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Sunday 17 March 2024 07:46, UK


Manchester City want to open new contract talks with Ederson.
Cole Palmer is set for a bumper pay rise at Chelsea.
Mauricio Pochettino believes we are finally starting to see why Chelsea blew a record £115m on Moises Caicedo.

England head coach Gareth Southgate has warned Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish they face a battle to make the Euro 2024 squad for Germany.
Jurgen Klopp does not agree that Liverpool's rivalry with Manchester United is any bigger or more important than it is with the other top teams, ahead of their FA Cup quarter-final clash at Old Trafford.
Alan Shearer believes Newcastle boss Eddie Howe still has plenty of 'credit left in the bank' despite the Magpies FA Cup exit.
Wayne Rooney's eldest son Kai scored three goals and registered two assists for Manchester United's under-14 side during their 6-4 win over Everton.

West Ham boss David Moyes is planning a new bid for Manchester United and England centre-half Harry Maguire in the summer.
Sofyan Amrabat will be offered an escape route by Juventus following his nightmare loan stint at Manchester United.
Mason Mount could make his Manchester United return against Liverpool after four months out.
Football fans heading to Germany for Euro 2024 this summer face a resurgence in far right neo-Nazi hooligans who have been overwhelming the police across Europe.

Gareth Southgate is optimistic Reece James will get the chance to prove his fitness for Euro 2024 before the end of the season.
David Moyes is determined to "crack to code" and help Kalvin Phillips achieve his Euro 2024 dream before he returns to Manchester CIty at the end of the season.
Erik ten Hag reckons the penny's dropped with Alejandro Garnacho on what it takes to be a Manchester United superstar.
Daniel Ricciardo wants a return to his old Red Bull seat - but Eddie Jordan has seen nothing from the Aussie early in this new Formula 1 season to convince him he still has what it takes.

Jurgen Klopp says there has been no opportunity for a bitter rivalry with Manchester United while as he has fought other clubs for silverware during his time in English football.
Jurgen Klopp is looking forward to coming up against Manchester United in the FA Cup this weekend and says there is a lot of quality in Erik ten Hag's team
Warren Gatland offered his resignation minutes after his side were condemned to a first 'wooden spoon' in 21 years.
Ireland claimed the Six Nations title for the second year running after defeating Scotland, but their captain Peter O'Mahony hinted at a shock retirement following the triumph in Dublin.
London Irish are in advanced talks over a takeover that would revive the professional club.

Kemar Roofe reckons Philippe Clement will be gunning for a Rangers QUADRUPLE next season - but doesn't know if he'll still be around to be part of it.

Aberdeen managerial target Jimmy Thelin has insisted he's had no contact from the Pittodrie club.

Paris St-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe, 25, says "there's no way" he would join Arsenal in the summer because it is "too cold" in England. (Mail)

England winger Cole Palmer is set for a big pay rise at Chelsea - less than a year after the 21-year-old's move from Manchester City. (Star)

Senior figures at Nice are prepared to block a move from Manchester United for France centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo, 24. (Football Insider)

RB Leipzig have handed Tottenham Hotspur a deadline to trigger the option-to-buy clause for 28-year-old Germany forward Timo Werner, who has been on loan with Spurs since January. (Express)

Manchester City want to open talks over a new contract with Brazil goalkeeper Ederson, 30. (Star)

Newcastle United and Chelsea are set to compete for the signing of French winger Rayan Cherki, 20, from Lyon in the summer. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Bayern Munich's 27-year-old South Korea defender Kim Min-jae, a former Manchester United target, is unhappy with his current role at the German club. (T-online, via Football Transfers)

Manchester United are unlikely to turn Sofyan Amrabat's loan move from Fiorentina into a permanent deal in the summer but Juventus are interested in the Morocco midfielder, 27. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Rangers' England goalkeeper Jack Butland, 31, has not ruled out a return to the Premier League this summer. (Football Insider)

England striker Ivan Toney, 28, jokes that if he leaves Brentford in the summer, his ideal destination would be Madrid. (Sky Sports)

Barcelona will relaunch their interest in Feyenoord's Netherlands midfielder Mats Wieffer, 24. (Sport - in Spanish)

Barca's Brazil forward Raphinha, 27, is one of the top summer transfer targets for the Saudi Pro League. (Sport - in Spanish)

Saudi Arabian club Al-Ahli have expressed an interest in signing Argentina midfielder Rodrigo de Paul, 29, from Atletico Madrid. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

England coach Gareth Southgate has told Manchester United's Mason Greenwood he will not be part of his Euro 2024 squad but has not ruled out a surprise recall the 22-year-old forward, who is currently on loan at Getafe, after this summer's tournament. (Express)

Former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has rejected a number of offers to coach in Europe - because the ex-Netherlands international, 47, wants to manage in England. (Mirror)

Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group are exploring the possibility of buying an MLS club. (Football Insider)

Arsenal could be forced to block France coach Thierry Henry's bid to select William Saliba for the Paris Olympics this summer as it could prevent the defender, 22, from being available for the start of the 2024-25 season. (Mirror)

Arsenal have completed the signing of Wales youth international Brayden Clarke, 16, from Wolves. (Standard)


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Monday 18 March 2024 07:52, UK


Manchester United and Liverpool are set to do battle over Borussia Dortmund forward Donyell Malen, according to reports.

Marcus Rashford is set to snub a potential move to PSG - and stay at Manchester United.
Blackburn's owners say they are not looking to sell the club - despite problems getting cash out of India.
West Ham boss David Moyes is planning a new bid for Manchester United and England centre-half Harry Maguire in the summer.
Eric Cantona has hinted he would be interested in a role at Manchester United under the club's new part-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe.
Luke Littler is taking a brief break from the relentless pressure of the PDC Tour, pulling out of the Players Championship in Germany to try and avoid being hit by burnout.
Andy Murray says he wants to go to the Olympic Games in Paris this summer but not if he is being selected "just because it might be the last tournament I play".
Nicky Henderson has shut down his Lambourn yard to try to get to the bottom of the mystery virus which has affected his horses and led to a series of bad performances at the Cheltenham Festival.

Manchester United could try to scupper Manchester City's efforts to sign Lucas Paqueta this summer with a player-plus-cash deal for the West Ham midfielder which could see Harry Maguire head to the London Stadium.
Arsenal could be tempted to try and make a move for Newcastle United striker Alexander Isak this summer with main rivals Manchester United likely to be hit with a "transfer ban" by the Tyneside team because of their move for sporting director Dan Ashworth.

Liverpool owners FSG are considering a move for Benfica technical director Pedro Marques, previously on the staff at Manchester City, as they aim to start building a multi-club model.
Potential Premier League target Benjamin Sesko, who has scored 11 goals in 34 games for RB Leipzig this season, will reportedly be available for around £43m this summer because of a release clause in his contract.

An investigation found nine Premier League players escaped sanction despite testing positive for banned substances last season.

Tiger Woods is set to attend a meeting on Monday between PGA Tour plsyers and the governor of Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, the result of which could have a significant bearing on his decision over taking on the USA Ryder Cup captaincy.

Manchester City have won the race to sign 14-year-old American prospect Cavan Sullivan, who recently won the Golden Ball at the CONCACAF U15 Championships, even though he won't be able to play for the club until the age of 18.

Former Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi appeared to try and kick a fan in the head amid a pitch invasion following Fenerbahce's victory at Trabzonspor.
Cole Palmer is set for a bumper pay rise at Chelsea.

Celtic have reportedly made a "concrete offer" for RKC Waalwijk star Etienne Vaessen with the goalkeeper approaching the end of his contract.

Neil Warnock is on standby for yet another return to management.

Liverpool have joined Arsenal and Manchester United in showing an interest in Borussia Dortmund's Netherlands winger Donyell Malen, 25. (Bild - in German)

West Ham boss David Moyes is planning a new bid for Manchester United's England centre-half Harry Maguire, 31, in the summer. (Sun)

England forward Marcus Rashford, 26, is set to snub a potential move to Paris St-Germain and stay at Manchester United. (Sun)

Atletico Madrid have enquired about a summer move for English forward Mason Greenwood, 22, but Manchester United have set a £50m asking price. (Football Transfers)

Greenwood's Manchester United team-mates have backed him to play again for the Red Devils after his loan spell at Getafe. (Sun)

Chelsea target Leny Yoro wants to join Real Madrid, although Lille are asking for 100m euros (£85.6m) for the French defender, 18. (Marca - in Spanish)

Newcastle United will be forced to sell one of their key players this summer in an effort to balance their books. (Football Insider)

Christian Eriksen will leave Manchester United at the end of the season if a suitable offer comes in for the 32-year-old Denmark midfielder. (Football Transfers)

Brighton are keeping tabs on Arsenal's English winger Reiss Nelson, 24, before a potential summer move. (Football Insider)

Brighton also maintain an interest in Leicester City's Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall after failing with a January bid for the English midfielder, 25. (Talksport)

Inter Milan are confident that Argentina striker Lautaro Martinez, 26, will sign a new contract. (Fabrizio Romano)

France striker Olivier Giroud, 37, wants a Major League Soccer move to either Los Angeles or New York when his contract with AC Milan expires at the end of the season. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Liverpool are closely monitoring Ajax's 18-year-old Netherlands defender Jorrel Hato. (Football Insider)

Manchester City are in advanced talks to sign 14-year-old USA youth forward Cavan Sullivan, who is part of the academy at Philadelphia Union but is yet to sign a professional contract. (The Athletic - subscription required)


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Tuesday 19 March 2024 07:14, UK


England head coach Gareth Southgate planned to give injured Trent Alexander-Arnold a key midfield audition in the games versus Brazil and Belgium despite the team's defensive crisis - but his injury has scuppered those plans.
The Championship play-off final will be put back seven days to Sunday 2 June if Coventry City qualify for the most lucrative game in football as well as reaching the FA Cup final.
Real Madrid have filed a complaint against a LaLiga referee for allegedly ignoring racist abuse suffered by Vinicius Jr.
Lionel Messi will not be available for Argentina in their upcoming international friendly double-header due to injury.
Man Utd Tuilagi appears to have played his final game for England after agreeing a two-year deal with French club Bayonne.

Arsenal's Gabriel has withdrawn from the Brazil squad as a precaution.
Carney Chukwuemeka is certain that his "big brother" Raheem Sterling will silence Chelsea's boo-boys.

Wycombe have put plans to buy Reading's training ground on hold "due to seeming planning limitations allowing only Reading FC to use the training grounds".

Manchester United are in talks with HMRC regarding an unpaid tax bill on arrangement with players and agents - and they could affect the club's transfer plans.
Swansea City were given a rousing team talk by the club's chef before they beat rivals Cardiff City.

Antony appeared to be furious after Erik ten Hag asked him to play left-back for Manchester United before Marcus Rashford had to get involved.
Borussia Dortmund would be keen to make Jadon Sancho's return to the club from Manchester United permanent, but not for much more than half of the £73m they received for him from the Premier League club in 2021.
Eden Hazard has confirmed he will make a return to Stamford Bridge to take part in Soccer Aid this summer, playing for the World XI coached by current Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Jordan Henderson is expected to link up with England this week despite not making it to the end of Ajax's last Eredivisie match on Sunday with what was described as a muscle problem.

Broadcasters could face an issue if the FA Cup final becomes another Manchester derby, with the Met Police having moved last year's showpiece to a 3pm kick-off because of potential transport issues. ITV are already committed to broadcasting rugby union's Champions Cup final on the same day, which is scheduled for 2.45pm kick-off at the Tottenham Stadium.
Danny Care is keen to stay on at Harlequins for another season but is attracting interest from clubs in France if he is unable to secure new terms at the Twickenham Stoop,
Bruno Fernandes has called on football authorities to scrap the rule requiring referees to punish players who remove their shirts in celebration of scoring a goal after Amad Diallo's sending-off against Liverpool on Sunday.

As many as four England players could face a 20,000-mile round trip to Australia with Arsenal in May, just a week before two crucial Women's Euro 2025 qualifiers against France.
LIV rebels Jon Rahm and Tyrrell Hatton have already picked up bans and fines on the DP World Tour, meaning it is even more vital that the Ryder Cup eligibility rules are changed if the pair are to appear in next year's match.
MCC president Mark Nicholas is in line to become the club's next chairman after emerging as the committee's choice to put to the membership for approval.
Nottingham Forest might have been able to avoid their four-point sanction from the Premier League had they been able to conclude a deal to sell Brennan Johnson to Tottenham, or any of his other suitors, before the end of the 2022/23 financial year.
Italy rugby captain Michele Lamaro has accused Wales of showing his team a lack of respect over "several small unpleasant situations" during their time in Cardiff last weekend, which included putting families in seats with restricted views and not inviting them to post-game functions.

Brentford and Brighton are both looking into potential partnerships with Scottish Championship leaders Dundee United on the back of the SFA allowing Bournemouth co-owner Bill Foley to buy a minority shareholding in Hibs.

Crawford Allan will step down as the SFA's head of refereeing at the end of the season.

Newcastle United will consider selling Brazil midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, 26, to fund their summer spending spree. (Football Insider)

Real Madrid and Paris St-Germain were watching Guimaraes in Saturday's FA Cup defeat at Manchester City, while PSG are also keeping a close eye on one of his Newcastle team-mates - Sweden striker Alexander Isak, 24. (HITC)

Bayern Munich are open to selling Germany midfielder Joshua Kimmich this summer, but the 29-year-old is only interested in joining Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Real Madrid or Barcelona. (Florian Plettenberg)

Manchester United and Liverpool are among the clubs interested in signing Real Madrid's Morocco forward Brahim Diaz, 24. (HITC)

Manchester City's Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva says he is sure he will return to his first club Benfica, but the 29-year-old refused to say when. (SIC - in Portuguese)

Everton will demand a minimum of £80m for England defender Jarrad Branthwaite, 21, who is wanted by Manchester United and Chelsea. (Teamtalk)

England forward Raheem Sterling, 29, will snub interest from Saudi Arabia this summer as he bids to win silverware with Chelsea next season. (Standard)

Chelsea are set to reward England forward Cole Palmer, 21, a new contract with much-improved terms after a strong start to life at Stamford Bridge. (Football Insider)

Eddie Nketiah might leave Arsenal this summer and Wolves have joined the Premier League clubs chasing a potential deal for the England striker, 24. (Teamtalk)

Borussia Dortmund would be willing to re-sign England winger Jadon Sancho on a permanent basis - but only if Manchester United are willing to accept less than half of the £73m they paid for the 23-year-old in 2021. (Sky Germany via Mirror)

Tottenham Hotspur have set their sights on West Ham's English full-back Ben Johnson, 24. (Football Transfers)

Liverpool have stepped up their interest in Bayer Leverkusen's left-sided defender Piero Hincapie, a 22-year-old Ecuador international. (HITC)

Manchester United are in advanced talks with English midfielder Kobbie Mainoo, 18, over a new contract. (Football Insider)

Chelsea have identified Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi as a potential replacement for their current boss Mauricio Pochettino. (Teamtalk)

Former Manchester United striker Eric Cantona has hinted he would be interested in a role at the club under new part-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe. (Independent)


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Wednesday 20 March 2024 07:57, UK


Sir Jim Ratcliffe has made Gareth Southgate his No 1 choice to replace Erik ten Hag as Manchester United boss this summer.

