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Thursday's Transfer Talk Update: Wesley Fofana, Pedro, Paulo Dybala

Sports Mole rounds up the latest confirmed transfer news and speculation from across the footballing world.

All transfer business is done and dusted for this season, but that doesn't stop clubs from preparing ahead for next season.

Thursday morning's headlines:

Leicester City are reportedly interested in signing Saint-Etienne's 19-year-old defender Wesley Fofana, but could face competition from AC Milan and RB Leipzig. Read more.
Juventus forward Paulo Dybala will reportedly sign a new contract with the club this summer, one year on from being close to joining Manchester United and Tottenham. Read more.
Roma are reportedly planning to snap up Pedro on a free transfer when his Chelsea contract runs out at the end of this season. Read more.
Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick reportedly makes direct contact with Manchester City winger Leroy Sane over a possible move to the Allianz Arena this summer. Read more.
Manchester United reportedly offer Jadon Sancho the iconic number seven shirt, previously worn by Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, if he joins the club. Read more.
United were in a battle for the top four and in the latter stages of the FA Cup and Europa League before the season was halted. Read more.
Feyenoord sporting director Frank Arnesen confirms that Sevilla are one of four clubs interested in midfielder Orkun Kokcu, who has also been linked with Arsenal. Read more.
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti reportedly sanctions a £70m raid on former club Napoli to sign Allan and Hirving Lozano when the transfer window reopens. Read more.
Former France international Christophe Dugarry urges his World Cup-winning teammate Zinedine Zidane to move for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba this summer. Read more.
RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano is reportedly on the verge of signing a new contract at the club, despite speculation that he has agreed terms with Bayern Munich. Read more.
Tiemoue Bakayoko will reportedly return to Chelsea this summer as Monaco decide against making his loan move permanent following the termination of the Ligue 1 season. Read more.
Manchester United are reportedly among a host of Premier League and Championship clubs monitoring the progress of 19-year-old Norwegian midfielder Johan Hove. Read more.
Celtic reportedly put a £25m price tag on star striker Odsonne Edouard amid speculation linking him with a move to Arsenal when the transfer window reopens. Read more.
Borussia Dortmund reportedly tell in-demand Jadon Sancho that he is free to leave the club this summer, provided their British-record asking price is met. Read more.
Napoli forward Dries Mertens is reportedly open to joining a London-based club this summer amid talk of interest from Chelsea. Read more.
Barcelona will listen to offers for number two goalkeeper Neto this summer, according to a report. Read more.
Real Madrid defender Sergio Reguilon emerges as a summer transfer target for Arsenal, according to a report. Read more.
Reporter Kaveh Solhekol says that Tottenham Hotspur could sign Paris Saint-Germain defender Thomas Meunier on a free transfer. Read more.
Crystal Palace reportedly earmark Burnley winger Dwight McNeil as a possible replacement for Wilfried Zaha and are willing to fight Manchester United for his signature. Read more.
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tanguy Ndombele is reportedly considering his future at the club amid speculation linking him with a move to Barcelona. Read more.
Liverpool are reportedly yet to strike a deal with RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, who is also in talks with Juventus and Inter Milan. Read more.
Tottenham Hotspur reportedly identify Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly as a top transfer target this summer, with the Serie A outfit open to selling the defender. Read more.
Roma loanee Chris Smalling will reportedly return to Old Trafford this summer after the Italian outfit were unable to agree a fee with parent club Manchester United. Read more.
Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho is reportedly against the idea of signing for Everton due to his past Liverpool links and the Toffees' lack of European football. Read more.
Manchester United are reportedly in contact with Juventus over a possible player-plus-cash deal for Paul Pogba, including Miralem Pjanic or Douglas Costa. Read more.
Barcelona midfielder Arthur rubbishes speculation over his future amid reports linking him with Juventus, Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur. Read more.
Barcelona are reportedly considering keeping hold of Philippe Coutinho this summer due to potential buyers being unable to afford their asking price. Read more.
Inter Milan are reportedly significantly short of meeting Marcelo Brozovic's wage demands amid alleged interest in the £53m midfielder from Liverpool. Read more.
Chelsea reportedly turn down the chance to sign 17-year-old Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Kays Ruiz-Atil, whose future with the French champions looks uncertain. Read more.
The 21-year-old has signed a five-year deal at Vicarage Road that is effective from July 1. Read more.
Reporter Dharmesh Sheth says that Bayern Munich are still "very interested" in Manchester City attacker Leroy Sane. Read more.
Andre Onana reveals that he wants to leave Ajax this summer amid talk of interest from Barcelona and Chelsea. Read more.
Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio provides an update on Arsenal's pursuit of Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey. Read more.
Liverpool could battle both Manchester United and Real Madrid for the signature of Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare, according to a report. Read more.
Gianluca Di Marzio denies that Inter Milan are in discussions with Arsenal over a possible deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Read more.
Spanish journalist Guillem Balague says that Barcelona have agreed personal terms with Lautaro Martinez but are struggling to settle on a deal with Inter Milan. Read more.
Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Barcelona defender Nelson Semedo this summer, according to Spanish journalist Guillem Balague. Read more.
Spanish journalist Guillem Balague claims that Barcelona have turned down the chance to sign Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tanguy Ndombele. Read more.
Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims that Inter Milan are not interested in signing on-loan Manchester United attacker Alexis Sanchez on a permanent deal. Read more.
Reporter Kaveh Solhekol claims that Chelsea accept that Willian will be leaving the club on a free transfer this summer. Read more.
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Thursday's key events


ROWING
· Comeback queen and super-mum Helen Glover goes for her third Olympic gold alongside Polly Swann in the women's pair final (1.30am)
· There is also a medal on offer for GB pair Emily Craig and Imogen Grant in the lightweight women's double scull final (2.10am)

SWIMMING
· As second-fastest qualifier for the final, Team GB's James Wilby is among the medal contenders in the men's 200m breaststroke (2.44am)
· Alys Thomas takes part in the women's 200m butterfly final, although he faces a difficult task to challenge for the medals (3.28am)
· Caeleb Dressel of the USA has been touted by some as the successor to Michael Phelps, and he has the chance to notch up a fourth Olympic gold in the men's 100m freestyle final (3.37am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· After Team GB's men narrowly missed out on a medal, the women get their campaign underway against the Russian Olympic Committee (3am) and New Zealand (10.30am)

HOCKEY
· It is a Great Britain vs. Netherlands double-header, with the men up first in Pool B (4.15am)
· Most eyes will be on the women's showdown between the two nations, though, as Netherlands - the world's best team - look to gain revenge on GB for defeat in the 2016 Olympic final (11am)

CANOE SLALOM
· Mallory Franklin takes part in the women's canoe semi-final, and will hope to do enough to qualify for the final later in the day (6am-8.45am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· With Simone Biles now out of the women's all-around final, the competition has been blown wide open. Team GB twins Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova are among those taking part (11.50am-2.05pm)

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