Football rumours from the media

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Birmingham teenager Jude Bellingham has edged closer to a move to Manchester United, the Daily Mail reports. The in-demand 16-year-old has been linked to several clubs, but the transfer rumour mill is buzzing after his parents were seen on Monday leaving United’s training ground, possibly with their son sat on the back seat. The Mail says club giant Sir Alex Ferguson was directly involved with the charm offensive and that a £35million summer move for Bellingham is on the cards.

United are also planning a swoop elsewhere in Birmingham, with Aston Villa star Jack Grealish in their sights, according to the Daily Star. United are ready to spend up to £70million to land Grealish, whose contract does not contain a buy-out clause.

Chelsea v Bayern Munich
Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud is reportedly happy to stay with the Blues (Mike Egerton/PA)

Another Chelsea star, Willian, says he does not know where his future lies, according to the Evening Standard. The 31-year-old winger’s contract is up at the end of the season and talks are currently at a standstill. Willian’s wife Vanessa Martins, meanwhile, has suggested his seven year stint with the club may be on the brink of ending, the Daily Mirror reports.

Willian at training
Chelsea star Willian: talks have stopped over his future at the club (Adam Davy/PA)

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Players to watch

Rob Dickie: The 24-year-old Oxford defender is being eyed by Leeds and Southampton, Football Insider reports.

Asmir Begovic: Bournemouth’s Bosnian goalkeeper, 32, currently on loan at AC Milan, is a possible target for their rivals Inter Milan, Italian newspaper La Repubblica says.

Denis Zakaria: Manchester United are leading the chase for the 23-year-old Borussia Monchengladbach and Switzerland defensive midfielder, according to the Daily Star.

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