Paper Talk: Monday's football transfer rumours and gossip from the back pages

Paper Talk has all the latest football gossip and transfer rumours

Manchester City dominate Monday's Paper Talk, with Sergio Aguero being considered as a makeweight and Liverpool looking like pipping them to the signing of Kalidou Koulibaly.


  • A change to UEFA rules will restore Manchester City's might in the transfer market.
  • Sean Dyche says Burnley must start to spend more if they are to keep punching above their weight in the Premier League.
  • Dundee United will pay a six-figure compensation fee to the Scottish FA if they agree terms to appoint Malky Mackay as their new manager.
  • England, Scotland and Wales men's and women's sevens teams are likely to merge into a unified Great Britain side as a long-term result of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Wimbledon organisers have admitted that they will not be able to secure pandemic insurance cover for next year's event after making a claim for potentially more than £100m to cover the losses arising from this year's cancellation.


  • Aston Villa are set to stick with Dean Smith for the final six games, as the club prepare for a crucial month in their battle against relegation.
  • Aleksandar Mitrovic faces a lengthy ban for violent conduct as the Football Association will take into account his previous elbowing cases.
  • Leicester Tigers face losing close to a third of their first-team squad later this week with as many as 12 players engaged in a stand-off over signing new contracts.
  • The Football Association and English Football League do not monitor the number of players who identify as black, Asian or another ethnic minority in the elite male and female game.
  • Next year's Wimbledon will not be protected by pandemic insurance, according to outgoing chief executive Richard Lewis.

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  • Inter Milan could attempt to lure Sergio Aguero away from Manchester City as part of a deal for Milan Skriniar this summer, according to reports.
  • Southampton will consider loaning out Fraser Forster for another season when Celtic make their approach this week.
  • Brendan Rodgers says he is confident his Leicester players are 'protected' amid fears of a spike in coronavirus cases in the city and talk of their home games being moved to neutral venues.
  • Barcelona players were involved in a dressing room bust-up with under-fire manager Quique Setien following their 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo on Saturday.
  • Ben Stokes is to captain England for the first time against West Indies with Joe Root set to be at the birth of his second child - forcing the skipper to self-isolate for a week
  • A three-way race has developed for the head coach role at UK Athletics with former sprinter Christian Malcolm emerging as a serious contender.


  • Liverpool are reportedly edging rivals Manchester City in the race to sign Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly by offering up Dejan Lovren as part of the deal.


  • Borussia Dortmund have said they are willing to "discuss" selling Jadon Sancho but do not believe any club would be prepared to meet their asking price.
  • Brendan Rodgers insists his players will be safe even if Leicester is put into a local lockdown.


  • Celtic will start signing talks with former England keeper Joe Hart this week after Craig Gordon confirmed he's played his last game for the club.


  • Celtic could be ready to break the bank to sign Fraser Forster on a permanent deal.

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