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Midday Ticker: Lukaku to depart Everton, Pepe leaving Real Madrid, and more

Romelu Lukaku is expected to leave Everton over the summer and reports indicate he has reached an “agreement” with an unnamed Premier League club. The Belgian international striker said today that staying with the Merseyside club is not an option and that he knows what his future holds. He told reporters, “I know what’s happening. But I can’t tell you anything more.” (REPORT)

Defender Pepe is officially leaving Real Madrid on a free transfer this summer. He is strongly linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, according to former Real Madrid manager Fabio Capello. There have also been Premier League and AC Milan rumors floating around. (REPORT)

Southampton are reporting Liverpool over their pursuit of center back Virgil van Dijk. No formal offer has been made to the Dutch international, but he has strongly expressed his desire to join the Reds. Saints claim Liverpool’s approaches are a blatant attempt to woo the defender away from his current club, where he signed a six year contract extension last summer, and are expected to reject any transfer offers that come their way. (REPORT)

Ex-Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe had a medical with Bournemouth today, meaning his move to the south coast is just about wrapped up. Defoe played ten matches with the Cherries while on loan from West HAm in the 2000-01 season. (REPORT)

Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan has retired from international duty with Turkey after an altercation on the team plane. He reportedly got into it with a reporter while traveling home from Turkey’s friendly against Macedonia. He scored 17 goals in 94 caps for his country. (REPORT)

Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan is back in training after an ACL injury ended his season back in December. (REPORT)

Luciano Spalletti says he has a two-year deal to take over as Inter Milan’s new manager after leaving AS Roma last week. (REPORT)


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