The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow live with our daily blog throughout the summer.
TOP STORY: Man City eye £100m deal for Eden Hazard
Manchester City plan to capitalise on the uncertainty at Chelsea by launching a sensational £100m raid for Eden Hazard, claims the Daily Star. Hazard has been offered a new £300,000-a-week contract to stay at Stamford Bridge, but he’s indicated he will wait to see who the Blues bring in during the summer before committing his future.
Antonio Conte is reportedly set to depart as manager in the next 48 hours, with the Daily Express suggesting that former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique will replace the Italian. But with Conte’s departure not yet confirmed, let alone the identity of his successor, City hope to muscle in and tempt Hazard to Manchester.
Pep Guardiola is a huge fan of the Belgian’s talents, and will ask City to pursue a £100m transfer for a player who proved his talent once again with a man-of-the-match display in the FA Cup final.
23.02 BST: That’s going to do it for Monday’s live edition of Transfer Talk. Thanks very much for joining us, and be sure to check back in a few short hours when we return with the latest rumours pulled from Tuesday’s back pages.
22.28 BST: Manchester United right-back Matteo Darmian will be Juventus’ first defensive signing of the summer, Calciomercato cites Corriere dello Sport as reporting, in a deal worth €13 million.
22.01 BST: Legendary former Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon‘s proposed move to Paris Saint-Germain has moved closer after his agent and lawyer arrived in the French capital on Monday, a source close to the Ligue 1 giants has told ESPN FC.
21.34 BST: Former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has agreed to take over at West Ham, according to the Mirror, and will receive £7 million a season for his troubles.
21.07 BST: Twenty-one-year-old midfielder Tanguy NDombele impressed on loan at Lyon last season, so much so that OL made it a permanent deal for £7 million. But the France U21 international has drawn interest from PSG and Tottenham, talkSPORT cites L’Equipe as reporting, and Lyon could be tempted to turn a tidy profit on a player they only just signed.
20.40 BST: Manchester United are prepared to pull out of a deal for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred, the Metro writes. The report states that United believe that PSG are making a late move for the Brazil international and that Les Parisiens‘ contingent of Brazilians may have turned the 25-year-old’s head, and that Jose Mourinho will not wait around for Fred to choose between the two clubs.
20.13 BST: Arsenal are close to announcing Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger’s successor as manager, with sources telling ESPN FC that the former Paris Saint-Germain coach could be unveiled as early as Wednesday by the Premier League club.
19.46 BST: Manchester United are prepared to make Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld their most expensive defensive signing of all time, according to the Manchester Evening News, and are attempting to negotiate a £55 million deal for the 29-year-old.
19.19 BST: Arsenal have confirmed the exit of Santi Cazorla after the 33-year-old midfielder’s contract had expired.
#GraciasSanti for the 180 appearances, the 29 goals, the 46 assists, the cup final free-kick, the masterclass at Man City, the Panenka, the crazy footwork, the laughs, the corners with either foot, the goals in the north London derby and for always making us smile ❤️@19SCazorla pic.twitter.com/uIyi2JMetH
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 21, 2018
18.52 BST: The Leicester Mercury writes that Manchester City had expected to quickly reach an agreement with Leicester for Riyad Mahrez, but that the deal has been held up by agent fees.
18.25 BST: Spanish publication Marca reports that Arsenal have opted against naming Mikel Arteta as Arsene Wenger’s successor, and the report cites unnamed English outlets as stating that the Gunners have turned their attention to former PSG manager Unai Emery to take the hot seat at the Emirates.
17.58 BST: Manchester United have held preliminary talks with representatives for Chelsea winger Willian, according to the Manchester Evening News. And fueling speculation that the 29-year-old could reunite with Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford this summer is footage of the Brazilian sharing a warm embrace with United assistant Silvino Louro ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final.
17.31 BST: Daley Blind has said he will consider leaving Manchester United this summer. Full story.
17.04 BST: As gossip of Neymar pushing for a move to Real Madrid gathers pace, the Mail has gone in a different direction. The daily suggests that the Brazilian’s move to the Bernabeu will be too complicated to complete just a year after PSG paid a world-record €222 million for him, and Los Blancos will instead wait until 2019 to bring him back to Spain and turn their attentions to finally signing Eden Hazard from Chelsea.
16.37 BST: Liverpool are looking to make three to four additions this summer, the Independent reports. Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski, Newcastle midfielder Jamaal Lascelles and Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland all are reportedly targets, and Jurgen Klopp is also said to be interested in adding another attacker.
16.10 BST: Jean-Michael Seri is a man in demand with Manchester United and Arsenal said to be admirers. Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere has this to say on the midfielder’s future: “A very good player who has brought a lot to the club and can legitimately have that desire to go and play abroad.”
15.54 BST: Emmanuel Emenike, top scorer at the African Nations Cup as Nigeria won it in 2013, is looking to get his career back on track after injury scuppered his chances of impressing on loan as Las Palmas in Spain. “It has been a disappointing and heartbreaking five months. I arrived with the hope to fight for the shirt,” he wrote on Instagram.
