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TOP STORY: Real Madrid close in on €50m Mendy
Real Madrid are not hanging about this summer. Fresh from completing the signing of Luka Jovic from Eintracht Frankfurt on Tuesday, Los Blancos are closing in on a deal for Lyon left-back Ferland Mendy.
RMC report the defender has undergone a medical with Madrid while on international duty with France at Clairefontaine. Although nothing has been agreed negotiations are well underway for a €50 million move.
Madrid, who are also linked with Eden Hazard and Paul Pogba, received further good news on Wednesday when Christian Eriksen, another reported target, spoke of his desire to leave Spurs. With Zinedine Zidane's summer overhaul progressing well all that remains is to get a few high earners off the books.
23.00 BST: That will do it for tonight's Transfer Talk LIVE blog. We hope you enjoyed it and remind you to check back shortly for more fresh transfer rumours, reports and completed deals. Have a good night!
22.54 BST: The Guardian is reporting that Real Madrid have agreed to a fee of €100 million (£88.5m) for Eden Hazard with Chelsea.
Hazard's move to Chelsea has seemed inevitable for months now and it looks as if things could be close to coming to a conclusion. The 28-year-old winger has spent the last seven seasons at Chelsea amassing 110 goals and 92 assists in 352 games for the Blues.
Will be keeping a close on eye on both teams to see if a deal gets finalised soon.
22.32 BST: Lyon to raid Celtic Park for a second straight summer?
According to French outlet Soccer Link, Lyon are targeting Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney as a replacement for Ferland Mendy.
With Mendy all but signed for Real Madrid, Lyon have reportedly cultivated a list of potential replacements which includes Tierney, Everton's Lucas Digne and Lille's Youssouf Kone. Lyon last season snapped up Celtic forward Moussa Dembele in last August and if reports are true could circle back for the standout 22-year-old left-back.
Tierney, a Scotland international who came through the youth ranks at Celtic, is also being closely monitored by Arsenal.
22.02 BST: Juventus appear set to announce their second signing of the summer and it isn't Paul Pogba.
Goal.com reports that Juve have "completed" the signing of 21-year-old Sassuolo defender Merih Demiral.
The 21-year-old Turkish international impressed in a half season at Sassuolo while on loan from Alanyaspor and will sign with Sassuolo on July 1 before being sold on to Juventus.
It has been some rise in 2018-19 for the Turkish centre-back!
21.30 BST: Everton have been given a boost in their pursuit to sign Andre Gomes on a permanent basis.
The Telegraph writes that with Tottenham pulling out of the race and Gomes having rejected a move to West Ham, Everton are confident of securing the Portuguese midfielder's future at Goodison Park.
Gomes, who drew rave reviews while on loan last season from Barcelona, did not have a purchase option in his loan contract, so Everton will have to negotiate with the Catalan club if they want to sign the player outright. Manager Marco Silva has publically said that signing Gomes is priority No.1 for the Toffees this summer.
20.42 BST: Where will teenage sensation Matthijs de Ligt land?
Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman said that he has advised the Ajax centre-back to go to a club where he can play as many matches as possible. Koeman, who made his comments on Wednesday during a news conference prior to Thursday's match against England, said De Ligt should select a club at which "he can continue gaining playing minutes because that is the only way he can develop."
Koeman, however, also admitted that there are other factors at play, such as "the form in which the team plays." "His family, his agent and all the folks around him will help him make his decision and it will be a good one."
Koeman said he spoke with the player last week about where he would go but cannot reveal the details because "it is a secret." "It is very important for his development the fact that Ajax made it so far in the Champions League because he was able to compete against much bigger clubs. In addition, Matthijs is very professional and very smart. He always goes the extra mile in training."
19.58 BST: With Jota now in tow, Aston Villa are reportedly eyeing a swoop for a second Championship attacking ace.
The Sun reports that Villa are keen on signing Blackburn striker Bradley Dack, who bagged 18 goals last season for Rovers. Last season was Dack's first above League One but his consistent goalscoring record throughout the English pyramid has attracted quite the queue of suitors.
Brighton, West Ham and Crystal Palace have all been linked in the papers with the player in the past six months but Rovers reportedly want £18 million for their frontman. Villa will be keen to sign a centre-forward with top scorer Tammy Abraham (26 goals) returning to Chelsea after the end of his season-long loan spell.
19.10 BST: -- DONE DEAL: Coventry City have scooped up recent Chelsea castoff Fankaty Dabo.
The 23-year-old right-back never made a senior appearance for the Blues after rising from the youth ranks in 2016, spending loan spells at Swindon Town, Vitesse and last year at Sparta Rotterdam.
18.43 BST: After missing out on the Champions League, Arsenal will need to get creative this summer with their transfer budget.
German outlet Bild claims one player the Gunners could move for is Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze. The former World Cup final hero is about to enter the final year of his contract with the Yellow and Blacks and has been linked with a move to England in the past.
