August 9, 2022

All the headline stories and transfer rumors from Friday’s national papers…

THE TEMPERATURE

Barcelona are ready to make a bid worth up to £60m for Raphinha in a bid to beat Chelsea to the signing of the forward from Leeds United.

Brennan Johnson has given Nottingham Forest a huge boost by agreeing a new four-year contract at the City Ground.

The Rugby Football Union has confirmed ambitious plans to transform the women’s Premier 15 professional league within a decade at a cost of over £200million.

THE TELEGRAPH OF THE DAY

Chelsea’s negotiations with Juventus over a move for Matthijs de Ligt are progressing and talks continue over a return to Stamford Bridge for Nathan Ake.

Chelsea’s new owners have ordered an investigation into accusations of a toxic culture of bullying within their marketing team after it emerged the club’s former TV chief had taken his own life.

Wimbledon faces criticism over center court roof failures, having kept it closed in dry weather for Katie Boulter’s win but then kept it open for Rafael Nadal’s game only for light rain falls.

THE SUN

Bruno Fernandes has tried to end speculation over Cristiano Ronaldo’s future by claiming the Portuguese should stay.

Manchester City will tell rivals Chelsea to forget about re-signing centre-back Nathan Ake on the cheap this summer.

Nathan Ake celebrates Man City's 2-0 win (AP)

West Ham’s move for Villarreal striker Arnaut Danjuma is set to unravel on a personal level, meaning the club are set to focus on bringing Jesse Lingard back to the London Stadium.

Goalkeeper Sergio Romero is interested in a return to Manchester United despite the somewhat acrimonious end to his previous spell at Old Trafford – he becomes a free agent on Friday after a season with Venezia.

DAILY MAIL

Birmingham City manager Lee Bowyer is seeking reassurance over his future as Birmingham’s protracted takeover has left him with 12 players, no assistant and poor training facilities just weeks before the start of the championship season.

West Bromwich Albion owner Guochuan Lai has admitted borrowing £5million from the club over a year ago and still hasn’t repaid it.

Tottenham’s increased offer for Richarlison was enough to steer Chelsea away from the Everton striker as the £60m asking price was too high for them.

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As Richarlison’s Tottenham close in, we look back at the Brazilian’s clashes last season with future team-mate Cristian Romero.

Paris Saint-Germain paid around £35million to sign Porto midfielder Vitinha, who had little impact during a stint with Wolves.

Watford midfielder Moussa Sissoko completes a £1.8m move to French club Nantes, with team-mate Andre Gray set to join Aris Thessaloniki as a free agent.

Cheikhou Kouyate will leave Crystal Palace on Friday despite wanting to stay, with the club unwilling to offer him the two-year contract he wanted.

England Boxing has been rocked by sexual assault claims, with a well-known male member of staff to some of the sport’s biggest stars being sacked for gross misconduct.

THE INDEPENDENT

Juventus have turned their attention to Roberto Firmino as part of any swap deal with Liverpool for Adrien Rabiot, having previously wanted to include Naby Keita in the transfer.

DAILY MIRROR

Arsenal intend to keep William Saliba at the club next season and hope to tie the defender down to a new contract.

Barcelona boss Xavi has ruthlessly told first-team stars Samuel Umtiti, Martin Braithwaite, Oscar Mingueza and Riqui Puig to skip pre-season training as the Catalans try to kick off a summer exodus.

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Gabriel Magalhaes remains a target for Juventus but it remains unlikely that Arsenal will sell the defender this summer.

Arsenal are stepping up their push to sign ‘the next Mesut Ozil’ with reports in Turkey claiming they have opened talks with Fenerbahce over a deal for teenage midfielder Arda Guler.

Barcelona have increased their transfer prize pool for the summer by selling 10% of their LaLiga TV rights to a global investment firm for over £200million.

DAILY STAR

Question marks remain over Hector Bellerin’s future at Arsenal after he returned to training with the Premier League club on Thursday. Both Atletico Madrid and AS Roma are interested in Bellerin, but he would prefer a return to Real Betis after a successful loan spell in 2021/22.

DAILY EXPRESS

Manchester United are working on loan deals to secure more first-team experience for forwards Amad Diallo, Tahith Chong and Facundo Pellistri.

DAILY RECORDING

Kenny Miller believes Rangers could be forced to sell Alfredo Morelos for a lowball offer if they fail to convince the Colombian to commit to a new deal.

Rangers Alfredo Morelos celebrate their team's second goal
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Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos is approaching the final year of his contract with Ibrox

The in-demand Stephen Kelly looks set to leave Rangers before the window closes despite returning to training at Auchehowie.

Croatia striker Antonio Colak has been described as ‘easily replaceable’ as he closes in on Rangers.

Aberdeen’s new signing Bojan Miovski has been backed to possibly play in the Premier League by Giovanni Costantino, his former manager at MTK Budapest.

Dundee United boss Jack Ross is hoping to make former St Johnstone goalkeeper Zander Clark one of his first signings after offering him a lucrative three-year deal.

Italian club Lecce have made a £2m bid for in-demand Aberdeen midfielder Lewis Ferguson.

SCOTTISH SUN

Neil Lennon has once again tapped into his SPFL knowledge by adding former Rangers and Hibs winger Brandon Barker to his Omonia Nicosia squad.