Transfer Talk: Real Madrid return for Eden Hazard with £200m offer
The English transfer window is closed, but the rest of Europe is still open for business, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow along with our daily blog throughout the summer.
Real prepare world record Hazard move
Real Madrid's interest in Eden Hazard has not dimmed even though the Premier League transfer window has closed.
Despite Chelsea's inability to buy a replacement, the Express claim Los Blancos will table a bid closer to £200m -- up from their previous valuation of £150m.
The Belgian is stalling in negotiations over a £300,000-per-week deal at Stamford Bridge, providing the Spaniards extra encouragement.
Hazard assisted the third goal for Pedro as Maurizio Sarri's side thrashed Huddersfield 3-0 on the opening weekend of the Premier League, and he appears settled in London for the time being.
Eriksen targeted as Modric successor
Christian Eriksen has been identified as the successor to Luka Modric at Real Madrid.
The Croatian star, who won the Golden Ball at this summer's World Cup, has been linked to Inter Milan where some of his compatriots, namely Ivan Perisic, Sime Vrsaljko and Marcelo Brozovic, currently play.
Tottenham's Eriksen is attractive to Real should they lose Modric, according to The Sun, with the 26-year-old in the middle of contract talks, with just two years remaining on his current deal.
Milan back out of Milinkovic-Savic race
AC Milan have withdrawn from the race to sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to Calciomercato.com, with Leonardo admitting the Serbian midfielder does not fit into the club's "parameters."
The Rossoneri were linked to the Lazio star, with their president Claudio Lotito claiming his player is worth more than Paul Pogba, who cost Manchester United £89m two years ago from Juventus.
Milinkovic-Savic was linked to Real Madrid, United, Chelsea and Juventus this summer, but the outlet reports Milan are now out of the race.
General manager Leonardo has explained how the Lazio star is currently out of their financial possibilities: "Sergrej Milinkovic-Savic? Difficult. Unfortunately, today he does not enter into our parameters.
"Half of Europe dreams of him, he is modern, good at playing with his head and in the insertions from the midfield. Unfortunately, at this moment it is not a feasible thing."
- Jerome Boateng looks set to leave Bayern Munich despite snubbing Manchester United and appearing to commit his future to the Germans.
Abendzeitung claims Paris Saint-Germain are closing in on a €50m (£44.7m) move for the Germany international.
- And the French champions could launch an audacious move for Ousmane Dembele before the window closes.
The World Cup winner has been dissatisfied with his prospective playing time at the Nou Camp, just a year after his £135m move from Borussia Dortmund, but Mundo Deportivo believes PSG will test Barca's resolve in the coming weeks.
- Veteran Peruvian striker Paolo Guerrero is closing in on a move to Internacional -- despite a 14-month doping ban.
Guerrero featured at this summer's World Cup after successfully suspending an anti-doping ban but has now bid farewell to Flamengo with a move to Brazilian rivals Inter looking likely, claims Goal.
- Roma are in the clear front-runners for Steven N'Zonzi after the Premier League transfer window closed.
Corriere dello Sport believe the Giallorossi will clinch a move for the Sevilla midfielder at €28m (£25m).
- "Positive talks" have taken place between Chelsea and AC Milan for Tiemoue Bakayoko, with Gianluca Di Marzio claiming a deal is nearing.
The French midfielder was left out of the Blues' squad for their opening-game victory against Huddersfield and has now accepted his immediate future is elsewhere.