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Marc Cucurella and Kalidou Koulibaly could be on their way out of Chelsea in the summer - Paper Talk

Plus: Everton are still hoping to salvage a deal to sign free agent striker Andre Ayew as he prepares for face-to-face talks with two Premier League clubs; Man Utd rejected approaches for five fringe members of their first-team squad in the dying stages of the January transfer window

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


New legislation for the Premier League is reportedly set to trigger a major shakeup to how football clubs are run.

The yet-to-released Football White Paper, which The Sun claims to have seen in advance, will enforce tougher regulations on who can own clubs. Multi-millionaires who cannot prove the source of their wealth won't be able to complete takeovers of football clubs.

Chelsea are set to be big sellers when the summer transfer window opens, with 2022 signings Marc Cucurella and Kalidou Koulibaly among at least six high-profile players who could be on their way out of Stamford Bridge.

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Kaveh Solhekol breaks down exactly what went wrong with Hakim Ziyech's transfer that saw the winger's loan from Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain collapse on transfer deadline day

Erling Haaland's agent Rafaela Pimenta has calmed talk of an early exit from Manchester City, saying her client is "married" to the club until 2027 after earlier admitting she would always struggle to say no to anything Barcelona president Joan Laporta proposed to her.

Athletic Bilbao's decision to sign Ander Herrera on a permanent deal allowed Nottingham Forest to swoop in and sign PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas on loan, with the French side having previously been at the maximum number of players loaned out aged over 21.

Nicolo Zaniolo's family have hinted he could take legal action against AS Roma for the "psychological pressure" put on him during the January transfer window when he was unable to secure his exit from the club.

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Rangers manager Michael Beale revealed his desire to sign midfielder Malik Tillman on a permanent deal after he impressed in their 3-0 win at Hearts

Human rights groups have been joined by Aussie and Kiwi Women's World Cup chiefs in criticising FIFA plans to let the Saudi government sponsor this summer's tournament.

Chelsea boss Graham Potter is set to leave £116.5m worth of talent out of his Champions League knockout squad.


Graham Potter
Image: Graham Potter is set to be given time at Chelsea

Chelsea's owners will not demand instant results from manager Graham Potter after their astonishing January spending spree and intend to give him sufficient time to mould a winning team.

Rugby league tightens concussion rules but has no plans to lower tackle height.


Chelsea will be in danger of breaching UEFA's financial fair play rules if they fail to qualify for the Champions League this season.

Tottenham's £42.5m shirt-sleeve sponsorship deal with the South African government has received criticism in the country, which is considering a state of disaster because of record power cuts.

Manu Tuilagi is set to miss out on England's squad to face Scotland in the Calcutta Cup with Joe Marchant instead joining Marcus Smith and Owen Farrell in Steve Borthwick's midfield.

An African billionaire is close to completing a £90m takeover at Sheffield United, greatly easing a financial crisis at the Sky Bet Championship club that includes a default on payments due to Liverpool.


Manchester United rejected approaches for five fringe members of their first-team squad in the dying stages of the January transfer window but are expected to change their stance in the summer.

Organisers of the Las Vegas Grand Prix are planning for a much longer stay on the F1 calendar than the initial three-year contract they signed ahead of the inaugural race in November 2023.

Enzo Fernandez will wear the No.5 at Chelsea - but only in the Premier League.

Dean Henderson refused Erik ten Hag's request to consider cutting short his loan spell at Nottingham Forest to return to Manchester United in the January window.


Andre Ayew is a free agent
Image: Andre Ayew is a free agent

Everton are still hoping to salvage a deal to sign free agent striker Andre Ayew as he prepares for face-to-face talks with two Premier League clubs.

Chelsea secured a secret Deadline Day signing with the addition of 17-year-old striker Jimmy-Jay Morgan from Southampton for a compensation fee in the region of £6m.

Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann is reported to be under increased pressure after a poor run of form since the end of the winter break, allied with Thomas Tuchel remaining unemployed and waiting in the wings to take on a new role.

Thiago Silva is disappointed to see Jorginho leave Chelsea for Arsenal, admitting the club has "lost one of our great leaders".

Tommy Fury says he has moved out of his home into a "little apartment" he also dubbed a "hellhole" as he ups his focus on the forthcoming fight with Jake Paul.

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Toffee TV's Peter McPartland and Barry Cass say the 'toxic' situation at Everton's boardroom level has left players not wanting to join in the transfer window

Former Wales rugby union international Alix Popham, who has been diagnosed with early onset dementia, will take part in a charity bike ride from Cardiff to Edinburgh later this month to raise awareness and funds for brain health in sport.

Nottingham Forest are keeping tabs on Everton's bid to sign free agent Andre Ayew as Steve Cooper considers move for the 33-year-old forward after working with him at Swansea.

Barcelona were 18 seconds late submitting paperwork for $4m transfer target and LA Galaxy right-back Julian Araujo, the club's director Mateu Alemany has claimed, though the LaLiga giants are now anxiously waiting to hear back from FIFA on whether they can officially sign him.

England are hoping to parachute Jamie George into their team to face Scotland despite the hooker missing almost two weeks of training.


Everton have reportedly turned their attention to free agent Isco after failing to bolster Sean Dyche's squad on a miserable transfer deadline day for the Merseyside club.


LaLiga president Javier Tebas believes the Premier League transfer market is "doped" and the large spending of its clubs threatens the sustainability of European football.

Wolverhampton Wanderers players will wear sustainable green armbands against Liverpool on Saturday as part of an environmental initiative.


Queen's Park face an anxious wait on their Scottish Cup future after doubts emerged whether recent signing Euan Henderson should have been allowed to face Inverness as he was not registered for the club at the time the tie was initially due to take place.


Rangers boss Michael Beale is tipping Hearts counterpart Robbie Neilson to eventually take over from Steve Clarke as Scotland manager.

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