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Arsenal’s Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey has been lined up as a replacement for France midfielder Paul Pogba, whose contract could be terminated if he is found to have violated anti-doping rules. (The Republic – in Italian)

Harry Maguire, 30, of Manchester United and England, was “very close” to signing for West Ham in a £30m deal this summer, according to Hammers coach Kevin Nolan. The Talksport Network.

The Manchester United football director John Murtough and chief executive Richard Arnold are trying to resolve tensions between manager Erik ten Hag and England winger Jadon Sancho, 23. Message (Email)

According to reports, the Glazer family will wait until 2025 before selling Manchester United to Qatari banker Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani and British businessman Sir Jim Ratcliffe. The Guardian

While Newcastle United have lost three of their opening four matches, manager Eddie Howe has the support of chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan. (Subscription to the Telegraph)

The Premier League ensures that no rules will be broken during the takeover of Everton by an American investment firm. Nottingham Forest’s 31-year-old English midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, who joined Newcastle in January, is close to joining Rizespor before Friday’s transfer deadline. The Nigerian forward Emmanuel Dennis, 25, is also close to leaving Forest. (Subscription to the Telegraph)

Following the sacking of Hansi Flick, Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp has ruled out becoming Germany’s manager. (Sports program)