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TOP STORY: Neymar won't join Hazard in Madrid
The player's father, as well as his other representatives, listened to what Madrid had to offer and then decided to say: "Thanks, but no thanks." Los Blancos' spectacular flameout in La Liga this season did little to convince Neymar that the Bernabeu was the place for him.
The report also states that Madrid president Florentino Perez has leaked suggestions that he didn't want Neymar for fear of the Paris Saint-Germain star's off-the-field controversies conflicting with the Spanish capital club's image. Should talks between Madrid and Neymar ever resume, rest assured the Brazil international's people won't forget it.
Luckily for Neymar, there is reportedly a "large section" of the Barcelona dressing room that would welcome the Brazil international back to the Camp Nou.
23.30 BST: That will do it for tonight's edition our Transfer Talk LIVE blog. We hope you enjoyed following along with all the transfer rumours and with Eden Hazard now off the board, remind you to check back shortly to see where the next big domino will fall. Goodnight!
23.12 BST: With Luka Jovic and Eden Hazard having arrived in recent days and Ferland Mendy right behind them, Real Madrid are going to have to sell some players.
With 35 first-team players at present, Zinedine Zidane will need to sell some players with a lot of speculation surrounding the futures of Gareth Bale and Isco at the Bernabeu. The Mirror writes that Real Madrid are open to and would prefer to sell Bale but are having trouble finding a suitor. Bales's enormous contract, £70 million transfer fee and injury history are reportedly scaring away Europe's biggest clubs.
Will Madrid be able to find a landing spot to unload Bale? Right now that seems unlikely.
22.18 BST: Arsenal could be willing to sell defender/midfielder Calum Chambers according to a report in football.london.
The 24-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Fulham, has a contract with the Gunners through 2022 but could be sold to raise transfer funds. Arsenal are expected to only have a £45 million budget this summer after failing to secure Champions League football, so Unai Emery and Co. will have to find creative ways to bolster their roster, particular in defence.
Arsenal are looking for £20 million for Chambers, who has been linked with the likes of Crystal Palace and Newcastle.
Getafe's Djene Dakonam and Saint-Etienne's William Saliba are two defensive targets that have been linked with a move to the North London club this summer, if Chambers and Shkodran Mustafi are sold.
We told you this one was imminent and now it is official with the Belgian star finally getting his desired wish of a transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu. On Wednesday ESPN FC confirmed that Chelsea had accepted an initial fee of £88.5 million from Madrid for Hazard and it is now understood, the deal for the 28-year-old dynamo could eventually be worth up to £130m.
Hazard leaves Chelsea after seven fantastic seasons in which he won two Premier League titles, two Europa League crowns, an FA Cup and a League Cup.
The 34-year-old centre-back spent last season on loan at Stoke City and was linked with Villa in April. The Wales captain has made over 200 combined Premier League appearances for Swansea and Everton and could be brought in as a veteran presence for the newly-promoted Birmingham side.
Villa are focused on signing loan star Tyrone Mings at centre-back but Williams be another name to watch.
20.24 BST: Bad news for Man United.
Portuguese outlet Record, via the Manchester Evening News, suggests that Tottenham have leapfrogged Man United into pole position for Sporting Lisbon attacker Bruno Fernandes. Man United have long been considered the favorites for the 24-year-old Portugal international but Spurs have reportedly gained some momentum in their pursuit of the 32-goal scorer.
With Christian Eriksen saying publicly he is ready for a new challenge, Spurs view Fernandes as an ideal replacement for the Dane. Your move United.
19.55 BST: -- DONE DEAL: Newly-promoted Norwich have agreed to a new four-year contract extension with winger Onel Hernandez.
The 26-year-old winger racked up eight goals and 10 assists in helping the Canaries win promotion to the Premier League and now is signed on at Carrow Road through 2023.
Hernandez is the latest to re-up with the Canaries, who have also inked extensions with goalkeeper Tim Krul and midfielder Marco Stiepermann.
19.16 BST: An update on Fulham standout Ryan Sessegnon.
Tottenham have been put on red alert after the 19-year-old reportedly told Fulham he will not be signing a new contract with the London-based club. The Guardian are reporting that Sessegnon has told Fulham he wants to leave this summer. Sessegnon is entering the final year of his contract with the Cottagers and Fulham reportedly want £45 million for the full-back, who is also capable of playing on the wing.
18.37 BST: Olivier Ntcham ro Marseille?
French newspaper La Provence writes that the French club and new manager Andre Villas-Boas are "gathering information" and considering bringing the Celtic central midfielder aboard. The Scottish club reportedly want at least £15 million for the 23-year-old, who arrived from Manchester City in 2017.
Herrera is expected to join PSG on a free transfer while the 33-year-old Valencia's next move remains a mystery. Man United also confirmed that they've offered Juan Mata a new contract which the Spaniard is still mulling over.
17.23 BST: Just months after Arsenal were quoted a price of £40 million for Boca Juniors winger Cristian Pavon, new reports indicate the talented youngster could be headed for the United States at a much cheaper price.
