Transfer Talk: Real Madrid preparing £150m bid for Eden Hazard; Barcelona target N'Golo Kante
The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow along with our daily blog throughout the summer.
TOP STORY: Madrid prepare £150m Hazard bid
Real Madrid are preparing a £150 million move for Eden Hazard as they begin a frantic attempt to replace Cristiano Ronaldo after his move to Juventus was confirmed this week, the Mail reports.
Los Blancos appear to have identified the Chelsea man as the primary candidate to replace the Portuguese superstar, though it is likely the strategy will involve acquiring a number of world-class players to fill the void.
The instability at Stamford Bridge appears to have made Hazard reluctant to sign the new deal on the table, worth £300,000 per week, and with two years left on his existing contact, Madrid are ready to make their move.
Having dazzled in Russia as one of the players of the tournament, the Belgian has emerged as one of the more obvious candidates to lead a new generation of galacticos at the Bernabeu. Though an aggressive transfer strategy following the firing of Antonio Conte and expected hiring of Maurizio Sarri could persuade the player to stay as the focal point of the side, rather than become just one star among many.
23.00 BST: That will do it for today's live Transfer Talk blog. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did, and remember to check back in a few hours for more rumours, links and done deals from around the football world. Goodnight!
Quintero joined River last season on a one-year loan from Porto. However, Marcelo Gallardo's men have an option to buy the player, which they intend to use before selling the playmaker for top dollar this summer.
22.47 BST: Russian World Cup standout Aleksandr Golovin is keen on a move to join Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus, report Tuttosport.
In fact, the 22-year-old CSKA Moscow midfielder is so eager to play with the Portugal superstar he's taken the initiative of sending text messages to the club, with the outlet reporting he prefers Juventus to interest from London giants Chelsea and Arsenal.
22.30 BST: Everton are considering a big-money bid for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, reports Goal.
The outlet says the Ivory Coast man is "open to the idea of leaving Palace," however the Toffees reckon Tottenham, Borussia Dortmund and even Liverpool could also be in the mix should they start negotiations.
22.05 BST: Not one, but TWO Rapids deals for you today -- and this one is a big one. The Colorado club have announced the signing of Jamaica international and former West Brom forward Giles Barnes from Liga MX side Leon.
21.51 BST: More sad news for the crew here at Transfer Talk, folks. One of our favourites has finally found a home as Real Betis have announced the signing of oft-linked former Sporting midfielder William Carvalho ... and they've done so in spectacular fashion, if we may humbly say so.
21.27 BST: Lazio attacking midfielder Felipe Anderson is set to have a West Ham medical ahead of a £35 million move to the London Stadium, according to Sky Sports.
The report says Anderson, 25, has already agreed to personal terms with the club.
21.00 BST: The Done Deals can't stop, won't stop, folks! Next up: Liverpool have now made the Xherdan Shaqiri deal official, with sources telling ESPN FC the 26-year-old signed a five-year contract after the Reds triggered a £13 million clause in his Stoke City contract.
20.48 BST: Another Done Deal for you! Germany international defender Erik Durm has completed a permanent transfer to Huddersfield Town from Borussia Dortmund, both clubs have announced.
Durm, who was a member of Germany's 2014 World Cup team, had spent the past five seasons with Dortmund's senior team after joining the club in 2012.
20.30 BST: Juventus have announced that mega-signing Cristiano Ronaldo will arrive in Turin on Monday, July 16. Ronaldo, of course, shocked the world this week when he agreed to join the Serie A champions after a record-breaking nine seasons with Real Madrid.
20.11 BST: Annnd back to Neymar! However, this one is bad news for Transfer Talk as Real Madrid -- as they've been known to do this summer -- have come out and flatly denied they will make any offers for the PSG and Brazil star this window.
In a statement just released, the 13-time Champions League winners said: "Given the constant information linking the PSG player Neymar Jr. with our club, Real Madrid CF wants to clarify that they have no plans to make any offers for the player.
"The relationship between the two clubs is extraordinary, so that, if at some point Real Madrid were considering hiring a PSG player, the first thing he would do would be to go to his club."
