Transfer Talk Barcelona favour Thomas Lemar move over Christian Eriksen

Ale Moreno sifts through the potential transfers like Cristiano Ronaldo to the Premier League, Jorginho to Man City, Xherdan Shaqiri to Liverpool and more.

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TOP STORY: Barca plot Lemar swoop

Barcelona have joined the queue of clubs circling for Thomas Lemar as Monaco prepare to lose another star player.

Sport reports that the Blaugrana have already begun talks with the Ligue 1 club for the France international, who is seen as the preferred candidate to upgrade their midfield over Christian Eriksen.

It is thought Lemar will cost in the region of £60-80 million, while Tottenham could demand a higher fee for the Denmark midfielder.

Chelsea and Atletico Madrid have also recently expressed an interest in the 22-year-old, while Arsenal failed to land Lemar last summer.


22:20 BST: That’ll do it for tonight but we’ll be back in just a short time with a look at England’s morning papers.

22:00 BST: To Scotland now as goalkeeper Liam Kelly has left Rangers after 14 years with the club to move to Livingston, where he previously played enjoyed a loan spell.

21:45 BST: An odd move from MLS as the Colorado Rapids have terminated the contract of German attacker Stefan Aigner, who had clashed with coach Anthony Hudson and hadn’t played since a training-ground bust-up in April. 

21:00 BST: A potential European blockbuster could be brewing as Mediaset report that Jorge Mendes is attempting to get AC Milan and Monaco to swap Andre Silva and Radamel Falcao — but only on loans to start.

20:30 BST: Add Chelsea to the list of suitors for Sevilla’s French defender Clement Lenglet, to go with Man United and Barcelona, reports France Football.

19:50 BST – DONE DEAL: The hits keep coming on Friday as Huddersfield Town have locked up Terence Kongolo from Monaco on a four-year deal for a club-record fee.

19:30 BST – DONE DEAL: He’d been linked to Manchester United, but Benfica’s Anderson Talisca will instead take his talents to China with a six-month loan Guangzhou Evergrande

19:15 BST – DONE DEAL: Shakhtar Donetsk have completed a permanent deal to sign Manchester City forward Olarenwaju Kayode after spending the second half of last season on loan with the Ukrainian giants.

18:40 BST: Madrid newspaper ABC reports Real Madrid have set their price to let go of Gareth Bale — at €222 million, or roughly the same that rivals Barcelona got for selling Neymar to PSG.

18:25 BST – DONE DEAL: Norwich City have swooped to bring Argentine forward Emi — also known as Emiliano Buendia — over to England from Getafe, after scoring six goals on loan with Cultural Leonesa.

18:10 BST – DONE DEAL: Juventus have completed the signing of Italian goalkeeper Mattia Perin from Serie A rivals Genoa for an initial fee of €12 million.

17:50 BST: The Premier League lists of released and retained players are out. Check out the biggest names available on a free transfer, though some like Marouane Fellaini still have offers on the table.

17.35 BST: He’s still determined to leave, but Cristiano Ronaldo knows his options to leave Real Madrid are limited — even more so because he will only consider France, England and Italy, a source close to the superstar has told ESPN FC’s Dermot Corrigan. 

17.15 BST: Liverpool have confirmed that Emre Can and Jon Flanagan will leave on free transfers when their contracts expire this month.

16.55 BST: A rather anti-climactic deal. After various links to Manchester United, Liverpool and Wolves, Anderson Talisca has joined Guangzhou Evergrande.

16.40 BST: O Jogo report that Sporting goalkeeper Rui Patricio could move to Wolves on a free transfer after he asked for his contract to be rescinded.

16.00 BST: The agent of Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson has told Foot Mercato that Tottenham are “really” interested in his client, while Arsenal are also looking at him.

15.40 BST: “Infinity War is the greatest crossover in history”

AS Roma:

15.25 BST: Football.London understand that Inter have lowered the asking price for Joao Mario to £25 million, and West Ham could come in with an offer following Manuel Lanzini’s ACL injury.

15.20 BST: Manchester City want to offer Napoli Oleksandr Zinchenko as a make-weight in a deal to sign Jorginho, but the Italian side want €60 million upfront, Corriere dello Sport say.

15.10 BST: At the other end of Seven Sisters Road, Arsenal are looking at Sampdoria and Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.

14.40 BST: Tottenham have confirmed that Harry Kane has signed a new contract until 2024.

14.25 BST: The Nabil Fekir saga rolls on, with the Liverpool Echo saying an announcement is imminent following the completion of a medical.

14.00 BST: Former Crystal Palace defender Damien Delaney has rejoined Irish side Cork City, his first senior club, on an 18-month contract.

13.45 BST: Championship side Leeds are competing with Bologna to sign Venezia midfielder Leo Stulac, according to reports.

13.30 BST: Tottenham’s star striker Harry Kane is close to agreeing a new deal that would make him one of the best-paid English players in the Premier League following successful talks, the London Evening Standard reports.

13.15 BST: Sporting Lisbon goalkeeper Rui Patricio will join Wolves on a free transfer, the Birmingham Mail, citing reports in Portugal, says.

13.00 BST: Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain has said he would like to play in the Premier League — and that, says the Mirror, “has added to the speculation that he could swap Turin for Chelsea.”

12.30 BST — DONE DEAL: News from Italy for you, where Atalanta midfielder Bryan Cristante has joined Roma for a fee reported to be around £25 million.