On Back Pages Tonight, Martin Hardy and John Cross discuss in depth about the possibility of Gareth Southgate taking over at Manchester United.
Several Manchester United players are already on board with the idea of Gareth Southgate becoming the club's new manager.

Raheem Sterling will snub a big-money move to Saudi Arabia and fight for his Chelsea career.
Nottingham Forest face a battle to keep key centre-back Murillo as the club face a summer of major uncertainty.
Manchester United have lined up moves for two promising teenagers, Silva Mexes of Ipswich Town and Wolves defender Wesley Okoduwa.
On The Geraint Thomas Cycling Club podcast, Manchester United part-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe reveals his transfer strategy
Chelsea may be forced to lift lid on Roman Abramovich's alleged questionable transfers next month in ongoing legal case involving former Stamford Bridge director Marina Granovskaia.

LAFC are in advanced talks with Olivier Giroud about summer transfer.

Fluminense sporting director Fred admits Thiago Silva remains a "dream" signing for the club. The 39-year-old will be out of contract at Chelsea at the end of the season.
Chelsea face a headache leading up to the start of next season, with a significant number of players in line to be called up for the Olympics.

Maro Itoje and Finn Russell are on course to break crucial player welfare limits, Telegraph Sport can reveal, as rugby's authorities stand accused of risking the health of the Premiership's "prized possessions".

Rangers left-back Borna Barisic has reportedly agreed terms with Trabzonspor as he approaches the end of his Ibrox contract.

Manchester United co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe has made England manager Gareth Southgate his top choice to replace Erik ten Hag in the summer, and would like a decision from the 53-year-old sooner rather than later. (Star)

Manchester City might let England winger Jack Grealish, 28, leave this summer as they look to raise funds to enhance their squad. (HITC)

Newcastle United and Sweden striker Alexander Isak, 24, is on Arsenal's shortlist with the Gunners aiming to bring in a forward during the summer. (Football Insider)

Arsenal are also interested in Sporting Lisbon and Sweden striker Viktor Gyokeres, 25. (Teamtalk)

Tottenham, Chelsea and West Ham have all expressed an interest in signing England striker Ivan Toney, 28, as he continues to catch the eye with Brentford. (Sun)

Germany striker Timo Werner, 28, wants Tottenham to activate the option to sign him permanently this summer for 17m euros from parent club RB Leipzig. (Florian Plettenberg)

Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 32, has told Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag he is unhappy with his lack of game time. (Tipsbladet)

Former Chelsea recruitment chief Scott McLachlan is a target for Newcastle to replace sporting director Dan Ashworth, who is heading to Manchester United. (Teamtalk)

Rangers are willing to accept £15m for England goalkeeper Jack Butland, 31, with interest growing in the Premier League. (Football Insider)

Everton, Nottingham Forest and West Ham are keeping tabs on English winger Karamoko Dembele, 21, who has impressed this season after joining Blackpool on loan from French club Brest. (HITC)

An appeal by Nottingham Forest against their four-point deduction for breaching financial rules could risk the punishment being increased. (Times - subscription required)

Nottingham Forest face having to sell one of their star players by the end of June to avoid another points deduction for breaching financial rules next season. (Times - subscription required)

Belgium forward Johan Bakayoko is attracting the interest of Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Paris St-Germain, with PSV Eindhoven wanting 50-60m euros for the 20-year-old. (Sky Sports Germany)

Manchester City striker Erling Haaland, 23, has given his club a scare by limping out of training while on international duty with Norway. (Guardian)


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Thursday 21 March 2024 07:49, UK
The rift that led to Ben White's self-imposed England exile began with a barbed comment from Gareth Southgate's assistant Steve Holland in front of team-mates at the World Cup in Qatar in 2022.
The International Cricket Council has been urged to take control of technology away from broadcasters and introduce greater transparency in ball-tracking by Simon Taufel, one of the game's most respected umpires.
Liverpool's hunt for Jurgen Klopp's successor will accelerate following confirmation of Richard Hughes' appointment as sporting director.
Timo Werner is very keen to make his move to Tottenham permanent with a deal likely to only cost the Premier League club around £16m.
Louis Rees-Zammit has admitted he was disappointed to only run 4.44 seconds in his 40-yard dash in front of NFL scouts in Florida as he looks to secure a roster spot ahead of the 2024 season through the International Player Pathway.

New Bayern Munich sporting director Max Eberl has revealed why he won't be making a fanciful attempt to appoint Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp as their next manager.
Bruno Fernandes has responded to criticism over his leadership style as Manchester United captain, insisting it is just his "intensity" showing on the pitch.
Former England cricketer Stuart Broad claims there's a culture of moaning at Old Trafford, led by captain Bruno Fernandes
Rasmus Hojlund has hit out at "fake news" after a report emerged that his teammates had questioned him over conducting an interview with a Manchester United fan channel.
Jarrad Branthwaite has revealed his football dream nearly ended before it even began because he suffered with Osgood Schlatter disease as a teenager, a condition which causes knee trouble and sidelined him for 18 months before joining Carlisle.
Former professional Gareth Farrelly has lifted the lid on football's staggering £1bn bankruptcy crisis with an estimated 40 per cent of players at risk within five years of retirement because of bad investments.

Luke Littler has been forced out of the Nordic Darts Masters in June due to family commitments.
Paul Scholes' son, Arron, has taken a cheeky dig at England boss Gareth Southgate on social media after he was spotted with Kobbie Mainoo.
Chelsea's owners have been slammed by their own supporters and warned they face a tide of "irreversible toxicity" unless drastic changes are made.
San Marino missed out on the chance of their first win in 20 years when they gave up an early lead to lose 3-1 to fellow FIFA minnows St Kitts and Nevis - the teams play again on Sunday.

Chelsea and Man City could both be booted out of the Premier League if they are found guilty of Financial Fair Play breaches, according to reports.
World Rugby - the game's governing body - is considering bringing in a global trial of a 20-minute red card as part of a number of law changes designed to improve its appeal.
Premier League clubs' attempts to comply with spending rules by selling players this summer could be thwarted by international managers' refusal to grant access to their squad members at the European Championship.
England plan to take the three special fragrances which permeate the air at their home base St George's Park with them to their German training base for Euro 2024.
Brazil are set to ditch their classic yellow shirts for Saturday's friendly against England at Wembley and will instead play in their blue away strip.
Olympic sailing great Sir Ben Ainslie has lifted the lid on what makes Manchester United part-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe tick and expects him to have a massive impact on the club.

Fulham are ready to make Tosin Adarabioyo one of their top earners in a bid to stop him leaving Craven Cottage.
Antonio Nusa has revealed he is over the injury concerns that scuppered a January move to Brentford.

Kai Havertz should have been shown a second yellow card for diving in Arsenal's victory over Brentford before he scored the winning goal that sent his team top of the Premier League.
Courtney Lawes believes the RFU should scrap the overseas rule that will soon render Owen Farrell, Man Utd Tuilagi, Kyle Sinckler and Lewis Ludlam ineligible to represent England.

A strange-looking statue of Harry Kane is still waiting for a home after four years sat hidden away in storage.
The first man behind the adored Gunnersaurus has opened up on being made redundant by Arsenal after spending 26 years as mascot.

Chelsea could reportedly solve their Romelu Lukaku woes by using him as a makeweight in a swap deal this summer
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he does not expect England to host a World Cup in his lifetime because English football is 'too successful'.
Casemiro was reportedly told he was fit by Manchester United medical staff before eventually missing out on their FA Cup quarter-final against Liverpool with a hamstring issue which was picked up when he sought alternative advice in Spain.
Arsenal appear set to miss out on Ajax teenager Jorrel Hato this summer because his recently-signed new contract does not include a release clause.

The USWNT's Olympic path was set on Tuesday - the team will face Germany, Australia and either Zambia or Morocco in this summer's group stage, playing matches in Marseille and Nice. The tournament will be the first under incoming head coach Emma Hayes, following her debut on the touchline at a pair of friendlies in June.

Aberdeen have moved a step closer to making their next managerial appointment.
Former Celtic defender Carl Starfelt, who has struggled with illness since his move to Celta Vigo last summer, has revealed his issues were caused by mould in his home. He has since moved into hotel accommodation while the problem is resolved.
Hearts have been dealt a double blow with both Peter Haring, who is out of contract at the end of the season, and Craig Halkett facing knee surgeries.

Tottenham are preparing a move for Chelsea's England midfielder Conor Gallagher, 24, whose contract expires in 2025. (Teamtalk)

Liverpool, Tottenham and AC Milan are among the clubs interested in Fulham's English defender Tosin Adarabioyo, 26, however the Cottagers want to offer the former Manchester City player a new contract. (Standard)

Tottenham are also interested in Barcelona and Brazil winger Raphinha, 27, whose future at the La Liga giants is unclear. (Sport - in Spanish)

Chelsea are leading the race to sign Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen but Paris St-Germain remain interested and Napoli want 130m euros (£111m) for the 25-year-old to fund a move for a replacement. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are interested in Shakhtar Donetsk's 21-year-old Ukrainian midfielder Georgiy Sudakov, who is valued at 100m euros (£85m). (Teamtalk)

Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea are among the clubs interested in Nottingham Forest's Brazilian defender Murillo, 21. (Mail)

Liverpool could make a third attempt to sign 25-year-old English defender Lloyd Kelly from Bournemouth. (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester United's English midfielder Kobbie Mainoo, 18, is close to signing a new contract with the Red Devils. (HITC)

Brazil defender Thiago Silva, 39, is in regular contact with former club Fluminense as he looks to secure a return home when his Chelsea contract runs out at the end of the season. (Sun)

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe, former Chelsea manager Graham Potter and Wolves' Gary O'Neil could all be in the running for the England job if Gareth Southgate leaves for Manchester United. (Mirror)

Bayern Munich could turn to Jose Mourinho, who is out of work after being sacked by Roma, to replace the departing Thomas Tuchel if they are unable to land top target Xabi Alonso. (Mirror)

Former Chelsea and Tottenham boss Antonio Conte is also wanted by Bayern Munich. (La Repubblica - in Italian)

Arsenal are set to offer Italy midfielder Jorginho, 32, a new contract. (Football Insider)

Benfica's Argentina winger Angel di Maria, 36, is considering a return to his boyhood club Rosario Central. (ESPN)

Manchester United's Swedish defender Victor Lindelof, 29, says he has no desire to play in Saudi Arabia yet, despite having been linked with a summer move to the country's Pro League. (Fotbollskanalen - in Swedish)

Leeds United are set to offer midfielder Archie Gray, 18, an improved contract in the summer amid interest from top-six Premier League clubs. (Football Insider)


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Friday 22 March 2024 07:35, UK


Harry Kane is expected to sit out England's friendly against Brazil on Saturday night, giving manager Gareth Southgate the chance to ramp up the auditions to be the striker's deputy at this summer's European Championship.
Peers will try to limit foreign state ownership of football clubs, in the wake of moves to block similar takeovers of newspapers.
England's new £125 football kit for the European Championship has sparked a major row over a multicoloured St George's Cross on the back of the shirt collar, with Sir Keir Starmer leading calls for it to be changed to traditional red.
David Datro Fofana's first club will go to the Federal Supreme Court over his controversial departure to Europe and want 20 per cent of his move to Chelsea as part of claims he was "stolen" by Molde FK in Norway.
Billy Vunipola is poised to join Montpellier next season and bring his long career with Saracens and England to an end.
Aston Villa have sealed the biggest shirt-front sponsorship in the club's history, with the Greek online sports betting platform Betano paying £20m annually for two years from next season, coinciding with the launch of the club's new Adidas kit.

Francis Ngannou claims he was affected by the late start time of his fight against Anthony Joshua.
Felipe Massa believes he has "every possibility" of overturning the 2008 World Championship - which was edged by Lewis Hamilton.
Danny Care is weighing up his international future after contributing to an encouraging Six Nations for England.

Harry Maguire says England's stars want Gareth Southgate to stay beyond the Euros.
Erling Haaland has netted again - this time a tasty deal promoting his home nation's seafood.
A financial expert has warned that Chelsea face a "more severe" points deduction than Everton and Nottingham Forest if they are found guilty of breaking Premier League financial rules.
Misfits boxing are in talks with five footballers to make a switch to the ring - with Wayne Rooney still expected to be one of them.

The FA will continue to enforce their ban on bringing national flags to Wembley other than those of the competing teams, in the midst of the criticism they have received for allowing Nike to alter the St George's Cross on England's new home kit.
Nottingham Forest are convinced they have grounds to appeal the four-point deduction they received for breaching profit and sustainability rules this week. But the club are weighing up whether taking their case to a second hearing is worth the risk of potentially getting a harsher punishment.
Three Arsenal supporters part of the Ashburton Army have each received a three-year football banning order for tragedy chanting relating to the Hillsborough disaster during the club's FA Cup third-round defeat to Liverpool in January.
Manchester United are reportedly lining up a move for Wolves midfielder Joao Gomes in the summer transfer window.
Bruno Guimaraes admits he's unsure what his future holds at Newcastle United and believes the club 'made things happen too quickly' as they struggle to maintain last season's success.
Leeds are set to extend their training kit sponsorship deal with Unibet as Daniel Farke's Championship leaders battle to return to the Premier League.
Emma Hayes is standing to become chair of the League Managers Association in what would be a historic move for the organisation.

Liverpool are looking to land another key figure from Bournemouth as they prepare to sign Cherries chief scout Mark Burchill.

