Everton to make shock move for Rafa Benitez – Paper Talk | Football News

Back-page headlines and transfer rumours from Thursday’s newspapers…


Everton are considering a shock move for former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez.

Gareth Southgate is considering playing Luke Shaw at centre-back against Croatia this weekend in a move that could see England start their European Championships campaign with four full-backs in the team.

England have been preparing for their next major tournament penalty shootout for the past three years with assistant manager Steve Holland keeping a league table of the country’s takers.

England fans will stop booing players for taking the knee once they understand it is “about equality” and “not a political gesture”, the head of the Football Association proclaimed on Wednesday.

Inter Milan are under pressure to agree a deal to sell right-back Achraf Hakimi, who is among Chelsea’s targets, by the end of the month to ease their financial crisis.


Arsenal have joined Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham in the race to sign Brighton’s £50m-rated defender Ben White.

Frank Lampard is back in the frame for the Crystal Palace job.

Benitez has left Chinese Super League club Dalian Professional by mutual consent
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Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke will reject any new offer from Spotify tycoon Daniel Ek.

Rio Ferdinand is fully expecting Manchester United and Manchester City’s stars to be tapping up their clubs’ prime transfer targets while away on England duty.


Jiri Chytry, the Czech Republic’s assistant manager, hopes there will be no “bad blood” between them and Scotland when they line up at Hampden Park on Monday.


David De Gea expects to stay at Manchester United next season and be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s No 1.

Rio Ferdinand confidently predicted Cristiano Ronaldo will not return to Manchester United this summer.

Chelsea can sell 13 squad players and still raise £210m in transfer funds to land Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland and Inter Milan full-back Achraf Hakimi.

Galatasaray have joined the race for Newcastle’s Jacob Murphy.

David de Gea missed the decisive spot kick for Man Utd in their Europa League final with Villarreal
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Bournemouth’s failure to bounce back into the Premier League may end up costing them the chance to nab Scott Parker as manager.

A car gifted to a Manchester City kit man by Sergio Aguero is on sale for £23,000 on eBay just days later.

UEFA has suspended its disciplinary investigation into Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus following a Swiss court warning.


Tottenham have prioritised the signing of Borussia Monchengladbach striker Marcus Thuram with negotiations at an advanced stage, according to reports.

Norwich City are in talks with Southampton to re-sign Angus Gunn – son of club legend Bryan.

Leeds are interested in Fulham midfielder Harrison Reed ahead of next season.

Liverpool’s defensive duo Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez have stepped up their recovery from knee injury and filmed themselves working out in Portugal on Wednesday.

Crystal Palace want their managerial vacancy filled as a matter of urgency and Steve Cooper and Sean Dyche are among the other managers the club have an interest in.

Spain’s squad will be vaccinated by the army ahead of their Euro 2020 opener with Sweden after Sergio Busquets and Diego Llorente tested positive for Covid-19.


An unnamed club is attempting to hijack Southampton’s move for Brest full-back Romain Perraud.


Emiliano Martinez has insisted that he is doing a lot better after help from doctors after he suffered from a loss of consciousness during Argentina’s World Cup qualifier against Colombia on Wednesday.

PA - Burnley manager Sean Dyche
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West Ham are set to step up their pursuit of Jesse Lingard following his Euro 2020 heartbreak with England.


The International Olympic Committee has offered to source as many doctors and nurses as needed from around the globe to ensure the Tokyo Olympics is safe – and to help Japan fight a fourth wave of Covid infections.


Rangers deputy chairman John Bennett wants Scotland’s top clubs to compete in the Carabao Cup.

Ange Postecoglou waved an emotional goodbye to the Yokohama F. Marinos fans as he prepares to embark on his new journey at Celtic.


Celtic hope to appoint Ange Postecoglou within 48 hours – after he waved goodbye to Japan with a defeat.

New Dundee United boss Tam Courts has confirmed his interest in Charlie Mulgrew.

Former Rangers youngster Nathan Young-Coombes has penned a deal with EPL new boys Brentford.

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