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Manchester City will bid in excess of £50m in order to sign Juventus' France midfielder Paul Pogba, 22. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid all remain in the race for Pogba, who is understood to have rejected an initial contract offer from Paris St-Germain. (Daily Mail)external-link

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The back page of the Daily Mirror

Inter Milan want to sign Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, 31, on a free transfer to help finance his huge wages. (Telegraph)external-link

Real Madrid's English assistant manager Paul Clement has been shortlisted for the manager's job at Newcastle United.(Telegraph)external-link

Manchester United may extend 29-year-old Colombia striker Radamel Falcao's loan deal until January 2016.(Mirror)external-link

Chelsea are hopeful Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, 22, will reject a new contract at the Serie A club and join them in a £22m deal this summer.(London Evening Standard)external-link

Meanwhile, Inter and Roma will rival Arsenal for the signature of Chelsea's 32-year-old goalkeeper Petr Cech, who is out of contract at the end of this season. (Daily Mail)external-link

Manchester United winger Nani, 28, says he does not want to play for Sporting Lisbon next year after spending the season on loan at the Portuguese club.(Sun - subscription required)external-link

Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 27, would only leave for a top-four Premier League club if he was guaranteed a regular starting place, according to Potters team-mate Charlie Adam, 29. (Talksport)external-link

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The back page of The Sun

The future of Palermo's 21-year-old Argentine striker Paulo Dybala, a reported target for Chelsea, will be decided in the next two weeks, according to the Italian club's president. (Guardian)external-link

Manchester City's 26-year-old Argentina forward Sergio Aguero will undergo a specially designed pre-season training programme to avoid further hamstring injuries next year.(Manchester Evening News)external-link

Celtic manager Ronny Deila expects striker John Guidetti, 23, to leave the club for good at the end of his loan spell from Manchester City, and plans to be without the Swede next season. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Former England winger Chris Waddle believes Gareth Bale, 25, he needs to tell his Real Madrid team-mates he is just as good a player as Cristiano Ronaldo.(Daily Express)external-link

Former Aston Villa assistant Roy Keane has claimed Tim Sherwood was positioning himself to become the claret and blues boss before ex-manager Paul Lambert was sacked.(Birmingham Mail)external-link

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QPR midfielder Joey Barton, seemed to enjoy Lionel Messi's second goal for Barcelona against Bayern Munich on Wednesday night. "Can't believe some people actually think Cristiano is better," he wrote on Twitter.external-link "The man is playing a different game from everyone else. That's two World Cup winners he's just sent for the papers."

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PSG striker Ibrahimovic has been soaking up the "vitamin Z"

Barton's team-mate Charlie Austinexternal-link agreed, adding: "Surely there is a word other than professional footballer for Messi because he is on a different planet to the rest of us!"

Stoke City defender Robert Huth tweeted:external-link "Don't think there can be anything worse in football than running backwards, one-on-one with Messi."

Hull City forward Sone Aluko said:external-link "That was like falling in love with football again age 5! An absolute joy to watch that Barca team and MESSI!!"

Earlier, Paris St-Germain's 33-year-old striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic enjoyed a relaxing day away from Europe's most prestigious club competition, writing of his nap in the sun on Instagram:external-link "Loading with vitamin D and Z."

And finally

Barcelona right-back Dani Alves, 31, arrived for his side's Champions League semi-final first leg in a dazzling outfit combining a flashy red blazer with long shorts and loafers. (Metro)external-link

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