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Papers: Chelsea divided on future of head coach Potter

All the top stories and transfer rumours from Saturday’s newspapers…


Chelsea are divided on the future of manager Graham Potter as the under pressure coach enters a pivotal period that could define his future at the club.

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Chelsea’s owners do not see Romelu Lukaku as part of their ongoing project, despite the club’s lack of success in front of goal.

Mark Clattenburg says Danny Simpson’s claims that he refused to send off a Leicester player because he wanted them to win the Premier League are ‘preposterous’ and he is now considering legal action.

Paris Saint-Germain have been dealt a major blow ahead of their Champions League last-16 tie with Bayern Munich with confirmation that Neymar remains sidelined.

Ivan Toney’s admission of breaching FA betting rules could cost Brentford tens of millions of pounds with a planned summer sale now in jeopardy due to his imminent ban.

Pep Guardiola has cut communication with the Premier League in the wake of Manchester City’s unprecedented number of charges for alleged breaches of financial rules.

West Ham’s biggest shareholder David Sullivan has the option to take control of the club because he has first refusal on the shares previously belonging to former business partner David Gold, who died in January.

Chelsea youngster Ben Elliott has switched international allegiance from England to Cameroon after a charm offensive from the African nation’s manager Rigobert Song and federation president Samuel Eto’o.


Sir Jim Ratcliffe is refusing to match Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani’s promise to wipe the debt from Manchester United’s accounts.

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Manchester United winger Alejandro Garnacho appears to have settled on an international future with Argentina, despite efforts from Spain to win him over.


Tottenham’s board are fuming at the team’s limp FA Cup exit on Wednesday.

Chelsea star Andrey Santos has been left ‘in tears’ after securing his first ever call-up to Brazil’s national squad.

Mason Greenwood will never again be selected for England by Gareth Southgate – even though the striker has rejected a switch to Jamaica.

Football chiefs will confirm a new law to ban Emi Martinez-style shoot-out antics.

Ander Herrera has posted an agonising message revealing injury problems have left him considering “throwing in the towel”.

Arsenal are open to selling Kieran Tierney in the summer, handing Newcastle a huge boost, according to reports.


The company set up to buy image rights from Manchester City as part of the club’s “Project Longbow” scheme to beat Financial Fair Play rules is being voluntarily wound up.

Everton’s elusive owner, Farhad Moshiri, pulled out of an appearance at this week’s FT Business of Football summit at short notice, citing a calendar clash.

An investment deal with the New York-based private equity firm MSP Sports Capital, which will help with funding for Everton’s new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock, is understood to be close.

The West Ham United shareholder, Daniel Kretinsky, is not expected to make any immediate move for a full takeover of the club despite a windfall tax clause expiring next week.

A majority of top-flight clubs have contacted the Premier League to demand clarification over Newcastle United’s Saudi Arabian ownership.

The cost of the DP World Tour’s legal battle with LIV Golf has spiralled to a staggering £5m as both sides wait for the ruling in a bitter arbitration case.


Chelsea’s board fear it will be difficult to continue backing Graham Potter if the team lose to Leeds and Borussia Dortmund in the next two games.

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Chelsea head coach, Graham Potter does not think that their next two matches against Leeds and Borussia Dortmund are make or break for his future

Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani and Sir Jim Ratcliffe are expected to hold first meetings with Manchester United over the next fortnight regarding their respective bids to buy the club.

West Ham United used club money to make a £9,000 donation to the Conservative party last year.


Tottenham Hotspur are holding talks with Haringey Council over obtaining a special licence to hold the additional sold-out Beyoncé concert for which the club have already cashed in on.

The Football Association will fight attempts to make it easier for Premier League clubs to sign even more foreign players to fill up their squads for fear that it will damage the England national team.

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Following a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham, Chelsea boss Graham Potter says their form is down to him and is very supportive of his squad who he believes are trying all their best to turn around their tough situation

Nigel Owens, the respected former referee, has spoken with South Africa’s director of rugby Rassie Erasmus about joining the Springboks as an officiating consultant ahead of the Rugby World Cup.


Manchester United could be tempted to pursue Napoli defender Min-Jae Kim to provide depth in central defence following his impressive start to life in the Serie A.

Real Madrid’s board are reportedly unhappy with Carlo Ancelotti following their 1-0 Copa del Rey semi-final first-leg defeat to Barcelona on Thursday and an ‘internal debate’ is now being held about the Italian.


MLS commissioner Don Garber said it will likely take a creative, David Beckham-like deal to land Lionel Messi, but that the league and Inter Miami are willing to be flexible to find the right compensation package in order to land the Argentine superstar.

Patrick Vieira says he is hopeful that Wilfried Zaha will stay at Crystal Palace despite the winger having yet to sign a new contract with the club.


Freddie Woodman insists his move to Preston has been everything he could have wished for – as Rangers track the former Kilmarnock and Aberdeen goalkeeper.

Hibs have posted net losses of £1.5m for the latest financial year, ahead of the club’s AGM next week.

Lee Johnson fears Aiden McGeady’s career is over after scans confirmed the veteran has torn his hamstring.


Liverpool and Newcastle United are interested in signing Spain youth international Iker Bravo.

James Sands is taking a hugely-improved mentality from Rangers back to New York City – with his boss only seeing the positives from tough European nights.

Interim Aberdeen boss Barry Robson expects Vicente Besuijen to return to Excelsior to see out his loan.


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