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Bayern Munich to bid for Real Madrid's James Rodriguez

Thomas Lemar notched nine goals and 10 assists in Ligue 1 last season. Is he off to Arsenal?

The football world is awash with gossip. Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here.

TOP STORY: Ancelotti eyes Rodriguez reunion 

Carlo Ancelotti wants to bring Real Madrid's James Rodriguez to Bayern Munich and, according to a report in Colombia, "an offer will be coming over the next few hours."

Javier Hernandez Bonnet, sports director for Colombia's Caracol TV, said on Monday that Ancelotti wants to reinforce Bayern's squad with Rodriguez, a player he managed to great effect in La Liga, where the Colombia international scored 17 goals and set up 18 more in 46 appearances.

Rodriguez, who has also been linked with Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea, is said to be desperate to leave because of the imminent arrival of Dani Ceballos from Real Betis. That could leave him behind Isco, Marco Asensio and Ceballos in Zinedine Zidane's squad.

"James Rodriguez will not stay at Real Madrid. There has been a complete turn of events, he is actually closer to Bayern Munich than to Paris Saint-Germain," Hernandez Bonnet told Blu Radio in Colombia.


23.00 BST: That's all for Transfer Talk tonight but we'll be back in a few short hours with a look at the morning papers!

22.40 BST: One more Romelu Lukaku story today? Why not! Sources say Jose Mourinho picked the Belgian to fill Zlatan Ibrahimovic's boots at Manchester United after snubbing the chance to sign Arsenal new boy Alexandre Lacazette. Story here.

22.30 BST: Pele to the Galaxy! Sort of... The LA Galaxy have signed Dutch right back Pele van Anholt, multiple sources told ESPN FC, and the deal could be announced as early as Tuesday. Story here.

22.20 BST: Everton are due two payments of £7.5 million each if certain "achievable" criteria are met during the span of Romlu Lukaku's initial five-year contract, which could increase the cost of the deal to £90 million and break Paul Pogba's world record, sources say. Story here.

22.08 BST: Sevilla president Jose Castro has now confirmed that the Spanish club will not sign Aston Villa's Jordan Amavi -- angering Aston Villa owner Tony Xia.

But they have agreed a deal to keep winger Vitolo, who had been linked to Atletico Madrid. Story here.

21.43 BST: Jose Mourinho may not be done dealing yet. Watch:

21.18 BST: DONE DEAL Schalke have signed highly rated France under-20 midfielder Amine Harit from Nantes in a deal reportedly worth up to €10 million. Story here.

20.55 BST: Fiorentina have announced the sale of Borja Valero to Inter Milan for a reported €7m after five years with the Viola.

20.30 BST: A day ago, Chelsea's pursuit of Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko appeared in jeopardy, but Sky Sports reports a deal is back on, with a medical set for this week.

The news comes after The Star reported that Man United had agreed a £35m fee for Bakayoko.

20.15 BST: Real Madrid have officially unveiled new signing Theo Hernandez after he completed his medical. The 19-year-old defender signed a six-year contract upon moving from Atletico Madrid last week.

19.55 BST: Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says new signing Serge Gnabry and last year's big acquisition Renato Sanches could both be allowed to go out on loan this summer. Story here.

19:40 BST: Aston Villa agreed Jordan Amavi's move to Sevilla a few days ago, but what could have been an £8m transfer now appears to be off after the player reportedly failed a medical.

19:22 BST: DONE DEAL Monday marks the opening of the MLS secondary transfer window, and Minnesota United wasted no time in announcing the signing of Hearts winger Sam Nicholson. Story here.

18:55 BST: Not put off by their rivals' big moves today, Liverpool have gotten in on the transfer action by completing the signing of 19-year-old Dominic Solanke, whose contract at Chelsea expired.

18.40 BST: Club America sporting director Santiago Banos has denied rumours that the Liga MX club has had any contact with Villarreal or Jonathan dos Santos over a move back home for the Mexico international.

Banos admitted that the club has a great relationship with the player but told ESPN that there has been no move by anyone within the club.

18.22 BST: OK then! ESPN FC has you covered with all the Romelu Lukaku info you need.

- Check out this exclusive video as the newest Man United player speaks to his teammate Paul Pogba on their friendship that will now extend onto the pitch.

