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All the top stories and transfer rumours from Tuesday's national newspapers...


Newcastle United have entered the race to sign Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger on a free transfer in the summer.

Everton could face a huge financial headache should they lose their Premier League status at the end of the season, with players lacking in significant relegation clauses.

Joe Launchbury is poised to win a first cap since 2020 with Alfie Barbeary in contention to make his England debut in a "ding-dong" Six Nations encounter against Ireland on Saturday.

The Speaker of the House of Commons has made a surprise complaint to police after suggesting there was "undue influence" in Jack Catterall's controversial boxing defeat by Josh Taylor.

The Indian Wells tournament placed Novak Djokovic in their draw even though he has not been seen on-site and is not supposedly able to enter the US because he hasn't been vaccinated.

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Turkish billionaire Muhsin Bayrak claims he is making progress in his attempt to buy Chelsea for under £2.5bn and will update again on Thursday.

British property developer Nick Candy is working on a £2.5bn bid for Chelsea, which includes plans for a £1.5bn rebuild of Stamford Bridge, to be submitted by the end of the week.

Everton are preparing to negotiate with the Premier League over their financial accounts amid fears they could become the first club to breach the top flight's profit and sustainability rules.

Everton face a major wage crisis if they lose their Premier League status with players to remain on the same basic salaries even if they are relegated.

UEFA is to expand the Euros to 32 teams following discussions with member nations.

The RSPCA is close to concluding its investigation into Kurt Zouma for animal cruelty, with West Ham braced for the defender being prosecuted for kicking his cat.


Roman Abramovich is "not sold" on the offer made by Hansjorg Wyss and Todd Boehly for Chelsea.

Roman Abramovich
Image: Roman Abramovich is looking to sell Chelsea after 19 years of ownership


Jurgen Klopp believes Jude Bellingham will soon become the best midfielder in the world and has told close friends and contacts that he wants the Borussia Dortmund teenager at Liverpool.

Manchester United have been placed on red alert after it became apparent that Juventus and Paulo Dybala were still some way apart in contract talks, which are reported to be "at crisis point".

Barcelona's financial position might stop them from being able to sign Wolves winger Adama Traore on a permanent deal at the end of his loan spell.

Tottenham are already listening to offers for full-back Emerson Royal, who has struggled to adapt to the Premier League since his £26m move just over six months ago.

Chelsea were working on deals to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde and Leeds forward Raphinha before Abramovich's decision to try to sell the club.

Barcelona are close to changing the name of their iconic Nou Camp home as their £237m sponsorship deal with Spotify is nearing completion.

Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen could only be days away from an announcement that he is leaving for Barcelona on a free transfer.

File photo dated 08-01-2022 of Chelsea's Andreas Christensen. Chelsea will be without Andreas Christensen for Saturday's Premier League trip to Manchester City due to Covid-19 isolation. Issue date: Friday January 14, 2022.
Image: Andreas Christensen's Chelsea deal expires at the end of the season

Andreas Pereira continues to struggle at Flamengo, with the Brazilian club's fans booing the Manchester United loanee in a recent game to increase doubts about the deal becoming permanent.

Barcelona have offered defender Dani Alves a new contract which would take him past his 40th birthday.


Barcelona believe Manchester City are in the best place to sign Erling Haaland in the summer because the total package for the striker, including wages, could end up totalling £200m.


The Saudi Golf League has suffered another setback with Polly Handford, the lawyer they hoped would handle potential legal wrangles around their project, opting to stay with the FA.


Neil Lennon wants former Celtic team-mate Mark Fotheringham to become his No 2 at Cypriot club Omonia Nicosia.

Scott Brown could be offered an emotional return to Celtic after quitting Aberdeen.


Gordon Strachan has insisted Scott Brown's crowning moment as an Aberdeen player might prove to the goal that wins Celtic another title.

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