The IOC has been challenged by a group of 26 academics to change its policy that transgender women should not be presumed to have a physical advantage in female sports.
The price of a Centre Court debenture at Wimbledon has risen by 45 per cent to £116,000 for the next five-year period meaning buyers will be paying £1,657 a day for a seat at the championships.

Fenerbahce are reportedly considering quitting the Turkish SuperLig in protest over their perceived poor treatment by the country's authorities.
Manchester United have reportedly agreed to pursue Juventus defender Gleison Bremer following a recommendation from incoming sporting director Dan Ashworth.

Blair Spittal will join Hearts this summer on a three-year deal.
Andy Walker reckons letting Borna Barisic leave for nothing is 'not the best business move' from Rangers.

Celtic star Matt O'Riley says 'it's cool' that a club the size of Atletico Madrid want him after the Hoops rebuffed a January offer for his services.

Manchester United are targeting Wolves midfielder Joao Gomes, 23, as a replacement for his fellow Brazilian Casemiro, 32. (Mirror)

Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United are all keen on Real Madrid's Brazil forward Rodrygo, 23, and the Spanish giants could be persuaded to negotiate if they receive an offer of £85m-plus. (Sport - in Spanish)

Liverpool are planning to allow former Cameroon defender Joel Matip, 32, ex-Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara, 32, and Spanish keeper Adrian, 37, to leave this summer. (Football Insider)

Manchester United are set to face competition from Real Madrid for Everton's 21-year-old English centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite. (Give Me Sport)

Spanish club Getafe's hopes of signing England forward Mason Greenwood, 22, on loan again next season are set to be dashed as Manchester United want a permanent deal if they decide to let him go. (Sun)

Barcelona are willing to offer Everton the pick of four players - 21-year-old Spain winger Ansu Fati, 28-year-old France centre-back Clement Lenglet, 23-year-old United States right-back Sergino Dest and 20-year-old Spanish midfielder Fermin Lopez - in a bid to land their £80m-rated Senegal midfielder Amadou Onana, 22. (Sport via Teamtalk)

Netherlands midfielder Teun Koopmeiners has told his Italian club Atalanta he wants to leave this summer, with the 26-year-old having been linked with Liverpool. (Metro)

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag's job is safe for the rest of the season after impressing Sir Jim Ratcliffe in the early stages of the new co-owner's time at the club. (Guardian)

United and Brighton could explore a deal for English midfielder Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, 25, who could leave Leicester City for a cut-price fee if the Foxes fail in their bid for promotion to the Premier League. (90min)

Germany forward Timo Werner, 28, already wants to turn his loan from RB Leipzig to Tottenham Hotspur into a permanent move that could cost the club less than £15m. (Telegraph)

Former Arsenal and France striker Alexandre Lacazette is attracting serious interest from Saudi Arabian clubs and the 32-year-old Lyon captain could be the latest big-name European star to move there at the end of the season. (L'Equipe)

West Ham will make another approach for Manchester United's England defender Harry Maguire, 31, this summer. (Football Insider)

Maguire wants Gareth Southgate to remain as England manager - despite Manchester United considering him as a replacement for Erik ten Hag. (Express)

AC Milan will look to offload Belgium forward Divock Origi, 28, when the former Liverpool player returns from his loan spell at Nottingham Forest.(Calciomercato - in Italian)

Seven-time Manchester United Premier League winner Roy Keane says "I could see that happening" when asked about the club being linked with England boss Gareth Southgate. (Sky Sports)

Newcastle have been monitoring Feyenoord and Netherlands defender Quilindschy Hartman, 22, as they look to boost their left-back options. (Football Transfers)

Manchester United and Sweden defender Victor Lindelof, 29, says he is focused on his Red Devils career and has no intention of moving to the Saudi Pro League. (Fotbollskanalen - in Swedish)

Everton are likely to be hit with a new four-point deduction from their second hearing for profit and sustainability breaches. (Football Insider)


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Real Madrid have stepped up their interest in Liverpool's 25-year-old England defender Trent Alexander-Arnold, whose contract expires next year. (Relevo - in Spanish)

Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso will join Bayern Munich rather than Liverpool if he moves anywhere this summer. (Sky Sports News)

English striker Eddie Nketiah, 24, could leave Arsenal this summer amid interest from Crystal Palace,Brentford and Wolves. (Football Insider)

Chelsea are in advanced talks with Lyon about appointing Sonia Bompastor, the 43-year-old former France midfielder, to take over from Emma Hayes. (ESPN)

Chelsea led the race for Brazil forward Endrick but concerns about the fee allowed Real Madrid to beat them to the signing of the 17-year-old from Palmeiras. (Telegraph - subscription)

Manchester United are ready to firm up their interest in Juventus' 27-year-old Brazil defender Gleison Bremer, who has a £43m release clause in his contract. (Mirror)

Aston Villa could be forced to sell English midfielder Jacob Ramsey, 22, to help avoid breaching profit and sustainability rules. (Football Insider)

Manchester United minority owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe wants to change the role of the manager at the club, so it is more of a head coach position primarily focused on training. (Telegraph - subscription)

Newcastle United might have to sell Sweden striker Alexander Isak, 24, in the summer to comply with financial fair play regulations, with long-term admirers Arsenal a possible destination. (Football Insider)

Sunderland's 23-year-old English winger Jack Clarke will not sign a new contract, which could spark fresh interest from West Ham and Lazio. (i)

Former Arsenal head of recruitment Sven Mislintat could return to Borussia Dortmund as sports director. (Sky Sports Germany)

Eintracht Frankfurt are not willing to pay the £8.5m option to make Manchester United's 26-year-old Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek's move permanent this summer. (Bild, via Goal)

Inter Milan could offer South Korea defender Kim Min-jae, 27, a move away from Bayern Munich less than a year after joining. (Gazetta dello Sport)


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Manchester United face being barred from Europe next season after Uefa stuck to their ban on clubs under the same ownership competing against each other.
Donny van de Beek is set to return to Manchester United this summer with Eintracht Frankfurt unlikely to make his loan permanent.
Manchester United sent scouts to watch Barcelona defender Mikayil Faye score a stunner on his Senegal debut on Friday night as they line up a potential summer transfer.
Sergio Aguero saw his return to the pitch in a legends' match cut short following a shoulder injury.
Al-Hilal are chasing former Leeds star Raphinha, according to reports and are willing to splash £86m on the Barcelona player.
Barcelona have turned down £172m for La Masia graduate Lamine Yamal, according to club president Joan Laporta.
Erling Haaland has called for goal-line technology to be introduced across all lines on the pitch.
Jose Mourinho waved the chequered flag for the Portuguese MotoGP - and then dropped a major hint about his football return.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur says he has been playing with a broken toe.
Andre Lima earned a $50,000 bonus for winning his UFC fight Saturday night, but it wasn't by way of knockout, submission or judges' decision. Rather, Lima was bit by his opponent, Igor Severino, and won by disqualification.

The Professional Footballers' Association is likely to get involved following Newcastle and Tottenham's decision to stage an end-of-season friendly in Australia.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe has mentioned 100,000 as a potential capacity for a new Old Trafford and it would appear Manchester United already have people on the case who can make that work.
Former Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber will escape FA disciplinary action for suggesting Raheem Sterling, Max Aarons and three other Black players would be in jail if they were not footballers because he is not currently in work.
Kylian Mbappe has revealed he will make an announcement about his future before Euro 2024 gets under way.
Manchester City are monitoring developments with Everton centre back Jarrad Branthwaite.
Aurelien Tchouameni has appeared to confirm that Kylian Mbappe will join him at Real Madrid this summer.
German Football Association president Bernd Neuendorf has revealed that discussions have taken place with Julian Nagelsmann about the possibility of extending his contract.
Former Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber will escape FA disciplinary action for suggesting Raheem Sterling, Max Aarons and three other black players would be in jail if they were not football because he is not currently in work.

Lisandro Martinez is stepping up his fitness back at Manchester United after returning to England from Argentina duty.
Brazil coach Dorival Junior says Tottenham striker Richarlison is in the midst of a "slow process" to get back up to full fitness.

Al-Ettifaq manager Steven Gerrard has said he's pleased Jordan Henderson is happy after allowing his former Liverpool team-mate to leave the Saudi Pro League club.
Jose Mourinho is targeting a return to management this summer, just months after his Roma sacking.
Arsenal are keen admirers of Nottingham Forest star Morgan Gibbs-White and could be tempted into a summer swoop for the midfielder.
Mercedes supremo Toto Wolff is ready to swoop if he thinks there is even the slightest chance of Max Verstappen quitting Red Bull.
A plan to float Etihad Airways on the stock exchange could be good news for Manchester City in their bid to beat the 115 Premier League charges hanging over the club.

Tottenham are reportedly interested in Genoa star Albert Gudmundsson as they look to bolster their forward ranks at the end of the season.
Germany will wear a pink away shirt at Euro 2024 in a move that claims to represent the diversity of the country's population and football fanbase.

The RFU will review a controversial incident towards the end of Saracens' victory over Harlequins in which the television match official (TMO) is accused of ignoring foul play to protect his ego.

Rory Wilson is set to be rewarded for his incredible scoring exploits with a lucrative new contract at Aston Villa.

Manchester City are monitoring Everton centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite, with Manchester United, Tottenham and Real Madrid also interested in the 21-year-old Englishman. (Mail)

Manchester United have been linked with selling Scotland midfielder Scott McTominay, but the club plan to keep the 27-year-old and give him an improved contract. (Star)

Manchester United are targeting Benfica and Portugal midfielder Joao Neves, 19, as one of their summer priorities, but the club could also consider a move for 28-year-old France international Adrien Rabiot, who plays for Juventus, as a more affordable option. (Caught Offside)

United are also tracking Barcelona and Senegal defender Mikayil Faye, 19, but face competition from Bayer Leverkusen and Inter Milan. (Mail)

West Ham are planning a move for 28-year-old Brentford and England striker Ivan Toney, who has been linked with Arsenal and Chelsea. (Football Insider)

Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea have all been given a boost in their pursuit of Newcastle midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, 26, with the Brazilian playmaker admitting he has "other goals". (Team Talk)

Bayern Munich want a decision from Canada left-back Alphonso Davies next week about whether the 23-year-old, who has been linked with Real Madrid, will agree to a new contract at the Bundesliga champions. (Sky Sports Germany)

Tottenham are preparing an early summer bid of between £30m-£40m for 24-year-old England midfielder Conor Gallagher, whose contract at Chelsea runs out in 2025. (Football Insider)

Genoa forward Albert Gudmundsson is on the radar of Tottenham, while Inter Milan are also interested in the 26-year-old Iceland international. (Football Transfers)

But Gudmundsson would prefer to stay in Italy and is keen on joining Inter, although Juventus are also following him closely. (La Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Julian Nagelsmann, 36, said "it is not impossible" that he extends his contract as Germany manager beyond the end of this summer's Euro 2024 tournament, with talks about a new deal having taken place. (Metro)

Benfica's Rui Pedro Braz is high on a list of potential successors to take over from Dan Ashworth as Newcastle United's sporting director. (Times - subscription required)

Manchester United could try to sign 19-year-old Senegal defender Mikayil Faye from Barcelona in the summer. (Mail)


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Arsenal are set for a bidding war over Sporting Lisbon star Ousmane Diomande after matching Chelsea's offer ahead of the summer transfer window.
Neymar is unable to fly his £10m helicopter as it has been grounded by authorities in Brazil
Emma Paton, Colin Lloyd and Polly James analyse Luke Littler's Premier League performance at the halfway stage and discuss harsh suggestions that the 17-year-old's bubble has burst
Angel Di Maria's family have reportedly been threatened if the player returns to Rosario in Argentina.
West Ham have signed Dean Bonjasky, the son of former kickboxing world champion Remy Bonjasky.
Brazil international Gabriel "Gabigol" Barbosa has been suspended for two years after a doping fraud investigation.
Luke Littler is cashing in on his double-tops skills by selling signed replica shirts.
More than 1,600 football hooligans will be banned from leaving Britain during the Euros this summer.

Manchester United are mulling over plans to make Old Trafford a 100,000-capacity stadium.

Liverpool are prepared to go to war with Bayern Munich to get Xabi Alonso.
Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit has revealed his regret at leaving the club and says he wishes he could 'turn the clock back'.
Didier Deschamps has insisted William Saliba continues to struggle to break into France's starting line-up because his shaky international displays haven't 'gone well'.
Real Madrid are reportedly lining up a move for 18-year-old wonderkid Leny Yoro as they look to beat a number of Europe's top clubs to his signature.
Kylian Mbappe earns more than twice as much as any other player in Europe, according to a new report.
Football's lawmakers have no plans to place a time limit on VAR checks, despite West Ham fans complaining about the five minutes and 37 seconds they were left in limbo at the London Stadium before the international break.
Declan Rice says he will speak to Ben White upon his return to Arsenal, with England's newest captain hopeful that his club team-mate will eventually agree to end his exile.
Declan Rice says he was left 'speechless' after being named captain for England's friendly against Belgium at Wembley.
Erik ten Hag is set to earn a stay of execution at Manchester United with Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS planning for him to remain in charge next season, according to reports.

Roberto De Zerbi is 'flattered' by interest from Bayern Munich - but the sought-after Italian coach is in no rush to make a decision over his long-term future.

Sheffield United will set up a scheme to compensate Chelsea supporters after the kick-off time for the Premier League clash between the clubs at Bramall Lane on April 7 was moved twice in the space of three days.
The cost of renovating the Santiago Bernabeu now stands at £1.51bn, Real Madrid's interim accounts for the 2023-24 season have shown.
Arsenal midfielder Lia Walti will be out for several weeks with a knee injury.
Koke has signed a new one-year contract at Atletico Madrid.
Newcastle United co-owner Amanda Staveley has been ordered to pay £3.4million ($4.3m) to a Greek shipping magnate by April 22 - or he can petition the court for a bankruptcy order.

Chelsea's Fan Advisory Board has hit back at the "attacks and campaigns" against owners Todd Boehly, Behdad Eghbali and Jose Feliciano, and urged supporters to pull in the same direction.
Harry Brook will make his return to cricket with Yorkshire in the County Championship next week having withdrawn from the Indian Premier League after the death of his grandmother.
The Association of Tennis Professionals has thrown open the bidding process for a tenth Masters 1000 event, probably staged in the first week of the season, so that the Saudi billions will have competition from other oil-rich states.

Chelsea have taken 18-year-old Nigerian striker Hafiz Umar Ibrahim on trial, with Raheem Sterling playing a key role in the move.

