Europe Transfer News/Gossip

Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer stories from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond ahead of the opening of the summer window

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NORTH LONDON BATTLE FOR KOVACIC


Mateo Kovacic Real Madrid Real Sociedad LaLiga 29012016

Arsenal and Tottenham are both in the running to sign Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic, according to Diario Gol.

Neither club has yet made a bid for the Croatia international, who is also interesting Roma, AC Milan and former club Inter.


ARSENAL MAKE KJAER BID


Simon Kjaer - Liverpool

Arsenal have made a €12 million bid for Fenerbache defender Simon Kjaer, according to TurksVoetbal.

The Gunners are set to face competition from both AC Milan and Inter, though the Turkish club are unlikely to accept anything less than €15m.


FENERBAHCE CHASE VARDY


Jamie Vardy Leicester City

Fenerbahce are preparing themselves to make a move for Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, according to DHA.

The Turkish giants are looking for a replacement for Robin van Persie, and are also looking at Vardy’s team-mate Ahmed Musa.


NO MAN UTD BID FOR BELOTTI


Andrea Belotti Italy

Manchester United have not made an official offer for Andrea Belotti and are having doubts about the Torino striker’s €100 million (£88m) buy-out clause, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Belotti has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford, but United’s priority is to finalise a deal for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.


PELLEGRINI IN PALACE TALKS


Manuel Pellegrini Manchester City press conference UEFA Champions League 03052016

Crystal Palace have held talks with Manuel Pellegrini to succeed Sam Allardyce as manager, Sky Sports reveal.

Ex-England national team boss Allardyce left after keeping the Selhurst Park side in the Premier League and the club have now turned to the 63-year-old former Manchester City boss to guide them into the future.


CHELSEA DEMAND £10M FROM L’POOL


Dominic Solanke Italy England U20

Chelsea will request £10 million from Liverpool in compensation for Dominic Solanke, according to Evening Standard.

The 19-year-old striker is set to join Jurgen Klopp’s side, but the Merseyside club must pay Chelsea after raising him through their youth system. The Reds are offering £3m, which is below Chelsea’s initial valuation of £8m, but they have increased that even further after his vital role in England’s U20 World Cup win.


CITY & BARCA AFTER LEIPZIG KIDS


Ralph Hasenhuttl

RB Leipzig are trying to hold off interest from Manchester City and Barcelona two of their youth team stars, according to reports in Germany and Spain.

Central midfielder Erik Majetschak, 17, has attracted attention from Manchester City, while striker Niklas Kuhn is coveted by Barcelona.

Their futures at Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side are uncertain, and a deal for Majetschak could be arrranged as Leipzig are interested in taking on City’s young winger Jadon Sancho.


BELLERIN WANTS BARCELONA


Hector Bellerin Arsenal 2016

Hector Bellerin hopes Barcelona will continue to try to sign him from Arsenal after talks with president Josep Maria Bartomeu, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The Catalan side have been heavily linked with the right-back, but his long-term commitment and importance to the Gunners complicates a deal.

But the Spaniard is hoping for a return to the Catalan side and will discuss the idea with Arsene Wenger.


VERRATTI ON BARCA: NOW OR NEVER


Marco Verratti PSG Paris Saint-Germain

Marco Verratti has told those close to him that he will fight to join Barcelona from Paris Saint-Germain, Mundo Deportivo say.

The French side are determined to hold onto him, but Barca’s interest is strong and Verratti is said to have told friends while on holiday in the Balearic Islands that he cannot wait much longer to make the move.


DANILO TO STAY AT MADRID


Danilo, Real Madrid

Danilo will stay at Real Madrid next season after telling the club he is ready to fight for his place in Zinedine Zidane’s team, according to Marca.

The right-back has been linked with a move to Arsenal, as a potential replacement for Barcelona target Hector Bellerin, but now wants to stay at Santiago Bernabeu following a difficult past season.


HART CONSIDERS TORINO STAY


Joe Hart, Torino, Sassuolo, Serie A, 05282017

Joe Hart is considering staying at Torino, according to Tuttosport, as he has not been convinced by other options.

The goalkeeper bid farewell to the Serie A side after his season on loan from Manchester City and has been linked to West Ham, but a move is said to be unlikely.

Having spoken highly of Torino, Hart is open to continuing his adventure with the club while playing first-team football.


PALACE IN FOR MAN CITY STRIKER


HD Kelechi Iheanacho Manchester City

Crystal Palace will challenge West Ham to the signing of Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City, The Mirror reports.

Iheanacho has said he wants to stay at City, but is expected to find playing time unlikely next season. The Hammers have made the £20 million forward a top target, but Palace are plotting their move.


LYON WANT GIROUD-LACAZETTE SWAP


Olivier Giroud Arsenal

Lyon have begun talks with Arsenal over an exchange between Olivier Giroud and Alexandre Lacazette, Le10 Sport say.

Lacazette was set to join Atletico Madrid, but their transfer ban has ended the possibility, and Arsenal are hopeful of capitalising on it and snapping up their long-term target.

Giroud is being pursued by West Ham, but a move back to France may be more alluring as Lyon are hoping to add him to part of the deal.


ARSENAL KEEN ON SMALLING


Chris Smalling Man Utd 2017

Arsenal are among those keeping a close eye on Chris Smalling’s situation at Manchester United, reports The Sun.

