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Juventus have offered Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri a £6.2m-a-year contract. (Mirror)

Chelsea will decide on Friday if Sarri will remain as manager when they hold talks with the 60-year-old Italian's agent in London. (Express)

Manchester City and Benfica have held talks over Portuguese winger Joao Felix, 19. (Sun)

Manchester United are favourites to sign 24-year-old Paris St-Germain and France midfielder Adrien Rabiot, who will be a free agent on 1 July. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

United will allow 26-year-old Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku to join Inter Milan this summer - but only for a fee of about £80m. (Times - subscription required)

Paris St-Germain's Brazil forward Neymar, 27, wants to return to Barcelona this summer. (Sport - in Spanish)

Real Madrid are preparing a fresh bid of £106m for Chelsea's 28-year-old Belgium midfielder Eden Hazard. (Telegraph)

Real and Spain defender Sergio Ramos, 33, says Hazard would "give us a lot" if he moves to the Bernabeu this summer. (Star)

Chelsea want to replace Hazard with Barcelona's Brazil international Philippe Coutinho, 26 - if they can get their transfer ban overturned. (Mirror)

Manchester City have turned down Bayern Munich's offer of £70m for 23-year-old Germany winger Leroy Sane. (Guardian)

Meanwhile, City have made a bid of £53m for Juventus' 25-year-old Portugal defender Joao Cancelo. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

Leicester City are ready to compete with Manchester United and Everton for Chelsea's £15m-rated English full-back Reece James, 19, who spent the season on loan at Wigan. (Sun)

Arsenal want Bournemouth's Scotland winger Ryan Fraser, 25, but their hopes of bringing in Crystal Palace's 26-year-old Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha have faded following their failure to qualify for the Champions League. (Mirror)

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has emerged as a contender for the Roma job. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Senegal forward Sadio Mane, 27, says he will not leave Liverpool - because he is already at the "sexiest club in Europe". (Mirror)

Former Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo says he rejected a move to Manchester City in 2011, while Chelsea decided against signing him in 2009 because of his age. (Mail)

Arsenal may sell 30-year-old midfielder Mesut Ozil, defender and fellow German Shkodran Mustafi, 27, and Armenia midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 30, to help fund a summer overhaul of their squad. (Star)

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner says it is important manager Jurgen Klopp, who has been in charge since October 2015, stays at Anfield "for as long as he likes". (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester City's France defender Eliaquim Mangala, 28, is set to return to Porto - five years after moving to Etihad Stadium from the the Portuguese club for £32m. (O Jogo - in Portuguese)

Real Madrid and Colombia forward James Rodriguez, 27, is reluctant to move to the Premier League, leaving Italian sides Juventus and Napoli to compete for his signature. (Marca)

Newly promoted Aston Villa want Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter, 29, but face competition from Fulham and Stoke for the Republic of Ireland international. (Irish Independent)

Villa are also keen to sign 26-year-old English defender Tyrone Mings on a permanent deal from Bournemouth. (Sky Sports)

West Brom will hold out for Newcastle to meet the £16.5m release clause in 29-year-old Venezuela striker Salomon Rondon's contract. (Star)

Brighton and Stoke are among several clubs interested in signing Portsmouth's 22-year-old English defender Matt Clarke. (Sentinel)

Blackburn, Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday are interested in former England winger Stewart Downing, 34, after Middlesbrough said he will leave. (Gazette)

Edinburgh's Murrayfield stadium could stage Liverpool's pre-season friendly against Napoli after the original plan to play it at Tottenham's new stadium was deemed "inappropriate". (Times - subscription required)

Former England captain Wayne Rooney, 33, wants to arrange a boxing match with television presenter Jonathan Ross after a long-running "feud" with the 58-year-old. (Sun)

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Paul Doyle

Almost everyone who matters has been talking about this week is the English clubs dominating Europe so forgive the Mill if it turns the conversation to more modest outfits. Manchester United had big dreams once and you may even have read on this very page that Ole Gunner Solskjær fancied rebuilding his defence around Matthijs de Ligt, Kalidou Koulibaly or Harry Maguire, but the word now is that Old Trafford’s nostalgist-in-chief is going to have to plot a way forward by switching to Plan Z.

De Ligt remains Barcelona-bound and, apparently, United are not willing to pay the money it would take to sign Koulibaly and Maguire so, according to ESPN, cunning Solskjær has decided to take the Baldrick approach to rebuilding the centre of his defence: “we do nothing”, he is said to have decided, meaning he will stick with what he has got, possibly with the tweak of equipping Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo with Steve Bruce masks.

