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TOP STORY: Bayern eye Bale; Pogba to go on strike

The future of Paul Pogba continues to make the back pages and, despite Manchester United’s stance on not selling the midfielder, he’s reportedly set to go on strike in a bid to force through a move to Real Madrid.

While Pogba himself said on Sunday that he thinks it is time for a “new challenge”, ABC in Spain said that the midfielder will make it clear that he wants to join Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu, with a bid of around €120m enough to land the 26-year-old World Cup winner.

ESPN sources said back in May that Pogba was determined to push for a move even if the club refused to sell him, while Real Madrid are the only club he would considering joining.

Meanwhile, Real might open up some space in their squad by finally moving Gareth Bale out. The Sun have a story which says that Bayern Munich are looking to land the Welshman on a season-long loan, and are willing to pay his £350,000-a-week wages too.

Having lost Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, it makes complete sense that Bayern would want another world-class winger. But how would Bale look in lederhosen?


11.49 BST: Chelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola has been linked with a move once Maurizio Sarri departs for Juventus and Sky Sports report he is to leave the club when his contract expires this summer.

Zola could well join Sarri, but he’s made it clear that he’s happy to stay at Stamford Bridge under a new manager — Frank Lampard or otherwise.

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11.07 BST: Napoli and Real Madrid have reportedly agreed a €10m loan fee for James Rodriguez, say Tuttonapoli.

James has only just finished a two-year loan with Bayern but chose not to sign for them, while Napoli have yet to reach a deal for an option to buy the Colombia international permanently.

10.37 BST: Real Madrid and Barcelona are circling for 16-year-old Fulham winger Harvey Elliott, says the Sun.

Elliott, who became the youngest player to ever appear in the Premier League last season, has reportedly rejected a new contract offer and is now attracting attention from some of the biggest clubs in the world. RB Leipzig were keen on the England under-17 star but with Spain’s big two involved, it seems like he may have loftier goals.

10.04 BST: PSV and Netherlands right-back Denzel Dumfries has reportedly caught the eye of Manchester United.

The Sun claim that, at £25m, he would be a cheaper option than Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka. PSV could net a big profit, having only signed him from Heerenveen for £5m last summer.

09.32 BST: Benfica starlet Joao Felix has his pick of Europe’s top clubs, but Manchester City might be able to steal a march on the competition by signing him now and loaning him back for a season.

The Mirror say that City are looking to beat Manchester United and Atletico Madrid to the punch by making a €120m offer to trigger Felix’s release clause, then send him back to Portugal.

09.00 BST: The Times report that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich phoned former midfielder Frank Lampard to persuade him to take over from Maurizio Sarri, who is set to join Juventus.

Blues legend Lampard almost sealed promotion with Derby but has never managed in the Premier League and has reportedly been concerned over the long-term suitability of the Chelsea job. However, Abramovich allegedly called him up and told him “he will be allowed at least two seasons to prove his worth at Stamford Bridge.”

PAPER TALK (by Richard Edwards)

Mo money, no problems

The Mirror brings news that every Liverpool fan will be delighted to hear: Mohamed Salah is staying …  for now.

Real Madrid and Juventus were said to be setting up £150m offers for the forward, but the report claims “he feels the timing is wrong to leave Merseyside.”

Europe’s elite will still be on alert, however, as Salah “has indicated that he will review his situation next summer.” So that means a year-long saga of speculation, probably ending in a new contract.

Juve planning a nice Trip

Juventus have spent the past few years trying to land some of the world’s best players, see one Cristiano Ronaldo as evidence, and now they are turning attention to right-back.

With Joao Cancelo seemingly set to join Manchester City, Juve need a replacement and should have around €50m to spend. The Times claim that the Italian champions are ready to put it all on Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier.

Though presumably they hope they’ll be getting the Trippier who starred at the World Cup for England, and not the one who struggled through last season’s Premier League campaign.

Homecoming for Hummels

Mats Hummels could soon be back at Borussia Dortmund, if reports of an imminent exit from Bayern Munich are to be believed.

The Mirror writes that Dortmund are closing in on a move for the German centre-back, nearing an agreement for a £27 million fee with Munich.

Hummels is a man who loves a homecoming, having begun his career at Bayern before moving to Dortmund for £4m in 2009 when Jurgen Klopp swooped. He won two Bundesliga titles with the club and played a key role in their march to the 2013 Champions League final. Then he headed back to Munich for £30m in 2016.

Now, though, with Niko Kovac no longer guaranteeing him a first-team place, Hummels could be off again, to more than familiar ground.

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– West Ham’s chase of Maxi Gomez looks set to end in failure, with the Guardian reporting that the Celta Vigo striker fancies a move to Valencia rather than the least atmospheric stadium in Planet Football. Manuel Pellegrini has been typically studious in the transfer market so far this summer, recruiting Pablo Fornals of Villareal on Friday. But now West Ham’s hierarchy fear that their quest to bring Gomez to East London will be a fruitless one.

– And finally, in Spain, Marca reports that Real Madrid are happy to offload Lucas Vazquez this summer. Los Blancos also would be happy for Brahim Diaz to disappear on loan.