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LIVE Transfer Talk: Chelsea face massive competition in move for Leicester's Ben Chilwell

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Burley: Chilwell would bring balance to Chelsea (1:24)

Craig Burley and Julien Laurens assess how Ben Chilwell would fit at Chelsea if he joins the club this summer. (1:24)

The coronavirus pandemic has made the summer transfer window uncertain, but here are the rumours floating around Europe's big leagues and beyond.

TOP STORY: Chelsea face seven-club scramble for Chilwell

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard apparently has a battle on his hands to land the signing of Leicester City full-back Ben Chilwell, with up to seven other clubs clamouring for his signature, reports The Mirror.

Chelsea, who appear to have already landed the first major signing of the summer by beating Liverpool to striker Timo Werner from RB Leipzig, are keen to strengthen further ahead of the 2020-21 season. Chilwell has been at the top of their transfer list, with Lampard keen to provide more options in the left-back area.

Chilwell was looking as though he might prove too expensive, but his apparent willingness to move away from the King Power Stadium, coupled with Chelsea's determination in the transfer market, could see the Blues reportedly bid £70 million for the left-back.

However, at least four Premier League clubs are also interested, as well as several other clubs across the continent.

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22.15 BST: Speaking on Sky Sports Italia, Napoli sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli said an extension for Dries Mertens is being hammered out while assuring that Fabian Ruiz will remain with the club for the time being.

Fabian is a main target for both Barcelona and Real Madrid, but Guintoli stressed that the Spanish player has three years left on his deal.

Arkadiusz Milik is another player Giuntoli pointed to as wanting to get a new deal done, although the Poland striker been on the radar of both the Milan sides.

21.45 BST: Former Atletico Madrid defender Juanfran could be making his way back to the club -- as an assistant coach. Juanfran departed the Spanish capital in 2019 after a successful, trophy-laden tenure that saw him win the league and two Europa Cup crowns.

The Spain stalward joined Brazilian side Sao Paulo but Marca reports that he would be keen to returning and joining the bench of Diego Simeone.

21.30 BST:The Dutch Eredivisie was one of the few European leagues to cancel its season amid the coronavirus pandemic, which could see clubs sell top players to recoup financial losses. One club is Ajax, which may offload Donny van de Beek to Real Madrid. The ESPN FC crew looks at what Van De Beek could offer the Spanish club:

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Van de Beek transfer 'could be a huge boost' to Ajax's finances

Gab Marcotti explains why Ajax could part with Donny van de Beek due to the Dutch season being cancelled.

20.15 BST: Andrea Belotti has been one of the few bright spots in Torino's dismal season, which is why he could depart for more promising pastures. Napoli, Fiorentina and AC Milan are interested in signing in the Italy forward, according to La Repubblica. The pricetag that the Turin side has placed on Belotti is €50m, with Fiorentina offering €40m. The interest in Belotti reaches beyond Serie A with Everton and Atletico Madrid also in the mix, but a reported €100m fee for clubs outside Italy will probably keep them at bay.

19.30 BST:Internazionale and Argentina striker Lautaro Martinez has long been rumoured with a switch to Barcelona. But are Real Madrid and Manchester United also in consideration? The ESPN FC crew break it down.

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How Inter benefit from more clubs pursuing Lautaro

Gab Marcotti reacts to rumours of Man United and Real Madrid joining the sweepstakes for Lautaro Martinez.

18.30 BST: AC Milan have had Ismael Bennacer on their squad for just this season but the Algeria star may be on the move again with clubs like Real Madrid, Manchester City, and Paris Saint-Germain all waiting in the wings. Bennacer won Best Player honors in Algeria's 2019 Africa Cup of Nations title run, prompting the move to San Siro. But now, the ex-Arsenal man -- according to Foot Mercato -- could be on the verge of another high-profile transfer.

Ciyt manager Pep Guardiola is said to be a huge fan of Bennacer, but the price won't come cheap for any suitor. Milan rebuffed a PSG offer of around €30m, pointing to the €50m release clause in Bennacer's contract, which runs until 2024.

17.51 BST: Sporting CP youngster Jovane Cabral is on the radar to a move to Ligue 1 with Stade Rennes and Nice among those sides interested. The 21-year-old Cabral, according to A Bola, would make the jump to France if any club is willing to meet Sporting's €15m demand. The Cape Verde winger has received interested from Championship sides and one unidentified Premier League club, according to the report.

