Football paper talk

  • Inter Milan have been warned they are running out of time to secure a deal for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.
  • Unai Emery has said Arsenal must improve defensively and become more consistent if they are to catch Tottenham and Chelsea this season.
  • Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is ready to push Toby Alderweireld’s price up to ยฃ40m if his release clause is allowed to expire on Friday.
  • Birmingham City are leading the race to sign highly-rated Chelsea defender Jake Clarke-Salter on loan for the season.
  • Beatriz Haddad Maia, the Brazilian who beat former champion Garbine Muguruza in the first round at this year’s Wimbledon, has been provisionally suspended following a positive drug test.
  • Wilfried Zaha’s hopes of sealing an ยฃ80m Arsenal deal have taken a hit as Crystal Palace grow tired of negotiations.
  • Dele Alli has defended himself after the Tottenham midfielder was snapped appearing to collapse on a sun lounger on Greek island Mykonos.
  • Jordan Henderson revealed he wanted to share the Champions League trophy lifting duties with James Milner and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
  • Sheffield Wednesday believe Steve Bruce’s ยฃ3.5m release clause was leaked to Newcastle after submitting a complaint to the Premier League.
  • Marco Asensio left the field in tears after suffering a serious-looking knee injury during Real Madrid’s friendly clash with Arsenal.
  • Jurgen Klopp has admitted Liverpool are still active in the transfer market despite enduring a quiet window so far.
  • Sheffield United are showing an interest in Dutch goalkeeper Michael Verrips from Mechelen in Belgium.
  • Unai Emery has thrown in the towel on Arsenal’s title challenge – 16 days before the season kicks off.
  • Peter Beardsley will discover his football fate at a Wembley hearing later this week.
  • Andreas Pereira has boldly claimed he can be like Manchester United legend David Beckham.
  • Manchester City’s John Stones has vowed to navigate his career back on course after a choppy end to last season.
  • Fabian Delph insists Pep Guardiola did not push him out of Manchester City and that it was his own choice to go to Everton.
  • Unai Emery has made it clear there is no way back for Laurent Koscielny.
  • Neil Lennon has revealed he will hold talks with Kieran Tierney and refocus the full-back’s mind on a future with Celtic amid interest with Arsenal.
  • Derek McInnes is adamant it was football and not finance that got Funso Ojo to Aberdeen.
  • James Tavernier insists he’s flattered to feature on former club Newcastle’s radar – but remains fully focused on Rangers.
  • Celtic boss Neil Lennon admits he’s stunned there’s been no transfer stampede for Kieran Tierney.
  • Fabian Delph says the volume of training is higher at Everton than at Manchester City.