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Today's Gossip: United Agree Lukaku Deal; Conte Targe 5 Stars

United Agree Lukaku Deal
Manchester United have agreed a fee in the region of £75m for Everton Striker Romelu Lukaku according to the BBC.

United are understood to have been pursuing Lukaku for most of the summer.

They now will not be pursuing their interest in Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata.

The move for Lukaku is not connected to talks aimed at taking Wayne Rooney to Everton.

United hope to conclude the Deal by Sunday.

Chelsea suffer blow in race for Alex Sandro
Chelsea's pursuit of Juventus left wing-back Alex Sandro suffered a minor blow as the Old Lady begrudgingly admitted defeat in their attempt to prematurely bring Leonardo Spinazzola back from his two-year loan to Atalanta.
The Bianconeri tried to cut short the loan in order to utilise Spinazzola in the upcoming campaign in white and black, but Sky Sport Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio insists that the clubs will honour the full length of the loan agreement. The 24-year-old will instead return to Turin in 2018.

Spinazzola was initially seen as a part-replacement for Sandro, if he were to join Chelsea, due to his ability to play left midfield and fill in as a left-back. Now Juve appear more intent on holding on to Sandro.

Epic Milan summer spree continues with Conti's arrival
AC Milan's relentless push to acquire star talent to boost the new era in red and black continues with the news that a deal for Atalanta right-back Andrea Conti is done, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.
The Rossoneri will pay La Dea €24 million (£21.1 million) for the Italy full-back, plus add in young midfielder Matteo Pessina as part of the deal.

Medical checks will be undertaken in the next two days at Milanello before the 23-year-old is unveiled, becoming the third part of a new-look back three with Ricardo Rodriguez and Mateo Musacchio.

Conte wants five new players
Antonio Conte will welcome Antonio Rudiger and Tiemoue Bakayoko before demanding five more players, reports the Telegraph.
The Italian wants to finalise a deal for Sandro, who could command a £60 million fee, before adding his former Porto colleague and compatriot Danilo.

Lukaku is the main target to replace Diego Costa, who appears destined to return to Atletico Madrid. Conte would also like another centre-back and a forward who can play wide.

United Ready To Break Bank For Lukaku
Manchester United are reportedly ready to stun Chelsea and hijack Romelu Lukaku’s £100million switch to Stamford Bridge.
Jose Mourinho is said to be closing in on the biggest deal of the summer, and what would be a world record transfer fee, by landing the Everton hitman ahead of the reigning Premier League champuions.

Lukaku, who scored 26 goals last season, had been expected to head back to Chelsea this summer but relations are reportedly poor between the Blues and the Toffees after Chelsea’s failed efforts to sign John Stones two years ago.

Indeed, the exclusive report in the Daily Mail also claims that former Goodison Park favourite Wayne Rooney will be used as a makeweight in the transfer.

Wayne Rooney could be part of the bargaining tool to get Striker Romelu Lukaku, 24, to Old Trafford, with United willing to pay a chunk of Rooney's wages to seal the deal. (ESPN)

The Red Devils have also made a £66m bid to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, 24.(Marca - in Spanish)

Paris St-Germain are ready to make a £70m move for Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 25, who scored 13 goals in the Premier League last season.(Le10 Sport via Daily Express)

Atletico Madrid are preparing to make a first formal bid of £22m to re-sign striker Diego Costa, 28, from Chelsea. (Guardian)

Blues midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah, 22, is in talks about a £5m move to Watford, where he spent the 2012-13 season on loan.(Daily Mirror)

Brighton have their sights on Chelsea attacker Izzy Brown. The 20-year-old, who helped Huddersfield to promotion last year, is also attracting interest from Southampton. (Argus)

New Hull City boss Leonid Slutsky says he intends to make the most of his close relationship with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich as he looks to take the Tigers back to the Premier League. The Russian says he is in talks about a number of possible loan moves for players from Stamford Bridge. (Daily Star)

Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier says Arsenal may have found their 'new Ian Wright' in club record signing Alexandre Lacazette, 26. (TalkSport)

Gunners forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, is demanding £400,000 a week in wages to stay at the club, an increase of £125,000 a week on his current deal. (Daily Mirror)

Bookies have slashed the odds on Riyad Mahrez heading to Arsenal from Leicester City. The 26-year-old forward, who has been on Arsene Wenger's radar for some time, could become the Gunners' third big summer signing. (Leicester Mercury)

West Ham are emerging as the frontrunners to sign Burnley striker Andre Gray, 26, for £15m. The player has one year left on his contract at Turf Moor and rejected the offer of a new deal. (London Evening Standard)

Premier League newcomers Huddersfield are close to signing defender Mathias Jorgensen, 27, from FC Copenhagen for around £3.5m. (Sun)

Newcastle United are still interested in trying to broker a loan deal for Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo, despite the Reds planning to take a look at the 20-year-old in pre-season. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Burnley have had a £3m bid accepted by Stoke for 33-year-old striker Jon Walters. (Sky Sports)

Championship side Birmingham are considering a loan move for Southampton striker Sam Gallagher, 21, who scored 12 goals on loan at Blackburn last season. (Birmingham Mail)

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