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


Pep Guardiola, who signed a two-year contract extension at Manchester City this week, has been assured that he will be backed in the transfer market, thus raising the renewed possibility of a summer reunion with Lionel Messi.

Greg Clarke's blunders in front of MPs last week could have cost the former FA chairman more than £2.5m in earnings after he resigned without a payoff.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says lack of fans is to blame for Manchester United's awful home form.


Bayern Munich centre-back Niklas Sule reportedly 'dreams' of joining Manchester United once he decides to depart the Bundesliga.

Lionel Messi and Pep Guardiola
Image: Lionel Messi and Pep Guardiola could link up again - this time at Manchester City

West Ham have reportedly joined the race for Juventus outcast Sami Khedira.


Arsenal are exploring ways to structure a deal for highly-rated midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai, who has a £23m release clause at RB Salzburg.

Ronald Koeman refused to answer questions over Lionel Messi's long-term future as he called for more respect for the Barcelona superstar.

Leeds defender Luke Ayling admits he doubted he would make it to the Premier League when he was released by Arsenal a decade ago.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Edinson Cavani is inspiring Manchester United's next generation of stars - despite not speaking the same language.

Chris Wilder has accused Jurgen Klopp of being "selfish" in wanting to bring back five substitutes in the Premier League.


Ben Chilwell faces a battle to re-establish himself as England's left-back. Gareth Southgate was disappointed that Chilwell limped out of Sunday's Nations League defeat by Belgium with a sore back.

Republic of Ireland boss Stephen Kenny was summonsed for emergency talks on Friday after he showed his players a 'propaganda' video.

Sami Khedira is yet to play for Juventus this season
Image: West Ham are reportedly interested in midfielder Sami Khedira

Juventus are happy to take their time over exercising their right to buy Alvaro Morata for £40m next summer.

Egypt have admitted they will not call up Mohamed Salah for the Olympics next summer unless his club Liverpool give them permission to do so.

Scottish football has already sustained losses in excess of £70m as a consequence of coronavirus.

One of the FA and Premier League's own medical advisers last night followed the PFA in saying it would be sensible to reduce heading in training.


Fabinho was pictured in full Liverpool training and the Brazilian now looks set to return against Leicester on Sunday, in a major boost for Jurgen Klopp.

Manchester United reportedly had a deal worth £133m (€150m) in place for Barcelona star Ansu Fati, but the La Liga giants were not ready to cash in on the teenager.


Paul Pogba is prepared to stay at Manchester United beyond this season - but only so he can leave of his own accord in 2022.

Jurgen Klopp may splash the cash to solve his defensive crisis in January.


Txiki Begiristain has admitted Pep Guardiola's decision to stay at Manchester City will significantly improve the club's prospects of attracting the best players as the manager left the door open to a move for Lionel Messi.

Adama Traore qualifies to play for both Spain and Mali
Image: Nuno Espirito Santo is confident that Adama Traore will sign a new contract with Wolves

Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, says his youngsters can "smell the opportunity" to solve the club's injury crisis as he prepares for one of the most challenging periods of his management career.

Nuno Espirito Santo is confident that "huge player" Adama Traore will sign a new contract with Wolves.


Carlo Ancelotti has said he fears not only developing dementia in later life but also motor neurone disease as a consequence of treatment he received as a player in Italy.


Livingston keeper Robby McCrorie and an unnamed Aberdeen star have tested positive for coronavirus after being away on Scotland Under-21 duty.

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