- Tottenham are not giving up on persuading Brendan Rodgers to take their vacant head coach’s job despite the Leicester boss’ public declaration that he doesn’t want the role.
- The Premier League have begun working on a code of conduct to which all 20 clubs must sign up, in an attempt to reduce the threat of breakaways and rebellions.
- Chelsea will have to smash their transfer record and pay at least £105million if they want to lure Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge.
- Leicester fear suffering Champions League heartbreak for a second successive season even if they manage to finish in the top four.
- Liverpool are reportedly leading Barcelona in the race to sign PSV Eindhoven striker Donyell Malen.
- Manchester United are bracing themselves for thousands of protesting fans at Old Trafford before Sunday’s clash with Liverpool.
- Real Madrid are believed to be keen to fend off Chelsea and Manchester United in the race to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.
- UK Athletics is close to signing a deal to move the Anniversary Games from the London Stadium in return for a £1.8 million payoff from the venue’s owners.
- Tottenham have been frightened off by the potential £70million cost of landing Brendan Rodgers.
- Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman hopes Lionel Messi will end his career at the Camp Nou, following reports suggesting Paris Saint-Germain have offered the Argentinian a two-year contract when his current deal expires this summer.
- Borussia Dortmund have joined the race for Brighton defender Ben White.
Some big Chelsea lines in Paper Talk this morning, with The Sun reporting the club will step up plans to re-sign Romelu Lukaku in a £90million-plus deal. Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph claims the Blues will listen to offers in the region of £40million for Tammy Abraham this summer as part of the striker reshuffle.
EK PREPARING ARSENAL BID
Daniel Ek will make his offer for Arsenal in the next few days.
The offer is worth in the region of £1.8 billion.
Ek knows it is likely to be rejected because the Kroenke’s have made it clear the club is not for sale but he is prepared to play the long game. This is only the start of a what is likely to be a long process.
As previously reported, he is open to having fan representation on the Arsenal board and giving the fans a golden share.
He continues to have the full backing of Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp.
ONUACHU: ARSENAL MOVE ‘A DREAM’
Genk striker Paul Onuachu revealed signing for Arsenal would be a ‘dream’.
The Nigeria international, who has scored an impressive 31 goals in 36 league appearances this season, claimed a move to the Emirates would be his ideal destination.
Onuachu told Sporza: “I really like Arsenal. Emmanuel Adebayor, one of the players I admired most, played there.
“I really was a fan of him, including Nwankwo Kanu. I really love watching Arsenal too.”