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Thursday's paper talk: Achraf Hakimi, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Thuram

Thursday's paper talk: Hakimi, Sterling, Thuram
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Chelsea are after a key right-back while Raheem Sterling could be on the move, according to the football rumour mill.

What the papers say

Chelsea are moving to sign Inter Milan right-back Achraf Hakimi amid keen interest from Paris St Germain, The Times reports. Hakimi, 22, caught the attention of several major European clubs last season after becoming a significant figure in Inter's title-winning campaign. He has been a long-term target for Chelsea, but PSG have weighed in with a bid said to be worth £56million, which the Blues are reportedly thinking about matching.

Barcelona are considering making a move for Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling, Sport reports. As Barca's contract talks with France international Ousmane Dembele are ongoing, the Catalan giants consider 26-year-old Sterling an ideal replacement if Dembele does not renew. Sterling is contracted to Premier League champions City until 2023 but saw his match time drop off towards the end of last season.

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Rafael Benitez is being eyed as a possible new manager for Everton (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Former Liverpool and Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez is a strong contender for the vacant position as Everton manager, the Daily Mail reports. Former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has been a long-term favourite to replace Carlo Ancelotti following his departure for Real Madrid, and seemed closer to the job when Crystal Palace halted their pursuit of the Portuguese on Tuesday. However, Nuno's financial demands and the coaching entourage he wants to take with him are points of contention. Everton chiefs are now keen to speak to Benitez, whose family have lived in Merseyside since he joined Liverpool in 2004.

Tottenham are in negotiations with Borussia Monchengladbach's France winger Marcus Thuram for a move this summer, French outlet RMC Sport reports. The 23-year-old Thuram – son of French World Cup winner Lilian – impressed at his Bundesliga side last season with 11 goals and 12 assists and has become Spurs' main target for the transfer window.

Arsenal v Fulham – Premier League – Emirates Stadium
Arsenal's Granit Xhaka could be off to to Roma (Julian Finney/PA)

Arsenal's Granit Xhaka is about to join Jose Mourinho at Roma, according to Corriere dello Sport. The 28-year-old midfielder will become Mourinho's first purchase at his latest club, with Roma and the player agreeing terms and the two clubs finalising transfer conditions. Arsenal are set to sign Wolves' Ruben Neves as a replacement for Xhaka, Corriere reports.

Social media round-up

Players to watch

Harrison Reed: The 26-year-old Fulham midfielder is a target for Leeds, according to the Daily Mail.

Jacob Murphy: Newcastle's 26-year-old winger is wanted by Galatasaray, The Sun says.

Arnaut Danjuma: Leicester might sign Bournemouth's 24-year-old Holland winger but face competition from Wolfsburg and Lyon, Voetbalzone of the Netherlands reports.

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JapanJapan175830
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Sunday's key events


GOLF
· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

CYCLING - BMX
· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

SWIMMING
· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

TENNIS
· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

SAILING
· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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