19.35 BST: And we've got a deal done and dusted for you! Lille have announced the signing of former Chelsea forward Loic Remy, who spent last season at Las Palmas and Getafe.
19.17 BST: Manchester City have become the bookmakers' favourites to sign wantaway Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic this summer, report the Manchester Evening News.
Kovacic, of course, is currently in Russia preparing for Croatia's World Cup final against France on Sunday.
18.42 BST: Sky Italia are reporting that Maurizio Sarri has finally agreed to be Chelsea's next manager after Antonio Conte's departure.
The outlet also reports that former Chelsea star Gianfranco Zola will be his assistant at Stamford Bridge.
18.19 BST: Some MLS news for you! The Colorado Rapids have loaned Kip Colvey to the United Soccer League's Colorado Springs Switchbacks.
17.25 BST: Cadena Ser say that Julen Lopetegui wants to link up with Valencia forward Rodrigo again at Real Madrid.
New boss Lopetegui picked Rodrigo as part of Spain's World Cup squad before being sacked, and this could pave the way for Karim Benzema to join Carlo Ancelotti at Napoli..
Stoke will aim to replace the Switzerland winger with Newcastle's Matt Ritchie, while the Magpies will turn their attentions to Crystal Palace's Andros Townsend.
Palace will then pursue a deal for West Ham's Michail Antonio. Everyone get all that? Good.
17.15 BST: Contrary to reports, the Watford Observer claim their local club have not rejected a £20 million bid from Everton for Abdoulaye Doucoure, and that this was a story put into the media by his agent.
17.05 BST: TuttoMercatoWeb reckon Bordeaux winger Malcolm will snub a move to Tottenham because he has his heart set on a move to Inter.
16.55 BST: Reports in Italy say that despite strong interest from Everton, AC Milan now plan on keeping Andrea Bertolacci at the club.
16.45 BST: Tottenham still hold an interest in Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze, Football.London say.
16.35 BST: Sky in Italy claim that a swap deal between Barcelona and Chelsea is on the cards...
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16.25 BST: After Newcastle blocked an approach for Jamaal Lascelles, West Ham are set to step up their interest in Swansea defender Alfie Mawson, according to Wales Online.
16.15 BST: While the big news is Harry Maguire will be offered a new contract at Leicester, the Mail write that Wilfred Ndidi will also be given a new deal, as the club look to tie down other assets following Riyad Mahrez's departure.
16.05 BST: Henry Onyekuru has joined Galatasaray on loan from Everton...
15.55 BST: Benfica are looking into signing Bernard from Shakhtar Donetsk, O Jogo say.
West Ham are also believed to be interested.
15.45 BST: Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti has publicly apologised to the fans for not being able to secure permanent deals for Joao Cancelo and Rafinha.
15.35 BST: Goal report that Everton are keen on Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha, while they also have six names on their shortlist for a new left-back.
15.25 BST: Valencia are set to sign Serbia international Filip Kostic from Hamburg, according to sources close to the player.
15.15 BST: Tuttosport write that Juventus could attempt to re-sign Paul Pogba this summer, but would need to offload Miralem Pjanic for that to be feasible.
Barcelona are believed to be interested, while they also suggest a large offer from Manchester City is feasible.
15.05 BST: New Barcelona signing Clement Lenglet says he "would love" Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot to join him at the club.
Rabiot has been heavily linked with a move to the Spanish champions.
14.55 BST: As per Gazzetta dello Sport via Calciomercato, Chelsea are also interested in Atletico Madrid and Croatia defender Sime Vrsaljko.
14.45 BST: Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio says Jorginho and Maurizio Sarri are in London and will join Chelsea imminently.
14.35 BST: While Fenerbache are close to completing a deal for Swansea's Andre Ayew, they are also interested in Everton's Yannick Bolasie, Fanatik report.
14.25 BST: FIFA confirmed to BBC Sport that they have received a complaint from Sporting Lisbon regarding Rui Patricio's free transfer to Wolves, and are demanding £50 million in compensation.