“I thank you. Their positivity was the comfort of a disastrous time. I Thank you for being my Spanish family.”
15.50 BST: Now, we know Juventus’ goalkeeping situation is in a state of flux and despite Wojciech Szczesny looking set to take over from Gianluigi Buffon, Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin is also on their radar. “Knowing that I’m one of their objectives makes me very happy,” he told Corriere di Torino.
“Not everyone is liked by Juventus. That alone is a source of pride for me. I’m very happy.”
15.40 BST: He’s undoubtedly got bigger things on his mind ahead of the Champions League final but Jurgen Klopp has been speaking on Emre Can‘s future: “I really have no idea, but that’s not important to me at the moment. The door is open. It’s really nice to have him back in the group. He is really desperate to be part of the game.”
15.02 BST: He had an emotional farewell at the weekend after saying goodbye to Juventus — step this way for our photo blog of the day — and now it appears Gianluigi Buffon‘s next move is close. The Italy icon is said to be heading to Paris Saint-Germain .
14.35 BST: Could this be the end of the Marouane Fellaini era at Old Trafford? He will not sign a contract extension at Manchester United, according to AC Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli. The big Belgian could be heading to the San Siro.
14.15 BST: Of course, Manchester United are bound to be busy in the market this summer. But with Jose Mourinho in charge, how are things going to change? His style is beginning to grate ahead of what could be a defining season for him.
14.13 BST: Oof, the Guardian are on a bit of a roll. Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City, anyone?
14.11 BST: We’ve got a bit about Manchester United’s spending plans this summer further down the page and The Guardian have identified one of the key men in Jose Mourinho’s overhaul: Toby Alderweireld. But will Daniel Levy demand Virgil van Dijk money for the centre-back?
14.00 BST: New West Brom boss Darren Moore has said he faces a busy summer as the club gear up for life back in the Championship.
The Birmingham Mail reports Moore as saying he wants to hang on to his best players, and he added: “They’re all contracted here — the first thing is to speak to our players as individuals. That will be one of the key things that I’m looking to achieve this week, is have discussions with them.”
13.45 BST: Manchester United’s hopes of signing Sergej Milinkovic-Savic could have been boosted by Lazio’s failure to reach the Champions League after their dramatic late defeat to Inter Milan, according to the Manchester Evening News.
13.15 BST: More from PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who has said that even €1bn would not be enough to persuade the French champions to sell Kylian Mbappe in the summer.
Mbappe, 19, has been linked with Manchester City but Al-Khelaifi told Canal+: “Even if you gave me a billion, I wouldn’t sell him.”
13.00 BST: West Bromwich Albion’s James McClean “has not given up hope of securing a move to his boyhood heroes Celtic,” according to The Scotsman. It reports that the Republic of Ireland international sees a switch to Celtic Park as “the dream.”
12.45 BST: Santi Cazorla is set to return to his former side Villarreal for preseason training when his contract with Arsenal ends next month, a source close to the Liga club has told ESPN FC.
12.15 BST – DONE DEAL: Another League One deal for you — Scunthorpe United have signed Southampton striker Olufela Olomola on a free transfer, with the 20-year-old signing a three-year deal.
— Scunthorpe United FC (@SUFCOfficial) May 21, 2018
11.30 BST – DONE DEAL: Defender Michael Nottingham has left non-league Salford City, part-owned by five of Manchester United’s class of 92, to join League One Blackpool on a two-year deal.
Good luck Notts! 👏
“Here’s to you Michael Nottingham, Salford loves you more than you will know” ❤️ https://t.co/NLyKZUB3fC
— Salford City FC (@SalfordCityFC) May 21, 2018
11.30 BST: Jack Wilshere to PSG? Not so fast, says the London Evening Standard, which reports that the midfielder “is expected to sign a new three-year deal with Arsenal worth in the region of £100,000-a-week.”
It says Wilshere, who was linked with Juventus and “received and considered” an offer from them, is likely to seal an agreement in the coming days.
11.10 BST: Andreas Pereira has bid farewell to Valencia following the end of his loan deal from Manchester United.
Pereira joined Valencia on a season-long loan in search of playing time and made 23 league appearances, 12 as a starter, to help them finish fourth in La Liga and qualify for the Champions League.
11.00 BST: Promoted Wolves could make a move for Porto goalkeeper Jose Sa, according to the Birmingham Mail.
Sa broke into the Porto first team when Iker Casillas was dropped — but Casillas returned, fuelling speculation that Sa could move elsewhere.
10.35 BST: Another week brings with it more Neymar. Is he staying at PSG? Is he joining Real Madrid? Could he return to Barcelona? Might Blackpool be an option?
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has told L’Equipe that the player’s father has reassured him it’s the first of those, saying: “He is staying for sure. I’ve said it 10,000 times, he is staying. His father told me his future is in Paris. Neymar is tired of these rumours. It is the Spanish press saying he will leave. If you believe it, that’s bad for you — I’m not going to answer the same question each time. He has a contract for four years.”
