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Friday's paper talk: Raphael Varane, Achraf Hakimi, Alexander Isak

Friday's paper talk: Raphael Varane, Achraf Hakimi, Alexander Isak
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United and Real Madrid remain in contact over a potential deal for the defender, while Leicester are hoping Youri Tielemans sign a new deal.

What the papers say

Manchester United have reportedly made an initial offer to Real Madrid for defender Raphael Varane. The Manchester Evening News says United offered £50m for the 28-year-old, but the Spanish giants are believed to be holding out for £80m. The two sides remain in dialogue as the Red Devils seek a compromise.

Leicester are hoping midfielder Youri Tielemans will sign a new deal with the club in the summer, according to the Leicester Mercury. The 24-year-old has been linked with Liverpool, Manchester United and Juventus following an impressive season with the Foxes.

Staying with the Foxes, The Telegraph reports the club have stepped up their interest in RB Salzburg striker Patson Daka. The 22-year-old has scored more than 60 goals in the last two seasons in the Austrian Bundesliga, with Leicester reportedly gearing up to make a £30 million offer in the summer.

The Guardian reports Crystal Palace have made contact with former Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre as they continue to seek Roy Hodgson's replacement. The 63-year-old is believed to be interested in coaching in the Premier League, having been sacked by Dortmund in December, and is set to hold talks with Palace in the next few days.

The Daily Express says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is keeping a close eye on Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak. Klopp is believed to have singled out the 21-year-old as an ideal replacement for Roberto Firmino, following a stellar 17-goal campaign in LaLiga.

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Players to watch

Conor Coady: Everton want to pursue the signature of the Wolves centre-back, according to Football Insider.

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Everton are setting their sights on Wolves' Conor Coady (Bradley Collyer/PA)

Douglas Luiz: Gazzetta dello Sport reports the Aston Villa midfielder has been identified as Roma's back-up target should they fail to sign Granit Xhaka from Arsenal.

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United StatesUnited States25292276
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Wednesday's key events

· Team GB starlet Sky Brown - aged just 13 - takes part in the women's park event and has a realistic chance of picking up a medal too. Bombette Martin is Britain's other representative, while hosts Japan are among the favourites for gold (1am)

· Great Britain's women have more history in their sights heading into their semi-final against Netherlands - the team they beat in the 2016 gold medal match (2.30am)

· The men's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday will go down as one of the greatest Olympic races of all time, and the women will attempt to emulate that, with new world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Netherlands' Femke Bol the favourites for gold (3.30am)
· Nick Miller is Britain's representative in the men's hammer throw final (12.15pm)
· The men's 800m final could be a wide-open affair (1.05pm)
· A thrilling men's 200m final is in store as the likes of Andre de Grasse, Noah Lyles and 17-year-old sensation Erriyon Knighton bid to succeed Usain Bolt as Olympic champion (1.55pm)

· After a medal-laden day on the water on Tuesday, Great Britain will be looking for more success, starting with Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the men's 470-class medal race (6.33am)
· Team GB also have medal hopes in the women's event, with defending champion Hannah Mills looking to retain her crown alongside new teammate Eilidh McIntyre (7.33am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Great Britain's Frazer Clarke faces Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov in the men's super heavyweight with a place in the gold medal bout up for grabs (7.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also guaranteed a medal, but will look to ensure that is either gold or silver as he takes on Cuba's Arlen Lopez in the light heavyweight final (7.35am)

· World records have been tumbling in the velodrome, and another could go in the men's team pursuit final as Italy - new world record holders themselves - face Denmark (10.06am)

· Three Brits have made into into the final of the men's jumping individual final, including fastest qualifier Ben Maher, who will bid to inherit compatriot Nick Skelton's Olympic crown (11am)

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