The former chief executive of Chelsea, Marina Granovskaia, once described as "the most powerful woman in football", is facing questions about what she knew of secret payments made under the club's former owner Roman Abramovich, amid a continuing investigation into alleged breaches of football spending rules.
The female employee who made a complaint of inappropriate behaviour against Christian Horner will take her case to an employment tribunal if an appeal against the dismissal of her grievance is unsuccessful.

More than 1,600 English and Welsh football hooligans will be forced to surrender their passports to the police for the duration of this summer's European Championship, under tough new measures to tackle violence at major tournaments.

Lewis MacLeod is back at Rangers nine years after leaving as he continues his coaching journey - the 29-year-old was forced into an early retirement in 2022 after a succession of serious injuries left him unable to continue.

Manchester United are targeting Brentford manager Thomas Frank to take over from Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford in the summer, not England boss Gareth Southgate. (Football Transfers)

However, according to other reports co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Ineos are planning for Ten Hag to be in charge at United next season, but are developing a strategy to be able to move quickly should they decide to replace him. (inews)

United will prioritise a deal for Crystal Palace's French winger Michael Olise, 22, this summer over PSV attacker Johan Bakayoko - with Liverpool and Manchester City set to battle it out for the 20-year-old Belgium winger. (Team Talk)

Tottenham are interested in completing a permanent deal for RB Leipzig and Germany forward Timo Werner, 28, but are in no rush to trigger a £14.5m option to buy. (Four Four Two)

Arsenal have matched the £51m plus bonuses offer Chelsea have made for Sporting Lisbon and Ivory Coast defender Ousmane Diomande, 20. (Record via Sun)

Aston Villa midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo wants to return to his native Italy from Turkish side Galatasaray when his loan spell finishes at the Premier League club. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Norway striker Erling Haaland, 23, is viewing Manchester City's Champions League quarter-final with Real Madrid as an opportunity to prove his credentials for a future move to the Spanish giants. (AS - in Spanish)

West Ham expect 28-year-old Algeria winger Said Benrahma to seal a permanent move to Ligue 1 club Lyon this summer. (Football Insider)

Aston Villa and Everton are interested in Barcelona and Spain midfielder Fermin Lopez, 20, with the Toffees seeing a move fail to materialise in January. (Sport)

Bayer Leverkusen are among the top European clubs interested in signing Everton's England Under-17s goalkeeper Douglas Lukjanciks, 16, this summer. (Mail)

Brighton manager Roberto de Zerbi is "flattered" by interest from Bayern Munich - but the Italian coach is in no rush to make a decision over his long-term future. (Mirror)

Chelsea face penalties including a points deduction or expulsion from the Premier League if they are found guilty of breaching spending rules under Roman Abramovich's ownership. (Guardian)

Liverpool will rival Manchester United for Juventus' Italy forward Federico Chiesa, 26. (Team Talk)

Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group and new football chief Michael Edwards are exploring a deal to purchase Ligue 1 club Toulouse. (Football Insider)

Manchester United have decided against making Morocco midfielder Sofyan Amrabat's move from Fiorentina permanent for £17m, and AC Milan are monitoring the 27-year-old. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Barcelona will seek to extend the loan of Portugal full-back Joao Cancelo, 29, from Manchester City for another year. (Marca - in Spanish)

Barcelona are also interested in signing former Manchester City midfielder Aleix Garcia, 26, from Girona, after failing to agree a deal for the Spaniard in January. (Sport - in Spanish)

England forward Raheem Sterling, 29, has played a key role in setting up a trial at Chelsea for promising 18-year-old Nigerian striker Hafiz Umar Ibrahim. (Evening Standard)

Everton are interested in signing Arsenal's highly rated 18-year-old Welsh forward Omari Benjamin. (Football Insider)

Los Angeles FC have reportedly sent AC Milan and France striker Olivier Giroud, 37, a formal contract proposal to join the Major Soccer League club as a free agent. (Fabrizio Romano)


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Manchester United will look to bring England's entire coaching staff to Old Trafford this summer, SunSport can reveal. Gareth Southgate is now the red-hot favourite to replace Erik ten Hag if the Dutchman is axed at the end of the season.
Manchester United fans face travel hell for Saturday's Premier League clash at Brentford because of train strikes.
Nike have come under fire for the size of the cockerel emblem on the new France shirt, sparking another kit controversy after they were slammed for changing the colours of the St George's Cross on the new England strip.

Chelsea's ever-evolving medical department is set for another addition with the club now seeking a new head of performance medicine amid a Premier League season plagued by injuries.
French World Cup winner Frank Leboeuf has questioned Didier Deschamps for snubbing William Saliba.
Manchester United have received assurances from UEFA that they will be allowed to take part in the Europa League next season if Nice also qualify despite the European governing body's restrictions on multi-club ownership.
Newcastle star Alexander Isak has dropped a major hint about his future at the club ahead of the summer window admitting 'if things show up, things can happen.'
Manchester United reportedly want to speak to Wolves manager Gary O'Neil about a potential coaching role at Old Trafford.
The Football Association of Ireland has ruled out Roberto Di Matteo as a candidate for the national team's next permanent manager.
Conor Benn's route back to fighting on home soil may have been dealt a blow after UK Anti-Doping and the British Boxing Board of Control won an appeal against the verdict to lift his temporary suspension.

Jose Mourinho has suggested he would consider taking a job in Saudi Arabia because Cristiano Ronaldo has opened his eyes to the possibilities in the country.

Anti-racism campaigners in Spain have called on the country's institutions to do more to crack down on racism in football, after Real Madrid winger Vinícius Júnior laid bare the personal toll exacted by years of racist insults.

Inter Milan defender Francesco Acerbi will face no action after the investigation into an alleged racist remark he made towards Napoli's Juan Jesus conclude there was insufficient evidence to take the matter further.

Tottenham defender Cristian Romero has expressed a desire to play for Argentina at the Olympics this summer.

Harlequins are increasingly confident that Danny Care will reject a final payday in France and instead sign a contract extension to end his career at the club. The 37-year-old scrum half called time on his England career on Monday having won the last of his 101 caps during the Six Nations.
Marcus Rashford has been playing through injury for over a month. The winger has been carrying a "slight knock" since February's FA Cup clash with Nottingham Forest.

Gareth Southgate has defended playing John Stones despite his injury scare for Manchester City.

Former QPR sporting director Les Ferdinand has revealed how things turned 'toxic' at the London club after Michael Beale left for Rangers in 2022.

Manchester City's Norway striker Erling Haaland is a transfer target for Barcelona in the summer of 2025. The 23-year-old's agent, Rafaela Pimenta, met with Barcelona sports director Deco last month. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Brentford and England striker Ivan Toney, 28, could become an option for Manchester United this summer. (Fabrizio Romano via Caught Offside)

Manchester United have identified Wolves' 23-year-old Brazil midfielder Joao Gomes as a replacement for 32-year-old Casemiro. (Sport - in Spanish)

Arsenal are considering a summer move for Sporting Lisbon and Ivory Coast defender Ousmane Diomande, 20, after he stood out during a scouting trip to watch 25-year-old Sweden forward Viktor Gyokeres. (Sun)

Sporting Lisbon's Gyokeres has moved ahead of England and Brentford striker Ivan Toney on Arsenal's list of potential new strikers, while West Ham are also interested. (TalkSport)

Manchester United would bring in England's full coaching staff if they appoint Gareth Southgate as manager in the summer. (Sun)

Manchester United want to speak to Wolves manager Gary O'Neil about a role in a new coaching set-up at Old Trafford. (ESPN)

Jose Mourinho says he is ready to return to coaching this summer following his departure from Roma.(Fabrizio Romano)

Bayern Munich are willing to offer Barcelona a world record fee for 25-year-old Uruguay defender Ronald Araujo. (Marca - in Spanish)

Liverpool and Bayern Munich are keen on Brighton coach Roberto de Zerbi as an alternative to Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso. (Bild - in German)

Luis Diaz's father says "hope has not yet been lost" about Liverpool's Colombia winger, 27, playing in Spain. (Cadena SER - in Spanish)

Wolves are leading the race to sign Southampton and Scotland striker Che Adams, 27, when he becomes a free agent in the summer. (Telegraph - subscription)

Ajax are exploring a deal for Aston Villa's 20-year-old English midfielder Tim Iroegbunam. (Football Insider)

Sturm Graz want to sign Arsenal's 21-year-old Danish striker Mika Biereth on a permanent deal following a successful loan. (Evening Standard)

Arsenal are open to selling Portuguese defender Nuno Tavares, 24, this summer, with Lazio interested. (Football London)

Chelsea will listen to offers for England midfielder Conor Gallagher, 24, English defender Trevor Chalobah, 24, and 22-year-old Albania striker Armando Broja this summer as they attempt to avoid breaching the Premier League's financial regulations. (Football Insider)

Brighton are tracking 24-year-old Nigerian winger Philip Otele, who plays for Romanian club Cluj.(Evening Standard)

Real Madrid sent scouts to watch River Plate's 16-year-old Argentine midfielder Franco Mastantuono. (90min)


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Marcus Rashford is in a fight to hold on to his place in the England squad for Euro 2024.
England centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite is being looked at by Manchester United as a possible summer target in one of their priority areas to bolster for next season
Sky Sports’ Rob Dorsett and Oliver Yew reflect on England’s performance against Belgium and discuss who is closer to being named in Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2024 squad
Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders is a contender for the vacant Ajax job as he considers his future beyond this season.
Novak Djokovic has split with his coach Goran Ivanisevic in the latest evidence of unrest in the world No 1's camp.

Arsenal and West Ham can almost guarantee an extra Champions League place for English clubs in 2024-25 by evicting German teams from Europe.
Harry Kane is set to take part in Bayern Munich's friendly against his old club at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday August 10 - the week before the new Premier League season.
AC Milan striker Olivier Giroud is set to join MLS side Los Angeles FC in a permanent transfer.

England second-choice goalkeeper Sam Johnstone underwent surgery on Wednesday after injuring his elbow during training and will miss Euro 2024.
Louis Rees-Zammit, the former Wales rugby star who quit the sport in January to pursue a career in the NFL, is closing in on a dream move to join Super Bowl winners Kansas City Chiefs.
Luis Diaz's father has admitted the Liverpool winger has not given up hope over a move to Spain.
Liverpool and Scotland are hopeful Andy Robertson has avoided a serious injury after he limped off during the defeat to Northern Ireland on Tuesday, though both parties are still sweating on a full prognosis from the left-back's scan on Wednesday.
Antony has been putting in extra work during the international break that will leave Manchester United supporters and manager Erik ten Hag delighted.
Manchester United are set to appoint Matt Johnson as their new head of women's football when Polly Bancroft departs at the end of the season.
Tottenham and Crystal Palace are reportedly interested in bringing Marcus Edwards back to the Premier League from Sporting CP.
'Hundreds' of West Ham United supporters are thought to have bought tickets in home sections for their Europa League clash with Bayer Leverkusen - sparking concerns over crowd trouble.
Antoine Griezmann is set to make his horse racing debut as an owner in England on Friday with Hooking giving the France international a first British runner.

Crystal Palace have been slammed by angry season-ticket holders after the club decided to remove discounts for members of the armed forces and NHS staff.
Arsenal sporting director Edu has compiled a 10-man striker shortlist for the summer transfer window.
Arsenal have still not opened talks to renew Jorginho's contract as his agent continues to talk up a move back to Italy.
Gareth Southgate insists the "door is open" for Ben White - but is not planning to call him ahead of the Euros.

Gareth Southgate and other international managers will ask UEFA to change the squad limit for Euro 2024 from 23 to 26.
Football fans travelling to the Euros in Germany this summer have been warned that beer in the country can be stronger than the pints they drink in the UK.
Pep Lijnders, the Liverpool assistant manager, is under consideration by Ajax to become their head coach next season.
Several England players are approaching the season's limit of game time agreed with the RFU and the Rugby Players' Association, leaving Gallagher Premiership coaches facing a tricky task to juggle their resources in the run-in to the end of the domestic season.

John Stones is losing his battle to be fit for Manchester City's crunch showdown with title rivals Arsenal.

Brazil forward Richarlison has revealed he endured depression after his country's quarter-final loss to Croatia at the 2022 World Cup and considered quitting football.
Boat Race organisers have issued new safety guidance for the race on Saturday, warning rowers not to enter the water and to cover any open wounds, after high levels of E. coli bacteria were found on the River Thames course.
The Iowa superstar Caitlin Clark has a $5m offer on the table to join the BIG3 3-on-3 basketball league.

Brendan Rodgers will fight the SFA at Hampden on Thursday - backed by London legal big-hitter Nick De Marco.

Celtic have responded to the Green Brigade's stinging statement accusing the club of being "vindictive" after being denied a designated standing area at upcoming womens' games.
Hibs boss Nick Montgomery has hinted the club will look to land Danish attacking midfielder Emiliano Marcondes on a permanent deal next summer, but they will not break the bank to pay him.