- And here they are interviewing each other on all things related to their summer holiday.

- Lukaku says he will wear the No. 9 shirt -- but he asked Zlatan Ibrahimovic, its previous owner, for his permission first.

- Watch as Romelu Lukaku partakes in his first training session with United.

17.07 BST: DONE DEAL The world's worst-kept transfer secret is finally official, as Manchester United have confirmed that Romelu Lukaku has agreed personal terms and passed a medical. Story here.

16.55 BST: The agent for Roma defender Kostas Manolas claims his client has attracted interest from the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter and Juventus, Ioannis Evangelopoulos was quoted as saying on Tuttomercatoweb.

16.26 BST: Marko Arnautovic could be on the move it seems, with Sky Sports reporting that he has handed in a transfer request at Stoke...

16.17 BST: Wayne Rooney has insisted that he has not returned to Everton for a "retirement home" after completing his move back to Goodison Park from Manchester United. "I always play like I have a point to prove," he said. "I'm not coming back into a retirement home. I want to play and I want to win." Story here.

16.06 BST: Tottenham defender Kevin Wimmer has said that he wants to leave the club this summer but added he hopes to remain in the Premier League. Story here.

15.49 BST: Welcome home. Wayne Rooney has been officially unveiled as an Everton player...

15.43 BST: Leicester are closing in on the signing of Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho, the Daily Mirror says. A £25 million deal is reportedly close after talks between the two clubs started on Friday.

15.27 BST: DONE DEAL Alessio Cerci will play for the 10th club of his career next season after signing for Serie A new boys Hellas Verona. Story here.

15.14 BST: Tottenham have had a quiet summer so far in the transfer market, but the Daily Mirror is reporting that they are interested in signing Estudiantes defender Juan Foyth, who could cost the Premier League club £10 million.

15.02 BST: Chelsea have made a move for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, according to Sky Sports. After missing out on Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, the Blues have now turned their attention to Morata, who is apparently keen on a switch to the Premier League.

14.47 BST: And there's also a DONE DEAL in La Liga, where Sevilla have snapped up Guido Pizarro from Tigres...

14.32 BST: DONE DEAL Filipe Melo has departed Sheffield Wednesday for Chaves...

14.19 BST: Guangzhou Evergrande midfielder Paulinho has told Mundo Deportivo he hopes to push through a transfer to Barcelona in the coming days. "I have to speak with the president," he said. "But since I received the offer from Barca I've not stopped thinking about it and I hope things can be resolved this week." Story here.

13.55 BST: Real Madrid are "hours away" from completing the signing of Spain under-21 midfielder Dani Ceballos, according to Real Betis president Angel Haro.

Speaking from Betis' training camp at Montecastillo, Haro told AS: "Ceballos rejected a new contract offer from Betis. He has an agreement with Madrid and we are all talking at the moment. It will be resolved in the coming days or hours." Full story.

13.43 BST: Elvis has left the building... Elvis Manu, that is. He's left Brighton and joined Genclerbirligi in Turkey.

13.27 BST: Sandro Wagner has prolonged his Hoffenheim contract through to 2020, despite being the subject of a reported €16 million offer from Southampton. Story here.

13.12 BST: DONE DEAL Eintracht Frankfurt have completed the signing of Jonathan de Guzman from Napoli on a three-year deal...

13.00 BST: Neto has vowed to give his all for his new club Valencia and help the La Liga outfit return to their former glory following his move from Juventus. "I just hope I can do a good job and take Valencia to the place it deserves," he said. Story here.

12.48 BST: Sky Sports is reporting that Burnley are currently in talks with Swansea over the signing of midfielder Jack Cork.

12.25 BST: Crystal Palace have reached an agreement with Marseille for the transfer of goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, L'Equipe claims.

12.17 BST: How much is reported Everton and Leicester target Gylfi Sigurdsson worth? £50m, according to Swansea...

Sigurdsson scored nine Premier League goals and set up 13 more last season, and Wales Online reports that Swansea want to hold on to their star man by attempting to put suitors off with a monster price tag.

11.55 BST: Monaco sporting director Antonio Cordon says a decision on Kylian Mbappe's future will be taken soon but he is confident the striker wants to remain with the Ligue 1 champions.

