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Man City boss Pep Guardiola is keen to sign Middlesbrough goalkeeper Victor Valdes, 35, who played under him at Barcelona.

 

Shanghai SIPG attacking midfielder Oscar, 25, will receive a Premier League winners’ medal if his former club Chelsea claim the title.

 

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is lining up a surprise summer move for Juventus defender Dani Alves. The 34-year-old has rekindled his career since moving to Turin from Barcelona last summer, playing a key role in the Bianconeri’s assault on the Serie A title and a second Champions League final appearance in three seasons. With the Premier League title seemingly in the bag for Chelsea, Conte is keen to bolster his squad ahead of next season’s title defence. And, with John Terry set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, Conte has set his sights on Alves.

 

Joe Hart is in danger of being left in limbo again this summer, with his transfer fee and wages threatening his chances of a move this summer.

 

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, 30, and Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, are on Atletico Madrid’s list of striker targets for this summer.

 

Winger Riyad Mahrez will be the first of several senior Leicester players to be sold this summer – with PSG willing to pay £35m for the 26-year-old.

 

Man United star Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola is in line for another big financial windfall this summer as he plots 23-year-old striker Romelu Lukaku’s move away from Everton.

 

West Ham, Newcastle and Brighton are interested in signing Man City midfielder Yaya Toure. The 34-year-old’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season, and, with City yet to offer Toure a renewal, he looks set to leave the club. As such, the Ivorian is set to bid an emotional farewell to City fans on Tuesday in what will be their last home game of the season, against West Brom.

 

Napoli attacker Dries Mertens is ready to snub the chance of joining Man United in favour of signing a new deal at Napoli. The Belgium international’s sensational feat this season – which has seen him score 30 goals in 43 appearances – has attracted Jose Mourinho’s interest. However, it is understood that the 30-year-old is set to sign a new contract with the Serie A club that will see him remain in Naples for the rest of his career.

 

Chelsea are hesitating over whether to open talks with Real Madrid over Alvaro Morata because they do not want their interest to be used as leverage by the La Liga club to negotiate for Eden Hazard or Thibaut Courtois.

 

Atletico Madrid fans responded to a taunt from Real Madrid supporters with a pre-match display before Wednesday’s Champions League match that read: “We’re proud not to be like you“.

 

Newcastle United gaffer Rafa Benitez has committed his future to the club following talks with owner Mike Ashley yesterday. The Spaniard was flown by helicopter to the Midlands’ HQ of Sports Direct where he met Ashley face-to-face. Benitez signed a three-year deal last summer, but was unhappy with Newcastle’s failure to sign Andros Townsend in the January transfer window. Positive talks took place yesterday and he has decided to continue as manager after guiding The Toons to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

 

Former Man Utd and Dutch international defender Jaap Stam admits he does not know if he will still be Reading boss next season. The Dutchman is understood to have plenty of admirers in the Premier League after guiding the Royals to third in the Championship in his first campaign as a manager. Stam, a Champions League winner as a player with Man United, was linked with West Ham when Slaven Bilic was under pressure earlier this term.

 

Argentina international Erik Lamela has once again emerged as a target for Inter Milan. His representatives are understood to have held positive meetings with Inter’s sporting director Walter Sabatini, opening to door for a potential summer switch.

 

Galatasaray want to sign out-of-favour Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao, according to sources in Portugal. Coentrao, who is under contract until 2019, is expected to leave the Bernabeu this summer, having managed only two La Liga starts this term. Galatasaray and Sporting Lisbon are both keen on the 29-year-old, although sources in Portugal state that the Turkish giants are preparing a more lucrative offer for the left-back.

 

Watford face another battle to hang on to Troy Deeney this summer with the forward tempted to leave Vicarage Road.

 

Barcelona goalkeeper Jordi Masip has rejected an offer from Red Bull Salzburg. Masip, who is Barca’s third-choice goalkeeper, is out of contract at the end of the season and is waiting to see if he will be offered a new deal by the La Liga giants.

 

Everton captain Phil Jagielka admits he doesn’t know if he’ll be at Goodison Park next season.

 

Chelsea’s second-choice goalie Asmir Begovic says he will make a decision about his future at the end of the Premier League season.

 

Harry Redknapp has verbally agreed a one-year deal to remain Birmingham City manager. Redknapp held positive talks with representatives of the club’s Chinese owners at St Andrew’s on Tuesday. The 70-year-old, who said yesterday Birmingham cannot endure another relegation scrap next season, wanted a big enough budget for the playing squad so that they can compete in the top half of the Sky Bet Championship.

