Lucas could leave Liverpool for Lazio while Barcelona target Ander Herrera is set for new Man United deal

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With the transfer window now officially open from July 1, the frenetic nature of speculation is only going to increase.

Rumours are starting to gather pace and we take a look at the latest stories doing the rounds in the media.

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LUCAS LEIVA

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is a target of Lazio as the Serie A side look to sign a replacement for AC Milan-bound Lucas Biglia.

According to Calciomercato, Lazio are keen on signing the 30-year-old Brazilian who has one year left on his deal at Anfield.

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Lucas is currently Liverpool’s longest serving player but having fallen down the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp a concrete offer elsewhere could see him end over 10 years of service to the Reds.

His former club Gremio are also said to be in the running with Klopp understood to be willing to allow Lucas to leave should he wish to do so.

ANDER HERRERA

Barcelona target Ander Herrera is set to be rewarded with a new contract from Manchester United.

A report in Sport says United have issued a hands off warning to the Spanish giants who were hoping to explore the option of reuniting him with his former boss at Athletic Bilbao Ernesto Valverde.

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Herrera emerged as a key on-field general for Jose Mourinho last season and while his performances have earned the admiring glances of Barcelona there’s almost no way the United boss would be willing to let him leave Old Trafford.

The Spain international joined United from Bilbao in 2014 penning a four-year deal with an option for a further 12 months but he is set to agree an extension which will keep him at the club until 2021 and net him £150,000 per week.

Manchester United midifielder Ander Herrera

KYLIAN MBAPPE

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger held a three-hour discussion with Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe last month.

According to France Football, Wenger tried to convince the 18-year-old, who returned to training with the Ligue 1 champions yesterday, that he should follow in the footsteps of Gunners legend Thierry Henry.  

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You can’t knock the man for trying but if Mbappe is going to move anywhere this summer it’s going to be Real Madrid.

All indications is that he favours a move to La Liga over the Premier League but given how hotly Arsenal have pursued him, it’s probably fair to say they are the side he would opt for if he did fancy a move to England.

Monaco’s French forward Kylian Mbappe in pre-season training

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Alvaro Morata to see what he has missed out on as Man United and Real Madrid share pre-season facilities in LA

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Alvaro Morata will get a glimpse of what might have been as Real Madrid and Manchester United share the same pre-season facilities in Los Angeles.

Romelu Lukaku completed his big-money move to Old Trafford on Monday as Jose Mourinho’s men swooped under the radar to snaffle the striker amid Chelsea’s advances.

For much of the summer the Belgium international appeared destined for a return to Stamford Bridge, with Morata heading to United to fill the void left by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

But the chance to sign Lukaku saw club sources confirm United had dropped their interest in the Spain international, leaving big question marks over the striker’s immediate future.

Chelsea, spurned by Lukaku, is a possible destination for Morata, but first comes a trip to the United States after being included in 26-man squad heading on Real Madrid’s pre-season tour.

Zinedine Zidane’s side land in LA on Tuesday and, perhaps awkwardly for Morata, will be training a stone’s throw from United, who are also using the facilities at UCLA this summer.

Mourinho’s men have been at Drake Stadium since arriving in California, while Champions League winners Madrid will begin training on Wednesday within 200 metres of United at the college’s North Athletic Field.

The teams will meet in the UEFA Super Cup next month as well as in the International Champions Cup on July 23, but whether Morata is still at the club by the time they meet in the Levi’s Stadium friendly is another matter.

The Red Devils’ first match of a hectic pre-season comes against the LA Galaxy on Saturday after a week of hard work on and off the field.

While Mourinho drills his troops Stateside, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has yet to join the travelling group as he works behind the scenes.

It is understood United were targeting up to four high-profile summer acquisitions this summer, with Benfica defender Victor Lindelof and Everton frontman Lukaku the arrivals to date.

Chelsea defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic has been widely linked with United, while the club are understood to be interested in Tottenham’s Eric Dier.

The England international is believed to be open to a move to Old Trafford, but not willing to rock the boat.

A senior United source was dismissive of talk of a move for Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko, although Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic continues to be on the radar.

Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic

In terms of outgoings, Wayne Rooney, the club’s all-time top scorer and captain, followed Ibrahimovic out of the Old Trafford exit door on Sunday to re-join Everton.

Josh Harrop, goalscorer on a dream United debut at the end of last season, turned down a new deal in favour of a move to Preston, while Regan Poole and Dean Henderson have joined Northampton and Shrewsbury on loan respectively.

The omission from United’s pre-season tour of Adnan Januzaj, who spent last season on loan at Sunderland, underlines his place in Mourinho’s thoughts.

It is understood Real Sociedad are closing in on a deal, while Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is said to be of interest to Leeds.

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Neymar and Gabriel Jesus star in five-a-side tournament in Brazil

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Neymar and Gabriel Jesus showcased their incredible skills in the world’s biggest five-a-side tournament in Brazil on Saturday.

Over 100,000 from 53 countries battled it out in Neymar’s home town of Praia Grande and it was Romania who ran out winners against England in the title decider.

For their efforts, Romania were rewarded with a friendly match against Neymar, Jesus and friends.

The Barcelona star said: “I am very happy to hold the second edition of the tournament here in my hometown. There are lots of players from all over the world and it makes me really proud.”

Jesus’ inclusion will certainly give Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola a boost ahead of the new season.

The 20-year-old is recovering from a fractured eye socket sustained against Argentina last month, but is expected to be fit next month.

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