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Manchester United are back in the race to sign Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria, 26, after his proposed move to Paris St-Germain hit a snag over the £45m fee. Sun (subscription only)external-link

Morgan Schneiderlin
Morgan Schneiderlin made one appearance for France in the World Cup in a goalless draw against Ecuador

Southampton want to keep France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, 24, and will tell Tottenham and Arsenal they need to pay in excess of £27m if they want to sign him. Guardianexternal-link

New Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has also rejected a £3.25m bid for defender Jose Fonte, 30, from Championship side Cardiff City.Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Barcelona are considering a move for Arsenal central defender Thomas Vermaelen, 28, who is also a target for Manchester United. Sun (subscription only)external-link

Arsenal have been offered the chance to sign AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli, 23, for just £7.9m plus Costa Rica winger Joel Campbell.Metroexternal-link

QPR are in final negotiations to sign Marseille's France World Cup midfielder Mathieu Valbuena, 29, although Dynamo Moscow are also interested. Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Everton hope to complete the £18m signing of Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, 21, after 36-year-old Didier Drogba's return to Stamford Bridge. Daily Expressexternal-link

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The Toffees are also exploring the possibility of re-signing Monaco forward Lacina Traore, 23, on loan. Times (subscription only)external-link

Roma boss Rudi Garcia says midfielder Kevin Strootman, 24, will not be leaving for Manchester United this summer. Sky Sportsexternal-link

Liverpool have made a £14.2m bid for Bayern Munich's Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri, 22.Daily Starexternal-link

West Ham have held talks with Besiktas striker Hugo Almeida, 30, after Andy Carroll was ruled out for four months.Times (subscription only)external-link

Atletico Madrid want 23-year-old Real Sociedad forward Antoine Griezmann, who is also a target for Tottenham.Daily Expressexternal-link


Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 28, wants to be the club's next captain - and believes he could be lifting the title next season.Manchester Evening Newsexternal-link

Midfielder Tom Cleverley, 24, is confident he can rediscover his best form under Louis van Gaal after a disappointing time during David Moyes's tenure.ESPNexternal-link

World Cup-winning captain Philipp Lahm, 30, reveals he made his decision to quit international football months ago and the defender's decision had nothing to do with Germany's success in Brazil.Goal.comexternal-link

New signing Joleon Lescott has rubbished reports claiming he is frustrated with lack of further additions to the West Brown squad, with the 31-year-old defender insisting he is happy at The Hawthorns. Birmingham Mailexternal-link

Wojciech Szczesny
Wojciech Szczesny made 46 appearances for Arsenal last season

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan says the club regret "putting all our eggs in one basket" by signing £15m striker Andy Carroll, 25.Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Wojciech Szczesny, 24, will remain Arsenal's first choice goalkeeper despite the arrival of Colombia's 25-year-old David Ospina in a £3m deal from Nice.Daily Expressexternal-link


Striker Fraizer Campbell, 26, has a Twitter message for the owners of Cardiff City as he confirms his transfer to Crystal Palace - urging the Welsh club to revert back to a blue kit.external-link

Defenders Steven Caulker, 22, and Rio Ferdinand, 35, are among the QPR signings filmed singing initiation songsexternal-link on the club's pre-season tour in Germany.


Nottingham Forest are poised to announce a sponsorship deal with the Kuwaiti government which will see their home ground become the Kuwait City Ground stadium. Daily Mailexternal-link

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