14.15 BST: Barcelona have offered £53 million for Chelsea's Willian, according to the Evening Standard.
14.05 BST: The Telegraph say that Everton are targeting Barcelona duo Lucas Digne and Yerry Mina.
13.55 BST: Fenerbache have opened negotiations with Tottenham to sign Vincent Janssen, Fanatik say.
13.45 BST: The Mirror write that Inter Milan have made a loan offer for Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian.
13.35 BST: Once Maurizio Sarri has been confirmed as manager, Chelsea will make official approaches to Juventus for Daniele Rugani and Gonzalo Higuain, according to Tuttosport.
13.25 BST: Harry Maguire will be offered a new £100,000-a-week contract at Leicester, as they attempt to ward off interest from Manchester United, the Mirror say.
13.15 BST: Sky Sports News say that Jorginho has arrived in London for his medical at Chelsea.
13.05 BST: Earlier we covered a report from Marca which said James Rodriguez wants to end his two-year loan at Bayern Munich and return to Real Madrid.
BILD say that this is not the case, and that he is very happy in Germany and is expected to join on a permanent basis.
12.55 BST: Crystal Palace are interested in Uruguay World Cup star Diego Laxalt, according to Calciomercato.
However, they face stiff competition for the Genoa man, with Benfica, Valencia and Marseille among a number of teams all looking to secure a deal.
12.45 BST: Paris United say Real Madrid are willing to pay Neymar €49 million a year should he join the club.
12.35 BST: A done deal in Germany, where Borussia Monchengladbach have beaten Newcastle and Tottenham to the signing of Nice forward Alassane Plea.
12.15 BST: Brighton are closing in on the €20 million signing of Yves Bissouma from Lille, according to L'Equipe.
12.05 BST: Besiktas have received an offer for goalkeeper Fabri from a Premier League club, believed to be Fulham, Bein Sports say.
11.55 BST: Sport say that Tottenham have withdrawn their interest in Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, because they believe he is joining Barcelona.
11.45 BST: Turkish outlet Fanatik report Newcastle are asking for €2 million for Henri Saivet, with Sivasspor said to be interested.
11.35 BST: Sevilla are targeting Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko on loan to replace Steven Nzonzi, AS say.
11.25 BST: Euro United -- an affiliate of Paris United -- report that Manchester United have reopened talks with Inter Milan regarding Ivan Perisic.
Yes, the French press are talking about the future of a Croatian player days before they meet in the World Cup final.
11.15 BST: A done deal on the south coast -- Southampton have signed Denmark defender Jannik Vestergaard from Borussia Monchengladbach.
The 25-year-old scored seven goals in 66 Bundesliga games for Monchengladbach, and looks set to be the long-awaited replacement for Virgil van Dijk.
11.05 BST: Dutch publication AD report that Feyenoord are hopeful of agreeing a deal with Southampton to bring Jordy Clasie back to the club, three years after he left them for the Premier League club.
10.55 BST: Inter Milan and Jiangsu Suning have confirmed the transfer of Italian forward Eder to the Chinese club, where he is reportedly set to earn over €5 million per season over two and a half years.
The 31-year-old, who joined Inter from Sampdoria in 2016, has moved on a permanent deal believed to be worth €5 million to the Serie A club, who are owned by the same Suning group as Jiangsu. Eder played 86 times for Inter, scoring 14 goals.
10.45 BST: Gazzetta dello Sport write that, while Leonardo Bonucci has not asked to leave AC Milan, new Paris Saint-Germain star Gianluigi Buffon could convince him to join the French champions.
10.35 BST: After losing Fabian Ruiz to Napoli, Real Betis have agreed a deal with William Carvalho, and are now finalising an agreement with Sporting Lisbon, AS say.
10.25 BST: Liverpool could match Roma's asking price for goalkeeper Alisson, but face competition from Real Madrid, according to Sky in Italy.
10.15 BST: Sport report that Barcelona are preparing for life without Jasper Cillessen, who will be allowed to leave for €30 million.
10.05 BST: Boca Juniors and Colombia midfielder Wilmar Barrios has been talking to ESPN in Argentina about speculation linking him with Tottenham.
