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Man Utd refusing to give up on transfer for Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona - Paper Talk

Plus: Tottenham will renew their interest in Dan James; Southampton want to complete four signings on Deadline Day; Arsenal are exploring a move for Palmeiras midfielder Danilo; Brentford are ready to make a club-record £26m offer for Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk

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


Manchester United have reportedly "not given up" on somehow tempting Frenkie de Jong to join the club on Deadline Day after months of failed negotiations.

Leeds are pushing to sign Sheffield United defender John Egan amid an injury crisis at Elland Road.

Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans - a long-term Arsenal target - has been the subject of a "mystery offer" just over 24 hours ahead of Thursday's deadline.

Tottenham could sanction an exit for Lucas Moura on Deadline Day with Aston Villa waiting to pounce, according to reports.


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Leeds head coach Jesse Marsch says he does not believe Daniel James will leave the club this transfer window.
Image: Leeds head coach Jesse Marsch says he does not believe Dan James will leave the club this transfer window

Tottenham will renew their interest in Leeds winger Dan James after being told by Atletico Madrid that Yannick Carrasco will not be allowed to leave this summer.

Southampton hope to be able to complete as many as four transfers on Deadline Day, with Cody Gakpo, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Manchester City youngsters Samuel Edozie and Juan Larios all on their radar.

Billy Gilmour has been told he is no longer part of Thomas Tuchel's plans at Chelsea, bringing a move to Brighton closer and closer.

Chelsea are set for a frantic £140m transfer Deadline Day as they try to seal deals for Barcelona's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ajax's Edson Alvarez and RB Leipzig's Josko Gvardiol.

Snooker is the latest sport to become embroiled in a transgender row after British player Jamie Wright faced calls from tour rivals to be banned following a breakthrough success in the US Women's Open.


Arsenal are reportedly braced for interest in Gabriel Martinelli from AC Milan if the Serie A side sell Rafael Leao to London rivals Chelsea.

Gabriel Martinelli celebrates after restoring Arsenal's lead
Image: Gabriel Martinelli is reportedly of interest to AC Milan

Chelsea are lining up a late move to sign Porto striker Mehdi Taremi, the player who stunned them with a Puskas Award-nominated bicycle kick last year, according to reports in Portugal.

Arsenal and Chelsea are waiting in the wings for Douglas Luiz to make a call on his Aston Villa future, with the Midlands club still hoping he will sign a new contract.

Paul Pogba cheered on Juventus from the touchline just days after his alleged £11m armed blackmail plot came to light.

Leicester have entered the race to sign West Ham defender Craig Dawson after finally selling Wesley Fofana.

Chelsea's new £12.6m midfielder Cesare Casadei was sent off on his debut in Wednesday's Papa John's Trophy first-round defeat to League Two Sutton.

Anthony Joshua is set to kick off a worldwide tour with heavyweight dates being talked about in Beijing, Australia and the United States.


Arsenal are exploring a move for Palmeiras midfielder Danilo with Mikel Arteta needing depth in midfield because of injuries to Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny.

Atalanta winger Jeremie Boga has emerged as a Deadline Day target for Leicester, with Dennis Praet set to leave for Torino.

Mohammed Kudus reportedly failed to show up for Ajax training on Tuesday as he looks to force through a move to Everton.

Lucas Ocampos was left in mid-air limbo when Ajax changed their mind on signing the Sevilla winger during his flight to Amsterdam and instead asked for a loan deal after sending him back to Spain.

Leeds face an anxious wait over Rodrigo's dislocated shoulder and results of a scan could be the decision-maker on whether Jesse Marsch seeks to bring in a striker on Thursday.

Nottingham Forest are battling Southampton to secure the signature of Rennes defender Loic Bade.

Chelsea have made an approach for PSV midfielder Ibrahim Sangare.


Chelsea had an offer of €15m (£13m) plus Marcos Alonso for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rejected on Wednesday night but they swiftly returned with a new bid - also including Alonso - and talks progressed to the point of discussing the add-ons structure.


Chelsea are in talks with AC Milan over a Deadline Day move for forward Rafael Leao after being told PSG were not ready to let Neymar leave despite his tensions with team-mate Kylian Mbappe.

The £2.5bn from the sale of Chelsea remains in Roman Abramovich's company's frozen bank account, with one MP claiming the Foreign Office has been "hopelessly slow" in organising the distribution of the money to help victims of the war in Ukraine.

The Premier League could break the £2bn barrier for transfer spending after a summer that has blitzed all previous records.

Southampton have agreed a fee of about £34m for Cody Gakpo, the Netherlands winger who could be one of five arrivals before Deadline Day at the south-coast club.

West Ham have missed out on signing Hans Vanaken and almost certainly Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Everton have had talks to sign Samuel Chukwueze, the winger, on loan from Villarreal.


Brentford are ready to make a club-record £26m offer for Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk, who had appeared to be on the verge of a move to Arsenal.

Mykhaylo Mudryk
Image: Mykhaylo Mudryk already has five Ukraine caps

West Ham are close to agreeing a deal for Southampton defender Jan Bednarek.

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson is a major injury doubt for Saturday's Merseyside derby against Everton.

Girona are confident of reaching an agreement to sign Oriol Romeu.

Watford's Dapo Mebude is on the verge of a permanent transfer to Belgian club KV Oostende.


Chelsea's hopes of adding Dinamo Moscow starlet Arsen Zakharyan to their youth ranks look set to be thwarted by continuing sanctions on the Russian economy.


Nice hope to complete a £10m Deadline Day move for Glen Kamara.

Ange Postecoglou has revealed he's braced for last-gasp transfer ins and outs on Deadline Day.

Louis Moult could be heading back to Scotland, with the former Motherwell - and current Preston - striker interesting Edinburgh rivals Hibernian and Hearts.

Leeds are keeping tabs on Rangers winger Ryan Kent just in case Dan James leaves Elland Road for Premier League rivals Tottenham.

Duncan Ferguson is among the early front-runners to take over from Jack Ross as Dundee United manager.

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