Football transfer gossip: Mbappe, Bale, Costa, Simeone, Sanchez, Van Dijk, Lennon

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Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane believes the club must sell winger Gareth Bale, 28, if they are to sign Monaco's 18-year-old forward Kylian Mbappe. (Marca)external-link

Manchester United are tracking the situation at Real Madrid and are poised to make a £90m offer for Wales international Bale. (Daily Star)external-link

But Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is convinced he can sign Bale for less than £90m. (Don Balon, via Daily Express)external-link

Chelsea striker Diego Costa, 28, will hand in a formal transfer request with the Premier League champions. (Independent)external-link

Costa's lawyer has threatened legal action against Chelsea after the Blues vetoed a loan move to Italian side AC Milan before a January return to former club Atletico Madrid, after the Spanish side's transfer ban ends. (Mirror)external-link

French champions Monaco are preparing a £45m bid for Arsenal and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, who is entering the final year of his contract with the Gunners. (Sun)external-link

Tottenham are interested in Genoa forward Giovanni Simeone, the 22-year-old son of Atletico Madrid boss Diego. (Mirror)external-link

Everton boss Ronald Koeman is still hoping to sign another forward this summer, with Arsenal and France striker Olivier Giroud, 30, a potential target. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, 26, is likely to miss the opening of the Premier League season with his future looking increasingly uncertain. (Telegraph)external-link

Chelsea are ready to challenge Liverpool for Van Dijk by offering Saints £50m for the Netherlands centre-back. (The Times - subscription required)external-link

Sunderland are set to sell 29-year-old winger Jeremain Lens after agreeing a £4.5m fee with Besiktas. (Sunderland Echo)external-link

The Black Cats are in advanced talks with Aston Villa over a loan for Scottish striker Ross McCormack, 30. (Daily Mail)external-link

Belgian club Anderlecht have entered the race to sign 31-year-old Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen, who is also a target for West Brom. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

Newcastle will face competition from a host of clubs for the signature of 28-year-old Arsenal forward Lucas Perez. (Talksport)external-link

Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 27, is in talks over a loan move to Turkish side Trabzonspor. (Evening Chronicle)external-link

Watford have made an enquiry about Liverpool's 25-year-old left-back Alberto Moreno. (IBTimes)external-link

The Hornets hope to bring in Everton's 30-year-old winger Aaron Lennon on loan before the new season starts. (Watford Observer)external-link

Bournemouth have had a bid of around £20m for winger Demarai Gray, 21, rejected by Leicester. (Sky Sports)external-link

But the Cherries could return with an improved offer for England Under-21 international Gray. (Daily Star)external-link

Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer is interested in signing 19-year-old Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who played under his fellow Dutchman De Boer at Ajax. (Sun)external-link

Middlesbrough's England Under-20 midfielder Harry Chapman, 19, has held talks with Blackburn Rovers. (Evening Gazette)external-link

Meanwhile...

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez kissed the club badge in front of the cameras during training on Thursday. (Telegraph)external-link

The Gunners' Emirates Stadium has gone 100% 'green' by switching to renewable energy. (IBTimes)external-link

As Neymar signs a world record deal with Paris St-Germain, Sir Stanley Matthews' first professional contract with Stoke City is going up for auction. His weekly wage was £5. (Stoke Sentinel)external-link

Did National League North club North Ferriby United pip PSG to the post? (North Ferriby United)external-link

Neymar signs for North Ferriby United

PSG attacking midfielder Javier Pastore has offered Neymar his number 10 shirt, saying: "I want to make him feel comfortable and happy from day one." (PSG website)external-link

Ex-Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, now in charge of Birmingham, says Spurs have the best starting XI in England. (Talksport)external-link

Two lower-tier American teams have asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport to impose promotion and relegation on the US football pyramid. (NBC)external-link

Dating app Tinder have confirmed they are interested in sponsoring Manchester United. (Daily Mail)external-link

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Best of Thursday's transfer news

Monaco's 18-year-old forward Kylian Mbappe has decided to leave the club, with Real Madrid, Manchester City and Paris St-Germain in the race to sign him. (L'Equipe - in French)external-link

Barcelona have already made contact with Monaco over a move for the highly rated French forward. (Le10Sport - in French)external-link

And the Spanish club will use the money from Neymar's sale to fund moves for Chelsea attacking midfielder Eden Hazard, 26, and Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho, 25. (Sun)external-link

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is set to make Argentine goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga, 25, his first summer signing from Southampton in a £2m deal. (Sun)external-link

Chelsea are in no hurry to sell Costa and are determined to hold out for their asking price. (Daily Star)external-link

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