Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna a leading candidate to replace Mauricio Pochettino at Chelsea – Paper Talk

Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna a leading candidate to replace Mauricio Pochettino at Chelsea – Paper Talk

The top stories and transfer rumours from Sunday’s newspapers…

THE OBSERVER

Chelsea have identified Ipswich’s Kieran McKenna as one of the leading candidates to take over from Mauricio Pochettino, whose future is up in the air before his end-of-season review with the club’s hierarchy.

Xavi Hernández insists “nothing has changed” and that he still has the “same enthusiasm and ambition” amid reports that Barcelona have decided to sack him.

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Sky Sports’ Simeon Gholam and Dan Long discuss Oxford United’s League One play-off final victory over Bolton as the U’s will play Championship football next season

THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

Brighton are expected to make a move for Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna after announcing that Roberto De Zerbi will leave the club following their final match of the season on Sunday.

Aston Villa are among the clubs to have shown an interest in Conor Gallagher as he prepares for what could be his Chelsea farewell.

THE MAIL ON SUNDAY

Arsenal’s club staff were seen rehearsing their Premier League trophy presentation should the eventuality arise that the north London outfit win their first league since 2004 on Sunday afternoon.

Roberto De Zerbi will bid farewell to Brighton on Sunday after agreeing to leave by mutual consent, but it is being denied that the Italian has been secretly lined up to take over at Bayern Munich.

Jarrad Branthwaite celebrates scoring the opening goal in the Merseyside derby
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Jarrad Branthwaite is expected to attract summer attention

Everton are bracing themselves for opening offers for Jarrad Branthwaite over the coming days with Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham all having expressed interest in the England hopeful.

Gary O’Neil has hinted at a transfer fire-sale at Wolves as he warned that the club are not ‘blessed with money to spend’.

Thiago Alcantara is looking to continue competing at the highest level in Europe after leaving Liverpool.

Emma Raducanu has hit out at the gender pay gap in tennis and claimed female stars are underappreciated.

The lawyer representing Scottie Scheffler says his client is ready to go to trial after a Friday morning arrest outside the Valhalla Golf Club, the host of the PGA Championship.

THE SUNDAY MIRROR

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Pep Guardiola speaks ahead of the final day of the Premier League season with Manchester City on the brink of lifting the trophy again

Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen believes Marcus Rashford would benefit from a change in manager after struggling under Erik ten Hag this season.

Bayern Munich director Max Eberl has denied that Roberto De Zerbi will become their new manager.

Newcastle are reportedly interested in signing Barcelona winger Raphinha in the summer transfer window.

Assistant Liverpool boss Pep Lijnders believes working under Jurgen Klopp has prepared him perfectly for another crack at management.

THE SUN ON SUNDAY

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Marc Skinner discusses his desire to keep Mary Earps at Manchester United despite her being out of contract and Izzy Christiansen explains why she is such an important asset to the side

Liverpool midfielder Alexis Mac Allister is a target for Real Madrid.

Mauricio Pochettino will happily take his Chelsea bosses white-water rafting – if they keep him on board at Stamford Bridge.

Sheffield United will have to fork out an add-on for midfielder Vinicius Souza if he starts against Tottenham on Sunday.

The napkin that Lionel Messi signed to promise he would join Barcelona has been sold at auction.

Jurgen Klopp has joined Instagram and included a nod to his first Liverpool press conference on his profile.

Premier League football clubs are set to receive a cash windfall of £103m thanks to the Championship promotion battle.

Former England striker James Beattie has landed a shock new job as director of football at seventh-tier non-League side AFC Totton.

THE ATHLETIC

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Chelsea head coach Emma Hayes explains what winning the clubs seventh Women’s Super League title means to her and how much she will miss the club

Napoli have contacted Manchester United over a possible deal for Mason Greenwood.

Wolves are in advanced talks to sign Che Adams. He will be available on a free transfer this summer when his Southampton contract expires.

THE SCOTTISH SUN

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Celtic fans showed their appreciation for their goalkeeper Joe Hart who was making his final appearance at Celtic Park against St Mirren

Brighton are leading the big-money chase for Celtic star Matt O’Riley. West Ham and Everton are also poised to crank up their interest in the in-demand 23-year-old midfielder.

Rangers are closing in on a deal for Orlando Pirates winger Relebohile Mofokeng.

Aaron Hickey has lost his battle to be fit for the Euros and won’t be in Steve Clarke’s 26-man squad when it is announced on Wednesday.

THE SUNDAY MAIL

Joe Hart has been urged to make a retirement U-turn and stay with Celtic for another season.

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