Paper Talk: Southgate in shock England plan to axe Grealish, Sancho

Date published: Friday 2nd April 2021 8:40 - Matthew Briggs

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England boss Gareth Southgate is pondering whether to axe Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish from his Euro 2020 squad, while Lucas Torriera has urged a Man Utd man to move to Argentina with him, all in the papers.


The Sun are reporting that Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish could miss out on a place in England’s squad for Euro 2020.

Gareth Southgate has apparently been so impressed with the re-emergence of Jesse Lingard that he could omit one of either Sancho or Grralish from his 23-man squad.

Lingard’s brilliant form on loan at West Ham propelled him back into the England set up after an absence of 18 months.

Borussia Dortmund winger Sancho and Aston Villa attacker Grealish were ruled out of the triple World Cup qualifying header through injury.

Southgate claimed 28-year-old Lingard had been “lucky” to be included, because of injuries to Grealish, Sancho, James Maddison and Harvey Barnes. But the paper claim “Southgate has been so impressed by Lingard’s form, as well as his huge popularity within the squad, that he is trying to figure out who to omit to find room for him”.


Lucas Torreira Cadiz v Atletico Madrid January 2021

Arsenal midfielder wants to join Boca Juniors is the summer and he is hoping that Man Utd’s Edinson Cavani will follow him there (ESPN)


Manchester United and Chelsea are set to go head to head for the signature of Lucas Vazquez with the versatile Real Madrid star at a stalemate in contract negotiations. (ABC)

Liverpool could “muscle in on” Barcelona’s pursuit of 27-year-old Lyon and the Netherlands striker Memphis Depay, who will be a free agent in the summer. (Marca)

Chelsea are favourites to sign Argentine striker Sergio Aguero when he leaves Manchester City in the summer as the 32-year-old is determined to remain in the Premier League. (Mail)

Portuguese club Benfica are the latest club linked with a move for Aguero since it was announced on Monday that he will leave Man City at the end of the season. (Record)

Arsenal and Independiente, the Argentine club where Aguero started his career, are also said to be among the host of clubs – including Barcelona, Juventus and Paris St-Germain – keen to sign him as a free agent in the summer. (Sun)


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Arsenal are set to step up their interest in Martin Odegaard with Real Madrid willing to listen to offers for the midfielder (Times)

Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, and his agent Mino Raiola are set for meetings in London with Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool on Friday about a move for the Norwegian 20-year-old. The pair have already met with Barcelona and Real Madrid. (Mundo Deportivo)

Liverpool, however, are not expected to further pursue any move for the sought-after Haaland and Chelsea remain the most likely English club to land his signature. (Football Insider)

Dortmund want at least £128m for Haaland, which would make him the third most expensive player of all time after PSG duo Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. (Guardian)


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Arkadiusz Milik will leave Marseille at the end of the season (L’Equipe)

Gianluigi Donnarumma is likely to sign a new contract with AC Milan. (Calciomercato)

England striker Harry Kane, 27, will be staying at Tottenham this summer because the club will not let him join a Premier League rival and do not expect a European side to offer their £175m asking price. (Sun)

Argentine forward Lionel Messi, 33, has issued Barca president Joan Laporta a list of demands of what it will take for him to sign a new contact at the Nou Camp. (Eurosport)

Arsenal and Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira, 25, who is on loan at Atletico Madrid, says he wants to return to South America following the death of his mother and is determined to join Argentine side Boca Juniors to fulfil a promise he made to his father. (ESPN Argentina)

West Brom boss Sam Allardyce wants on-loan Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher to remain at the Hawthorns if they can avoid relegation from the Premier League. (Metro)



Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says the future of French striker Alexandre Lacazette will be addressed in the summer, by which time the 29-year-old – who has been linked with Roma, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla – will be into the final 12 months of his current deal. (Guardian)

Sheffield United have put Alexander Blessin, boss of Belgian side Oostende, on their list of possible replacements for Chris Wilder. (Sun)

Olympiakos are considering a loan move for Arsenal’s 21-year-old English winger Reiss Nelson. (Football London)

Arsenal’s versatile 23-year-old Ainsley Maitland-Niles expects to leave the club this summer after finishing his loan spell at West Bromwich Albion. (Telegraph)

Jorginho’s agent Joao Santos says the 29-year-old Italy midfielder, who has been repeatedly linked with a return to Napoli, will “100%” remain at Chelsea beyond the summer. (Tutto Mercato – in Italian)

Crystal Palace are planning a £50m squad overhaul this summer that could see them replace Roy Hodgson with a new manager to lead the rebuild. (Telegraph)

Arsenal are set to renew their interest in RB Leipzig’s 23-year-old French midfielder Christopher Nkunku this summer. (Sky Germany)

Aston Villa’s Belgian defender Bjorn Engels could return to his native country in the summer, with Royal Antwerp interested in the 26-year-old having failed to sign him in January. (VoetbalKrant)

Atalanta’s Colombian striker Duvan Zapata, 30, who has been linked with a move to Chelsea and Liverpool, has spoken about “one day” playing in the Premier League and revealed he grew up as an Arsenal fan. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Football London)


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Sevilla are  preparing to hand Arsenal target Bryan Gil a new long-term contract with a release clause of at least €100m (£85m). (AS)

Everton full-back Thierry Small, 16, is willing to turn down a three-year professional deal in order to pursue first-team opportunities elsewhere, with Manchester United, Arsenal, Brighton and Brentford among those keen on his services. (Express)

Chelsea have joined Barcelona, PSG and Juventus in the race to sign Liverpool star Georginio Wijnaldum (Daily Mail)

Kylian Mbappe has admitted he could leave PSG because he is ‘tired’ of the French media criticising his performances for the national team. (Daily Mail)

PSG are determined to tie star striker Mbappe to a new contract (Le Parisien)

Premier League clubs are preparing for a summer of staycations – with some exploring training-ground swaps with outfits north of the border. (Daily Mail)

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RB Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate is reportedly unhappy at his current club amid suggestions that Liverpool could sign the centre-back during this summer’s transfer window (Sky Deutschland)

Rangers striker Jermain Defoe says Celtic-linked Eddie Howe didn’t know how to handle him as a player – and that they had no personal relationship. (The Sun)

Brighton defender Ben White is open to joining Manchester United this summer and is eager for a step up in the coming years even if it’s not at Old Trafford. (Daily Express)

Marcel Sabitzer looks set to leave RB Leipzig this summer with Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United interested. (Daily Express)

Tottenham forward Carlos Vinicius almost quit football at the age of 22 as he struggled to ignite his career in Brazil. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United are reportedly eyeing a summer transfer for Rennes star Eduardo Camavinga. (Daily Star)

Celtic striker Patryk Klimala is a target for New York Red Bulls. (Scottish Sun)

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