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Manchester United may have to pay a British-record £78m to sign 23-year-old Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba - four years after the France international left Old Trafford for £800,000. (Daily Mirror)external-link

But Manchester City have ended their interest in France international Pogba. (Guardian)external-link

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Liverpool could table a late bid to rival Arsenal's in the chase for Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, 29. (Daily Star)external-link

Chelsea forward Diego Costa, 27, wants to return to Atletico Madrid this summer, according to the Spanish club's president. (Antena 3 Sports, via Metro)external-link

Antonio Conte wants to make Juventus right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner, 32, his first signing as Chelsea manager. (Sun)external-link

The Blues are considering a move for £31m-rated Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi, 22. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan, 28, has spoken to Conte about moving to Chelsea and says his Belgium team-mates Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois have urged him to move to Stamford Bridge. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is not allowed to sign any players from Bayern Munich, according to the German champions' midfielder Douglas Costa, 25. (Globo Esporte, via Manchester Evening News)external-link

City are considering activating the £40m release clause in 22-year-old defender Aymeric Laporte's Athletic Bilbao contract. (Daily Mirror)external-link

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Southampton are prepared to offer former Ajax boss Frank de Boer a £3m annual salary to stave off rival interest from Italian side Lazio. (Daily Express)external-link

After signing 22-year-old Eric Bailly from Villarreal, Manchester United want to recruit another defender. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

The Red Devils also want Juventus striker Alvaro Morata, 23. (Marca)external-link

But United are willing to let Matteo Darmian leave, with Juventus favourites to sign the 26-year-old full-back. (Tuttosport, via Gazzetta dello Sport)external-link

Southampton are braced for a Tottenham bid for 24-year-old midfielder Victor Wanyama, who has just one year remaining on his St Mary's deal. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott, 27, has no intention of leaving despite the Gunners bidding for Leicester's 29-year-old striker Jamie Vardy. (ESPN)external-link

Stoke striker Peter Crouch, 35, says he may take up coaching when he finishes his playing career. (Daily Star)external-link

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has made signing a striker his priority, but wants a proven goalscorer rather than a youngster with potential. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Championship side Wolves want to sign 20-year-old Manchester United forward James Wilson on loan for next season. (Express and Star)external-link

Celtic plan to release Republic of Ireland striker Anthony Stokes on a free transfer, and the 27-year-old could join Rotherham. (Daily Mail)external-link

Juventus are set to sign Roma playmaker Miralem Pjanic for £25m. The 26-year-old has been linked with Manchester United. (Gazzetta World)external-link

The best of social media

Wednesday was National Best Friends Day, but Eric Dier was not feeling the love from Tottenham and England team-mate Dele Alli...

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What's on Jose Mourinho's to-do list over the next few weeks? If you're blessed with superhuman vision you might be able to find a clue among the paperwork on his desk.external-link

Jose Mourinho's desk
Surely it won't stay this tidy for long?

Former Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado, now at Villarreal, had a message for new Manchester United signing Eric Bailly. "I don't like red colour in England, but I wish you all the best my friend," he tweeted.external-link

Manchester United winger Ashley Young appears to have dramatically aged - with the help of a Snapchat filter, that is...external-link

Ashley Young Twitter
Ashley Young shared this picture with his Twitter followers

Blazers? Check. Chinos? Check. White trainers? Check. Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech posted this picture on Twitterexternal-link as the Czech Republic squad posed for an obligatory plane-boarding snap before Euro 2016.

Petr Cech Twitter
Is that the pilot taking a shot of his own in the background?

West Brom forward Victor Anichebe paid tribute to Nigeria football legend Stephen Keshi, who has died aged 54. The former Everton man tweeted:external-link"Man life is so short! My prayers go out to Nigerian legend Stephen Keshi and his loved ones."

And finally

Liverpool's players were reluctantly transformed into rap stars, with 'LL Cool A' (Adam Lallana) and 'C Bizzle' (Christian Benteke) among those to show off their skills on the mic before their pre-season tour of the United States. (Liverpool FC YouTube channel)external-link

Leicester and England striker Jamie Vardy bought himself Shut the Box - a traditional pub board game - while he browsed the local shops near England's Euro 2016 base in Chantilly. (Daily Mail)external-link

Chelsea and Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois' grandfather has revealed he is a nudist. (Derniere Heure)external-link

Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - who has been linked with a move to Manchester City - has been filmed brushing up on his English slang. (YouTube)external-link

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