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All the big stories and transfer rumors from Tuesday’s national newspapers …


Arsenal will give Mikel Arteta until the October international break to improve his Premier League fortune, but will likely make Antonio Conte their first choice if he needed a replacement.

Chelsea are considering a late loan for Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez and are considering getting rid of a number of fringe players before next week’s deadline.

Manchester City will join Liverpool in refusing to release players for the World Cup qualifiers next month due to coronavirus quarantine rules for red list countries like Brazil.


Real Madrid’s decision to sell Martin Odegaard to Arsenal was part of their fundraising plan to sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba on a free transfer next summer.

Barcelona have been offered the chance to sign former Newcastle midfielder Luuk de Jong on loan from Sevilla, but PSV Eindhoven and West Ham are also interested.

Spurs are set to offer a lucrative financial package to AC Milan midfielder Frank Kessie when he becomes a free agent next summer.


Premier League chief referees will continue to allow a more physical approach to players after receiving a lot of positive feedback in the first two weekends of the season amid high-profile criticism from Jurgen Klopp and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.


Manchester United are on red alert after Declan Rice turned down a third contract offer from West Ham.

Atletico Madrid look set to beat Leeds United against longtime Elland Road target Matheus Cunha, a forward who currently plays for Hertha Berlin.


Tottenham’s new director of football Fabio Paratici may not be able to sign a new striker as well as potential wing target Adama Traore.

The daughter of Arsenal chief Edu, Maria Gaspar, detailed the constant abuse by disgruntled fans on Instagram after their poor start to the season.


Pep Guardiola has appeared to rule out the possibility that young forward Liam Delap will be on loan this summer, mainly because he is still struggling with an injury suffered early in the preseason.

Saint-Etienne goalkeeper Etienne Green is set to turn down the chance to represent France at the Under-21 level as he wants to play for England, having been born and raised during his first four years at Colchester.


Arsenal’s hierarchy is backing Mikel Arteta to succeed, saying their slow start to the season is solely due to the Covid-19 issues affecting his squad.

Premier League clubs are insisting that EFL’s Carabao Cup opponents pass Covid tests ahead of second-round games this week to avoid any further outbreaks.

Samuel Umtiti is expected to stay at Barcelona as the club are unable to find a buyer or a way to terminate the World Cup winner’s £ 131,000-a-week contract on legal grounds.


Rangers chairman Douglas Park claimed victory in court to block the Scottish FA’s arbitration proceedings against the club over the SPFL sponsorship deal with Cinch.


Liverpool are set to fight with rivals Everton for the coveted signing of young Rangers right-back Nathan Patterson.

Celtic and four Premier League teams are watching Dundee United teenager Kerr Smith.

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