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RB Leipzig will find it hard to resist a third and final offer of £80m from Liverpool for midfielder Naby Keita, 22, reports Guinean journalist. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Crystal Palace have suffered a blow in their reported pursuit of Dutchman Jasper Cillessen, 28, with the goalkeeper insisting he is happy at Barcelona. (Croydon Advertiser)external-link

Arsenal will compete with Tottenham for Ross Barkley's signature with the 23-year-old's Everton career in doubt. (Daily Express)external-link

West Brom manager Tony Pulis has dismissed reports linking winger Nacer Chadli, 27, with a move to Swansea City, saying he does not want to lose players and that the Baggies are looking to bring players in. (Daily Star)external-link

Manchester United are plotting a move for 19-year-old Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches. (Daily Star)external-link

Manchester City have had a £44.5m bid for left-back Benjamin Mendy rejected by Monaco. The Ligue 1 side are demanding £54m for the 23-year-old. (Daily Mail)external-link

And City will complete the signing of 26-year-old right-back Danilo from Real Madrid on Friday. (Marca - in Spanish)external-link

Barcelona have bid £72m for Liverpool's Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 25, but the Reds are expected to reject the offer. (Daily Mail)external-link

The Reds say the La Liga giants are wasting their time. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Arsenal are increasingly confident midfielder Mesut Ozil, 28, will sign a new contract. (Sun)external-link

Manchester United have turned their attention to a £25m deal for Paris St-Germain right-back Serge Aurier, 24, as they struggle to reach a deal with Monaco for Fabinho, 23. (Independent)external-link

PSG coach Unai Emery has confirmed Ivory Coast international Aurier wants to leave this summer. (L'Equipe, via Metro)external-link

Midfielder Jack Wilshere, 25, is open to a move to West Ham - if they can agree a fee with Arsenal. (Daily Star)external-link

Tottenham have asked to be kept informed of Riyad Mahrez's situation at Leicester City, but the Foxes will have to lower their £50m asking price for the 26-year-old forward for Spurs to make a move.(Standard)external-link

Leicester players are ready to "dig out" Mahrez if he does not put in 100% effort, says midfielder Andy King.(Leicester Mercury)external-link

Manchester United have still not met Inter Milan's valuation of Croatian winger Ivan Perisic, 28. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are interested in 17-year-old Manchester City winger Jadon Sancho. (Independent)external-link

Austria forward Marko Arnautovic, 28, will become West Ham's highest-paid player following his medical at the London club on Friday. (Daily Express)external-link

Crystal Palace are planning a new bid for Arsenal defender Calum Chambers, 22, after their opening offer of £16m was rejected.(ESPN FC)external-link

Fulham target Diego Rolan could make the Cottagers wait until the final days of the transfer window to sign him. The Bordeaux striker, 24, is holding out for a move to the Premier League or Spain.(Sky Sports)external-link

Bournemouth winger Max Gradel has told the club he wants to join Toulouse. The Cherries have already rejected a loan offer from the French club for the 29-year-old.(L'Equipe, via Talksport)external-link

Stewart Downing's anticipated departure from Middlesbrough has been delayed as Birmingham City continue to try to strike a deal for the 32-year-old midfielder.(Gazette)external-link

Newcastle United have agreed to sell 33-year-old striker Daryl Murphy to Nottingham Forest for £2m. (Sky Sports)external-link

The back pages

The Guardian features Monaco's allegation that Manchester City made an illegal approach for striker Kylian Mbappe
The Guardian features Monaco's allegation that Manchester City made an illegal approach for striker Kylian Mbappe

Meanwhile...

Following John Terry's departure from Chelsea, defender David Luiz admits he 'enjoys' the responsibility of being captain but expects centre-back partner Gary Cahill to be awarded the armband. (Metro)external-link

Stuart Manley once had a trial at Manchester United, but the Welshman turned his back on football and is now playing in golf's Open Championship. (Daily Mail)external-link

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has told striker Marcus Rashford to change his shirt number to nine - because that's what goalscorers wear. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has welcomed new signing Alvaro Morata to Stamford Bridge...

Moraya Baksyoko
Alvaro Morata is set for a £60m move to Chelsea from Real Madrid

Tottenham are continuing to enjoy their pre-season trip to the United States...

Jan Vertonghen

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he owes the club's recruitment staff a debt of gratitude over striker Dominic Solanke, who was such an unknown quantity he struggled to even find DVDs of the 19-year-old in action. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Lucas Leiva, who joined Lazio from Liverpool on Tuesday, has been getting to know his new colleagues, including club mascot Olimpia...

Lucas Leiva
Lucas Leiva has met new club Lazio's eagle mascot, Olimpia

The best of Thursday's transfer news

Paris St-Germain are set to hold talks with Barcelona over a £196m deal to sign Neymar, Barca's 25-year-old Brazil international forward. (Guardian)external-link

PSG are willing to pay Neymar a signing on fee of £45m and will offer him a five-year contract worth £596,000 a week after tax. (Daily Mail)external-link

Chelsea are holding out for £44m for Atletico Madrid target Diego Costa, 28, after agreeing a deal to sign his fellow striker Alvaro Morata, 24, from Real Madrid. (Independent)external-link

Manchester United want to sign 24-year-old Paris St-Germain defender Serge Aurier as negotiations stall with Monaco over 23-year-old Fabinho. (Independent)external-link

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