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Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has told Manchester United to "forget" about signing defender Mats Hummels, 25, for £16m.Daily Star external-link

Borussia Dortmund dender Mats Hummels
Hummels is happy at Borussia Dortmund, according to his manager

Arsenal want either Chris Smalling, 24, or fellow Manchester United defender Phil Jones, 22, as part of a deal which will take 28-year-old centre-back Thomas Vermaelen the other way. Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Manchester City are not interested in signing 36-year-old Didier Drogba, who has been linked with a return to former club Chelsea having left Galatasaray. Manchester Evening Newsexternal-link

Liverpool look set to beat Arsenal to the season-long loan signing of Atletico Madrid defender Javier Manquillo, 20. Metroexternal-link

Newcastle are interested in taking Arsenal midfielder Serge Gnabry on loan but face competition from Southampton for the 19-year-old.Daily Mailexternal-link

Everton are believed to be close to beating Arsenal and Manchester United to the signing of forward David Henen, 18, from Anderlecht. Liverpool Echoexternal-link

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is preparing to offer Ajax £17m for 24-year-old Netherlands defensive midfielder Daley Blind.Daily Expressexternal-link

With their Champions League foreign players' quota in mind, Manchester City are set to offload midfielder Javi Garcia, 27 after striker Alvaro Negredo, 28, broke his foot.Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Tottenham have been told they will have to pay £25m for France and Real Sociedad midfielder Antoine Griezmann, with Chelsea and Monaco also tracking the 23-year-old.Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Portuguese midfielder Tiago Mendes, 33, has rejected a possible return to Chelsea this summer in favour of re-signing with Spanish champions Atletico Madrid for another two years.Talksportexternal-link

PSG will side-step Fifa's Financial Fair Play rules by offering 26-year-old winger Angel Di Maria, a target for Manchester United, a one-year loan move from Real Madrid.Daily Expressexternal-link

Leicester want Trabzonspor's former Chelsea winger Florent Malouda, 34, as they look to strengthen their squad for the Premier League.Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Meanwhile, the Foxes have had a £6.5m bid for Watford striker Troy Deeney, 26, turned down.Leicester Mercuryexternal-link

Liverpool have accepted a £14m offer from Sunderland for striker Fabio Borini but the 23-year-old is set to reject the move and fight for his place at Anfield.Newcastle Chronicleexternal-link


Midfielder Darron Gibson, 26, is expected to end his nine-month spell on the sidelines when Everton face Tranmere Rovers in a friendly on Tuesday.Liverpool Echoexternal-link

Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea all want 15-year-old defender Reece Oxford after he impressed for West Ham's youth side last season.Daily Starexternal-link

Manager Alan Pardew has dedicated the new season to two Newcastle fans who died in the Malaysian Airlines tragedy.Sun (subscription needed)external-link


Cesar Azpilicueta
Chelsea are on a pre-season tour in Austria

Full-back Cesar Azpilicueta, 22, enjoyed his dinner at Chelsea, posting external-linka photo of team-mate John Terry and the squad sitting down to eat - and telling new signings Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Felipe Luis "you don't have to sing... yet".

Defender Curtis Davies, 29, was pleased after Hull's 1-1 pre-season friendly against North Ferriby United, tweeting:external-link "Good to get the first 90 mins under the belt. Performance was decent but main thing is to get the minutes and come out unscathed."

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, 28, takes an interest in world affairs, tweeting:external-link "Gaza/Israel, Ukraine/Russia. Any relevant articles anyone? From any perspective. No debate intended here. Just want a better understanding."


Former Arsenal defender Andre Santos, 31, was attacked by fans of his Brazilian top-flight side Flamengo following Sunday's 4-0 thrashing by Internacional in what his club called a "cowardly" act. Daily Mailexternal-link

Stoke City have agreed to pay the travel bill for fans who use the club's official supporters' coaches for all 19 Premier League fixtures next season. Stoke Sentinelexternal-link

Frank Lampard, 36, may receive a less than warm welcome if his expected move to New York City FC goes ahead, after one of the city's main newspapers reminded readers of his insensitivity following 9/11. Daily Telegraphexternal-link

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