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Real Madrid will make a bid of up to £85m for 18-year-old Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe in order to beat Barcelona and Manchester United to the teenager's signature. (L'Equipe - in French)external-link

Chelsea will bid for 24-year-old Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata in the summer. (El Confidencial, via Daily Star)external-link

Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez, 25, wants to join Manchester United after falling out of favour under Zinedine Zidane. (Don Balon, via Daily Star)external-link

But United will not be offered Morata or Rodriguez as part of any bid from the Spanish giants for goalkeeper David de Gea, 26. (OK Diario, via Daily Express)external-link

De Gea has been told he can leave Old Trafford this summer by manager Jose Mourinho. (Marca)external-link

Meanwhile, the Red Devils will target Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, 26, and Torino striker Andrea Belotti, 23, in a £170m double deal this summer. (Independent)external-link

Belotti, who is also a target for Chelsea, says he is not worth his £84m release clause. (Mediaset, via Metro) external-link

Liverpool are prepared to break their transfer record to buy Southampton's £50m-rated defender Virgil van Dijk, 25. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Crystal Palace are set to double Wilfried Zaha's £60,000-a-week wages in order to stave off interest from Tottenham in the 24-year-old Ivory Coast winger.(Sun)external-link

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Wednesday's back page of the Sun

Arsenal are ready to offer 23-year-old midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a £100,000-a-week contract. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen, 25, is ready to step up and play for Barcelona, according to the Dane's former Ajax boss Frank de Boer. (Ekstra Bladet, via Daily Express)external-link

Liverpool now want more than £25m for France centre-back Mamadou Sakho, 27, after a string of impressive performances on loan at Crystal Palace this season. (Daily Mail)external-link

Lyon want to take 21-year-old Manchester United forward Anthony Martial on loan next season. (France Football, via Talksport)external-link

Barcelona have ruled out selling Brazil forward Neymar, 25, who said last month he would like to play in the Premier League. (RAC1 - in Spanish)external-link

Elsewhere, the Barcelona board are ready to appoint Athletic Bilbao boss Ernesto Valverde, 53, to replace the outgoing Luis Enrique - but the players would prefer to see current assistant manager Juan Carlos Unzue, 50, promoted. (Independent)external-link

Newcastle United have an option to sign on-loan Chelsea midfielder Christian Atsu, 25, on a permanent deal for £6.5m, but must take up that option within one week of the season ending. (ESPN)external-link

Magpies boss Rafael Benitez wants £100m to revamp his squad as they return to the Premier League and could quit if owner Mike Ashley does not deliver the funds. (Sun)external-link

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The Daily Star's back page on Wednesday

Former Sunderland left-back Michael Gray has urged the Magpies to move for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, 27, upon their return to the Premier League. (Talksport)external-link

Manchester United target Gianluigi Donnarumma is struggling to agree a new contract with AC Milan - the 18-year-old goalkeeper has just over a year left on his current deal. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Metro)external-link

Chicago Fire midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, 32, says Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 35, should join him in Major League Soccer. (Sport1 - in German)external-link

Chelsea have been given permission to take 19-year-old AFC Wimbledon winger Toyosi Olusanya on trial. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Tottenham target Isco is close to agreeing a new deal with Real Madrid, despite the 25-year-old midfielder's lack of starts for the La Liga side. (Marca)external-link

Leicester City have given a trial to 20-year-old Kidderminster Harriers striker Andre Brown. (Daily Mail)external-link

Paul Pogba's brother Florentin, 26, would like to test himself in the Premier League. The defender has a year left on his Saint-Etienne contract. (L'Equipe, via ESPN)external-link

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Who would Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero like to sign from rivals Manchester United? Not one single player, he says. (Daily Mail)external-link

The EFL are sending Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Anthony Knockaert a new Championship Player of the Year trophy, because his name was incorrectly spelled 'Knockeart' on the original. (Daily Mail)external-link

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