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Manchester Unitedhave opened talks withBarcelonaabout signing France forward Ousmane Dembele, 23, on loan.(Mirror)external-link

Tottenhamare closing in on a loan deal forBenfica‘s 25-year-old Brazilian striker Carlos Vinicius, who has an £89m release clause in his contract.(Mail)external-link

The agent ofReal Madridstriker Luka Jovic, 22, says the Serbia international wants to joinManchester United, withInter MilanandRomaalso interested in his services.(Star)external-link

Liverpoolare set to accept a £23m offer fromSheffield Unitedfor 20-year-old English forward Rhian Brewster.(Sun)external-link

The Redsare also set to benefit from former midfielder Philippe Coutinho’sBarcelonalifeline, with a further £4.4m due if the 28-year-old Brazilian makes another 14 appearances.(Mirror)external-link

Manchester Unitedhave denied speculation linking them to signing 23-year-old England international Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who can play in defence and midfield, fromArsenal.(Manchester Evening News)external-link

Chelseacould add to the players leaving the club by offloading Spain defender Marcos Alsonso, 29, Germany centre-back Antonio Rudiger, 27, and England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 24, prior to the transfer window closing.(Star)external-link

Arsenalare in talks about loaning 21-year-old French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi toMarseille.(Telefoot, via Express)external-link

The Gunnershave also been boosted in their pursuit of 22-year-old French midfielder Houssem Aouar fromLyon, with the club’s president Jean-Michel Aulas admitting they may “lose two players” before the deadline.(Metro)external-link

Newcastle Unitedare set to rivalValenciain trying to sign 26-year-oldJuventusand Italy defender Daniele Rugani, who has also been linked withFulham, West HamandSevilla.(Sportitalia, via Football Italia)external-link

Roma’slatest offer forManchester Unitedand England centre-back Chris Smalling is for £10.9m plus £2.7m in add-ons and is being considered by the Old Trafford club.(Mail)external-link

Aston Villaare in pole position to sign highly-rated 15-year-old centre-back Kerr Smith fromDundee United.(Dundee Telegraph)external-link

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