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  • ​Arsenal want Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim to replace Arsene Wenger. Jardim has taken the Ligue 1 side to the Champions League semi-finals as well as guiding them to the top of the French League ahead of big spending Paris Saint-Germain. He’s seen as the ideal candidate to replace the Frenchman at the Emirates.

    • Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata, linked with a summer transfer  to Manchester United, is not a target for AC Milan, according to their director of sport Massimiliano Mirabelli, who said: “I went to Madrid to watch a game and not for Morata. He is of no interest to Milan.”
      • However, 24-year-old Morata has agreed to join Chelsea this summer after the Spain international’s agent met several European clubs.
        • Liverpool transfer targetTheo Hernandez has received offers from Barcelona and Real Madrid. His agent, Manuel García Quilon, confirmed that the player, currently on loan at Alaves, has received offers from both La Liga giants but at this point no decision has been taken by the 19-year-old.
          • Alternatively, Theo Hernandez will move to Real Madrid in the summer for €30 million – €6m more than in the termination clause for his deal.
            • Bayern Munich are also interested in Atletico Madrid youngster Theo.

              • An Iranian student had to be taken to a police station at the weekend – because he looks too much like Lionel Messi. So many people in the city of Hamaden wanted a picture with Reza Parastesh that police took him to the station and impounded his car to stop the chaos.

                • Sevilla have joined the likes of Manchester United, Juventus, Milan in chasing a deal for Lazio striker Keita Balde.
                • Inter Milan face being snubbed by Antonio Conte despite making a ‘monstrous offer’ of €14million a year to lure him back to Serie A.
                • Antonio Conte is keen to sign Roma duo Radja Nainggolan and Antonio Rudiger in the summer.
                • Manchester City are also interested in Rudiger, as well as 30-year-old Juventus and Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci, with manager Pep Guardiola saying he cannot rely on the fitness of 31-year-old Belgium international Vincent Kompany.
                • Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has hit out at the latest transfer reports regarding his future, asking the media to “stay out of my business.”

                • Everton boss Ronald Koeman scouted former Barcelona striker Sandro Ramirez during Malaga’s 3-0 defeat of Celta Vigo on Sunday night. Koeman was photographed sitting in the VIP box at Malaga’s La Rosaleda stadium during the LaLiga fixture. The Dutchman was sat next to agent Gines Carvajal, who represents Malaga hitman Sandro. 
                • The forward, who moved to Malaga from Barca last summer, has struck 16 goals in 28 outings this term. He has previously been linked with Tottenham.
                • West Ham are ready to revive their interest in £25million-rated AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca, who has also been linked with Chelsea, Arsenal and Valencia.
                • Marco Verratti’s agent has dismissed talk of a move to Italy with Juventus – but was more open about the possibility of a move to Germany with Bayern Munich.
                • Roma sporting director Monchi has given an ultimatum to Ivorian midfielder Franck Kessie. The Atalanta star has been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea, while it’s also claimed he has an offer on the table to join AC Milan.

                • Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi is  ready to commit his long-term future to the club and snub a possible move to West Ham, where he has been tipped to replace Slaven Bilic this summer.
                • Mateo Kovacic’s agent has dismissed reports the midfielder could leave Real Madrid this summer, amid reports linking him with both Tottenham, AC Milan and Roma.
                • Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 35, has amazed doctors with the condition of his knee, according to the former Sweden international’s agent Mino Raiola.
                • Arsenal, Everton, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and West Ham are monitoring Sunderland’s English goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who could move for about £25m.
                • Fabio Coentrao is the top summer target of Sporting CP.
                • A fall out with Neymar could cost Barcelona coach Unzue the opportunity to replace Luis Enrique in the Camp Nou hotseat.
                • Out of contract with Nice at the end of the season, Mario Balotelli is set to be offered a deal by Las Palmas.

                • Chesterfield striker Ched Evans has completed his return to Sheffield United, signing a three-year contract. Evans, 28, last played for the Blades in 2012 before he was found guilty of raping a 19-year-old woman in 2011 and sentenced to five years in prison.
                • Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has not been happy with manager Thomas Tuchel’s remarks over UEFA’s handling of the bus bombing. It’s the latest in a list of issues between the manager and the club. Last season he had a public dispute with the head of scouting.
                • Tottenham Hotspur will take their players to Hong Kong for a friendly against local opposition as soon as the Premier League season finishes.
                • Juventus have demanded answers from broadcaster Rai after a TV interview with Medhi Benatia was cut short when the Morocco defender heard a racist remark in his earpiece.
                • Rai said it was showing “full solidarity with the footballer and with the club he represents,” but also claimed the “unacceptable phrase was not uttered by an employee of our company.” 
                • Chapecoense have won their first title since most of their team were killed in a plane crash.
                •   Top clubs from Brazil and Argentina offered to loan players to Chapocense, who signed 25 new players this season and promoted nine from the youth team. They lifted the Santa Catarina state championship on Sunday for the second straight year, despite losing to Avai.
                • The United States-led bid to bring the 2026 World Cup to North America looks to be well on track for success, with multiple high-ranking football sources here indicating that this week’s vote by the FIFA Congress is expected to go strongly in the bid’s favor.
                • The United States came up empty in a bid to end Mexico’s dominance of the CONCACAF U17 Championship, losing 5-4 in a penalty shootout after finishing in a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes of regular and extra time on Sunday.
                • Plans for a Canadian Premier League were approved by the country’s soccer leaders this weekend, with founding cities announced for Hamilton and Winnipeg.
                • Iran’s Mohammad Mokhtari scored a stunning overhead kick as his side beat Italy to finish third at the Fifa Beach Soccer World Cup.

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