Transfer Talk: Real Madrid need to top Neymar fee to land €225m Eden Hazard
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Real Madrid's double raid on Chelsea
Those numbers would eclipse the world-record €222m (£198m) fee that Paris Saint-Germain paid to land Neymar from Barcelona last summer. So if Real Madrid want to replace Cristiano Ronaldo this summer, they might have to spend more than double what they got for him from Juventus.
HLN also reported Real Madrid are hoping that Chelsea could lower their asking price on goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to about €30m-35m. But that could prove a longshot with the Belgian having just won the Golden Glove at the World Cup, which could actually raise his price.
As far as Chelsea are concerned, sources have told ESPN FC's Liam Twomey that the club are not overly worried by Hazard's recent hints at an exit, and still look forward to new contract talks.
But amid all this, Belgium manager Roberto Martinez told Cadena Ser that "It could be the best time [for Hazard] to try something different."
22.08 BST: That's going to bring to a close Monday's live edition of Transfer Talk. Thanks very much for joining us, and be sure to check back in a few short hours when we return with the latest gossip plucked from Tuesday's back pages.
21.35 BST: Football chief for Bild, Christian Falk has tweeted that Bayern Munich have identified Manchester United attacker Anthony Martial as a potential replacement for Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery next summer.
20.58 BST: After having his contract with Sunderland terminated, Jack Rodwell is now on trial at Watford, according to talkSPORT.
20.21 BST: Sky Sports reports that Arsenal have held talks with Sevilla over a possible move for Steven N'Zonzi. The Spanish club reportedly won't budge from the World Cup winner's €35m buyout clause, and the Gunners would likely have to sell first before affording such a fee.
19.54 BST: Chelsea and Sassuolo have agreed a fee for the transfer of 21-year-old midfielder Jeremie Boga, Italian transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio reports, and all that remains is for the Frenchman to agree personal terms.
19.27 BST: It's a DONE DEAL! Brighton & Hove Albion have announced the signing of 29-year-old goalkeeper David Button to a three-year contract from Fulham for an undisclosed fee.
19.00 BST: The Telegraph reports that Frank Lampard has secured the loan capture of highly regarded Chelsea starlet Mason Mount for Championship side Derby County ahead of Dutch giants Ajax and PSV, who came knocking on the 19-year-old's door after he impressed on loan at Vitese in the Eredivisie last season.
18.20 BST: An update on Gareth Bale's meeting with Real Madrid this morning comes from the Telegraph. The outlet reports that the Welshman's talks with Julen Lopetegui were "positive"and that Bale "has a huge part to play in a new era for the club," which makes any sort of switch to Manchester United seem remote.
17:25 BST: Atlanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini has warned Lazio that top target Alejandro Gomez is going nowhere.
However, while Gomez insisted Atalanta was "like home", he also added that he has "always wanted to play for big clubs."
17:11 BST: Davide Torchia, the agent of Daniele Rugani, says Juventus are keen to keep the central defender and he is happy to stay in an interview with Radio Crc, amid interest from Chelsea.
16:55 BST: Villarreal are set to confirm the signing of Santiago Caceres from Velez Sarsfield in the next few hours, according to AS. He will become their seventh addition this summer.
16:34 BST: Cristiano Ronaldo meets his Juventus teammates after completing his medical ahead of a move from Real Madrid.
16:19 BST: Willem II striker Fran Sol, who scored an impressive 16 goals in the Eredivisie last season, has to decide whether to join Sevilla or a mid-table club with more guaranteed game time, according to Marca.
16:00 BST: According to Globo TV, Zinedine Zidane did not want to sign Neymar for Real Madrid because he feels he occupies the same part of the pitch as Marcelo.
15:42 BST: Back to Australia, and Usain Bolt could soon become the latest 'big name' joining the league.
Front page of The Daily Telegraph Usain Bolt to play in the A-League pic.twitter.com/bdRYtvjTyw— Christopher Dore (@wrongdorey) July 16, 2018
15:08 BST: Alaves have completed the signing of Borja Baston from Swansea on a season-long loan.
14:47 BST: A-League side Melbourne Victory are hoping to sign Japan legend Keisuke Honda, according to The World Game.
14:11 BST: Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev confirms that he has made an offer to CSKA Moscow for Chelsea target Aleksandr Golovin and that a deal could even be decided before the end of the day, according to Sport Express.
13:44 BST: Newly-promoted Empoli are interested in signing Gerson from Roma, according to Corriere dello Sport.
13:25 BST: Torino confirm they have completed a deal to sign Vitalie Damascan from Sheriff Tiraspol
13:07 BST: Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has labelled his former club's decision to sell Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus as a "historic error." Calderon was president from 2006 to 2009 and laid the groundworks for the Portuguese superstar's arrival from Manchester United.
"It is very sad that they've sold a player like Cristiano Ronaldo, and a shame," Calderon said in quotes reported by Mundo Deportivo. "With what it took for me to sign him and the effort we put in to get him to Real Madrid. United did not want to sell and it was very difficult.