12.15 BST: AFC Wimbledon forward Lyle Taylor, out of contract in the summer, is interesting several Championship clubs, with reports linking him to Sunderland, Wigan and Ipswich. Taylor scored 18 goals last season as the Dons ensured survival in League One.

12.00 BST: Real Madrid have agreed a £50 million deal with Santos for 17-year-old forward Rodrygo, the Mirror reports, saying they will “pay £40m up front with another £10m in add-ons.”

11.35 BST — DONE DEAL: Crystal Palace have been looking for another keeper for a while, it seems — and now they have one. Vicente Guaita has signed a three-year deal and will officially become a Palace player on July 1, when his contract at Getafe expires.

11.15 BST: And another deal from the same division, where Portsmouth have signed Burton Albion’s Tom Naylor, who can play in either defence or midfield, on a three-year deal.

11.00 BST: To League One, where Plymouth have signed central defender Niall Canavan from Rochdale on a free transfer.

10.45 BST: The BBC reports that Swansea have turned down offers for defender Alfie Mawson and goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski from West Ham.

10.40 BST: Sunderland, preparing for life in League One, are interested in Blackpool defender Clark Robertson, who would be available on a free transfer, the Chronicle reports.

10.30 BST: Lyon are not happy — not at all happy — about reports that Nabil Fekir is on the verge of a move to Liverpool, releasing a statement that says: “The information on the transfer of Nabil Fekir is false. Olympique Lyonnais categorically denies the false information disseminated by many media about the transfer of Nabil Fekir to the Liverpool club.”

10.15 BST: A bit of reaction to Jonny Evans‘ arrival at Leicester, with the man himself telling the Foxes’ official website: “It’s great to join and I’m happy it’s all gone through.

“When this opportunity came up, it’s one that I couldn’t turn down. It’s an ambitious club, the owners are ambitious and everyone wants to push the club forward. I hope that I can give lots to the team and the club.”

10.00 BST — DONE DEAL: Leicester City have completed the signing of West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans, who moves across the Midlands for an undisclosed fee:

09.50 BST: Barcelona want to bring Thiago Alcantara back from Bayern Munich and are ready to offer the Bundesliga champions €50 million and defender Lucas Digne in order to do so, Sport reports.

09.45 BST: West Ham could break their transfer record to bring Lazio midfielder Felipe Anderson to the club, says Football London, which reports that Manuel Pellegrini wil have to pay around £30 million for him.

09.30 BST: Napoli are set to rival Juventus for Manchester United’s Matteo Darmian, RAI transfer pundit Ciro Venerato has said.

09.15 BST: Goalkeeper Mattia Perin has arrived in Turin for a medical ahead of his proposed move from Genoa to Juventus, with a fee in the region of €12 million reported to have been agreed.

08.51 BST: A DONE DEAL to sweep up from yesterday, as Villarreal completed the signing of Cameroon international Karl Toko Ekambi from Angers.

08.33 BST: Manchester United have contacted Clement Lenglet‘s representatives with a view to signing the Sevilla defender, claims.

08.16 BST: A reminder of two big deals from yesterday, which saw Juventus confirm the permanent signing of Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa for a fee of €40 million. Borussia Dortmund also sealed a deal for Denmark international Thomas Delaney from Werder Bremen.

08.00 BST: Another day of transfer wheeling and dealing lies ahead. Will Liverpool get any closer to completing a deal for Lyon’s Nabil Fekir? An ESPN FC source has revealed the Reds are confident of closing in on the transfer.

PAPER ROUND: Spurs target Grealish

Tottenham want Jack Grealish and have made the Aston Villa star one of their key targets this summer.

The Telegraph reports Villa have mounting financial problems after failing to secure promotion back to the Premier League, but despite that Spurs will not sign the English talent on the cheap.

Daniel Levy believes he can strike a deal for just £15m, but the report says Villa want at least £40m for their talented midfielder.

Mauricio Pochettino will look to develop the 22-year-old in a similar way to Dele Alli, while Manchester United, Newcastle and Leicester will rival Spurs.

Roma inching toward Kluivert deal

Ajax are ready to sell Justin Kluivert for €20m plus add-ons to Roma, according to multiple reports in Italy.

The reports suggest the deal is nearly done pending a medical, with the son of ex-Barcelona player Patrick Kluivert ready to sign a five-year contract with Roma that will pay him €1.4m per season.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal had all been chasing the 19-year-old, who had also expressed interest in a possible move to Barcelona, but now it seems he’ll ditch the Eredivisie for Serie A this summer.


– Mark Hughes is looking to sign Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer, reports the Mirror. The Spaniard has struggled to prove himself at the Camp Nou since joining from Valencia in 2016 for €30m, scoring just 10 times in La Liga in that span.

But Saints could offer the 24-year-old a way out, with goals a persistent issue in their struggle to avoid relegation last term.

– Manchester United face competition from China in pursuit of Brazilian star Anderson Talisca.

O Jogo reports that the Red Devils have made a €40m offer for the former Besiktas winger, but Turkish Football adds Fiorentina and two unnamed Chinese clubs as pursuing the Bahia academy graduate.

The report adds that Talisca has even been seen in Florence, suggesting La Viola are at the front of the queue.

– Arsenal are in the hunt for RB Leipzig star Lukas Klostermann as head of recruitment Sven Mislintat continues to scour German football for top talent.

Bild reports the Gunners will pursue the 22-year-old, who plays at right-back, like new recruit Stephan Lichtsteiner, though he is also able to play as a centre-back.