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Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wants a written promise from Manchester United that he will be their new manager this summer. (Sun)external-link

However, current manager Louis van Gaal, who still has one year left on his contract, has been given assurances over his future at the club. (De Telegraaf)external-link

New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was introduced to the Blues squad on Tuesday and will hold a series of individual meetings with those who wish to leave Stamford Bridge. (Mail)external-link

Atletico Madrid have confirmed they want to re-sign Chelsea striker Diego Costa, 27. (Mirror, via Onda Cero)external-link

Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, 30, has not been offered to Atletico when his loan deal at Chelsea expires in the summer, according to the Spanish club's president Enrique Cerezo. (Evening Standard, via Onda Cero)external-link

Forward Theo Walcott, 27, could leave Arsenal if he is not included in England's Euro 2016 squad. (Bleacher Report)external-link

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The Daily Express reports Joe Hart is in line to return for Manchester City against PSG on Wednesday

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, 32, will turn down a move to Inter Milan this summer, because he wants to stay in the Premier League. (Mirror)external-link

Former Manchester United winger Angel di Maria believes Paris St-Germain team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be a big hit in England if the 34-year-old decides to join a Premier League club in the summer. (Express)external-link

Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski has urged midfielder Mario Gotze, 23, to reject the advances of Liverpool. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Arsenal want to sign 18-year-old AC Milan midfielder Manuel Locatelli. (Goal.com via Daily Star)external-link

Former Aston Villa striker Dwight Yorke, 44, says he will apply for the vacant manager's job at the Premier League's bottom club. (Talksport)external-link

Barcelona will not allow any approaches for forward Neymar, with Paris St-Germain lining up a £155m bid for the 24-year-old Brazilian forward. (Marca)external-link

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone says he can "imagine" himself managing Inter Milan in the future. (AS, via Sport Mediaset)external-link

Germany and Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos, 26, could easily make the adjustment to the Premier League, according to his brother. (AS)external-link

Norwich City striker Dieumerci Mbokani, 30, has told a Congolese radio station he does not want to play for Democratic Republic of Congo again.(Pink Un)external-link

West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet, 29, says Chelsea counterpart Eden Hazard helped make him the player he is today when they played together at Lille. (West Ham's official website)external-link

Paris St-Germain boss Laurent Blanc travelled to Old Trafford on Sunday to watch Everton's Romelu Lukaku, 22, in action against Manchester United and is now considering a bid in the region of £45m. (Star)external-link

United are looking at Spain international Sergio Busquets, 27, with the midfielder demanding a pay rise at Barcelona. (Express via Fichajes)external-link

Fabrizio Ravanelli, who played alongside Antonio Conte at Juventus, says Chelsea have "guaranteed" the title by naming the Italian as their new manager. (Sun)external-link

Former Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola also backed his compatriot to succeed at Stamford Bridge, comparing him to Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Diego Simeone. (Standard)external-link

Aston Villa are ready to offload Gabriel Agbonlahor, 29, this summer as they prepare for the Championship. (Telegraph)external-link

Villa want TV pundit Andy Townsend, who spent four years as a player at the club, to make a surprise return to Villa Park as director of football. (Sun)external-link

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Sunderland have been taking their training to new extremes with a session on Roker beach, not far from the Stadium of Light, where the locals got a chance to see the players in action.

Sunderland on Instagram

It has been a tough week for Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot, who suffered a serious knee injury while on duty with the Republic of Ireland, which will rule him out of Euro 2016. But Elliot is trying to look on the bright side of things, giving a thumbs-up from his hospital bed after an operation.

Robert Elliot on Twitter from his hospital bed

And finally

Tottenham-born pop star Adele gave her support to Spurs' Premier League title challenge by unfurling a club banner during a gig in London on Monday. (Evening Standard)external-link

England Ashes hero Steve Harmison, who is now boss at Ashington AFC, is appealing against a 12-match ban after he was involved in an argument with a referee. (Sun)external-link

Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph claimed, in an interview with the club's YouTube channel, that he regularly sees ghosts. (Goal.com)external-link

Leicester's mayor is ready to name the city's streets after the team's players should they complete a fairytale season by winning the Premier League title. (Times - subscription required)external-link

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