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As you will probably be aware, it is reported that Manchester United have agreed a £75m fee with Everton for Romelu Lukaku. What that means for the Alvaro Morata deal is uncertain. The consensus is that ends the interest for the Real Madrid striker, but there are a couple of things that we should consider. One, as no transfer has yet been completed, this might be a way of reducing the fee from Real by demonstrating we have other options. Second, not only do we have other options, but United still need two strikers if they let Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney leave.

The Guardian believe that Rooney is in talks with Everton. There have been suggestions that United will let him go on a free, that it could be part of the Lukaku deal, and that he may just be there for a season on loan before doing one for oodles of beans in China.

In the Mirror is a story that United will make Michael Carrick the club captain, with Ander Herrera his number two. That makes sense, given Jose Mourinho's opinion of both players. One has the history and credibility with the fans and club, and the other has an exceptional amount of confidence in him from his boss. Herrera will do as he's told on the pitch, and if he continues to improve in a better side, then he could be a necessary, cynical presence capable of organising those around him on the pitch.

Transfer activity is hotting up, with Julian Weigl of Dortmund mentioned as a potential holding midfielder. Chelsea don't seem anywhere nearer to sorting out a replacement for Nemanja Matic, and Eric Dier appears set to stay at Tottenham for another season at least. There's only a few days for the summer tour to get underway, so more action could be imminent.

And on ESPNFC, here's something on lovely Juan Mata.