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Sir Jim Ratcliffe to sign off Man Utd's £100m bid for Benfica's Joao Neves - Paper Talk

Plus: Erik ten Hag on Ajax's managerial shortlist, Man City and Liverpool to battle for Wolves' Pedro Neto, Brentford eye Blackburn's Sammie Szmodics, David Moyes gives indication he may stay on at West Ham...

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The top stories and transfer rumours from Sunday's newspapers...


New Manchester United co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe is set to approve a record-breaking offer of just over £100m to secure the signing of Benfica's teen star Joao Neves this summer.

Ajax have drawn up a managerial shortlist that includes their former boss Erik ten Hag and outgoing Liverpool assistant Pep Lijnders.

Man Utd were eventually ambushed by Man City
Image: Back to Ajax? Erik ten Hag is wanted by his former employers

Brentford will have to slash their asking price for striker Ivan Toney despite strong interest from the likes of Arsenal as he closes on entering the last year of his contract. Their hopes for £100m for the England international could end up being more like £60m.

Manchester United teen sensation Kobbie Mainoo is set to treble his Old Trafford wages to around £60,000-a-week on an extended contract to 2030 that could see him become one of their top earners if he hits every target.

Tottenham and Everton are among a host of Premier League clubs showing interest in Hull City defender Jacob Greaves.

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Manchester City and Liverpool are ready to battle for the signature of Wolves winger Pedro Neto this summer.

West Ham midfielder Lucas Paqueta could be the player Manchester City go for if Bernardo Silva leaves the Etihad at the end of the season.

Red Bull are ready to call Max Verstappen's bluff if he tries to force an exit from the team with the conglomerate's owner Chalerm Yoovidhya ready to test the legality of a supposed "escape clause" in his contract.

Gregor Townsend would not be drawn on his future as Scotland head coach after their shock Six Nations defeat at the hands of Italy on Saturday.


Premier League clubs are split ahead of Monday's vote on the "New Deal" for the EFL, which would see them pay out £836m over the next five years, but want a deal done before the arrival of football's independent regulator.

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay is set to lose around £1m after investing in a company run by his fiancee's father which has now collapsed owing creditors nearly £18m


Pep Guardiola does not want Manchester City's clash with Liverpool to be overshadowed by any refereeing controversy and has warned his stars to avoid getting involved in any flashpoints.

Brentford are ready to give Championship star Sammie Szmodics his chance to shine in the Premier League with scout Mick Priest watching him score in Blackburn's recent 1-1 draw with Millwall.

Blackburn's Sammie Szmodics, left, scores his side's opening goal during the English FA Cup fifth round soccer match between Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle, at Ewood Park stadium, in Blackburn, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
Image: Sammie Szmodics scores his side's opening goal during the FA Cup fifth round tie between Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle

David Moyes has signed his son, David Jr, to become part of West Ham's team of scouts in another pointer he is ready to stay on and sign a new deal with the club.

Tickets for the Anfield clash between Liverpool and Manchester City have been selling for as much as £6,500 on resale sites, some 100 times their face value.

Premier League chiefs are planning a further crackdown on time-wasting…by ball boys.

Crystal Palace are ready to make another move to bring Chelsea full-back Lewis Hall to the club after a season when he has failed to make much of an impact on loan at Newcastle.

Cameron Archer, Oli McBurnie and Daniel Jebbison will all leave Sheffield United if their relegation back to the Championship is confirmed.

Tottenham teenager Ashley Phillips is ready to turn down the chance to represent Wales.

Anthony Joshua laid into heavyweight Tyson Fury after his fellow Briton stole the limelight after Friday's knockout of Francis Ngannou with comments Joshua felt were "disrespectful".

Super League bosses are yet to receive a formal approach from the NRL to buy England's top rugby league competition.


Manchester United flop Donny van de Beek is expected back at Old Trafford this summer after failing to impress Eintracht Frankfurt during his loan spell in Germany.

Wolves are hoping to spark a bidding war for winger Pedro Neto this summer amid interest from four leading Premier League clubs.

Wolves winger Pedro Neto
Image: Wolves winger Pedro Neto is in demand

Tottenham are considering a move fo Athletic Bilbao winger Nico Williams, who has already been linked with London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea.

Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, who is out of contract this summer, is a target for Sevilla.

Tottenham midfielder Pape Sarr seems unlikely to be involved in football beyond his playing career as he is already keen to secure a future as as a computer scientist.


Alastair Cook feels England will have to make a tough decision on the future of Jonny Bairstow in their Test setup after a poor tour of India, now that his time as wicketkeeper appears to be at an end.


Rangers goalkeeper Jack Butland has his fingers firmly crossed that he will receive a phone call from Gareth Southgate next week telling him he is back in England's squad.

Brendan Rodgers says he would not hesitate to sign more players from Israel and is sad at the way Liel Abada's stay in Glasgow came to an end earlier in the week.

Hibs boss Nick Montgomery is hoping the cash injection into the club from Bournemouth owner Bill Foley will help him keep loan stars Myziane Maolida and Emiliano Marcondes.

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