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Cristiano Ronaldo: Manchester United to replace forward with Ajax's Antony if he leaves Old Trafford - Paper Talk

Plus: Man Utd and Man City are set to battle for Bayern Munich winger Serge Gnabry; Chelsea will be told they will not be able to re-sign Nathan Ake for a bargain fee; Mohamed Salah was prepared to move to Chelsea before signing new Liverpool deal; Juventus target Roberto Firmino

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


Erik ten Hag will urge Manchester United to replace Cristiano Ronaldo with Ajax's Brazil forward Antony if the Portugal international is able to force his departure from the club for a second time.

Ajax player Antony of Brazil during a Champions League group C soccer match between Ajax and Sporting CP, at the at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Image: Ajax winger Antony is reportedly Cristiano Ronaldo's replacement if he leaves Old Trafford this summer

Manchester United have made a £39.6m offer for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez in a bid to blow Arsenal out of the running for the Argentina international.

Juventus are keen to sign Roberto Firmino and the Italian club reckon they can snap him up for less than £20m as he has just one year remaining on his contract.

Arsenal could have a battle on their hands to keep Gabriel should Chelsea complete a move for Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt this summer.

Liverpool are planning talks with Roberto Firmino and his representatives in the next few weeks to gauge his interest in staying at the club, with the likelihood of cashing in on him this summer if he indicates he would like to pursue a new challenge, potentially at Juventus.

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Cody Gakpo is keen to test his talents outside the Netherlands and the £40m-rated PSV Eindhoven winger already has interest from Leeds United and Arsenal among other clubs.

Raheem Sterling is preparing for life away from Manchester City as reports suggest he has opened negotiations over the sale of his £4.5m Cheshire home to England team-mate Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Alex Telles could be the next player to leave Manchester United once they have secured the signing of Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord.


Mohamed Salah was prepared to move to Chelsea before his new deal made him the highest-paid player in Liverpool history.

Mohamed Salah celebrates his second goal of the game (AP)
Image: Mohamed Salah renewed his Liverpool contract this week

Serge Gnabry is a shock name on the transfer radar of both Manchester United and Manchester City.

Manchester United have reportedly agreed to offer Christian Eriksen a £150,000-per-week contract, but it is said the midfielder wants to wait and see who else Erik ten Hag brings to Old Trafford.

Manchester United remain in the hunt to sign Brazilian teenager Gabriel Veron from Palmeiras this summer.

Inter Milan defender Stefan de Vrij has emerged as one of Manchester United's top transfer targets.

Manchester City will tell Chelsea to forget about re-signing centre-back Nathan Ake on the cheap.

Nathan Ake celebrates putting Man City 2-0 up (AP)
Image: Nathan Ake could be set for a return to Chelsea

Arsenal have reportedly contacted Benfica over a possible deal for Alex Grimaldo having missed out on the signing of Aaron Hickey.

Arsenal have opened talks with the representatives of Lille midfielder Amadou Onana over a possible transfer this summer.

Crystal Palace are plotting a late move in the battle for Wolves' £20m-rated Morgan Gibbs-White.

Premier League clubs will get the go-ahead to open safe standing areas in their grounds from the start of the new season after a successful trial at five stadiums.

Arsenal are struggling to find a taker for club-record £72m signing Nicolas Pepe and might have to allow him to leave on loan despite reportedly reducing their asking price £25m.

Players had to be taken off the pitch for 10 minutes because of crowd trouble at the pre-season friendly between local rivals Southport and Blackpool, which was won 2-0 by the Championship club.


Manchester United could face competition for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong as Chelsea monitor the situation.

Frenkie de Jong
Image: Frenkie de Jong is a key target for Man Utd this summer

Barcelona are reportedly close to agreeing a deal with Chelsea to sign Marcos Alonso, but their chase of Cesar Azpilicueta has become complicated.

Barcelona reportedly hope to allocate £172m to spend on four players during the summer transfer window, with Xavi keen to sign Robert Lewandowski, Bernardo Silva, Raphinha and Jules Kounde.

Barcelona are willing to sell Memphis Depay to fund a move for Leeds winger Raphinha.

Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior will sign a new long-term contract that will include a £1billion release clause.

Barcelona have made it clear to Ousmane Dembele they do not intend to raise their offer currently on the table for the Frenchman to renew his contract.

Ousmane Dembele
Image: Ousmane Dembele's Barcelona contract has now expired

AC Milan are planning on renewing Zlatan Ibrahimovic's contract at the club and a meeting has been set with the striker.

Rugby union chiefs have launched an investigation into allegations of racism in the sport after RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney met with Luther Burrell in the wake of his bombshell interviews about his experiences of discrimination.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has threated to cut funding for sports including cricket and tennis if they fail to take action to stop male-born transgender athletes from competing against women, with the England and Wales Cricket Board already reviewing its transgender policy.


Manchester United have been dealt a crushing blow in their pursuit of Frenkie de Jong, with Barcelona president Joan Laporta insisting the midfielder is 'not for sale' and that he wants to stay at the Nou Camp.

Chelsea's hopes of signing Raphinha from Leeds appear to be over after a new report revealed the Brazil winger would 'rather stay put' than join the Blues.

Chelsea have suffered another transfer blow from Barcelona after they reached an agreement with Ousmane Dembele over a new contract.

Tottenham are closing in on a deal to land Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet as they look to continue their summer spending spree.

Barcelona's Clement Lenglet watches the play during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Getafe, at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)
Image: Tottenham are reportedly closing in on signing Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet

Leeds are reportedly closing in on RB Leipzig midfielder Tyler Adams as a replacement for the outgoing Kalvin Phillips.


Arsenal's reported interest in Leicester star Youri Tielemans has faded, and now Manchester United have been placed on 'high alert' with his future unclear.

Raheem Sterling has held positive talks with Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel as his £45m move from Manchester City edges closer.

Barcelona have reportedly agreed to meet Leeds' £60m asking price for Raphinha, putting a deal with Chelsea in serious doubt.

Prisoners at HMP Highpoint in Sussex are being trained up as football referees, with 11 having passed the Football Association's Level 7 course which would allow to take charge of junior amateur games.


Sergio Garcia launched into an astonishing locker room rant against the DP World Tour after learning about the sanctions he would receive for joining LIV Golf, which included financial penalties and bans from events including the Scottish Open.


In demand Vinicius Souza now faces a straight choice between Celtic and Fenerbahce.


Rangers' pursuit of PAOK hitman Antonio Colak could depend on Bundesliga side Koln's summer transfer plans.

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