Football gossip: Maguire, Lukaku, Benitez, Firpo, Fernandes, Mejia

Football gossip

Leicester City and England's Harry Maguire, 26, is set to become the world's most expensive defender this week when he joins Manchester City for £80m after turning down Manchester United. (Mirror)

Liverpool and Manchester United will battle for the signature of Real Betis' Spanish left-back Junior Firpo, 22. (Marca)

Manchester United will trigger their 12-month extension option in Marcus Rashford's contract amid fears the 21-year-old England striker may leave when his current deal expires next summer. (Sun)

Manchester United have been told they must cough up £430m if they want to sign France centre-back Raphael Varane, 26, from Real Madrid. (Star)

Inter Milan are still 25m euros (£22.3m) short of Manchester United's valuation of their Belgium international striker Romelu Lukaku, 26. (La Gazzetta dello Sport, via Football Italia)

Arsenal manager Unai Emery wants the Gunners to break the bank to sign Crystal Palace and Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha, 26. (Sun)

Paris St-Germain want £13.5m for Christopher Nkunku, with Arsenal and RB Leipzig interested in the 21-year-old French midfielder. (L'Equipe - in French)

Newcastle United are set to hold last-ditch talks in an attempt to persuade Rafael Benitez to extend his contract as manager. The 59-year-old, whose contract expires at the end of June, has reportedly been offered a job in China. (Chronicle)

Newcastle and Paraguay midfielder Miguel Almiron, 25, is a target for Real Madrid. (TYC Sports - in Spanish)

Real Betis are interested in Liverpool and Belgium striker Divock Origi, 24. (Estadio Deportivo - in Spanish)

Brighton have agreed to sign Belgian winger Leandro Trossard, 24, from Genk for £18m. (Sky Sports)

England Under-21 forward Tammy Abraham, 21, wants to use Chelsea's transfer ban to his advantage by becoming the Blues' first-choice striker. (Mail)

Liverpool target Nicolas Pepe is the subject of an £80m bid from Inter Milan. The Serie A side are one of a number of clubs keen on the 24-year-old Lille and Ivory Coast winger. (L'Equipe - in French)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made a personal plea to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to move quickly and sign Sporting Lisbon and Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 24. (Record - in Portuguese, subscription required)

Meanwhile, Manchester United are on the verge of signing 16-year-old Spanish winger Mateo Mejia for an initial £600,000 from Real Zaragoza. (Sun)

Arsenal are considering selling Lucas Torriera, 23, after AC Milan submitted their first offer for the Uruguay midfielder. (Sport Mediaset - in Italian)

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has been told it is a waste of time to try to sign 26-year-old Scotland midfielder Callum McGregor from his former club Celtic. (Scottish Daily Mail)

Dutch side AZ Alkmaar have confirmed they have held talks with Southampton midfielder Jordy Clasie, 27. (Daily Echo)

Burnley have told defender Ben Gibson that he can leave the club this summer. Premier League newcomers Aston Villa and Sheffield United are among a group of clubs interested in a £15m move for the 26-year-old Englishman. (Teamtalk)

Everton have joined the race to sign Bristol City's English centre-back Adam Webster. Aston Villa and Newcastle are also interested in the 24-year-old. (Sun)

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says talks will take place this summer with English winger Jordon Ibe, 23, whose contract expires in 2020. (Bournemouth Echo)

Aston Villa are set to step up talks to sign Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings. The 26-year-old Englishman was instrumental in Villa's promotion to the Premier League when on loan with the club last season. (Birmingham Mail)

Nottingham Forest face competition from Preston for the signature of Manchester City and Kosovo goalkeeper Aro Muric, 20. (Nottingham Post)

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