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

Transfer rumours and football gossip: Paul Pogba, Harry Kane and more

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


  • Manchester United are anticipating an approach from Paris Saint-Germain for Paul Pogba before the close of the transfer window next month.
  • Manchester City remain determined to sign Harry Kane from Tottenham this summer but have no intention of paying £160m for the England striker.
  • The government's independent fan-led review of football governance has formally recommended the introduction of a new 'Independent Regulator for English Football' (Iref) - with powers to block any future European Super League and police club ownership.


  • Premier League and EFL clubs face a potential battle with the PFA over proposals to insert vaccination clauses into player contracts.
  • Chelsea have been forced to bring a premature end to their pre-season camp in the Republic of Ireland after a possible positive Covid-19 test from one of their players.
  • AC Milan are reportedly pushing to sign Chelsea's Hakim Ziyech on loan, with the Morocco international wanting to know if he figures in Thomas Tuchel's plans moving forward.
  • Brentford have announced the signing of midfielder Myles Peart-Harris from Chelsea on a four-year contract, continuing the exodus of young players from the club.
  • Everton and Crystal Palace are weighing up moves for Aston Villa midfielder Marvelous Nakamba before the close of the transfer window.
  • Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp played down the chances of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez making their long-awaited comebacks from injury during the club's pre-season tour of Austria.
  • Leeds United hope to complete the signing of Valerenga goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson next week, pending a work permit.
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  • Harry Kane believes Tottenham Hotspur are willing to sell him this summer in what he considers is a shift in the club's position.


  • Arsenal will not be offering a new contract to Alexandre Lacazette and are inviting bids for their former record signing while the Gunners push ahead with a move for Chelsea's Tammy Abraham.
  • Fulham are closing in on a £10m move for Liverpool winger Harry Wilson.
  • Crystal Palace have rivalled Leicester by making a move for Schalke defender Ozan Kabak, according to reports.
  • Manchester City are ready to play the long game in their bid to sign England captain Harry Kane.
  • Barcelona will host Juventus in a pre-season friendly in August, which could see Lionel Messi face off against Cristiano Ronaldo once again.
  • Manchester United are reportedly reassessing Facundo Pellistri's place in the squad after he impressed in pre-season.
  • Chelsea starlet Dujon Sterling could be set for a first-team role after impressing during pre-season.
  • Bournemouth's mega-rich owner could be considering selling up.


  • Manchester United have signed 35-year-old defender Paul McShane to play for and coach the club's U23s side.
  • Barcelona have set themselves an end date of August 15 to get their financial issues sorted and to have Lionel Messi's new contract signed and delivered to La Liga.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson has already given his blessing for Manchester United to sign Raphael Varane.
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  • In-demand Jonson Clarke-Harris is interested in joining Rangers amid a host of teams across Europe circling around the free-scoring Peterborough striker.
  • Ukrainian winger Marian Shved has left Celtic after two-and-a-half years of Parkhead limbo.
  • Rangers fans have been given an 11th-hour attendance increase for their friendly double header this weekend.


  • Brighton are poised to step up their interest in Odsonne Edouard and are ready to launch a £20m bid for the Celtic striker.


  • Arsenal are ready to meet Tammy Abraham's wage demands to bring the Chelsea forward to the Emirates this summer.
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