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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Trending: Manchester United close in on Everton's Romelu Lukaku

Mark Ogden explains Man United's pursuit of Romelu Lukaku, and the FC crew debate if he's a good fit for the club.
Mark Ogden feels Romelu Lukaku is the powerful striker Jose Mourinho and Man United have been searching for.

Friday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending...

MAN UNITED: Manchester United have agreed a £75 million deal to sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton and ended talks over Alvaro Morata, sources close to the Old Trafford club have told ESPN FC.

- Lukaku and Paul Pogba have been playing 5-a-side together in LA.

- United are keen to negotiate a deal to take Wayne Rooney to Everton that does not involve the former England captain as a makeweight in the transfer of Lukaku, sources have told ESPN FC.

- Lukaku has what Mourinho needs in a forward, Andy Mitten writes

- Keith Moore on Victor Lindelof's journey from Vasteras to Manchester United. 

CHELSEADiego Costa is expected to report for preseason training at Cobham with the rest of the Chelsea squad on Monday with a deal yet to be agreed with Atletico Madrid, sources have told ESPN FC.

ARSENAL: Arsenal have announced that captain Per Mertesacker will take charge of the club's academy at the end of the 2017-18 season.

- Alexandre Lacazette says Francis Coquelin helped convince him to move to the North London club.

- ESPN FC's Julien Laurens says that Arsene Wenger was on a mission to convince Lacazette that Arsenal were the right club and project for him.

- WATCH: Lacazette has said he will provide more than just goals for Arsenal. 

BARCELONABarca want to sign Marco Verratti and the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder wants to move to Camp Nou, the Catalan club's president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed to Diario Sport.

Lionel Messi will not spend any time in jail after a Barcelona court agreed that his 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud could be replaced with a fine of around €252,000.

Messi donated all the leftover food and beverages from his wedding to charity, according to Rosario Food Bank president Nadia Nazer.

Marc Cucurella has agreed a new two-year deal with Barcelona after starring in the B team's promotion back to the second tier of Spanish football last season.

REAL MADRID: Madrid president Florentino Perez says the promotion of Jesus Vallejo to a first-team squad place for next season is the continuation of a club policy in recent years of focusing on young players with potential.

LA LIGA: Real Betis are hoping to fend off attempts by both Real Madrid and Barcelona to sign midfielder Dani Ceballos.

PREMIER LEAGUE: The Premier League season will kick off on Friday Aug. 11 with a meeting between Arsenal and Leicester at the Emirates Stadium.

INTER MILAN: Inter have completed their first signing of the summer with Milan Skriniar arriving from Sampdoria on a five-year deal.

LIVERPOOL: Brazil national team boss Tite left Roberto Firmino out of his squad for two end-of-season friendlies because of fatigue, a decision the Brazilian Football Confederation discussed with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

Steven Gerrard will take charge of his first game as a manager next Friday as Liverpool under-18s take on Burton Albion in a friendly. 

- Klopp says Liverpool are remaining "patient" in the transfer market, adding that plenty of work is being done behind the scenes at the club.

BAYERN MUNICH: Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has told Thomas Muller he will have to improve on last season's disappointing campaign.

- Manuel Neuer says he is on course to return from injury in time for the new season

LEICESTER: Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho is closing in on a move to Leicester City, sources close to the Etihad outfit have told ESPN FC.

- The Foxes have completed the signing of Vicente Iborra from Sevilla on a four-year deal.

ATLETICO MADRID: Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez has told Direct TV Uruguay it is his dream to play in the Premier League, but he would sign a "contract for life" if offered one by his current club. 

MLS: The San Jose Earthquakes say Matheus Silva has emerged from a coma, two days after the Brazilian defender was rescued from Lake Tahoe. 

REAL BETIS: Mexico international Andres Guardado is set to sign for La Liga outfit Real Betis from PSV Eindhoven, according to Betis sporting vice president Lorenzo Serra Ferrer. 

RB LEIPZIG: Leipzig have indicated they could consider bids for Scotland international Oliver Burke

STOKE: Mark Hughes has confirmed the club are working on a loan deal for Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph.

HUDDERSFIELD: Huddersfield have signed Denmark international Mathias Jorgensen on a three-year deal from Copenhagen. 

REAL MADRID: Madrid will formally present Jesus Vallejo at the Bernabeu on Friday, with the Spain under-21 international having done enough on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt last season to secure a place in Zinedine Zidane's squad as a replacement for Pepe. 

- Madrid vice-captain Marcelo says he is not concerned about Cristiano Ronaldo potentially leaving the club and he will support his friend no matter what decision he takes about his future.

WOLVES: Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia. The 31-year-old Nigeria international goalkeeper returned some abnormal blood tests during his preseason testing, and will now start an immediate course of chemotherapy. 

AC MILAN:  The president of the examinations board where Gianluigi Donnarumma was due to sit his school-leaving exams this week has criticised the AC Milan goalkeeper for going on holiday to Ibiza instead. 

SOUTHAMPTON: Mauricio Pellegrino has said he consulted Mauricio Pochettino, one of his predecessors at St Mary's, before taking the job.

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