Thursday's Paper Talk: Football transfer news, rumours and gossip including coronavirus latest and Arsenal targets

Paper Talk has all the latest football gossip and transfer rumours

Arsenal are set to make a big-money move for Borussia Dortmund centre-back Manuel Akanji - get all the latest from Thursday's back pages here.


  • Liverpool have reached a financial settlement with new sponsors Nike that will allow them to finish the season and win the Premier League wearing their New Balance kit.
  • Premier League clubs with small dressing rooms may have to arrange new changing facilities on opposite sides of their stadiums to enable players to maintain distancing when football restarts.
  • A number of Premier League players were made to wait for the green light to take part in training this week after returning inconclusive coronavirus tests.
  • Hundreds of the 1,400 EFL players who are out of contract this summer may never get a professional deal again.
  • Bournemouth's Jordon Ibe is facing a possible club fine after being pictured appearing to breach lockdown regulations.


Victor Moses
  • Victor Moses is facing an uncertain future at Chelsea with the winger set to be dumped by Inter Milan after his flop loan spell.
  • Arsenal are lining up Borussia Dortmund centre-back Manuel Akanji for £25m after opening talks in January.
  • The Premier League's big return to training has been hampered by sticky balls with some players slamming Phase One Covid-19 training programmes as "pointless" and "ludicrous".
  • Sadio Mane is overtaking Kylian Mbappe as Real Madrid's main striking target this summer, reports suggest.
  • Chelsea have reportedly been joined by Real Madrid in the race for Lille star Gabriel.
  • Philippe Coutinho is back training on his own for Bayern Munich as the German giants consider extending his deal, according to reports.
  • Gareth Barry "broke strict FA rules" to pump £800,000 into Swindon, it was alleged in court.
  • Wayne Rooney plans to turn the grounds of his new country pile into a golfer's paradise.


  • FIFPro, the world players' union, says "multiple" footballers from the leading leagues in Europe have contacted them to say they feel pressurised to return during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The Premier League is planning to speak to managers and players this week about how football can take the crucial step of returning to contact training and matches.
  • League One's season is set to be decided by a crucial vote next week, following talks at the English Football League's board meeting on Wednesday.
  • Norwich City are returning to training on Friday after tests revealed players and staff did not record positive for coronavirus.

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  • Footballers are ramping up security and installing panic rooms in their homes in the wake of Dele Alli's terrifying robbery ordeal
  • Manchester City attacker Leroy Sane has been told he must be prepared to take a huge pay-cut if he is to join Bayern Munich.


  • EFL Championship action is set to resume on June 20 after a timetable was agreed to complete the 2019/20 campaign by the end of July.
  • Arsenal are considering a swap deal with Atletico Madrid that would see Alexandre Lacazette moving to Spain and Thomas Lemar coming the other way.
  • The Premier League are thought to have given Newcastle's £300m Saudi-led takeover the green light and an official announcement could be made in the coming days.


  • Derby owner Mel Morris is prepared to vote for a premature end to the Championship season even if it means the Rams missing out on a play-off place.
  • Arsenal legend Ian Wright says he could not blame Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if he wanted to leave the club this summer.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's 2019/20 season stats so far
  • Jadon Sancho is reportedly still likely to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer - with Manchester United at the front of the queue.
  • Neymar's return to Barcelona will not be feasible this summer, according to his agent Wagner Ribeiro.
  • Arsenal's Granit Xhaka claims he and the club's fans both overreacted during his outburst back in October.


  • Callum McGregor insists he's staying at Celtic for 10-in-a-row - and he would love to see old boss Brendan Rodgers back at Parkhead for the party.
  • Scottish football is ready to plead with Holyrood to be allowed to pull its boots back on - as Nicola Sturgeon prepares to give the green light for the country to start playing sport again.
  • Hearts' hopes of saving their own top-flight skin suffered another hammer blow after St Mirren chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick insisted Daniel Stendel's side was so bad it deserved to go down.

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