"It is a historic error selling him for this price because there is no other player who scores 60 goals a season and is wortk €100million."
12:51 BST: Barcelona are interested in signing Thomas Meunier from PSG after the Belgium right-back's impressive performances during the World Cup, according to Sport.
12:23 BST: Nikola Kalinic is on the verge of joining Atletico Madrid, according to Corriere della Sera.
12:05 BST: Borussia Dortmund have turned their attention to signing Mario Mandzukic from Juventus, according to Bild -- but they have "no chance" of signing him according to Kicker, with Juventus not willing to let him go.
Mandzukic was in Germany earlier in his career, with Bayern Munich -- scoring against Dortmund in the 2013 Champions League final.
11:36 BST: As well as buying, Barcelona are very keen on selling Andre Gomes, Aleix Vidal, Marlon Santos, Munir, Douglas, Rafinha and Sergi Samper all put on the transfer list, according to Marca.
11.07 BST: Barcelona may be able to sign Willian without needing to sell one of their first-team players, according to Mundo Deportivo. Yerry Mina, Philippe Coutinho and Arthur currently occupy the three available Non EU slots at the club.
However, Coutinho's Portuguese nationality could go into effect from this season, freeing up a slot.
10:50 BST: Barcelona only have enough money for one of Adrien Rabiot and Frenkie De Jong, according to AS.
10:39 BST: Sport have sensationally claimed that Paul Pogba was offered to Barcelona in a €150 million deal.
10:08 BST: Chelsea midfielder Kyle Scott is set to join Dutch side Telstar on loan until January.
09:55 BST: Chelsea defender Todd Kane is set to join Hull City on a free transfer.
09:39 BST: Here he is...Cristiano Ronaldo has arrived for his Juventus medical.
09.01 BST: Napoli captain Marek Hamsik said that he originally was intrigued by a move to the Chinese Super League two years ago but that he gave up on the idea after failing to find a fit by his self-imposed July 9 deadline.
"Let's say it would have set my family up for life," Hamsik told Corriere dello Sport when asked about the reasoning behind his interest.
08.42 BST: Manchester United remain interested in making a move for Gareth Bale as the Real Madrid forward tries to receive assurances about his playing time and opportunities under new coach Julen Lopetegui.
The Daily Mail reported that Bale will meet with Lopetegui after reporting for training on Monday in order to find out where he fits in a post-Cristiano Ronaldo world.
08.20 BST: Borussia Monchengladbach hope that Thorgan Hazard will stay amid reports that clubs from England and Spain are interested in signing him.
"Our plan is that we don't want to give him away," the club's sporting director Max Eberl said on Sunday. "We don't have any necessity to do so. That's a good feeling. I see his next step with Gladbach."
Liverpool launch Cillessen raidLiverpool have seen enough from Loris Karius in preseason to persuade them to bid for Barcelona keeper Jasper Cillessen, reports Mundo Deportivo.
Following his mistakes against Real Madrid in the Champions League final, Karius was spotted spilling a shot into the net as he warmed up for a friendly against Chester, before gifting Tranmere a goal in the Reds' next outing.
With Roma pricing Brazil No. 1 Alisson out of a move so far, Jurgen Klopp has switched his focus to a £30 million offer for Cillessen, who is believed to be seriously considering the proposal.
Cillessen has struggled for game time at Barcelona, but could also emerge as a target for Chelsea if the Blues are forced to cash in on contract rebel Thibaut Courtois.
Chelsea enter Milinkovic-Savic race
It may have taken them a while to confirm Maurizio Sarri's appointment, but Chelsea are wasting no time in handing their new manager the tools to mount a Premier League title challenge.
After the Blues beat Manchester City to Jorginho over the weekend, Corriere dello Sport says they have now turned their attention to Serbia star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
The 23-year-old shone for Lazio in Serie A last season -- claiming 12 goals and three assists -- and has been listed as a target for Juventus and Manchester United.
However, with Juve sealing a record-breaking deal for Cristiano Ronaldo, and United renewing Marouane Fellaini's contract, it appears Chelsea could now have a free run at the attacking midfielder.
The only problem is that Milinkovic-Savic could cost up to £90m, having signed a contract to stay in Rome until 2022.
Not such a Shaw thing
Everton are trying to put a deal together for Boca Juniors midfielder Wilmar Barrios, according to Sport Witness.
The Colombia international, who has an €18m release clause, is also reportedly being courted by Tottenham.
Barrios will be a familiar face for Premier League fans -- it was the 24-year-old that was caught planting a casual head butt on England's Jordan Henderson at the World Cup.
- Luke Shaw is threatening to quit Manchester United on a free transfer unless he starts the season as Jose Mourinho's first choice left-back, sources have told ESPN FC.
- Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas isn't ruling out renewed negotiations with Liverpool over Nabil Fekir, says the Liverpool Echo. Klopp still wants to add an attacking midfielder to his squad, and could revive a €55m move for the 24-year-old World Cup winner.
- Andy Carroll may soon be off to Besiktas on loan, reports 90min. West Ham are apparently looking to offload the striker after he suffered another injury setback in preseason.