All the top stories and transfer rumours from Thursday’s newspapers…
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Manchester United could delay the official announcement of Atalanta striker Rasmus Hojlund as their next new signing to coincide with their pre-season friendly against Lens on Saturday.
Barcelona are in talks with Manchester City over a move for full-back Joao Cancelo, according to reports.
Tottenham are looking at Gent striker Gift Orban as they consider long-term options to replace Harry Kane, according to reports in Belgium. Orban has previously been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea.
Former Everton defender Royston Drenthe has bizarrely appeared in betting markets, albeit at 500/1, to become the next James Bond after turning his hand to acting.
Manchester United’s owners remain in talks with a number of groups with a view to a full or partial sale of the club despite recent silence on movement behind the scenes at Old Trafford.
A column in German newspaper Bild has mocked Tottenham for not winning a title since “the Stone Age” and said Bayern Munich should not spend £85m on “old bone” Harry Kane.
Besiktas are hoping Nicolas Pepe will be able to arrange a termination of his contract at Arsenal so they can sign him for free.
Aston Vila are waiting on an answer from Leeds United midfielder Tyler Adams over his next move as they are ready to activate his £25m relegation clause, but Chelsea are also considering an offer.
Moeen Ali made his decision to retire from Test cricket again at the end of the Ashes despite England head coach Brendon McCullum’s best attempts to persuade him to go on the tour of India.
The British Boxing Board of Control has given the go-ahead to a new team format called the Box Off, with four city-based teams. Ricky Hatton has already been announced as the captain of Team Manchester.
Bournemouth are in advanced talks with Bristol City over a deal to sign teenage midfielder Alex Scott for a fee in the region of £25m.
Duje Caleta-Car has undergone a medical with Lyon after Southampton agreed a fee with the French club for the sale of the defender.
British Rowing is to announce on Thursday that it will abandon its controversial transgender policy and restrict the women’s category solely to those born female.
Marcus Smith is set to be handed the chance to demonstrate why he should start for England at the Rugby World Cup with a start against Wales in Cardiff this weekend.
Liverpool have, according to reports in Spain, made an opening offer for Celta Vigo midfielder Gabri Veiga as they seek reinforcements in a central position.
Darren Bent has urged Chelsea to make a move for Brentford keeper David Raya, who he feels would be making a mistake if he moves to Arsenal.
Rio Ferdinand has warned Manchester United supporters not to expect too much from Rasmus Hojlund in his first Premier League campaign.
Lauren James has been told she could rake in £1m from sponsorship deals because of her impact playing for England at the Women’s World Cup.
Lionel Messi and his wife Antonella have been spotted on a house-hunting trip in Miami taking a look around a mansion that boasts a putting green on the roof.
Ben Foster says the level of abuse he has received since joining Wrexham has been far worse than he ever suffered playing in the Premier League, and that most of it is far easier to hear.
Chelsea are considering a move for Leeds United midfielder Tyler Adams.
Tottenham are on the verge of signing Wolfsburg centre-back Micky van de Ven after being linked with him for much of the summer.
The Premier League blocked more than 600,000 illegal live streams last season as part of the battle against piracy, which experts have described as an “industry killer”.
Six clubs are reportedly interested in signing Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara, including Ligue 1 outfits Lyon and Reims and two giants from Turkey – Trabzonspor and Galatasaray.
Rangers striker Fashion Sakala has emerged as another target for Saudi Pro League clubs.