Manchester City emerge as contenders to sign Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips - Paper Talk

Plus: Man Utd tell Barcelona they won't blow their budget with a £70m deal for Frenkie de Jong; Leicester have enquired about Brighton's £50m-rated goalkeeper Robert Sanchez; Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn is on Tottenham's list of potential summer targets

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


Manchester City have emerged as contenders to sign £50m-rated Leeds and England midfielder Kalvin Phillips in the summer.

Everton, Leeds United and Burnley are locked in a three-way battle to avoid the drop and a £55.6m shortfall in their accounts next season.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has called time on his international career after confirming he will no longer represent Gabon.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has nine goals already

English football's Black referees have lashed out at plans to create a raft of new roles for which non-white officials have no chance of successfully applying.

The wife of Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has rubbished claims that the German recently held talks with Real Madrid over a potential summer transfer.

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Nicolas Pepe is reportedly ready to push for a transfer away from Arsenal this summer.

Robert Lewandowski is on his way out of Bayern Munich - but Barcelona may have to do some hard bargaining to land the prolific Polish centre-forward.


Manchester United have told Barcelona they won't blow their budget on a £70m summer deal for Frenkie de Jong.

Frenkie De Jong

Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa will remain with Napoli next season after impressing on loan this year with the southern Italian club planning to activate his option to buy clause.

Kasper Schmeichel will return to the Leicester team for Thursday's clash at Chelsea but faces an uncertain future with the club seeking a long-term successor to the Dane.

Erik ten Hag has landed in London as his Manchester United revolution gathers pace.

Brentford are preparing the biggest police operation in their history for Sunday's final Premier League game of the season at home to Leeds amid fears that travelling fans will go on the rampage.


Leicester have enquired about Brighton's £50m-rated goalkeeper Robert Sanchez due to doubts over Kasper Schmeichel's contract situation.

Manchester City are considering a £30m move for Brighton left-back Marc Cucurella.

Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn is on Tottenham's list of potential summer targets to bolster Antonio Conte's squad for European football next season.

Aston Villa...s John McGinn during the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and Leicester City at Villa Park in Birmingham, England, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)..

Argentina centre-back Lisandro Martínez has been added to the list of Manchester United targets ahead of Erik ten Hag's arrival as manager.

The Premier League chief executive Richard Masters will be at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday with the genuine trophy with Manchester City in the box-seat to clinch the title on the final day, but an identical presentation team and replica will be at Anfield in case Jurgen Klopp's side come from behind to win.

Blackpool defender Marvin Ekpiteta is being investigated by the Football Association over near-decade-old homophobic Twitter posts - despite having been forgiven for them by gay team-mate Jake Daniels.


Manchester United's under-23 coach Neil Wood is the shock choice for the Salford City job.

Birmingham City are keeping tabs on impressive Canada boss John Herdman.

Southampton are eyeing a similar raid on Manchester City's academy to the one they launched on Chelsea's last summer, as they target Gavin Bazunu and Liam Delap.

Rio Ferdinand has tipped Steve McLaren to be an "important addition" at Manchester United as he "understands what it takes" to win.

Manchester United fans have ramped up their anti-Glazer tactics by starting a "#BoycottAdidas" trend on Twitter.

Tottenham are reportedly in talks to sign Juventus free agent Paulo Dybala.

Arsenal have reportedly enquired about signing Barcelona striker Memphis Depay this summer.

Manchester United transfer target Antony promised to "always stand" with his Ajax boss Erik ten Hag.


Juventus are ready to hand Paul Pogba a lifeline away from Manchester United and the Serie A giants are also in talks to sign Arsenal stars Gabriel and Thomas Partey.


A crackdown on pitch invasions after an assault on Sheffield United's Billy Sharp will include the threat of partial and full stadium closures on English clubs.

Aston Villa defender Ezri Konsa has been ruled out for up to four months with a knee injury and will miss the start of next season.

Manchester City are considering making a bid for Marc Cucurella, the Brighton & Hove Albion left-back.

English cricket has recouped a large chunk of its heavy Covid-related losses after the ECB posted a pre-tax profit of £21.5m for the year ending January 2022.


The Russian gymnast Ivan Kuliak has been handed a one-year ban for wearing the letter "Z" supporting Russia's invasion of Ukraine during an event in Qatar in March, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has confirmed.


Former Sunderland and Bristol City boss Lee Johnson is expected to be confirmed as the new Hibs boss on Thursday after Jon Dahl Tomasson priced himself out of the Easter Road job.

Smirking Ange Postecoglou has shut down any chance of him leaving Celtic after he was quizzed about a return to the Australian national side.

Rugby Park favourite Alan Power is closing in on a return to Kilmarnock following the expiry of his contract at St Mirren.

Tannadice sporting director Tony Asghar has confirmed Dundee United are close to agreeing contract extensions with key man Ian Harkes.

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