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Chelsea close on Christopher Nkunku transfer & David Beckham to bid for Manchester United - Paper Talk

Plus: Juventus targeting a January switch for Nico Williams; Gareth Southgate will recall Jordan Henderson and Kyle Walker for England; Karim Benzema could still join France's World Cup squad; Manchester United will have to fork out over £100m for Enzo Fernandez.

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


Chelsea are reportedly closing in on Christopher Nkunku's transfer from RB Leipzig - with only a contract needing to be signed.

RB Leipzig's Christopher Nkunku celebrates scoring to make it 1-0 against Celtic
Image: RB Leipzig's Christopher Nkunku


David Beckham will make a bid to buy Manchester United, pal Rio Ferdinand has revealed.

Arsenal and Manchester United fans will reportedly be able to snap up sponsorless shirts from next season.

Juventus are targeting a January switch for Manchester United target Nico Williams, according to reports.

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Iconic Ecuador striker Enner Valencia is set to complete a miracle recovery to face Senegal in their final World Cup group match, having been stretchered off against the Netherlands with what initially appeared to be a tournament-ending injury.


Gareth Southgate is set to recall Jordan Henderson and Kyle Walker to England's starting line-up as he looks to add experience to his team in what is expected to be an intense all-British clash with Wales.

Kyle Walker
Image: Kyle Walker is set to be recalled by Gareth Southgate

Eddie Jones' future as England head coach remains uncertain with the RFU unable to say whether he will attend a World Cup planning trip next month.

Gareth Southgate will attempt to further fire up his England squad before the World Cup clash with Wales by showing a video of Gareth Bale and team-mates gloating over his squad's early exit from Euro 2016 against Iceland.

County cricket chiefs are split over a £400m offer from a private equity firm to sell a 75% stake in The Hundred despite the prospect of a cash injection of £10m each.


Declan Rice has labelled Phil Foden as England's 'most technically gifted player,' while Manchester City and national team-mate Kalvin Phillips has insisted the attacker's best position is playing as a number 10.

Liverpool have appointed Jonathan Power as their new club doctor and he will begin the role before the Premier League's resumption.

Teenage sensation Gavi missed training on Monday, a day after Spain's 1-1 draw with Germany at the World Cup.

Gavi makes a run during Spain's World Cup clash with Costa Rica
Image: Gavi missed training for Spain on Monday

Romelu Lukaku is reported to have acted as peacemaker after a heated clash between feuding Belgium players Eden Hazard, Jan Vertonghen and Kevin de Bruyne following their World Cup defeat by Morocco on Sunday.

Leicester City are set to renew their interest in former Chelsea starlet Jeremie Boga in January, having seen a deal with Atalanta in the summer break down at the 11th hour. The Serie A club are keen to loan Boga out with an option to buy to cut down their wage bill.


Arsenal legend David Seaman has weighed in on the prospect of Jude Bellingham moving to the Emirates next summer.

Karim Benzema could reportedly still rejoin France's World Cup squad with the Real Madrid striker believed to be recovering from injury quicker than expected.

Chelsea are looking at options to sign a new right-side defender and could make a move for Ecuador star Piero Hincapie, who plays for Bayer Leverkusen, if they are unable to secure a deal for Denzel Dumfries from Inter Milan.


Manchester United will have to fork out over £100m if they want to sign Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez in the January transfer window.

Argentina's Enzo Fernandez celebrates after doubling their lead
Image: Enzo Fernandez celebrates after scoring for Argentina at the World Cup

Barcelona left-back Alejandro Balde has named Manchester United as another club he would like to play for during a TikTok session.


Kyle Walker is in line to start his first England game at this World Cup against Wales, but it remains to be seen whether it will be in a back three or a back four.

Shaun Edwards remains hopeful of coaching England at some point in the future.


Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay is being tipped to leave his role, potentially before the end of the NFL season, to become one of the sport's highest-paid pundits on Amazon Prime.


Rangers are unlikely to renew their interest in Sunderland striker Ross Stewart in January and that could leave the door open for Middlesbrough to sign the Scotland international.

Hibs boss Lee Johnson has no qualms about continuing to play wantaway defender Ryan Porteous while he remains at Easter Road.


Celtic midfielder Matt O'Riley says there is no chance of complacency setting into Ange Postecoglou's squad when the Premiership resumes and insists they will only get better.

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