ESPN Argentina are reporting that the 23-year-old Argentina international could link up with his former coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto with the LA Galaxy. The report claims that Pavon is now being offered to the Galaxy for only £9.44m!
One catch for the Galaxy is that they already have three Designated players in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Jonathan dos Santos and Romain Alessandrini on the roster, meaning the club would need to cut one of the three (likely the injured Alessandrini) before they could sign Pavon.
The report claims Lazio want €100m, but Juve are hopeful they will be able to strike a deal somewhere in the region of €70-80m.
16.12 BST: Barcelona are monitoring Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata's contract situations but neither of the two Manchester United players are priorities for the Catalan club, sources have told ESPN FC.
Rashford, 21, has just one year to run on his deal at Old Trafford, although United have an option to extend his deal by an additional year.
A source at Barcelona has confirmed that the La Liga champions are following the striker as talks continue with the English side over a new contract.
15.36 BST: Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign winger Daniel James from Swansea.
The 21-year-old will move to Old Trafford for a fee of around £15 million, potentially rising to around £22m, to become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first signing of the summer.
"Manchester United is delighted to announce that it has agreed, in principle, terms with both Swansea City and Daniel James for his transfer to the club," a United statement read.
The duo were the linchpins of the Fiorentina side of the 1990s which often challenged for the Scudetto and qualified for the Champions League in 1999.
Batistuta recently told ESPN FC he was open to managing Middlesbrough, while Rui Costa is a director at Benfica.
14.37 BST: Napoli have completed the signing of right-back Giovanni Di Lorenzo from Empoli.
14.06 BST: Chelsea have lodged an appeal against the two-window transfer ban handed down and upheld by FIFA, the Court of Arbitration for Sport have confirmed.
As things stand, Chelsea cannot register any new players over the age of 16 this summer or in January 2020. If they succeed with their appeal, the club could have the punishment reduced or even overturned.
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FIFA gave Chelsea the punishment in February after the club were deemed to have breached transfer rules relating to the signing of 29 players under the age of 18, and the governing body's Appeals Committee upheld the sanction in May.
Mendy, 23, has been identified by Zinedine Zidane as the team's future left-back, with the Bernabeu outfit having sealed the deal ahead of other reported suitors including Juventus and Manchester United.
After a fee was agreed following complex negotiations with Lyon, Mendy underwent an initial medical examination by Madrid staff in Paris this week. Reports a hip problem was found which could endanger the move are wide of the mark, and the transfer will go through once his international commitments allow for the full medical to be completed.
12.59 BST: Joao Felix has said he will not make a decision regarding his future until after the UEFA Nations League final.
The young Benfica forward -- hailed as 'the new Cristiano Ronaldo' -- is preparing to play against Netherlands with Portugal on Sunday and has attracted the attention of top European clubs this season, including Manchester City and Manchester United, after scoring 15 goals and setting up nine more in 26 league appearances. It was his debut season with Benfica and helped the club win the Portuguese league title.
"Right now my focus is on the national team," Felix, 19, told Record. "Once the Nations League is over, I will resolve my future."
12.21 BST: Reports are emerging in Italy that Roma have agreed a deal with Shakhtar Donetsk which will allow Paulo Fonseca to become their new manager.
ESPN FC sources understand the deal was held up after the Ukrainian side had demanded a higher amount of compensation -- but it appears these issues haven now been resolved.
11.40 BST: Ante Rebic could follow Real Madrid-bound Luka Jovic out of the door at Eintracht Frankfurt. While 21-year-old Serbia international Jovic earlier this week moved to the Bernabeu, 25-year-old Croatia forward Rebic could return to Italy where Inter reportedly are keen on the 2018 World Cup finalist.
Bild claims the Serie A club have offered Rebic, who scored 10 goals for Frankfurt last season as they reached the Europa League semifinals, an annual net salary of €4m.
Also this week, sources told ESPN FC that Manchester United are interested in Sebastian Haller, the third Frankfurt star. It looks like Frankfurt sporting director Fredi Bobic will need to rebuild major parts of his squad.
11.15 BST: Atletico Madrid have offered €18m for Napoli right-back Elseid Hysaj, but the Serie A side are holding out for around €25m with Juventus also interested, a source has told ESPN FC.
Atletico are looking to replace departed veteran Juanfran Torres as they rebuild their defence completely this summer, and coach Diego Simeone and sporting director Andrea Berta have been tracking the Albania international over the last two seasons.
Hysaj, 25, has two years left on his current deal but is likely to move on this summer after four seasons at Napoli. Should his former Napoil and Empoli coach Maurizio Sarri join Chelsea from Juventus in the coming weeks then a move to Turin is an option.
Inter Milan and two English clubs have also made enquiries about the raiding right-back, who has 44 international caps for his country and played at Euro 2016, the source said.
10.45 BST: Matthijs de Ligt maintained the mystery around his future after helping Netherlands knock England out of the UEFA Nations League on Thursday. The Ajax defender, who is wanted by Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Manchester United, among others, scored the equaliser as the Dutch went on to beat Gareth Southgate's men 3-1 after extra-time.
