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Chelsea have rejected an offer from Inter Milan for France World Cup-winning midfielder N’Golo Kante, 29, which included offering Croatia international Marcelo Brozovic, 27, in exchange. (Guardian)external-link

Manchester United’s English defender Chris Smalling, 30, has not been at training this week as he moves closer to a permanent move to Serie A side Roma, where he was on loan last season. (Telegraph – subscription required)external-link

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 29, has held positive talks with manager Jurgen Klopp over his future at the club. The Dutchman has just one year left on his contract at Anfield. (Sky Sports)external-link

England and Tottenham defender Danny Rose, 30, is close to leaving the Premier League and moving to Serie A side Genoa.(PA, via Team Talk)external-link

Arsenal’s Argentine goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, 28, has agreed a four-year deal contract with Aston Villa, worth about £60,000 per week, with the clubs set to agree a transfer fee of more than £15m. (Independent)external-link

Manchester United and Brazil midfielder Fred, 27, has dismissed reports he could leave for Turkish side Galatasaray this summer. (Four Four Two)external-link

West Brom are in talks to sign former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, 36, on a free transfer after the Russian left Zenit St Petersburg.(Telegraph – subscription required) external-link

Tanzania striker Mbwana Samatta, 27, will be able to leave Aston Villa only eight months after joining the club. (Mail)external-link

Former Manchester United midfielder Ravel Morrison, 27, is in talks with Dutch clubs Vitesse Arnhem and Utrecht following his release by Sheffield United. (Mail)external-link

Liverpool’s Wales striker Ben Woodburn, 20, is set to join Dutch side Sparta Rotterdam on a season-long loan deal. (Standard)external-link

Newcastle have had a £32m bid rejected by Lille for 21-year-old French midfielder Boubakary Soumare. (Fabrizio Romano)external-link

Fulham are looking to sign Benfica’s Portuguese midfielder Florentino Luis, 21, on a season-long loan deal with an option to buy for £27m. (Sun)external-link

Porto have rejected a £22m bid from Wolves for winger Jesus Corona. The 27-year-old Mexico international has a £27m release clause in his contract. (Mail)external-link

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