Transfer rumours and back-page headlines from Friday’s regional newspapers…
LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Arsenal are urging chief executive Ivan Gazidis to resist overtures from AC Milan and guide the restructured club in the post-Arsene Wenger era.
Gonzalo Higuain says Chelsea did not show enough desire to sign him when competing with AC Milan for this signature.
Crystal Palace are standing firm in their battle to keep Wilfried Zaha and have made it clear they have no desire to sell the 25-year-old.
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Gabriel Jesus was straight on the phone to his mum after signing a new Manchester City contract that keeps him at the club until 2023.
Manchester City will become one of the top kit sponsorship revenue earners by wearing Puma kits from the start of the 2019/20 season.
Liverpool are confident they will bank in excess of £20m from Danny Ings’ impending exit; Crystal Palace Southampton, Leicester City and Newcastle United are thought to be keen.
Supporter fears that Rafa Benitez will walk out of Newcastle United or be sacked before the season starts are unjustified but tension continues to rise at St James’ Park after a summer of discontent on Tyneside.
Lamine Kone says Sunderland ‘blocked his transfer’ to Everton in the summer of 2016.
Garry Monk insisted he never considered walking away from the transfer difficulties at Birmingham City.
EXPRESS & STAR
Benik Afobe has slammed ‘disrespectful’ Wolves for embarrassing him during this summer’s transfer saga – and says he had no idea he’d be sold.
Wolves’ tug-of-war over No 1 target Adama Traore has escalated with Middlesbrough reportedly offering the forward a new contract.
THE DAILY ECHO
Southampton have yet to receive an approach from Burnley for Fraser Forster.
Bournemouth’s Brad Smith could be set to make a loan move to MLS side Seattle Sounders.
Claude Puel says he is happy with the quality of his Leicester City squad and may only bring in new signings before the transfer deadline if he loses one of his “valuable” players.
Stewart Donald has thanked Sunderland fans for their support with the Black Cats set for a bumper crowd for the visit of Charlton.
Millwall have revealed they landed Brighton winger Jiri Skalak at the third time of asking.
YORKSHIRE EVENING POST
Leeds United are in talks with Everton over a second loan deal for Matthew Pennington.
SOUTH WALES EVENING POST
Sam Clucas is set to undergo a medical at Burnley as his £8million exit from Swansea City moves closer to completion.
Nottingham Forest have no injury concerns as they prepare to kick-off the Championship season – and Aitor Karanka says the trio of Ben Brereton, Joe Worrall and Tobias Figueiredo are all ready to go.
Burnley have tabled a £12m bid for Ben Gibson while Wolves are believed to be on the verge of tabling an increased offer for Adama Traore.
Accrington Stanley have added to their defensive ranks with the loan signing of Blackburn Rovers youngster Matty Platt.
Kayden Jackson has told Accrington Stanley he wants to leave the club in the wake of Ipswich Town’s latest £1.75m bid being rejected.
EAST ANGLIAN DAILY TIMES
Ipswich Town are ready to hijack a loan move for Wolves winger Jordan Graham after his switch to Wigan Athletic stalled
THE BOLTON NEWS
Bolton have registered academy goalkeeping coach Ben Williams for tomorrow’s Championship opener at West Brom.
WIGAN EVENING POST
Wigan Athletic have tied up a season-loan loan deal for Everton defender Antonee Robinson, who is line to make his debut against Sheffield Wednesday this weekend.
Gary Bowyer has expressed his frustration at losing the core of his Blackpool squad during the summer.
Chris Wilder has expressed his anger at the decision to reschedule Sheffield United’s visit to Middlesbrough later this month.
EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS
Hearts will allow defender Liam Smith to leave before the transfer window closes.