Now 27, Gotze managed seven goals and seven assists last season and Borussia Dortmund are reportedly keen on extending the stay of the playmaker who rose up through their youth ranks.
18.08 BST: Are Tottenham close to breaking their yearlong transfer drought?
Dutch journalist Rik Elfrink has told Sky that the London club is in pole position for PSV winger Steven Bergwijn.
"They have talked to his agent and it has been said that there has already been an offer of 40m euros. PSV deny that, but a transfer is probably not far off," said Elfrink.
The 21-year-old Netherlands international scored 14 goals and added 12 assists this season in the Dutch Eredivisie for PSV.
17.18 BST: Aston Villa have made a signing from city rivals Birmingham....
16.51 BST: Paris Saint-Germain have said goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has left the club after 12 months in Ligue 1.
The former Italy international joined the French side last summer after 17 seasons with Juventus and won the Trophee des Champions and Ligue 1 title.
However, he and PSG suffered defeat in the Coupe de France final, while Buffon was in goal for the disappointing 3-1 home loss to Manchester United in the Champions League round of 16 which saw them bow out of the competition.
16.06 BST: Gareth Bale's agent has dismissed suggestions the Wales international could move to Inter Milan.
Bale's future is up in the air this summer and there were reports Conte wanted to take him to San Siro following Real Madrid's acquisition of Luka Jovic.
However, Jonathan Barnett told ESPN FC the reports were "the usual rubbish."
15.15 BST: Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne has said he would regard former boss Maurizio Sarri moving to Juventus as a "betrayal."
"This idea hurt us Neapolitans, it would be a betrayal," he said when asked about Sarri's proposed move to Juve ahead of Italy's Euro 2020 qualifier against Greece. "I hope he changes his mind."
Insigne echoed the words of Jorginho, who worked under Sarri at both Napoli and Chelsea.
14.54 BST: Maurizio Sarri's appointment as Juventus coach is being held up by Chelsea's demand for compensation, sources have told ESPN FC.
Juventus are hoping that Sarri will simply be released from his contract at Stamford Bridge, while Chelsea want the Serie A side to buy their head coach out of his deal for a fee in the region of £5 million.
14.39 BST: The good news keeps rolling for Liverpool fans. Sources have told ESPN FC that Virgil van Dijk wants to sign a new contract at Liverpool. Melissa Reddy has the latest here.
13.45 BST: Fiorentina's prospective new owner Rocco B. Commisso is making a number of phone calls in order to convince Federico Chiesa to reject Juventus and remain in Florence, according to Il Corriere dello Sport.
The report adds that Commisso wants Chiesa to be the club's main man moving forward and keeping the Italy international is a higher priority than any potential signing
13.20 BST: Julen Lopetegui turned down a job offer from the Premier League before joining Sevilla this week, a source has told ESPN FC.
The 52-year-old, who has been sacked by Spain and Real Madrid in the last year, returned to the game on a three-year deal with Sevilla, but not before giving serious consideration to an offer to manage a team in the Premier League, and also talking to Bayern Munich, the source said.
12.49 BST: Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen has said he is ready to leave the club this summer and cited Real Madrid as a potential destination.
"I feel that I am at a stage of my career where I would like to try something new," the 27-year-old said. "I have the deepest respect for everything that is happening at Tottenham and it would not be a negative to stay.
"But I have also said I would like to try something new. I hope something will be decided this summer -- that is the plan. In football you never know when there could be a decision like that. It could be at any point. The best thing is always for it to happen quickly but in football things take time."
12.20 BST: James Rodriguez will return to Real Madrid after Bayern Munich opted against making his two-year loan deal a permanent one.
"A big thank you to the club and fans, who have always supported me," James said. "Those were two unforgettable years and I always felt at home here. I will only have the best memories of the club and wish Bayern all the best for the future."
11.50 BST: Manchester United doubt whether Juventus can afford Paul Pogba, sources have told ESPN FC.
Juve have expressed an interest in re-signing the France midfielder, who is open to a move away from Old Trafford this summer after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side missed out on a place in next season's Champions League.
Real Madrid are also interested in Pogba and sources have told ESPN FC he would prefer a move to the Bernabeu to link up with compatriot Zinedine Zidane.
Solskjaer is keen to keep Pogba, who scored 16 goals in 47 games last season, and build a new-look team around the World Cup winner.
11.28 BST: Onda Cero radio report that Real Madrid general director Jose Angel Sanchez is in London negotiating the signing of Chelsea forward Eden Hazard.
According to the Spanish radio station, the negotiation to acquire Belgium international Hazard, who is tied to Chelsea for another season, will be completed in the coming days in a transfer worth around €110m.
