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Liverpool are closing in on the £25m signing of Burnley defender Michael Keane, with manager Jurgen Klopp making the 24-year-old his top defensive target this summer.

(Daily Mirror)



And Klopp is still hopeful of bringing Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk to Merseyside despite Saints boss Claude Puel stating the 25-year-old will not leave. (Daily Star)



Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, 28, is not interested in a cross-city switch to Manchester United this summer. (Daily Mail)



Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has agreed to join Manchester United this summer if they qualify for the Champions League. Club president Florentino Perez is frustrated with the 27-year-old’s fitness. (Diario Gol – via Daily Express)



Arsenal are interested in recruiting Borussia Dortmund’s Michael Zorc to be their director of football. (Daily Telegraph)



Striker Lucas Perez, 28, says he is considering leaving Arsenal in the summer over his lack of playing time under Arsene Wenger. (London Evening Standard – via La Voz De Galicia)



Atletico Madrid defender Theo Hernandez, 19, looks to have turned down interest from Liverpool and Barcelona to sign for Real Madrid. (Independent)



Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, 33, could sign a contract extension at the club this summer but he may listen to offers if he is not considered a regular first-team choice. (Sun)



Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is prepared to move for Bournemouth defender Adam Smith if right-back Kyle Walker, 26, does not commit his future to the club. Smith, 26, began his career at Spurs. (Daily Mirror)



Sunderland will wait for an offer of £30m for goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, 23, and will use the money from the sale to fund a promotion push after being relegated from the Premier League. (Daily Express)



Everton will make a £10m offer for Pickford, who is also wanted by German side Red Bull Leipzig. (Sun)



Jack Butland has been urged to stay at Stoke by manager Mark Hughes, who believes the 24-year-old goalkeeper would be better served at a club where he is first choice. (Daily Star)



Attacking midfielder Kingsley Coman, 20, has revealed he considered signing for Manchester City before committing his future to Bayern Munich until 2020. (Four Four Two)



Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the best-paid player in the Premier League on £367,640 a week (his goal bonus is worth £2.86m), while midfielder Paul Pogba earns a basic wage of £165,588 a week and will receive an annual loyalty bonus in excess of £3.4m from next year. (Daily Mail)



Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola will reportedly earn more than £41m from the Frenchman’s move to Manchester United.

(Daily Mirror)



Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen says Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, 23, is not yet good enough to move to Old Trafford. (Independent)



The Toffees have stepped up their interest in Anderlecht’s Leander Dendoncker, 22, who helped his side beat Zulte Waregem 2-0 on Sunday. (Sun)



Malaga forward Sandro Ramirez, 21, could move to Everton for as little as £5m this summer – despite his 14-goal haul in La Liga.

(Liverpool Echo)



Real Madrid have beaten Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea and a host of other clubs to the signing of a 16-year-old dubbed ‘the new Neymar’. Vinicius Junior will leave Brazilian club Flamengo in a £38m deal.




Middlesbrough will dispense with head coach Steve Agnew following their relegation from the Premier League and are also likely to lose captain and centre-back Ben Gibson, with a number of clubs keen to sign the 24-year-old.

(Times – subscription required)



West Brom will have to fight off competition from Crystal Palace in their pursuit of Sunderland defender Lamine Kone, 28. (Birmingham mail)



Dick Advocaat is set to be appointed Netherlands coach for a third time. The 69-year-old former Sunderland and Rangers boss will be the country’s oldest manager.




Newcastle United midfielder Vurnon Anita, 28, is hopeful he will get to stay with the club when they play in the Premier League next season despite his contract expiring this summer. (Northern Echo)



Oasis front man Liam Gallagher has had his say on reported Manchester United interest in Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero. (Manchester Evening News)



Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney, 19, says his friends text him screenshots of articles linking him with moves to clubs such as Manchester United and Chelsea. (Metro)


Everton striker Romelu Lukaku could reject a return to Chelsea and sign for Manchester United because the 23-year-old Belgium international is concerned about how he will fit in with manager Antonio Conte’s tactics. (Sun)



Blues boss Conte says the Premier League leaders will have to recruit heavily this summer to compete in four competitions next season. (London Evening Standard)



Chelsea are considering a combined £70m move for two players from Serie A side Roma – Belgium midfielder Radja Nainggolan, 29, and Germany centre-back Antonio Rudiger, 24. (Sun)



Manchester City are also interested in Rudiger, as well as 30-year-old Juventus and Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci, with manager Pep Guardiola saying he cannot rely on the fitness of 31-year-old Belgium international Vincent Kompany. (Daily Mirror)



Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, 24, has agreed to join Chelsea this summer after the Spain international’s agent met several European clubs. (Diario Gol, via Daily Star)



Arsenal, Everton, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and West Ham are monitoring Sunderland’s English goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who could move for about £25m. (Telegraph)



However, Sunderland want more than £30m for 23-year-old keeper Pickford. (Times – subscription required)



Spanish striker Lucas Perez, 28, would be open to returning to Deportivo La Coruna in the summer after becoming frustrated over his lack of opportunities since joining Arsenal last summer. (La Voz de Galicia, via Daily Mail)



Arsenal have joined Tottenham in wanting to sign Everton midfielder Ross Barkley if the 23-year-old England international does not agree a new contract with the Goodison Park club.

(Daily Mail)



Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 35, has amazed doctors with the condition of his knee, according to the former Sweden international’s agent Mino Raiola. (, via Four Four Two)



Leicester winger Marc Albrighton, 27, has backed manager Craig Shakespeare to get the Foxes job on a permanent basis. (Daily Express)



Bournemouth’s Republic of Ireland midfielder Harry Arter, 27, has apologised for his tackle on Stoke midfielder Joe Allen during the 2-2 draw on Saturday. (Stoke Sentinel)



Tottenham Hotspur will take their players to Hong Kong for a friendly against local opposition as soon as the Premier League season finishes. (Guardian)



Swansea striker Fernando Llorente, 32, has defended his contribution to the relegation-threatened team’s cause after criticism of the Spaniard by former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard. (Daily Star)



Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce says his relegation-battling side have been guilty of suffering a “dip” in form after reaching the 38-point mark. (Guardian)



Hull City are also fighting for Premier League survival and, after losing to bottom-of-the-table Sunderland, Tigers defender Harry Maguire says “those who say we crumble under pressure are wrong”. (Daily Express)



Iran’s Mohammad Mokhtari scored a stunning overhead kick as his side beat Italy to finish third at the Fifa Beach Soccer World Cup. (Fifa)



Arsenal’s ground staff were caught on camera enjoying some chocolate treats during the Gunners’ victory over Manchester United.




Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno has had to get used to being a regular on the substitutes’ bench this season – and entertained himself during the goalless draw with Southampton by practising his bottle-flipping skill






Maxwell Agbashie|ahotoronline,com|Sports

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