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Cristiano Ronaldo is not part of Erik ten Hag plans should he become Man Utd manager - Paper Talk

Plus: Kevin De Bruyne will miss Manchester City's FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool; Steven Bergwijn could be set for a shock move to Old Trafford; Kalvin Phillips hopeful on new Leeds contract; Crystal Palace lining up move for Brentford's Christian Eriksen

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


Cristiano Ronaldo's second spell at Manchester United could end prematurely this summer with Erik ten Hag having made it clear he is not part of his plans and will not suit his style of play.

Some of Manchester City's players have taken to calling Jack Grealish "Peaky Jack" in reference to the hit TV programme Peaky Blinders, following his altercations with Atletico Madrid's Stefan Savic.


Kalvin Phillips is hopeful of signing a new deal at Leeds United despite serious interest from Manchester United, Aston Villa and Newcastle United.

Manchester United have joined Arsenal in a £20m transfer scramble for Norwich defender Max Aarons.

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Max Aarons was unable to prevent Norwich slipping to defeat
Image: Max Aarons is also on Arsenal and Man Utd's radar

Tyrick Mitchell is winning his race to be fit for Crystal Palace's FA Cup semi-final clash with Chelsea on Sunday.

Inter Miami have axed Gonzalo Higuain from their squad after he fell completely out of favour with head coach Phil Neville.

Erik ten Hag stunned Manchester United into giving him the manager's job following a brutal assessment of the club.

John Terry will play a key role in Steve Pagliuca's bid to become the next Chelsea owner.

Manchester City are sweating on Kyle Walker's ankle injury which could rule him out of a chunk of the club's Treble charge.

Angry Arsenal fans have called for the club to ditch their £40m Visit Rwanda shirt-sleeve sponsorship deal in light of the government's new partnership with the African country to address illegal immigration in the UK.

Hull City owner Acun Ilicali has laughed off reports he is set to sign Mesut Ozil on a free transfer from Fenerbahce.


Harry Kane is set to snub Manchester United and stay at Tottenham this summer, but that will not stop incoming United boss Erik ten Hag giving Cristiano Ronaldo the green light to leave Old Trafford.

Nigel Winterburn believes it would now be a "huge disappointment" if Arsenal were to miss out on the Champions League despite having said at the start of the season they were not ready for that level.

Mikel Arteta shows the strain as Arsenal lose for the second time in a week
Image: Mikel Arteta is doing his best to secure Champions League football for Arsenal

Formula 1 team Haas have rejected former title sponsor Uralkali's claim for a £10m refund after being dropped along with driver Nikita Mazepin over Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Crystal Palace are the latest club to show an interest in Christian Eriksen.

Chelsea fans have been told their new owners will not put them in a situation like Manchester United - where the club is used to finance the deal.


Tottenham forward Steven Bergwijn could become the first signing of the Erik ten Hag revolution at Manchester United after a previous failed attempt to sign him for Ajax.

Tottenham's Steven Bergwijn celebrates after scoring his side's fifth goal
Image: Tottenham's Steven Bergwijn is a target of Man Utd's

Real Madrid remain confident they will be able to sign Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni despite plenty of Premier League interest, according to reports in Spain.

Former Atletico Madrid star Eduardo Salvio is being hunted by police after allegedly running over his ex-wife in a suburb of Argentina's capital Buenos Aires, where he now plays for Boca Juniors.

Joe Joyce would happily step in and fight Tyson Fury if Dillian Whyte pulls out of their clash later this month, while also revealing he is in talks to take on Joseph Parker later this year.

Manchester City's star man Kevin De Bruyne is set to miss Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool with an ankle injury and will need more assessment to have a better grasp of timescales, although his problem is thought to be an impact injury rather than muscular.


Two of Roman Abramovich's closest associates, including Chelsea director Eugene Tenenbaum, have been sanctioned by the British government.

Tottenham are hopeful the knee injury that ended Matt Doherty's season will not require surgery.


Emma Raducanu says she has lost all of her toenails ahead of her debut on clay for Great Britain in the Billie Jean Cup against the Czech Republic.

UEFA's disciplinary panel are preparing to launch an investigation into Wednesday night's chaotic tunnel bust-up between Manchester City and Atletico Madrid.

Tempers boiled over late on at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium
Image: Tempers boiled over between Atletico Madrid and Manchester City


Luke Shaw is unlikely to play again for Manchester United this season after a slower than expected recovery from surgery to remove screws from the leg he broke seven years ago.

Young tennis umpires are living under a reign of fear and are at risk of predatory sexual advances, according to leading figures within the sport who are calling for urgent reform.

Manchester City were fearing for Jack Grealish's safety going into their explosive Champions League quarter-final return leg at Atletico Madrid given the way he had been aggressively targeted in the first leg.

Max Verstappen has been slapped down by Formula One's governing body for describing the Aston Martin safety car as a "turtle".

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