"I think he wants to stay at Monaco. I have no knowledge of any offer from Real Madrid," Cordon said. "Journalists have a lot of information, but I can't say what his priority is today." Full story.

11.41 BST: Everton look to be lining up an exciting team ahead of the new season. ESPN commentator Ian Darke thinks Wayne Rooney will be used as the central striker in a front three. 

11.34 BST: Inter is coming... It looks like Borja Valero's move is getting closer!

11.27 BST: Diego Costa has been excused from the start of Chelsea's preseason training, a source has confirmed to ESPN FC.

Chelsea players return to Cobham to begin their preparations for the new season on Monday, but Costa is not among them as talks continue over a return to Atletico Madrid.

11.16 BST: Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti would like to speak with star midfielder Ivan Perisic, who he says has become "distracted" by interest from Manchester United.

"I will speak to everyone and, of course, for those who are 'distracted' there will be different words," Spalletti told a news conference on Sunday.

"I will listen to him. I'm counting on him but we'll have to understand his intentions. It would not be nice for me to hear him say words like 'I want to leave.' We'll see." Full story.

11.03 BST: Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti has warned Antonio Conte will have to "buy a lot and buy well" if Chelsea are to compete on their return to the Champions League next season.

"Conte is going to have to change something," Ancelotti told Corriere dello Sport. "He's won the Premier League without ever changing his players, but he's going to have to buy a lot and buy well for the Champions League." Full story.

10.50 BST: DONE DEAL Lyon have signed 21-year-old right-back Kenny Tete from Ajax.

10.37 BST: Francesco Totti will choose between Tokyo Verdy or a return to Roma, ruling out a move to Major League Soccer, according to the Japanese club's president.

"I'm currently hearing from the agent that there are only two options now for Totti, either to stay at Roma or play at Verdy. No options in America now," Hanyu told reporters after Tokyo Verdy drew 1-1 with Fagiano Okayama in a league game. "There was an offer from Miami and LA, I heard, but I've been told they would not happen."

10.25 BST: That's some tribute from Michael Carrick to Wayne Rooney, following his move to Everton from Manchester United.

Carrick said: "Blew me away by how good he was from day 1. Outrageous. Had ups n downs but what a ride we've been on. Gonna miss him. Good luck Pal #Legend"

10.14 BST: Fiorentina's Borja Valero is undergoing a medical at Inter Milan.

The 32-year-old Spanish midfielder will sign a three-year contract, Sky Italia reports, and complete a €5.5m transfer.

10.01 BST: Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has said that should Alvaro Morata or James Rodriguez leave the Santiago Bernabeu it would be a "step down" in their careers.

"For sure it is not an easy decision to leave Madrid," the Croatia international said. "When you leave here, it is never the same. Now you are at the best club in the world, for sure, so you can only take a step down. Full story.

09.52 BST: Sevilla are set to sign Sampdoria striker Luis Muriel and Tigres midfielder Guido Pizarro subject to medicals, the club have announced.

Sevilla have not disclosed the transfer fee for Muriel but AS claim it is €20 million, making the South American the club's most expensive signing ever.

09.41 BST: Theo Hernandez is undergoing a medical at Real Madrid. The 19-year-old defender signed a six-year contract upon moving from Atletico Madrid last week and will be unveiled later on Monday.

09.20 BST: It looks like Wayne Rooney means business.

Meanwhile, Rooney says he has always remained an Everton fan and even wore their pyjamas during his time at Manchester United.Full story.

09.09 BST: Inter Milan are the latest team to be linked with Radja Nainggolan. The Roma midfielder has already been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea but a move to Inter would see him reunited with former coach Luciano Spalletti.

08.55 BST: What is going on with Dani Alves? Well, that would depend on who you believe. Globo Esporte claims the former Barcelona man has offers on the table from Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City with a decision due imminently and City favourites to sign him.

But a report in L'Equipe says Paris Saint-Germain are also in the running for the defender's signature.

08.41 BST: Newcastle, Southampton and Brighton are set to miss out to Crystal Palace for Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, the Telegraph reports.

