Transfer Talk: Hazard to Real Madrid to be announced within days
The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but you can click here to review all the deals. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer.
TOP STORY: Hazard to Real Madrid "in days"
They're reporting that Madrid are close to announcing the capture of the Belgian following the signings of Rodrygo Goes and Eder Militao. That would make Hazard their third capture, with both clubs and the player all said to be in agreement.
Hazard has rejected three contract renewal offers at Stamford Bridge and with just one year left on his deal, Madrid are reportedly set to pay up to €100 million to land their man. Last summer, Chelsea demanded €200m for their star player, but Mateo Kovacic's loan move in the other direction has sweetened the relationship between the two clubs.
Real reportedly have a €500m budget for the summer, with Man United's Paul Pogba and Liverpool's Sadio Mane also on the wishlist.
23.01 BST: That's going to do it for Friday's live edition of Transfer Talk. Be sure to check back in a few short hours when we return with the latest gossip pulled from Saturday's back pages.
21.52 BST: The agent of Gareth Bale has told the Real Madrid board that the Welsh international has no desire to leave the Spanish capital this summer, according to La Sexta.
20.15 BST: According to La Sexta's Jose Luis Sanchez, as many as eight Manchester City players have grown disillusioned under Pep Guardiola and are looking to leave the club this summer, including Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane.
18.38 BST: While a swap deal involving Juventus' Paulo Dybala and Inter's Mauro Icardi has been mooted, Corriere dello Sport is reporting that Dybala is not interested in a move to Milan.
17.01 BST: According to AS, Real Madrid have decided they want to make Eintracht Frankfurt's Luka Jovic their new No. 9.
Madrid scouts watched Jovic in action during the 2-0 victory former club Benfica in the Europa League.
16.12 BST: Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has dismissed talk of Cristiano Ronaldo leaving the club in the wake of their Champions League elimination, confirming the 34-year-old will be in Turin still next season.
Ronaldo had played in the semifinals of the Champions League in each of the past nine seasons, but Juve's quarterfinal defeat to Ajax meant he would not be getting his hands on the trophy this year, having triumphed with Real Madrid in the past three seasons.
Italian media reported his disappointment may lead him to seek a new club, but Allegri said he is counting on the Portugal international moving forward.
15.06 BST: Everton forward Richarlison has caught the eye of Barcelona, say Marca. But with the Spanish club already struggling to fit in all their non-EU players, how will they get him involved? Possibly by selling Philippe Coutinho...
14.41 BST: Youssoufa Moukoko is only 14 years old but is already making waves at Borussia Dortmund and has recently been linked with the move that every Dortmund player contemplates at one stage: to rivals Bayern Munich.
However, responding to a fans' question about his future on Instagram, he said: "I feel very well at BVB and have goals with BVB."
13.24 BST: Diego Costa, Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain are just the latest strikers to have failed to impress at Chelsea and the Blues will be on the lookout again this summer, with boss Maurizio Sarri giving away a bit of a hint who he may be after.
Speaking about the Europa League semifinals, Sarri listed one player by name and Chelsea fans will be interested to know how highly the Italian manager rates him.
"Eintracht are a great team with a wonderful striker, [Luka] Jovic. In the other semifinal [Arsenal vs Valencia] there are two very good teams. I am not happy Napoli are out."
Real Madrid and Barcelona have been sniffing around Jovic but if the Croatian fancies a real test then the poisoned chalice of the striking role at Chelsea seems to be an option. Fans will get a chance to see him in action pretty soon.
12.57 BST: Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has been speaking about striker Diego Costa, who was banned for eight games for insulting a referee and then didn't show up for training this week after reportedly getting angry about the way the club disciplined him.
"What I can tell you is that it is an internal situation, which we resolved yesterday, and today Diego was training as he always has trained," Simeone told a news conference. "Nothing has changed with Costa's situation.... he has not had a good season but all his rebelliousness will be good for us next season, when he can return with hunger to turn around all that has happened this year."
However, Simeone couldn't confirm that Costa would be staying this summer as "a player can always leave if he wants to." So read into that what you will.
12.01 BST: See below for insight into Cristiano Ronaldo's future but Juventus want to tie down teammate Moise Kean to a new deal worth £2.5m to fend off interest from PSG, who are evidently interested in the forward according to Le10sport.
11.27 BST: Roma's Cengiz Under has opened the floodgates to transfer speculation linking him with Manchester City in an interview with Goal.
The 21-year-old forward said: "The one player I really like watching and admire is David Silva. I used to watch his videos often and I like his playing style very much. I love him, so I hope we can play together some day!"
Sources told ESPN FC that Manchester United have joined Arsenal, Tottenham and Bayern Munich in the race for Under this summer, while Roma have set a valuation on their star man in excess of €50m. But the player likely wouldn't be very happy at City given the number of top class wingers they already have. Though, could he replace his idol one day? Silva is 33 after all...
