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Alan 12:10 Mon Jun 24
Monday newspapers

Leicester City and England's Harry Maguire, 26, is set to become the world's most expensive defender this week when he joins Manchester City for £80m after turning down Manchester United. (Mirror)

Liverpool and Manchester United will battle for the signature of Real Betis' Spanish left-back Junior Firpo, 22. (Marca)

Manchester United will trigger their 12-month extension option in Marcus Rashford's contract amid fears the 21-year-old England striker may leave when his current deal expires next summer. (Sun)

Manchester United have been told they must cough up £430m if they want to sign France centre-back Raphael Varane, 26, from Real Madrid. (Star)

Inter Milan are still 25m euros (£22.3m) short of Manchester United's valuation of their Belgium international striker Romelu Lukaku, 26. (La Gazzetta dello Sport, via Football Italia)

Arsenal manager Unai Emery wants the Gunners to break the bank to sign Crystal Palace and Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha, 26. (Sun)

Paris St-Germain want £13.5m for Christopher Nkunku, with Arsenal and RB Leipzig interested in the 21-year-old French midfielder. (L'Equipe - in French)

Newcastle United are set to hold last-ditch talks in an attempt to persuade Rafael Benitez to extend his contract as manager. The 59-year-old, whose contract expires at the end of June, has reportedly been offered a job in China. (Chronicle)

Newcastle and Paraguay midfielder Miguel Almiron, 25, is a target for Real Madrid. (TYC Sports - in Spanish)

Real Betis are interested in Liverpool and Belgium striker Divock Origi, 24. (Estadio Deportivo - in Spanish)

Brighton have agreed to sign Belgian winger Leandro Trossard, 24, from Genk for £18m. (Sky Sports)

England Under-21 forward Tammy Abraham, 21, wants to use Chelsea's transfer ban to his advantage by becoming the Blues' first-choice striker. (Mail)

Liverpool target Nicolas Pepe is the subject of an £80m bid from Inter Milan. The Serie A side are one of a number of clubs keen on the 24-year-old Lille and Ivory Coast winger. (L'Equipe - in French)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made a personal plea to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to move quickly and sign Sporting Lisbon and Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 24. (Record - in Portuguese, subscription required)

Meanwhile, Manchester United are on the verge of signing 16-year-old Spanish winger Mateo Mejia for an initial £600,000 from Real Zaragoza. (Sun)

Arsenal are considering selling Lucas Torriera, 23, after AC Milan submitted their first offer for the Uruguay midfielder. (Sport Mediaset - in Italian)

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has been told it is a waste of time to try to sign 26-year-old Scotland midfielder Callum McGregor from his former club Celtic. (Scottish Daily Mail)

Dutch side AZ Alkmaar have confirmed they have held talks with Southampton midfielder Jordy Clasie, 27. (Daily Echo)

Burnley have told defender Ben Gibson that he can leave the club this summer. Premier League newcomers Aston Villa and Sheffield United are among a group of clubs interested in a £15m move for the 26-year-old Englishman. (Teamtalk)

Everton have joined the race to sign Bristol City's English centre-back Adam Webster. Aston Villa and Newcastle are also interested in the 24-year-old. (Sun)

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says talks will take place this summer with English winger Jordon Ibe, 23, whose contract expires in 2020. (Bournemouth Echo)

Aston Villa are set to step up talks to sign Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings. The 26-year-old Englishman was instrumental in Villa's promotion to the Premier League when on loan with the club last season. (Birmingham Mail)

Nottingham Forest face competition from Preston for the signature of Manchester City and Kosovo goalkeeper Aro Muric, 20. (Nottingham Post)

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Fascinating reports from Italy suggest Gigi Buffon has an admirer in Marcelo Bielsa and could conceivably be on his way to Leeds once his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires at the end of the week. As implausible and unlikely a move as it might seem, the Italian legend has “previous” played in Italy’s second tier, having been one of a few big name stars to stay with Juventus when they were demoted in 2006 as punishment for assorted shenanigans. When asked why he’d chosen to stay, the goalkeeper said it was an easy decision “because I’ve never won Serie B”. As luck would have it, he’s never won the Championship either.

Cursed with the kind of itchy feet a liberal sprinkling of athlete’s foot powder just can’t cure, Christian Eriksen is headed for the White Hart Lane exit door and has been tipped to sign for Real Madrid. In an interesting twist to the story, the Sun say Tottenham have asked for Marco Asensio in exchange. Whether or not Zinedine Zidane would sanction such a move for a 23-year-old who has yet to maximise his enormous potential remains to be seen, as Real’s manager has previously insisted the winger has a big future at the Bernabéu. “I have spoken to him and told him that he will be fundamental to the team and I want him here with us,” Zidane said towards the end of last season, when asked to comment on apparent interest from Liverpool in his player.

In a bid to prove the Hollywood maxim that “nobody knows anything”, the Mirror, by contrast, claim Eriksen’s mooted move to the Spanish capital has actually fallen through and maintain that the Dane will head to Manchester United or Juventus instead. Tottenham are also reported to have bid £17m for Fenerbahce’s Macedonian midfielder Eljif Elmas and are prepared to throw Dutch striker Vincent Janssen in to any deal as a sweetener.

Having upset Celtic fans by abandoning their club in the middle of last season, Brendan Rodgers hopes to further irritate them by signing midfielder Callum McGregor for Leicester City. According to the Daily Record, Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has told his former employee that the 26-year-old is not for sale. Celtic are open to offers for full-back Kieran Tierney, however, but have turned their noses up at an opening bid of £15m from Arsenal.

Diminutive Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira could be leaving the Emirates after just one season, with Arsenal reported to be in talks with Milan over a £34m move that would involve an initial £7.13m two-year loan deal. Arsenal boss Unai Emery is also hopeful his Emirates overlords will release enough funds to allow him to bid for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha. In other news pertaining to Arsenal, Inter winger Ivan Perisic is reported to be angling for a move to the Emirates. The Croatian is unwanted at Inter, unlike Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku and Lille’s in-demand winger Nicolas Pépé.

Genk winger Leandro Trossard is in talks with Brighton, with reports from Belgium suggesting the 24-year-old will join Graham Potter’s Seagull revolution for the thick end of £18m. Meanwhile at Southampton, Dutch midfielder Jordy Clasie is in desperate need of a new home and could be sold to AZ Alkmaar. Premier League newcomers Sheffield United are courting Huddersfield captain Jonathan Hogg, while Burnley central defender Ben Gibson has been told he is surplus to requirements at Turf Moor and should find himself a new club. Aston Villa and Sheffield United are both interested in a player who would cost them around £15m.

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Texas Iron 7:40 Mon Jun 24
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Alwaysaniron 12:31 Mon Jun 24
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Have a feeling this’ll be a slow news week for us.

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