But, the owner Farhad Moshiri has later denied the reports of a potential sale, insisting he is committed to the struggling club.
Arsenal could rival Chelsea for Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo, 21, in the summer.
UEFA are set to change their Financial Fair Play rules to combat the long contracts loophole which Chelsea have been using.
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Cristiano Ronaldo‘s new club Al-Nassr are reportedly convinced he will end his career there, as he’ll be 40 years old when his contract ends in 2025.
Everton will continue talks with Marcelo Bielsa about becoming their new manager but will also consider appointing their former boss Sam Allardyce.
Bristol City‘s 29-year-old English goalkeeper Daniel Bentley is set to undergo a medical at Wolves.
Nottingham Forest would like to sign 36-year-old Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas from Paris St-Germain.
Everton are now expected to re-explore a deal for Rennes winger Kamaldeen Sulemana after Arnaut Danjuma turned his back on a move to Goodison Park despite undergoing a medical at Finch Farm.
Frank Lampard reveals his nightmare at Everton will “make him stronger” – and he’s vowed to return and prove himself in the Premier League.
Arsenal look set to beat Barcelona to the signing of highly-rated midfielder Martin Zubimendi as transfer is expected to be completed at the end of the season and Arsenal will pay the player release clause.
Karim Benzema could reportedly still rejoin France’s World Cup squad with the Real Madrid striker believed to be recovering from injury quicker than expected.
Barcelona left-back Alejandro Balde has named Manchester United as another club he would like to play for during a TikTok session.
Arsenal and Manchester United fans will reportedly be able to snap up sponsorless shirts from next season.
Juventus are targeting a January switch for Manchester United target Nico Williams, according to reports.
Eddie Jones’ future as England head coach remains uncertain with the RFU unable to say whether he will attend a World Cup planning trip next month.
Manchester United will have to fork out over £100m if they want to sign Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez in the January transfer window.
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Kyle Walker is in line to start his first England game at this World Cup against Wales, but it remains to be seen whether it will be in a back three or a back four.
Chelsea are reportedly closing in on Christopher Nkunku’s transfer from RB Leipzig – with only a contract needing to be signed.
Gareth Southgate is set to recall Jordan Henderson and Kyle Walker to England’s starting line-up as he looks to add experience to his team in what is expected to be an intense all-British clash with Wales.
Eddie Jones‘ future as England head coach remains uncertain with the RFU unable to say whether he will attend a World Cup planning trip next month.
Declan Rice has labelled Phil Foden as England’s ‘most technically gifted player,’ while Manchester City and national team-mate Kalvin Phillips has insisted the attacker’s best position is playing as a number 10.
Denmark playmaker Christian Eriksen is close to making a decision on his future, with Tottenham now looking at other targets but Brentford holding out hope of re-signing the 30-year-old. (Fabrizio Romano)
Manchester City and Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus, 25, has agreed a five-year deal with Arsenal. (Guardian)
Manchester United defender Brandon Williams, 21, is surplus to requirements at Old Trafford and could be available for £10m this summer. (Mail)
West Ham are interested in signing Southampton and England midfielder James Ward-Prowse, 27, this summer. (Sky Sports)
Angel di Maria, whose contract at Paris St-Germain expires at the end of June, is close to a move to Juventus, despite Barcelona remaining in the picture for the Argentina international, 34. (Calciomercato – in Italian)
Manchester United and Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, has rejected the chance to join David Beckham’s Inter Miami and will remain at Old Trafford. (Star)
Liverpool are confident of signing Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder Jude Bellingham midfielder, 18. (Sun)
Villarreal and West Ham have held talks over Dutch winger Arnaut Danjuma, 25. (Toni Juanmarti – in Spanish)
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag could have just £100m to rebuild the club this summer. (Sun)
Tottenham have enquired about RB Leipzig’s highly-rated Croatian defender Josko Gvardiol, 20. (Nabil Djellit – in French)
Leeds have identified RB Leipzig and USA midfielder Tyler Adams, 23, and RB Salzburg’s Malian midfielder Mohamed Camara, 22, as replacements for England star Kalvin Phillips, 26, who looks set for Manchester City. (Mail)
Sadio Mane’s agent has denied the Senegal forward, 30, left Liverpool to join Bayern Munich this summer because he wasn’t earning enough money at Anfield. (TVMondo, via Mirror)
Atletico Madrid are keeping tabs on Celtic’s Croatian defender Josip Juranovic, 26. (Record)
Monaco are chasing Torino and Italy striker Andrea Belotti, 28, with AC Milan also in the running to sign him. (Ekrem Konur)
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has hinted the club might look to make 25-year-old French midfielder Tanguy Ndombele’s loan move from Tottenham a permanent arrangement should the club win the Europa League. (RMC Sport, via Standard)
Arsenal are the latest Premier League team to show an interest in AC Milan’s 22-year-old Portugal striker Rafael Leao. (La Repubblica, via Metro)
Interim boss Ralf Rangnick has made his first Manchester United ‘signing’ – by telling English full-back Brandon Williams, 21, he will definitely return to Old Trafford at the end of his loan to Norwich. (Sun)
Manchester United could snub Rangnick’s transfer demands again after blocking a January move for RB Leipzig’s 24-year-old French midfielder Christopher Nkunku. (Bild, via Express)
France midfielder Paul Pogba, 28, is open to offers from other Premier League clubs when his Manchester United contract expires in the summer. (Telegraph)
Leeds United’s 25-year-old Brazil winger Raphinha, who has been linked with Liverpool, has rejected a new contract offer from the Elland Road club. (Liverpool Echo)
Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard could snub a free transfer to Tottenham at the end of the season as the England forward, 29, would prefer to move abroad. (Express)
Arsenal’s wage bill more than halved over the last year with the departures of Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the chief contributors.(Sun)