Arsenal have a 10-man shortlist for a new striker this summer with RB Leipzig's Slovenian Benjamin Sesko, 20, Sporting Lisbon's Viktor Gyokeres, 25, and his fellow Sweden international, Newcastle's Alexander Isak, 24, among those being monitored. (Mirror)

Brentford's Ivan Toney, 28, also remains on the Gunners' shortlist with the England striker having attracted interest from Mikel Arteta's side for several seasons. (Mail)

Manchester United are keen on Everton centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite, 21, as they prioritise improving their defence next season. (Telegraph)

Pep Guardiola is "obsessed" by Newcastle midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, 26, but Manchester City would have to pay 100m euros (£85.7m) to sign the Brazil international. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

West Ham expect Manchester City to move again for their Brazil midfielder Lucas Paqueta, 26. (Football Insider)

Chelsea are among the clubs interested in Athletico Paranaense goalkeeper Bento, 24, who made his Brazil debut against England last week. (Globo - in Portuguese)

Tottenham want to sign Feyenoord's Mexico striker Santiago Gimenez, 22, as their replacement for Harry Kane this summer - one year after the 30-year-old England striker's departure to Bayern Munich. (Caught Offside)

Liverpool forward Luis Diaz, 27, has not given up hope of moving to one of the big Spanish La Liga clubs in the future, according to the Colombia international's father. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United are interested in signing Argentine defender Aaron Anselmino, 18, from Boca Juniors. (Ole - in Spanish)

Brighton manager Roberto de Zerbi is Bayern Munich's leading managerial candidate if they cannot persuade their former midfielder Xabi Alonso to join from Bayer Leverkusen. (Florian Plettenberg)

Tottenham, West Ham, Brighton and Everton are all plotting moves for Juventus and England Under-21 winger Samuel Iling-Junior, 20. (Football Insider)

Italy midfielder Jorginho, 32, could leave Arsenal this summer to return to his homeland. (Football London)

The Gunners' hopes of signing winger Xavi Simons, 20, have been hit because Paris St-Germain want to give the Netherlands international more game time when he returns from a loan at RB Leipzig. (Express)

Manchester United will let Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 32, leave this summer. (Football Insider)

Real Madrid cannot afford a rumoured move for Liverpool and England full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, 25. (Goal)

Germany midfielder Toni Kroos, 34, is set to sign a one-year contract extension to stay at Real Madrid. (Fabrizio Romano)

Liverpool assistant coach Pep Lijnders is a contender to take charge at Ajax next season. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Manchester United are frustrated at Tunisia midfielder Hannibal Mejbri's lack of game time while on loan at Sevilla with the 21-year-old having made just four appearances in La Liga since joining in January. (90min)

Arsenal teenager Ethan Nwaneri will sign his first professional deal at the club after returning from England under-17 duty this week with the 17-year-old midfielder having previously attracted interest from Manchester City. (Football Insider)


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Manchester United and Newcastle are refusing to compromise in the stand-off over Dan Ashworth, with both clubs planning for a summer transfer window without having a sporting director in place.
Chelsea will appoint a new chairman in 2027 to replace Todd Boehly. As part of an extraordinary agreement, the club's American co-owners can pass the chairmanship between themselves every five years.
Jason Burt of The Telegraph and Jonathan Liew from The Guardian discuss the news that Xabi Alonso is expected to stay at Bayer Leverkusen next season and turn down the opportunity to replace Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool
Manchester United and Real Madrid are among the clubs maintaining a watching brief on Dani Olmo this summer. The 25-year-old Spain international is continuing to excel at RB Leipzig and has a clause that becomes active this summer where he can leave for £52m.
Bayern Munich have reportedly set their sights on former Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick if they are unsuccessful in their pursuit of Xabi Alonso.
Alphonso Davies' agent has hit out at Bayern Munich for giving the full-back an "ultimatum" over a contract extension amid the player being linked with a move to Real Madrid.
The FA's review of the approval process behind England's controversial new Nike kit has already discovered that more rigorous checks and balances were in place under previous regimes at Wembley.
Former England rugby captain Phil Vickery has been made bankrupt, with documents showing he owes £100,000 to a company that is in liquidation.
Nearly half of all NFL teams showed an interest in signing former rugby star Louis Rees-Zammit following his shock switch to football. The 23-year-old has agreed a deal to join the Kansas City Chiefs, with his move to the Super Bowl champions set to be finalised on Friday.
The PFA is facing more accusations of overlooking potential conflicts of interest as board member Ebru Koksal is also working as an advisor to Mercury/13, an investment fund who have pledged to spend £85m on buying women's football clubs.
Manchester United reportedly want to buy Juventus defender Gleison Bremer for £51m - and could hand over Mason Greenwood in a shock exchange.

Ethan Nwaneri, the youngest player in Premier League history, has formalised his commitment to Arsenal by signing his first professional contract at the club.
Former referee Jon Moss departed as the director of top Premier League officials after a fallout with some of the leading English referees.
Kyle Walker and John Stones were absent from Manchester City training on Thursday as their battle to be fit for the key Premier League clash against Arsenal this weekend cranks up.
Concern over the environmental impact of 'Parkrun tourism', where participants visit locations beginning with every letter of the alphabet, has been revealed among the reasons for deleting an all-time record list from the charity's website. Completing an 'A-Z' of Parkrun locations comes with considerable kudos in the running community.

Premier League clubs are under fire for using fan boards for their own PR. Sixteen months after Fan Advisory Boards became mandatory in the wake of the failure of the European Super League, there are questions about the control some top-flight clubs have.

Paolo Maldini and Hugo Viana are among the candidates identified as part of Newcastle's search for a sporting director to replace the Manchester United-bound Dan Ashworth.
Uefa could expand the size of squads at Euro 2024 after saying they will listen to managers who want to take more players.

Wrexham have disclosed that Hollywood owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney more than doubled their investment in the club last year. The Welsh club have fallen further into debt despite their promotion to the EFL.
Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher believes working with "best in the world" Alisson has made him a better player.
Bukayo Saka is among a host of Arsenal players facing a race against time to be fit for Sunday's titanic clash with Manchester City.
Belgian prosecutors have slammed a display of "blatant cheating" as top-flight teams Genk and Westerlo played out a 1-1 draw which saw the ball passed around for the final few minutes with the scoreline suiting both teams.

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag's assistant Mitchell van der Gaag is in the frame for the vacant manager's job at their former club Ajax.
David Sullivan has blasted Championship clubs who pay players £40,000-per-week and managers £1m-per-year.
Southampton midfielder Joe Rothwell cannot quite believe the quality of the Championship top four going all-out for promotion.
Manchester United are reportedly eyeing a shock transfer move for former Stoke flop Joselu.
Arsenal face a battle with bitter rivals Tottenham to land Pedro Neto

Tottenham are letting go five of the club's longest-serving scouts as part of the ongoing restructuring of their football staff.
Willian will not make a decision on his Fulham future until the end of the season, according to head coach Marco Silva.

Everton boss Sean Dyche has hit out at claims that he slapped Nathan Patterson during the club's recent trip to Portugal - insisting he merely "tapped" the Scotland star, who didn't get the joke.
Andy Robertson has received an injury boost after news that his ankle knock picked up on Scotland duty is not serious.

Manchester United have entered the race to sign Spain international Dani Olmo, who has a £52m release clause to leave RB Leipzig this summer. The 25-year-old winger is also interesting Real Madrid, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham. (Mail)

Liverpool are looking at Sporting Lisbon's Ruben Amorim and Brighton and Hove Albion's Roberto de Zerbi to replace outgoing manager Jurgen Klopp with top target Xabi Alonso set to stay at Bayer Leverkusen. (Telegraph)

Manchester United representatives have been to Spain to identify potential transfer targets and 34-year-old Spain striker Joselu, who is on loan at Real Madrid from Espanyol, is one of the names on their list. (Relevo - in Spanish)

United will have to pay at least 60m euros (£51.3m) for Brazil international Gleison Bremer, 27, who plays for Juventus, and the Red Devils' striker Mason Greenwood, 22, could be included in the deal. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Barcelona could miss out on Germany midfielder Joshua Kimmich, 29, with Manchester United ready to make a move for the Bayern Munich star this summer. (Sport - in Spanish)

Manchester City and Newcastle United will rival Manchester United for the signing of Everton and England Under-21 centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite, 21. (Football Transfers)

Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig are ready to battle it out for Juventus' Dean Huijsen, 18, with the Spanish defender catching the eye this season during a loan spell with Roma. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Italian club Genoa are expecting to receive bids in the summer for 26-year-old Iceland forward Albert Gudmundsson, who has been linked with Tottenham and West Ham. (Fabrizio Romano)

Newcastle United ran the rule over several Brazil players during their friendly against England last week, with Barcelona winger Raphinha, 27, and Juventus defender Gleison Bremer, 27, thought to be on their radar. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Manchester United and Tottenham target Jean-Clair Todibo, the 24-year-old France international centre-back, could be available for £40m from Nice this summer. (Talksport)

Crystal Palace want to sign 19-year-old Valencia defender Cristhian Mosquera in the summer but face competition for the Spain Under-21 international from Atletico Madrid. (Evening Standard)

Chelsea will replace Todd Boehly as chairman in 2027. (Mail)

There is a strong temptation for Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 30, currently on loan at Roma from Chelsea, to move to Saudi Arabia. (Calcio Mercato - in Italian)


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Liverpool could land Ruben Amorim for as little as £12.8m after Xabi Alonso confirmed he would not be succeeding Jurgen Klopp.
Sir Dave Brailsford held a 60th birthday dinner that saw Gareth Southgate, Dan Ashworth and Premier League managers sitting around the table in an incredible football summit.
Leicester City supporters turned on their faltering team after the club's automatic promotion push suffered a major setback against Bristol City at Ashton Gate.
Middlesbrough overcame an injury crisis and an aborted plane landing to claim a 90th-minute equalising goal that damaged Southampton's hopes of automatic promotion back to the Premier League.
Nine of 10 Gallagher Premiership clubs have posted financial losses which total almost £25m for the 2022-23 season.
Sky Sports' Melissa Reddy examines the possible names for Liverpool's manager search, after Xabi Alonso commits his future to Bayer Leverkusen.

Liverpool are reportedly preparing for life without Mohamed Salah and will target one of his Egyptian team-mates, Frankfurt's Omar Marmoush, as a replacement.
Erik ten Hag says he expects Luke Shaw to return from injury before the end of the season as the England defender aims to prove his fitness in time for the European Championships this summer.
Three-time world champion Michael van Gerwen aimed a swipe at teenage sensation Luke Littler after his Premier League defeat.
Fernando Torres has returned to Liverpool to shadow Jurgen Klopp for the day while the team were in training ahead of their game against Brighton. Torres is currently managing Atletico Madrid's U19s but was invited to oversee training and gain first-hand experience from Klopp and his No 2 Pep Ljinders.
Antoine Griezmann suffered disappointment on his UK horse racing debut as his horse Hooking finished third behind favourite Elegant Man in the Good Friday meeting at Newcastle.
England's players' partners are set to be kept 20 miles from Gareth Southgate's football team during this summer's Euros to prevent a repeat of the 'circus' that engulfed the team the last time the players competed inn Germany.
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah's commercial company made a huge profit, new accounts have revealed.
Mercedes have agreed a new multi-million-pound sponsorship deal with Adidas to become the Formula One team's official team clothing and merchandising partner next season.

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool will take things "day by day" with Andy Robertson as he indicated the left back's injury was not serious.
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is confident Kobbie Mainoo can deal with the hype following his impressive full England debut.

Jurgen Klopp has hailed Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi amid reports the Italian could replace him at Liverpool next season.
Jurgen Klopp gives his thoughts on Roberto De Zerbi's style at Brighton and admits the Seagulls can beat anyone on their day.
Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou has risked the wrath of Cristian Romero after indicating the club could block the centre-back from playing at the 2024 Olympics.
Pep Guardiola has admitted he would love to have signed Declan Rice - who decided to snub Treble winners Manchester City in favour of Arsenal.
Erik ten Hag's trusted assistant at Manchester United, Mitchell van der Gaag, is being eyed by Ajax as the Dutch club seek a new manager.

Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola has branded Blues fans booing manager Mauricio Pochettino "unusual and disruptive".

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta hopes Ben White ends his England call-up protest soon.
Chelsea have given a trial to 18-year-old Nigerian wonderkid Hafiz Umar Ibrahim
Mark Ogden, Senior Writer for ESPN, says that Jamie Carragher's comments suggesting Arsenal and Man City will be the next big rivalry once Klopp leaves are writing off lots of factors, including Arsenal's lack of a striker.

Marco Silva believes Fulham do not need to rush into signing a striker this summer following the impressive form of Rodrigo Muniz.
The acting head of the Spanish football federation, Pedro Rocha, will travel to FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, next week to reassure the world governing body of changes his organisation is making after a number of recent scandals.
Barcelona head coach Xavi has confirmed he is suing two journalists and insisted he "will not tolerate the lying".
Lionel Messi will not play against NYCFC on Saturday with a view to returning for the midweek CONCACAF Champions Cup game against Monterrey, Inter Miami assistant coach Javier Morales has confirmed.
Eder Militao is not expected to return for Real Madrid's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Manchester City.

Nuno Espirito Santo has warned that Nottingham Forest will not discuss any summer transfer while his team are engaged in a fierce relegation battle.
Liverpool's decision not to pursue a move for Kephren Thuram could see the Nice midfielder head to Barcelona as a back-up option this summer.

It is only a matter of time until Liverpool managerial target Ruben Amorim is confirmed as Jurgen Klopp's replacement, according to Fulham star Joao Palhinha.

Casey Wasserman, the head of the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics and founder of the Wasserman sports and entertainment agency, has predicted that competitive football matches between English clubs will be played in the US in the next 10 years.
The IOC's ethics commission has provoked suspicion that it is doing everything it can to leave the way open for Thomas Bach to remain as IOC president beyond his maximum 12 years.
Labour's plan to cap the price charged for the resale of tickets to sports events will not affect Wimbledon debentures as they are already sold on a regulated market.

Callum McGregor has a "very good" chance of being fit to face Rangers on April 7, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.
Philippe Clement insists he is "confident" that Rangers can secure John Lundstram on a new contract amid links with Trabzonspor.

Former Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos is a shock target for Japanese side Kashima Antlers after losing his first team spot at Santos.

Liverpool's favoured target to replace Jurgen Klopp as their next manager is Sporting Lisbon's Portuguese boss Ruben Amorim, after Xabi Alonso announced he was staying at Bayer Leverkusen. (Liverpool Echo)

Amorim, 39, has a release clause of £12.8m (15m euros) which kicks in at the end of the season. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Bayern Munich, who also coveted Spaniard Alonso, have a new first choice in Austria manager Ralf Rangnick, 65, who was previously interim boss at Manchester United. (Kicker - in German)

Bayern are also interested in Brighton boss Roberto de Zerbi and Germany head coach Julian Nagelsmann, who was only sacked by the Bundesliga champions last year. (Florian Plettenberg)

Graham Potter is a candidate to take over at Borussia Dortmund one year on from his sacking by Chelsea. (HITC Football)

Real Madrid are monitoring Liverpool and England right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold's situation as the 25-year-old approaches the final 12 months of his contract. (90min)

Liverpool are interested in Eintracht Frankfurt and Egypt winger Omar Marmoush, 25, should his international team-mate Mohamed Salah, 31, leave Anfield this summer. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Barcelona could struggle to hold on to 29-year-old Portugal full-back Joao Cancelo, who is on loan from Manchester City, beyond the end of the season. The Spanish giants can only afford another loan deal but City want to sell and Saudi club Al-Hilal are interested. (Sport - in Spanish)

Manchester United could trigger a 60m euros (£51.3m) release clause to sign Brazil defender Gleison Bremer, 27, from Juventus. (Repubblica - in Italian)

Belgium midfielder Amadou Onana, 22, will be sold this summer for a significant transfer fee if Everton are relegated from the Premier League. (Football Insider)

Tottenham plan to accept an offer for 28-year-old Denmark midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg this summer. (Football Insider)

Aston Villa and Brighton are both "very keen" on signing Leeds United's Dutch winger Crysencio Summerville, 22, this summer. (Football Insider)

Barcelona's hopes of signing 16-year-old Palmeiras winger Messinho are growing, but Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Paris St-Germain have also been linked with the Brazilian. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)


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Chelsea are preparing to sell the England internationals Reece James and Conor Gallagher this summer in an attempt to bring the club's strained Financial Fair Play position into line.
English coach Anthony Barry, Thomas Tuchel's No 2 at Bayern Munich, is high on Sporting Lisbon's shortlist of candidates to replace Ruben Amorim should Amorim depart to become Liverpool's next manager.

