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Tuesday's transfer gossip and football rumours

Tuesday's transfer gossip and rumours in the world of football according to the national newspapers.


  • Ed Woodward held an emergency briefing with 'seriously unimpressed' Manchester United players at Carrington on Monday morning.
  • Fans have swiftly and fiercely voiced their anger at the European Super League stink - with the Chelsea Supporters' Trust branding the plan the 'ultimate betrayal'.
  • Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has vowed the Government will use every tool at their disposal to kill the rebel European Super League.
  • Tottenham have made Red Bull Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann their preferred candidate to replace sacked Jose Mourinho.
  • The big six clubs could be blocked from signing foreign players amid the push to join the European Super League.
  • Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admits it might be impossible to prevent his players from being distracted by the furore surrounding a possible European Super League.
  • Manchester United legend Eric Cantona says the views of supporters should have been taken into account before the European Super League was revealed.


  • Jose Mourinho was axed as Tottenham boss after a players' revolt.
  • Crystal Palace have reportedly placed Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira on their shortlist to succeed Roy Hodgson if the veteran manager leaves Selhurst Park this summer.
  • A number of angry clubs reportedly want the six European Super League breakaway sides to be kicked out of the Premier League immediately.
  • Gareth Southgate is concerned that a breakaway European Super League could ruin his England plans.
  • Chelsea have stepped up their interest in Bayern Munich defender Niklas Sule, according to reports.
  • Eric Bailly is poised to be offered a way out of Manchester United by former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini.


  • Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City were in danger of being thrown out of the Champions League and Europa League semi-finals on Monday night as football authorities, fans and the Government declared war on the European Super League.
  • Jose Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur following chairman Daniel Levy's decision to accelerate the appointment of a new manager - prompted by the interest in young German coach Julian Nagelsmann from perennial Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
  • Jose Mourinho's sacking by Tottenham Hotspur means he has now earned £77.5m from losing managerial jobs during his career - more than £60m of which has come from English clubs.


  • Chelsea are poised to make a summer move for Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane.


  • Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke was reportedly absent from showdown talks between Arsenal players and the club's hierarchy over controversial plans to join a European Super League.
  • Edinson Cavani has informed Manchester United chiefs he will be leaving this summer, according to multiple reports in South America.


  • Sir Keir Starmer has called on the government to introduce legislation to block English clubs' involvement in the European Super League, and even prise ownership from the current "Big Six" hierarchies so they have less control, stating there would be cross-party support.


  • Celtic target Eddie Howe has joined the chorus of condemnation towards the breakaway European Super League.


  • Robbie Neilson has admitted top six is the initial target for Hearts on their return to the Premiership as he takes the walk-before-you-can-run approach.
  • Luton Town want to make a summer swoop for Motherwell midfielder Allan Campbell.
  • St Johnstone boss Callum Davidson has confirmed he was turned down by Rangers when attempting a January swoop for Nathan Patterson.
  • SFA bosses are confident star trio Andy Robertson, Kieran Tierney and Scott McTominay will be cleared to play in the Euros this summer - despite a threat from UEFA to have them banned from the tournament as part of football's raging civil war.
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