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TOP STORY: Chelsea target Lewandowski

These are turbulent times at Chelsea, to say the least — but the Telegraph reports that they “will push on with ambitious summer plans and make Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski their No. 1 target.”

While uncertainty surrounds the future of coach Antonio Conte and delays enmesh club owner Roman Abramovich’s UK visa application, Chelsea are stepping up attempts to bring in the Poland international.

The Telegraph says the FA Cup winners believe he is “ready for a move away from the German champions” — but he could cost more than £100 million.

Chelsea could raise some of that money from the sale of Alvaro Morata only a year after his arrival as record signing.

And the Telegraph adds that a Lewandowski deal could persuade Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois that their futures lie at Stamford Bridge.

Tottenham optimistic over Martial move

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial’s departure from Old Trafford looks increasingly likely and Spurs are a potential destination, according to the London Evening Standard.

The Standard says Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino wants “a forward who can also play on the wing or at No. 10,” and France international Martial is high on his list.

The London club “are hopeful that United, who are interested in Spurs centre-half Toby Alderweireld, will be prepared to do business.”

The Manchester Evening News says United “are attempting to negotiate a £55m deal for Alderweireld.”

It reports Old Trafford sources as saying the club “are prepared to make him their most expensive defensive signing.”

Alex Sandro of Juventus is also on Jose Mourinho’s radar, with the MEN saying he is “being prioritised to replace Luke Shaw.”

Can poised to sign Juventus deal

And so, after a protracted saga, Liverpool midfielder Emre Can “will formally complete a move to Juventus after the Champions League final,” the Guardian reports.

It says Can, who has been linked with the Serie A champions for several months, will sign a five-year deal and is likely to earn around €5m a season.

The Germany international, who joined Liverpool from Bayer Leverkusen in 2014, is out of contract at the end of June, with attempts to persuade him to sign new terms having failed.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said he is uncertain about Can’s current situation, but the Guardian says he is “desperate to keep hold of his compatriot.”


– News that Manuel Pellegrini is set to take over at West Ham could catapult the Hammers to the front of the queue for West Brom striker Salomon Rondon, according to the Birmingham Mail.

With the Baggies having been relegated, a clause in Rondon’s contract means he is available for £16m — and the Mail says Pellegrini is keen on a reunion with the player, having worked with him at Malaga.

– Championship side Leeds are among four clubs who want to sign Liverpool winger Harry Wilson on loan, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.

It says Liverpool are ready to let Wilson leave on a temporary basis following a successful spell at Hull — but Huddersfield, Aston Villa and Rangers, now managed by Steven Gerrard, could also enter the fray.

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