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Man Utd target Fiorentina Sofyan Amrabat but need to offload players first - Paper Talk

Plus: Man Utd deem Rasmus Hojlund too expensive and draw up shortlist of alternatives; Chelsea rule out Harry Maguire move; Man City closing on capture of Josko Gvardiol; fears Glazer family will not sell Man Utd after £6bn asking price was not met

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All the top stories and transfer rumours from Thursday's newspapers...


Man Utd will look to sign Sofyan Amrabat after Andre Onana and Rasmus Hojlund - permitting they offload players in order to free up money for the Moroccan first.


Manchester City could try to replace Saudi Arabia-bound Riyad Mahrez with Barcelona's £40m-rated winger Raphinha.

Chelsea are now expected to let Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leave the club to join Marseille for free, despite initially wanting a transfer fee for the forward.

Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing PSG midfielder Marco Verratti, with Fabinho set to move to Saudi Arabia.

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Manchester City have agreed a fee to buy Josko Gvardiol from RB Leipzig, with the defender understood to have completed the first part of his medical on Wednesday and the deal is on the verge of being signed.

Leipzig's Josko Gvardiol celebrates after scoring vs Man City
Image: Man City are closing on Josko Gvardiol

Chelsea have agreed a deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to join Marseille on a free transfer and are considering whether to attempt a reunion with Crystal Palace's Marc Guehi after losing Wesley Fofana to a serious knee injury.


Manchester United takeover bidders fear the Glazer family won't sell the club after they failed to obtain their £6bn asking price.

Donny van de Beek has admitted his future may lie away from Manchester United after he made a goalscoring return to the team following six months out with injury.

Soon-to-be Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana has been spotted at Carrington on Wednesday as he nears his £43m switch from Inter Milan.

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Crystal Palace will place a minimum £70m valuation on key midfielder Cheick Doucoure, who is emerging as a target for Liverpool.


Manchester United are reportedly working on a "contingency plan" after deeming Atalanta's asking price for Rasmus Hojlund to be too expensive.

Chelsea have reportedly ruled out signing Harry Maguire after moving on to a new target.

Harry Maguire came on as a sub against Sevilla
Image: Will Harry Maguire get a route out of Man Utd?

Mauricio Pochettino has poured cold water on the possibility for Romelu Lukaku to reignite his Chelsea career.

Newcastle have agreed a £38m deal to sign Harvey Barnes from Leicester.

Jordan Henderson is poised to become the first England star to take the money and run to the Saudi Pro League, with a £108m three-year deal lined up with Al Ettifaq.


Liverpool intend to reject any offers for Luis Diaz amid interest from Al Hilal.

Liverpool are interested in Crystal Palace's Cheick Doucoure as they consider potential midfield options.

Wolves are in talks to sign West Ham full-back Aaron Cresswell.


Tottenham's move for Blackburn teenager Ashley Phillips will not impact their bid to sign a new senior centre-back this summer.

Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin tackles Crystal Palace's Marc Guehi
Image: Could Marc Guehi make a sensational return to Chelsea?

Chelsea are interested in Marc Guehi after Wesley Fofana's serious knee injury but will continue to weigh up their options during pre-season.

Ian Maatsen says he wants to stay at Chelsea next season with his future in limbo amid Burnley's attempts to sign him on a permanent basis.


Hyun-Jun Yang is finally set to officially complete his move to Celtic.

Donny van de Beek is not ruling anything out this summer amid links with Celtic and a host of other clubs.

Brendan Rodgers insists there's no pre-season panic despite his creaky Celtic shipping six goals in Yokohama.

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