Frenkie de Jong: Manchester United open talks with Barcelona over £50m deal for midfielder – Paper Talk | Soccer News

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


Manchester United have opened talks with Barcelona over a £50million bid for Frenkie de Jong.

Leeds remain hopeful that Kalvin Phillips will sign a new deal with them – despite interest from Manchester City.

Wolves are closing in on signing Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Palhinha.


Newcastle United agree a deal to sign Reims striker Hugo Ekitike for around £36m including add-ons.

Hugo Ekitike is a target for Newcastle, who are desperate to sign a striker

Paul Pogba will walk away with a £3.78million loyalty bonus when he leaves Manchester as a free agent at the end of the month.

Huddersfield Town want an explanation from refereeing bosses over a penalty appeal they say could have cost them £200million.

Mesut Ozil will not leave Fenerbahce this summer, despite his ongoing exclusion from the club’s first team, according to his agent.

Manchester United are watching defender Jurrien Timber closely and have made the Ajax star their priority in the summer transfer window despite holding two rounds of talks with Braga centre-back David Carmo.

Manchester City received a major boost on Wednesday when famed manager Carlos Vicens reversed his decision to leave the Premier League champions.

Gareth Southgate is ready to give Tammy Abraham the opportunity to cement his place as Harry Kane’s World Cup understudy in the upcoming Nations League fixtures.

Abraham, Roma
Tammy Abraham has had a superb season for Roma

ECB acting chief executive Clare Connor has agreed to step down from her role on several key MCC committees after concerns about possible conflicts of interest were raised by several county chairmen.


Mike Riley, the Premier League’s chief referee, is in a battle to save his job with a potential compromise option being a return to the English game for Howard Webb in a referee management role.

Dustin Johnson has been paid around £100million by Greg Norman to secure his surprise registration in the Saudi-backed rebel golf league.


Aston Villa acted at the start of the summer and, if Steven Gerrard is successful, three new signings could follow.

Sevilla's Diego Carlos during the Champions League Group G game against VfL Wolfsburg
Diego Carlos has signed for Aston Villa


Arsenal are reportedly close to sewing their first signing of the summer in the next 10 days.

Manchester United and Tottenham have been dealt a blow after Milan Skriniar committed his future to Inter Milan as he outlined his career plan.


Jim Goodwin is ready to wield the Aberdeen transfer ax as underachievers have been told they will be eliminated.

Forgotten Celtic defender Osaze Urhoghide faces a nervous transfer pending game as KVO Oostende assess a permanent swoop this summer.


Celtic have been credited with their interest in signing Shamrock Rovers starlet Aidomo Emakhu.

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