Sunday's Paper Talk: Football gossip and transfer rumours including van Dijk, Guardiola and Koulibaly

Premier League and EFL football gossip and transfer rumours

A £150m Juventus move for Virgil van Dijk and a huge summer rebuild at Manchester City are just two of the stories on today's back pages.


  • Juventus are plotting a £150m summer swoop for Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.
  • Mike Ashley is yet to accept an offer to buy Newcastle, backed by Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
  • Blackburn are keen to take Curtis Jones on loan in the summer after his impressive appearances in the FA Cup for Liverpool.
  • Southampton want to line up a summer deal for Celtic midfield powerhouse Olivier Ntcham.
  • Crystal Palace fancy snapping up Norwich's Jamal Lewis as question marks still hang over Patrick van Aanholt's future.
  • West Ham boss David Moyes is still keen to sign Barcelona right-back Moussa Wague, despite missing out on him in January.
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  • Manchester United completed the shock transfer of Odion Ighalo on deadline day only after being rebuffed in a bid to sign Salomon Rondon on loan.


  • Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel is not happy with star forward Neymar organising a birthday party in the middle of a stretch of two games in four days.
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  • Prince Mohammed bin Salman is still interested in buying Manchester United, despite being linked with a takeover of Newcastle.
  • Arsenal's Mesut Ozil was the subject of a late deadline-day bid from Qatar but with no time left to find a replacement, the proposed deal fell through.
  • Manchester United remain hell-bent on bringing Kalidou Koulibaly to Old Trafford, with the Napoli centre-half viewed as the perfect partner for Reds skipper Harry Maguire at the back.
  • Manchester City are set for a huge summer rebuild after Pep ­Guardiola warned his players they face 'Judgement Day' at the end of the season.
  • Tottenham's new signing Steven Bergwijn turned down a huge bonus payment from PSV in order to join the Premier League club in the January transfer window.
  • Spurs midfielder Giovani Lo Celso says he is inspired by Ricky Villa and Ossie Ardiles, who won the 1978 World Cup with Argentina and became Tottenham legends.
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  • Neil Lennon believes Craig Gordon is good enough to be Scotland No 1, even if he's not playing regularly for Celtic.

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