Manchester United will allow Christian Eriksen to leave Old Trafford this summer as one of the first casualties of the club's desire to build a younger squad.
Sporting Lisbon will demand around £70m for former Coventry City striker Viktor Gyokeres if he is to be sold this summer.
Thiago Silva's time at Chelsea appears set to come to an end this summer with the veteran defender expected to leave on a free transfer.
Earlier this season, experienced centre-back Thiago Silva had a day to forget for Chelsea with the Brazilian gifting a goal to Newcastle during the Blues' 4-1 defeat
FIFA is likely to come under increased pressure from human rights organisations after 12 people were jailed for religious chanting during matches in Saudi Arabia, the likely 2034 World Cup host nation.
Tottenham are likely to need another solution for club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele this summer with current loan club Galatasaray expected to pass on their £13m buy option for the midfielder.
Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah is cashing in off the field with a reported £5.4m in profit coming from his commercial deals on top of his £400,000 weekly wage.
Chesterfield coach Kieron Dyer has admitted his thoughts turned straight to the person whose sad passing allowed him to undergo a life-saving liver transplant last year after the Spireites secured promotion back to the EFL.
England fans have been warned of a new terror threat for Euro 2024. The Islamist attack in Moscow has raised "dangers to a new level", said German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser, just 75 days before kick-off.

Declan Rice has claimed he is playing for a new Arsenal who are ready to change what people say about them.

Liverpool's hopes of landing Ruben Amorim as their next manager have been boosted as he is understood to be considering a move away from Sporting Lisbon in the summer even if they win the Portuguese title.
West Ham fans criticised Kalvin Phillips on social media after his forgettable appearance off the bench in the 4-3 defeat at Newcastle with one claiming he could be "the worst loan signing of all time".
Disgraced former Netherlands footballer Quincy Promes is reported to be enduring brutal living conditions in a United Arab Emirates prison while he waits to find out if he will be sent back to Russia or extradited to his home nation to begin a jail term for smuggling cocaine.

Kalvin Phillips reacted with obscenities and a lewd gesture after he faced abuse from angry West Ham fans as he boarded the team coach following Saturday's 4-3 defeat by Newcastle United.
Research has revealed Manchester City would lead the Premier League by five points if no added time had been played this season with Chelsea down in a lowly 13th place
Jesse Lingard's first start for FC Seoul looks like being delayed as he is struggling with a knee injury ahead of their clash with Gangwon on Sunday and might not feature at all.

Liverpool star Conor Bradley has revealed it was Real Madrid-era Gareth Bale who he idolised as a footballer while he was growing up.
Bath will lodge complaints with the Premiership Rugby and RFU after controversy during their clash with Harlequins on Saturday when the hosts' Irne Herbst's sin-bin period lasted only seven minutes rather than the scheduled 10.
Oxford rower Leonard Jenkins complained of an outbreak of E.Coli in the camp after defeat against Boat Race rivals Cambridge

Manchester United will not sway from appointing Dan Ashworth as their next sporting director despite his current club Newcastle digging their heels in over any deal.
Excitement is growing that Arsenal have found their next young star after 14-year-old prodigy Max Dowman made a dazzling appearance for their U18 side in a 5-2 win over Fulham on Saturday.

Celtic face a club versus country row with South Korea after Hyeon-Jun Yang was named in their Olympic squad for the Asian U23 Cup next month despite previous hints from manager Sun-Hong Hwang that he would be omitted.

Brendan Rodgers has no regrets over calling referee John Beaton incompetent. The Celtic boss has been hit with a one-match ban (with a further one suspended) following the remarks he made about the whistler following his team's 2-0 defeat at Hearts earlier this month.

Chelsea are planning to sell two of their England internationals - right-back Reece James, 24, and midfielder Conor Gallagher, 24 - this summer to avoid breaching the Premier League's profitability and sustainability rules. (Sunday Times - subscription required)

West Ham are edging closer to signing Brentford and England striker Ivan Toney, 28, in a "statement" deal for the club. (Football Insider)

Paris St-Germain manager Luis Enrique still hopes he can convince Kylian Mbappe, 25, to stay at the club rather than join Real Madrid when the France forward's contract expires at the end of the season. (Goal)

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti says he is not worried about Brazil winger Vinicius Jr leaving the club, after speculation the 23-year-old could move because of the racist abuse he has experienced. (Diario Sport - in Spanish)

Ruben Amorim says he remains focused on Sporting Lisbon and winning trophies with the club amid rumours he could replace Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool manager. (Star Sunday)

Getafe boss Jose Bordalas says he is unclear on Mason Greenwood's future at the club, with Manchester United yet to make a decision on whether the English striker, 22, will return. (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester United are leading the chase for Port Vale's 17-year-old England youth striker Baylee Dipepa. (Sun on Sunday)

Sporting Lisbon want £68.5m for in-form Swedish striker Viktor Gyokeres, 25, amid interest from Arsenal and Chelsea. (Sunday Mirror)

Bayern Munich have confirmed German midfielder Joshua Kimmich, 29, will not extend his contract at the club until they find a new manager to replace Thomas Tuchel, who is leaving at the end of the season. (Sky Germany, via 90min)

Barcelona and Chelsea are both working on a move for Palmeiras' 16-year-old Brazilian Estevao Willian, with the winger's release clause reportedly set at £51m. (Sunday Mirror)

Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 32, is frustrated by his lack of game time at Manchester United and will be allowed to leave the club this summer. (Sunday Mirror)

Inter Milan see Fiorentina's 19-year-old Italian defender Michael Kayode as a potential replacement for Denzel Dumfries, if he moves away from the club. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Barcelona's Polish striker Robert Lewandowski is set to remain at the club despite interest from Saudi Arabia in the 35-year-old. (Sport - in Spanish)

Sunderland and Northern Ireland defender Trai Hume, 22, is attracting interest from Premier League sides Aston Villa and Bournemouth as well as Serie A club Napoli. (Sunday Life)

Feyenoord have made an approach for West Ham full-back Ben Johnson, 24, who is now permitted to speak to overseas clubs. (Sunday Mirror)


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Newcastle United will conduct a thorough review of injuries at the end of the season after a series of significant losses to their squad in recent weeks.
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The Premier League has written to clubs to warn them of the potential of a terror attack after the sickening assault on a Moscow concert hall that killed at least 137 people.
Manchester City supporters unveiled a banner complaining at further increases in season-ticket prices during Sunday's 0-0 draw with Arsenal at the Etihad.
A Brazilian magazine planning a documentary about Dani Alves has been revealed as having paid the €1m bail to get the disgraced former Barcelona defender out of prison while he appeals his conviction for rape.
Frank Leboeuf says Chelsea's current owners are "unprofessional" and accused them of destroying the club he represented with great success.
FC Seoul manager Gi-Dong Kim has offered a scathing review of Jesse Lingard's spell in South Korea so far and has accused him of not fighting and not working. He is also considering removing Lingard from his first-team plans.
Campbell Hatton, son of boxing legend Ricky, has parted company with his trainer - uncle Matthew Hatton - after suffering a shock defeat against James Finch last week.

Sunderland have put Paul Heckingbottom at the top of their wanted list to replace Michael Beale as manager if he will work under their conditions, which include making use of the club's younger players and retaining some of their current coaching staff.
England's footballs WAGs are planning to splash out more than £100,000 on private ex-military security for Euro 2024 instead of using the FA-appointed guards.
A match in Spain's third division was abandoned on Saturday after Rayo Majadahonda goalkeeper Cheikh Kane Sarr stormed into the crowd behind his goal to confront a Sestao River fan who had allegedly racially abused him. Sarr's team-mates walked off the pitch in protest at his treatment.

Everton's finances were under the microscope again on Easter Sunday as they revealed a loss for the 2022-23 season which almost doubled from the previous year.
Manchester City have been accused of "exploiting the loyalty" of supporters as fans protested angrily against the latest season-ticket price hikes.
Last year's Champion Hurdle winner Constitution Hill will not run again this season after trainer Nicky Henderson revealed his star gelding is under supervision for colic in an equine hospital.

Chelsea are preparing to sell homegrown stars Reece James and Conor Gallagher this summer to bring the club's Profit & Sustainability position into line.
Everton have announced a loss of £89.1m in their latest financial accounts despite making a profit from player trading of £47.5m.

Sunday's Ukraine Premier League clash between Dynamo Kyiv and Vorskla had to be delayed following two air raid sirens in the area, which led to Kyiv branding Russia a "terrorist state" - they went on to win the match 5-3.
Manchester United defender Raphael Varane settled fears over the injury which forced him off at half-time against Brentford and says it is "not too bad".

Former Hibs boss Paul Heckingbottom is top of Sunderland's wanted list to be their next manager.

Galatasaray are closing on a deal to sign Rangers outcast Ianis Hagi, according to reports in Turkey.
Celtic are waiting to find out if they will secure a lucrative sell-on fee as Manchester United and Manchester City could potentially battle to sign Bayer Leverkusen's former Bhoy Jeremie Frimpong this summer.
Sam Lammers says he struggled during his time at Rangers because he was not played in his preferred role as an out-and-out striker, the position he is now impressing in on loan at Utrecht.

Liverpool have joined Manchester United and Chelsea in the race to sign Benfica's 19-year-old Portugal midfielder Joao Neves, who has a 120m euro (£102.6m) release clause. (O Jogo, via Sport Witness)

Manchester United and Manchester City are interested in Bayer Leverkusen's 23-year-old Netherlands defender Jeremie Frimpong. (Sun)

Manchester City are set to rekindle a move for West Ham's 26-year-old Brazil midfielder Lucas Paqueta this summer. (Football Insider)

Leeds United hope to re-sign 28-year-old England midfielder Kalvin Phillips for about £30m from Manchester City this summer if they secure promotion back to the Premier League. (Sun)

Newcastle will speed up their search for a centre-back this summer and offer 32-year-old English defender Paul Dummett a new contract after captain Jamaal Lascelles was ruled out for up to nine months with a knee injury. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Former Sheffield United boss Paul Heckingbottom leads Championship side Sunderland's list of potential candidates to be their next permanent manager. (Sun)

Barcelona are willing to listen to offers for Raphinha this summer to ease financial concerns, but the 27-year-old Brazil forward does not want to leave. (Sport - in Spanish)

Real Madrid bosses think Bayern Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso is the "perfect replacement" to take over from Carlo Ancelotti in 2026. (Matteo Moretto, via Football Espana)

Tottenham plan to loan Alejo Veliz, 20, to a different club next season as they feel the Argentina Under-20 striker has not played enough games during his current spell with Sevilla. (Fabrizio Romano)

Some members of the Chelsea squad have made it clear to the club's owners that they would prefer to see manager Mauricio Pochettino replaced at the end of the season. (HITC)

Sporting Lisbon manager Ruben Amorim would consider joining Liverpool if he was offered the job, but will only make a decision about his future at the end of the season. (Correio da Manha - in Portuguese)

Tottenham have joined the race to sign Leeds United's 18-year-old midfielder Archie Gray, with Liverpool also interested in the England Under-21 international. (Football Insider)


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Newcastle United have rekindled their interest in Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale ahead of a possible move for him this summer.
Newcastle are looking for a new sporting director, with Dan Ashworth expected to join Manchester United, and, among the rich list of potential candidates, there is former AC Milan captain and coach Paolo Maldini.
Manchester United have made a formal offer to meet Jason Wilcox's buy-out clause at Southampton in an attempt to ensure the director of football will be in place to mastermind this summer's transfer window at Old Trafford.
Frida Maanum's mother Liz-Heidi Leonhardsen has revealed the "nightmare" she went through watching her daughter collapse during Arsenal's Conti Cup final win over Chelsea on Sunday.
Luis Enrique lost his temper with a reporter asking constant questions about Kylian Mbappe's future at Paris Saint-Germain after he was substituted during their game against Marseille.
Troy Deeney feels Liverpool should consider Wolves boss Gary O'Neil as a potential replacement for Jurgen Klopp when he leaves at the end of the season.
Ambitious Hull City owner Acun Ilicali has revealed his two dream signings - former Manchester United midfielder Fred and Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.

Newcastle are braced for Arsenal and Tottenham to launch £100m moves for Alexander Isak.
Plymouth Argyle are lining up Neil Warnock to take over as manager after sacking Ian Foster on Monday night.
Premier League clubs spent an astonishing £3.8bn on player salaries last season with champions Manchester City topping the table with a £423m spend and Fulham performing above their league-low £90m wage bill.
Farhad Moshiri could lose control of Everton with the sale to 777 Partners in danger of collapse, which could possibly lead to MSP Capital taking over should he fail to pay back a £158m loan.
Manchester United's performance against Brentford on Saturday did not go down well with new part-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe, putting further pressure on boss Erik ten Hag.
Gary Neville reflects on Manchester United's draw with Brentford and how he believes they are one of the worst teams when out of possession
[Irrelevant point]'s time at Barcelona appears set to come to an end this summer as he is deemed surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp.
Hannibal Mejbri's loan spell with Sevilla is turning into something of a nightmare, with the Manchester United youngster not even named in their squad against Getafe at the weekend.
Barcelona defender Inigo Martinez has been filmed getting involved in an angry confrontation with a young supporter in the middle of a street outside the club's training ground.

Adidas has banned football fans from customising the German national shirt with the number 44 due to its perceived resemblance to the symbol used by Nazi SS units during the Second World War.

