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Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher determined to fight for long-term future amid contract impasse - Paper Talk

Plus: Chelsea defender Levi Colwill is being lined up for a shock move to French giants Paris Saint-Germain; Arsenal are set to open contract talks with midfielder Jorginho; Eric Dier has met the contractual obligations required to turn his Bayern Munich loan move into a permanent transfer

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The top stories and transfer rumours from Friday's newspapers...


Conor Gallagher is determined to fight for his long-term future at Chelsea with talks over a new contract at an impasse.

Alessia Russo has been awarded honorary Freedom of the Borough of Maidstone for her historic achievements with the Lionesses.

Everton have moved to protect themselves against some of the financial consequences of relegation by inserting mandatory wage cuts into recently negotiated player contracts and denying release clauses to their most sought-after stars.

The Championship play-off final could be put back a week due to a potential clash with the FA Cup final in the latest sign of a fixture list stretched to breaking point.

Chelsea's Conor Gallagher celebrates scoring their side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London. Picture date: Monday February 12, 2024.
Image: Chelsea's Conor Gallagher is determined to stay at the club despite talks over a new contract at a standstill

Refereeing body PGMOL are planning to strengthen staffing levels at their Stockley Park VAR hub next season by appointing a new operations executive to provide support to refs and video assistants.

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Ange Postecoglou is reportedly looking to make a 'major signing this summer' and has shortlisted Crystal Palace's Eberechi Eze.


Levi Colwill is being lined up for a shock move to French giants Paris Saint-Germain.

Luis Diaz is in line to be the biggest name exit from Liverpool this summer - if they can tie down Mo Salah to a new deal.

Manchester United have sent scouts to watch Torino star Raoul Bellanova, according to reports.

Zinedine Zidane will reject the chance to manage Manchester United should he get offered the job, according to reports.

Kylian Mbappe's mother has allegedly been house-hunting in Spain ahead of her son's move to Real Madrid.


Arsenal are set to open contract talks with Jorginho with the midfielder in the final few months of his current deal, although there is the option to extend by a further year.


Dele is keen to remain in the Premier League and make an impression at Goodison Park, while Everton are open to handing him a new deal.

Eric Dier has met the contractual obligations required to turn his Bayern Munich loan move into a permanent transfer this summer.

Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London. Picture date: Monday November 6, 2023.
Image: Eric Dier is set to join Bayern Munich on a permanent transfer this summer

Nottingham Forest chairman Tom Cartledge says the club could consider leaving the City Ground if they cannot reach an agreement with the local council over the land lease.

AC Milan owner Gerry Cardinale says the club's proposed new stadium will be a U.S. style "live event entertainment campus".

U.S. investor World Soccer Holdings LLC have signed a letter of intent to buy Rochdale AFC.


Crystal Palace's largest shareholder John Textor has criticised the Premier League's financial rules saying they prevent smaller clubs from competing against richer rivals.

Getafe are ready to open talks with Manchester United about extending Mason Greenwood's stay at the club.

The IOC president Thomas Bach has given a significant boost to the swimmer Sharron Davies and dozens of other British athletes - including Daley Thompson and Steve Redgrave - by recognising a campaign to have new Olympic medals awarded in events dominated by East Germans at the height of their doping programme.


An NFL report has laid bare the failings at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - which the Glazers are responsible for.

Xabi Alonso has a verbal agreement with Bayer Leverkusen that he will be allowed to leave this summer if the Bundesliga side receive a 'suitable offer'.


Premier League clubs have been presented with a new offer to settle the issue of financial redistribution across the football pyramid, as the culture secretary warned it was in the interest of football to strike a deal before the arrival of the proposed independent regulator.

The World Athletics president, Sebastian Coe, has hit out at plans for an Enhanced Games, that would allow athletes to take steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, and warned that anyone who competes will be banned for a long time.


Sergio Garcia's plan to rejoin the DP World Tour and play in next year's Ryder Cup will go unfulfilled unless he pays a backlog of fines that amount to more than $1m.

World Rugby have vowed to improve the pace of the game with five initiatives which include speeding up the calls of "use it" at scrum time and giving scrum-halves greater space and protection.


Juventus are reportedly still interested in Lewis Ferguson as they look to replace Paul Pogba.


Former Celtic recruitment chief Lee Congerton is set to start a new chapter of his career in Saudi Arabia after leaving Atalanta by mutual consent.

Partick Thistle have condemned one of their own fans after an alleged racist display was aimed towards Tomi Adeloye on Tuesday night.

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