Football transfer gossip: Sanches, Lemar, Neymar, Bale, Keita, Coutinho, Barkley

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Bayern Munich have confirmed Chelsea manager Antonio Conte enquired about 19-year-old Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches when the two sides met in Singapore this week. (Gazzetta dello Sport via Evening Standard)external-link

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has revealed he is struggling with illness before his return to training with the Gunners this weekend. (Metro)external-link

Barcelona have cancelled a promotional event in China because forward Neymar, 25, is instead "busy dealing with his transfer". (Express)external-link

Brazil international Neymar, who has been heavily linked with a £199m move to Paris-St Germain, was also involved in a training ground clash with team-mate Nelson Semedo on their pre-season tour. (Star)external-link

Newcastle United have agreed personal terms with Benfica's Greece midfielder Andreas Samaris, 28, who almost joined rivals Sunderland during the January transfer window. (TalkSport)external-link

Arsenal are closing in on a £45m deal for Monaco's 21-year-old France midfielder Thomas Lemar. (Sun)external-link

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has said he cannot guarantee that Wales forward Gareth Bale, 28 - who is a target for Manchester United - will stay at the Bernabeu this summer.(Mirror)external-link

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is planning a £50m move for two England midfielders - Everton's Ross Barkley and Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, both 23.(Sun)external-link

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino wants to sign Barkley this summer to convert him into a central midfielder.(Times - subscription required)external-link

Roma are set to return with a new £32m bid for Leicester's Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez, 26.(Mirror)external-link

Liverpool are ready to make a final attempt to sign RB Leipzig's Guinea midfielder Naby Keita, with a bid in excess of £70m likely for the 22-year-old.(Mirror)external-link

Meanwhile, the Reds remain unmoved in their stance that Brazil forward Philippe Coutinho, 25, is not for sale amid interest from Barcelona.(ESPN)external-link

Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti says he wants 28-year-old Croatia winger Ivan Perisic - a Manchester United target - to stay at the club, but that he "can't say for sure" what will happen. (ESPN)external-link

Juventus have turned their attention to Paris St-Germain's France international Blaise Matuidi, 30, as they look to sign a defensive midfielder, further clearing Manchester United's path for Chelsea's Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic, 28.(Independent)external-link

AC Milan chairman Marco Fassone has revealed the club have spoken to the agent of Chelsea and Spain striker Diego Costa, 28. (Sky Sports)external-link

Striker Karim Benzema, 29, is expected to re-sign with Real Madrid for the upcoming season, regardless of whether the club sign his 18-year-old France team-mate Kylian Mbappe from Monaco.(Marca)external-link

Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, 23 - a target for Manchester United and Barcelona - has no plans to leave Juventus this summer.(Talksport)external-link

Lucas Perez's agent has travelled to London to negotiate the 28-year-old Spanish striker's return to Deportivo La Coruna.(AS)external-link

Former Arsenal and Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant, 34, is set to sign for Billericay Town despite interest from Scottish Premiership side Hibernian. (Sun)external-link

Brighton are ready to break their transfer record again with an £8m move for Leicester forward Tom Lawrence, 23.(Mirror)external-link

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Liverpool have been cooling down after training by having a dip in an ice-cold lake in Germany, but striker Daniel Sturridge was not very keen. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Striker Javier Hernandez's arrival at West Ham has gone down well with the Mexican media.(West Ham website)external-link

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is spending time in an ice chamber as he prepares for the new season. He posted a picture on Instagram and joked: "They said, 'Mesut you have to be ice-cold in front of goal'. Ok, I'll try my best ...".(Instagram)external-link

Watford's new Portuguese head coach Marco Silva says his squad must speak only in English.(Daily Express)external-link

Chelsea's players were put through their paces by a Shaolin monk. (Chelsea Youtube)external-link

Barcelona hosted former US president Barack Obama as they beat Manchester United in a friendly in the United States. (Twitter)external-link

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Best of Thursday's transfer news

Liverpool have placed a £133m price tag on attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 25, to scare off Barcelona. (Mirror)external-link

Chelsea failed in a late bid to buy Kyle Walker, 27, from Tottenham. The England right-back moved to Manchester City for an initial £45m. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Huddersfield Town head coach David Wagner says the club will listen to offers for 27-year-old Bermuda striker Nahki Wells. (Huddersfield Daily Examiner)external-link

Swansea City are tracking Leeds United striker Chris Wood, but face competition from two other Premier League clubs for the 25-year-old New Zealand international. (Wales Online)external-link