Plymouth Argyle are set to bring in a 'firefighter' manager on a short-term basis after sacking Ian Foster following a run of eight defeats in 11 games.
Everton's prospective owners 777 Partners have moved to fend off fresh doubts about their financial viability after the Merseyside club's need for funds was reinforced in their latest accounts.
The Premier League risks losing an entire generation of potential supporters because of scandalous rises in ticket prices.
Exeter Chiefs director of rugby Rob Baxter has urged World Rugby to stop messing around with the sport's laws after their proposal for amendments designed to bring in new supporters were announced last month.
Leicester Tigers have been fined £47,000 for breaching the salary cap during the 2019-20 season.

Southampton are ready to insist Jason Wilcox serves his entire 12-month notice period unless Manchester United increase their offer for the man they want to become their new technical director.
Speaking after the 3-2 defeat to Ipswich, Southampton boss Russell Martin claims he hasn't been told anything regarding the potential departure of Saints' director of football Jason Wilcox to Manchester United
Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi is on a two-man shortlist drawn up by Bayern Munich as they seek a replacement for Thomas Tuchel.
Everton supporters are seeking further answers from referees' chief Howard Webb about the catalogue of decisions they believe have conspired against Sean Dyche's team this season.

Xabi Alonso's decision to snub Bayern Munich could give Arsenal a boost in their pursuit of Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Zubimendi, who had been linked with the German giants.

Reports in Russia claim Krasnodar's Armenia international playmaker Eduard Spertsyan is a summer target for Celtic.
Brighton midfielder Billy Gilmour should be fine for Scotland's Euro 2024 squad after it was revealed his knee injury should not sideline him beyond the end of April.

Newcastle have reignited their interest in Arsenal and England's Aaron Ramsdale, 25, as they target a younger goalkeeper. (Mail)

Newcastle are braced for bids from Arsenal and Tottenham, potentially worth £100m, for Sweden striker Alexander Isak, 24, if the Magpies need to raise funds to allow them to refresh their squad within financial fair play rules. (Sun)

Tottenham and Newcastle have been told they will have to pay more than £50m if they want to sign former England Under-21 midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White, 24, from Nottingham Forest. (Football Insider)

West Ham will have to pay at least £60m if they want to sign 22-year-old Everton and Belgium midfielder Amadou Onana. (Football Insider)

Manchester City are expected to put England midfielder Kalvin Phillips, 28, up for permanent transfer in the summer with an asking price of £30m. (Mail)

Arsenal and Newcastle had scouts watching Porto's Brazilian striker Evanilson, 24, at the weekend and both have watched his club team-mate and Argentina midfielder Alan Varela, 22, this season. (HITC)

Brighton manager Roberto de Zerbi is on a three-man shortlist to replace Thomas Tuchel at Bayern Munich.(Times - subscription required)

Liverpool, Tottenham and AC Milan are set to battle for the signature of Fulham's English defender Tosin Adarabioyo, 26, on a free transfer this summer. (Sun)

Uruguay winger Facundo Pellistri, 22, could leave Manchester United this summer after failing to become established in the first team since his move to Old Trafford in 2020. (Mirror)

Real Madrid are assessing the possibility of signing Chelsea and England right-back Reece James but expect any deal for the 24-year-old to be complicated because he has four years to run on his contract. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Plymouth Argyle are considering Neil Warnock as a short-term replacement after the sacking of Ian Foster because they want a "firefighter", with the club just one point and one place above the Championship relegation spots. (Sun)

Barcelona and Spain defender [Irrelevant point], 33, is expected to leave on a free transfer this summer, while Spain midfielder and full-back Sergi Roberto could also depart for free. (Fabrizio Romano)

Former Barcelona and Paris St-Germain star Neymar, 32, plans to return to his native Brazil and Santos in 2025 when his contract at Saudi Arabia side Al-Hilal expires. (Goal)

Barcelona have abandoned plans to make a move for Palmeiras and Brazil Under-17 prospect Estevao Willian, 16, who has been dubbed 'Messinho', leaving Chelsea and Paris St-Germain as the main suitors. (Sport - in Spanish)


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Jadon Sancho could get a second chance to impress at Manchester United with potential technical director Jason Wilcox a big fan of the winger, currently out on loan at Borussia Dortmund.
Erik ten Hag will have significantly less power in transfer dealing this summer if he keeps his role as Manchester United manager.
Marcus Rashford has given the YouTuber who bought his wrecked Rolls Royce a helping hand in its restoration, after the video of him buying the car received over five million views.
Juventus are prepared to sack Massimiliano Allegri after a shocking run of Serie A form, with "iron sergeant" U19 head coach Paolo Montero likely to take over in the interim if a move is made.
Patrick Kluivert has admitted he is surprised Ajax have not approached him about taking over as manager with John van 't Schip not expected to become permanent boss after a spell in interim charge.
Arsenal coach Jack Wilshere is sure 14-year-old prodigy Max Dowman can be fast-tracked into the club's first team as he continues to impress in the U18 age group.

The Telegraph's Jason Burt and The Sun's Charlie Wyett discuss who is in the running to take Jurgen Klopp's place and why some managers may not be up to the challenge
Barcelona are ready to make their move for Liverpool-linked Sporting Lisbon boss Ruben Amorim as they seek a replacement for Xavi Hernandez, who will leave the Nou Camp this summer.

Manchester United want former Newcastle player, and current Sporting Lisbon director of football, Hugo Viana to join their new-look board as Chief Operating Officer.
Manchester United's new regime are making enemies across football with their ruthless recruitment drive.
[Irrelevant point] is set to join Atletico Madrid on a free transfer when his contract with rivals Barcelona expires in the summer.
Four-time snooker world champion John Higgins has admitted this year's World Championship could be his last and said he is starting to "lose his edge".
Judy Murray is a shock candidate to become part of Novak Djokovic's coaching team in the wake of Goran Ivanisevic's departure.

The chances of Roberto De Zerbi becoming the next Liverpool manager have receded with the Italian not currently considered a leading candidate.
Cole Palmer is expected to be rewarded for a fine first season at Chelsea with a new contract including a lucrative pay rise.
Manchester United players have held one-to-one meetings with Sir Dave Brailsford to find out the Ineos vision to restore the club to its former glory.
Leicester City have announced huge losses of £89.7m for the 2022/23 season, and are already under pressure to avoid further sanctions next year.
The British Olympic Association will stick with a traditional red, white and blue Union flag on its kit for the 2024 Games in Paris after outrage surrounding the sale of merchandise which included shades of pink and purple on top.
New Zealand star Ardie Savea says the All Blacks need to follow South Africa's lead and start picking players who are plying their trade overseas.

Premier League clubs are looking at Manchester United teenager Bendito Mantato with the Old Trafford outfit yet to tie up his future.

Aberdeen are refusing to give up hope that they can persuade Elfsborg boss Jimmy Thelin to become the next manager at Pittodrie.
Celtic remain interested in QPR defender Jake Clarke-Salter despite plenty of mid-table Premier League clubs also keeping tabs on him.
South Korea Olympics boss Hwang Seon-Hong remains hopeful the Celtic will allow him to include Yang Hyun-Jun in his squad for the U23 Asian Cup later this month and will allow him to join up later than other players if that helps the Scottish club.

Luis Palma could give Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers another major pre-derby boost by proving his fitness for Ibrox.

Barcelona are looking to wrap up a deal for Sporting Lisbon boss Ruben Amorim as a replacement for the departing Xavi, while Liverpool and Bayern Munich reassess their options after Xabi Alonso decided to stay at Bayer Leverkusen. (Independent)

However, the Barcelona board want to change Xavi's mind about leaving and are urging him to stay at the Nou Camp. (Athletic - subscription required)

Barcelona will target Manchester City and Norway striker Erling Haaland, 23, in 2025 as part of a signings strategy that they hope will convince Xavi to stay beyond this season. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Chelsea may have to sell some of their star players to raise cash to meet profit and sustainability rules this summer but England defender Reece James, 24, wants to stay at Stamford Bridge. (HITC)

Arsenal have approached Bayern Munich about a move for their Germany midfielder Joshua Kimmich, but have been told the 29-year-old's future will not be discussed until the summer. (Football Transfers)

Arsenal also appear to be in pole position to sign 25-year-old Real Sociedad's Spanish midfielder Martin Zubimendi, who has also been linked with Bayern Munich. (Caught Offside)

Manchester City and Liverpool expect their attempts to sign Bayer Leverkusen and Germany midfielder Florian Wirtz, 20, to be hampered by Xabi Alonso's decision to stay with the Bundesliga leaders. (HITC)

Real Madrid are not interested in signing Spain goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, 29, permanently and he will return to parent club Chelsea when his loan spell at the Bernabeu expires in June. (Fabrizio Romano)

Manchester United have Everton and England's 21-year-old Jarrad Branthwaite, Boca Juniors and Argentine 18-year-old Aaron Anselmino and 19-year-old Barcelona and Senegal international Mikayil Faye on their wishlist for defensive reinforcements this summer. (Mail)

Jadon Sancho, currently on loan at Borussia Dortmund, may get another chance at Manchester United if the club appoint Southampton's Jason Wilcox as their director of football. Wilcox worked with the 24-year-old England forward at Manchester City's academy. (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester United have a concrete interest in appointing Ipswich manager Kieran McKenna as their new boss. The Northern Irishman, 37, used to work at the club as an assistant coach under Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. (Football Insider)

Real Madrid would like to sign 18-year-old Lille centre-back Leny Yoro - who has also been linked with Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea - this summer after the Frenchman told his club he wants a new challenge. (Athletic - subscription needed)

Tottenham may be forced to sell Brazil defender Emerson Royal, 25, to help fund moves of their own in the summer transfer window. (Football Insider)

Leeds United and England Under-21 midfielder and right-back Archie Gray, 18, is being watched by Real Madrid and Bayern Munich alongside a host of Premier League sides. (HITC)

Barcelona and Spain left-back [Irrelevant point], 33, is in advanced talks with Atletico Madrid about joining on a free transfer this summer. (Cadena Ser - in Spanish)

Barcelona have identified 19-year-old Fiorentina and Italy defender Michael Kayode, who also interests Arsenal, as an alternative to a permanent deal for Manchester City's on-loan Portugal international Joao Cancelo, 29. (Football Transfers)

Birmingham are in pole position, ahead of a number of other Championship clubs, to sign Queen's Park Under-18s defender Darryl Carrick, having watched the Scottish centre-half on numerous occasions this season. (Team Talk)


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Archie Gray is being watched closely by both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich as they consider a move for the talented teenager.
Newcastle United face an "uphill" battle to keep hold of midfield superstar Bruno Guimaraes.
Kepa Arrizabalaga will leave Real Madrid when his season-long loan expires this summer.
Conor Gallagher is tipped to leave Chelsea this summer.

Manchester United have put Wolverhampton Wanderers captain Max Kilman on a shortlist of centre-backs in an effort to fix the defensive problems they have suffered this season.
The Times' Charlotte Duncker provides the latest update on Manchester United's reported interest in Wolves captain Max Kilman
Spanish prosecutors investigating Luis Rubiales, the former head of Spanish football, have applied to authorities in Andorra for access to bank accounts belonging to former Barcelona defender Gerard Pique and nine associated companies, according to reports in Spain.

Erik ten Hag has urged Sir Jim Ratcliffe to have patience with the job he is doing at Manchester United and resist any temptation to 'interrupt the process'.
Manchester United have reportedly cancelled the corporate credit cards of senior figures in a bid to cut costs at the club.
Newcastle United will wear a one-off jersey at home to Tottenham this month, with Sela set to donate the front-of-shirt sponsorship to charity.
Chelsea players are being targeted by private sports medicine experts looking to pounce on the club's ongoing injury crisis.
England goalkeeper Mary Earps has signed a multi-year contract with kit manufacturer Puma after deciding to leave Adidas.
Rugby bosses in both codes have been warned their games are not currently safe for players after 60 more ex-union professionals joined an ongoing legal case against the sport's authorities over head injuries.

Dr Who and House of the Dragon star Matt Smith has revealed his dream is to buy Blackburn Rovers.
Former Liverpool star Fabio Aurelio was left with broken ribs and a damaged lung after returning to Anfield for the clash with Ajax Legends.
Kalvin Phillips will have to take a major pay cut this summer if he wants to return to Leeds United and end his Manchester City nightmare.

Nottingham Forest are triggering a contract extension for Ola Aina after an impressive debut season at the City Ground.
Former Republic of Ireland international Jon Walters is in pole position to land the job as technical director at Stoke.
Middlesbrough's Seny Dieng has interest from Premier League and European clubs ahead of a busy summer of trading for goalkeepers.
Sporting Lisbon are looking closely at Coventry centre-back Joel Latibeaudiere after their successful raid on the Championship club for Viktor Gyokeres.
Leeds have made an offer to Sunderland to sign England U17 forward Mason Cotcher.
The Women's Super League and Women's Championship are on the verge of securing a record sponsorship deal, with Barclays set to double its investment in the two leagues.
Rory McIlroy has brought in revered coach Butch Harmon as he tries to fix his 'two-swing' conundrum in time for next week's Masters.
Dawid Malan is trying his hand as a coach at Yorkshire as he faces up to the possibility that his England playing career is over.

Getafe have been ordered to partially close their central stand for three matches by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) following the racist and xenophobic abuse suffered by the Sevilla manager, Quique Sánchez Flores, and the player Marcos Acuña in the La Liga game on Saturday.

Kalvin Phillips would have to accept a significant wage cut to secure a return to Leeds United this summer.
West Ham boss David Moyes says the club will continue to offer their support to midfielder Kalvin Phillips following his difficult loan spell to date
Paul Pogba, who is currently serving a doping suspension, was spotted in the stands as West Ham and Tottenham played out a draw on Tuesday.

Manchester United are in contact with Nice defender Melvin Bard as the club focuses on signing a new left-back this summer.

Manchester United will play Norwegian club Rosenborg in their first pre-season match ahead of the 2024-25 campaign.
Burnley's auditors have issued a warning about the club's financial position in the latest accounts if sufficient funds are not raised in the event of relegation.

Peter Leven would take the Aberdeen job until the end of the season - if it gives the Pittodrie board the time to get the right manager in.

