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Chelsea have made a £55m bid for Paris St-Germain's 24-year-old Italy midfielder Marco Verratti. (Sun)

Tottenham have initiated talks with Juventus and Brazil right-back Dani Alves, 34. (Yahoo)

Alves would replace 26-year-old England international Kyle Walker, who looks likely to be leaving Spurs at the end of the season. (Evening Standard)

Two more England players - midfielder Eric Dier, 23, and full-back Danny Rose, 26 - are also close to leaving Tottenham amid interest from Manchester United and Manchester City. (Sun)

Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger says the club do not need to sell Netherlands centre-back Virgil van Dijk, 25, even if they are offered £60m. (Liverpool Echo)

Barcelona have been linked with a move for Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko, but AC Milan and Real Madrid are also interested in the 27-year-old France international. (Don Balon - in Spanish)

Manchester United target Bernardo Silva, 22, says he dreams of leaving Monaco for one of the "best teams". The Portugal midfielder is valued at around £70m. (SIC, via Metro)

United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal are all interested in signing Stoke's 24-year-old England goalkeeper Jack Butland. (Daily Star)

The Daily Mail's back page on Thursday

Bournemouth are willing to offer Jermain Defoe a three-year contract worth £115,000 a week. The 34-year-old Sunderland and England striker is soon to be available on a free transfer. (Sun)

The Cherries will also make bids worth more than a combined £30m for Chelsea's Dutch defender Nathan Ake, 22, and Bosnia goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 29, once the season has finished. (Guardian)

Winger Wilfried Zaha has told Crystal Palace he is willing to sign a five-year deal worth £110,000-a-week after the 24-year-old Ivory Coast international helped to secure the club's Premier League status for another season. (Guardian)

Watford want to replace sacked manager Walter Mazzarri with Hull City boss Marco Silva. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea will offer keeper Thibaut Courtois a new contract worth more than £150,000-a-week to try to fight off Real Madrid's interest in the 25-year-old Belgium international. (Telegraph)

Newcastle and Crystal Palace are tracking 27-year-old Burnley striker Ashley Barnes. (ESPN)

Arsenal want to sign Real Madrid and Brazil right-back Danilo, 25. (Don Balon - in Spanish)

The Gunners are also keen on Lyon's 22-year-old France Under-21 midfielder Corentin Tolisso. (Mirror)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho said he wants to keep goalkeeper David de Gea at the club, describing the 26-year-old Spain international as "the best in the world". (Times - subscription required)

Thursday's Daily Express back page

Lyon and France striker Alexandre Lacazette, 25, says he is interested in joining Atletico Madrid this summer. (Lyon, via Eurosport)

Newcastle United are set to enquire about the availability of 26-year-old Fulham and Scotland midfielder Tom Cairney. (Telegraph)

Derby County are willing to let former England Under-21 winger Tom Ince, 25, leave if they receive a bid of £10m this summer. (Daily Mirror)

Stoke's 18-year-old defender Andrew Cherdieu is a target for Nice this summer. (Daily Mail)

Midfielder Aaron Mooy could leave Manchester City on a permanent deal in the summer, but current loan side Huddersfield are yet to make a bid for the 26-year-old Australia international.(SBS, via Manchester Evening News)

Bournemouth defender Steve Cook, 26, says he plans to stay with Cherries for "years to come".(Bournemouth Echo)

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