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Football rumours from the media

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

Chelsea midfielder CESC FABREGAS is dominating the back pages, with several national newspapers reporting that he will be the subject of a summer transfer battle.

The Spaniard is set to be in the middle of a tug of war between Liverpool and Manchester United, report the Sun, Daily Star and Daily Express, with a reported fee of £25million.

If neither of those moves happen, Fabregas has no interest in joining suitors AC Milan, according to the London Evening Standard.

Another man linked with a move to Old Trafford in the summer is Torino striker ANDREA BELOTTI.

The Express are claiming that United have been in touch with the Serie A side over a potential deal for the Italy international, who has an £84.5million buy-out clause.

Chelsea will hand goalkeeper THIBAUT COURTOIS a bumper new contract to fend off interest from Real Madrid, reports the Daily Mail.

Staying at Stamford Bridge, the Blues may also have to swat away interest in CESAR AZPILICUETA, who is emerging as a potential target for Barcelona, according to Spanish media outlet Sport.

Tottenham have gone cold on the idea of signing WILFRIED ZAHA from Crystal Palace owing to his likely absence in the African Nations Cup every two years, reports the Independent. Instead, Spurs have turned their attention to Bournemouth striker Josh King, say the Daily Mirror.

ONLINE/SOCIAL ROUND-UP

Italian correspondent @DiMarzio: "Manchester United has offered 85M € for #Mbappé! Offer refused by #Monaco, who want between 120 and 140" (Translated from French)

@FabrizioRomano: "AC Milan is going to finalize deal for Mateo Musacchio from Villarreal. 18M€. The agreement is close #transfers"

ONES TO WATCH

KYLE WALKER: The Tottenham right-back is unhappy at being dropped for Tottenham's FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea and the north London derby and will now try and force through a move to Manchester City, according to the Sun.

SLAVEN BILIC: The Guardian are reporting that the West Ham boss' fate will be decided by their next two games.

KYLIAN MBAPPE: While both Manchester clubs are ready to go to battle for the rising Monaco star's signature in the summer, Chelsea will be left kicking themselves. According to the Daily Mirror they turned down the chance to.

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