All the top stories and transfer rumors from Thursday’s national newspapers…
Manchester United have opened talks with Barcelona over a £50m bid for Frenkie de Jong.
Leeds remain confident Kalvin Phillips will sign a new contract with them – despite interest from Manchester City.
Wolves are close to signing Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Palhinha.
Newcastle United agree a deal to sign Reims striker Hugo Ekitike for around £36million including surcharges.
Paul Pogba will walk away with a £3.78million loyalty bonus if he leaves Manchester as a free agent at the end of the month.
Huddersfield Town want an explanation from referee bosses over a penalty they believe may have cost them £200million.
Mesut Özil will not leave Fenerbahce this summer despite his ongoing ban from the club’s first-team, according to his agent.
Manchester United are keeping a close eye on defender Jurrien Timber and have made the Ajax star their priority in the summer transfer window, despite holding two rounds of talks with Braga centre-back David Carmo.
Manchester City received a major boost on Wednesday when renowned manager Carlos Vicens reversed his decision to leave the Premier League champions.
Gareth Southgate is ready to give Tammy Abraham an opportunity to cement his place as Harry Kane’s understudy for the World Cup during the forthcoming Nations League games.
The ECB’s interim chief Clare Connor has agreed to step down from her role on several key MCC committees after several district chairs raised concerns about possible conflicts of interest.
Premier League chief referees Mike Riley is fighting to save his job, with a potential compromise option being Howard Webb returning to English football in the senior refereeing role.
Dustin Johnson has been paid around £100million by Greg Norman to secure his shock signing up for the Saudi-backed rebel golf league.
Aston Villa acted early this summer and if Steven Gerrard has his way, three more signings could follow.
Arsenal are reportedly set to sew up their first signing of the summer in the next 10 days.
Manchester United and Tottenham have been dealt a major blow after Milan Skriniar pledged his future to Inter Milan as he outlined his career plan.
Jim Goodwin is ready to use Aberdeen’s transfer ax as underachievers said they would be trashed
Celtic and forgotten defender Osaze Urhoghide face a nervous transfer wait as KVO Oostende weigh a permanent nosedive this summer.
THE SCOTTISH SUN
Celtic have been credited with interest in signing Shamrock Rovers starlet Aidomo Emakhu.