Paper Talk: Arsenal ready to make a play for Man City’s Raheem Sterling; Aston Villa offer cut-price fee for Barca’s Philippe Coutinho

All the top stories and transfer rumours from Tuesday’s British newspapers…

Plus: Aston Villa have opened talks regarding a cut-price deal for Barca loanee Philippe Coutinho; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fears for his Liverpool future; Oleksandr Zinchenko invites a 10-year-old Ukrainian refugee to train with him at Man City


Arsenal are ready to explore a move for Raheem Sterling should he become available this summer when his Manchester City contract enters its final year.

Marina Granovskaia and Bruce Buck will hold more talks with Todd Boehly over their Chelsea futures, with the American expected to reassure head coach Thomas Tuchel he will receive the support and backing of the club’s incoming new owners.

UEFA will finally water down controversial proposals for Champions League legacy spots on Tuesday after club powerbrokers neared agreement on a last-minute compromise plan.

Birmingham City are on the verge of a £32m takeover, but the future of manager Lee Bowyer is in doubt.

Aston Villa have opened talks regarding a cut-price deal for attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho.

Barcelona are reportedly set to put nine players up for sale, including Frenkie de Jong this summer as boss Xavi looks to rebuild his squad after a disappointing season.

Crystal Palace are set to fend off Bayern Munich and PSV Eindhoven to retain one of their brightest academy prospects, David Obou.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fears for his Liverpool future after going two months without playing and not hearing from the club about a new contract.

Oleksandr Zinchenko has shared heart-warming pictures after inviting a 10-year-old Ukrainian refugee to train with him at Manchester City.

West Ham are ready to take advantage of Eddie Nketiah’s contract stand-off with Arsenal and will move for him if there is no resolution.

John Yems touted himself for managerial jobs at other clubs within hours of being sacked by Crawley Town last week amid allegations he racially abused players and encouraged black members of the squad to use a separate changing room.

The Premier League are initiating a mouthguard study to determine how many times a player should be allowed to head the ball in training.

Carlos Tevez will lead a star-studded cast in wishing Mark Noble a happy retirement as the West Ham captain prepares to hang up his boots.

Bruce Buck is set to remain in his position as Chelsea’s chairman despite the club’s sale, while director Marina Granovskaia is also expected to remain at Chelsea under the new owners.


Liverpool and Manchester City could clash in an unprecedented Premier League play-off decider – just three days before the Champions League final.
Manchester City are set to announce the signing of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland this week after the German side allowed him to take care of “personal matters” on Monday.

Paul Pogba has rejected a shocking summer switch to Manchester City according to reports.

Manchester United have reportedly shortlisted Villarreal defender Pau Torres as a potential summer target.

Arsenal are reportedly closing in on the signing of Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus in what promises to be a busy summer at the Emirates.

Chelsea have been dealt a huge blow in their quest for Christopher Nkunku as RB Leipzig have no intention of parting ways with the player this summer.

Chelsea are battling dressing-room turmoil just as new American owners close in on a £4.25bn takeover – as angry Thomas Tuchel hauled in his underperforming stars for extra training and a dressing down.

Manchester United have told agents to find the best free transfers this summer – as they do not have a bottomless pit of cash.

Crystal Palace are set to agree a new deal with Michael Olise to ramp his price up above £50m.

Chelsea’s Jake Clarke-Salter is wanted by top clubs across Europe including Leeds and PSV Eindhoven on a free transfer.

Arsenal are reportedly one of three clubs looking to prise Youri Tielemans away from Leicester in the summer.

Manchester United’s pursuit of Red Bull Salzburg hotshot Karim Adeyemi is as good as over.

Ruthless Eddie Howe will wield the axe in a summer cull at Newcastle – with ten stars facing the chop.


Paul Pogba has five remaining transfer options after the outgoing Man Utd midfielder ‘rejected’ Man City’s offer.

Newcastle expressed an interest in Tottenham midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

Newcastle United are heading into their first summer transfer window since they became the richest club in the world – but they are reportedly still set to scour the loan market for new recruits.

Liverpool defender Andy Robertson has increased security at his Cheshire home after a “significant security breach” last year.

Football must create a care fund to support hundreds of ex-pros with dementia and brain injuries, the players’ union has warned.

Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard is finalising his plans for a summer shake-up at Villa Park.


Northampton Town plan to lodge a formal complaint with the EFL because they believe Scunthorpe United’s team selection at Bristol Rovers compromised the integrity of the final day in League Two.


Erik ten Hag is set to orchestrate a mass reshape at Manchester United, starting with the signing of Everton’s Richarlison.

Arsenal will reportedly have to pay up to £34m if they are to land Napoli’s Fabian Ruiz this summer.


Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe has been spotted entering a restaurant in Madrid as speculation over his future continues to grow.


Ticketless Rangers fans could watch their team’s bid to win the Europa League from the stadium where Celtic’s shot at glory fell at the final hurdle in 2003.

Hibs will begin interviews for their vacant manager’s post this week – but Derek McInnes has not made Ron Gordon’s shortlist, with interest in Oxford United boss Karl Robinson from Easter Road.

Aberdeen defender Luke Turner is attracting interest from Premier League promotion hopefuls Nottingham Forest.

Scotland keeper David Marshall is on the brink of joining Hibs, according to a report.


Rangers director Alastair Johnston claims their run to Seville is proof they deserve a voice in future European Super League talks.

Benfica are planning a stunning six-figure summer swoop for St Mirren starlet Dylan Reid.


Global rugby executives have been urged to embrace plans for the sport’s biggest revolution since the dawn of professionalism – including a world grand final every two years.


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