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All the top stories and transfer rumours from the back pages of Wednesday's national and regional newspapers...


Aston Villa will demand at least £80m for Jack Grealish during the transfer window and have not given up hope of keeping their captain if they avoid the drop.

Premier League managers are convinced rival clubs have held covert lockdown training sessions, after Project Restart warm-up games exposed an alarming disparity in fitness levels.

Premier League players want their clubs to follow the FA's lead by committing to having at least one black, Asian or ethnic minority (BAME) coach on their first-team staff.

Former top-flight referee Mark Clattenburg says the biggest challenge for referees in a behind-closed-doors environment will be the danger of relaxing too much.

Jack Grealish
Image: Jack Grealish's Aston Villa future remains unclear (Daily Mail)

Manchester United have become the favourites to sign Donny van de Beek this summer after Real Madrid backtracked in their move to sign the Ajax star, according to reports in Holland.


Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has warned the club they cannot afford to stand still in the transfer market or on the training ground if they want to become a top-four club again.

Hector Bellerin has pledged to plant 3,000 trees for every win Arsenal earn between now and the end of the season.


Manchester United are prepared to tweak their transfer strategy to accommodate third-choice targets if they fail to qualify for the Champions League next season.

Manchester United will need to offer Kai Havertz three things if they are able to lure him to Old Trafford this summer - regular playing time, the Champions League football and trust in him as a player.

David Silva will see out the season with Manchester City and will return so that he can have a proper send-off, according to Pep Guardiola.

Pep Guardiola is open to discussing a longer stay at Manchester City after bringing in Juanma Lillo as his No 2 last week.


Gabriel Magalhaes' agent has reportedly confirmed both Everton and Napoli have made offers for his client.

Lyon have not received any offers for Houssem Aouar, according to coach Rudi Garcia.

Liverpool youngster Liam Millar has opened up on what it was like to make his debut for the club and is aiming for a loan move to the Sky Bet Championship next season.


Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has been making plans in case Willian and Pedro Rodriguez do not extend their contracts past June 30.


The prospect of salary caps being introduced in the EFL has moved a step closer after the number of clubs needed to vote in favour of any changes to Financial Fair Play rules was reduced.


The Rugby Players' Association says it is working around the clock to help hundreds of players who risk falling foul of their employers if they do not agree to rip up their current contracts, amid Premiership Rugby's new salary cap rules.

EFL clubs in League One and Two could be hardest hit by any fixture suspensions due to coronavirus
Image: The EFL will find it easier to introduce Financial Fair Play rules such as salary caps (The Times)


Manchester United youngsters Teden Mengi and James Garner could feature against Tottenham after training with the first-team this week.

Wissam Ben Yedder is said to have told Monaco he wants to leave the club - putting Arsenal and Manchester United on red alert.

Manchester United have made contact with Willian's agent ahead of a potential free transfer from Chelsea this summer, according to reports.

Chelsea are set to be offered Adrien Rabiot and Fernando Bernardeschi as Juventus plot an audacious double swoop for Jorginho and Marcos Alonso.

Bayer Leverkusen are ready to let Kai Havertz leave in the summer after he admitted he wants a new challenge.


Ben Chilwell remains Chelsea's No 1 left-back target this summer, but Frank Lampard also has three other names on his shortlist.

Manchester United may face pressure from Leicester in the battle to land Lyon hitman Moussa Dembele.


Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is keen on Brentford's Said Benrahma but Leicester are leading the race for his signature.


Daniel Stendel's Hearts exit will be confirmed over the next 48 hours as the Jambos prepare for life in the Championship.

Grant Murray, Colin Nish and Lee Makel are all set for the axe at Hibernian as part of savage cost cuts at the Easter Road club.


Hibernian could be forced into selling several of their top stars if they enforce wage cuts.

Motherwell have launched a bid to sign Callum Lang on-loan from Wigan Athletic.

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