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Pep Guardiola agrees in principle to Manchester City contract extension until 2025 - Paper Talk

Plus: James Ward-Prowse is wanted by Man Utd and Man City; Chelsea fear Mason Mount could be lured away by Liverpool or City taking advantage of the club's ownership crisis; Arsenal are offering Nicolas Pepe to Premier League rivals; Dean Smith's job at Norwich is safe despite relegation

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Pep Guardiola has agreed in principle an extended deal that will keep him at the Etihad until 2025.

Pep Guardiola on the Man City bench prior to the Premier League match vs Liverpool
Image: Pep Guardiola joined Manchester City from Bayern Munich in 2016

James Ward-Prowse is the man Erik ten Hag wants to boss Manchester United's new midfield, but will face competition from Manchester City.

Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard have been given lifelines by new Manchester United chief Erik ten Hag.

Chelsea fear Mason Mount could be lured away by Liverpool or Manchester City taking advantage of the club's ownership crisis.

Manchester United bigwigs will discuss a £12m pay-off with Anthony Martial to help grease the wheels of a summer move.

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Derby's bid to keep Wayne Rooney will get a huge boost this week  as Chris Kirchner's takeover gets the OK from the EFL.

Brighton's Reda Khadra is a target for Anderlecht.

Liverpool are confident they will win the race with Leeds for Aberdeen right-back Calvin Ramsay.

Crystal Palace are closing in on Lens midfielder Cheick Doucoure for around £15m.


Manchester City chiefs believe the transfer of Erling Haaland is a done deal, according to reports in Spain.

Barcelona are interested in Manchester United pair Anthony Elanga and Scott McTominay as part of a potential swap deal for Frenkie de Jong, according to reports.

Frenkie de Jong
Image: Frenkie de Jong is reportedly wanted by Manchester United

Manchester United have reportedly made a bid of £67m for Benfica's Darwin Nunez.

Arsenal are offering Nicolas Pepe to Premier League rivals in a bid to get the £72m winger off their books.

Manchester United's hopes of signing Kalvin Phillips have reportedly been given a boost as the Leeds midfielder is set to switch agents in a bid to secure an Elland Road exit.


Cristiano Ronaldo could make a sensational return to Real Madrid this summer, with the Spanish giants increasingly keen on a reunion with the Portuguese star.

Erik ten Hag wants to sign Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia for Manchester United, with a fee of £20m thought to be enough to complete the transfer.

Ajax coach Erik Ten Hag waits after in interview at the ArenA stadium in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Friday, April 15, 2022. British and Dutch media are reporting that Ten Hag has reached a verbal agreement to coach Manchester United.(AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Image: Erik ten Hag will likely oversee an overhaul at Manchester United this summer

Erik ten Hag also wants a new right-back to replace Aaron Wan-Bissaka, but United fear they have failed to hijack Bayern Munich's signing of Ajax's Noussair Mazraoui on a free transfer.

Steven Gerrard faces a major battle to convince Liverpool defender Joe Gomez to leave the Reds for Aston Villa this summer.

Edinson Cavani is in advanced talks with Boca Juniors.


Norwich boss Dean Smith will keep his job despite relegation from the Premier League, but there are question marks over the futures of others at the club, including sporting director Stuart Webber.

Chelsea are taking very seriously the government's renewed warning that May 31 is a hard deadline for the sale of the club beyond which there is no guarantee they will be able to compete in the Premier League or UEFA competitions next season.

Todd Boehly, part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers attends the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Blue Diamond Gala at Dodgers Stadium on Thursday, July 28, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision for Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation/AP Images)
Image: Todd Boehly's consortium has been chosen as the preferred bidder to complete a takeover of Chelsea


Liverpool are in talks to secure an £80m-a-year shirt sponsorship deal, a package that would be the most lucrative in football.

Erik ten Hag is already working on the futures of Manchester United's players in between taking charge of Ajax matches.

Chelsea face a huge battle to keep hold of star midfielder Mason Mount this summer, with Reece James also set to be targeted in the transfer window, according to a report.

Borussia Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke has revealed how close Erling Haaland was to signing for Manchester United in January 2020.

Ousmane Dembele is weighing up leaving Barcelona for a £270,000-a-week deal at Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports in Spain.


Scott Brown is on the radar of Fleetwood to become their next manager.

David Marshall has emerged as a summer target for Hibernian.

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