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Jack Grealish, Jorginho and Xherdan Shaqiri’s futures all make the Friday papers.

Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish could be heading to Tottenham (Martin Rickett/PA)
Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish could be heading to Tottenham (Martin Rickett/PA)

Jack Grealish is set to return to the Premier League with Tottenham – but a whole host of clubs are looking to secure the signature of the talented Aston Villa midfielder, reports the Daily Mirror. Steve Bruce’s side missed out on the chance to return to the top flight due to a play-off final loss to Fulham, with Villa needing to raise funds to mount another promotion challenge, the paper says.

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Another midfielder reported to be on the move is Jorginho, who is closer to signing a deal with Manchester City, the Manchester Evening News reports. The 26-year-old Napoli man’s move to the Etihad looks more likely after Fabian Ruiz signed for the Italian club, the paper says.

Xherdan Shaqiri looks set to leave the Potters (Martin Rickett/PA)

Xherdan Shaqiri is confident he will be playing Premier League football next season, the Daily Mirror reports. The Swiss World Cup star is currently on the books at Stoke, but will leave following their relegation and is wanted by Liverpool, according to reports.

Antonio Conte’s replacement in the Stamford Bridge hot seat will be announced next week, with former Empoli and Napoli head coach Maurizio Sarri expected to take the reins, the Daily Mail says.

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RB Leipzig are keen on signing striker Ademola Lookman from Everton, but the Toffees have already rejected a £12million bid, according to the Daily Mirror.

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Gianluigi Buffon: The 40-year-old Italian is set to sign a contract with Paris St Germain, according to Le Parisien.

N’Golo Kante: Another potential arrival at the Parc des Princes comes in the form of the Chelsea and France midfielder, according to Goal.

Scott Carson: Brighton have made a move for the Derby goalkeeper, reports the Derby Telegraph.

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