Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag blocks sale of Anthony Martial and Donny van de Beek - Paper Talk

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag blocks sale of Anthony Martial and Donny van de Beek – Paper Talk

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


Erik ten Hag has blocked the sales of Anthony Martial and Donny van de Beek by Manchester United this summer.

Jules Kounde has questioned his £55million move to Chelsea after turning up unannounced for Sevilla’s pre-season tour.

New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly and Consortium investors are to sensationally rebuild Stamford Bridge, one stand at a time. SunSport have been informed that the new owners are planning a staged rebuild of the deck, with stands being replaced and upgraded one by one.

Manchester United defender Raphael Varane has hailed team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo as a ‘legend’ – and insists no one in the dressing room thinks the team is better off without him.

Danny Welbeck has revealed his amazing body transformation ahead of the new season.

Bordeaux striker Hwang Ui-Jo says he has a transfer offer to join West Ham this summer.


Erling Haaland will have to wait until Saturday to make his first Manchester City appearance, but Jack Grealish has predicted his new team-mate will be “unstoppable” once he reaches peak fitness.

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Pablo Zabaleta is confident that Erling Haaland and Kalvin Phillips will add to Manchester City’s already strong squad.

Kevin Mbabu is set to join Fulham from Wolfsburg and will travel to meet the club on tour in Portugal and undergo a medical. Fulham are also interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Sergio Rico on loan for the second time after his stint in 2018-19.

West Ham have blocked Issa Diop’s proposed move to Fulham after their new centre-back Nayef Aguerd suffered an ankle injury in a 3-1 friendly loss to Rangers on Tuesday and could be sidelined for at least less than a month.

Aaron Ramsey has been left out of Juventus’ United States tour squad as the club attempt to terminate his contract, which remains for one year.

The PFA is to lobby football authorities to fund a pension scheme for female players and other English professionals after securing a new £76m payout for male player pensions.

Jason Kokrak, the American world number 36, has lost one of his main sponsors after announcing he has signed up for the Saudi-funded rebel LIV tour.

The RFU could try to place English coaches with international teams, like Georgia, as part of planning for life after Eddie Jones.

The RFU will discuss anti-social behavior by supporters at its next board meeting amid concerns over an increase in disorder at sporting events.


Alexandre Lacazette is set to miss Lyon’s next pre-season friendly after being attacked by wasps in training.

Manchester United’s flight from Melbourne to Perth was delayed after a military plane reportedly landed on the runway and grounded the plane.

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Brighton have rejected a £30m bid for Manchester City’s Marc Cucurella – Jamie Carragher has his say.

Brighton & Hove Albion could triple their money on Marc Cucurella after he slapped a high price on the Manchester City target.

Adebayo Akinfenwa has turned his back on retirement after being filmed playing for Hashtag United.


Thomas Tuchel could be stuck with several unwanted players for the 2022-23 campaign as top clubs are reluctant to strike a deal with the Premier League giants for their out-of-form stars.

The German manager is reportedly looking to offload Michy Batshuayi, Kenedy, Malang Sarr, Ross Barkley, Timo Werner and Kepa during the summer transfer window, but so far there has been little interest in Chelsea’s flops.

Cash-strapped loyal Derby County fans are being encouraged to take out a short-term loan at 42 per cent interest to pay season tickets as the club do not offer a direct debit payment option.


Anthony Martial remains at Manchester United after relaunching his career at Old Trafford this summer. Martial has scored three goals in as many appearances on tour in Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence, and new manager Erik ten Hag has decided he will not be sold.

Jack Grealish is so excited this pre-season that he headed straight back into the Manchester City dressing room to check out footage of the refereeing decisions from Wednesday’s friendly.

Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to take a big pay cut to leave Old Trafford this summer.

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Portuguese journalist Pedro Sepulveda believes Cristiano Ronaldo could move to Atletico Madrid despite his former links with Real Madrid.

Thomas Muller spared no time in denying Arsenal links following Bayern Munich’s 6-2 pre-season win over Wayne Rooney’s DC United.

Southampton are in talks to sign Bordeaux striker Sekou Mara. The highly rated 19-year-old has caught the eye of Premier League clubs such as Newcastle, Aston Villa and Leeds, but rivals Southampton stepped in before the competition.

Barcelona make one last attempt to persuade Jules Kounde to join them ahead of Chelsea.

Manchester City will make an improved offer for Brighton full-back Marc Cucurella after their £30million bid was rejected.

Tottenham sporting director Fabio Paratici spoke to AC Milan on Thursday regarding the loan of defender Japhet Tanganga.

Novak Djokovic has been named to the US Open entry list but still will not be able to play the tournament unless there is a dramatic U-turn from the US government on its vaccination protocols.


Barcelona are reportedly set to launch a last-ditch attempt to snatch Sevilla star Jules Kounde from Chelsea this summer.

, Turin, UK: Turin, Italy, 7th October 2021. France's Jules Kounde during the UEFA Nations League match at Juventus Stadium in Turin.  Photo credit should read: Jonathan Moscrop / Sportimage (Credit Image: © Jonathan Moscrop/CSM via ZUMA Wire) (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)
Barcelona want to hijack Chelsea pursuit of Jules Kounde

Mikel Arteta has confessed he will need to offload a number of Arsenal players in order to bring his squad down to a manageable size ahead of the new season – with up to eight players facing the axe.

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo insists the club already have a ‘great squad’ amid rumors linking them with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Manchester United transfer target Benjamin Pavard is not lacking in confidence and has previously said he is “more complete” than Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Spain defender Marc Cucurella has been ‘disappointed’ with the price Brighton have put on his head amid interest from Man City, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.


Graham Potter is reportedly looking to add former Hoffenheim star Florian Grillitsch to his Brighton squad before the start of the season.

Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah believes he can play alongside Manchester City’s summer arrival Gabriel Jesus.


Tottenham have reportedly failed in their bid to swap Joe Rodon for Roma Nicolo Zaniolo. Antonio Conte has also offered £25million in addition to the centre-back, but that was rebuffed by former manager Jose Mourinho.

Timo Werner celebrates his equalizer
Timo Werner was told to be grateful to Chelsea

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has admitted he struggled to understand Timo Werner’s recent suggestion that he would be happy to change clubs in the not-too-distant future.

Tottenham ace Japhet Tanganga has reportedly attracted interest from Celtic, Bournemouth and Monaco, despite his current employers having transfer talks with AC Milan over a move.

Reports in Portugal claim that Liverpool are ready to start formal negotiations with Sporting over the signing of Matheus Nunes. The 23-year-old is currently among the hottest properties in European football, with Chelsea recently exploring a deal for the ace and Manchester City also eyeing him.

Chelsea have reportedly been told by Barcelona in private talks that they can offer Manchester United a deal for Frenkie de Jong. The Dutch have been linked with a move to Old Trafford all summer but a deal has failed to materialize after weeks of tedious negotiations – and the Blues could step in.


Rangers captain James Tavernier has agreed a new two-year deal with the Scottish giants.

Tavernier has two years left on his current deal and will be eligible for a testimonial with the Ibrox squad in 2025.

Leigh Griffiths is training with Livingston – but Davie Martindale says he won’t be joining the club.


Connor Barron is set to miss the Aberdeen Premiership curtain-raiser at Celtic after Jim Goodwin revealed Park had aggravated a knee injury.

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