Gossip column: Lamela, De Vrij, Fabregas, Suarez, Lukaku, Koke

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Inter Milan, Fiorentina and Napoli are set to test Tottenham's resolve by sparking a bidding war for Argentina winger Erik Lamela, 22. Daily Star  

Netherlands defender Stefan de Vrij has revealed he will almost certainly leave Feyenoord after the World Cup and Manchester United will be in the queue for the 22-year-old. Manchester Evening News 

Chelsea will try to sign £30m-rated Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 27, to replace the departing Frank Lampard. Daily Telegraph 

Cesc Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas played 305 times for Arsenal

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has urged Brendan Rodgers to sign Fabregas. Talksport 

Tottenham Hotspur have made enquiries about Feyenoord defender Daryl Janmaat, 24, who is also wanted by Manchester United and Napoli. Daily Mail 

Gaston Ramirez has become the latest Southampton star tipped to leave the club, with Italian side Torino keen on the 23-year-old midfielder. Daily Mirror 

Atletico Madrid loanee goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 22, has confirmed he has held talks with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho over his Stamford Bridge future. Daily Star 

Stoke chairman Peter Coates expects the club to sign former Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf, 26, from German side Hannover. Daily Mail 

Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham are set to miss out as Real Madrid and Juventus plan a swap deal involving midfielder Arturo Vidal, 27, and striker Alvaro Morata, 21. Daily Express 

Napoli will offer cash plus striker Goran Pandev, 30, in a bid to land Jan Vertonghen, 27, from Tottenham this summer. Talksport 

Koke

Koke impressed during Atletico's run to the Champions League final

Chelsea and Barcelona are in a battle to sign Atletico Madrid's sought-after midfielder Koke, 22. Metro 

Bayern Munich have expressed an interest in Manchester City's 28-year-old defender Aleksandar Kolarov, but face competition from Roma and Juventus. Daily Mail 

Portland Timbers have made a £1.2m-a-year offer to Manchester City's central defender Joleon Lescott, 31, in a bid to make him the latest big-name transfer to the MLS. Daily Mail 

Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg are the latest team to declare their interest in Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, 21. Daily Express 

Hull City boss Steve Bruce is set to seal a £9.75m double deal for Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand, 24, and Marseille midfielder Morgan Amalfitano, 29, this week. Daily Star 

Everton boss Roberto Martinez will turn to his former Wigan player Shaun Maloney, 31, to fill the void left by departing strikers at Goodison Park this summer. Talksport 

Arsenal, Newcastle and West Ham have been told they will have to pay £19m if they want Swansea's 25-year-old striker Wilfried Bony. Daily Mirror 

Sunderland are closing in on the £8m capture of Argentina and Valencia midfielder Ever Banega, 25 . Superdeporte 

OTHER GOSSIP

Wilfried Bony

Wilfried Bony played for Sparta Prague and Vitesse Arnhem before moving to Swansea in 2013

Former Standard Liege boss Jose Riga, 56, is expected to be named as Blackpool's new manager. Blackpool Gazette 

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, 27, has stepped up his recovery from a minor knee operation, but Uruguay remain reluctant to comment on when he will be fit for World Cup action. ESPN.com 

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has emerged as a strong contender to become Paul Lambert's new assistant manager at Aston Villa after turning down the offer to be Celtic boss. Birmingham Mail 

West Ham United midfielder Ravel Morrison must focus on his career for 10 years or risk throwing his talent away, according to Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp. The 21-year-old spent much of last season on loan at Loftus Road. Metro 

GLOBAL GOSSIP

Chelsea are willing to pay £81m for three players from Atletico Madrid - star striker Diego Costa, 25, defenders Diego Godin, 28, and Filipe Luis, 28. Bild 

Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has described their new recruit from Torino - Ciro Immobile, 24 - as a "real war machine". Tuttosport 

West Ham target Cheikhou Kouyate, 24, has reached an agreement with Spanish side Valencia for a £5m move from Anderlecht. L'Equipe 

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti could make a summer move for Bayern Munich's 24-year-old midfielder Toni Kroos. Bild 

AND FINALLY

Italy's players are preparing for their World Cup opener against England in the heat of Manaus by training in a specially built shed. Cesare Prandelli's side are shedding the pounds in what has become known as the 'Manaus house'. Sun (subscription only) 

Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez

Exeter City will play Brazilian giants Fluminense on Sunday, 20 July in the Brazilian side's Laranjeiras Stadium to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Brazil national team's first match - against a touring Exeter side in 1914. Exeter Express 

England are too nice and may need to kick Uruguay's Luis Suarez in their World Cup meeting on 19 June, according to Sunderland manager Gus Poyet. The former Uruguay international says his countrymen will do whatever they have to do to win. Sun (subscription only). 

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