Newcastle United fear they might need to sell Brazil midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, 26, to satisfy Premier League financial rules. French giants Paris St-Germain lead the chase, with Manchester United and Arsenal also keen. (Sun)

Tottenham have also joined Arsenal in the race to sign Sweden striker Alexander Isak, 24, should Newcastle be forced to sell key players this summer. (Football Insider)

But Isak has reaffirmed his commitment to Newcastle amid interest from his club's Premier League rivals. (inews)

Newcastle will prioritise the signing of two central defenders when the transfer window opens following the loss of Dutchman Sven Botman, 24, and Englishman Jamaal Lascelles, 30, to long-term injuries. (Football Insider)

Middlesbrough's Senegalese goalkeeper Seny Dieng, 29, is being watched by Premier League clubs including Newcastle and Crystal Palace after an impressive season in the Championship. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Bologna striker Joshua Zirkzee wants to move to AC Milan despite an offer from Manchester United and interest from Arsenal and Juventus in the 22-year-old Dutchman. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Arsenal could be set to rival Liverpool and Manchester City in the battle to sign Bayern Munich's Germany midfielder Joshua Kimmich, 29, who has just one year left on his contract with the Bundesliga club. (Talksport)

Sweden forward Viktor Gyokeres, 25, is high on Arsenal's list of striker options, but Sporting Lisbon expect the player's release clause of 100m euros (£85.6m) to be triggered for him to leave. (Caught Offside)

England midfielder Kalvin Phillips, 28, will have to take a major pay cut if he wants to end his stay at Manchester City and return to Leeds United this summer. (Mirror)

West Ham will not look to make Phillips' loan spell at the club permanent. (Football Insider)

Manchester United have begun discussions about signing 23-year-old Nice defender Melvin Bard, who is pushing for a France call-up, as they focus on signing a new left-back. (Evening Standard)

Wolves' 26-year-old English centre-back Max Kilman is also on Manchester United's summer transfer shortlist. (Times - subscription required)

Leicester City have entered the race to sign Arsenal's 24-year-old English striker Eddie Nketiah but face competition from Crystal Palace and Brentford. (Football Transfers)

Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United are among the Premier League sides keen on Bayer Leverkusen wing-back Jeremie Frimpong. The Dutchman, 23, will be available for £35m in the summer. (Football Insider)

Newcastle are interested in Real Madrid's Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos, 27. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Nottingham Forest are triggering a contract extension for Nigeria defender Ola Aina after the 27-year-old's impressive debut season at the City Ground. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Atalanta director Luca Percassi said the club have not received any offers for 26-year-old Netherlands midfielder Teun Koopmeiners amid interest from Liverpool and Juventus. (Mediaset via Football Italia)

Sevilla remain interested in signing Chelsea striker David Datro Fofana - currently on loan at Burnley - with the 21-year-old Ivorian earmarked to replace Morocco forward Youssef En-Nesyri, 26, who looks set to be sold in the summer. (Relevo - in Spanish)


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Manchester United and Arsenal target Joshua Zirkzee is understood to prefer a move to AC Milan and has told his agents to pave the way for his dream transfer.
The twin sons of Manchester United icon Darren Fletcher have signed their first professional contracts with the club just months after joining from Manchester City.
Manchester City star Bernardo Silva is seriously interested in signing for Barcelona, according to Portugal team-mate Joao Felix.
Stefan Ortega has admitted he will consider his Manchester City future at the end of the season.
Raphael Varane has been praised for "raising awareness" on concussion - and experts warned it must lead to a culture change in football.

Ruben Amorim is open to a Premier League job amid major interest from Liverpool.
Sky Sports' Dougie Critchley has the lowdown on Ruben Amorim - the Sporting head coach who is one of the favourites to replace Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool
Luis Rubiales has been branded 'a compulsive, racist, sexist liar' by his own uncle after the World Cup 'kissgate' scandal that could see him sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison.
One of the brains who helped the development of VAR has admitted that it is an innovation he takes little pride in, as it continues to dominate the headlines in football.
Danny Care is set to reject lucrative offers from France in order to sign a new deal at Harlequins which will allow him to see out his decorated career at the London club.

The Premier League is set to keep points-deduction penalties for breaches of the financial rules but is considering having a tariff that would impose only fines on clubs for lesser offences.
Jonas Vingegaard is "stable and conscious" in hospital after he suffered a broken collarbone and several broken ribs in a crash during the fourth stage of the Itzulia Basque Country.

Manchester United are set to offer wonderkid Bendito Mantato a new contract, according to reports.
Thomas Partey has hinted he wants to extend his contract at Arsenal.
The cost of Real Madrid's newly-renovated Santiago Bernabeu Stadium has been revealed as £1.5bn.

Manchester United want to recruit a chief business officer to report to their incoming chief executive, Omar Berrada.
FIFA representatives have travelled to Madrid to meet with the Spanish government and Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) following a number of recent scandals at Spanish's football governing body.
Juventus have condemned "discriminatory chants" from Lazio supporters aimed towards Weston McKennie during the Coppa Italia semi-final on Tuesday.

World Rugby has apologised for publishing "misogynistic" guidance on how to coach women and girls which was based on an 18-year-old academic review.
Same-sex couples will be allowed to share rooms when the WTA Finals move to Saudi Arabia at the end of this season, according to a representative of the tour.

Manchester United will return to the striker market this summer in search of some worthy competition for Rasmus Hojlund, who has been left to operate the position by himself in his first season in England.
The path has cleared for Liverpool to appoint Ruben Amorim this summer as Barcelona have reportedly withdrawn their interest in the Sporting manager.
Portuguese football expert Pedro Sepulveda explains what Ruben Amorim would bring to Liverpool if the Sporting coach succeeds Jurgen Klopp at Anfield

Chelsea executives Chris Jurasek and Jason Gannon have been put in charge of the club's redevelopment plans for Stamford Bridge.

Celtic are reportedly retaining their interest in Panathinaikos striker Fotis Ioannidis - but are just one of a host of European clubs hoping to land the Greek international.
Celtic have reportedly come to Dundee's aid in order to try and ensure Saturday's match against Motherwell at Dens Park goes ahead followed by next week's visit of Rangers.

Elfsborg director Stefan Andreasson has warned Aberdeen they face a fight to land Jimmy Thelin.

Liverpool have opened discussions with Sporting Lisbon boss Ruben Amorim, 39, to replace Jurgen Klopp. (Foot Mercato - in French)

Barcelona have withdrawn their interest in Amorim. (Sport - in Spanish)

Manchester United have added Wolves' English captain Max Kilman, 26, to their shortlist of defenders. (Talksport)

Manchester United are considering a summer move for Aston Villa's 26-year-old England defender Ezri Konsa, 26. (Football Transfers)

Portugal forward Joao Felix says international team-mate and Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva, 29, wants to move to Barcelona. (Gerard Romero)

Atalanta say they have not received any direct contact from Liverpool about 26-year-old Dutch midfielder Teun Koopmeiners. (90min)

Liverpool want to sign Uruguay midfielder Federico Valverde, 25, from Real Madrid. (Teamtalk)

Bologna's Netherlands forward Joshua Zirkzee, 22, is wanted by Manchester United and Liverpool but would prefer a move to AC Milan. (Mirror)

Arsenal are set to rival Manchester United for the signing of Barcelona's 19-year-old Senegalese centre-back Mikayil Faye. (Calciomercato via TeamTalk)

Manchester United have offered a new deal to 16-year-old English winger Bendito Mantato amid interest from several top clubs. (Fabrizio Romano)

Fulham manager Marco Silva, who has a release clause of £8.6m in his contract, could attract interest from West Ham.(Sun)

Premier League clubs are pushing to scrap points deductions in favour of a luxury tax system. (Mail)

AC Milan have identified former Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli as the leading candidate to become their new chief executive. (Tuttomercatoweb - in Italian)

Spain forward Ansu Fati, 21, faces an uncertain future at Barcelona following a disappointing loan spell at Brighton and could be sold or sent out on loan again next season. (Marca - in Spanish)

English actress Dame Helen Mirren says she supports Serie A side Lecce. (Oggi via Football Italia)


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Jermain Defoe wants to be the next Sunderland manager. The former Sunderland striker is ready to leave his role as Tottenham U18 coach, with a backroom team poised to go and is keen on a return to Wearside.

Jurgen Klopp has urged fans of Manchester United and Liverpool to "show a bit of class" and refrain from tragedy chanting when they meet tomorrow.Ruben Amorim has refused to commit his future to Sporting Lisbon beyond this summer after emerging as the favourite to succeed Jurgen Klopp.Newcastle are pursuing a move for Bournemouth defender Lloyd Kelly but there is still some negotiating to do for the free agent, and fees expected by intermediaries could yet be a problem
Chris Smalling is said to be suing his wealth managers for £750,000 after claiming they failed to tell him about fees and charges which could have cost £97.7m.
Newcastle have now told several academy players they will be released this summer, including two who made their Premier League debuts this season - Michael Ndiweni and Amadou Diallo.
Penarol defender Maximiliano Olivera sustained a huge gash below the eye after being struck by a stone thrown from the crowd in their Copa Libertadores opener against Rosario on Thursday.
Southampton manager Russell Martin believes it is "likely" director of football Jason Wilcox will make the move to Manchester United.
Sky Sports News' Mark McAdam explains why Manchester United are targeting Southampton director of football Jason Wilcox
Yorkshire have reported a staggering £7.1m annual loss, despite hosting a lucrative Ashes Test match last year.
Aintree say their security team will continue to work with Merseyside police and 'plan for all eventualities' ahead of the Grand National, despite animal rights group Animal Rising saying they have no plans to disrupt the race.

Lionel Messi could become a co-owner of Inter Miami alongside David Beckham - using a very familiar clause.
Fernando Torres is set to leave his role as Atletico Madrid's U19 manager, it's been claimed.
Even the coaching staff are suffering with Newcastle's injury crisis after goalkeeping coach Shwan Jalal suffered a knee injury during the club's recent trip to Dubai.

Liverpool have announced a two per cent rise in ticket prices for the 2024-25 season.
The opening ceremony of the Paris Olympics will take place on the River Seine and there are no 'Plan B' alternatives, city officials have insisted.

There was no love lost between Enzo Fernandez and Manchester United midfielder Mason Mount after the Chelsea star branded his ex-team-mate a "coward" following a Premier League classic at Stamford Bridge.
John Murtough will reportedly leave Manchester United once the club formalise the appointment of new sporting director Dan Ashworth.

Leicester City's legal action against the Premier League after being charged with breaching Profitability and Sustainability Rules appears to be at odds with their own annual report.
Paul Barber, the Brighton & Hove Albion chief executive, revealed this week that the club pipped "a very big club in north London" to seal a partnership deal with British Airways late last year, which he described as "a fantastic coup for us".
For the eighth consecutive year West Ham's gender pay gap is in favour of women.
The RFU will charge the highest price for a standalone England Test when the All Blacks visit Twickenham in November, with top tickets costing £229.
The Gallagher Premiership champions Saracens' latest annual accounts stand as a warning regarding the precarious nature of rugby clubs, even those at the top of the sport.
Owen Farrell will miss a handful of his final few Saracens matches through injury, including today's Investec Champions Cup tie against Bordeaux-Begles.

Thomas Tuchel confirmed Bayern Munich could be missing five players when their Champions League clash against Arsenal comes around next week.
Premier League referees are the highest-paid officials in Europe, according to new stats.

Senior English cricket officials are holding talks over creating a policy to ensure players are not left unemployed and abandoned should a county club go out of business.
Rory McIlroy says he's determined to go against his natural swash-bucking style and "bore" his way to a long-awaited Green Jacket at the Masters next week.

Sean Dyche has condemned the mismanagement that has left Everton facing two points deductions in one season and insisted that he would never have allowed the club's reckless spending to happen on his watch.

Oli McBurnie is still clinging to his Rangers transfer dream as decision time over his future draws nearer.
Former Netflix chief Erik Barmack is the man behind the plan to plough fresh money into Motherwell.

Storm Kathleen is poised to wreak havoc on the travel plans of thousands of Rangers fans planning to attend Sunday's crucial Old Firm clash at Ibrox.

Paris St-Germain are willing to pay Victor Osimhen's reported £111.5m release clause to sign the Nigeria striker, 25, from Napoli this summer. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Chelsea are continuing to scout alternative striker options to Osimhen, with Girona'sUkraine international Artem Dovbyk, 26, on the club's radar. (GiveMeSport)

Manchester United are planning for next season with Erik ten Hag as the club's manager partly because of a lack of interested alternatives. (i news)

Meanwhile, Manchester United's demands for a £34m fee for Jadon Sancho could scupper the 24-year-old England winger's wish to make his loan return to Borussia Dortmund permanent. (Sky Sport - in German)

Manchester City have agreed a deal to sign Troyes' 19-year-old Brazilian winger Savio, who is on loan at Girona. (Football Insider)

Liverpool's reported Portuguese managerial target Ruben Amorim, 39, has admitted he "cannot guarantee" he will still be Sporting Lisbon boss next season. (ESPN)

Amorim has a £12.8m release clause at Sporting this summer, which drops to £8.5m in 2025. (Sun)

Chelsea will not consider offers for England right-back Reece James, 24, this summer despite reports linking the 24-year-old with a move to Paris St-Germain or Real Madrid. (Football Insider)

Manager Eddie Howe has outlined his determination to keep Bruno Guimaraes at Newcastle "as long as he can" as the Magpies prepare to fend off interest in the Brazil midfielder, 26, from Paris St-Germain. (Mirror)

Tottenham are weighing up a swoop for Leicester City midfielder Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, 25, who could be allowed to leave for £25m if the Foxes fail to win promotion back to the Premier League. (Talksport)

Unwanted Barcelona forward Ansu Fati, 21, will not return to Brighton, where he is currently on loan, next season - but Wolves, Sevilla and Valencia are all considering a loan move for the Spain striker. (Sport - in Spanish)

Burnley have agreed a deal to sign Netherlands Under-21 right-back Shurandy Sambo in the summer once the 22-year-old's PSV Eindhoven contract has ended. (Fabrizio Romano)

Everton manager Sean Dyche insists the overspending at the club which has resulted in one points deduction, and could result in another, "wouldn't have happened on my watch". (Guardian)

Manchester City's Portugal full-back Joao Cancelo, 29, only wants to play for Barcelona next season despite interest from other clubs. (Sport - in Spanish)

Wolves boss Gary O'Neil says he is "happy" at the Molineux club and has no plans to leave, despite having aired some frustrations at his lack of squad depth. (Express & Star)

Manchester United are growing in confidence that they can agree a compensation fee of about £10m with Newcastle United to appoint Dan Ashworth as their sporting director before the summer transfer window opens. (Teamtalk)