08.22 BST: So, with United beating Chelsea to Lukaku, will the Premier League champions now go for Alvaro Morata? AS reckons they will offer Real Madrid €80m for the striker and say they are in a "privileged position" to get him as he is an "express order" of Antonio Conte. It's not straightforward though, as Madrid are said to be holding out for €90m.

08.08 BST: And in case you have missed ESPN FC's exclusive interview with Romelu Lukaku, you can catch up on that here.

The striker talks Zlatan Ibrahimovic, his hopes for Manchester United and much more.

08.00 BST: Romelu Lukaku has posted a farewell message to Everton fans ahead of his move to Manchester United.

"I want to say a big thank you to all the people involved at Everton," he said on Instagram. "I want to thank the fans for your support throughout the 4 years we've spend together.

"You guys helped me through all my games and I can proudly say it was an honour to play in front of you. To the staff at the the stadium and trainingground thank you for making me feel home from the first day i walked in.

"To my teammates it was great to play with you guys. To technical staff thank you for helping me become a better player. Working with you guys has been a pleasure and i'll take ur advice throughout the rest of my career. Thank you everton football club".

07.09 BST: Good morning transfer fans! We kick off today's blog with a juicy rumour out of Spain. Antonio Rudiger's move from Roma to Chelsea has apparently opened the door for Cesar Azpilicueta to make a return to La Liga, according to Cadena COPE's Manolo Lama.

Who is the interested club? That would be Barcelona. HUGE.

Gunners step up bid for Lemar

If at first you don't succeed, try and try again. Arsenal will make a third bid to sign Monaco and France winger Thomas Lemar, with manager Arsene Wenger "convinced he wants to join," the Mirror reports.

The Gunners have already seen two offers (one of £30 million and another of £40m) rejected, but the Mirror says they "are refusing to give up and believe they can get their man."

That refusal to throw in the towel could see them break their transfer record for a second time this summer, having already splashed the cash on Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette, and the Mirror says they "are ready to go big again this week."

Earlier this month, L'Equipe reported that Ligue 1 champions Monaco had rejected the £40m bid for 21-year-old Lemar and with three years remaining on the player's contract, they were happy to wait for the Londoners to attempt to force the issue.

United to thwart Chelsea again?

Manchester United have already foiled Chelsea's hopes of bringing Romelu Lukaku back from Everton and they are already looking to frustrate them again, according to the Star.

It reports that United have agreed a £35m fee for Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and says "the bitter blow for Blues boss Antonio Conte comes just 48 hours after Chelsea failed in an 11th-hour attempt to persuade Lukaku to return."

The report adds that United's success in pouncing for Lukaku means Chelsea are now "unwilling to sell Nemanja Matic to them after being gazumped."

Reports last month suggested Bakayoko had undergone a medical with Chelsea ahead of a move, with that apparently impending arrival freeing up Matic to sign for United. But now it appears that the 22-year-old may be on his way to Manchester rather than London.

Hammers look to nail down midfielder move

West Ham are keen to strengthen after a difficult campaign last time around, and the Mirror says they are "closing in on the £8.5m signing of Osmanlispor midfielder Badou N'Diaye."

The Hammers, the report says, "are longtime admirers of the 26-year-old" and feel he can add the goals from midfield that were largely missing last season.

Senegal international N'Diaye has scored 16 goals in the last two seasons and is thought to be eager to make a move to the Premier League, the Mirror adds. Reports in Turkey over the weekend said N'Diaye would travel to London to have a medical and a deal could be announced as soon as Monday.


-- Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez hopes to wrap up a deal for Norwich City attacker Jacob Murphy as he steps up preparations for the Magpies' return to the Premier League.

The Mirror reports that Southampton and Crystal Palace "are also in the race" for Murphy, who has attracted attention with a series of impressive displays for both the Canaries and England's Under-21s.

But it says Benitez "is closing in on the £8m-rated player as his summer spending plans begin to kick into gear."

-- Burnley aren't ready to give up on attempts to sign Nottingham Forest striker Britt Assombalonga despite having had a bid of around £8m turned down, according to the Nottingham Post.

It says the Clarets will now attempt to tempt Forest with a player plus cash deal involving defender Tendayi Darikwa but could face competition from Middlesbrough, who also want to add Assombalonga to their ranks.


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