This morning’s tittle-tattle wants new balls, please

The brightest scouts in the business at Manchester United and Arsenal woke up on Monday morning and came up with a cracking idea: signing Paulo Dybala on a free transfer after the elapsing of his contract at Juventus. The diminutive Argentinian has one of the sweetest left foots going and signing the 28-year-old might be too good an opportunity to turn down, if other suitors like Napoli can be fended off.

Both Premier League clubs could probably rather do with a proper No 9 rather than another No 10. Arsenal, at least, have finally announced the capture of Gabriel Jesus after Alexandre Lacazette’s departure to Lyon, but Cristiano Ronaldo is doing his best to fling himself on to a private jet at Manchester Airport marked Do One. The Portuguese informed United on Saturday that while Erik ten Hag seemed nice enough, he fancied playing in the Champions League, although interest isn’t exactly coming in thick and fast for the 37-year-old. Perma-tanned super-agent Jorge Mendes has apparently chatted to Chelsea and Bayern Munich, while there is also talk of a return to Italy, but there are no concrete offers. Yet.

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