Wednesday's Paper Talk: Football transfer news, rumours and gossip including Ibrahimovic, Henderson, Fernandes, Ake and Bellingham

The latest football gossip and transfer rumours

Wednesday's Paper Talk includes rumours of Leeds' sensational move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Chelsea's goalkeeping targets, and England's plans for Jude Bellingham.


  • Leeds United are plotting moves for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani ahead of their return to the Premier League.
  • Chelsea transfer target Alphonse Areola has bought a house in London, with the goalkeeper set to leave PSG.
  • Chelsea are reportedly one of four clubs weighing up a move to sign Atalanta defender Robin Gosens as Frank Lampard continues his search for a left-back.
  • Manchester United could have to pay another £9m to Sporting Lisbon over the Bruno Fernandes deal if they qualify for the Champions League.
  • Nathan Ake is in no rush to chase a move to Manchester City - because he could have his pick of some of the Premier League's biggest clubs this summer.
  • Danny Cowley plans on taking a break from football after his shock sacking by Huddersfield.


  • Chelsea are eyeing an 'impossible' move for Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, according to reports.
  • Jude Bellingham will be fast-tracked by England as they prepare him for international football.
  • Manchester City are set to kick off life after their victory over UEFA with the acquisition of French club Troyes.
  • Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion are heading for a tribunal after failing to agree a fee for Nathan Ferguson.
  • Former Manchester United defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has agreed to join Oldham Athletic.
  • Laurent Blanc could become Barcelona's interim manager while the club waits for first choice Xavi, according to reports.


  • Newcastle are planning for next season under Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce amid growing doubts over the proposed £300m takeover.
  • Tottenham are prepared to bid for Roma star Nicolo Zaniolo, who is now valued at around £50m.
  • Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara will sign for Liverpool in the summer transfer market, despite potential interest from elsewhere in the Premier League.
  • Manchester United flop Alexis Sanchez is sensationally wanted by Manchester City, reports from Chile claim.

Championship final day

Wednesday night brings to an end the Sky Bet Championship regular season with relegation and play-off places to be confirmed. Click here to read our preview of the big night ahead, including five best bets

Hull are on the verge of relegation from the Sky Bet Championship


  • Arsenal could be facing a nervous wait over whether they have successfully persuaded Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay at the club.
  • Everton are on the verge of signing Southampton's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg after the midfielder agreed personal terms.
  • Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp has been voted the world's best head coach by Bundesliga players in a poll.


  • Southampton have accepted a bid from Everton of around £25m for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, but Tottenham have also made an offer.
  • Said Benrahma has insisted he is only focused on helping Brentford achieve promotion to the Premier League, even though the winger appears to be heading for the top flight with or without the club.
  • New research into 7,500 former professional footballers has found that they were less likely to be hospitalised with mental health disorders despite being more than three times more likely to die of brain disease.
Chelsea remain interested in goalkeeper Dean Henderson


  • Tottenham are expected to increase their offer for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and remain confident of beating Everton in the race to sign the Southampton midfielder.
  • Nigel Pearson is to be paid a £1m bonus if Watford stay in the Premier League, despite being dismissed as their head coach.


  • Chelsea are reportedly willing to double Dean Henderson's current wages in order to secure the services of the Manchester United-contracted goalkeeper.
  • Arsenal have received a boost in their pursuit of Odsonne Edouard after Neil Lennon admitted he may have to sell him.


  • Scottish football is looking at a £6m black hole if fans are told to stay away from Hampden.


  • Former Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes Odsonne Edouard would be the perfect fit for his old side.

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