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MATT BARLOW: Jordan Henderson has applauded Liverpool’s swoop for James Milner and urged Raheem Sterling to change his mind and stay at Anfield.

The trio are together on England duty, at St George’s Park preparing for games against the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia.

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Jordan Henderson looks on during the England training session at St Georges Park on Thursday

And it’s not just Felipe Melo and Saponara that Inter Milan want to boost their midfield.

Arsenal target Geoffrey Kondogbia is another, while Stephane Mbia (who couldn’t cut the mustard at QPR) is also an alternative according to Gazzetta.

Roberto Mancini has apparently requested more than nine players to help lift the club out of mid-table mediocrity and back into Europe.

Arsenal’s Yaya Sanogo (left) vies with Galatasaray’s Felipe Melo during a freindly at the Emirates Stadium last summer

And it would be an incredible switch for Riccardo Saponara, who was only recently snapped by Empoli from AC Milan on a full-time basis.

However following a stunning 2015 at the Italian side, the attacking midfielder could be on his way back to Milan… with Inter.

According to Gazzetta, Roma are also interested but any fee paid will result in 30 per cent going to the Rossoneri.

Inter Milan’s Gary Medel (right) challenges for the ball with Empoli’s Mirko Valdifiori (left) and Riccardo Saponara during a Serie A match in March

Sticking with Real Madrid and it looks like goalkeeper Keylor Navas will stay put at the club next season – regardless of whether they sign David de Gea or keep Iker Casillas.

I have to admit after seeing him perform so well for Costa Rica at last summer’s World Cup I had completely forgotten about him, but it looks like Rafa Benitez would like the 28-year-old to remain at the Bernabeu.

Having started just six league games last season, his future looked uncertain. He may even become No. 1 if Casillas leaves and a deal for De Gea falls through.

Keylor Navas of Costa Rica makes a save during the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Casemiro has had an outstanding season for Porto – so outstanding that following his loan move from Real Madrid during 2014-15, the Portuguese club were ready to trigger the £11m clause to make the deal permanent.

But Madrid had a clause of their own in the loan deal, and have in effect paid £5.5million to over-rule Porto’s option to buy clause and retain the services of the midfielder at the Bernabeu.

This is one that dates back to Tuesday on the live transfer blog, but the development today is that Real Madrid have now confirmed the deal.

Casemiro (left), Robinho (centre left), Filipe Luis (centre right) and Diego Tardelli train with the Brazil national team ahead of Copa America

Dick Advocaat will be given the financial backing to turn Sunderland into a top-10 Premier League club after agreeing to return as head coach.

Black Cats owner Ellis Short and sporting director Lee Congerton have remained in contact with the 67-year-old since he told them he intended to retire from club management last week.

But Advocaat has gone back on that decision and, having signed a one-year deal, will now return to Wearside to begin work on reshaping a squad which has fought relegation for the past three seasons.

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Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat made a U-turn and will now manage Sunderland for one more year

SIMON JONES: Quique Sanchez Flores has signed a two-year contract to become Watford head coach.

The 50-year-old takes over at the newly-promoted Premier League club after previous roles at Getafe, Atletico Madrid and Valencia.

It comes after talks to extend previous boss Slavisa Jokanovic’s contract broke down.

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Quique Flores was manager of Atletico Madrid when they defeated Fulham to win the Europa League in 2010

Robin van Persie’s future is uncertain at Manchester United but at the very least he is attracted to the prospect of lining up with Holland team-mate Memphis Depay at the club following the latter’s £25million move from PSV.

‘Yeah, I am looking forward to it,’ Van Persie told the Manchester United website. ‘I have been working with him for the last year or so with Holland, so I know him quite well.

‘I am excited for him. He has made a big move to Manchester United and it will be interesting to see how he will do, and how he will take on this challenge.’

Memphis Depay attempts a scissors kick while in training with the Holland national team

A product of the Nice academy, Jordan Amavi has attracted quite a bit of interest since making his debut for the club two years ago.

According to L’Equipe, the France Under 21 star is being watched by Atletico Madrid and Lyon.

Monaco’s Dimitar Berbatov (left) jumps for the ball with Nice’s Jordan Amavi during a top flight match in France back in February

JACK BEZANTS: Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has rubbished speculation that Luis Enqriue will not be manager at the Nou Camp next season – and has backed DanI Alves to sign a new deal with the club.

Speaking on the eve of the Champions League final, Bartomeu had only good words to say about Enrique’s work in his first season at the club, with Barcelona going for the treble in Berlin on Saturday when they lock horns with Juventus.

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Dani Alves trains with Barcelona on Wednesday ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final

Earlier this morning, we looked at how Liverpool were ready to swoop for Adam Bogdan from Bolton, now here’s the full story from Sportsmail’s Matt Barlow.

A competent back up to Simon Mignolet, Reds fans?

