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The England boss Gareth Southgate and Brentford manager Thomas Frank are amid the alternatives being measured by Manchester United if they decide to restore Erik ten Hag at the close of the season. (ESPN)

Barcelona stay attracted in Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta to substitute Xavi, who is departing at the close of the season, but the Spanish club knows it will be hard to recruit him. (Relevo - in Spanish)

Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City are fighting it out to recruit Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich. The29-year-old Germany international is trying to depart Bavaria this summer. (Express)

Any club wanting to rent Brighton chief coach Roberto de Zerbi this summer would have to disburse the Seagulls £12.8m. Barcelona, Liverpool and Manchester United have been associated with the Italian. (Mirror) 

Spain defender Marc Cucurella, 25, is probable to be one of many big names auctioned by Chelsea this summer. (Football Insider)

Bayern Munich is in front of Liverpool in the chase to recruit Xabi Alonso as their fresh boss if the Spaniard chooses to depart Bayer Leverkusen in the summer. (Telegraph -subscription required)

Manchester City and Portugal full-back Joao Cancelo, 29, desires to expand his Barcelona loan above this season. (Sky Sports)

Liverpool are attracted in recruiting Richard Hughes as sporting director following the 44-year-old established he will abscond
his place as Bournemouth's technical director at the close of the season. (Times - subscriptionrequired)

Hughes is observed as being more possible to go to Newcastle United, where as Frederic Massara, who was director of football at AC Milan, and Nice sporting director Florent Ghisolfi are others Liverpool could think. (Independent)

Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund and Paris St-Germain are eager on 22-year-old Argentine midfielder Alan Varela but will have to give Porto his £60m let go clause. (Foot Mercato - inFrench)

Brazil midfielder Joelinton desires to remain in the Premier League if the 27-year-old cannot
agree a fresh contract above 2025 with Newcastle United. (Football Insider)

Chelsea is eager to recruit Athletic Bilbao winger Nico Williams. The 21-year-old Spain striker has a let go clause that could mean he is accessible for £43m this summer. (Telegraph -subscription required)

Nico Williams is more over on Arsenal's plan with Wolves' 23-year-old Portugal winger Pedro Neto and Brentford forward Ivan Toney, 27, being measured also. (Evening Standard)

West Ham has been given the opportunity to recruit Borussia Dortmund's 34-year-old Germany winger Marco Reus when his deal ends this summer. (Football Insider)

Ajax midfielder Jordan Henderson, 33, has no qualms over departing Liverpool, declaring it was the finest verdict for all bodies. (Guardian)

Leicester City might be commanded to auction many of their top players to prevent breaking financial rules, even
if they get promotion to the Premier League. (Mirror)
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