Chelsea players missed out on bonuses for the Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup after failing to negotiate additional rewards for either competition at the start of the season. (Mail)
Marcus Rashford has slammed reports in Germany as “made up” that Cristiano Ronaldo has fractured the Manchester United dressing room.(Mail)
Newcastle United are hoping to make a third raid on Brighton by securing the services of their Academy chief John Morling. (mail)
Manchester United are interested in a move to sign 21-year-old Brazil and Ajax winger Antony, who could potentially be joined by manager Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford should a move come to fruition. (90min, via Express)
West Ham have joined Leeds in the chase for Huddersfield’s 23-year-old English midfielder Lewis O’Brien, who it has emerged has a £12m release clause in his contract. (Teamtalk)
Manchester United’s plans to appoint Mauricio Pochettino as their next manager could be thrown into chaos with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez furious about their Champions League defeat against Paris Saint-Germain and unhappy with Carlo Ancelotti’s approach.(Independent)
Chelsea are ready to go all-out to land their top defensive target Jules Kounde from Sevilla in the summer.(Sun)
Mauricio Pochettino had to see a doctor after believing he had broken his nose during celebrations of PSG’s win over Real Madrid on Tuesday.(Sun)
William Gallas is unsure Arsenal have the budget or pulling power to secure a strong replacement for either Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette. (sun)
Newcastle are lining up a fresh £45m summer bid for Crystal Palace’s 23-year-old English playmaker Eberechi Eze. (Mirror)
Brendan Rodgers says Leicester City star Wilfred Ndidi is “worth much more” than £50m after Aston Villa were linked with a blockbusting move for the 25-year-old Nigeria midfielder this summer. (Birmingham Mail)
Newcastle are facing a fight to retain 30-year-old Swiss defender Fabian Schar as his contract enters its final few months, with AC Milan, Sevilla and Valencia interested. (Mail)
Manchester United are determined to sign Wolverhampton Wanderers and Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves, 24, this month. (The Sun)
Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard has personally made a call to Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who he played alongside at Liverpool, over a potential loan move to Villa Park for the 29-year-old Brazilian. (El Partidazo de Cope, via Mirror)
Lazio sporting director Igli Tare has opened talks with Liverpool for Belgian forward Divock Origi, with the Reds willing to sell the 26-year-old to avoid risk losing him on a free transfer in June. (LazioNews24 – in Italian)
Liverpool could allow Wales defender Neco Williams, 20, and English centre-back Nathaniel Phillips, 24, to leave the club in the January transfer window. (Sky Sports)
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has delivered ‘a clear no’ to the governing body’s plans for biennial World Cups.(Daily mail)
Southampton’s new owners will resist the temptation to plot a Newcastle-style squad revamp following their takeover as they are happy with the way the club is currently run.(Daily mail)
Senegal’s preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations have been thrown into chaos after nine members of their group – including three players – tested positive for Covid-19.(Daily mail)
Mike Phelan has been tasked with unifying the Manchester United dressing room by Ralf Rangnick. (Daily mirror)
UEFA would welcome a bid for the 2028 European Championship from the UK and Republic of Ireland after hopes of bringing the 2030 World Cup there began to fade.(The Guardian)
Scotland’s top-flight clubs were given a massive shot in the arm on Wednesday when they were advised to start planning for full capacity crowds as soon as the winter shut down is over.(Daily record)
Celtic are believed to have negotiated a deal with League of Ireland club Sligo Rovers to the tune of €150,000 (£125,000) for their talented striker Johnny Kenny. (Daily record)
Dundee United and Aberdeen are ready to go head-to-head in a fight to sign St Johnstone No 1 Zander Clark. (The scottish sun)
Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 31, is set to leave Juventus, where he is currently paid £325,000 a week. (Sky Sports)
Everton left-back Lucas Digne, 28, will likely move to another Premier League club, however, Newcastle is not an option for the France international. (Fabrizio Romano via Twitter)
The Toffees have joined Newcastle and Arsenal in tracking Lyon’s 24-year-old Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, (Evening Standard)
Chelsea are considering a move for Barcelona and United States full-back Sergino Dest, 21, as an alternative to Digne. (Daily Star)
Newcastle have been offered France centre-back Samuel Umtiti 28, by Barcelona on a potential loan deal with option to buy. (Daily Mail)
The Magpies are also monitoring 21-year-old Dutchman Sven Botman but the Lille defender’s first-choice move is reportedly to AC Milan. (Chronicle Live)
Aston Villa have ‘no chance’ of signing 24-year-old Liverpool and England centre-back Joe Gomez. (Athletic – subscription required)
Manchester City are ready to offer their record goalscorer Sergio Aguero an ambassadorial role with the club.(The sun)
Borussia Dortmund will make one last bid to persuade Erling Haaland to extend his stay with them beyond the summer.(The sun)
Britain and Ireland are close to dropping plans to bid for the 2030 World Cup and are instead aiming to host Euro 2028 after receiving advice from senior figures in international football that a bid for the FIFA tournament would be too risky.(The times)
Player welfare has been placed under the spotlight again after it was revealed that the number of injuries in the Premier League has increased by more than 10 per cent this season.(The times)
Borussia Dortmund will make a decision over 21-year-old Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland’s future in ‘the next few weeks’. (Daily Mail)
West Ham have tabled a £5m loan bid for Flamengo’s Brazilian striker Gabriel Barbosa, 25, until December 2023. (Sport – in Spanish)
Up to 11 players are keen to leave Manchester United, having grown disillusioned with life at Old Trafford and rumours of a dressing-room crisis. (Mirror)
Manchester United are trying to sign French defender Dan-Axel Zagadou, 22, who is available on a free transfer in the summer from Borussia Dortmund. (Foot Mercato – in French)