All the top stories and transfer rumors from Friday’s national papers…
Erik ten Hag has blocked the sale of Anthony Martial and Donny van de Beek by Manchester United this summer.
Jules Kounde has called his £55m move to Chelsea into question after turning up unannounced on Sevilla’s pre-season tour.
New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly and consortium investors will sensationally rebuild Stamford Bridge, one tier at a time. SunSport has been told that the new owners plan a staged rebuild of the bridge, with the stands replaced and upgraded one by one.
Manchester United defender Raphael Varane has hailed teammate Cristiano Ronaldo as a “legend” and insists no one in the dressing room believes the team is better off without him.
Danny Welbeck has revealed his incredible body transformation ahead of the new season.
Bordeaux striker Hwang Ui-Jo claims he has a transfer offer to join West Ham this summer.
Erling Haaland will have to wait until Saturday to make his first appearance for Manchester City, but Jack Grealish has predicted his new team-mate will be “unstoppable” once he reaches peak fitness.
Kevin Mbabu is one step away from signing for 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 spell in 2018-19.
West Ham have blocked Issa Diop’s proposed move to Fulham after Nayef Aguerd, their new centre-back, suffered an ankle injury in a 3-1 friendly defeat to Rangers on Tuesday and could be sidelined for at least one month.
Aaron Ramsey has been left out of Juventus’ squad for the United States tour as the club tries to terminate the midfielder’s contract with one year remaining.
The PFA will lobby football authorities to fund a pension scheme for England players and other professional women after securing a new £76m payout for male players’ pensions.
Jason Kokrak, the American world number 36, has lost one of his major sponsors after announcing that he has signed up for the Saudi-funded LIV rebel tour.
The RFU could try to place English managers in international teams, such as Georgia, as part of planning for life after Eddie Jones.
The RFU will discuss anti-social behavior by supporters at its next council meeting amid concerns about a rise in unrest at sporting events.
Alexandre Lacazette looks set to miss Lyon’s upcoming pre-season friendly after being attacked by wasps during training.
Manchester United’s flight from Melbourne to Perth was delayed after a military plane landed on the runway and blocked the plane.
Brighton & Hove Albion could triple their money on Marc Cucurella after putting a high price on the Manchester City target.
Adebayo Akinfenwa has made a quick retirement U-turn after he was filmed playing for Hashtag United.
Thomas Tuchel could be left with a number of unwanted players for the 2022-2023 campaign as top-tier clubs are reluctant to agree a deal with the Premier League giants for their out-of-form stars.
The German manager is said to be looking to offload Michy Batshuayi, Kenedy, Malang Sarr, Ross Barkley, Timo Werner and Kepa during the summer transfer window, but there has been little interest in Chelsea’s failures so far.
Cash-strapped loyal Derby County fans are encouraged to take out a short-term loan at 42 per cent interest to pay for season tickets because the club does not offer a direct debit payment option.
Anthony Martial is staying at Manchester United after reviving his career at Old Trafford this summer. Martial has scored three goals in as many games on tour in Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence, and new manager Erik ten Hag has decided he will not be sold.
Jack Grealish is so fired up this pre-season that he ran back to the Manchester City dressing room to watch footage of the referee’s decisions in Wednesday’s friendly.
Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo is willing to take a big pay cut to leave Old Trafford this summer.
Thomas Muller spared no time in denying links with Arsenal after 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 Southampton have jumped ahead of rival competition.
Barcelona are making a final attempt to persuade Jules Kounde to join them before Chelsea.
Manchester City will make an improved offer for Brighton winger Marc Cucurella after his £30m offer was rejected.
Tottenham sporting director Fabio Paratici held talks with AC Milan on Thursday over the loan of defender Japhet Tanganga.
Novak Djokovic has been included in the US Open entry list, but he will not be able to play in the tournament yet unless the US government radically changes its vaccine protocols.
Barcelona are reportedly ready to launch one last attempt to wrest Sevilla star Jules Kounde from Chelsea this summer.
Mikel Arteta confessed that he will need to get rid of several Arsenal players to get his team to a reasonable size before the new season, with as many as eight players facing the axe.
Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo insists the club already has a “wonderful team” amid rumors linking them to Cristiano Ronaldo.
Manchester United transfer target Benjamin Pavard is not without confidence and has already declared that he is “more complete” than Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Spanish defender Marc Cucurella has been left “disappointed” with the price Brighton have placed 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 thinks he can play alongside Gabriel Jesus, the summer arrival from Manchester City.
Tottenham reportedly failed in an attempt to swap Joe Rodon for Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo. Antonio Conte also offered £25m on top of the centre-back, however this was turned down by former manager José Mourinho.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has admitted he has a hard time understanding Timo Werner’s recent suggestion that he would be happy to switch clubs in the not-too-distant future.
Tottenham ace Japhet Tanganga is reportedly attracting interest from Celtic, Bournemouth and Monaco, despite his current employers having started 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 midfielder is among the best properties in European football at the moment, with Chelsea recently exploring a deal for the ace and Manchester City also eyeing him.
Barcelona have reportedly informed Chelsea in private talks that they may lead Manchester United to a deal for Frenkie de Jong. The Dutch midfielder has been linked with a move to Old Trafford throughout the summer, but the deal failed to materialize after weeks of tedious negotiations, and the Blues could be involved.
THE SCOTTISH SUN
Rangers captain James Tavernier has agreed a new two-year deal with the Scottish giants.
Tavernier has two years left on his current contract and will be eligible for a testimonial with the Ibrox side in 2025.
Leigh Griffiths is training with Livingston, but Davie Martindale says he won’t be rejoining the club.
Connor Barron will miss Aberdeen’s Premiership opener at Celtic Park after Jim Goodwin revealed the midfielder has aggravated a knee injury.