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

Paper Talk has all the latest football gossip and transfer rumours

Monday's Paper Talk includes Chelsea's pursuit of Bayer Leverkusen striker Kai Havertz and Liverpool's plans for a major overhaul.


  • The Premier League are nearing an announcement on the Saudi-led takeover of Newcastle with the expectation it will be approved.
  • Everton have asked about Real Valladolid defender Mohammed Salisu.
  • Manchester City are close to agreeing terms with Bulgarian side Slavia Sofia for talented teenager Filip Krastev.
  • Brazilian legend Ronaldo has offered Alexis Sanchez the chance to return to Spanish football with Real Valladolid and end his Manchester United and Inter Milan nightmare.
  • Former Celtic winger Jonny Hayes has agreed to return to Aberdeen despite late interest from Championship side Reading.
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  • Matteo Guendouzi faces a retrospective three-match ban after throttling Brighton striker Neal Maupay.


  • Arsenal may have been given hope in their reported pursuit of Adil Aouchiche with it claimed the 17-year-old is leaving PSG.


  • Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is said to be looking to oversee a major overhaul this summer, according to reports.
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  • Chelsea and Manchester United have received a transfer boost after Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola insisted the club would not rush to buy a replacement for Leroy Sane.
  • Chelsea are leading the race to sign Bayer Leverkusen talent Kai Havertz, reports claim.


  • Talks are reportedly underway between Barcelona and Lionel Messi over a new contract.
  • Liverpool are considering a summer swoop for the highly-rated Kalidou Koulibaly but Napoli have told the Reds they are £32m short of their valuation.
  • Roma have reportedly made a breakthrough in their negotiations with Manchester United to keep Chris Smalling for next season.
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  • Women's football clubs in Scotland's top division are unable to afford the coronavirus testing needed to resume training, with some fearing that the league will not resume until October.
  • Chris Froome has told team-mates he will stay with Ineos for this year's Tour de France, at least according to one of them, the Dutch rider Dylan van Baarle.


  • Neil Lennon is ready to kick-start contract talks with Ryan Christie to secure the Celtic star on a new bumper long-term deal.


  • Craig Gordon is considering a two-year deal from Hearts - as Celtic stall on an improved contract offer.


  • Gallagher Premiership matches are set to be played home and away when the league resumes in August, rather than the earlier plan to play only at neutral venues.

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