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Thursday's paper talk: Divock Origi, Paolo Dybala, Erling Braut Haaland

Thursday's paper talk: Origi, Dybala, Haaland
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Forwards Divock Origi and Paolo Dybala could be finding new clubs according to football's rumour mill.

What the papers say

Divock Origi could be on his way out of Liverpool, with Borussia Dortmund possibly interested in reviving the Belgium striker's career, Football Insider reports. The 25-year-old has fallen out of favour at Anfield and has come into focus for Dortmund due to a likely reduced price tag of £12million, after Liverpool received no offers at £20m in January. Origi has scored only once this season and has been given limited opportunities.

Paolo Dybala has moved closer towards a switch to England, with Juventus saying they are prepared to sell him and Tottenham firming in the market to sign him, the Daily Star reports. Chelsea have also been linked with the 27-year-old Argentina forward, but their manager Thomas Tuchel is said to feel Dybala is too similar in profile to his other forwards. Spurs unsuccessfully tried to sign Dybala when Mauricio Pochettino was in charge, and are still said to be interested.

Manchester City v Southampton – Premier League – Etihad Stadium
Sergio Aguero: Would a surprise move to Chelsea be out of the question? (Gareth Copley/PA)

Tuchel will, however, be striving to sign a new No 9 this summer, the Daily Mail reports. The paper says despite an expensive forward contingent including Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech, the Blues are still missing "a special ingredient". This would explain why Roman Abramovich has made signing Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Braut Haaland his top priority, but with Chelsea apparently not high on Haaland's wish list, luring Sergio Aguero as he departs Manchester City could also be an option, the Mail says.

Major Premier League clubs are said to have their eye on 22-year-old French goalkeeper Alban Lafont, the Daily Mail says. The 22-year-old has shone this season on loan from parent club Fiorentina to Nantes, and is being hailed as the natural successor to Tottenham's Hugo Lloris for the French national side. Arsenal have previously shown interest in the stopper, said to be one of the best passing keepers around due to his earlier years as an attacking midfielder.

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Manchester United's Diogo Dalot could yet have a future at the club (Nick Potts/PA)

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Portugal full-back Diogo Dalot has a future at the club despite having been loaned out to AC Milan, according to the Manchester Evening News. United bought the 21-year-old for £19m from Porto in 2018, but injuries restricted his opportunities until he eventually shipped to Milan. But he has maintained fitness there and started in eight of their nine Europa League games, leading Solsksjaer to say he is "looking forward to having him back".

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Players to watch

Mohamed Elneny: The 28-year-old midfielder wants to sign a new contract at Arsenal, having been welcomed back by Mikel Arteta after Unai Emery loaned him to Besiktas, the Evening Standard reports.

Manchester United v Southampton – Premier League – Old Trafford
Manchester United's Donny van de Beek is reportedly happy at the club but wants more playing time (Phil Noble/PA)

Donny van de Beek: Netherlands boss Ronald de Boer insists the 23-year-old midfielder is still happy at Manchester United despite rumours he wants to leave, but would like more match time, The Sun reports.

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Tuesday's key events


DIVING
· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

ATHLETICS
· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

SAILING
· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

FOOTBALL
· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

CYCLING
· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

BOXING
· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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