All the top stories and transfer rumors from the national newspapers from Thursday…
Arsenal are aiming to sack seven more players, including record-breaking Nicolas Pepe and former first-choice keeper Bernd Leno, to fund further moves in the transfer market this summer.
Chelsea are poised to open contract talks with key midfielder Jorginho and his priority is reportedly a stay at Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal are poised to increase their interest in Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans and are confident that £30million will be enough to secure the Belgium international’s signature.
Benfica full-back Alex Grimaldo remains on Arsenal’s radar and could be available for a £6million discount if his contract expires.
Manchester United accept that they will lose Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.
Newcastle could go for Callum Hudson-Odoi – after Everton told them to forget Anthony Gordon.
World Cup leaders discuss changing the format of the 2026 tournament – meaning the winners would have to play eight matches.
Frenkie de Jong’s potential move to Manchester United is further complicated by £17million in deferred wage debt due to the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Nottingham Forest are on the cusp of completing the £16million signing of Liverpool defender Neco Williams.
Tottenham are hoping their deal to sign Middlesbrough fullback Djed Spence is finalized this weekend so he can join the squad on their pre-season tour to South Korea.
A Premier League club is coming under increased pressure to suspend an international footballer over his arrest for rape.
Southampton are prioritizing both a new striker and completing negotiations for Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo in a £10m deal.
Former Argentina captain Pablo Matera turned down a big-money contract offer from struggling Bath amid uncertainties surrounding the club’s restructuring off the pitch ahead of the new season.
Jesse Lingard will fly to the US for talks on a possible move to MLS, with a number of clubs interested in the now former Manchester United forward.
Former Chelsea youngster Charly Musonda is “missing” after receiving a contract offer, according to Belgian club chief Zulte Waregem.
Chelsea are preparing a bid worth around £43million for Sporting Lisbon star Matheus Nunes according to reports in Portugal.
Ayoze Perez is open to leaving Leicester City this summer, but hopes of a move to Real Betis have been dashed by the need for the Spanish club to sell players first.
Jack Grealish has flown to Athens to train at Olympiacos before starting back in Manchester City on Monday.
Manchester United’s opening offer for Antony has been rejected after the Premier League club fell nearly £20million under Ajax’s valuation.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been rejected by Bayern Munich as his options for a new club are shrinking following his request to leave Manchester United.
Manchester United have reportedly made a £51million offer to Ajax for winger Antony, but it is said to be around £20million below the Dutch club’s asking price.
Jake Paul has accused Tommy Fury of “hiding” after the pair’s boxing match at Madison Square Garden was canceled when the Briton was refused entry to the United States.
Three Wimbledon guards have been arrested for arguing with each other outside Court Two in view of shocked tennis fans.
Everton will offer Antony Gordon a significantly improved new contract to fend off continued interest from Tottenham and Newcastle in the England Under-21 international.
Ajax has offered Tottenham to waive some of the compensation they owed to Davinson Sánchez as part of negotiations to sign Steven Bergwijn.
Sadio Mane has revealed that he wanted to sign a contract to take responsibility if he died, citing his determination to play for Senegal after suffering a concussion during the African Cup of Nations.
West Ham are looking to beat Crystal Palace through the signing of Swansea midfielder Flynn Downes, who is valued at around £12million.
Manchester United still have no idea when Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the club for pre-season preparation.
Everton are set to offer Anthony Gordon a lucrative new contract to prevent Premier League rivals Newcastle from being interested in their top young talent.
Callum Hudson-Odoi has resisted calls to switch international allegiances to Ghana and join his former England U21 teammate Tariq Lamptey.
Mo Farah returns in October to run the London Marathon after finally taking time for his track career.
Juventus are struggling to find buyers for striker Moise Kean and midfielders Adrien Rabiot, Aaron Ramsey and Arthur Melo.
In Sierra Leone, a match-fixing investigation is underway after promotion rivals Gulf FC and Kahula Rangers won matches that started 91-1 and 95-0 at the same time.
Chelsea’s £10m deal to sign Chicago Fire goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina has gone silent since the departures of Petr Cech and Marina Granovskaia.
Marcos Alonso is considering making a transfer request as Chelsea block the move he wants to continue to Barcelona.
Celtic have gained new hopes of signing Vinicius Souza, who has not yet made a final decision on whether or not to join PSV, although a decision on his future is “near” according to his agent.
Rangers will give their young talent a boost with the signing of St Mirren star Dylan Reid.
Rangers have their sights on Genk winger Theo Bongonda, who could be available for around £6million when he enters the final year of his contract.
THE SCOTTISH SUN
Alexander Bernabei is free to open the season in Celtic’s roster after a headbutt ban he received in Argentina was not transferred to Scotland.