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Transfer news and football gossip: Mane wants Liverpool exit after Klopp decision, Coutinho joining Chelsea, Sancho nearly joined Manchester United in 2017 rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Wednesday’s papers and online…

Manchester United target Jadon Sancho was on the verge of sealing a transfer to Old Trafford from Man City back in 2017, when he left the Etihad for Borussia Dortmund. The England winger, 20, is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top transfer target this summer with recent reports suggesting a deal has nearly been completed. (Mirror)

Philippe Coutinho is ‘close’ to sealing a return to the Premier League with Chelsea set to complete a deal for the Barcelona midfielder. Brazil playmaker Coutinho has struggled for form since leaving Liverpool for the LaLiga giants in a £142million deal in January 2018. Despite scoring eight goals and registering six assists on loan at Bayern Munich this season, the German club are not prepared to pay his £109m buyout clause to make the move permanent – FULL STORY HERE

Philippe Coutinho’s move to Barcelona has not been the dream he’d hoped – and he could be on his way back to the Premier League soon
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RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner is learning English as he prepares for a summer switch to the Premier League. Liverpool and Chelsea are battling it out to sign the 24-year-old Germany international, who has 21 goals in 25 league matches this season. (Mirror)

Liverpool winger Sadio Mane is keen for a move to Real Madrid this summer after Jurgen Klopp publicly backed Virgil van Dijk rather than him for the Ballon d’Or award. The Senegal international, who has been a brilliant performer for the Reds with 59 goals in 119 Premier League appearances, has been linked with a move to the Bernabeu in recent months. (France Football – in French)

Reports claim Mane is hopeful of a move to Real Madrid this summer – due to Klopp’s backing of Van Dijk for the Ballon d’Or
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Jorginho is set to enter contract negotiations with Chelsea over a new long-term deal, the player’s agent has revealed. There had been speculation in recent weeks that the Italy international could reunite with Maurizio Sarri at Juventus this summer. (Calciomercato – in Italian)

Real Madrid will not allow Gareth Bale to leave the club this summer despite interest from the Premier League and China. The Welshman, who has scored 80 LaLiga goals in 169 appearances for Los Blancos since his then record £85m move from Tottenham in 2013, is now part of Zinedine Zidane’s plans for next season. (Sun)

Real are prepared to offer striker Luka Jovic to Napoli in a bid to sign Fabian Ruiz, who is also top of Pep Guardiola’s wish list at Man City. The Serbia striker moved to the club from Eintracht Frankfurt last summer but has struggled to break into the first team, while 24-year-old midfielder Ruiz has been a standout performer in Serie A this season. (Mail)

Liverpool have reportedly ‘reached an agreement’ with Wolves over a loan deal for goalkeeper Loris Karius next season. Wanderers are keen to sign a back-up stopper for current no.1 Rui Patricio and it is believed the Reds are open to allowing 26-year-old Karius to join their Premier League rivals. The German has struggled at Besiktas since moving to the club on a two-year loan in 2018 – FULL STORY HERE

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