The top stories and transfer rumours from Saturday’s newspapers…
The FA wants Gareth Southgate to extend his contract until the 2026 World Cup, following Friday’s revelation that he could be tempted to stay on beyond this summer’s European Championship.
Frenkie De Jong is closer than ever to a Barcelona exit having grown discontent with the current situation at the club, according to reports.
George Ford admits it is ‘different’ no longer being part of England’s eternal double-act with Owen Farrell but the experienced fly-half insists he is relishing his new-found responsibility to run the team.
Police and football authorities in Ireland and England are set to hold high-level talks after the two countries were drawn together in the same Nations League group.
Federico Macheda, the former Manchester United striker who famously scored on his debut for the club in 2009, has admitted it would be heart-breaking to see Old Trafford bulldozed.
West Brom are cautiously optimistic that the club will be sold within a month to end a protracted takeover saga. US businessman Shilen Patel remains the front-runner to complete a deal.
Newcastle’s Saudi owners are targeting an £800m takeover of Roma, according to reports.
Manchester City led a failed rebellion against Premier League financial rule changes that split the 20 clubs even further.
AFC Wimbledon’s Omar Bugiel has revealed it was referee Ross Joyce who halted the game at Bradford City last weekend after an assistant heard a home supporter racially abuse the striker.
Jamaica athletics great Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has confirmed she will retire after trying to become a four-time Olympic champion in Paris this summer because she wants to spend more time with her family.
Middlesbrough defender Matt Crooks is set to travel to the United States for talks over a move to Major League Soccer.
Jurgen Klopp believes introducing blue cards and sin bins to football does not “sound like a fantastic idea” – and will merely make referees’ lives harder.
Former Chelsea forward Diego Costa has joined Gremio on a free transfer.
Richard Masters has sought to explain himself after angering Everton and Nottingham Forest fans by appearing to refer to them as “small clubs” last month.
Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is keeping his cards close to his chest when it comes to Kylian Mbappe’s club future.
FIFA will insist that no trials of blue cards for dissent and cynical tactical fouls are undertaken at elite level, which could rule out the possibility of them being used in next season’s FA Cup.
Watford owner Gino Pozzo is understood to be open to selling a minority stake in the Championship club.
English cricket hopes to raise £100m by holding an auction to sell off a stake in each of the eight Hundred franchises with funds being routed to the 18 counties and MCC.
Organisers of an alternative “Enhanced Games”, which would allow participants to take performance-enhancing substances, have set 2025 as a target for their inaugural event, while swimmer James Magnussen said he would “juice to the gills” to break the 50-metre freestyle record.
Kalvin Phillips admitted he felt “useless” during his time at Manchester City having played in just four league games this season.
Spurs youngster Dane Scarlett has been compared to Marcus Rashford despite struggling on loan at Ipswich in the first half of the season.
Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is reportedly set to rival Manchester United for the signing of teenage Palmeiras forward Thalys, who has already been dubbed the ‘next Endrick’.
Players at community-owned club Camden and Islington United boycotted their Sunday Wembley Cup semi-final and withdrew from the competition after realising the full team name of their opponents used a misogynistic term.
Barcelona have lost an appeal against a fine of €23 million (£20 million) from the Spanish tax authorities for historic payments to player agents – with the club, staggering under huge debts, claiming that the courts have treated them differently to rivals Real Madrid.
THE SCOTTISH SUN
England manager Gareth Southgate has revealed he is considering a sensational recall for Rangers No1 Jack Butland.
Neil Warnock has insisted Aberdeen should have been awarded a penalty at Rangers following Connor Goldson’s handball.