All the headline stories and transfer rumors from Thursday’s national papers…
THE TELEGRAPH OF THE DAY
Manchester City will test Leeds United’s resolve against midfielder Kalvin Phillips when they return from Nations League matches in England.
Newcastle United are set to make a breakthrough in their pursuit of Lille centre-back Sven Botman after weeks of negotiations.
New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has been allowed to withhold more than £100m from his purchase of the club amid fears he could incur costs from Roman Abramovich-era debts.
Benfica are quoting suitors in Darwin Nunez for £85m and Liverpool are ready to break their transfer record to secure his signature.
Harry Kane is expected to be rested from England’s last two Nations League games with Tammy Abraham up front.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has dropped out of the race to become Barnsley’s next manager after officials reportedly failed to show up for a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Real Madrid star Marco Asensio has fueled speculation over a summer move after saying “there are possibilities” amid Manchester United links.
The Football Association has asked the Premier League to ensure the ‘big six’ do not play on the weekend before the start of the World Cup in Qatar.
Richarlison has told Everton he wants to leave the club this summer and complete a £65m move to either Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain or Real Madrid.
Manchester United and Tottenham are said to be involved in the race to sign Lille defender Sven Botman, a long-term target for Newcastle United.
West Ham ready to listen to offers for striker Said Benrahma as they prepare to make an offer for imminent free agent Jesse Lingard
Leicester City, Wolves and Everton are all tracking New Zealand international Torino midfielder Matt Garbett, as well as Spanish giants Sevilla.
Alvaro Morata could return to the Premier League if his planned permanent transfer to Juventus is not completed.
Arsenal are being offered the chance to sign Swiss international defender from Borussia Dortmund Manuel Akanji.
Welsh defender Neil Taylor, released by Middlesbrough at the end of last season, is weighing offers from four overseas clubs, including two from India.
Rangers and Bournemouth are among the clubs interested in West Ham youngster Emmanuel Longelo.
Gareth Bale has reportedly offered himself to Madrid-based Getafe because he is so keen to stay in the Spanish capital.
Manchester City have offered striker Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal’s fierce rivals Tottenham to deal a blow to Mikel Arteta’s summer transfer plans.
Manchester United have turned down an approach from Tottenham for England striker Marcus Rashford.
PSV Eindhoven midfielder Ibrahim Sangare is keen to move to the Premier League where Manchester United and Chelsea have expressed interest.
Reports in Spain claim that Manchester United have made their first official offer for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
Several La Liga clubs are likely to provide competition for Liverpool as they seek to secure one of their summer targets, Benfica striker Darwin Nunez.
Leicester City are trying to fend off interest from Manchester United and Chelsea in their centre-back Wesley Fofana.
Ecuador could be expelled from the 2022 World Cup, to be replaced by Chile, after claiming that one of their players – Byron Castillo – had forged a birth certificate and was in fact Colombian.
Tam Courts is set to quit his role as manager of Dundee United after opening talks over a move to Croatia with Rijeka.
Aberdeen is back on the trail of Blackburn Rovers midfielder Jacob Davenport after initially eyeing the summer free agent during the January window.