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Thursday’s Transfer Gossip: Lukaku, Vitinha, Bellingham, Phillips, Pogba, Bale, Tarkowski, De Jong

Thursday's Transfer Gossip: Lukaku, Vitinha, Bellingham, Phillips, Pogba, Bale, Tarkowski, De Jong

  • Chelsea have begun talks over Romelu Lukaku’s loan return to Inter Milan, but the 29-year-old Belgium striker will need to take a wage cut. (Telegraph – subscription required)

 

  • Manchester United are favourites to sign Porto’s 24-year-old Portugal midfielder Vitinha, who has a release clause of 40m euros (£34m). (Abola – in Portuguese)

 

  • Real Madrid hope to sign Borussia Dortmund’s 18-year-old England midfielder Jude Bellingham, despite competition from Premier League sides Manchester United and Liverpool over a £78m deal. (Metro)

 

  • Tottenham, Newcastle and Aston Villa are among the Premier League clubs monitoring Wales forward Gareth Bale, 32, who is a free agent after his contract with Real Madrid expired at the end of the season. (Sun)

 

  • Leeds United and England midfielder Kalvin Phillips, 26, has told the club he wants to leave this summer to join Manchester City. (Football Insider)

 

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  • City believe an offer of about £45m-50m would persuade Leeds to sell, and it is thought Phillips will push for a move once a bid is tabled. (Athletic – subscription required)

 

  • The representatives of former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba are close to finalising a four-year deal for the France international, 29, to join Juventus on a free transfer. (Sky Sports)

 

  • Juventus expect Pogba to sign a contract with them at the beginning of next month after reaching a verbal agreement. (Guardian)

 

  • Chelsea’s hopes of signing Sevilla and France defender Jules Kounde should not be hampered despite the 23-year-old having surgery this week. (Standard)

 

  • Arsenal could yet sign Spain midfielder Marco Asensio, 26, this summer as a dispute over his wages at Real Madrid continues. (Mirror)

 

  • Asensio, who has one year remaining on his contract, would like to stay at Real Madrid but believes he deserves a pay rise. (Marca)

 

  • Southampton have reached an agreement with Manchester City to sign Irish goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu, 20. (90min)

 

  • Bournemouth are close to signing West Ham’s English defender Ryan Fredericks, but Fulham are also interested in the 29-year-old. (Football Insider)

 

  • Newly promoted Premier League club Forest want Henderson as part of a £100m spending spree. (Times – subscription required)

 

  • Manchester United’s hopes of signing Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong, 25, from Barcelona have been dealt a blow after the Spanish club claimed they do not need to sell players this summer. (Mirror)

 

  • United are expecting Andreas Pereira to return to Old Trafford following a loan spell with Flamengo, who have no intention of using the 10.5m euros option to buy him. (Fabrizio Romano)

 

  • West Ham are looking at Rennes’ 26-year-old Morocco centre-back Nayef Aguerd in a bid to bolster their defence. (Telegraph – subscription required)

 

  • Everton have completed the signing of England defender James Tarkowski, 29, on a free transfer from Burnley but the deal is not expected to be announced until the end of June. (Liverpool Echo)

 

  • Porto’s president says a bid from an unnamed club for Vitinha has been rejected, who is also wanted by Arsenal. (Express)

 

  • Nottingham Forest have agreed a deal with Manchester United to sign 25-year-old English goalkeeper Dean Henderson on loan, with the option to buy for £20m. (Mail)

 

  • The representatives of former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba are close to finalising a four-year deal for the France international, 29, to join Juventus on a free transfer. (Sky Sports)

 

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