Man United plot double swoop for Ligue 1 duo Marco Verratti and Malcom

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Arsenal are weighing up a move for Marouane Fellaini whose contract at Manchester United expires at the end of the month, according to the Daily Mirror. The midfielder is on the wishlist of new Arsenal boss Unai Emery while AC Milan are also keen on capturing the Belgian’s signature.

Manchester United could be bringing in a pair of Ligue 1 players over the summer, with Red Devils leading the race to sign Paris Saint-Germain‘s Marco Verratti and Bordeaux’s Malcom, despite keen interest from other top European clubs, according to the Manchester Evening News.

One signing Jose Mourinho’s side are due to miss out on is Borussia Dortmund centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos who is due to join Arsenal in a £16m move, the Daily Mirror reports.

Leicester will look to sign Manchester City forward Patrick Roberts as part of a deal which will see Riyad Mahrez head to the Etihad, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Xherdan Shaqiri may be playing Premier League football next season, with both Southampton and Tottenham interested in paying the £12million release clause of the Stoke winger, the Daily Mirror says.

Foxes star: Mahrez.

Foxes star: Mahrez.

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Tomasz Kuszczak: The former West Brom and Manchester United goalkeeper has been told he can leave Birmingham, reports Polish newspaper Przeglad Sportowy. The St Andrew’s club had previously rejected bids from Derby and Newcastle for the former Poland international.

Felipe Anderson: West Ham have had a £33m bid for the Lazio midfielder rejected, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

Diogo Dalot: Manchester United are on the brink of announcing the signing of the Porto full-back, Sky Sports says.

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Fred passes Man United medical ahead of €60m move to Old Trafford

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Fred is nearing a move to Manchester United.

Manchester United are close to signing Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk.

Reports suggest that the Brazilian international arrived at Carrington on Monday. Sky Sports reporter and Italian transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio claims the midfielder has already passed his medical.

An announcement is expected to be made within 24 hours.

Fred will sign on a 5-year deal after completing a transfer worth €60 million.

The Premier League giants are keen to wrap up the signing before the start of the World Cup in Russia.

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Arsenal schedule meeting with Man United contract rebel Marouane Fellaini

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Marouane Fellaini

Arsenal have scheduled talks with Marouane Fellaini’s representatives as they aim to take advantage of the Belgium centre midfielder’s contract standoff at Manchester United, according to reports.

Fellaini, 30, has rejected all overtures from the Premier League runners-up to extend a deal that expires in the summer. This potential availability on a free transfer has alerted the Gunners, for whom new head coach Unai Emery and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat have been given just a £50 million (Dh244.3m) budget after two years of heavy spending under the former’s predecessor Arsene Wenger.

French TV show Foot 365 have stated talks will soon be opened with the giant player – who headed in an injury time winner during April’s previous meeting between the Red Devils and Gunners.

Fellaini has also been linked to Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille.

The Standard Liege youth product’s previously spurned two offers to remain at Old Trafford. He joined them in 2013 from Everton, going on to score 20 times in 155 games.

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