Transfer rumours: Gerrard, Benitez, Messi, Sterling, Kane, Kounde, Lukaku

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Everton will consider Rangers manager Steven Gerrard and his former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez as possible successors to Carlo Ancelotti. (Athletic, subscription required)external-link

Everton are also lining up former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo as their new manager. (Talksport)external-link

However, Nuno is the favourite to take over at Crystal Palace after three days of talks with the Premier League club. (Sky Sports)external-link

Everton will wait until a new manager is in place before deciding the future of Moise Kean, with Paris St-Germain hoping to sign the 21-year-old Italy forward on another season-long loan. (Journalist Fabrizio Romano on Twitter)external-link

Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 33, is close to agreeing a two-year deal to remain at Barcelona. (AS – in Spanish)external-link

Arsenal are leading the race to sign Manchester City’s England winger Raheem Sterling, 26, in a deal that could stop England striker Harry Kane, 27, joining City from Tottenham. (Sun)external-link

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy remains hopeful of being able to persuade Paris St-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino to return to the club. (Mirror) external-link

However, PSG are confident the Argentine will stay in the French capital and have triggered a 12-month extension in his contract. (Telegraph – subscription required)external-link

Manchester United are facing competition for the signature of Sevilla defender Jules Kounde as Barcelona are now also keen on a move for the 22-year-old France centre-back. (Mundo Deportivo)external-link

Arsenal are set to complete the signing of Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana, 25, from Ajax, potentially for only £1.7m. (NOS – in Dutch)external-link

The Gunners are also considering a move to sign Belgium Under-21 midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga, 21, from Anderlecht. (Sun)external-link

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is personally driving the push to bring Inter Milan’s Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 28, back to the club. (Eurosport)external-link

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel will be given up to £200m to spend this summer. (Metro)external-link

Barcelona’s Bosnia midfielder Miralem Pjanic, 31, wants to return to Juventus. (Tuttosport)external-link

New Roma coach Jose Mourinho will look to sign AC Milan’s Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, 22, who is set to become a free agent. (Mirror)external-link

Leicester City’s deal for Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare, 22, could be completed sooner than anticipated after France Under-21s were knocked out of the European Championship. (Leicester Mercury)external-link

Brighton are preparing a new bid for Argentine winger Alan Velasco after Independiente rejected a £6m offer for the 18-year-old, who has also attracted interest from Newcastle United. (Football Insider)external-link

Manchester United are eyeing a move for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Pedro Goncalves, 22. (Record – via Star)external-link

Leeds United will explore alternative targets after being left frustrated by Stade Brest’s asking price for French left-back Romain Perraud, 23. (Football Insider)external-link

Sunderland want to sign Wolves defender Dion Sanderson on a permanent deal after the 21-year-old Englishman impressed on loan last season. (Mail)external-link

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