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Football rumours from the media


Leicester are bracing themselves to lose RIYAD MAHREZ in the summer, according to the Guardian.

Mahrez, a key player in the Foxes' Premier League title win last season, will search for Champions League football and now sees his future away from the King Power Stadium.

RYAN GIGGS is a contender to become the next Middlesbrough manager.

The Sun are reporting that the 43-year-old, who is looking for his first chance in management after leaving Manchester United in the summer, is on Boro's shortlist.

A number of newspapers are reporting that DIEGO COSTA'S potential move to China is now imminent.

Tianjin Quanjian is his apparent destination, with the Daily Express reporting a £76million fee has been agreed, the Daily Record saying a £650,000-per-week deal has been sorted and the Independent claiming the club have secured a pre-contract agreement.

Another man looking set to leave London is Tottenham's KYLE WALKER.

Walker is thought to be unhappy at being left out of key matches recently and is interested in improving his earning power away from White Hart Lane. And now the Evening Standard claim that Spurs are ready to listen to offers.

Bournemouth are keen to go down the tried and tested route as, according to the Daily Mail, Eddie Howe wants to sign both JOHN TERRY and JERMAIN DEFOE in the summer.


Freelance reporter Jonathan Shrager (@Jonathan Shrager): "Don't know if it'll materialise, but I have it on good authority that #MUFC have offered £25m for Michael Keane on a 120k weekly contract."

Telegraph journalist John Percy (@JPercyTelgraph): "#lcfc winger Demarai Gray to consider his future this summer as £22m release clause claims persist."


JAN OBLAK: The Atletico Madrid man is the latest goalkeeper to be linked with Manchester United. The Independent claim United will target the Slovenia international if David de Gea moves to Real Madrid.

KYLIAN MBAPPE: The column inches keep stacking up for the Monaco forward, with French media outlet Le10 Sport reporting that Manchester City are ready to meet the 100million euro price tag.

DAVID STOCKDALE: The Brighton goalkeeper, who has helped his side to promotion to the Premier League this season, is wanted by Chelsea, who could sign him on a free transfer.

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