Papers: Liverpool prepare £40m move for Leeds wonderkid Gray

All the top stories and transfer rumours from Saturday’s newspapers…


Liverpool are preparing a summer bid for Leeds’ 17-year-old midfielder Archie Gray in a move that could cost them over £40m.

Paolo Maldini could be set for a return to football, with reports suggesting the five-time Champions League winner is being lined up to take over as a director at Al Ittihad.

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ESPN’s Mark Ogden says that Erik ten Hag’s managerial style is confusing everybody at the moment with current results and performances not befitting a club of Manchester United’s stature

Bayern Munich are on the verge of securing the signing of the young attacking prodigy Nestory Irankunda from Adelaide United in the A-League in a deal set to shatter the current Australian national league transfer record.

Eddie Howe says he would be open to signing the likes of Ruben Neves from Saudi Arabia – a player he admits he admires – as he invited others to speculate on the motivation behind new Premier League rules that are set to block such a move.

Real Madrid’s young Turkish international Arda Guler has suffered yet another injury setback that will reportedly rule him out for another month.

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Erik ten Hag has denied that he has a problem with Raphaël Varane, insisting that it is Harry Maguire’s good form that is keeping the Frenchman out of the Manchester United starting XI.

David Moyes wants managers to be free to criticise referees without fear in the immediate aftermath of controversial matches.

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Crystal Palace head coach Roy Hodgson says he is delighted for the team after Eberechi Eze signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract with Crystal Palace

Mauricio Pochettino has insisted that Reece James wanted to join up with England, contradicting Gareth Southgate’s suggestions that the Chelsea right-back made himself unavailable and so “risked” his place in the squad for next summer’s European Championship.


Emma Hayes has expressed frustration at private conversations with Chelsea being leaked to the media after the announcement that she would leave at the end of the season.

Erik ten Hag has called on Manchester United’s senior players to show more leadership in clutch moments and named Harry Maguire, the former captain, as one of those who can “step up”.


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Karim Benzema put on a show for the Al Ittihad fans with a hat-trick and an unbelievable showboat assist in their win over Abha.

Semi-automatic offside technology (SOAT) could reportedly be introduced next season as footballing lawmakers discuss an overhaul of how VAR works.

Jurgen Klopp warned his players that they must work harder to justify the hype around his new-look Liverpool side after consecutive poor performances.


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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag admits Marcus Rashford has been struggling for form, but expects him to get back to his best before long

Manchester United are set for an attacking fire sale in January. Brazilian flop Antony, outcast Jadon Sancho and Anthony Martial are in line to be dumped in the winter window.

Raheem Sterling will face no further FA action after the Chelsea attacker was accused of throwing a missile into the Tottenham crowd.

After almost six months without a job, Frank Lampard could be set for a return to management. The former Chelsea and England ace has been linked with the vacant managerial position at League One side Oxford United.


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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is hoping to have Bukayo Saka available for their clash against Burnley, but will see ‘on the day’ after missing training on Thursday

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino will not have influence in the club’s transfer activity this January. Recruitment will be handled exclusively by co-sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart with support from Todd Boehly.


Moises Caicedo has revealed that Enzo Fernandez convinced him to turn down Liverpool in favour of a move to Chelsea.

Joe Gomez is ready to “embrace” the challenge of playing as a full-back for Liverpool despite favouring a more central role.

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Liverpool bossJurgen Klopp says the absence of Ivan Toney is ‘brutal’ for Brentford, but he still expects a difficult test when the teams meet on Sunday

Manchester United’s squad are starting to question some of the methods of manager Erik ten Hag after a disastrous start to the season.

Jose Mourinho opted to single out Edoardo Bove in the aftermath of Roma’s dismal 2-0 Europa League defeat by Slavia Prague on Thursday night.


Celtic have reportedly deployed a transfer policy with four key facets – and it’s limiting Brendan Rodgers’ ability to compete financially with their Champions League rivals.


Lee McCulloch reckons his coaching career is over after he didn’t join Robbie Neilson at USL side Tampa Bay Rowdies as his assistant.

The Green Brigade have warned Celtic chiefs that they will launch a “day of action” if their situation is not resolved by their match with Motherwell.

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