Papers: Arsenal set to open £90m Rice talks with West Ham

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


Arsenal are set to open talks with West Ham over a £90m swoop for Declan Rice as Emirates chiefs prepare to loosen the purse strings ahead of their Champions League return this summer.

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Speaking on Back Pages Tonight, David Ornstein from The Athletic claims that Arsenal’s £200m potential outlay this summer is not a reaction to losing the title but due to an increase in revenues due to Champions League football

Manchester City are maintaining a watching brief on Mateo Kovacic, who is ready to leave Chelsea this summer.

Newcastle United are keen on Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher as Eddie Howe looks to bolster his midfield this summer – but the Toon will face stiff competition for Leicester’s James Maddison.

Wilfried Zaha is set to miss the final two matches of the season – with Crystal Palace now waiting to discover whether the icon has played his last game for the club.

Crystal Palace star Eberechi Eze is back on Gareth Southgate’s radar but faces competition from Nigeria to lock-in the forward’s international future.

Brentford have opened talks over a move for South Korean defender Kim Ji-Soo.


Chelsea are lining up an ambitious move for Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, with Mauricio Pochettino keen to bring in a striker when he takes over as head coach this summer.

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Sky Sports’ Paul Gilmour brings the latest on the potential deal between Mauricio Pochettino and Chelsea


Napoli defender Kim Min-Jae has decided to join Manchester United this summer and negotiations between the clubs also include a move for in-demand striker Victor Osimhen.

West Ham are considering appointing former Liverpool chief Michael Edwards as their new director of football.

Paris Saint-Germain have identified Manchester City star Bernardo Silva as the replacement for the outgoing Lionel Messi.


Hugo Lloris is expected to leave Tottenham Hotspur this summer as the club prepare for the visit of the man who could replace him, Brentford’s David Raya.

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Has Hugo Lloris played his last game for Tottenham?

Mauricio Pochettino likes to keep a tray of lemons in his office, after an Argentine friend told him they absorb negative energy, and he believes he has the ability to see an aura around people.

Carlos Tevez has revealed he refused to learn to speak English during his time in the Premier League as he blamed the country for his uncle’s descent into alcoholism after fighting in the Falklands War.

Matt Rogerson, the London Irish captain, has emerged as a surprise contender for England’s World Cup squad.


Roy Hodgson is closing in on a deal to take charge of Crystal Palace next season.

Axel Tuanzebe will leave Man Utd in the summer as a free agent.


Mohamed Mansour, a British-Egyptian billionaire who is the senior treasurer of the Conservative Party, is set to buy a $500m (about £400m) franchise in the United States’ Major League Soccer.

Arsenal have cleared Mikel Arteta to break the club’s spending record this summer in a splurge that may exceed £200m.

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Speaking on the Gary Neville podcast, the former Man Utd defender says he always doubted that Arsenal would have the experience to win the Premier League this season


Some of Scotland’s top referees are being encouraged to retire from match action early to become VAR specialists.


Greek club Aris have directly addressed Rangers’ interest in Luis Palma – but say there is “very strong” competition for the winger from all over the world.

Josh McPake has returned to Rangers and now faces an uncertain future over the final year of his Ibrox contract.

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