LIVE Transfer Talk: Spurs eye Fernandes; Man Utd given price for Dias
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TOP STORY: Spurs join race for Gedson Fernandes
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has been told by chairman Daniel Levy that he will have substantial funds to spend in the summer, and the Champions League finalists have made a play for 20-year-old midfielder Fernandes.
Representatives of the Portugal international were in England last week for discussions with potential suitors, and reports claim those include Spurs' Champions League final opponents Liverpool, as well as Manchester United.
Around £35 million is thought to be required to secure a deal for Fernandes, and Spurs will look to raise funds for more purchases by selling Kieran Trippier and Victor Wanyama, with the future of several other fringe players in question.
23.00 BST: Eden Hazard has provided an update on his future.
The Belgium ace told ESPN he has made his decision regarding his next move and is "waiting" for Chelsea to honour it. Hazard, who likely made his final Premier League appearance for the Blues on Sunday at Leicester, reportedly wants a move to Real Madrid and is waiting for the club to sanction the transfer.
Asked if he has told the club, Hazard replied: "Yes. A couple of weeks ago."
"Yes I have made my decision, but it is not just about me," Hazard said on the subject of his future. "I'm still waiting."
Hazard will play for Chelsea at least once more time, as Chelsea will face Arsenal in the Europa League final on May 29th.
22.20 BST: Could the Europa League final between Chelsea and Arsenal indirectly decide the fates of Lyon?
Lyon will be hoping for a Chelsea victory as a Chelsea win would see Lyon qualify directly to the group stage of the Champions League. That could be massive for the French club in trying to retain stars Nabil Fekir and Tanguy Ndombele.
Being able to offer guaranteed Champions League group stage football could be a huge bargaining chip come the summer time as Lyon attempts to hold on to in-demand stars Fekir, Ndombele, Memphis Depay, Moussa Dembele and Houssem Aouar.
21.40 BST: Signing on-loan midfielder Andre Gomes is at the top of Everton's to-do list but it won't be easy.
Manager Marco Silva has admitted as much saying he has no update on the Barcelona man's future: "He didn't have nothing new for me to say now. I am 100% sure when something is decided in his mind I will be one of the first people to know and this is the most important thing.
"We, as a club, have to do everything to sign him."
Everton will hope to sign the 25-year-old this summer but Gomes, who has flopped at Camp Nou to this point, will have a decision to make.
21.00 BST: Could Stoke lure Newcastle ace back to the Championship?
Football Insider claims that midfielder Matt Ritchie could quit Toon and accept a lucrative long-term contract with promotion hopefuls Stoke this summer. Ritchie, 29, is under contract through 2021 but wants a raise and an extension, concessions that Newcastle don't seem to want to make.
Is Ritchie willing to go down a division to secure his long-term future? We shall see...
20.10 BST: Rafa Benitez's future at Newcastle always seems to be up in the air.
The Spaniard is beloved by Newcastle supporters but his frustration with the club's board and the amount of money made available to spend in the transfer market, means Benitez's long-term future on Tyneside is not guaranteed.
After a 4-0 win over Fulham and a 13th-placed finish in the Premier League, Benitez said he is set to sit down with Newcastle chairman Mike Ashley "next week." All indications are that Benitez wants to stay at St James' Park as long as the long promises to up the spending and raise expectations.
Benitez and Newcastle seems to ben unending saga but we will see what the next chapter holds "next week."
19.17 BST: Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl wants to strengthen his squad after securing Premier League survival this season, saying after the home draw against relegated Huddersfield: "We know we have a lot of things to do in the summer and we will, with this squad and new players also. We need to bring a few guys in, and then we have to work hard with them."
18.51 BST: Arsenal may not be set for a big-spending summer as far as transfer fees are concerned, but reports say they will offer strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette new contracts in order to stave off potential bids.
18.04 BST: Barcelona have long been reported to be favourites to sign Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, but reports in Spain claim the La Liga champions are worried that Liverpool could succeed with a counter-move for the Netherlands international.
16.03 BST: Leicester will have to pay "a premium price" if they are to sign 22-goal winger Jarrod Bowen from Hull City, the Hull Daily Mail reports.
15.11 BST: Atletico Madrid want to sign Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi and have held initial talks, according to reports in Spain.