 

Mesut Ozil insists he is enjoying his time at Arsenal, but will not talk about a new contract until the summer.

 

PSG have denied speculation which claims they have reached an agreement with Real Madrid centre-back Pepe. Pepe’s contract at the Bernabeu expires at the end of the season and reports have claimed he is on the verge of moving to the Parc des Princes. However, there are claims that sources close to PSG have labelled such speculation false, insisting they have not made a move for the Portugal international.

 

Barcelona have sounded out Sevilla winger Vitolo over a summer transfer. It is understood that the La Liga champions have already approached the 27-year-old to gauge his willingness to move to the Nou Camp. Man City and Atletico Madrid have also reportedly registered their interest in Vitolo, while Sevilla’s President Pepe Castro has previously indicated that any suitors must activate the wideman’s €40m buyout clause if they wish to secure his services.

 

Paul Pogba needed time to adapt to the Premier League and will be more ruthless in front of goal next season, says Manchester United team-mate Jesse Lingard. France international Pogba has scored seven goals and hit the woodwork on nine occasions since rejoining United in a world record £89m move from Juventus last summer.

It’s obviously his first year [back] in the Premier League and it was going to take some getting used to,” said Lingard. “It’s the luck he’s had this season.

We know he’s a world-class player, he’s helped the team a lot and I don’t see why he won’t go on next season and score the goals he’s missed this season.

 

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to sign Monaco’s 21-year-old France midfielder Thomas Lemar this summer.

 

Man City boss Pep Guardiola is keen to sign Middlesbrough goalkeeper Victor Valdes, 35, who played under him at Barcelona.

 

Former Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri is being lined up to take over at French club Nice next season. But Ranieri wants to return to the Premier League and will wait for offers from England, with West Ham and Southampton potential destinations.

 

West Ham have offered defender Pablo Zabaleta, 32, a two-year deal worth £100,000 a week to join them when his Man City contract expires this summer. Meanwhile, The Hammers will have to sign striker Michy Batshuayi outright rather than on loan if they want to sign the 23-year-old from Chelsea this summer.

 

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said the club will not sell attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona and joked about a £400m release fee in the 24-year-old’s contract.

 

Tottenham Hotspur are determined not to sell 23-year-old midfielder Eric Dier, but Man United are ready to pay up to £40m to sign him.

 

Watford striker Troy Deeney, 28, is considering a summer move away from the club, with West Brom weighing up making a bid.  Also, The Hornets want to sign former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen. The 31-year-old is currently on loan at Roma from Barcelona.

 

Relegated Middlesbrough have offered a trial to 19-year-old Luxembourg defender Enes Mahmutovic.

 

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has played down reports linking England Under-21 forward Dominic Solanke with a move to Parkhead. Solanke has failed to agree a new deal with Chelsea and looks set to leave in the summer.

 

Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, 19, says he is committed to the club despite interest from Chelsea, Arsenal and Man United. Also, the Scottish champions are willing to pay Man City £500,000 to sign forward Patrick Roberts, 20, on loan for another season.

 

The standoff over Ross Barkley’s new contract at Everton is not expected to be resolved before the end of the season, despite Ronald Koeman suggesting he is prepared to sell the 23-year-old before his current deal runs out next summer.

 

Everton could face competition from Champions League semi-finalists Atletico Madrid for Malaga striker Sandro, 21. Meanwhile, The Tofees have expressed an interest in Middlesbrough midfielder Marten de Roon. The 26-year-old Dutchman has caught the eye since moving to the Riverside from Atalanta last summer, despite Boro’s relegation. Dropping to the Championship, however, has left the Teessiders vulnerable to losing players, and it is believed that Everton are ready to pounce. Reports go on to claim Boro are likely to receive more than £12m they spent in signing De Roon.

 

Barcelona defender Lucas Digne wants to stay on at the Camp Nou. The 23-year-old, who joined Barca from PSG last summer, has failed to nail down a regular first-team berth this season. It had been suggested that Barca might move him on or loan him out this summer but the player insists he is happy in Catalonia.

I want to continue, I signed a five-year contract and my intention is to win many titles here,” Digne said.

I am happy at Barcelona and I will be even more so if we win the league. My situation does not worry me, because the most important thing for me is the team.

 

Wayne Rooney has said he wants to stay at Man United as rumours continue to surround his future.

Would I like to stay? I’ve been at this club 13 years. Of course. I want to play football,” he told a pre-match press conference ahead of Thursday’s Europa League semi-final.