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Manchester United scout runs rule over Brazilian left winger Gustavo Nunes at Gremio - Paper Talk

Plus: Granit Xhaka thinks Arsenal can still win the Premier League; Arsenal due £2m for Bernd Leno after Fulham ensured Premier League survival; Jadon Sancho open to Man Utd return with Erik ten Hag's future looking uncertain; United also set to offer Kobbie Mainoo lucrative new deal

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


A scout from Manchester United was in Porto Alegre last week to run the rule over Gremio left winger Gustavo Nunes, one of the latest rising stars to come out of Brazil.

Newcastle midfielder Joe Willock will not play again this season after a decision was taken to allow his troublesome Achilles a period of rest.

Sergino Dest has revealed talks are under way to turn his loan move from Barcelona to PSV Eindhoven into a permanent deal worth around £9m.


Erling Haaland has leveraged his trademark long blonde hair by buying a stake in his favourite Norwegian hair-tie company which sells the signature accessory that has secured the striker's man-bun in place since his days at Borussia Dortmund.

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Manchester City's Erling Haaland celebrates

Nicolas Jackson is determined to finish his first season at Chelsea on a high and will not risk that by repeating the penalty row that took the shine off another encouraging personal performance from the striker against Everton.

European Professional Club Rugby is desperate to separate its Champions Cup knockout phases to avoid a repeat of the Bulls' selection controversy that damaged the credibility of its showpiece competition.

More than three-quarters of respondents in a survey of female athletes said they wanted categories by sex at birth rather than gender identification in contact and endurance sports.

Chris Froome's Israel Premier-Tech team could face protests at the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France this summer after his wife's anti-Muslim outburst on an X account she has since deleted.


Football lawmakers have progressed in their bid to stop goalkeepers timewasting when in possession of the ball.

Arsenal are due another £2m payment from Fulham for Bernd Leno after the Cottagers mathematically secured Premier League survival.

Granit Xhaka believes his former side Arsenal can still win the Premier League despite falling to a 2-0 home defeat by Aston Villa last Sunday.

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Granit Xhaka heaps praise on head coach Xabi Alonso after he steers the German side Bayer Leverkusen to a very first Bundesliga title


Manchester United are set to offer Kobbie Mainoo a lucrative new deal with INEOS desperate to keep the youngster.

Andreas Pereira celebrates after opening the scoring for Fulham at West Ham

Former Chelsea star Glen Johnson has told the Blues they should sign Manchester United flop Raphael Varane.

Brazil legend and World Cup winner Romario has come out of retirement 15 years after his last professional match.

Premier League Golden Boot candidate Cole Palmer did not insist on a goal bonus clause in his contract when he signed for Chelsea last summer.

Former Liverpool defender Jose Enrique believes Jurgen Klopp's departure from Anfield will create the perfect moment for Mo Salah to leave Anfield as well.

Newcastle United co-owner Amanda Staveley is appealing against a court order to pay £3.4m to a shipping tycoon or face a bankruptcy petition which would disqualify her as a director of the Premier League club.


The proposed takeover of Everton has moved into added time after the bidder 777 Partners was granted a last-minute extension to repay a £160m loan.

Samuel Eto'o has accused the Confederation of African Football's general secretary of several breaches of FIFA's code of ethics during the investigation into allegations that he was involved in match-fixing.

The early-season trial of the Kookaburra ball in County Championship games has been hailed as a success by England men's team director Rob Key.


Aberdeen have vowed to give Swedish manager Jimmy Thelin time to rebuild the club in the hope that he will "anchor" the Dons for years.

The IOC has lifted its block on Britain hosting Olympic-related events after the government's U-turn on Russian and Belarussian athletes being allowed to compete at the Paris Games as neutrals.


Jadon Sancho is open to a Manchester United return next season with Erik ten Hag's future looking increasingly uncertain.

Dortmund's Jadon Sancho leaves the pitch after being substituted


Reported Liverpool managerial target Niko Kovac has broken his silence on the possibility that he is in the frame to replace Jurgen Klopp at Anfield next season.

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Borussia Dortmund assistant manager Nuri Sahin tells Sky Sports about the key principle of management that he learned from working with Jurgen Klopp

The World Snooker Tour (WST) has responded after Ronnie O'Sullivan sensationally called for the World Championship to be moved away from its iconic Crucible venue.


Nottingham Forest have increased season ticket prices by an average of 24 per cent for the 2024/25 season.


Aberdeen's chief executive Alan Burrows has revealed that Jimmy Thelin's loyalty to Elfsborg prevented the Dons from bringing their new manager in immediately.

Defiant goalkeeper Jack Butland delivered a loaded message to the Rangers sceptics who have a 'habit of writing us off'.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 24: Rangers' Jack Butland at full time during a cinch Premiership match between Rangers and Heart of Midlothian at Ibrox Stadium, on February 24, 2024, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)

Steven Naismith has a Hearts goalkeeping plan in place which saw Craig Gordon reinstated to the starting XI at the weekend.

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