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The summer transfer window is in full flow as the annual Cristiano Ronaldo saga about him leaving Real Madrid continues to gather pace.

Manchester United are frontrunners for his signature, as they usually are, but they have other targets, with Alvaro Morata, Ivan Perisic and Andrea Belotti all wanted to follow Victor Lindelof into the club.

Liverpool are expected to announce a new record signing this week if Mohamed Salah completes his £35m+ move from Roma, as Jurgen Klopp eyes seven new targets in total.

Manchester City are the summer’s early pace setters when it comes to new signings, as Benardo Silva and Ederson have both already joined the club.

Everton are the other big spenders so far in the window, signing Jordan Pickford from Sunderland for £30m while Ajax's Davy Klaassen for £23.6m.

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Here are some of the biggest stories doing the rounds this morning on Monday, 19 June:
 
Kylian Mbappe will disappoint his Premier League suitors by joining Real Madrid this summer, according to Marca.
 
The Spanish newspaper carries a front page quoting Mbappe, the teenager who starred in Monaco's swashbuckling run to the Ligue 1 title and Champions League semi-finals, as saying he "only wants to play in Madrid".
 
He could get his wish should Cristiano Ronaldo leave the club in the wake of the probe into his tax affairs, but it would be bad news for the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool who have been linked with moves to bring Mbappe to England.
 
The Sun reports that Ronaldo has instructed his agent Jorge Mendes to "do anything possible" to force through a return to Manchester United, where he came to prominence between 2003 and 2009.
 
Chelsea will make an increased £60m bid for Juventus full-back Alex Sandro, according to the Daily Express and Daily Star, having had an initial offer turned down.
 
The Mirror reports that Southampton are keen on Austria defender Kevin Wimmer, 24, but want Tottenham to reduce their £20million asking price.
 
Striker Josh King has been linked with a move from Bournemouth to Tottenham but has committed himself to the Cherries, telling the Bournemouth Echo: "I was intrigued even being mentioned in the same sentence as Spurs, a big team who play in the Champions League. You never know in football but, hopefully, I will be here next year."

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More on Mbappe
 
Kylian Mbappe has told Monaco officials over the weekend that should he leave the club, the only place he wants to go is Real Madrid, according to reports in Spain.
 
Bids up to and around €130m are expected to be made from the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, City and PSG but Mbappe has decided on Real, say Marca.
 
 

Ronaldo speaks out... or doesn't

 
Cristiano Ronaldo dodged questions over his Real Madrid future as speculation continues to grow over his future.
 
Ronaldo, currently away on international duty with Portugal at the Confederations Cup, failed to attend the post-match press conference following his country's 2-2 draw with Mexico.
 
Ronaldo set up Ricardo Quaresma for the opener and was awarded man-of-the-match and as a result is required by Fifa to attend but failed to do so with officials confirming he was instead "undergoing treatment".
 
He was, however, able to speak to Fifa's official channel later on suggesting his side have what it takes to turn things around in Group A.]
 
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Ronaldo is 'innocent'

 
La Liga's president Javier Tebas has called Real Madrid losing Cristiano Ronaldo as a 'huge loss' and insisted he is innocent of all tax accusations against him.
 
Looks like even the head of the entire league wants the Portuguese to remain in Spain.
 

Dier open to United, but Spurs block the way

 
Tottenham Hotspur are refusing to put a price on the head of Eric Dier because they have no intention of selling him to Manchester United.
 
United believe Dier is open to joining them this summer as Jose Mourinho targets a defensive midfielder, which is the Englishman’s favoured position, as he knows he can double is wages at Old Trafford.
 
But Spurs are not willing to play ball, according to The Sun, and are not even going to entertain the thought of Dier leaving, much to United’s frustration.
 
 

Ronaldo may want United, but Mourinho isn't as keen

 
While Cristiano Ronaldo wants a return to Manchester United where he feels loved, reports in Spain have suggested it is a one-sided love affair, with Jose Mourinho not that interested in signing the 32-year-old.
 
The pair worked together at Real Madrid, where Mourinho fell out with a number of senior players, including Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos.
 
And Spanish publication Diario Gol claim that Mourinho and Ronaldo did not leave things on the best of terms either.
 
They say that Mourinho sees signing the 32-year-old as a step in the wrong direction as he is a player in decline.
 
 

United still in the heart of this No 7

 
A former Manchester United No 7 has shown his love for his former club in a telling Instagram post.
 
But it’s not the former No 7 United fans were hoping as it was Memphis Depay, who departed in January, and not Cristiano Ronaldo, who seems so eager for a return to Old Trafford.
 
You'll notice the Manchester United chain dangling around his neck...
 
 

Verratti wants to fulfil Messi dream

Marco Verratti wants to leave Paris Saint-Germain for Barcelona this summer, and has sent out a plea to PSG executives to allow him to leave, according to reports in Italy.
 
They claim the message he relayed to the PSG board was along the lines of “let me go to Barca, I do not want to go back to Paris”.
 
The main reason behind his decision is because he sees it as his only opportunity to fulfill a dream of playing with Lionel Messi, and winning trophies alongside the Argentine.
 
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Liverpool to scupper Spurs bid

 
 
 
Liverpool are preparing to hijack Tottenham’s bid for highly-rated Monaco forward Thomas Lemar.
 
That’s according to the French press, at least. It was claimed on sports show Telefoot last night that Spurs were leading the race for the 21-year-old, but that Liverpool would look to make a move at the final hour, potentially scuppering Tottenham’s chances .
 
It was also claimed that Juventus were interested in the winger, but that he was more likely to move to the Premier League.
 
The Frenchman was in superb form last season, scoring nine goals and notching up 10 assists as he played in 34 Ligue 1 games.

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