Football rumours: Fabio Paratic connection could bring Miralem Pjanic to Spurs

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What the papers say

Barcelona midfielder Miralem Pjanic could figure in Tottenham’s plans for the future, according to the Daily Express. The paper says Spurs are interested in the Bosnia and Herzegovina player, 31, who previously played under Tottenham’s managing director of football, Fabio Paratic, at Juventus.

The Mirror reports Barcelona are willing to accept less for Philippe Coutinho than they paid Liverpool in add-ons for the 29-year-old. The Spanish club paid £142million – £105m up front, £37m add-ons – for the Brazil international when he left Anfield in Janaury 2018, but the midfielder has struggled to make an impact in La Liga. The Mirror cites Football Espana as saying Barca are now willing to accept offers as low as £20m for Coutinho.

Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy celebrates with the trophy after the final whistle in the Premier League
Benjamin Mendy has tasted success at the Etihad, though he has also experienced frustration with ongoing injuries (Peter Powell/PA)

Manchester City left-back Benjamin Mendy is said to be on Inter Milan’s shortlist this summer. The Manchester Evening News refers to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport as reporting the France international, 26, is being considered as an option at Inter.

John Lundstram could reportedly be picked up by Rangers this off-season. The English midfielder is a free agent after finishing his contract at Sheffield United and the Mail says the 27-year-old is considered a possible option at Ibrox.

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Australia’s Mat Ryan could soon swap East Sussex for Basque Country (Martin Rickett/PA)

Mat Ryan: Sky Sports says the 29-year-old Brighton goalkeeper, who spent last season on loan at Arsenal, has almost put put to paper with Real Sociedad.

Jules Kounde: Sevilla’s France defender is an alternative for Manchester United if they are unable to sign the 22-year-old’s compatriot Raphael Varane, according to Spanish outlet AS.

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