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Manchester United will move for Everton's Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 22, if they cannot sign Atletico Madrid forward Mario Mandzukic, 29.(Sun - subscription required)external-link

Meanwhile, United have enquired about signing 22-year-old French centre-back Raphael Varane from Real Madrid. United made their interest known in Varane during discussions over the transfer of goalkeeper David De Gea, but Real Madrid say the defender is not for sale. (Marca)external-link

And United are set to make a £10.2m bid for Monaco full-back Fabinho, although the Ligue 1 club are reluctant to lose the 21-year-old.(L'Equipe - in French)external-link

Jack Wilshere, 23, will become Manchester City's next English transfer target. City are expected to make an initial £30m move for the Arsenal midfielder after having an improved £40m offer for Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling, 20, rejected on Wednesday.(Daily Mirror) external-link

The Sun's back page
The back page of Thursday's Sun

Juventus are in talks with Chelsea over an £18m move for 23-year-old Brazil midfielder Oscar.(Sun - subscription required)external-link

Former Manchester United and Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez, 31, has told Juventus he would like to return to Argentina with Boca Juniors. (Daily Mail) external-link

And Juventus have already lined up a replacement for Tevez, reaching an agreement with Atletico Madrid to sign Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic, 29. (Gazzetta - in Italian)external-link

Tottenham have made a bid to sign former Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye, 29, from Paris St-Germain. (Times - subscription required)external-link

QPR striker Charlie Austin, 25, is wanted by Chelsea, West Ham United and Newcastle United. (Daily Express)external-link

Galatasaray have joined the chase for Manchester United's Dutch striker Robin van Persie, 31 and Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, 31. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Thursday's Daily Star back page
The future of Chelsea keeper Petr Cech features on the back page of Thursday's Daily Star

But Galatasaray cannot afford Van Persie's £240,000 a week wages. (Voetbal Primeur, via Times - subscription required).external-link

Manchester City have had a £5m offer for 18-year-old Fulham and England Under-19 forward Patrick Roberts rejected. (Guardian)external-link

Chelsea are to sell Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech, 33, to rivals Arsenal. Jose Mourinho will then turn to QPR's England keeper Rob Green, 35, as back-up for Thibaut Courtois. (Daily Star)external-link

Southampton have put a £24m price tag on Manchester United and Arsenal target Morgan Schneiderlin, 25.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Liverpool's bid to sign Nathaniel Clyne, 24, has moved a step closer after Southampton agreed a deal for the England international's replacement. (Liverpool Echo) external-link

West Brom boss Tony Pulis wants to sign QPR's Scotland winger Matt Phillips, 24, and Besiktas's Senegal striker Demba Ba, 30.(Birmingham Mail)external-link

Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas has suffered an Achilles injury on international duty with Costa Rica which may require surgery. If the 28-year-old misses the start of the new season it may force the La Liga side to step up their pursuit of Manchester United goalkeeper De Gea.(Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)external-link

Former QPR, Leicester and Swansea manager Paolo Sousa has left Basel after the Swiss champions agreed to terminate his contract. The 44-year-old is favourite for the vacant Fiorentina job. (ESPN)external-link

Best of social media

Manchester United winger Ashley Young has been spending his summer holiday in the tattoo studio. He posted a picture of himself on Instagram,external-link saying: "Thanks @tonitattoos for putting some more ink on me. Part one of my left sleeve done."

Ashley Young
Young shows off his latest tattoo

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has hinted he wished former Manchester City defender Micah Richards, who completed a free transfer to Aston Villa on Wednesday, had joined his club. "My brother signed for Aston villa. All the best @MicahRichards wish you was with me!! Bargain" he tweeted. external-link

Jamie Carragher has joked that ex-Manchester United right-back Gary Neville picked Liverpool's first seven fixtures, which sees the Reds play away to Arsenal and Manchester United. Carragher tweeted: external-link"Didn't think Sky had a say in the fixtures but @GNev2 must have been involved in picking Liverpool's first 7 away games."

And finally

Fifa 16 fans are threatening to boycott the 2016 version of the computer game if Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson wins the vote to appear on the front cover. (Metro)external-link

But could the backing of one of the world's most famous pop stars swing it in Harry Kane's favour? The Tottenham striker has the vote of One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson, who has tweeted:external-link "I'm backing Harry Kane for the Fifa 16 cover. Defo deserves it! Doing it for England!"

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