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Dries Mertens, Ousmane Dembele and Martin Skrtel make up some of the transfer speculation on Monday.

Napoli’s Dries Mertens is being targeted by Manchester United, reports say (Nick Potts/Empics)
Napoli’s Dries Mertens is being targeted by Manchester United, reports say (Nick Potts/Empics)

Manchester United look poised to pay Napoli star Dries Mertens’ £25million release clause, according to the Mirror. The 30-year-old is thought to be on the radar of boss Jose Mourinho after an impressive spell with the Italian club, where he has scored 45 times over the last two seasons.

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Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp has reportedly shown an interest in Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele. The £95million signing suffered a hamstring injury which marred his first season with the LaLiga club, but the Reds boss is said to have reacted enthusiastically at the prospect the 20-year-old could be on the market, according to The Sun.

Following the confirmation of Steven Gerrard becoming the manager at Rangers, attention has turned to new signings at the Ibrox. The Mirror reports that former Liverpool player Martin Skrtel could be among the former captain’s first targets, though reports suggest the 33-year-old’s current club Fenerbahce would be reluctant to let him go.

Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha could have ambitions to move into European football, The Sun says following an impressive season at Selhurst Park. With four goals in his last five games, the 25-year-old has not been put off a big move after a lacklustre time at Manchester United. It is even reported that Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City are interested in a pursuing a £50million deal for the winger next season.

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David Wagner is tipped as a Leicester favourite (Nigel French/PA)

David Wagner: The Huddersfield boss could be making his way to Leicester to replace Claude Puel, the Mirror says. The incumbent Foxes boss is said to be falling out of favour at the King Power Stadium after a recent bad run of form. Leicester have won just two in the last 12 games, while Huddersfield’s recent performances as they bid to avoid relegation are thought to have made Wagner a possible favourite to succeed the under-fire manager after just one season.

Maurizio Sarri: Rumours of the Napoli boss’ possible move to Chelsea have been fuelled further after he said his current team’s president can “always take the exit option” if he is unhappy with his performance, it is reported in the Daily Mirror. Napoli’s hope of winning Serie A were dashed after a 2-2 draw against Torino.

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