"The truth is that I do not know anything about that [transfer links]," he said. "There are many rumours but now I have my head in Boca and to spend these days of rest with the family. I have to show up for the preseason with my team. I belong to Boca and I have to prepare myself for whatever comes."
09.55 BST: Mundo Deportivo report that West Ham are interested in Franco Vazquez, and Sevilla could let the midfielder go for €30 million.
09.45 BST: Liverpool have triggered Xherdan Shaqiri's release clause and he is undergoing a medical, sources have told ESPN FC.
09.40 BST: Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot has told the club he would like to leave, as talk linking him with Barcelona grows stronger, RMC say.
09.30 BST: TuttoMercatoWeb write that Everton are pushing ahead for a deal to sign AC Milan midfielder Andrea Bertolacci.
09.20 BST: Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend has told Football.London that he is not thinking about speculation linking him with a return to Newcastle, and is only looking ahead to preseason.
09.10 BST: Andre Gomes will not travel with the Barcelona squad to the United States for their preseason tour, as he looks to secure a move away from the club, according to Sport.
Juventus and Arsenal are said to be interested, with Barca looking to sell for €20 million.
09.00 BST: Marca lead with James Rodriguez wanting to end his two-year loan at Bayern Munich to return to Real Madrid.
New Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui is thought to be keen on the idea, but the German champions will have the last say on any deal.
08.16 BST: With Cristiano Ronaldo off to Juventus, the Neymar-to-Real Madrid rumours will be heating up.
According to Globo Esporte, Madrid will be sending Juni Calafat, their chief transfer negotiator, to Santos, Brazil, this week to meet with Neymar's father and inquire about a possible move to the Spanish capital.
In an attempt to ward off Madrid's advances, AS reported Paris Saint-Germain are willing to give Neymar a pay rise -- potentially to more than Lionel Messi's €50m a year. And, PSG have hired Bruno Mazziotti, the physiotherapist who helped Neymar back to fitness in time to represent Brazil at the World Cup.
PAPER TALK (by Jack Rathborn)
Barca make Kante priority
And Chelsea could field an enquiry for another of their stars, with Barcelona making an ambitious move for N'Golo Kante, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.
The Spanish champions appear to have been enchanted by the midfielder's performances for France at the World Cup, while the lack of Champions League football, in addition to Conte's departure, could convince the player to leave.
Kante has three years left on his deal at Stamford Bridge though, and given his pivotal role for Didier Deschamps' side in Russia, his stock has never been higher.
Incoming Blues manager Sarri surely will be desperate to keep the player, though Barca are hoping to insert forgotten man Andre Gomes into negotiations.
Whether Chelsea would be interested in the little-used Portugal international remains to be seen, though the Londoners' dialogue surrounding a potential deal for Willian suggests relations between the clubs are amicable.
United in for England hero Maguire
Manchester United are looking seriously at Harry Maguire as a summer signing following his outstanding World Cup for England.
Jose Mourinho has struggled to establish a strong centre-back partnership, with Eric Bailly falling out of his starting lineup toward the end of the season, Victor Lindelof struggling to settle after a big-money move from Benfica and both Phil Jones and Chris Smalling proving inconsistent over a number of years.
Maguire would cost upward of £50m, just a year after Leicester acquired the player for £17m from Hull, claims the Mail.
- Marcelo could join Ronaldo at Juventus, says Corriere dello Sport, with the Real Madrid full-back thought to be keen on joining his former teammate in Turin.
The Old Lady would likely move Alex Sandro on to make way for Marcelo in a move that could appease Ronaldo and re-establish one of the winning partnerships from Real Madrid's run of four Champions League titles in five years.
Meantime, Paris Saint-Germain could be Alex Sandro's new home, with reports in France claiming talks are underway between the clubs.
- Everton are plotting a swoop for Lucas Digne in addition to fellow Barcelona defender Yerry Mina, the Mirror reports. The Mirror claim the Toffees will look at Digne as a cheaper alternative to Kieran Tierney after Celtic demanded £25m.