10.25 BST: Sky Sports reports that Manchester United “are interested in signing Willian from Chelsea this summer,” as speculation linking him with a reunion with former Blues boss Jose Mourinho rears its head once again.
Sky says Willian “wants to leave Stamford Bridge if Antonio Conte remains as head coach” but there has been no formal offer from United.
10.15 BST: Former Liverpool forward Suso has said he would like to play for the club again one day and confirmed that he has a release clause, reported to be €40 million, in his contract with AC Milan.
Suso, who joined Milan from Liverpool in January 2015, made 21 first-team appearances for Liverpool, scoring once, but has gone on to become a mainstay at the San Siro.
10.00 BST: And in France, PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola has told Le Parisien he has set his sights on remaining at the Parc des Princes, saying: “I have shown this season I am of the level to be PSG’s No. 1. One thing is sure, if I am given the chance to stay with PSG, I will not hesitate.”
09.45 BST: Valencia forward Simone Zaza has said he wants to stay at the club amid reports that he could be sold over the summer.
Zaza, who scored his 12th league goal of the season in the campaign’s final game on Sunday, told Marca: “There’s talk about my future, but I’m happy here. I get on with everyone and I want to stay.”
09.22 BST: Yaya Toure could offer Premier League clubs an option, even at 35 years old. And West Ham are reportedly front of the queue, according to the Sun. Manuel Pellegrini’s arrival as coach would certainly help to grease the wheels on this one.
08.44 BST: Don’t worry, Jack Wilshere, England may not want you this summer but PSG do. L’Equipe believes he could be a perfect partner for Marco Veratti (in the treatment room, perhaps.)
08.29 BST: According to L’Equipe, Liverpool are set to open talks with Lyon over attacker Nabil Fekir.
08.15 BST: Barcelona star Lionel Messi has welcomed the idea of Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann — “one of the best players at the moment” — joining him at the Camp Nou. AS reports that Messi was personally involved in persuading him to move.
08.00 BST: Well, either Willian goes or Antonio Conte goes. They won’t be able to carry on working together after this…
PAPER ROUND (By Matt Stanger)
Man United plot £250m overhaul …
Manchester United won’t be afraid to splash the cash this summer following a frustrating trophyless season, reports the Daily Mirror.
The Red Devils lost to Chelsea in Saturday’s FA Cup final, finished 19 points behind Manchester City in the Premier League and, perhaps most embarrassing of all, were unceremoniously booted out of the Champions League by Sevilla.
That sorry run has seen the pressure on Jose Mourinho crank up a notch, despite the manager signing a new two-year deal in January.
Mourinho retains the board’s backing for now, but the Mirror says he will be expected to deliver the title next season — or at least ensure a close battle at the top of the table.
To do that, Mourinho wants five new players in the transfer window to replace Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian, Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial and Marouane Fellaini, who sources tell ESPN FC has been offered a three-year contract by AC Milan.
Toby Alderweireld and Alex Sandro feature high on the manager’s shortlist, while Gareth Bale is another possible target along with midfield trio Fred, Jorginho and Jean Michael Seri.
… with Anderson Talisca in first?
With that £250m burning a hole in his pocket, it looks like Mourinho will make Benfica’s Anderson Talisca his first signing of the summer.
According to The Sun, United have lodged a £35m bid for the attacking midfielder, who has spent the past two seasons on loan at Besiktas.
Talisca helped the Turkish giants win the Super Lig last year, claiming an impressive return of 27 goals in 55 league appearances during his spell at the club.
The Brazilian now appears United-bound, however, with Besiktas boss Senol Gunes confirming the player is on his way to the Premier League. Liverpool and Wolves have also been linked with the 24-year-old, but rumours of a switch to Old Trafford continue to grow.
Liverpool track Lucas Torreira
Liverpool are set to duke it out with RB Leipzig to sign Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira, claims Tuttomercatoweb.
The Reds have already sealed a move for Leipzig’s Naby Keita, and are keen to deal another blow to the Bundesliga side by beating them to Torreira’s signature.
The 22-year-old is highly rated in Italy after coming through the ranks at Pescara, where he was compared to another Delfini youth product, Marco Verratti.
There’s no indication of how much Liverpool would have to pay for Torreira, but his price tag could soar if he impresses for Uruguay at the World Cup.
– Roma have sneaked ahead of Spurs in the race to sign Justin Kluivert, reports 101greatgoals. The 19-year-old bagged 10 goals and five assists for Ajax this season, and has previously been linked with a move to Manchester United.
– Juventus remain on the trail of Hector Bellerin but are refusing to meet Arsenal’s £50m valuation, says the Daily Express. The Gunners are apparently willing to listen to offers for the full-back, but the final say on his future belongs to Arsene Wenger’s successor.
– Liverpool have missed out on Polish midfielder Piotr Zielinski, according to The Sun. The Reds had been eyeing the 24-year-old as a potential replacement for Emre Can, but he is now close to signing a new contract with Napoli.
Matthew Stanger covers European football for ESPN and is the editor of The Set Pieces. Twitter: @MatthewStanger