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Thursday's papers: Thiago Alcantara, Jadon Sancho, Ismaila Sarr

The Reds thought they had their midfield man, but another powerhouse wants to sign Thiago Alcantara.

What the papers say

The Daily Star reports Manchester City have entered the race for Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara. The paper, which cites Germany's SportBild, says Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their hunt for the Spain international's signature, with City offering more money for 29-year-old.

The transfer focus at Old Trafford is solely on securing Jadon Sancho, reports the Daily Mirror. The Red Devils have put the rest of their transfer business on hold as they try to beat a host of other for the signature of Borussia Dortmund's 20-year-old England forward.

Watford's Ismaila Sarr
Watford's Ismaila Sarr is a target for clubs in the UK and Europe (Adam Davy/PA)

Watford are preparing to demand a club-record fee of £40million for Ismaila Sarr, according to the Evening Standard. Liverpool, Wolves and Crystal Palace are all interested in the 22-year-old, while LaLiga and Bundesliga sides have also scouted the winger.

Lyon sporting director Juninhohas said Houssem Aouarmay leave the club this summer, with the Daily Mail saying the midfielder could find a home at Manchester City, Arsenal or Juventus. The French side value him at £44m, and Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas may not let him leave after saying everything will be done to keep the 22-year-old at Olympique Lyonnais.

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Players to watch

Joelson Fernandes: The Daily Mirror says Arsenal want to sign the 17-year-old forward, who has been called the new Cristiano Ronaldo, from Sporting Lisbon.

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Paul Pogba: The France midfielder, 27, expects Manchester United to open new contract talks after their Europa League campaign ends, Sky Sports says.

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Friday's key events

· The athletics schedule begins, with 100m sprinter Dina Asher-Smith among the names in action on the opening day. The men's 10,000m final concludes the action, with Team GB's Sam Atkin and Marc Scott taking part in the absence of 2012 and 2016 champion Sir Mo Farah (1am-2.30pm)

· Victoria Thornley is Team GB's representative in the women's single sculls final (1.33am)
· Great Britain will be going for gold in the men's eight final (2.25am)

· Team GB duo Molly Renshaw and Abbie Wood take part in the women's 200m breaststroke final, but new Olympic record-holder Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa is the hot favourite (2.41am)
· Luke Greenbank has very realistic ambitions of picking up a medal in the men's 200m backstroke final (2.50am)
· There is also British representation in the women's 100m freestyle final, although any medal for Anna Hopkin would be a surprise (2.59am)
· With one gold and one silver already under his belt at these Games, Duncan Scott goes again in the men's 200m individual medley final (3.16am)

· Bryony Page will be looking to repeat her 2016 heroics in the women's event (5am-7.30pm)

· Bradley Forbes-Cryans will be looking to emulate Rio gold medallist Joe Clarke in the men's kayak event (6am-9am)

· The women's tournament enters the quarter-finals, with Great Britain facing Australia at the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium (10am)

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