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Gossip: Striker Costa could stay at Chelsea

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa, 28, is willing to have talks with manager Antonio Conte and could still play for the club again. The Spain international was told by text last season that he does not feature in the first-team plans. (Sun)

The Blues will make a move for Torino striker Andrea Belotti, 23, and will have to pay about £90m to sign the Italy international. (Mirror)

Everton want Manchester United to include add-ons in their offer for striker Romelu Lukaku, which could take the deal to £90m. Jose Mourinho’s side have agreed an initial £75m fee for the 24-year-old Belgium international. (Sky Sports)

United will turn their attention to signing 23-year-old Tottenham and England midfielder Eric Dier for a fee in the region of £50m once the Lukaku deal is completed. (Telegraph)

Arsenal are awaiting a response from Monaco after making a £40m bid for their France winger Thomas Lemar, 21. (Football London)

Crystal Palace are ready to bid for Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, 28. The Netherlands international played under new Eagles boss Frank de Boer at Ajax. (TalkSport via AS)

West Ham have cooled their interest in Manchester City’s £20m-rated England goalkeeper Joe Hart, 30, and are now prioritising signing a striker. (Sun)

Liverpool have received a number of enquiries about defender Mamadou Sakho and are confident a club will meet their £30m asking price for the 27-year-old France international. (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony is attracting interest from a number of Chinese Super League clubs and the Premier League side hope to get £14m for the Ivory Coast international. (Independent)

Swansea have not received any offers for 23-year-old defender Alfie Mawson, with the former England Under-21 international a firm part of boss Paul Clement’s plans.(South Wales Evening Post)

Southampton are hoping to beat newly promoted Newcastle and Brighton to the loan signing of Chelsea and England Under-21 midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek.(Mirror)

Newcastle have held talks with Benfica over 28-year-old Greek midfielder Andreas Samaris, but the Premier League side are struggling to meet the £17.5m fee.(Mirror)

Middlesbrough have had a £5m bid rejected by the Magpies for goalkeeper Karl Darlow, 26. The Championship side are in need of a new number one after the departures of Victor Valdes and Brad Guzan.(Guardian)

Sunderland will make a fresh bid for Bournemouth midfielder Max Gradel after having an initial loan offer for the 29-year-old Ivory Coast international rejected.(Sun)

Leeds hope to sign SD Huesca striker Samuel Saiz, 26, for £3m next week. The Spaniard scored 12 times for the Segunda Division side last season. (Yorkshire Evening Post)

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Former Manchester United and Everton midfielder Phil Neville congratulated Toffees striker Romelu Lukaku on his potential move to Old Trafford on Instagram by mocking up the Belgium international wearing a Red Devils shirt.

West Brom’s record signing Nacer Chadli failed to join his team-mates in boss Tony Pulis’ boot camp trip to Austria as he opposed the gruelling schedule which includes 5am starts. (Sun)

The best of Friday’s transfer news

Inter Milan want to make Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, the “poster boy” for the club’s new era. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Daily Mirror)

Chelsea could face a striker crisis after Diego Costa, 28, started to say his goodbyes to his team-mates, having been told he is not part of Conte’s plans for next season.(Telegraph)

Swansea City are braced for a revised £32m bid from Everton for midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, 27. (Daily Mail)

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