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Fernando Llorente may consider options away from Tottenham at the end of the season, the papers say.

Fernando Llorente is said to be open to leaving Spurs this summer (Nick Potts/PA)
Fernando Llorente is said to be open to leaving Spurs this summer (Nick Potts/PA)

Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente could leave the club at the end of the season, the Mirror reports. The 33-year-old, who moved to Spurs last year, has struggled to make the starting XI, and has hinted a move back “home” to Athletic Bilbao could be possible this summer. Only three of the frontman’s 22 appearances this term have come in a starting role, with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min ahead of the Spaniard in the pecking order.

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Manchester City appear to be leading the race for the signature of Napoli midfielder Jorginho, the Mail says. Liverpool had been thought to be the frontrunners to land the 26-year-old, but City are hoping a potential £50million offer will be enough to persuade the midfielder to move to the Etihad instead.

Manchester City look prepared to lose defender John Stones this summer, the Sun reports. It comes as the 23-year-old has struggled to make it as Pep Guardiola’s first choice in a team already boasting Aymeric Laporte, Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi. And with Guardiola thought to be on the look out for another central defender to back up injury-hit Kompany, it looks as though City will be willing to release Stones so he can pursue more first-team action.

Now it has been confirmed Arsene Wenger will be leaving Arsenal at the end of the season, attention is turning to his successor. While no concrete replacement has been established, it is thought the new manager will have to work with a transfer budget of £50million, according to the Telegraph. Former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique is thought to be among the favourites to take the helm, as well as Max Allegri, Mikel Arteta, Leonardo Jardim, Julian Nagelsmann and Joachim Low. But after a £100million-plus splurge in the last two transfer windows on Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang alone, the new boss is likely to face a restricted purse this summer, the paper says.

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Ones to watch

Premier League clubs are on alert for West Bromwich Albion’s Jay Rodriguez (Mark Kerton/PA)

Jay Rodriguez: With relegation looming for West Brom, Premier league clubs are starting to assess which players may be available come the summer, and Burnley are said to be showing an interest in 28-year-old Rodriguez, the Mail says. The forward has scored 11 times this campaign and could end up back at his boyhood club after impressing manager Sean Dyche.

Glen Kamara: The Dundee midfielder is already said to be on the radar of Celtic and Rangers, with Swansea also now showing an interest in the player, the Sun claims. After an impressive season in the Scottish Premiership, the Premier League club are hoping to land the 22-year-old for a bargain £1million in the summer, the paper says.

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