With the Red Devils having put a deal in place for Victor Lindelof, they are expected to freshen up their defensive ranks – with West Ham also keen on England international Smalling.


JUVE JOIN MAHREZ CHASE


Riyad Mahrez Leicester City

Juventus are the latest club to express an interest in Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez, according to the Daily Mirror.

Arsenal have been heavily linked with the Algeria international, while Barcelona have been mentioned as possible suitors in the past.


BAYERN CLOSE IN ON TOLISSO


Corentin Tolisso Lyon

Bayern Munich are set to beat Chelsea to Lyon midfielder Corentin Tolisso, Bild reports.

The France international will travel to Germany on Wednesday for a medical ahead of his transfer and could be signed by the end of the day.

Bayern, meanwhile, will maintain their interest in Paris Saint-Germain’s Marco Verratti.


MAN UTD WANT MATIC, NOT FABINHO


Fabinho Monaco

Jose Mourinho is not looking to sign Monaco midfielder Fabinho and instead wants to bring Nemanja Matic to Manchester United from Chelsea, reports the Manchester Evening News.

Mourinho wants to sign a holding midfielder and has earmarked Matic, or Tottenham’s Eric Dier, for the role. A deal for Matic is likely to hinge on Chelsea’s willingness to sell to another Premier League club, although the champions’ pursuit of Fabinho’s Monaco team-mate Tiemoue Bakayoko could help to swing things in United’s favour.


CHELSEA WANT CABALLERO


Willy Caballero

Chelsea want to sign former Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero on a free transfer as back-up to Thibaut Courtois, Argentine journalist Cesar Luis Merlo has told TyC Sports.

Caballero has been linked with Newcastle after leaving City, but he is wanted by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte to replace Asmir Begovic, who joined Bournemouth.


LYON TARGET TRAORE


Bertrand Traore of Ajax

Chelsea winger Bertrand Traore is a target for Lyon to replace the Fenerbahce-bound Mathieu Valbuena, according to L’Equipe.

Traore spent last season on loan at Ajax and the 21-year-old has also been linked with a move to West Ham United.


BARCA FAVOURITES TO SIGN SEMEDO


Nelson Semedo Benfica

Barcelona remain in talks to sign Nelson Semedo, but are not willing to meet Benfica’s €50 million (£44m) asking price for the right-back, according to zerozero.pt.

Semedo has also been linked with Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Manchester United, but Barcelona are in pole position to agree a deal.


EVERTON AGREE £30M PICKFORD DEAL


Jordan Pickford Sunderland

Everton have agreed a £30 million deal with Sunderland to sign England Under 21 international goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, according to Sky Sports

Pickford has been linked with Arsenal and Manchester City following Sunderland’s relegation from the Premier League, but Everton are aiming to win the chase for his signature.


NEVES NEXT TO LEAVE PORTO


Ruben Neves

Ruben Neves could be the next player to leave Porto, with Chelsea and Liverpool keen to sign the midfielder, according to A Bola.

Following Andre Silva’s €38 million (£33.5m) move to AC Milan on Monday, Neves could also be sold by the Portuguese side, with the Premier League the expected destination for the 20-year-old.


LACAZETTE TO COST ARSENAL £60M


Alexandre Lacazette Lyon Ligue 1

Arsenal have held fresh talks with Lyon over a deal to sign France international striker Alexandre Lacazette this summer, according to the Daily Telegraph

Lacazette, who has also been linked with Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Manchester United, will cost an initial €55 million (£48.7m) along with €12m (£10.6m) in add-ons.


REAL TO LOAN MBAPPE TO MONACO


Kylian Mbappe Monaco

Real Madrid will look to complete a deal for Kylian Mbappe this summer and then allow him to spend next season on loan at current club Monaco, according to AS.

The teenage striker is the hottest property in world football and has a string of leading clubs on his trail, with Paris Saint-Germain reportedly ramping up their interest.

But Real remain confident of winning the chase for Mbappe, who dreams of playing at the Santiago Bernabeu. And, to smooth things over, Real will agree to Mbappe staying at Monaco on loan for another year to boost his World Cup prospects with France.


€350M RELEASE CLAUSE IN NEW ASENSIO DEAL


Marco Asensio Eibar Real Madrid LaLiga 04032017

Marco Asensio’s increasing importance to Real Madrid will be rewarded with a contract extension to keep him at the club until 2023, according to Marca.

The forward became an integral member of Zinedine Zidane’s squad last season and his new deal should be made official in the next few days, with his release clause rising to €350 million (£308.6m).


PL RIVALS CHASE FIORENTINA WINGER


Federico Bernardeschi Fiorentina Serie A 2016-17

Chelsea and Manchester United are ready to battle it out with two Italian clubs for Fiorentina winger Federico Bernardeschi, according to Tuttosport.

Inter Milan and Juventus are also interested in Bernardeschi, but Fiorentina would prefer to sell the Italy international abroad for a fee of at least £35 million.


CHELSEA KEEN ON RIEDEWALD


Jairo Riedewald, Ajax, Eredivisie, 20151220

Chelsea have made an enquiry about Jairo Riedewald regarding a potential £13 million bid for the Ajax defender, according to Daily Star.