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Plus: Man Utd have agreed a three-year deal for Erik ten Hag to become their next manager with the move now "99 per cent" completed; Granit Xhaka has revealed he won't leave Arsenal until he wins "something special"; Barcelona have held talks with Arsenal about signing Gabriel

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


Manchester United are facing a backlash from their squad for offering to make Paul Pogba the Premier League's highest-paid player.

Paul Pogba
Image: Paul Pogba can leave Manchester United for free this summer

Cristiano Ronaldo's sister has called the Manchester United forward "the most beautiful human being" after he appeared to knock a phone out of a fan's hand.

Steven Gerrard has given his Aston Villa squad a frank assessment of their shortcomings after his biggest managerial defeat.

Granit Xhaka has vowed to win over Arsenal fans and revealed he will not leave the club until he wins "something special".

Arsenal's Granit Xhaka challenges Manchester City's Bernardo Silva
Image: Arsenal's Granit Xhaka says he won't leave the club until he wins 'something special'

Barcelona and Arsenal have reportedly held talks about Brazilian centre-back Gabriel moving to Spain - and a swap deal of sorts is on the table too.

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Manchester United outcast Andreas Pereira's proposed permanent move to Flamengo has reportedly collapsed.


Manchester United have agreed a three-year deal for Erik ten Hag to become their next manager with the move now "99 per cent" completed.

World Rugby chief executive Alan Gilpin believes the sport is on the brink of a "seismic" transformation after revealing President Joe Biden has pledged his backing for the USA's World Cup bids.

Steve Borthwick, the Leicester Tigers head coach, has revealed he would be against the introduction of a 20-minute red card in rugby union, with Bristol and Sale directors of rugby Pat Lam and Alex Sanderson on Tuesday saying they would back the potential new trial.

Marcus North has withdrawn from the role of managing director of England men's cricket, leaving Rob Key as the heavy favourite to assume the job.

The president of Ukraine's football association says that the nation's leading players including Manchester City's Oleksandr Zinchenko and Andriy Yarmolenko of West Ham are helping to finance the country's effort against invading Russian forces and organising humanitarian aid.

The England and Wales Cricket Board is poised to charge up to 12 current and former Yorkshire staff over the Azeem Rafiq racism affair.

The Saudi-backed rebel golf circuit is poised to reveal the "marquee names" who have signed up to the $225m tour.


Cristiano Ronaldo did his best to avoid the cameras as he skulked in the back of a car when leaving Manchester United training on Tuesday.

Pablo Mari insists he does not see his future at Arsenal and would like to stay in Italy beyond the end of the season.

Newcastle United are exploring a pre-season trip to the United States this summer.

Marcelo Bielsa's philosophy has earned many plaudits over the years, but Jesse Marsch has criticised the fabled Argentine for Leeds United's injury woes.

Chris Kirchner's offer to buy Derby County includes paying non-football creditors less than 10p in the pound, which would trigger a 15-point deduction next season.

Fulham are close to finalising the £7m signing of Shakhtar Donetsk winger Manor Solomon for next season.

Ajax No 2 Mitchell van der Gaag is set to join Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford, with Robin van Persie a coaching target too.

Potential new Derby owner Chris Kirchner
Image: Potential new Derby owner Chris Kirchner met with the EFL on Tuesday


Tottenham are preparing a big security operation for their mini-tour of South Korea this summer due to Heung-Min Son's stardom in his home country.

Former Arsenal player Sokratis Papastathopoulos does not think ex-team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's dismissal from the club was the "correct choice".

Potential new Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag could reportedly miss out on top target Antony.

Ajax's Antony reacts during the Champions League, round of 16, second leg soccer match between Ajax and Benfica at the Johan Cruyff ArenA

Barry Hearn says a mega fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury must happen within the next 18 months - or it may never take place at all.

Gareth Bale will play club football beyond Real Madrid if Wales qualify for the World Cup, but Robert Page's future as boss of the Dragons remains in doubt.

Tottenham are preparing a big security operation for their mini-tour of South Korea this summer.

Erling Haaland's family friend has warned Manchester City the race to land the striker has not finished yet.

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Paul Parker wants Manchester United to stop signing "sour apples in the barrel" and only target young, hungry players this summer.


A controversial multimillion pound tie-up between English cricket and the maker of Hula Hoops and Butterkist to sponsor family-friendly tournament the Hundred has backfired, after the advertising watchdog banned a promotional campaign for targeting junk food at children.

Alyssa Nakken made major league history as the first female to coach on the field in a regular-season game when she took her spot for the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night against San Diego.


Louis van Gaal has said that the radiation treatment he has undergone to treat his prostate cancer has been successful.


Abedeen manager Jim Goodwin is keen to bring Ipswich goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky back to the Scottish Premiership.

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