All the top stories and transfer rumors from Friday’s newspapers…
Manchester City could make a move for Josko Gvardiol, the RB Leipzig centre-back, if Pep Guardiola decides to overhaul his defense this summer.
Paris Saint-Germain have revived their interest in Bernardo Silva, but the club is not giving up on trying to persuade the 28-year-old playmaker to stay.
Aaron Ramsdale has doubled his wages to around £120,000 a week by signing a new contract at Arsenal, with Martin Odegaard also set to be offered a lucrative long-term deal.
Gareth Southgate has allowed Manchester City players to join his England squad ahead of next month’s European Championship qualifiers against Malta and North Macedonia.
The American investment company, 777 Partners, has strengthened its interest in Everton, although the owner of the club, Farhad Moshiri, continues his negotiations with other potential investors.
Julen Lopetegui, the head coach of Wolverhampton Wanderers, says he was misled by the club’s summer transfer plans. Lopetegui emerged from a meeting with Jeff Shi, the chairman, and said concerns about the Premier League’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules had changed the spending budget.
Phil Jones is fighting to save his playing career as he prepares to leave Manchester United after 12 years at Old Trafford. Jones is off the club’s retained list, which will be released shortly, and will become a free agent when his contract expires on June 30.
Manchester City has launched a number of legal challenges against 115 Premier League charges for alleged breaches of financial rules including raising a rare objection to the involvement of the barrister running the process – he is a Arsenal fan.
Real Madrid striker Vinicius Jnr will cash in on his superstar status this summer with a new mega-money contract at the Spanish club – and is looking to match Erling’s £20m-a-year boot deal Haaland.
Arne Slot’s assistant at Feyenoord insists he will not follow the Dutchman to Tottenham if he is appointed as the Premier League club’s new manager. The slot is linked to the vacant Spurs hotseat amid Daniel Levy’s chaotic search for Antonio Conte’s replacement.
Jurgen Klopp will be free to join Liverpool’s on-pitch tributes to their four departed stars despite observing a touchline ban for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa. The Reds will have to say goodbye to Roberto Firmino, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner and Naby Keita and celebrate the quartet’s contributions to the club after the match.
Lionel Messi has reportedly been offered £87m more by Al-Hilal to join the club in the summer as the Saudi Arabian side look to fend off competition from Barcelona. The Riyadh club were initially said to have offered around £347m (€400m) a year for the Argentine to make the move but now that figure is said to have risen to £434m (€500m) as they strengthen their hand.
English football’s governing bodies are in talks to bring in measures to crack down on dissent amid concerns over a rise in misconduct by officials. In the remaining two weeks of the season, 534 cards have been handed out to players for offending in the top four flights of English football, according to Opta – easily surpassing last season’s figure of 477, as well the 421 cards shown in 2020-21.
Tom Curry has called for more protection for the jackallers after his twin brother and fellow flanker Ben ended his World Cup hopes due to a hamstring injury sustained in the semi-final win over Sale. in the Premiership against Leicester.
Nick Kyrgios will not be able to play in the French Open because of a foot injury sustained during the theft of his car and not because of a knee problem, according to his agent.
Roy Hodgson is expected to be asked to extend his stay at Crystal Palace for another season, with his assistant Paddy McCarthy lined up as the 75-year-old’s long-term replacement.
Chelsea have beaten Manchester United to the signing of Ecuadorian wonderkid Kendry Paez in a £20m deal.
Lionel Messi has warned Barcelona against re-signing his former team-mate Xavi Simons – who will be offered by Arsenal this summer.
Dimitar Berbatov has called on Manchester United to make a new striker and centre-half their top two priorities this summer.
Manchester United are ready to double Jack Butland’s wages to make his loan at Old Trafford permanent.
Former Chelsea wonderkid Josh McEachran is without a club after being released by League One side MK Dons.
Manchester United target Min-Jae Kim is set to complete military service next month. The Napoli defender has attracted a lot of interest from across Europe with his performances in his side’s title-winning campaign this term.
Wasps face extinction as a professional club after being relegated to the bottom of the English rugby pyramid.
Reigning French Open champion Rafael Nadal is out of the tournament – and likely for the rest of the season – after failing to recover from a hip injury he sustained in January.
The Football Association will apply to turn Ivan Toney’s eight-month ban into a worldwide ban and therefore prevent him from being loaned out to a foreign club this summer.
Celtic could miss out on any transfer fee from Kieran Tierney if a reported outright move to Manchester City goes through.
Jose Cifuentes is set to become Michael Beale’s third signing as Rangers manager and looks a step closer after the MLS star’s agent was given the VIP treatment at Ibrox.
THE SCOTTISH DAY
Rangers are locked in a £338,000 legal battle over a kiosk payment system. The club was sued by Southbank Asset Finance Ltd in a civil hearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court.
Stiliyan Petrov already knows how Porto analyzed Celtic ahead of their UEFA Cup final victory. But he reckons Ange Postecoglou doesn’t have to look too hard to see that his current squad won’t be good enough to challenge in Europe next season.
Derby County could “have the edge” on Sunderland in the race to sign Rangers midfielder Charlie Lindsay this summer.