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Back-page headlines and transfer rumours from Wednesday's newspapers...


Manchester City will have to fork out a mind-blowing £600,000-a-week to land Erling Haaland in a package costing over £300m.

Chris Wilder will be Burnley's No 1 choice as manager should Sean Dyche move to Crystal Palace this year.

Aaron Ramsey was back in training with Juventus - hours before Wales' crunch 2022 World Cup Qualifier with the Czech Republic.

Victor Lindelof has left Sweden's squad early and returned to Manchester for 'personal reasons'.

Mohamed Elneny plans to stay at Arsenal and will agree new contract terms this summer.

Liverpool are reportedly leading the race for £42m Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly.

Premier League stars are set to face up to referee Mike Dean for another season amid reports he will delay his retirement.

Borussia Dortmund missed out on signing Kylian Mbappe for free just 12 months before his £153m move to Paris Saint-Germain.


Manchester City will consider making a bid for Harry Kane if they are unable to sign their top transfer target Erling Haaland this summer.

The FA is expected to tell UEFA it will plan for Wembley Stadium to be 50 per cent full for the Euro 2020 semi-finals and final but will have the flexibility to increase the capacity at short notice if the government lifts restrictions.

Harry Kane (PA)
Image: Harry Kane is reportedly attracting the interest of Manchester City ahead of the summer transfer window

Callum Wilson is hopeful of playing in an 11-a-side practice match at Newcastle United's training ground this week as he steps up his recovery from a hamstring injury.

Hege Riise will use the forthcoming England internationals to assess her goalkeeping options for the Tokyo Olympics after calling up two of her most experienced players.

The chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board Tom Harrison is a leading candidate to become the next head of the International Cricket Council, the game's governing body.

New Zealand Rugby says it is working to convince players to support its controversial plan to sell 15 per cent of its commercial rights to Silver Lake, a private equity firm from the United States, for £235m.


Manchester City are prioritising a move for Erling Haaland with Sergio Aguero due to leave in the summer but interest in Jack Grealish is severely complicated by Aston Villa's £100m valuation of the England midfielder.

Former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard turned to Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny last summer in his search to bring in a new No 1 goalkeeper.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will now have to choose between Dean Henderson and David de Gea as Manchester United's No 1 for the rest of the season after giving both a chance to impress.

Liverpool will get the first run at signing Ibrahima Konaté from RB Leipzig this summer as their rivals have other priorities in the window.

Erling Haaland scored his 19th goal of the Bundesliga season against Bayern Munich on Saturday
Image: Erling Haaland is another striker reportedly attracting interest ahead of the summer

Thierry Henry has described Gareth Southgate's plan to discuss a Twitter and Instagram blackout for the European Championships with his England players as "amazing" and revealed that his sponsors have supported his own decision to quit social media.

Justin Cochrane has emerged as a strong candidate should Aidy Boothroyd lose his job as England Under-21 coach.

Luton Town striker James Collins is attracting interest from Preston, Derby and MLS clubs, with his contract due to expire at Kenilworth Road in the summer.

England fear their leading players will quit international cricket if they are not given permission to play in the Indian Premier League.


Manchester United's powerbrokers held talks with Edinson Cavani on Tuesday as they look to convince him to stay.

Manchester United have reportedly made a shock bid to sign Manchester City icon Sergio Aguero once his contract at the Etihad finishes this summer.

UEFA's plans to reform the Champions League face being derailed after European clubs dramatically objected to the proposals at the final moment, adding to widespread concerns.

Arsenal players have held talks about the prospect of following the lead of their club legend Thierry Henry and boycotting social media.

Arsene Wenger claims Tottenham can be in a position to offer Harry Kane the ambition he needs after the England captain's future at Spurs was put into doubt last week.

Ivory Coast's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with Ethiopia descended into chaos on Tuesday afternoon when the referee collapsed on the pitch.


Gareth Southgate is expected to revert to a back three in England's World Cup Qualifier against Poland on Wednesday and will make a late decision on Mason Mount.

Ibrahima Konate and Gareth Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett expects "three or four very big deals" for his players this summer as the RB Leipzig star continues to be linked with a move to Liverpool.

Cristiano Ronaldo's angrily-discarded captain's armband is up for auction to raise money for a sick child in Serbia.

Memphis Depay, Lyon
Image: Barcelona reportedly want to bring Memphis Depay to the Nou Camp

Ondrej Kudela may face questioning from police over a racism storm with Glen Kamara after returning to the UK for Czech Republic's World Cup Qualifier against Wales.

Kylian Mbappe has confirmed that he will not play in the Olympics as he looks to finalise his future club plans.

Ronald Koeman is not interested in signing Sergio Aguero this summer and instead wants to bring Memphis Depay to Barcelona.


The Football Association is deploying psychological profiling to help Hege Riise select the player to replace Steph Houghton as England's captain in friendlies against France and Canada.

Trans women who weigh more than 90kg (14st 2lb) - or are more than 170cm (5ft 7in) tall - could face an assessment by a coach to see whether they pose a safety risk to other players before being allowed to play women's rugby in England.

Organisers of the Women's Six Nations are giving serious consideration to making it a standalone event for the foreseeable future as well as reintroducing a round-robin format.


Leeds are one of a number of clubs interested in signing former Tottenham winger Noni Madueke, who has emerged as a top talent with PSV.


Barcelona are the "most attractive" option to Harry Kane as he "seriously considers" a move away from Tottenham this summer, according to reports.

Marcel Sabitzer is reportedly one of several transfer targets for Tottenham this summer, but Daniel Levy may well have to sell three players to pull off a deal for the RB Leipzig star.


The Czech FA has explained its "neutral apolitical stance" as players opted not to take the knee ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Wales.

Steve Clarke rounded on critics of Scotland skipper Andy Robertson but hinted it may be time to take spot-kick hero David Marshall out of the international firing line.


Gary Hooper's agent claims Celtic tried to re-sign the striker.

Conor Hazard admits he will need to consider his options if he's not going to be Celtic's number one.

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