11.00 BST: Bayern Munich have rejected reports they already lodged a bid for Manchester City winger Leroy Sane, following reports in England that the Premier League champions rejected an offer in the region of €80m
"We have not made an offer for Leroy," CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told Sport Bild, adding that the Germany international has yet to decide whether he wants to return to the Bundesliga this summer.
Sport Bild also claimed that Sane is currently also in talks with former England star David Beckham's management.
10.33 BST: Marca report that Nelson Semedo is seriously considering leaving Barcelona this summer.
The Portugal defender, who has been linked with Atletico Madrid and Valencia, has failed to establish himself in the side since joining from Benfica two years ago, with Barca coach Ernesto Valverde rotating him in and out of the right-back position with Sergi Roberto.
Sources at the Catalan club, though, have told ESPN FC that there are no plans to sell Semedo, who has a €100M release clause.
09.50 BST: Rodrigo said he has asked Atletico Madrid for "space" to decide his future, with Manchester City believed to be willing to meet his €70m release clause.
Spain international Rodrigo, 22, had a superb 2018-19 campaign after rejoining from Villarreal last summer. Sources have told ESPN FC that City manager Pep Guardiola wants Rodrigo as his team's holding midfielder.
"I've asked [Atletico] for calm, to give me space," Rodrigo told TV station Cuatro from the Spain national camp. "It would be hypocritical to promise anything. I have a contract with Atletico, it has a clause, with conditions, and as of today I am happy here. I can't say anything else, as I don't know what will happen."
There had been reports that Bayern Munich were also considering paying the €70m clause, however Bayern president Uli Hoeness told Bild last week he had "never heard of the player."
09.25 BST: Sky Sports report that Southampton have agreed a deal to sign Standard Liege and Mali winger Moussa Djenepo.
Kristof Terreur adds that medicals are planned for the 20-year-old with a £10m transfer in the offing.
08.54 BST: Serbia international Luka Jovic turned down a move to Barcelona before agreeing a deal to join Real Madrid, former Eintracht Frankfurt teammate Lucas Torro has claimed.
"Once we were talking in the shower months ago before the reports about Real Madrid emerged and I asked him where he would like to play in Madrid or Barcelona and he said that he preferred Real Madrid a lot more," Torro told Cadena Ser radio.
Asked if Barca and Real Madrid had contacted Jovic, he said: "Yes. That was a while ago. He liked Madrid as a club. He asked me a lot about the city."
Torro added that Madrid have made a great signing in acquiring the 21-year-old.
"He is talented, scores many goals and he has a great finish, that is what makes him stronger," Torro said. "He is young and hungry and will want to fight for a place even at the best club in the world. He is very competitive on the pitch and very calm off it."
08.10 BST: Romelu Lukaku is the top name on Antonio Conte's shopping list at Inter Milan, but he is by no means the only one. Reports in Italy reckon Edin Dzeko could join from Roma with Nicolo Barella from Cagliari also an option as part of a summer shake-up.
There are also claims that Manchester United striker Lukaku is a target for Carlo Ancelotti at Napoli if he can't land Duvan Zapata from Atalanta.
Meunier has 12 clubs to choose from
Thomas Meunier said he's had offers from up to a dozen clubs since January, and that he could be open to a move from Paris Saint-Germain this summer, a year before his contract runs out.
Speaking to Le Parisien, Meunier revealed that all of the interested parties are competing at the top of their respective divisions. Sources have told ESPN FC that Arsenal and Manchester United are two of the dozen clubs interested in the Belgium international.
The full-back also said his current employers would be foolish to let him leave for free in 12 months, just as they look to be doing with Adrien Rabiot this summer. Playing just one in every three matches and approaching 28 years old, Meunier might feel a move could provide him with more first-team football at a crucial juncture in his career.
Alonso to follow trodden path from Chelsea to Atleti
The Mirror reports that the 28-year-old flew to Madrid from Baku, Azerbaijan, two days after the Europa League final and is keen on a deal.
Atletico are losing left-back Lucas Hernandez to Bayern Munich for a whopping €80 million, as well as Diego Godin, Filipe Luis and Juanfran, and so Alonso would be an essential addition to their back line. Diego Simeone has targeted Alonso on the left of defence and Barcelona's Nelson Semedo on the right as he looks to rebuild his rearguard.
- Fenerbahce are keen on West Ham United playmaker Manuel Lanzini, and the Mirror reports that both Manuel Pellegrini and Irons officials are ready to offer their star man a new five-year deal in an attempt to rebuff the Turkish giants. Lanzini started just eight games in 2018-19, scoring one goal, but he remains a key part of Pellegrini's plans ahead of his second season in charge of the club.
- Edin Dzeko is on the verge of joining Inter from Roma, reports Calciomercato. The Italian outlet also suggests that Roma have identified three signings to replace him, including AC Milan's Andre Silva, Fernando Llorente from Spurs and Andrea Belotti from Torino.