Raphinha, Ivan Perisic, and Romelu Lukaku

07:07 · MON May 30, 2022

Read the latest football gossip and transfer rumors from the national newspapers with Sporting Life’s Paper Talk.


  • Erik ten Hag will have to spend £120million for the Manchester United squad this summer but could increase that by sacking the likes of Anthony Martial, Eric Bailly and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
  • Ivan Perisic’s arrival at Tottenham could spell the end of Steven Bergwijn’s time in north London, although a move to Ajax could now be out of the question now that admirer Erik ten Hag has joined Manchester United.
  • RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku says he can stay at the Bundesliga side but has admitted becoming a Paris Saint-Germain player would be a dream for him.


  • Liverpool are set to play hardball over Sadio Mane’s future and will demand a fee well in excess of £25million should the forward officially ask to leave.
  • The government’s planned gambling reform is set to be watered down, meaning shirt sponsorship by bookmakers and other gambling companies will still be allowed.


  • Romelu Lukaku has parted ways with his agent to secure a transfer away from Chelsea, according to reports in Italy.
  • Former Liverpool midfielder Jason McAteer says his wife was mugged and his son attacked during chaotic scenes at the Champions League final in Paris.
  • Liverpool are looking to add £30million to their transfer fund by selling defenders Nat Phillips and Neco Williams this summer.


  • Chelsea secured £15million as Real Madrid won the Champions League from Eden Hazard even though their former player, whose move to Spain included a contract clause, only played 83 minutes throughout the competition through injury.
  • Villarreal centre-back Pau Torres insists the only contract offer he has received is from his current club as rumors circulate amid reports his agent has arrived in the UK ahead of a move to Manchester United.


  • Arsenal and Newcastle United’s hopes of signing Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz have been boosted after he turned down a new contract offer from the Serie A club.
  • Aurelien Tchouameni has revealed he ‘likes’ both Real Madrid and Liverpool as competition heats up to sign the sought-after Monaco midfielder.
  • Benfica are keen to sign disgraced Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno but are at odds over the Germany international’s meager £8.5million valuation by the Premier League.
  • Barcelona face a more difficult task in pursuit of Leeds striker Raphinha with a £40million price tag, likely Elland Road Club have now avoided relegation from the Premier League.
  • Juventus have offered Angel Di Maria a one-year deal to join them from Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.
  • Leeds United are hoping to capitalize on Huddersfield’s failure to reach the Premier League by signing midfielder Lewis O’Brien for around £10m, but their Yorkshire rivals plan to offer him a new contract.
  • Real Sociedad have sacked former Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj and Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal.
  • Leicester are ready to battle Everton and other Premier League rivals for Manchester United midfielder James Garner.
  • QPR are the latest club to have shortlisted Aston Villa assistant boss Michael Beale for his vacancy as manager, with Steven Gerrard’s right-hand man also sought by Blackburn Rovers.


  • Aaron Ramsey’s time at Juventus could be coming to an end and reports in Italy say the Serie A club could even pay back the remainder of his contract so he can become a free agent.


  • Aberdeen have reportedly agreed terms to make Albania international Ylber Ramadani their first signing of the summer.
  • Nathan Patterson has two days to prove his fitness to Steve Clarke for Scotland’s 2022 World Cup play-off semi-final against Ukraine, according to coach Steven Naismith.
  • Hibs is planning a shock jab for former Hearts forward Cole Stockton.


  • Aberdeen will transfer £1million as part of Scott McKenna’s transfer to Nottingham Forest after Sunday’s promotion to the Premier League.

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