October 20, 2021, 21:38

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Paper Talk

All the top stories and transfer rumours from Saturday’s national newspapers…


Angry Premier League clubs are demanding an emergency meeting after a series of complaints emerged about Newcastle United’s takeover and the effect it could have on the league’s brand.

England are set to name a full-strength squad to travel to Australia for the Ashes, including Jos Buttler, after the tour was finally given ECB approval.


Manchester United are interested in a deal to sign Juventus star Federico Chiesa, according to reports in Italy, a potential move that has been given the backing of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Antonio Conte would likely reject the chance of leading Newcastle’s Saudi-backed assault on the top of English football.

Paulo Dybala is set to sign a new contract – expected to run until 2025 – with Juventus and end speculation about a possible move to the Premier League.

Manchester City have rejected an £8m offer from Brighton for young midfielder James McAtee.

Amanda Staveley has promised Newcastle’s Toon Army “world-class” players.

Cristiano Ronaldo has had a cryotherapy ice chamber shipped to his new home to help him keep fit for matches.

Arsenal are facing a New Year’s midfield dilemma with Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Mohammed Elneny both considering their futures.

Sporting goods manufacturer Puma are lining up a huge offer to try and tempt Erling Haaland away from current sponsor Nike.

Newcastle supporters are keen for the club to make Aaron Ramsey their first big-money signing after the Saudi takeover was concluded.

St James’ Park will still possess Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct branding despite Newcastle’s £300m takeover by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund.


Steve Bruce is set to receive an £8m pay off from Newcastle if, as widely expected, his tenure as manager is brought to an end by the club’s new owners.

Alan Shearer is likely to accept an ambassadorial role at Newcastle United to help promote and advise the new owners of the club.

Carlos Rodriguez has emerged as the front-runner to become US Open champion Emma Raducanu’s new coach.


Liverpool are considering a move for Olympiakos centre-back Pape Abou Cisse along with a number of Premier League rivals.

Real Madrid have made Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger their No 1 transfer target next summer when he will be available on a free transfer.

Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City are all keeping a close eye on England U17 striker Emre Tezgel, who currently plays for Stoke City.

‘Prima Donna’ footballers have been rebuked by a public health expert who advises government on Covid infection for refusing to be vaccinated against the virus.

The PFA are ready to reconsider their opposition to salary caps, despite winning a landmark legal ruling that prevented their introduction in League One and League Two earlier this year.

Mino Raiola has hit out at AC Milan for failing to protect Gianluigi Donnarumma from abuse aimed at him by the club’s fans during Italy’s defeat by Spain in the San Siro.

Sergio Aguero is edging closer to full fitness after returning to training with Barcelona and could be on course to make his debut against Real Madrid.

Barcelona will play at another stadium for up to a year when the club starts its planned modernisation of the Nou Camp, president Joan Laporta said on Friday.


Demba Ba has offered to come out of retirement to play for Newcastle United’s new owners.

Former world snooker champion John Higgins has lost almost four stone ahead of his return to the table at the Northern Ireland Open in Belfast.


Philippe Coutinho’s representatives are reported to have already made contact with Newcastle’s new owners to find out if there is any interest in their client.

Manchester City and Raheem Sterling are heading towards a crossroads and a decision will need to be made soon.

Paulo Fonseca is another name on Newcastle’s managerial shortlist after reportedly failing to reach agreement to join Tottenham over the summer.

Ronald Koeman wants to bring Manchester United outcast Donny van de Beek to Barcelona if he remains in charge.

The PFA has set up a special course to help deal with the growing issue of footballers gambling large sums of money on cryptocurrencies.

Manchester United are considering bringing Facundo Pellistri back from his loan spell with Alaves over playing time concerns.


Amad Diallo is closing on a return to Manchester United training and will be given the chance of a loan move in January after injury cost him the chance of spending the season with Feyenoord.


Frank McParland, whose most recent role was at Sky Bet Championship strugglers Nottingham Forest, and Owen Brown are expected to act as key football advisers to the new Newcastle United board of directors after the Amanda Staveley-fronted takeover of the club.

Emma Raducanu could be offered membership of the All England Tennis & Croquet Club, an honour usually only reserved for Wimbledon champions.


Southampton’s teenage star Tino Livramento is getting pressure from his mother to represent Scotland, the country of her birth.


Neil Lennon has revealed he would be open to coaching in Israel as he ponders a return to the bench.

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