Sportreff look at the transfer stories from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A in this opening of the summer window.
CHELSEA EYE LEWANDOWSKI MOVE
Chelsea will make a sensational move for Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski, according to a report from the Mirror.
The Poland international scored 30 league goals for the Bundesliga champions last season but is said to be frustrated with life at the Allianz Arena.
Lewandowski has recently hit out at his Roten team-mates for not doing enough to allow him to become the Bundesliga’s top scorer, an accolade Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang claimed with 31 goals last term.
Blues boss Antonio Conte is ready to take advantage of Lewandowski’s situation and sign him as the focal point to his attack in place of the departing Diego Costa.
MAN UTD WANT £90M LUKAKU
Manchester United have not given up in their effort to sign Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, but may have to pay up to £90 million, say the Mirror.
The Belgian was said to have had agreed a deal with Chelsea ahead of a move, though United, and Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, remain in the chase to secure his signature.
Lukaku scored 25 Premier League goals last season for Ronald Koeman’s Toffees but has revealed his desire to play in the Champions League next term.
ARSENAL TO OFFER RAMSEY NEW DEAL
Arsenal are ready to open contract talks with midfielder Aaron Ramsey, report the Telegraph.
Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all uncertain about their future at the Emirates, leading Arsene Wenger to attempt to tie his other key assets to the club.
The 26-year-old will be offered an improvement on the £100,000-a-week package he agreed in 2014, keeping him as one of the club’s top earners.
SALAH PICKS LIVERPOOL SHIRT NUMBER
New Liverpool signing Mohamed Salah is keen on becoming the Reds’ new number nine, according to a report from the Liverpool Echo.
The transfer bringing the Egypt international to Anfield is set to be announced this week in a deal worth a club-record fee in excess of £35 million.
And Salah, who wore number 11 at Roma, is ready to claim the number nine shirt left vacant by Christian Benteke following his move to Crystal Palace last year.
MOURINHO DECIDES AGAINST RONALDO
Jose Mourinho has dismissed rumours linking Cristiano Ronaldo with a return to Manchester United this summer and is instead focused on completing a deal for his Real Madrid team-mate Alvaro Morata.
The United boss is keen to reunite with the Spain international, according to the Express, having handed the 24-year-old his Real debut back in 2010 while in charge of Los Blancos.
United will have to fork out around £65 million for Morata, though the fee is significantly short of the £175m which they would have to pay for Ronaldo.
ARSENAL TURN TO BARCA MIDFIELDER
Arsenal are preparing a €30 million move for Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan, according to Marca.
The Catalan club are said to be willing to let the 30-year-old Turkey international leave Camp Nou this summer, with the player open to a switch to the Premier League if a fee can be agreed.
Arda, who still has three years remaining on his current deal at Barcelona, is also attracting the interest of Serie A outfit Inter.
INTER ASK INIESTA QUESTION
Inter Milan have asked about the situation of Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta, whose contract expires in the summer of 2018, according to Gazzetta.
The Italian club’s sporting director Piero Ausilio met his Barcelona counterpart Ariedo Braida for dinner on Monday evening and discussed Iniesta.
Ausilio also enquired about Barcelona full-back Aleix Vidal, although Inter’s prime midfield target is Borja Valero.
CHELSEA TURN TO MAHREZ
Chelsea are monitoring Riyad Mahrez’s situation as Antonio Conte looks to add attacking talent to his squad, according to the Evening Standard.
The Algeria international has asked to leave Leicester City and, though Arsenal and Monaco have been linked with his signature, Conte is hopeful he may be able to steal in and get his man.
MAN UTD WON’T BUDGE ON PERISIC
Manchester United will not increase their €30 million (£26.4m) for Inter Milan midfielder Ivan Perisic and are confident of concluding a deal, according to Calciomercato.com.
Inter are holding out for €50m (£44m) for the Croatian, but United have no plans to move from their original offer, with the Italian club needing to raise €30m by the end of June to meet Financial Fair Play regulations.
ZOUMA SET FOR LOAN MOVE
Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma is set to spend next season out on loan, with Lyon and Nice interested in the France international, according to the Evening Standard.
However, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte won’t let Zouma go until he has brought in a replacement, with Juventus’ Leonardo Bonucci and Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk prime targets.
TRAORE ON CHELSEA’S RADAR
Chelsea remain interested in Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore, according to Sport.
The Blues were linked with the former Barcelona man during the January transfer window and are still keen, with Boro willing to sell the 21-year-old.