Sources have told ESPN FC that PSG believe they are the frontrunners to land De Ligt, although the 19-year-old is still giving no clues away as the transfer saga rumbles on.
"I will take my time to reflect on what is the best option for my future," he told reporters after the win over England.
Bayern Munich have dropped out of the race for De Ligt while Manchester United have become increasingly pessimistic about their chances of landing him. Liverpool and Juventus have also been touted as contenders to land his signature, but PSG and Barca are the favourites.
10.20 BST: Thomas Vermaelen is set to finalise a move to Olympiakos in the coming days, according to a report in AS. The Belgian defender's contract with Barcelona expires at the end of June and the Catalan club have decided against offering him an extension.
Vermaelen's five-year stay at Camp Nou has been blighted by injuries, but the Greek side are prepared to take a risk on him because he's available for free. Barca coach Ernesto Valverde, who has twice managed Olympiakos, is said to have played a 'decisive' role in the negotiations.
The former Arsenal centre-back, who will turn 34 in November, has made 53 appearances for Barcelona, with the last coming against Celta Vigo in May.
09.45 BST: Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen has been a long-term target for Real Madrid -- and he even talked up the prospect of a move to the Bernabeu this week -- while yesterday it was reported that Inter Milan had entered the race to sign him.
The paper says the Germany international would cost Spurs in the region of £35m, meaning they would stand to make a big profit on Eriksen's sale and have a decent player in his place.
09.10 BST: Youri Tielemans has admitted he is highly likely to leave Monaco this summer after a successful loan spell with Leicester City. The Belgium international impressed in 13 Premier League appearances for the Foxes in the second half of last season.
Tielemans has since been linked with Manchester United and Tottenham, as well as a permanent switch to the King Power Stadium, and the 22-year-old acknowledged he is all but certain not to feature for Monaco again.
"There is very little chance I'll stay at Monaco," Tielemans, who has three years left on his contract in the principality, told media at his national squad's training base outside Brussels.
"A loan in January was the best solution at that time, but I want to be fixed regarding my future. A permanent transfer looks to be the best solution to me, and I hope to stay in Europe. There has already been contact with some very big clubs, I'm happy about that."
08.40 BST: Spanish forward Rodrigo Moreno, a reported target of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, says that he cannot guarantee that he will continue at Valencia next season.
The 28-year-old, who scored in his team's 2-1 win over Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final last month, is contracted to Los Che until June 2022. He has a €120m release clause.
"The club has some needs just as the [Valencia general director] Mateu Alemany and [coach] Marcelino said and it all depends on what happens," Rodrigo said as reported in Superdeporte. "Right now I cannot guarantee that I will continue [at Valencia] or not."
Rodrigo was linked with Barcelona last summer and the Catalan outfit has reportedly rekindled that interest.
"I'm happy and it motivates me that they are monitoring me," he said of Barca. "It's a sign that I'm doing things well and I'm growing year after year."
08.00 BST: He may have left Paris Saint-Germain at the age of 41, but Gianluigi Buffon is not done yet.
The veteran goalkeeper let the Parc des Princes after just one season, and is now a free agent. Calciomercato has linked the 2006 World Cup winner with a return to one of his former clubs in Italy, Juventus or Parma, while Sky Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio reports that Barcelona are interested in signing him up for next season. Either way, Buffon's agent insists his client is not calling it quits.
Silvano Martina to Calciomercato: "Gigi will not retire yet. He met with PSG and we decided that the best solution was go our separate ways. He told me that he now wants to rest for a few days for some peace of mind and to be able to look at the future with his family."
PAPER TALK (by Richard Edwards): Maddison to remain a king at the King Power
Could one of the most interesting stories of the summer be that a player actually wants to stay at his current club, rather than leave it?
Maddison was sensational in his first season at the Foxes, leading to speculation that Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham were looking to snap him up this summer. Those four had been rumoured to be willing to shell out £60 million for him, but Maddison has now told Leicester chiefs that he's more than happy to stay the club after they took a chance on him in the first place.
Maddison created more scoring chances than any other player in the Premier League last season -- a stat that sparked the scramble for his services this summer. Maddison reportedly earns £50,000 a week at the King Power and could be about to enjoy a healthy pay rise as Brendan Rodgers looks to keep him at the club.
And that, believe it or not, might be enough to keep Maddison exactly where he is.
- Youri Tielemans has said his future will be sorted "in the next few weeks" as a growing number of Premier League clubs express an interest in securing his services for next season, however expensive he might be. The Mirror reports comments from the 22-year-old Belgian, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United and Spurs in recent weeks, and although Tielemans has been coy on his future, he has revealed that "a lot of club have been interested." Hardly surprising.
- Inter, meanwhile, are keen on bringing in Nacho from Real Madrid. Marca reports that new coach Antonio Conte is eyeing the Spaniard in a bid to boost his defensive options next season.