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Sunday's Paper Talk has the latest football gossip from the national newspaper back pages.

Sunday's Paper Talk has the latest football gossip from the national newspaper back pages.


Kylian Mbappe (right): France forward clashed with PSG boss Thomas Tuchel after being substituted in their win over Montpellier
Kylian Mbappe (right): France forward with PSG boss Thomas Tuchel
  • Premier League players must keep their cars spotless as part of coronavirus hygiene measures.
  • Manchester United's players have stepped up their training at home in preparation for the season to restart.
  • Liverpool have partially reopened their training base at Melwood to enable players to resume training in isolation.
  • Kylian Mbappe has been awarded the Ligue 1 Golden Boot following the cancellation of 2019-20 season due to coronavirus despite being level on goals with Monaco's Wissam Ben Yedder.


Jack Grealish celebrates his goal against Burnley
Jack Grealish celebrates his goal against Burnley
  • Manchester United are stepping up their pursuit of Jack Grealish - in a £50m move for the Aston Villa star.
  • Manchester City defender Kyle Walker faces a police quiz and a £1,000 fine after breaking lockdown rules three times in 24 hours.
  • A gang have raided the homes of Chelsea manager Frank Lampard and Leicester's late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, stealing more than £1m of valuables.
  • Premier League clubs opposed to the restart fear Liverpool will play the kids once they have won the title.
  • Chris Wilder has told Manchester United it would be 'morally' wrong for them to recall Dean Henderson.

Bundesliga content returns

Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski
Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski


Pierre-Emerick Hojbjerg: Midfielder key for Southampton
Pierre-Emerick Hojbjerg: Midfielder key for Southampton
  • The toxic rift over plans to complete the Premier League season at neutral venues has deepened, with positions becoming more entrenched amid mounting threats over the consequences of clubs failing to break the deadlock.
  • Premier League clubs fear they will be met with resistance if their players are asked to follow the lead of the Bundesliga and go into a week-long group quarantine away from their families ahead of any restart to the season.
  • Premier League rebel clubs will be told failure to complete this campaign will put next season under threat and will have catastrophic consequences for the football industry.
  • League One and League Two clubs who want to spend more than potential new budgetary caps could be subjected to a "super tax", with the money raised then redistributed to rival teams.
  • A psychologist who has been helping players cope with the impact of the coronavirus crisis has warned many are scared of returning ahead of the resumption of the Premier League season.
  • The Premier League is not intending to send squads of players into quarantine if one of them tests positive for coronavirus once they return to training.
  • Tottenham are interested in buying Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and will wait until after the coronavirus pandemic before making a final decision on making an offer for him.


Burnley boss Sean Dyche
Burnley boss Sean Dyche
  • Sean Dyche has refused to rule out the possibility of leaving Burnley.
  • Brighton chief executive Paul Barber has warned the Premier League is facing a full scale revolt over the Project Restart plans.
  • FIFA will sanction an increase from three to five substitutions per game when football returns amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
  • Liverpool are keen on signing Werder Bremen's £33m star Milot Rashica, according to the president of the Kosovan Football Federation Agim Amedi.
  • Manchester United have tabled a last-ditch £30,000-per-week contract to try and keep teenage star Angel Gomes at Old Trafford.


Newcastle United's St James' Park
Newcastle United's St James' Park
  • Amanda Staveley's Saudi-backed takeover of Newcastle is set to be formally announced by the end of next week, according to sources close to the country's royal family.
  • The government and Premier League could face legal action from top-flight clubs if players contract COVID-19 if and when the season starts again.
  • New Premier League protocols could reportedly ban swapping shirts after matches and even team celebrations.


Jadon Sancho celebrates
Jadon Sancho celebrates
  • Borussia Dortmund expect England star Jadon Sancho to stay put this summer. But, in contradiction to this, sources close to the player claim he is unlikely to extend his current contract, which expires in 2022 and could still move on. He will not come chea,p though, with the Bundesliga giants expecting in excess of £100m. (SKY SPORTS)
  • Manchester United are on a fresh collision course with outcast Alexis Sanchez, with the Chilean set to return to Old Trafford in the summer despite wanting to stay in Italy. (DAILY EXPRESS)
  • Chelsea star Jorginho could be reunited with former boss Maurizio Sarri, as Juventus have reportedly opened talks with the Italian's agent over a £35million summer transfer. (DAILY EXPRESS)
  • Barcelona are considering loaning out Philippe Coutinho again. If he makes another 24 appearances for the LaLiga giants, that will take him to 100 and Liverpool will reportedly be due a £17m payment. (MARCA)
  • Everton are poised to join the race for Trabzonspor's £26m-rated goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir. Sevilla, Atalanta, Benfica and Lyon are also said to be interested. (FANATIK)
  • Rangers' managing director Stewart Robertson has claimed the SPFL's governance was the worst he's ever known as his position on the league board hung in the balance. (DAILY RECORD)

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The Borisov Arena - Home of BATE Borisov and the Belarus national team
The Borisov Arena - Home of BATE Borisov and the Belarus national team

Footballers throw darts for charity

James Maddison, Declan Rice, Charlie Austin and Paul Gallagher are set to star in a special footballers edition of 'Darts At Home' this Sunday to raise money for the NHS.
Charlie Austin
Charlie Austin

The Verdict: Neutral games

One of the main facets of the Premier League's 'Project Restart' is games at neutral venues, but is this the right move? Our football team discuss.
Our football team debate how the Premier League should resume behind closed doors
Our football team debate how the Premier League should resume behind closed doors

How Foxes defied the odds

Look back at Leicester's Premier League title victory as the 5000/1 outsiders stunned the world of sport with the biggest upset of all time.
Leicester celebrate their unlikely Premier League title success
Leicester celebrate their unlikely Premier League title success

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