ARSENAL WAITING ON ALEXIS
Arsenal must wait until Alexis Sanchez has finished playing at the Confederations Cup before getting a decision from the Chilean on his future, according to the Evening Standard.
Alexis has just a year left on his contract at the Emirates Stadium and is wanted by the likes of Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.
He is yet to indicate whether he will sign a new deal or push for a transfer, and no answer will be forthcoming until Chile’s involvement in the Confederations Cup in Russia is over, with the final taking place on July 2.
MATIC KEEN ON MAN UTD MOVE
Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic is interested in a reunion with his former manager Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, according to The Sun.
Matic is one of the options Mourinho is considering for the defensive midfield role at Old Trafford and the Serbian reportedly feels he is no longer wanted by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.
JUVE WANT DARMIAN TO REPLACE ALVES
Juventus are considering a move for Manchester United right-back Matteo Darmian as a replacement for Dani Alves, according to Gazzetta.
Alves has agreed a two-year contract to join Manchester City, after just one season at Juventus, and the Italian champions are looking at the likes of Darmian and Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin as possible new signings.
CHELSEA JOIN DANI ALVES CHASE
Manchester City could face competition from Chelsea in their bid to sign Juventus right-back Dani Alves, according to Sky in Italy.
Alves enjoyed an impressive first season at Juventus, but could be on the move with City boss Pep Guardiola keen to boost his full-back options. Chelsea are also now reportedly exploring a deal for the Brazilian.
CHELSEA AGREE LUKAKU DEAL
Chelsea have agreed a £150,000-a-week deal to bring Romelu Lukaku back to the club from Everton, according to the Daily Star.
With the Belgium international still the Blues’ top target, they will not be pursuing Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.
JUVE JOIN BELLERIN HUNT
Juventus are the latest side to show an interest in Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin, reports Tuttosport.
The Serie A champions are exploring the possibility of putting a double deal in place for the Spanish defender and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
MADRID PLOTTING KANTE BID
Real Madrid are considering a move for Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, according to Spanish publication Don Balon.
The Blancos were keen to do a deal last summer and are ready to make a fresh bid to land a man who has been compared to Zinedine Zidane’s former team-mate Claude Makelele.
BARCA MULL RECORD-BREAKING DEMBELE MOVE
Barcelona are interested in making a record-breaking move for Borussia Dortmund star Ousmane Dembele, according to Bild.
Sporting director Robert Fernandez reportedly is a fan of the 20-year-old attacker, whose contract with BVB runs until 2021. The move likely would become the largest sale in Bundesliga history, besting the €75 million Manchester City paid for Kevin De Bruyne in 2015.
JUVENTUS JOIN BATTLE FOR NEVES
Juventus have joined Liverpool and Chelsea in the race for Porto starlet Ruben Neves, the Mirror reports.
The Old Lady are interested in the 20-year-old, who has a €40 million buyout clause, after seeing Serie A rivals Inter and AC Milan spend big this summer.
MAN CITY NOT KEEN ON AUBAMEYANG
Manchester City are not preparing a £60 million bid for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to the BBC.
The Gabon international had been expected to leave Dortmund for PSG, but a move to Man City is not likely either, with Pep Guardiola preferring to bring in Alexis Sanchez during the summer transfer window.
OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN WANTED BY PL CLUBS
Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a target for Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City this summer, according to Sky Sports.
The England star is growing frustrated at the lack of progress in relation to a new deal at the Emirates, and is considering leaving north London in the coming weeks.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, whose current deal expires next year, has failed to hold down a consistent spot in Arsene Wenger’s side and ended the 2016-17 Premier League campaign operating in a wing-back role.
The trio of aforementioned top-tier clubs are said to be monitoring the 23-year-old’s situation ahead of potential bids.
PEPE URGES RONALDO TO JOIN PSG
Pepe has called on Cristiano Ronaldo to join him at Paris Saint-Germain as the forward looks to quit Real Madrid, according to the El Transistor programme.
Ronaldo is currently with Pepe at the Confederations Cup with the Portugal squad, and the defender has been discussing the future with his club and international team-mate.
It is widely expected that Pepe will sign for PSG and he has urged Ronaldo, who is reportedly interested in a return to Manchester United, to follow him to the Parc des Princes.
MAN UTD TO MAKE SEMEDO BID
Manchester United are set to make a renewed offer to sign Nelson Semedo from Benfica after already bringing in his former team-mate Victor Lindelof, according to O Jogo.
Benfica are demanding €40 million for Semedo, with the right-back also having been linked with Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.