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Virgil van Dijk's Liverpool future of top priority for incoming boss Arne Slot at Anfield - Paper Talk

Plus: Manchester United are tapping into the contacts book of super agent Jorge Mendes as they look to transform their much-criticised recruitment; Everton may need to sell Merseyside derby hero Jarrad Branthwaite before June 30 to beat another financial rap

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


Virgil van Dijk's future is a top priority for incoming Liverpool boss Arne Slot with Borussia Dortmund leading several European clubs set to pursue the Dutch defender.

Ronnie O'Sullivan has encouraged rebel players to "go where the money is" amid a rumoured LIV-style breakaway tour.

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Following Mo Salah's heated altercation with Jurgen Klopp, Jamie Redknapp believes the Egyptian's time at the club is coming to an end.

Manchester United are tapping into the contacts book of super agent Jorge Mendes as they look to transform their much-criticised recruitment.

Tottenham met with the agent of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Giorgi Sudakov in midweek to discuss a potential summer transfer deal.

Phil Parkinson ceded that the need to evolve Wrexham on the pitch could see some of the club's promotion heroes cut adrift this summer.

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Joel Veltman fears Roberto De Zerbi could still leave Brighton - despite being overlooked for the Liverpool job.

Stockport County celebrated winning the League Two title over rivals Wrexham AFC by flying a banner over the Racecourse Ground ahead of the pair's clash on Saturday afternoon reminding the Hollywood-owned club who lifted the league trophy.


The brother of Manchester United's Alejandro Garnacho aimed a dig at Cody Gakpo before Liverpool's draw with West Ham.

A Feyenoord player was spotted at the London Stadium to watch Liverpool's draw with West Ham ahead of Arne Slot's appointment. Versatile defender Lutsharel Geertruida was in attendance as seen on his Snapchat post.

David Moyes has joked he'll be glad to see the back of 'Liverpool's daddy' Jurgen Klopp and his 'too bright teeth' when he leaves at the end of the season after sharing the touchline with the Liverpool boss for the last time.

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West Ham manager David Moyes answers why he won't miss departing Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp in a hilarious press conference.

Arsenal youngster Chido Obi-Martin kept up his remarkable scoring run for the Gunners' Under-19s with seven goals in a 9-0 win against Norwich.

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has given his view on the possibility of top flight matches being played abroad in the future.

Outgoing Bayern Munich manager Thomas Tuchel has responded to the German side's fans setting up a petition for him to stay at the club.

Erik ten Hag has insisted he is developing a clear playing style at Manchester United with INEOS looking to establish a new game model at Old Trafford.

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Highlights from Manchester United's match against Burnley in the Premier League.

Sheffield Wednesday chairman Dejphon Chansiri has been filmed shoving a young fan after being taunted outside Hillsborough Stadium on Friday evening.

Antonio Conte has reportedly reached an agreement to become the next manager of Napoli.


Everton manager Sean Dyche rates overseeing the club's escape from relegation as his greatest achievement.

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Everton boss Sean Dyche was delighted after their 1-0 win over Brentford secured Premier League survival for another season.

Arne Slot will be appointed as Liverpool's new head coach rather than manager as Anfield prepares for a shift away from the traditional British football club structure.


Crystal Palace are set to join the race for Maxence Lacroix this summer as European clubs look closely at the Wolfsburg centre-back.

The Football Association's recently-published transactions list has highlighted the number of player family members involved in transfer deals.

Former Monaco sporting director Paul Mitchell is on the radar of Bournemouth's owners for a role across their clubs.

Erik ten Hag was roundly booed for his substitutions before Manchester United were jeered off after a dismal display against Burnley at Old Trafford effectively ended their hopes of Champions League qualification.

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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag cut a frustrated figure during his post-match interview after the Red Devils threw away a late 1-0 lead at home as they drew to Burnley.


Blackburn want up to £20m for their top scorer Sammie Szmodics, with Brentford and Luton monitoring the striker.

Everton may need to sell Merseyside derby hero Jarrad Branthwaite before June 30 to beat another financial rap. Sean Dyche would love the centre-back, 21, to stick around for another season at least.

A fan brandishing a corner flag confronted stewards after Sheffield Wednesday's win over West Brom at Hillsborough.

Crystal Palace are set to start building work having sealed funds for a £150m facelift at Selhurst Park.

West Ham are set to miss out on first choice manager Julen Lopetegui with the ex-Wolves boss close to joining AC Milan.

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Former Wolves manager Julen Lopetegui revealed in December he is targeting a return to management in the Premier League


Kyle Walker is still wanted by Bayern Munich.


Liverpool target Johan Bakayoko has reportedly piqued the interest of their Premier League rivals Brentford, who are eyeing up a new frontman to replace Ivan Toney.

Tottenham have been forced to abandon plans to sign Arda Guler in the summer with the midfielder now set to stay at Real Madrid.

Manchester United target Thomas Tuchel would reportedly be interested in either managing the Red Devils or returning to Chelsea this summer as he prepares to leave Bayern Munich.

24 January 2024, Bavaria, Munich: Soccer: Bundesliga, Bayern Munich - 1. FC Union Berlin, Matchday 13, Allianz Arena: Coach Thomas Tuchel of Munich enters the stadium. IMPORTANT NOTE: In accordance with the regulations of the DFL German Football League and the DFB German Football Association, it is prohibited to use or have used photographs taken in the stadium and/or of the match in the form of sequential images and/or video-like photo series. Photo by: Sven Hoppe/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
Image: Bayern Munich boss Thomas Tuchel will be available this summer with the German departing the club at the end of the season


Derek Ferguson has warned Rangers captain James Tavernier he must learn from Jordan Henderson and his Saudi Pro League misstep.

Elie Youan has told a doubting Hibs fan "shut your mouth" on social media after he was missing from the starting lineup.

There could be more bad news on the injury front for Scotland after Scott McTominay became the latest star forced off for his club.

Celtic are reportedly keeping tabs on Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Asmir Begovic as they ramp up their search for Joe Hart 's successor.


QPR are leading the chase for Celtic's Republic of Ireland prospect Bosun Lawal.

Lewis Ferguson has an invite from Steve Clarke to come and watch Scotland in action at Euro 2024 and be around the group.

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