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Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis says they want to sign Arsenal’s 32-year-old Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, which could pave the way for Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 29, to join Manchester City. (Standard)external-link

Lionel Messi’s father has spent a second day negotiating with Barcelona over his son’s potential exit, and Liverpool defender Andy Robertson says he hopes the 33-year-old Argentina forward does not sign for another Premier League club. (Sky Sports)external-link

Manchester United’s England defender Chris Smalling, 30, looks set to join Roma on a permanent basis. (Mirror)external-link

Monaco have rejected a sizeable bid from Manchester United for 19-year-old French defender Benoit Badiashile, who is set to stay at the club. (Metro)external-link.

Manchester United are attempting to finalise Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho’s salary and agent fees before making a bid for the 20-year-old England international. (Star)external-link

Sevilla remain hopeful of being able to keep Real Madrid full-back Sergio Reguilon on loan for another season despite the 23-year-old Spaniard being linked with a permanent move to Manchester United. (Marca – in Spanish)external-link

Arsenal are close to completing the loan signing of 24-year-old Real Madrid and Spain midfielder Dani Ceballos for a second successive season. (Mail)external-link

Arsenal are considering an approach for West Ham’s 27-year-old Brazil midfielder Felipe Anderson. (Football Insider)external-link

Liverpool will not let 23-year-old Welsh midfielder Harry Wilson leave on loan again despite interest from Newcastle, Leeds and Southampton. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Chelsea have been told they must pay at least £30m to sign Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, 28, from Rennes. (Telegraph)external-link

Inter Milan will need to raise money by offloading Croatia midfielder Ivan Perisic if they are to bid for 29-year-old Chelsea and France midfielder N’Golo Kante. (Gazzetta dello Sport – in Italian)external-link

Crystal Palace, West Ham, West Brom, Norwich and Watford are interested in 26-year-old French defender Jean-Claude Billong, who plays for Serie B side Salernitana. (Teamtalk)external-link

Roma are considering a move for 25-year-old Hertha Berlin and Poland striker Krzysztof Piatek in order to replace Edin Dzeko. (Gazzetta dello Sport – in Italian)external-link

Hull City are looking to sign Southampton centre-back Alfie Jones, 22, on a permanent deal. (Yorkshire Post)external-link

Bayern Munich’s Spanish midfielder Javi Martinez, 32, is determined to seal a move back to Athletic Bilbao this summer. (Goal)external-link

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