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Everton striker Romelu Lukaku could reject a return to Chelsea and sign for Manchester United because the 23-year-old Belgium international is concerned about how he will fit in with manager Antonio Conte's tactics. (Sun)

Blues boss Conte says the Premier League leaders will have to recruit heavily this summer to compete in four competitions next season. (London Evening Standard)

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Monday's back page of the Mirror

Chelsea are considering a combined £70m move for two players from Serie A side Roma - Belgium midfielder Radja Nainggolan, 29, and Germany centre-back Antonio Rudiger, 24. (Sun)

Manchester City are also interested in Rudiger, as well as 30-year-old Juventus and Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci, with manager Pep Guardiola saying he cannot rely on the fitness of 31-year-old Belgium international Vincent Kompany. (Daily Mirror)

Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, 24, has agreed to join Chelsea this summer after the Spain international's agent met several European clubs. (Diario Gol, via Daily Star)

Arsenal, Everton, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and West Ham are monitoring Sunderland's English goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who could move for about £25m. (Telegraph)

However, Sunderland want more than £30m for 23-year-old keeper Pickford. (Times - subscription required)

Spanish striker Lucas Perez, 28, would be open to returning to Deportivo La Coruna in the summer after becoming frustrated over his lack of opportunities since joining Arsenal last summer. (La Voz de Galicia, via Daily Mail)

Arsenal have joined Tottenham in wanting to sign Everton midfielder Ross Barkley if the 23-year-old England international does not agree a new contract with the Goodison Park club. (Daily Mail)

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The front page of the Times football section

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 35, has amazed doctors with the condition of his knee, according to the former Sweden international's agent Mino Raiola. (Expressen.se, via Four Four Two)

Leicester winger Marc Albrighton, 27, has backed manager Craig Shakespeare to get the Foxes job on a permanent basis.(Daily Express)

Bournemouth's Republic of Ireland midfielder Harry Arter, 27, has apologised for his tackle on Stoke midfielder Joe Allen during the 2-2 draw on Saturday.(Stoke Sentinel)

Tottenham Hotspur will take their players to Hong Kong for a friendly against local opposition as soon as the Premier League season finishes. (Guardian)

Swansea striker Fernando Llorente, 32, has defended his contribution to the relegation-threatened team's cause after criticism of the Spaniard by former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard. (Daily Star)

Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce says his relegation-battling side have been guilty of suffering a "dip" in form after reaching the 38-point mark. (Guardian)

Hull City are also fighting for Premier League survival and, after losing to bottom-of-the-table Sunderland, Tigers defender Harry Maguire says "those who say we crumble under pressure are wrong". (Daily Express)

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And finally

Iran's Mohammad Mokhtari scored a stunning overhead kick as his side beat Italy to finish third at the Fifa Beach Soccer World Cup. (Fifa)

Arsenal's ground staff were caught on camera enjoying some chocolate treats during the Gunners' victory over Manchester United. (Joe.co.uk)

Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno has had to get used to being a regular on the substitutes' bench this season - and entertained himself during the goalless draw with Southampton by practising his bottle-flipping skills. (Liverpool Echo)

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