Chelsea swoop for Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata, Tottenham target Man City striker Kelechi Iheanacho

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Alvaro Morata

Chelsea are preparing a move for Real Madrid forward ALVARO MORATA, according to the Guardian.

The Premier League champions are reportedly keen to get a deal done before flying to Beijing for a pre-season tour next Monday.

Any move for Morata could push DIEGO COSTA closer to the Stamford Bridge exit, with Atletico Madrid favourites for his signature.

The Mirror reports that Manchester United will renew their attempt to sign Tottenham’s ERIC DIER.

Having secured the services of striker Romelu Lukaku, Jose Mourinho is keen to bolster his defensive options and is lining up a £60million bid for the England star.

Eric Dier

Eric Dier

Meanwhile, Tottenham are looking to hijack Leicester’s pursuit of Manchester City striker KELECHI IHEANACHO, says the Sun.

The Foxes are rumoured to have matched City’s £20million valuation of the Nigerian, but Spurs, Borussia Dortmund and Monaco are also interested.

Mauricio Pochettino may look to use full-back KYLE WALKER as a makeweight in any deal.

Kelechi Iheanacho

Kelechi Iheanacho

Burnley are keen to bring Swansea midfielder JACK CORK back to Turf Moor, claims the Lancashire Evening Telegraph, but the Clarets have cooled their interest in Stoke’s GLENN WHELAN.

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Jack Cork

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Footage from Romelu Lukaku's first Manchester United training session

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Romelu Lukaku has hit the ground running at Manchester United, training with his new team-mates in Los Angeles within an hour of completing his big-money from Everton.

A return to former club Chelsea had looked likely for much of the summer, only for United to swoop in and gazump the Premier League champions.

Lukaku has arrived in a deal worth £75million plus add-ons, penning a five-year deal at Old Trafford with the option of a sixth.

Fellow new boy Victor Lindelof, a summer acquisition from Benfica, trained with his new team-mates at UCLA, where Luke Shaw and Ashley Young worked away from the main group as they step up their return from injury.

United’s first match of the tour comes against the LA Galaxy on Saturday, before friendlies against Real Salt Lake, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The videos below see Lukaku in action on Monday.


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Manchester United's new signing Romelu Lukaku targets "titles every year"

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Romelu Lukaku says nothing less than titles every season will do after completing his big-money move to Manchester United.

Amid interest from former club Chelsea, Jose Mourinho’s men surprised onlookers by swooping in to sign the 24-year-old from Everton.

Lukaku arrived in a deal worth £75million plus add-ons that could take it beyond the initial world-record 105million euros (£89million) outlay that took Paul Pogba to Old Trafford last summer.

The pair have been close friends for a number of years and were on holiday in Los Angeles together as the striker underwent a medical ahead of penning a five-year deal, with the option of a sixth, on Monday.

“I feel really well, I am really happy,” he told Pogba in an interview for MUTV. “Delighted. I can’t wait to get started.

“Last year you guys won three trophies. Now we’re starting to build on that and perform better than we did last year.”

Asked what his goal was, Lukaku added: “Titles every year. Nothing less. Nothing less.

“I think being at Manchester United, you have to challenge for every title that there is. Every cup or whatever.

“That’s what I want and that’s why I am here to help the team perform.

“I am not going to talk too much, but I am just going to perform on the pitch and do whatever it takes to win a game.”

Lukaku has hit the ground running at United, training with his new team-mates in LA within an hour of move being officially completed.

The striker stayed with the team at their Beverly Hills hotel on Sunday and arrived with his new team-mates at UCLA the following morning, signing autographs and posing for photos for supporters before a double training session.

United boss Mourinho looked far more happy with the set-up compared to last summer’s ill-fated tour in China and is delighted to be working with Lukaku once again.

Lukaku

Lukaku

“Romelu is a natural fit for Manchester United,” he said of a player he sold when Chelsea manager in 2014.

“He is a big personality and a big player. It is only natural that he wants to develop his career at the biggest club.

“He will be a great addition to the group and I know they will make him very welcome. I am really looking forward to working with him again.”

Mourinho named a 27-man group for United’s summer tour, although the arrival of Lukaku has already swollen that number.

Fellow new boy Victor Lindelof, a summer acquisition from Benfica, trained with his new team-mates at UCLA, where Luke Shaw and Ashley Young worked away from the main group as they step up their return from injury.

United’s first match of their US tour comes against the LA Galaxy on Saturday, before friendlies against Real Salt Lake, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Hard work on the field will be matched by that behind the scenes as the club continues to work on new signings.

While talk of a move for Chelsea defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic quietens, Press Association Sport understands Tottenham’s Eric Dier remains a target. The player 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.

Provided by Press Association

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