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Today's newspaper gossip: Atletico Madrid not giving up on Costa; Stoke keen on Joe Allen

Published on: 25 July 2016
Today's newspaper gossip: Atletico Madrid not giving up on Costa; Stoke keen on Joe Allen

Chelsea striker Diego Costa, 27, remains a target for his old club Atletico Madrid with the Londoners eyeing Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata as his replacement. (Daily Mirror)

Juventus are lining up a move for Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic, 27, as a replacement for Manchester United-bound Paul Pogba. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool will make a final bid of around £8m to secure the signing of Leicester full-back Ben Chilwell, 19. (The Sun)

Daily Star back page

Monday's back page of the Daily Star

Manchester City winger Nolito, 29, turned down the chance to re-join Barcelona to work again with Pep Guardiola at the Premier League club. (Daily Telegraph)

Raphael Varane says he is not set for a re-union with former manager Jose Mourinho at Manchester United after the defender, 23, insisted that he will be staying at Real Madrid this season. (Marca)

New Liverpool signing Georginio Wijnaldum says manager Jurgen Klopp persuaded him to join the Reds, rather than Tottenham or Merseyside rivals Everton. (Liverpool Echo)

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe wants to buy a new central defender this summer. (The Guardian)

New Sunderland manager David Moyes will contact former club Manchester United over a possible loan move for winger Adnan Januzaj, 21. (Daily Mail)

Stoke City are set to secure the £13m signing of Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen, 26, after Swansea City fail to match their bid. (The Sun)

Bolton manager Phil Parkinson has taken experienced former Sunderland and Stoke centre-back Danny Collins, 35, on trial following the defender's departure from Rotherham. (Bolton News)

Sam Allardyce's first match in charge of England will be a friendly against Croatia at Wembley on 1 September. (Daily Star)

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And finally...

A Chelsea fan believes his club is set to beat Arsenal to the signing of Leicester forward Riyad Mahrez after claiming he saw the forward's new Chelsea shirt up for sale on a sports brand website. (Metro)

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial reportedly un-followed his own club on social media after they gave his number nine shirt to new signing Zlatan Irbrahimovic. (Metro)

England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says in a social media interview by team-mate Ashley Young that he plans to move into management when he ends his playing career, and might give Young a job. (Sky Sports)

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