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Plus: Thomas Tuchel is hoping for an offer from Manchester United should Erik ten Hag leave Old Trafford; Tottenham are confident that Ange Postecoglou is not unhappy at the club

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


Manchester United have reportedly made contact with representatives of Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna, following his success helping the Suffolk side seal back-to-back promotions to the Championship and Premier League.

Rio Ferdinand has taken aim at Manchester United's recruitment policy over the last decade, claiming there are only three players who have arrived and "played to a level you'd expect" from them.

Cristiano Ronaldo is keen to see Bruno Fernandes leave Manchester United and join him in Saudi Arabia at Al-Nassr at the end of the season, according to reports.


Thomas Tuchel is hoping for an offer from Manchester United should Erik ten Hag leave Old Trafford, although Bayern Munich are attempting to talk him into remaining as their head coach.

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Tottenham Hotspur are confident that Ange Postecoglou is not unhappy at the club and that his angry post-match press conference following the Manchester City defeat was not sparked by deep-seated issues.

Arsenal are the favourites to sign RB Leipzig striker Benjamin Sesko.

West Ham United will receive an add-on payment of £1m for the sale of Declan Rice after Arsenal qualified for the Champions League this season.

Chelsea will land a £5m bonus from Eden Hazard's deal to Real Madrid after the Spaniards reached the Champions League final - despite the player's retirement from football seven months ago.

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Mike Tindall, the former England captain, has backed potential investment into rugby from Saudi Arabia, emphasising that the efforts of the players on the field are currently not being backed up by the finances off it.

Tyson Fury is expected to come in at his lowest weight in nine years after espousing lean muscle mass in his undisputed heavyweight title fight with Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday night.

Tommy Fleetwood's caddie Ian Finnis hopes to be back working in July and considers himself "very lucky" after undergoing open heart surgery earlier this year to fix a life-threatening condition.


City Football Group (CFG) and UEFA are in dialogue over a solution that will allow Manchester City and Girona to both compete in the Champions League next season.


Marcus Rashford has taken delivery of a brand new £700,000 Rolls Royce Wraith - a direct replacement for the motor he damaged in a crash.

West Ham striker Michail Antonio has revealed he has been undergoing therapy and admitted he started hating football to the point he prayed that he would get injured to avoid playing.

Aston Villa appear likely to have to sell off one of their prized assets this summer to ensure they remain in line with profit and sustainability regulations.

A FIFA U-turn on games being held "out of territory" has increased the chances of Premier League games being played in the United States in the future.

Manchester City are still trying to convince key reserve goalkeeper Stefan Ortega to commit his future to the club beyond the end of next season.


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A former warehouse assistant for the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia pleaded guilty on Wednesday to transporting millions of dollars worth of stolen Masters tournament memorabilia and historic items, including one of Arnold Palmer's green jackets.

Nepal's record wicket-taker, Sandeep Lamichhane, could feature at next month's T20 World Cup after his rape conviction was overturned by an appeal court.


Todd Boehly has said that Chelsea need stability to be successful, appearing to endorse the idea of keeping Mauricio Pochettino beyond the end of the season.

FIFA permitted a member of its ruling council to join a summit via video link despite him being in prison accused of embezzlement.

British athletes suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs will be forced to surrender texts, WhatsApp messages and emails in a move by UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) to strengthen its investigative powers.

Leeds United have warned supporters not to invade the pitch after Thursday's play-off semi-final clash with Norwich over fears of a suspended FA fine or partial stadium closure.


Xavi Hernandez has dismissed reports that Ronaldo Araujo could leave Barcelona this summer.

Napoli have identified Crystal Palace striker Jean-Philippe Mateta as a possible replacement for Victor Osimhen this summer, according to L'Equipe.

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia is in no rush to leave Napoli - and won't try to force through a transfer this summer, according to his agent.

Dutch midfielder Xavi Simons could be set to return to Barcelona on loan this summer.

RB Leipzig striker Benjamin Sesko has hinted that he would be open to a move to the Premier League in the future.

Mainz sporting director Christian Heidel has shot down suggestions that Jurgen Klopp will make a quickfire return to the dugout after his Liverpool exit.

Manchester United have been warned that Thomas Tuchel would prefer to return to Chelsea as opposed to move to Old Trafford.


Birmingham City will address their managerial issue with Tony Mowbray within the next 48 hours. Mowbray has been absent for three months with serious illness.

Bayer Leverkusen are set to make a move for Sunderland teenager Chris Rigg.

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Middlesbrough are set to beat Sheffield United to the signature of Leeds United stalwart Luke Ayling, who had a previous loan spell at the club.


Rapid Bucharest have offered Neil Lennon a £1m-plus-a-year deal in a bid to return to management.

Cruz Azul have had a concrete bid for former Celtic star Giorgos Giakoumakis booted out by Atlanta United, according to a report.

Outgoing Aberdeen boss Peter Leven says the club, who will be coached by Jimmy Thelin next season, should do all they can to keep Junior Hoilett, who will be out of contract in the summer.

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