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Sir Jim Ratcliffe holds talks with Amanda Staveley over Dan Ashworth Man Utd move

Sir Jim Ratcliffe holds talks with Amanda Staveley over Dan Ashworth Man Utd move

The top stories and transfer rumours from Friday’s newspapers…


­­Sir Jim Ratcliffe has held face-to-face talks with Newcastle United co-owner Amanda Staveley in a bid to reach agreement on Dan Ashworth’s move to Manchester United.


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Top English rugby coaches are worried that the introduction of a Club World Cup in 2028 will hurt club finances and damage player welfare.


Premier League clubs are facing a bill of at least £106m to fund the first 10 years of the new independent regulator in the form of a compulsory Government levy.

Brentford’s home game against Sheffield United on Saturday will be watched with more than usual interest by the rest of the Premier League clubs due to an innovative augmented highlights experiment taking place at the Gtech Community Stadium.

Three of Harry Kane’s children were rushed to hospital after being involved in a horror car crash in Germany.

Olympic legend Sir Steve Redgrave has hit out at World Athletics for offering prize money for gold medallists – insisting it is unfair on other sports.

CJ Ujah has returned to Great Britain’s 4x100m relay squad for the first time since his failed drugs test saw the team stripped of a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

Luke Donald will undertake a reconnaissance mission to the 2025 Ryder Cup venue in New York next month.


Newcastle United are introducing groundbreaking haptic shirts that will allow deaf fans and those with hearing loss to experience the atmosphere at St James’ Park for the first time at a live match.

The Premier League is introducing new VAR technology next season, but the ‘semi-automated offside’ system will not be ready for the start of the campaign.

Sir Steve Redgrave says that it is unfair for athletics gold medallists to be paid prize money in Paris this summer while champions in other sports will receive nothing.

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Semi-automated offside technology is coming to the Premier League next season and Sky Sports journalist Pete Smith explains all you need to know!


Kai Havertz’s recent purple patch in front of goal for Arsenal has inspired the Gunners to rethink their transfer plans for the coming summer.

Liverpool legend Javier Mascherano has urged Luis Diaz to reject a move to PSG and remain at Anfield.

Kobbie Mainoo might have come in for criticism from former Manchester United star Paul Scholes, but the youngster’s feelings about the Premier League and Champions League winner are plain to see.

Thiago Motta insists his Bologna side intend to remain a “pain in the a**” for the Italian giants as they target a shock place in the Champions League.


Leeds may have to fork out a staggering £40m for the bungled transfer of a player they never even owned.

Manchester City look set to swoop on the freshest talent coming out of Gremio – the Brazilian club that brought ex-Barcelona star Ronaldinho to the attention of the world.

Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has questioned Marcus Rashford’s future at Old Trafford.

Toto Wolff has dropped his biggest hint yet as to who will replace Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes.

Prince William and Prince George have been cheering on Aston Villa’s opening goal in their first public appearance since Kate shared her cancer diagnosis.

Prem clubs have been blasted for their “ludicrous” decision to bring in semi-automated offside technology AFTER next season has started.


The Spanish TV station Movistar Plus+ has fired the analyst German Burgos after Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain refused to give interviews to the network on account of his comment about Barcelona’s Lamine Yamal before Wednesday’s Champions League match.

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Lamine Yamal started on the right wing as Barcelona edged PSG in Paris

Australian world champion swimmer James Magnussen, who is coming out of retirement for next year’s Enhanced Games, should be banned from sport for life if he deliberately dopes in an attempt to win $1m by trying to break a world record, according to World Aquatics chief executive Brent Nowicki.


Manchester City are one of a number of major European clubs considering a move for Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala, with the interest of the English champions more advanced than rivals.


Erik ten Hag fears he is running out of allies at Manchester United following the arrival of Sir Jim Ratcliffe as he battles to save his job.

Pep Guardiola has escaped a food poisoning shocker that could have damaged Manchester City’s treble bid after Kevin De Bruyne’s illness, which ruled him out of their quarter-final first leg against Real Madrid, was confirmed as an isolated incident.

An Al-Ittihad fan unable to contain his fury over their Saudi Super Cup Final defeat lashed out at one of the team’s players with an actual whip.

Erik ten Hag fears he is running out of allies at Manchester United as he battles to save his job.


Arsenal youngster Charlie Patino is set for summer transfer abroad, with his hopes of playing under Mikel Arteta dwindling.

Charlie Patino has spent the season on loan at Swansea, scoring three times

Chelsea cannot start any rebuild of Stamford Bridge until 2027 at the earliest, as part of their £80m deal to buy a plot of land next to the stadium.

Brentford are hopeful January signing Yunus Emre Konak will make a full return from injury before the end of the season.


Dundee vs Rangers could be played at a neutral venue if next Wednesday’s re-arranged fixture proves to be another wash out.

Philippe Clement has revealed his Rangers stars will only get one day off this month after the latest Dens Park call-off.

The Scottish Premiership winners WON’T automatically qualify for the group stage of the 2025/26 Champions League after Scotland dropped out of the UEFA coefficient rankings top 10.


Celtic and Rangers have both been credited with an interest in Australia international ‘keeper Tom Glover.

The Commonwealth Games could return to Scotland with talks ongoing for Glasgow to replace Australia’s Victoria as hosts in 2026.

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