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Tottenham make big-money contract offer to in-demand striker Harry Kane - Paper Talk

Plus: Young Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun has interest from five overseas clubs; Bruno Saltor is set to keep his place on Chelsea's coaching staff as one of very few survivors from Graham Potter's brief reign; Sir Jim Ratcliffe insists he is still in the race to buy Manchester United

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


Tottenham have made a massive new contract offer to Harry Kane that would significantly improve his current £200,000 weekly salary, but it appears the England captain has no immediate intention to sign it, particularly while the transfer window remains open.

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Rob Dorsett says Spurs are adamant Harry Kane is not for sale, but explains Bayern Munich are 'determined' to sign the forward either in this transfer window or next summer

Newcastle are leading the race to sign Leicester's Harvey Barnes, who is a target for Aston Villa, Tottenham and West Ham.

Chelsea want AC Milan to raise their offer for Christian Pulisic after the Italian side made a second bid worth up to £18.9m for the American winger.


A lack of investment in recent years means Erik ten Hag's hopes for a busy Manchester United summer transfer window cannot come to fruition because of Financial Fair Play concerns.

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The FA Cup is ready for a radical overhaul which could see replays scrapped, early round games moved to midweek slots and the final staged on a regular Premier League weekend as early as the 2024-25 season.

Young Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun has interest from five overseas clubs, although none has yet made an offer anywhere near the club's £50m valuation.

Folarin Balogun is the current Ligue 1 top goalscorer with 14 goals in 20 games
Image: Folarin Balogun enjoyed a successful spell on loan at Ligue 1 club Reims last season

Bruno Saltor is set to keep his place on Chelsea's coaching staff as one of very few holdovers from Graham Potter's brief reign at Stamford Bridge.

Paris Saint-Germain have activated a £5m buy-back clause in the deal that sent Xavi Simons to PSV Eindhoven, but the player - who has been linked with Newcastle and Arsenal - has 25 days to decide on his future and whether he wants to return to France.

Qatar Airways has reported inflated profits of around £1bn with a chunk of the increase related to their busy spell ferrying passengers to and from the World Cup.

Inter Milan's sporting director has issued a warning to Manchester United, claiming no bid for goalkeeper Andre Onana has met their expectations so far.

Brentford have seen off competition from Leeds and Southampton to sign highly rated defender Erion Zabeli from Oxford United.


    Sir Jim Ratcliffe insists he is still in the race to buy Manchester United and says his bid is just what the club needs.

    Chelsea are ready to make a double swoop on Brazil with the signings of Matheus Franca from Flamengo and Santos forward Angelo Gabriel.

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    Miguel Delaney and Mark Ogden reflect on the uncertainty over the proposed takeover of Manchester United and the potential impact on their transfer business

    Declan Rice may be played on the left side of a midfield trio when he takes the field for his Arsenal debut.

    Tom Heaton is set to start Manchester United's pre-season campaign as Erik ten Hag's No 1 because of David de Gea's contractual situation and Dean Henderson's slow recovery from injury.

    West Ham and Galatasaray are competing to sign Arsenal left-back Nuno Tavares but, according to reports in Italy, the 23-year-old thinks he can do better.

    Charlton are in advanced talks to sign former Coventry midfielder Fankaty Dabo.

    Daniel Levy is reportedly fuming with Bayern Munich for talking to Harry Kane behind his back - and wants to make them pay.

    Inter Miami are reportedly chasing the signature of Belgian ace Eden Hazard.

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    Manchester United goalkeeping scout Tony Coton says we all need to 'watch this space' regarding David de Gea's future at the club


    Liverpool are set to test Chelsea's resolve to keep centre-back Levi Colwill as they look to add more depth to their defensive stocks.

    Chelsea have reportedly identified Paulo Dybala as a potential target this summer.


    Arsenal are likely to face another battle to keep prized teenager Ethan Nwaneri when the time comes around for him to sign his first professional deal in March 2024.

    Wayne Rooney has expressed his desire to keep Lewis O'Brien on loan at DC United amid interest in the Nottingham Forest midfielder from Premier League new boys Sheffield United.

    Andres Iniesta is the latest former team-mate being linked with a Lionel Messi reunion at Inter Miami after ending his five-year spell with Vissel Kobe.

    Mason Mount turned down the opportunity to be reunited with Thomas Tuchel at Bayern Munich and earn a higher wage packet in order to join Manchester United.

    Chelsea are considering a move for Southampton star Romeo Lavia as Mauricio Pochettino attempts to strengthen his squad after already losing six midfielders this summer.

    Wrexham will not get "carried away" in the transfer market following their promotion to the English Football League, according to their assistant manager Steve Parkin.

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    Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth outlines how Chelsea are targeting a big-money move for Brighton's Moises Caicedo


    The England team will be allowed to continue using their social media accounts during the Women's World Cup after previously agreed rules were relaxed.


    The Football Association has been warned that selling the rights to the FA Cup to the Premier League will seriously weaken the historic competition.

    Manchester United face having to compromise with Inter Milan as their initial bid for goalkeeper Andre Onana is around £13m below the Serie A club's valuation.

    Formula One organisers have published a race calendar for 2024 that attempts to address sustainability concerns by grouping events geographically, thereby reducing the amount of travel teams undertake.


    Arsenal could snatch one of Manchester United's summer targets from under their nose as they consider an offer for Bayer Leverkusen full-back Jeremie Frimpong.

    Harry Kane is ready to threaten to quit Tottenham on a free transfer in a bid to push through a move to Bayern Munich this summer, according to reports.


    Inter Miami midfielder Rodolfo Pizzaro has slammed MLS's trade policy as he prepares to be the player to leave the club to make room for their new designated player Lionel Messi.

    Chelsea are set to complete the signing of Everton's teenage defender Ishe Samuels-Smith for a fee of around £4m.

    Liverpool academy analyst Ray Shearwood has left Anfield to join Steven Gerrard's backroom staff at Saudi Pro League outfit Al Ettifaq.

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    Steven Gerrard delivers a message to the Al Ettifaq fans after being unveiled as the new manager of the Saudi Pro League club

    Inter Miami are advancing their talks with another former Barcelona player Jordi Alba.

    A Manchester United decision on Mason Greenwood is finally expected before the new season.

    Arsene Wenger's statue is soon to be unveiled at The Emirates.

    Shakhtar Donetsk CEO Sergei Palkin has said he is hoping to reach a solution with Tottenham Hotspur over Manor Solomon's proposed summer move.

    Liverpool forward Kaide Gordon is set to return to full training later this month after a year and a half on the sidelines.


    Porto want to sign Chelsea midfielder Andrey Santos on loan but the Brazilian is expected to stay with Mauricio Pochettino's squad for pre-season.


    Rangers appear to have cooled their interest in signing Swansea City forward Morgan Whittaker, who is again being linked with his former loan club Plymouth Argyle.

    Forward Benie Traore has opened the door for a move away from BK Hacken this summer with both Rangers and Sheffield United reportedly chasing a deal.


    Rangers are ready to end Old Firm away fan lockouts by extending an olive branch to Celtic.

    Bruce Anderson has turned down the chance to become the first Scot to play in Georgia.

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