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Arsenal target Declan Rice and Mason Mount after securing Champions League qualification

Plus: Qataris will make final offer for Man Utd before deadline; Tottenham have put Julian Nagelsmann at the top of a four-man shortlist for their next head coach; Joao Felix looks set to stay at Chelsea for another year even though the club will not be playing in the Champions League

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


The Qatari group led by Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani will table a third and final offer for Manchester United on Friday bolstered by fresh assurances that the government will not block its proposed takeover at Old Trafford.

Tottenham Hotspur have put Julian Nagelsmann at the top of a four-man shortlist for their next head coach.

Arsenal will step up their transfer planning ahead of the summer window after guaranteeing their place in next season's Champions League, with Declan Rice high on the list of targets as they look to recruit at least one high-class midfielder.

Arsenal have also held exploratory conversations regarding Mason Mount, who is approaching the final year of his contract at Chelsea. Mount is also a target for Liverpool.

Exeter hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie was "placed in the drunk tank" in France after being stopped by police for "public drunkenness" at 4:30am.

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The Rugby Football Union has approached Leicester Tigers over appointing Tom Harrison as England scrum coach ahead of the World Cup.

Snooker's World Championship could yet follow the football World Cup to Qatar, according to Barry Hearn.


The FA has proposed a radical plan that will allow Premier League and Sky Bet Championship clubs to sign more promising overseas players if they give increased playing time to English-qualified stars.

Andy Murray has admitted his French Open participation is uncertain after suffering his worst ATP Tour defeat on clay on Thursday.

LIV Golf players could be slapped with million-pound retrospective fines as the DP World Tour chiefs consider their next moves in golf's power struggle.


Joao Felix looks set to stay at Chelsea for another year even though the club will not be playing in the Champions League.

Former Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has launched a scathing attack at old team-mate Harry Maguire.

David Moyes faces an FA charge after accusing VAR of "disrespecting" West Ham.

Mateo Kovacic reportedly wants to leave Chelsea this summer as former boss Thomas Tuchel eyes him up as a Bayern Munich target.

Mauricio Pochettino has already got transfer plans in the works as he targets Brentford players David Raya and Ivan Toney as well as a new deep-lying midfielder, reports say.


Roberto De Zerbi is planning talks with Brighton owner Tony Bloom to understand how the club can build on their performances this season.

Manchester United midfielder Casemiro has emerged a shock transfer target for Thomas Tuchel at Bayern Munich ahead of this summer, according to reports.

Arsenal are reportedly interested in making a move to sign 23-year-old centre-forward Lois Openda from high-flying Ligue 1 team Lens this summer.

Harry Redknapp has suggested Harry Kane could make the daring switch to leave Tottenham and move across London to a different Premier League club.

Daniel Levy's efforts to stop Harry Kane from joining Manchester United this summer are set to be complicated by Mauricio Pochettino's imminent appointment by Chelsea.

Manchester United players will receive pay rises of up to 20 per cent if they seal a return to the Champions League.

Sheffield United's players have raised concerns about whether the club will honour promotion bonuses worth £8m after securing their return to the Premier League.


Barcelona are hoping to re-sign Lionel Messi this summer and the LaLiga club are making huge cuts in an attempt to comply with the league's strict Financial Fair Play rules.

Jermaine Jenas says Harry Kane "deserves better" than suffering Tottenham's ongoing mess - and has questioned the club's stance on Mauricio Pochettino.

Victor Osimhen's representatives have denied there has been contact with PSG amid continued doubt over the player's future at Napoli.


The protracted Manchester United takeover saga should move a step closer to resolution over the next 24 hours with bidders being told to submit their third and best offer for the club by 10pm on Friday.

The German second division club Fortuna Dusseldorf will be offering free tickets to all fans in some matches next season as part of a new strategy of anchoring the club tighter to the city and fans.


Brighton are confident of extending Joel Veltman's stay at the club.

FC Barcelona's Spanish television channel Barca TV is set to be cancelled as a cost-cutting measure, with the decision set to be formally announced in the coming weeks.


The Football Association will press ahead with plans to host the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium despite a train strike causing chaos for fans of Manchester United and Manchester City.


Celtic are keeping tabs on prolific Greece-based striker Levi Garcia as they ponder their squad improvements for next season.

Dundee United boss Jim Goodwin is wanted by two English League One clubs.

Ryan Kent is a target for Fenerbahce, according to reports.


Rangers have fought off stiff English Premier League interest to sign Jack Wyllie and Calum Adamson on professional contracts.

David Wagner insists he doesn't like talking about those who are out contract - but there are things happening behind the scenes at Norwich City with regards potential Rangers target Kieran Dowell.

Rangers boss Michael Beale will make a fresh move to land Morgan Whittaker this summer.

Lee Johnson says Hibs' hunt for a director of football is almost done.

Rangers have returned to the status of having a platinum SFA club licence.

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