Good morning from Amtrak’s Northeast Regional! I’ve been on the train since 4:48am, which means I’ve been up for far longer than ordinary humans should be at this point. Also, due to the nature of Amtrak wifi (which is fine but not particularly fast), it’s going to be tough to collect Friday’s news and links for you. So, I just ripped them off from another source. Quality stuff right here, that’s why they pay me the big bucks!*
In the news
Chelsea have made a formal approach to sign Leicester City's midfield star N'Golo Kanté, according to the reliable Fabrizio Romano and Marcus Christenson in the Guardian.
Barcelona have completed the signing of young Paris Saint-Germain full-back Lucas Digne. (FC Barcelona)
Inter Milan defender Juan Jesus is on the brink of joining Roma. (AS Roma)
Hungary veteran Zoltán Gera has won UEFA's Euro 2016 Goal of the Tournament. (UEFA)
FIFA's latest rankings have Wales above neighbours England. (Sky Sports)
Zlatan Ibrahimović looks set to miss Manchester United's pre-season tour of China. (Guardian)
The two Spanish giants top Forbes' most valuable sports teams list. (ESPNFC)
You should be reading
Owen Gibson on why England must be sure to replace Roy Hodgson with the right man. (Guardian)
Matt Gault's nostalgic look at Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. (These Football Times)
Miguel Delaney has a run-down of players who both impressed and failed to at Euro 2016. (ESPNFC)
From the rumor mill
Please don't take anything in this section too seriously, for your own peace of mind.
Arsenal could make a big money move for Julian Draxler. (Mirror)
Bayern defender Medhi Benatia is having medicals with Juventus. (Football Italia)
Everton are interested in Sevilla's veteran striker Fernando Llorente. (ESPNFC)
Stoke City are in pursuit of Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina. (Guardian)
Carlos Bacca's imminent West Ham arrival could see Enner Valencia shipped out to Lazio. (Daily Mail)
The Spanish FA could today forward a replacement for national team coach Vicente del Bosque. (Football España)
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