Trending: Manchester United close in on Everton's Romelu Lukaku
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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.
- 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.
CHELSEA: Diego 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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