midfield if he joined the Reds, according to the club's former midfielder Dietmar Hamann. (Talksport)

Bellingham, meanwhile, has not been put off by Liverpool's recent poor results and remains an admirer of both the club and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp. (Athletic - subscription required)

Inter Miami boss Phil Neville says the Major League Soccer club are interested in signing Paris St-Germain's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 35, and Barcelona's Spanish midfielder Sergio Busquets, 34. Both will be out of contract in the summer. (Times - subscription required)

Barcelona president Joan Laporta is increasingly confident that Messi can be persuaded to return to the Nou Camp. (90 Min)

Croatia defender Josko Gvardiol has been linked with a move to the Premier League but RB Leipzig manager Marco Rose expects the 21-year-old to still be at the German club next season. (Goal)

Manchester United want to strengthen their defence by signing Napoli's South Korea centre-back Kim Min-jae, 26, who has a £42m release clause. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Meanwhile, United are keen to offer a new long-term contract to Argentina Under-20 forward Alejandro Garnacho. The 18-year-old is out of contract in the summer of 2024 and the club want to reward him with a significant pay rise. (Mail)

Liverpool's Brazil midfielder Fabinho, 29, could be facing the exit after five years at Anfield as boss Jurgen Klopp looks to refresh his squad in the summer. (Mirror)

Tottenham are leading the chase to sign Leicester City and England midfielder James Maddison, 26. (Football 365)

Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku, 29, is not keen to return to Chelsea after his loan spell at Inter Milan ends at the end of the season. (90min)

Everton could move for Udinese's Portuguese forward Beto, 25, in the summer after having a "huge" bid for the player turned down in January. (Liverpool Echo)

Arsenal submitted a 70m euro (£61.7m) offer to Barcelona for the Brazil forward Raphinha, 26, in January. (Sport - in Spanish)

Former West Ham and Everton forward Enner Valencia is close to joining Brazilian club Internacional from Fenerbahce, with the 33-year-old Ecuador international set to move on a free transfer.(Fabrizio Romano)

Chelsea are close to reaching a verbal agreement with Independiente del Valle to sign 15-year-old Ecuadorian midfielder Kendry Paez, who will be able to join when he turns 18. (Fabrizio Romano)


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The FA are promising robust security measures around Wembley with thousands of ticketless fans set to travel for tomorrow's Carabao Cup final between Manchester United and Newcastle.

An American hedge fund are willing to provide funding for Old Trafford's redevelopment, which could cost up to £2billion, even if they are unsuccessful in their attempts to buy a majority stake in Manchester United.

Jonathan Liew and John Cross reflect on Manchester United's Europa League win over Barcelona and impact Erik ten Hag has had at Old Trafford.
Christian Pulisic has reportedly emerged as a potential transfer target for Real Madrid in the summer, with the reigning European champions seeking depth in wide positions.

Sir Gareth Edwards' match-worn Barbarians shirt from 1973 was sold at auction in Cardiff on Friday for a world record sum of £240,000.

A sheepskin coat and microphone will be placed in John Motson's old Wembley commentary position at Sunday's Carabao Cup final.

Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag has dismissed the prospect of holding an open top bus parade if his side win the Carabao Cup and will only consider sanctioning a mass celebration if they win two trophies this season.

Yorkshire have threatened to sue a key defence witness in the ECB's racism hearing taking place next week if they reveal information about their time at the club.


Enzo Fernandez tells Chelsea fans to 'trust Graham Potter and the players'.

Manchester United and Chelsea are being lined up for blockbuster friendlies in the United States this summer - against non-league Wrexham.

Premier League executives are set to rule on the future of the Women's Super League.


Manchester United's Mason Greenwood is due to become a first-time dad.

Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is already looking into buying another football club, according to reports.


Inter Miami manager Phil Neville has confirmed the Major League Soccer club are eyeing up a move for Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi and the forward's former Barcelona team-mate Sergio Busquets.

Legendary commentator John Motson spent his final night watching football in his local pub, the landlords have revealed.


Rangers supporters group Club 1872 are set to write to the club with proposals for safe standing at Ibrox.

Sports presenter Alan Brazil revealed he's flying to Viaplay Cup Final on Rod Stewart's private jet.

Paris St-Germain and Argentina forward Lionel Messi is considering returning to his boyhood club Newell's Old Boys. (UOL, via Mirror)

Chelsea and Portugal forward Joao Felix, 23, wants to make his loan deal from Atletico Madrid permanent this summer. (Fijaches - in Spanish)

Arsenal have opened talks with France centre-back William Saliba, 21, over a new contract. (Football Insider)

Al Nassr have made contact with the representatives of Paris St-Germain and former Spain defender Sergio Ramos over a potential move before next season. (Marca - in Spanish)

Inter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella is on Liverpool's shortlist of summer targets, with the 26-year-old Italy international having been watched by the Anfield club's scouts. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Liverpool are interested in signing Bayern Munich and the Netherlands midfielder Ryan Gravenberch, 20, to play alongside England and Borussia Dortmund's Jude Bellingham, 19. (Express)

Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is considering buying Ligue 1 side Strasbourg. (L'Equipe)

Liverpool, Newcastle, Tottenham and West Ham are among the Premier League clubs monitoring Mainz and Germany midfielder Anton Stach, 24. (90min)

France forward Marcus Thuram, who will be out of contract at Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer, has been offered to Barcelona, while Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Manchester United and PSG have also been linked with the 25-year-old. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Newcastle target Matheus Franca has signed a new contract with Flamengo, who rejected the Magpies' offer of £17.5m for the 18-year-old Brazil midfielder in January. (Sun)

Fulham, Everton, Leicester and West Ham are interested in Roma and England defender Chris Smalling, 33. (90min)

Newcastle United are plotting a summer move for Wolves' 25-year-old English centre-back Max Kilman. (Football Insider)

LA Galaxy have moved for Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Andrey Santos, 18, after a proposed loan to Palmeiras collapsed. (Goal)

Brazil could bring in ex-Spain and Barcelona manager Luis Enrique to replace Tite rather than Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti. (Fijaches - in Spanish)

Portuguese left-back Nuno Tavares, 23, says he will return to Arsenal at the end of the season when his loan spell at Marseille concludes. (Goal)