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Chelsea are planning to make a £100m bid for Everton's 23-year-old forward Romelu Lukaku and attacking midfielder Ross Barkley, 23. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Chelsea will sell 26-year-old striker Diego Costa to fund their bid for Lukaku and Real Madrid's 24-year-old striker Alvaro Morata. (Sun)external-link

Romelu Lukaku said "instead of living in the past, you have to think ahead" as he revealed some of the frustrations behind his decision to reject a new contract with Everton. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Everton's majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri is confident Romelu Lukaku will commit to a new contract at the club. (Talksport)external-link

Everton have told Chelsea they will have to pay more than £65m if they want to sign Belgium international Romelu Lukaku. (Evening Standard)external-link

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The Times' back page on Thursday leads on Manchester City's European exit

Manchester United have joined Chelsea in closely monitoring Celtic's 20-year-old forward Moussa Dembele, valued at £30m by the Scottish champions. (Independent)external-link

Manchester United and local rivals Manchester City will play a friendly in San Diego in the United States before the start of next season. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Barcelona are interested in signing Borussia Dortmund's 19-year-old French forward Ousmane Dembele this summer. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)external-link

Napoli forward Dries Mertens, 29, will not sign a new deal with the Italian club and has set his sights on a move to the Premier League. (Het Laatste Nieuws - in Dutch)external-link

Netherlands defender Bruno Martins Indi, 25, wants to stay at Stoke and talks have begun over making his loan move from Porto permanent in the summer. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent has been in the United States for negotiations with LA Galaxy, as the 36-year-old Manchester United striker considers his future. (Marca)external-link

Former England boss Roy Hodgson is set to turn down an offer to become Norwich's next manager. (Eastern Daily Press)external-link

Bayern Munich are keen to sign Bayer Leverkusen's 20-year-old winger Julian Brandt. (Bild - in German)external-link

However Liverpool are also interested in signing Brandt, with manager Jurgen Klopp prepared to pay £20m. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Crystal Palace goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, 31, has denied reports he has agreed a return to Marseille this summer. (Facebook - in French)external-link

Arsenal are one of a number of clubs tracking Stuttgart's 19-year-old midfielder Berkay Ozcan. (Football.london)external-link

Daily Mirror
Pep Guardiola's agony also features prominently on the Daily Mirror back page on Thursday

Wales boss Chris Coleman will hand a first senior international call-up to Liverpool's 17-year-old forward Ben Woodburn on Thursday. (Sun)external-link

Liverpool are interested in signing RB Leipzig's 21-year-old striker Timo Werner. (Daily Mail)external-link

West Ham are considering a move for Sampdoria's 25-year-old forward Luis Muriel as the club continue their search for a new striker. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Newcastle have already begun the hunt for a new striker but have no plans to sell 22-year-old forward Aleksandar Mitrovic. (Evening Chronicle)external-link

Real Madrid are closing in on the signing of Porto's 27-year-old Brazilian defender Felipe Monteiro. (AS)external-link

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho had an argument with his fitness specialist Carlos Lalin before the side's training session on Wednesday. (Sun)external-link

Chelsea have revived their interest in Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, 30. Blues number two Asmir Begovic, 29, is expected to join Bournemouth in the summer for £10m. (Daily Mail)external-link

However Blues manager Antonio Conte wants more control over the club's transfer policy before he commits to a new contract in the summer. (Times - subscription required)external-link

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Stoke City players travelled in style to the Cheltenham Festival on their day off on Wednesday, arriving via helicopter for a day at the races. (Stoke Sentinel)external-link

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