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Transfer news - latest update (12:00 BST)

Arsenal are in danger of breaching Premier League wage control rules if Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, and Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, 28, sign new contracts. (Daily Mail)

Monaco's Brazilian midfielder Fabinho, 23, says he would be "tempted" by a move to Manchester United. (Esporte Interativo, via Independent)

Watford have turned their attentions to Middlesbrough defender George Friend, 29, after refusing to meet Arsenal's £15m valuation for Kieran Gibbs, 27. (London Evening Standard)

Newcastle United are poised to sign Eibar's French defender Florian Lejeune, 26, after activating his 10m euro (£8.78m) release clause. (AS, via Chronicle)

Florian Lejeune (left) left Manchester City in 2016 without making a Premier League appearance
Florian Lejeune (left) left Manchester City in 2016 without making a Premier League appearance

Premier League newcomers Brighton's hopes of signing Ingolstadt's £2m-rated Austria left-back Markus Suttner, 30, have suffered a setback after the German club said they were not prepared to let him go. (Argus)

Sunderland's hopes of appointing a new manager have been hampered by ongoing takeover talks, leaving the club 'in limbo'. (Sunderland Echo)

Nottingham Forest striker Apostolos Vellios, 25, is understood to have to returned to Greece to complete a move to Olympiakos. (Nottingham Post)

Transfer news - previous update (07:00 BST)

Paris St-Germain have offered Monaco a world record £119m for 18-year-old striker Kylian Mbappe. (Mirror)

But Arsenal are preparing a new bid with Arsenal Wenger confident of a deal for the in-demand forward. (Metro)

And the highly-rated 18-year-old is open to the idea of moving to Arsenal. (Telegraph)

Liverpool's 100m euros (£87.89m) bid for the Monaco forward has been rejected. (Marca)

He is said to have had a conversation with Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane. (L'Equipe - in French)

Manager Antonio Conte is prepared to sell midfielder Nemanja Matic, 28, to Manchester United in order to accelerate the £42m signing of 22-year-old Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.(The Times - subscription)

Real Sociedad have agreed a £10m fee with Manchester United for 22-year-old Belgium winger Adnan Januzaj. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United's Italian full-back Matteo Darmian, 27, has phoned manager Jose Mourinho and asked him to push through his move to Juventus with a World Cup on the horizon. (Sun)

Stoke chairman Peter Coates insists the club have "no plans to sell" 25-year-old winger Xherdan Shaqiri this summer. (TalkSport)

But Stoke's £12m bid for Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson is likely to be rejected as Boro demand upwards of £20m for the 25-year-old. (Mirror)

Tottenham have contacted Fiorentina regarding a move for their 25-year-old midfielder Matias Vecino. (TalkSport)

Spurs are also ready to make a £17.5m move for Germany and Schalke under-21 winger Max Meyer. (Sun)

And the North London club are set to hand new five-year deal to England right-back Kieran Trippier. The 26-year-old still has three years left on his current contract. (Mirror)

Liverpool have been told Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 28, will cost £63m if they want to bring him to Anfield this summer.(Bild via Independent)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Aubameyang scored 40 goals for Dortmund last season and is wanted by Liverpool

And the Reds have rejected an £11m bid from Napoli for their 24-year-old left-back Alberto Moreno. (Telegraph)

John Terry is considering an offer from Championship side Aston Villa, but the 36-year-old expects rival interest from Premier League sides as he prepares to leave Chelsea. (Guardian)

Antonio Conte has told Chelsea he wants Juventus' Leonardo Bonucci, 30, or Southampton's Virgil van Dijk, 25, to bolster his team's defence next season. (Guardian)

Burnley are hoping to ward off opposition from Premier League rivals West Brom to land Leeds United left-back Charlie Taylor, 23. (Burnley Express)

Bayern Munich could be ready to loan out former Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry after signing him this summer as they remain in the hunt for a big-name attacker. (SportBild via Metro)

Lyon have agreed a £16.7m fee with Chelsea to sign their 21-year-old striker Bertrand Traore, with the deal set to be completed when he returns from holiday next week. (L'Equipe - in French)

Inter Milan are considering rivalling Juventus' bid to sign Arsenal's 28-year-old goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. (Evening Standard)

Belgian goalkeeper Matz Sels, 25, is refusing to give up on his Newcastle United career - and insists his move to Anderlecht will only be for one season. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Benik Afobe has tipped Bournemouth team-mate Sam Surridge, 18, to follow in the footsteps of Baily Cargill and Matt Worthington by playing in the Premier League. (Bournemouth Echo)

The back pages

The Sun say Chelsea are preparing bids for Juventus pair Leonardo Bonucci and Alex Sandro
The Sun say Chelsea are preparing bids for Juventus pair Leonardo Bonucci and Alex Sandro


Juventus could be at risk of losing 17-year-old forward Moise Kean on a free transfer if the club do not deliver on the fleet of tractors they are said to owe his father. (Tuttosport via Independent)

The new wife of Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini posted this picture of their wedding cake…

Martina Rubini
But what flavour are the layers?

Have you ever wondered why Leicester City are called the Foxes? Here's the answer... (Leicester Mercury)

Manchester United's Paul Pogba has been using his summer break to take a starring role in a new music video for US rap artists Desiigner. (Manchester Evening News)

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The best of Thursday's transfer news

Chelsea striker Diego Costa, 28, will defy manager Antonio Conte and refuse to leave Stamford Bridge unless he can return to former club Atletico Madrid. (Daily Star)

Manchester City may have to lower their £25m valuation of Joe Hart, 30, as they have yet to receive any firm offers for the England goalkeeper. (Daily Mirror)

Leicester City are planning a £25m move for Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho, 20. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester City's bid to sign Kyle Walker, 27, will drag into next week as Tottenham Hotspur refuse to lower their £50m valuation of the England defender. City's pursuit of the right-back will not end if they sign Dani Alves, 34, from Juventus. (Independent)

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