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Chelsea close to Frenkie de Jong agreement and Man Utd to miss out on Ismaila Sarr - Paper Talk

Plus: Roma boss Jose Mourinho intervened at the last minute to stop Tottenham from signing Nicola Zaniolo; Arsenal are interested in signing Porto's Brazilian forward Pepe; Barcelona expect to complete the signing of Marcos Alonso for just £6.5m this week

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Liam Twomey, The Athletic's Chelsea correspondent joins the Paper Talk team to discuss today's top stories including Chelsea's pursuit of Frenkie de Jong and why Manchester United need to get smarter in the transfer market.

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


Chelsea are close to reaching an agreement with Barcelona over a transfer fee for Frenkie de Jong, with the west London club now awaiting the midfielder's decision.

Manchester United supporters who oppose the Glazer family are threatening to boycott the club's next home match against Liverpool.

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The Transfer Show's Dharmesh Sheth and Kaveh Solhekol round up the latest transfer news from all 20 Premier League clubs

PSV Eindhoven are refusing to allow Manchester United target Cody Gakpo leave until at least August 24, the date their vital Champions League play-off tie with Rangers concludes.

Yorkshire could face relegation as part of their punishment amid reports they are likely to admit to bringing cricket into disrepute after being charged for their mishandling of allegations of racism and discrimination.


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Roma boss Jose Mourinho intervened at the last minute to stop Tottenham from signing Nicola Zaniolo, according to reports.

Premier League matches this weekend will feature water breaks, with Britain in the grip of a heatwave.

Crystal Palace are monitoring Conor Gallagher's Chelsea involvement as they remain hopeful of re-signing him on loan.

Manchester United's technical director Darren Fletcher was at The Hawthorns on Monday night to watch Watford's Ismaila Sarr - who went on to score one of the goals of the season.

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Ismaila Sarr played a key role in Watford's 1-1 draw to West Brom, having a moment to remember and a moment to forget

Lyon have rejected an undisclosed bid from Nottingham Forest for attacking midfielder Houssem Aouar, according to reports.

Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz is set to sign a new contract to provide boss Steven Gerrard with a major boost.

Brazilian forward Willian has agreed to terminate his contract with Corinthians following their Copa Libertadores exit.

Strasbourg striker Ludovic Ajorque is attracting major interest from a host of Premier League clubs.

LIV Golf accused the PGA Tour of getting Tiger Woods to "publicly criticise" players for joining the Saudi-backed breakaway.

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Portuguese football expert Pedro Sepulveda suggests a bid from Newcastle for Benfica's 21-year-old striker Gonçalo Ramos is imminent but the Lisbon club will not accept anything less than €30m

Liverpool are set to reward teenager Harvey Elliott with another new contract running until 2026, coming just 12 months after he signed his last deal.

Everton have switched their attentions to Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Mohamed Camara after reaching an impasse in contract talks with Idrissa Gana Gueye.

Nottingham Forest are set to hold talks over a £9m move for Atalanta and Switzerland midfielder Remo Freuler.

West Ham have increased their offer to Paris Saint-Germain defender Thilo Kehrer to £10m.

Barcelona face losing Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie for nothing due to contract clause if they are unable to register their summer signings ahead of La Liga's opening weekend.

Former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has joined WNBA legend Sue Bird and NBA star Kevin Durant as a partner in the NWSL's Gotham FC.


Aston Villa have branded rumours of a bust-up between Steven Gerrard and Ollie Watkins as "nonsense".

Aston Villa's Ollie Watkins and Leeds United's Luke Ayling
Image: Aston Villa's Ollie Watkins and Leeds United's Luke Ayling


Manchester United's incredible decline under the Glazers has been revealed through their staggeringly slow growth on the stock exchange.

Arsenal are reportedly interested in bringing FC Porto's Brazilian forward Pepe to the club.

Manchester City's Bernardo Silva admits his future at the club is uncertain amid interest from Barcelona.

Manchester United are set to suffer a further transfer blow as target Ismaila Sarr reportedly closes in on a switch to Leeds United.

West Ham are reportedly closing in on a move for Stuttgart star Borna Sosa.

Barcelona expect to complete the signing of Marcos Alonso for just £6.5m this week, according to reports.

Ralf Rangnick reportedly identified five Manchester United targets for this summer - and neighbours City signed two while United went for none of them.

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With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Frenkie de Jong and Wesley Fofana all heavily linked to Chelsea, could Thomas Tuchel have three new additions before the end of the transfer window?

West Ham have seen a season-long loan bid for Everton defender Michael Keane rejected because of the Goodison Park club's injury crisis.

Manchester United will hold crunch talks with midfield target Adrien Rabiot's mother on Thursday to try and thrash out terms over a move to Old Trafford.

Tottenham are considering loaning out four fringe squad members - Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani lo Celso, Harry Winks and Sergio Reguilon - with permanent buyers not proving easy to find.

West Ham are set to answer criticism of prices of food and drink at the London Stadium by lowering them for their next home game.

Deontay Wilder is set to return to the ring in October with a fight against Finland's Robert Helenius.


Gerard Pique reportedly offered to play for Barcelona for free before accepting a salary reduction amid the club's current contract stand-off with Frenkie de Jong.

Newcastle have asked Chelsea and other top six teams to keep them abreast of players they intend to let go as they scramble to add to Eddie Howe's squad.

Arsenal are set to have a £33m offer for midfielder Yeremy Pino accepted by Villarreal according to reports in Spain, with the Spanish club desperate for funds after missing out on Champions League football.


Chelsea's new ownership led by Todd Boehly are investing in a major upgrade to Stamford Bridge that includes renovation of the West Stand and new murals around the stadium - a strategy they have pursued before with Boehly's American sports franchises.

Arsenal have been keen to clear out their unwanted players this summer and the outgoings are now gathering pace, with Pablo Mari and Alex Runarsson both set to leave the club imminently.

Grass-roots sport faces being thrown into chaos by an unprecedented heatwave that has rendered many playing fields too dangerous to use.


The former Football League defender Ryan Cresswell has warned of the danger of players becoming addicted to sleeping pills after the problem nearly claimed his life.


Roma's Nicolo Zaniolo scores his side's opening goal during the Europa Conference League final
Image: Roma's Nicolo Zaniolo scored his side's opening goal during the Europa Conference League final last season

Tottenham are in the market for a mystery forward this summer after Roma boss Jose Mourinho blocked his former side's swoop for Nicolo Zaniolo.

Manchester United reportedly held talks with Timo Werner this summer before the German snubbed their interest and signed for RB Leipzig instead.

Everton are in talks with Stade Rennes over a deal for Guinea international striker Serhou Guirassy.

Arsenal could renew their interest in Juventus outcast Arthur Melo with the midfielder's proposed move to Valencia at risk of collapse.

Newcastle could renew their interest in Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta after reports emerged that his price tag had been reduced by an incredible £18m.


Celtic-linked Bamba Dieng was left out of Marseille's weekend squad and now he has received yet more indication he has no future at the club.


Burnley are interested in signing Rangers forward Fashion Sakala, according to a report.

Celtic are set to lose out on Barcelona winger Alex Collado, according to reports.

Hibs are set to sign Slovak hotshot Adam Griger in a £200,000 deal.

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