Raphinha on verge of move from Leeds to Barcelona – Paper Talk

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


Barcelona appear to have won the race to sign Chelsea target Raphinha.

Manchester City are set to enter the race for highly-rated Sevilla defender Jules Kounde but any deal for the France international could be dependent on Chelsea landing their other transfer targets this summer.

Paul Pogba was captured in a Juventus shirt for the first time in six years on Sunday ahead of his imminent move back to Turin.

Barcelona are reportedly plotting an audacious move for Manchester City star Bernardo Silva despite the Catalan club’s perilous financial situation.

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Callum Hudson-Odoi has opened up on a ‘weird’ neurological issue caused by tweaking in a nerve in his back, which meant he struggled to pass the ball 10 yards and had difficulty running.

Manchester City want a replacement in place for Nathan Ake before selling him to Chelsea, but a £50m deal for RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol appears set to fail as he is on the verge of signing a new deal with the Bundesliga side.

Sevilla are among the clubs showing interest in Tottenham full-back Sergio Reguilon.

Southampton are keen to bolster their midfield options with Tottenham’s Harry Winks and are also interested in Lyon striker Moussa Dembele.

Aston Villa are in talks with Sevilla over a loan move for Sweden left-back Ludwig Augustinsson to add some depth in the wake of Matt Targett’s departure to Newcastle.

Fulham have made an enquiry about the availability of Crystal Palace midfielder Luka Milivojevic as they look for reinforcements in the centre of the park.

Rangers have targeted Bayern Munich midfielder Malik Tillman, who made his breakthrough into their first-team last season.

John Terry revealed on Instagram that he has rejected three approaches from clubs about becoming their new manager and was overlooked for two other roles he interviewed for.


Erik ten Hag has been told Frenkie de Jong still wants to join Manchester United despite Barcelona’s insistence the midfielder is not for sale.

State schools are facing calls to remove contact rugby from their physical education schedules because of fears over concussion.

John McEnroe has continued his calls for the United States to abolish a ban on unvaccinated people entering the country which currently means Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic would be unable to play in the US Open.

Fears are growing that multiple riders will be forced out of the Tour de France on Monday when the rest day will include mandatory Covid testing.


Raheem Sterling is waiting for the full results of his medical before linking up with his new Chelsea team-mates in the United States.

Chelsea reportedly have ‘no problem’ meeting Napoli’s £34m asking price for defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

Chelsea are demanding a fee of £7m to sell Cesar Azpilicueta to Barcelona, according to reports.

Cesar Azpilicueta after Chelsea's 2021 Champions League win
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Steven Bergwijn was shocked by the opportunity to join Ajax but he believes the move is a step up.

Middlesbrough’s move for Huddersfield ace Jordan Rhodes has hit a snag.


Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed bids have come in for Lucas Paqueta with the Brazil international targeted by Premier League clubs including Arsenal and Newcastle United.

Relegated Norwich have agreed a club record £11.5m deal for Brazilian Gabriel Sara after City’s sporting director Stuart Webber flew to South America.

Lucas Torreira has revealed he has spoken to AS Roma boss Jose Mourinho about a potential move to the Eternal City but admits it might not be an easy deal to make.

Arsenal left-back Nuno Tavares has been identified as a key summer target for Marseille by their new head coach Igor Tudor.

Youri Tielemans and Ruben Neves are the alternatives Manchester United will look at if their move for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong fails.


Arsenal have tabled a £6.4m offer for Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo with negotiations now underway with the Portuguese club, according to reports.

Newcastle have been ‘offered’ Emmanuel Dennis and Maxwel Cornet as Eddie Howe mulls over his transfer options.

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Gabriel Jesus can help take Arsenal to another level, says club legend Alan Smith.


Rabbi Matondo has been left out of Schalke’s training camp as he prepares to finalise his move to Rangers.

Dundee boss Gary Bowyer has reportedly set his eyes on signing Rangers star Josh McPake as well as Ben Williamson.


Dylan Reid is set to hold talks with Celtic on Monday after a £125,000 fee was agreed with St Mirren for the teenage midfielder.

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