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Erik ten Hag set for showdown talks over Manchester United future at end of season - Paper Talk

Plus: Sir Jim Ratcliffe plotting huge summer clearout at Man Utd, reportedly willing to let as many as 11 first-team players leave; Thomas Tuchel is not interested in West Ham job, despite wanting Premier League return; Brighton have not received any approaches for Roberto De Zerbi

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


Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is set for showdown talks over his future at the end of the season.

Manchester United staff members Darren Fletcher and Matt Hargreaves have reportedly not been reassured of their futures by INEOS chiefs.

Bayern Munich are reportedly attempting to avoid triggering the purchase clause in Eric Dier's contract, with the England defender failing to impress in Germany.

Chelsea are reportedly transfer-listing Robert Sanchez - just seven months after signing the goalkeeper.

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe has outlined his plans for Manchester United's future after his minority stake in the club was finally ratified on Tuesday, explaining how Old Trafford may need to be rebuilt to be fit for purpose


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Sir Jim Ratcliffe is ready to sanction a significant transfer spend at Manchester United this summer with the club's financial restrictions easing and a number of player sales planned.

The Premier League will delay a ballot on the 'New Deal for Football' until they are almost sure it will be passed, with some clubs claiming a defeat would be seen as a vote of no confidence in chief executive Richard Masters.

Law-makers IFAB's discussion of 10-minute sin-bin trials at their meeting in Scotland next Saturday will be monitored closely by dementia campaigners, who have noted with a sense of irony that the same group rejected proposals to trial 10-minute concussion substitutes 12 months ago.


Sir Jim Ratcliffe is plotting a huge summer clearout at Manchester United, with the INEOS chief reportedly willing to let as many as 11 first-team players leave.

Thomas Tuchel is not interested in managing West Ham despite being desperate for a Premier League return.

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Sky Germany's Florian Plettenberg explains how Bayern Munich are trying to move ahead of Liverpool in their pursuit of Bayer Leverkusen coach Xabi Alonso

Arsenal are closing in on Rangers' 15-year-old starlet Alexander Smith.

Former Barcelona and Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu has admitted to fearing he may never play again after his latest knee injury.


Todd Boehly will fly into London to make what has become an increasingly rare public appearance next to co-owner Behdad Eghbali at Sunday's Carabao Cup final at Wembley.

Sean Dyche has called for an immediate decision on Everton's appeal against a Premier League points deduction insisting the uncertainty is having a "psychological impact" on his dressing room.

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Everton manager Sean Dyche says the club are still in the dark about the outcome of their appeal against their 10-point deduction, but adds that it would be in the interest of everyone for a verdict to come as soon as possible.


Brighton have not received any approaches for Roberto De Zerbi and are confident of keeping their in-demand manager.

Manchester United owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe has little chance of using taxpayers' money to redevelop Old Trafford.


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The Newcastle United squad watched on as Luke Littler and Michael van Gerwen played in the semi-final on Night 4 of the Premier League.

Luke Shaw is in serious danger of missing the European Championship with England this summer after Manchester United said he would be out of action for "a few months" with a muscle injury.

A coalition of Ukrainian human rights groups has written to Rishi Sunak, calling on him to "end the impasse" over using funds from the sale of Chelsea to help victims of war in the country.


Chelsea were interested in signing Liverpool forward Darwin Nunez last summer.

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Chelsea and Manchester City are scheduled to play a pre-season friendly in Columbus, Ohio this summer.

Wolves forward Matheus Cunha is targeting a return to action immediately after the international break at the end of March.

Leeds are set to name Liverpool's Martin Diggle as their new academy manager.

Real Madrid have filed a request to LaLiga to move their final game of the season to enable more time to set up for Taylor Swift's concert at the Bernabeu the following week.

Toni Kroos has made the decision to return to the German national team ahead of this summer's European Championships.

Spain head coach Luis de la Fuente has agreed a contract extension through to the World Cup in 2026.


Bobby Wales has caught the eye of scouts from England as the Kilmarnock kid impresses while out on loan.

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