Paper Talk: all the latest football gossip
Paper Talk: all the latest football gossip

Transfer rumours and football gossip: Kalvin Phillips, Kasper Schmeichel, Ilkay Gundogan & Paulo Dybala

Read the latest football gossip and transfer rumours from the national newspapers with Sporting Life's Paper Talk.


  • Manchester City have emerged as contenders to sign £50m-rated Leeds and England midfielder Kalvin Phillips in the summer.
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has called time on his international career after confirming he will no longer represent Gabon.
  • The wife of Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has rubbished claims that the German recently held talks with Real Madrid over a potential summer transfer.
  • Nicolas Pepe is reportedly ready to push for a transfer away from Arsenal this summer.
  • Robert Lewandowski is on his way out of Bayern Munich - but Barcelona may have to do some hard bargaining to land the prolific Polish centre-forward.
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  • Manchester United have told Barcelona they won't blow their budget on a £70m summer deal for Frenkie de Jong.
  • Fulham's Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa will remain with Napoli next season after impressing on loan this year with the southern Italian club planning to activate his option to buy clause.
  • Kasper Schmeichel will return to the Leicester team for Thursday's clash at Chelsea but faces an uncertain future with the club seeking a long-term successor to the Dane.
  • Erik ten Hag has landed in London as his Manchester United revolution gathers pace.


  • Leicester have enquired about Brighton's £50m-rated goalkeeper Robert Sanchez due to doubts over Kasper Schmeichel's contract situation.
  • Manchester City are considering a £30m move for Brighton left-back Marc Cucurella.
  • Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn is on Tottenham's list of potential summer targets to bolster Antonio Conte's squad for European football next season.
  • Argentina centre-back Lisandro Martínez has been added to the list of Manchester United targets ahead of Erik ten Hag's arrival as manager.
  • Blackpool defender Marvin Ekpiteta is being investigated by the Football Association over near-decade-old homophobic Twitter posts - despite having been forgiven for them by gay team-mate Jake Daniels.


  • Manchester United's under-23 coach Neil Wood is the shock choice for the Salford City job.
  • Birmingham City are keeping tabs on impressive Canada boss John Herdman.
  • Southampton are eyeing a similar raid on Manchester City's academy to the one they launched on Chelsea's last summer, as they target Gavin Bazunu and Liam Delap.
  • Tottenham are reportedly in talks to sign Juventus free agent Paulo Dybala.
  • Arsenal have reportedly enquired about signing Barcelona striker Memphis Depay this summer.
  • Manchester United transfer target Antony promised to "always stand" with his Ajax boss Erik ten Hag.


  • Juventus are ready to hand Paul Pogba a lifeline away from Manchester United and the Serie A giants are also in talks to sign Arsenal stars Gabriel and Thomas Partey.
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  • A crackdown on pitch invasions after an assault on Sheffield United's Billy Sharp will include the threat of partial and full stadium closures on English clubs.
  • Aston Villa defender Ezri Konsa has been ruled out for up to four months with a knee injury and will miss the start of next season.


  • Former Sunderland and Bristol City boss Lee Johnson is expected to be confirmed as the new Hibs boss on Thursday after Jon Dahl Tomasson priced himself out of the Easter Road job.
  • Smirking Ange Postecoglou has shut down any chance of him leaving Celtic after he was quizzed about a return to the Australian national side.
  • Rugby Park favourite Alan Power is closing in on a return to Kilmarnock following the expiry of his contract at St Mirren.
  • Tannadice sporting director Tony Asghar has confirmed Dundee United are close to agreeing a contract extension with key man Ian Harkes.

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