14.03 BST: The Manchester Evening News reports that, despite increasing speculation linking Swansea winger Daniel James with a move to Old Trafford, it understands that there has not been formal contact between the clubs and James "is one of many players being considered."
13.27 BST: Premier League newcomers Sheffield United could raid neighbours and rivals Sheffield Wednesday for forward Fernando Forestieri, according to the Sheffield Star, which reports that Forestieri would cost around £14m.
12.55 BST: Barcelona want to get rid of Philippe Coutinho, but the problem seems to be that nobody else is really that bothered. A bid of around £90m would land the Brazil midfielder, who cost a whopping £142m when Barca signed him from Liverpool, but Cadena Ser reports that only Chelsea have shown any kind of interest. And they're under a transfer ban.
12.02 BST: Former Arsenal players Gilles Grimandi (technical director) and Patrick Vieira (manager) are at Nice, so it's not surprising that they are looking at former Arsenal players.
Olivier Giroud is unhappy with his lack of game time for Chelsea and is looking for an exit with his contract expiring, and Grimandi told Canal Football: "If Olivier Giroud decides to come that is because he likes the project at OGC Nice. If Olivier is not happy at Chelsea, if he wants to play, we will take all the elements into account."
11.32 BST: Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham are reportedly keen on Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans, who is on loan from Monaco. But the £40m-rated Belgian believes he will be going back to Ligue 1 this summer.
"I expect that I will return to Monaco in the summer, unless something's moving," Tielemans told VTM Nieuws. "At the moment there's nothing. I don't know what Monaco will be asking, so I can't talk about it."
10.41 BST: Atletico Madrid signed Alvaro Morata on an 18-month loan from Chelsea and seemed rather pleased with themselves. However, the Sun reports that, six months in, they are looking to terminate the deal as they will have to pay Chelsea £15m to keep him for another season.
10.03 BST. Brexit and football, never a good mix. But are Premier League sides aware of what's going to happen?
The Guardian reports that government officials are worried that "some clubs are not alive to the changes, which will mean European players lose the automatic right to come and play for British sides" and that a summit was held last week between the Home Office and football authorities to talk about the issues faced when a new immigration regime is used in January 2021.
09.24 BST: Arsenal fans might be happy to see the back of Mesut Ozil and his £350,000-a-week contract but it seems he's planning to stay put for now.
The German midfielder's representative, Dr Erkut Sogut, has been speaking about his future and insists the star will stay until 2021 when his deal expires.
"Rumours will always persist, but one thing I can guarantee is Mesut's loyalty," he told Turkish-Football.com. "His mind is focused on Arsenal, and Arsenal only. Mesut bleeds Arsenal red, and respecting his contract is a certainty."
09.00 BST: Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic won't fancy playing in the Championship, so Southampton are planning a £30m summer move for him, says the Daily Express.
PAPER TALK (by James Capps)
Benfica name price for United defensive target
Dias, 21, has been capped nine times by Portugal and earned rave reviews since making his debut for Benfica in 2017.
He joins colleagues Fernandes (mentioned above) and Joao Felix in the list of Benfica academy graduates linked with a move to United this year, with a move for a defender high on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's to-do list.
Richarlison eyed by two Euro giants
Everton forward Richarlison could be set for a big-money move, with the Mirror reporting that Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid are interested.
The 22-year-old joined Everton from Watford a year ago and, after a successful first season at Goodison Park, two of Europe's elite clubs have come calling with a £70 million fee being quoted.
A lack of European football has not stopped Richarlison from breaking into the Brazilian national setup, but with regular Champions League football on offer in both France and Spain -- as well as a big salary increase -- he could be tempted by a move.
- Spurs forward Fernando Llorente is set to leave the club on a free transfer, with the Sun saying the Londoners are already sounding out fresh backup options for Harry Kane. Serie A side Napoli are early frontrunners to sign 34-year-old Llorente.
- Monaco and Porto are interested in out-of-favour Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario. The former West Ham loanee has endured a difficult three-year spell at the San Siro, and Calciomercato says he is set to be sold.
- The Sun reports that Bournemouth winger Jordon Ibe is on the summer wishlist of Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers. The pair worked together at Liverpool, and Rodgers is keen for a reunion with the 23-year-old.