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Sunday 23 July 2017

Football rumours from the media

Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata is in demand
Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata is in demand

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

Manchester United have made their first move in the summer transfer window by trying to sign Real Madrid striker ALVARO MORATA.

The Sun are reporting that United have offered £52million for the 24-year-old Spain international but have been been thwarted, with the Champions League winners telling Jose Mourinho to stump up over £78million.

If Real can recoup that fee for Morata, it will go straight towards a world-record deal for Monaco's KYLIAN MBAPPE, with Spanish newspaper AS claiming they have already bid £118million for the highly-rated striker.

They will be spending big this summer, with the Daily Star saying they will make a move for Chelsea's EDEN HAZARD this summer and hope to get a cut-price deal due to his injury.

The Mirror are reporting that Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea are all fighting it out for Southampton left-back RYAN BERTRAND.

The Saints could have bigger things to worry about, though, as boss CLAUDE PUEL has been told he will lose his job, according to the Daily Express.

ONLINE/SOCIAL ROUND-UP

@DeadlineDayLive: Ed Woodward, Manchester United's executive vice-chairman, has assured Anthony Martial he has a future at Old Trafford.

@TransferRelated: AS Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim has agreed a 3-year-contract with Chinese side Beijing Guoan worth 36m euros

@MirrorFootball: Manchester City outcast Nolito pictured with Sevilla's director of football amid rumours of Etihad exit.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

JOHN TERRY: The former Chelsea captain will join Bournemouth after agreeing a £100,000 per week salary, according to the Sun.

JAMES RODRIGUEZ: The Daily Express are reporting that Liverpool are prepared to pay £52million for the Real Madrid playmaker.

HECTOR BELLERIN: Barcelona want to get their deal for the Arsenal defender done by the end of June, with the Independent writing that they will pay £45million.

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