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Manchester United are nearing agreement on terms with Raphael Varane which will see the Real Madrid defender double his current wage.

Chelsea have made an enquiry about Sassuolo's Domenico Berardi after failing to get anywhere in their efforts to bring in Italy team-mate Federico Chiesa.

Lukas Nmecha, who recently joined Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, says one of the main reasons for his decision to leave Manchester City was because they will be "getting another top striker".


Manchester United are lining up German star Leon Goretzka amid mounting fears they will be forced to sell Paul Pogba.

Newcastle striker Callum Wilson vowed to reclaim his place in the England squad insisting he has "unfinished business".

Arsenal pulled out of their pre-season trip to America because they feared being forced to quarantine in Orlando.

France defender Raphael Varane (AP)
Image: Is France defender Raphael Varane set to move from Real Madrid to Manchester United?

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been targeted by Leicester, Southampton and Burnley as Mikel Arteta shakes up his Arsenal squad.

Liverpool are targeting a transfer for West Ham ace Jarrod Bowen, according to reports.


Chelsea are reportedly still in secret talks behind the scenes over the signing of former player Romelu Lukaku.

Barcelona are preparing to make an offer for Lille and Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches, although Arsenal are believed to still be top of the list of clubs trying to sign him.

Liverpool have made signing a new midfielder a priority after Jurgen Klopp's change of heart about his transfer plans this summer.


Manchester United star Donny van de Beek will reject offers from other clubs this summer as he's determined to stay at the Red Devils.

Police are studying CCTV evidence of a youth they think might have caused damage to a mural of Marcus Rashford in Withington earlier this month.

Sir Andy Murray is sure the Tokyo Games will be the most important Olympics in history and lead sport out of the pandemic catastrophe.


Sheffield United have told Arsenal they will need to raise their offer for England goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale to £32m after two previous bids were rejected by the Championship club.

A policeman who challenged ticketless fans during chaotic scenes at the Euro 2020 final at Wembley this month has accused senior officers of a reluctance to use force because of concerns over "brand image".

A surge in Covid-19 infections in Rome has been blamed on an open-top bus procession by the national football team that drew thousands onto the streets after Italy's Euro 2020 win.


Premier League players and staff are facing compulsory Covid vaccinations under a Government plan to keep sport going if there is a winter lockdown. Proof of a negative test will no longer be sufficient as part of the proposal.

Chelsea are contemplating the idea of bringing Eden Hazard back to the club from Real Madrid this summer, according to reports.

Chelsea have held initial talks with Robert Lewandowski's agent over a summer move to the Premier League from Bayern Munich according to a report in Germany.

Aaron Ramsdale was in inspired form to resist Everton's attempt to comeback
Image: Aaron Ramsdale could cost Arsenal £32m

Manchester United have moved ahead of Arsenal in the race to sign Wolves star Ruben Neves.

Newcastle have opened talks with Southampton over a £4m deal for midfielder Mario Lemina.

Barcelona's cash crisis continues to take hold with Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto all rejecting requests to take pay cuts.


Sheffield United full-back George Baldock remains a priority target for Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou, who has also asked Derby about the availability of Nathan Byrne.

Rangers are furious that Celtic have been allowed 18,500 fans for their friendly against West Ham on the same day the Ibrox club can only host 8,500 against Brighton.


Rangers transfer target Joey Veerman has hit out at his club Heerenveen over their £8m asking price for him.

Former AEK boss Manolo Jimenez has urged Ange Postecoglou to stick by blunder keeper Vasilis Barkas.

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