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Manchester United and Chelsea hold talks to sign Robert Lewandowski and today's other transfer rumours

Manchester United and Chelsea are interested in signing Robert Lewandowski, according to today's transfer talk.

According to Sky Sports, both clubs have held 'preliminary talks' with the Bayern Munich star's representatives about securing the services of the Polish international.

Lewandowski, 28, netted 30 goals in 33 Bundesliga appearances last season, the second successive campaign in which he has his the 30 goal mark. According to the Daily Mirror, Lewandowski is unsettled in Bavaria and would represent a masterstroke in the transfer market if United or the Blues were to secure his services.

United, of course, are attempting to replace ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC, whose contract expires this summer and who faces a long period on the sidelines, although the Swede will train with the club during his rehabilitation. Chelsea are preparing for life after DIEGO COSTA as the Spain international claims he has been told by boss Antonio Conte that he is not in his future plans.

United are also reportedly keen on Benfica midfielder ANDERSON TALISCA and Turkish newspaper AMK have even claimed a deal has already been agreed. Talisca was on loan at Besiktas last season and he scored 16 goals in 31 matches.

However, Talisca is due to spend a second season in Turkey and Besiktas official Metin Albayrak says his club have yet to be consulted on any change to those arrangements: “Well every player dreams of playing in the Premier League or La Liga but Talisca has another year with us,” Albayrak told Turkish-Football.

“We have to be informed of any transfers, it cannot go ahead without us at the table, we have not been informed of a Man United deal.”

Arsenal are opening contract talks with AARON RAMSEY over a year before his current deal expires, according to the Daily Telegraph. Talks are said to be ongoing with ALEXIS SANCHEZ, MESUT OZIL and ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN and the Gunners are also keen to tie Wales midfielder Ramsey to a long-term arrangement as he remains central to manager Arsene Wenger's plans.

If Juventus lose right-back DANI ALVES to Manchester City they could look to Manchester United's squad for a replacement. The Sun reports that Italy defender MATTEO DARMIAN has been identified as the ideal candidate to succeed Alves in Turin, and United would be willing to let him go as he is not a guaranteed starter at Old Trafford.

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Former Barcelona forward Christophe Dugarry is quoted in Marca as saying he does not think MARCO VERRATTI is good enough to play for the Catalans. The Italian playmaker has been linked with a switch to the Nou Camp from Paris St Germain but Dugarry said: "I'm surprised, because Verratti is anything but a great player. He's a good player, but what has he done? Every six months he appears in the media asking for a raise."

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PLAYERS TO WATCH

ANDRES INIESTA could be offered an opportunity to close out his illustrious career in Serie A with Inter Milan, according to the Sun. The veteran Spaniard only has a year remaining on his deal at the Nou Camp and ambitious Inter have made their interest known.

TAMMY ABRAHAM impressed while on loan at Bristol City last term and his 23-goal haul could have earned him a temporary move to Swansea. The Daily Mirror says Paul Clement's Swans will take the 19-year-old on a season-long loan.

DANNY WILLIAMS might have lost the Sky Bet Championship play-off final with Reading but he could follow victors Huddersfield into the Premier League after all, as the Sun claims the Terriers are circling a free-transfer swoop for the German-American midfielder.

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