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The future of Alexis Sanchez could be away from Manchester United, but the Old Trafford club may still be forced to pay for the Chilean next season, the Daily Mirror reports. Sanchez, who has struggled for goals since moving from Arsenal, could switch to Inter Milan over the summer, but the paper reports a loan deal is the most likely prospect which would see United paying half his £500,000-a-week wages.

Sticking with Old Trafford departures, and the Independent reports that Real Madrid have made a bid for World Cup-winning midfielder Paul Pogba. The paper adds that United are open to a deal worth £150million.

Eden Hazard‘s will-he-won’t-he move to Real Madrid has skidded to a halt, with Chelsea holding out for £100m and the Spanish club only offering £86m, reports the Evening Standard.

Gareth Bale may be on the way out of Real Madrid, but the Welsh star does not want to return to Tottenham, the Daily Mirror reports. The winger does not want to leave without his £600,000-a-week contract being honoured and would only join a club of Real’s calibre, the paper adds.

Manchester United have rekindled an interest in Leicester’s Harry Maguire after being put off by the £90m asking price for Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, reports the Independent.

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Philippe Coutinho: Barcelona will want at least 100 million euros (£87m) for the former Liverpool man as the Brazilian heads towards the exit at the Nou Camp, Sport reports.

Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon (Mark Kerton/PA)
Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon (Mark Kerton/PA)

Ryan Sessegnon: Fulham’s 18-year-old defender favours a move to Tottenham over Manchester United, the Evening Standard says.

Matthijs de Ligt: The tussle for the Ajax centre-back may be over, with Barcelona closing in on a deal for the 19-year-old, according to Marca.

- Press Association

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