10.49 BST: AC Milan forward Patrick Cutrone has raised transfer rumours by saying he wants to be playing more, but was not too controversial in his Sky Italia interview, saying that he respects coach Gennaro Gattuso's decisions. He certainly knows which side his bread is buttered on...
10.23 BST: Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure says he wants to keep playing. The 35-year-old is out of contract after leaving Olympiakos in December, having only played in Greece for three months. And now he's looking for a new club.
"No-one will make me stop football," he told Footmercato. "I just decided to take some time for myself. It's not time for retirement, and I think I can play for another two or three years."
When asked, 'Why not the USA or the Persian Gulf or Asia?' he replied: "I'm going to take the time to think about things and see what I decide for next season."
09.57 BST: Well this didn't take long. After Juventus' failure to beat Ajax in the Champions League, reports in the Italian media have come out that Cristiano Ronaldo will not see out his contract with the club.
Corriere della Sera wrote that while Juventus will continue with coach Massimiliano Allegri, they may not have Ronaldo next season as the forward is thinking about his future. The Portugal captain joined Juve from Real Madrid last summer for €100m and is tied to the Serie A giants until June 2022, but has been linked with a return to Manchester United and also with various MLS clubs.
09.42 BST: TyC Sport report that Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero met with Independiente vice-president Pablo Moyano in England this week.
Moyano was in the stands of the Etihad stadium as City exited the Champions League in the quarterfinals on away goals to Tottenham. And according to the Argentinian outlet, the meeting between Aguero and Moyano was brief and the issue of the player's future was not discussed although the two have agreed to set up another meeting in the future.
A youth product of Independiente, Aguero played three seasons there before signing for Atletico Madrid in 2006. Aguero's father, Leonel Del Castillo, was recently asked about the possibility of his son returning to Independiente and he answered: "Sergio can't say 'I want to return' if no one from the club calls you."
According to TyC Sport, Aguero's return to the Avellaneda-based club would depend on who the coach will be and what competitions the team will play in. He's also still contracted at City until 2021.
09.00 BST: It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realise that Manchester United need to rebuild their whole defence, but Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly has distanced himself from possible links to Old Trafford.
"You grow when there are trophies in your trophy cabinet. I hope to achieve that here in Naples," he said before Napoli's Europa League exit to Arsenal on Thursday evening. "This year would be great and we'll try to make it happen, otherwise it'll be for next season.
"I'm a Napoli player and I'll give 100 percent to win something with this shirt. The market is full of talk, I prefer facts, which help us win, and to become great together."
PAPER TALK (by Nick Judd)
Barca target Brazilian ace
Barcelona are considering moving for Everton's Brazilian ace Richarlison, reports Marca. Eric Abidal has stated that an attacking player remains a priority for Barca this summer, as they look to offer some assistance to Luis Suarez, and the Blaugrana have been following Richarlison as one of four reported targets.
Richarlison has scored 12 goals since his move from Watford last summer and his form has seen him called into the Brazil squad. Any move for him would see Barca have to fork out in excess of €50 million, though the two clubs do have a good relationship as a result of the Toffees taking Lucas Digne, Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes to Merseyside.
Richarlison would certainly cost Barca less than Manchester United's Marcus Rashford, who United are unwilling to sell. Other reports today have suggested Barca could try and tempt United with a swap deal, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stated he sees Rashford as part of United's future.
Rodriguez agent in talks as move looms
James Rodriguez's future looks set to become clearer in the next few days with his agent Jorge Mendes set to sit down with Bayern Munich officials, according to Calciomercato.
Rodriguez is coming to the end of his two-year loan spell at Bayern and rumours have been circulating that the Colombian star could leave parent club Real Madrid on a permanent basis.
And yet while Bayern could state their intent to keep Rodriguez in Germany, a move to Juventus or Napoli could be more likely. Rodriguez was voted Bayern's player of the month for March and has been enjoying arguably his best form since he moved to Germany in 2017. However, he was dropped for the key clash with Borussia Dortmund, and his father-in-law has been reported to have suggested Rodriguez would prefer Napoli.
- Cash-strapped Roma are bracing themselves for a mass exodus as Europe's top clubs continue to circle around their stars. Calciomercato are reporting that Inter are set to bid for 22-year-old Lorenzo Pellegrini, while there are three clubs battling it out for Greek centre-half Kostas Manolas. Manchester United, they say, are favourites to land the former Olympiakos man ahead of Atletico Madrid and Juventus.
- Is Rafa Benitez staying at Newcastle? That's the question on the lips of many Geordies, but they look set to get their answer with the news that the Spaniard is set to be awarded a transfer kitty of up to £100m over the next two years.