Saturday Paper Talk: Mauro Icardi Arsenal swap rumours

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Arsenal have been offered Mauro Icardi in a swap deal with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, incredible reports from Italy claim.


  • Premier League clubs fear up to 50 players could revolt against plans to resume the season.
  • Arsenal are closing in on the signature of teenager George Lewis on a free transfer after the Norwegian winger's two-week trial with the Gunners.
  • Liverpool have been linked with a swoop for Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka - but the Gunners are reportedly planning to be rebuff all interest in the left-back.
  • Liverpool have reportedly jumped ahead of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Paris-Saint Germain in the race to sign Kalidou Koulibaly.
  • An EFL club have purchased technology from Hong Kong that could increase the chances of football returning while another 40 are in talks.
  • Louis van Gaal blames "evil genius" Ed Woodward for his Manchester United sacking - more than he does Jose Mourinho.
  • Salomon Rondon has revealed he came desperately close to joining Manchester United in January.
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  • League One and League Two will be called off next week when the 47 clubs vote to end the season with immediate effect.
  • Arsenal have been offered Mauro Icardi in a swap deal with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, incredible reports from Italy claim.
  • Manchester United have no intention of recalling their goalkeeper Dean Henderson from Sheffield United before this season can be finished.
  • Manchester United have reportedly enquired over the possibility to bring Real Valladolid centre-back Mohammed Salisu to Old Trafford at the end of the season.
  • Odion Ighalo wants to extend his loan spell at Manchester United until the end of the season - whenever that may be.
  • Cesc Fabregas has claimed that Barcelona would be worthy winners of the LaLiga title as he responded to former team-mate Thibaut Courtois.
  • Paulo Dybala has expressed his desire to reunite with old Juventus pal Paul Pogba.
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  • Premier League clubs will vote this Monday on proposals to extend players' contracts until the day after the end of the rescheduled season when they meet to discuss Project Restart.
  • The Government is set to recommend that all UK sportspeople agree a coronavirus charter before returning to action.
  • Facebook has cracked down on a fake news campaign targeted at discrediting Manchester City.
  • Pakistan would be willing to extend their tour of England this summer if the planned three-match Test series against West Indies is scuppered.


  • Stewart Donald could sell Sunderland without repaying more than £20 million in parachute payment money that is owed to the club.
  • A growing number of Championship clubs are pushing for the season to be curtailed and the table decided on a points-per-game system - but with a play-off to decide the final promotion place to the Premier League.
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  • Premier League footballers are scheduled to start being tested for coronavirus next Thursday with clubs told to expect their results in just 24 hours, sparking further controversy over 'Project Restart'.
  • Premier League clubs are preparing to square up to each other in Monday's meeting over the threats, bullying and backbiting regarding 'Project Restart'.
  • Premier League clubs will resist the option to scrap the Video Assistant Referee for the rest of the season following concerns over sporting integrity.
  • England are exploring whether they could use additional venues to stage international cricket this summer in addition to the Ageas Bowl and Emirates Old Trafford, with Durham's ground a prime contender.
  • Salomon Kalou may have played his final game for Hertha Berlin, with the German club intending his suspension to last the rest of the season.


  • Mikel Arteta has been urged by former manager Arsene Wenger to bring back his style of football to Arsenal.
  • Rennes wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga insists he is "not thinking too much" about reports linking him with a big-money move to Liverpool or Real Madrid this summer.


  • Hibs supremo Leeann Dempster helped relegate Ann Budge to her face as top-flight clubs killed off hope of reconstruction.


  • John Bennett believes the reaction of the SPFL board to Rangers' dossier only serves to prove an independent enquiry is needed.
  • Former Hearts chairman George Foulkes insists the only option left is to declare the Premiership null and void.

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