The only defensive gap that Solskjær could fill, then, will be at right-back, although both United and Arsenal are set to miss out on the man they want most for that position because Spurs are going to shake some of their Champions League booty at Aaron Wan-Bissaka. United’s second choice? Kieran Tripper, apparently. Everything’s coming up Spurs.

Another item on the United agenda is to find another mug willing to pay £75m for Romelu Lukaku. The new Internazionale manager, Antonio Conte, is said to want his employers to offer something close to that, making one wonder whether he mentioned that in his job interview.

Meanwhile, Spurs may be a day away from the biggest match in their history but they are making big plans for the future beyond that. Because what’s the point of reaching the Champions League final if you can’t go and bully Crystal Palace? In addition to prising Wan Bissaka away from Selhurst Park, Spurs intend to renew their longstanding interest in Wilfried Zaha and, come on, please don’t stoop to the obvious gag about this being the first time you’ve seen Zaha in the same sentence as the word longstanding. You can save quips like that for James Maddison, whose career is well and truly on the up even though he has spent part of it in freefall.

Maddison, too, is on Spurs’ wish list and will become more of a priority if Christian Eriksen goes to Real Madrid. The other players Spurs really want are Betis schemer Giovani Lo Celso and the Lyon midfield metronome Tanguy Ndombélé.

Elsewhere, with Real Madrid poised to swoop for Eriksen as well as Eden Hazard, Barcelona are going to react by trying to lure back Neymar. They will part-fund that move by flogging Philippe Coutinho, whom Chelsea are keen to buy if they are allowed to.

Unai Emery, meanwhile, plans to fund his revamp of Arsenal by selling Shkodran Mustafi, Mesut Özil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to anyone who will have them. Can you spot the flaw in that plan?

Aston Villa want to prepare for the Premier League by buying Harry Arter from Bournemouth but face competition from Brighton and Fulham.

Last but definitely not least, if the mooted takeover of Newcastle does not happen, then the Toon Army could be hit by another bombshell, as Roma are said to be determined to make Rafael Benítez their new manager.

Sport Witness

Brighton and West Ham asked about 27-year-old, player yet to make decision as other clubs interested

Girona were relegated from Spain’s top division this summer and one of the players who could leave the club is Cristian Portugués Manzanera, commonly known as Portu.

Today’s edition of Mundo Deportivo explains there are 13 clubs who have asked the Spanish club about the attacking midfielder and this includes Brighton & Hove Albion and West Ham United from the Premier League.

Real Sociedad are also interested in the 27-year-old and there are claims the San Sebastián side are very advanced in agreeing a five-year deal with the player.

Girona need €10m to sanction Portu’s sale, but Sociedad do not have that amount to close the operation, which is why they are looking to find out if they can pay the fee in installments.

Though Sociedad are a strong option for the former Valencia man, the Catalan newspaper claim he hasn’t yet made a decision on his future as of now.

This is because Portu continues to draw attention from other clubs, including from Brighton and West Ham.


West Ham in transfer talks with Olympiakos over £16m deal for midfielder Kostas Fortounis

Exclusive By Mike McGrath

WEST HAM have held talks with Olympiakos over a deal for Greece midfielder Kostas Fortounis.

The 26-year-old has been targeted in a £16million deal to bolster Manuel Pellegrini’s squad for next season.

Barcelona star Andre Gomes, who was on loan at Everton for a year, could be too expensive for the Hammers.

But Fortounis is within their price range and a player highly recommended by sporting director Mario Husillos.

Husillos worked with Fortounis during his brief time at Olympiakos, with the midfielder already an established international.

Fortounis has been a regular in the last five years with the Greek giants after a spell in Germany with FC Kaiserslautern.


And Husillos reckons he has the ability to add quality to Pellegrini’s team and support Declan Rice and Mark Noble in central midfield.

It is an area that Pellegrini is keen to develop, given Jack Wilshere missed most of last season as his injury nightmares continued.

Villarreal's Pablo Fornals is another option but Fortounis, with a year left on his contract at Olympiakos, could be easier to land.

Hammers midfielder Edimilson Fernandes is heading to Mainz for £8m after three seasons in the Premier League.

SunSport revealed the Switzerland international has agreed terms with the 23-year-old who has one Prem goal in 48 games.

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