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Wednesday’s gossip: Kimmich, Neto, Zirkzee, Guehi, Frimpong, Kelly, Pedri

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Manchester United sent scouts to watch Bologna’s 22-year-old Dutch striker Joshua Zirkzee in their game against Atalanta on Sunday. (Tuttosport – in Italian)Arsenal also retain an interest in signing Zirkzee, who could cost as much as €80m (£68m). (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Sport Witness)Manchester City are set to beat Liverpool to the signing of Bayern Munich and Germany midfielder Joshua Kimmich, 29, this summer. (Caught Offside)Liverpool have a firm interest in Wolves’ 23-year-old winger Pedro Neto – but are concerned about the Portuguese attacker’s injury record. (Football Insider)Crystal Palace are drawing up a list of centre-back targets with England defender Marc Guehi, 23, expected to be sold this summer for a fee in excess of £50m. (Telegraph – subscription required)Sporting Lisbon boss Ruben Amorim is Barcelona’s top target to succeed Xavi at the end of the season, although the Portuguese manager is also believed to be of interest to Liverpool. (Independent)Bayern Munich are interested in Bayer Leverkusen’s Netherlands wing-back Jeremie Frimpong, 23, who has a release clause of between €40m (£34.2m) and €45m (£38.5m). (Sky Sports Germany)Newcastle are in talks to sign Bournemouth’s 25-year-old English defender Lloyd Kelly on a free transfer. (Mail)Barcelona will listen to offers for 21-year-old Spain midfielder Pedri this summer because of worries over his injury history as they try to balance their books. (AS – in Spanish)Everton are tracking HullCity defender Jacob Greaves, 23, amid interest in England Under-21 centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite, 21, from Manchester United and Tottenham. (Mirror)Four Premier League clubs are battling it out to sign Copenhagen’s £20m-rated Roony Bardghji, with Aston Villa, Newcastle, Tottenham and Manchester United all keen on the 18-year-old Swedish midfielder. (HITC)Championship side Hull would like to pursue a permanent move for on-loan Liverpool winger Fabio Carvalho, 21, if they win promotion to the Premier League. (i Sport)Manchester United are expected to make an approach to Crystal Palace for their 49-year-old sporting director Dougie Freedman. (Guardian)Tuesday’s Gossip columnVisit your Premier League club’s page with all the latest news, analysis and fan views, and sign up for notificationsOur coverage of your Premier League club is bigger and better than ever before – follow your team and sign up for notifications in the BBC Sport app to make sure you never miss a moment

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