Football rumours from the media – 11 July 2017

What the papers say

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.

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.

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.

Online/social round-up

@TheSunFootball: Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez is absolutely furious with the club

@Sport_Witness: Argentine newspaper treating Juan Foyth to Tottenham as a sure thing

Players to watch

James Rodriguez: The Daily Mail reports that the Colombia forward wants his future sorted swiftly after Real Madrid offered him to clubs including Chelsea and Manchester United.Ivan Perisic: Manchester United are closing in on Inter Milan’s Croatian winger, according to the Independent. Inigo Martinez: Manchester City are pursuing the Real Sociedad defender, claims Spanish newspaper Marca, although they face competition for the Spain international’s signature from Barcelona, Juventus and Inter Milan.

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