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And they do love a German over at the Emirates Stadium. Lukas Podolski, Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and maybe, just maybe, Benedikt Howedes could be in Arsenal colours next season.

The Schalke defender and captain has told German daily Bild that he is yet to make a decision on his future, with his contract at the Veltins Arena expiring in 2017.

However, he has a £13million release clause and would prefer a move to England.

Benedikt Howedes won the World Cup with Germany last summer

CRAIG HOPE: Patrick Bamford, it seems, has won admirers beyond Teesside in the North East. The Chelsea loanee was outstanding for Middlesbrough this season and was crowned Championship Player of the Season.

However, failure to win promotion means it is unlikely he will be back at the Riverside next season. And that has alerted Newcastle and Sunderland.

The Magpies have had Bamford watched on several occasions, while the Black Cats are also thought to be admirers. Chelsea would only sanction a loan move, but a battle for his signature could well ensue.

Patrick Bamford was a star at Middlesbrough after joining from Chelsea on loan, but he has attracted interest from Newcastle and Sunderland

Only this week we learned how Atletico Madrid were trying to tempt Carlos Tevez into one more European move, but it appears the Spanish side have company in wanting the Juventus hitman.

Tevez is out of contract next summer, but according to Marca, PSG are weighing up a £9million swoop for the 31-year-old who previously stated a desire to return to South America once his contract at the Old Lady expires.

Carlos Tevez trains with Juventus in the build up to the Champions League final

Filipe Luis may have won the Premier League title at Chelsea last season, but having started just nine league games the full-back is already getting itchy feet.

The Brazilian only arrived at Stamford Bridge from Atletico Madrid for £16million last summer but Marca are already claiming the 29-year-old wants a return to the Vicente Calderon. 

Filipe Luis (right) trains alongside Robinho while on international duty with Brazil on Tuesday

Robin van Persie has already spoken this week on the ‘difficult situation’ he finds himself in at Manchester United.

The striker has admitted he would like to be playing more and that’s caught the ear of many clubs it seems, with Italian media outlet Il Messaggero claiming he is close to agreeing a deal to join Lazio – who, like United, have recently returned to the Champions League.

Robin van Persie (L) trains with the Holland national team on Friday

MATT WOOSNAM: Former England manager Fabio Capello has revealed that he tried to persuade Barcelona to sell Lionel Messi when he was Juventus boss.

Capello managed Juventus between 2004 and 2006, before joining Real Madrid and later England, and says he knew Messi was something special the first time he saw him play.

The Russia boss saw the talented Argentine play in a pre-season friendly during the 2005 Gampher trophy, and immediately tried to sign him, but was rebuffed in his approach.

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Lionel Messi was a transfer target for Fabio Capello while he was Juventus manager in 2005

QPR striker Charlie Austin will hold off on making a decision regarding his future until after the international break.

The west London side were relegated from the Barclays Premier League last season despite Austin’s excellent form.

After scoring 18 goals during his maiden top-flight season, it comes as no surprise that the likes of Newcastle and Southampton are after the striker.

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Charlie Austin (right) and Jamie Vardy of England share a joke with each other as they arrive for the press conference

MATT BARLOW: Adam Bogdan is set to sign for Liverpool on a free transfer from Bolton.

The Hungary international goalkeeper is expected to complete the move to Merseyside next month.

It dashes Neil Lennon’s hopes of keeping him at the Macron Stadium.

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Bolton keeper Adam Bogdan produced an inspired performance against Liverpool in an FA Cup clash last season

ROB DRAPER: ‘According to Marca, Sevilla are expecting to announce new deal with Unai Emery in next few days. Bumped up contract – he had one year left on deal.’

That will throw a few spanners in the works at West Ham and Napoli who were both keen to land the Spaniard who has just helped Sevilla win back-to-back Europa League titles.

Sevilla’s head coach Unai Emery celebrates with the Europa League trophy after the Spanish side defeated Dnipro last month

ADAM SHERGOLD: Angel di Maria insists he will be at Manchester United next season despite admitting the Premier League is much harder than he anticipated.

The Argentina winger joined United from Real Madrid for a club record £60million last summer but has struggled to make an impression for much of the season following a positive start.

But, amid rumours United may cut their losses and offload Di Maria to Paris Saint-Germain, the player has confirmed he will be staying.

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Argentina’s Angel Di Maria warms up during a training session in Buenos Aires on Monday

All eyes are starting to focus on Saturday’s Champions League final, but while Barcelona and Juventus have a certain Berlin kick-about to keep them busy, the rest of Europe is already building for next season.

The transfer window may not have opened but the off-season is already alive as the transfer news rolls in. First up, the latest on Angel di Maria’s future…



With the Premier League season having concluded, managers are now focusing on improving their squads for the forthcoming campaign in August.

The summer transfer window doesn’t officially open for top-flight clubs until July 1 but plans for new signings will continue to gather pace. 

Here, Sportsmail gives you all the latest transfer stories from Friday, June 5.


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