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Chelsea are not willing to meet the £70m asking price for Real Madrid attacking midfielder James Rodriguez, 25. (London Evening Standard)

 

Ajax want about 30m euros (£26.5m) for 24-year-old midfielder Davy Klaassen, who has been linked with Everton. (De Telegraaf via Liverpool Echo)

 

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, 19, says he is undecided about whether to join Brighton or Newcastle on loan. (Newcastle Chronicle via Daily Mail)

 

Sweden midfielder Sebastian Larsson is believed to have been offered a new deal by Sunderland but the out-of-contract 32-year-old will wait to see what other offers he gets before deciding on his future. (Sunderland Echo)

 

Stoke have had no interest in defender Philipp Wollscheid and may have to lower their demands or subsidise his wages if they want to offload the 28-year-old. (Stoke Sentinel)

 

Reading manager Jaap Stam is on Leeds’ shortlist as they search for a new manager, but the Dutchman plans to stay with the Royals and would only leave for a Premier League club. (Voetbal

 

 

Sheffield Wednesday want to strengthen their central defence and have expressed an interest in Newcastle United’s Grant Hanley, 25, and Middlesbrough’s Daniel Ayala, 26. (Sheffield Star)

 

League One side Blackburn hope to sign midfielder Peter Whittingham, who is out of contract at Cardiff, but face competition from a Championship club for the 32-year-old’s signature. (Lancashire Telegraph)

 

Bradford boss Stuart McCall has played down speculation over his future by insisting he will not be resigning. (Bradford Telegraph & Argus)

 

 

Manchester City hope Arsenal will accept £50m for forward Alexis Sanchez as they plan to make the 28-year-old their highest paid player on £275,000 a week. (Daily Star)

 

World Cup-winning England Under-20 goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, 20, says he is unsure about his future at Newcastle. (Daily Telegraph)

 

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has convinced Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, 24, to join the club – with an offer expected on Monday. (Marca)

 

Morata hinted on social media that he could be joining United, ‘liking’ an Instagram post appearing to confirm an imminent move. (Metro)

 

United could offer Zlatan Ibrahimovic a short-term deal, despite releasing him, if the 35-year-old Swedish striker successfully recovers from knee surgery. (Manchester Evening News)

 

Paris St-Germain have made a huge step towards signing Monaco’s 18-year-old France forward Kylian Mbappe, who is also wanted by Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United. (L’Equipe – in French)

 

Chelsea are favourites to sign Real Madrid’s Colombian attacking midfielder James Rodriguez, 25. (AS – in Spanish)

 

Liverpool are ready to make a last attempt to stop midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 23, from signing a new £100,000-a-week contract with Arsenal. (Daily Express)

 

Manchester United are close to agreeing a deal for Monaco’s Brazil midfielder Fabinho, 23. (Manchester Evening News)

 

Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez, 26, has not ruled out staying at Leicester City for the new season, despite making clear his intentions to leave the club this summer. (Leicester Mercury)

 

Mahrez says he has not received any formal offers. (Elheddaf Television via Sky Sports)

 

Manchester United’s imminent signing of central defender Victor Lindeloff, 22, means the Old Trafford outfit will sell defender Chris Smalling, 27.(Daily Star)

 

West Ham are ready to move for Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, 30.(Sun)

 

France defender Laurent Koscielny, 31, has distanced himself from reports linking him with Marseille, saying he is happy at Arsenal.(Telefoot via ESPN)

 

Italy striker Andrea Belotti, 23, wants to stay at Torino and might refuse to leave even if a team meets his 100m euro release clause, according to club president Urbano Cairo. (Radio 24 via Four Four Two)

 

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, 18, will sign a new deal at AC Milan.(Corriere dello Sport – in Italian)

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