16.46 BST: AS Roma are hoping to keep Chris Smalling at the club after a successful season on loan from Manchester United. Corriere dello Sport reports that the Roman club want the 31-year-old centre-back to return on loan for 2021-22, but with a compulsory purchase option of €12-15m.

16.01 BST: Pedro will be out of contract at Chelsea at the end of the season, and he is expected to return home to Spain. The 33-year-old is being linked with a move to Villarreal by Dario Sport -- though AS Roma are also hoping to lure him to Serie A.

15.23 BST: Edinson Cavani will become a free agent at the end of the month when his Paris Saint-Germain contract expires, and teammate Ander Herrera expects the player to move to La Liga.

"I know Cavani wants to play in Spain," Herrera told Diario AS. "He loves the league and the country, he asks me about it a lot. However, since we left Paris I've not spoken to him about his situation."

The striker has been heavily linked with Atletico Madrid.

14.40 BST: The Sun on Sunday reports that Manchester United could send Daniel James out on loan next season -- after tying him down to a new contract. James, 22, could find a pathway into the first team blocked next season if the Red Devils splash out on Jack Grealish and/or Jadon Sancho. But United still see the Wales international as a long-term prospect.

13.56 BST: Cagliari president Tommaso Giulini says it's highly unlikely his club will be able to retain Radja Nainggolan beyond this current season. Nainggolan re-joined Cagliari on a season-long loan from Internazionale last summer. Cagliari would like to hold onto the Belgium midfielder, who has scored five goals and set up five more in 21 league appearances for the Sardinian outfit.

Asked if it was impossible for Cagliari to hold onto Nainggolan for another season, Giulini said: "It's very difficult. He is a player that many clubs like. He could be a part of Inter's squad next season as it's the club that owns his rights. We are waiting but I'm clearly not optimistic about it."

Nainggolan, 32, spent four years at Cagliari from 2010. He joined Inter from Roma in the summer of 2018 and is tied to the Inter for a further two seasons.

13.13 BST: Paris Saint-Germain are not giving up hope on signing Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic, according to reports. Barcelona are leading the race to sign Pjanic, who is also a reported target of Chelsea. According to Tuttosport, the Bosnia and Herzegovina international only wants to leave Juve this summer for Barcelona. Barca want to sign Pjanic but have yet to find a deal that satisfies Juventus. Juve reportedly requested an exchange deal involving Barca midfielder Arthur Melo and Pjanic but the Brazilian does not want to leave the Catalan outfit. Pjanic, 30, has made 20 league appearances for Juve this season and is tied to the Bianconeri until June 2023.

12.30 BST: Is Jadon Sancho worth his reported £100m price tag? Frank Leboeuf questions if Borussia Dortmund's Sancho is mature enough for clubs to break the bank.

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Is Jadon Sancho worth his reported £100M price tag?

Frank Leboeuf questions if Dortmund's Jadon Sancho is mature enough for clubs to break the bank.

1.42 BST: Belgium winger Dries Mertens has agreed to remain at Napoli until at least June 2022, according to reports. Sky Italia claims that Mertens, who becomes a free agent this summer, has decided to remain at Napoli despite interest from Internazionale. Mertens, 33, has agreed to a two-year contract extension, with an option to extend it for a further season. He will earn €4m net per season The former PSV Eindhoven star is in his seventh year at Napoli and has scored six goals and set up five more in 21 league appearances this season.

11.00 BST: Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos would like to end his playing career at the renovated Bernabeu stadium, says his brother and agent, Rene Ramos. The famous old ground is being improved, with works expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2022-23 campaign.

Rene told Onda Cero radio: "We will stretch the chewing gum [time] until we can. The truth is that for him it would be his ideal retirement."

Ramos, 34, is in his 15th campaign at Madrid. He is tied to Los Blancos for another 12 months. The veteran defender would like to extend his contract for a further two seasons to continue playing until 37 while Madrid's reported policy is to offer one-year contract extensions to players that are 32 and older.

10.16 BST: Could Liverpool be about to make a move for Wolverhampton Wanderers star Adama Traore? The Daily Mirror reckons the champions-elect have many an enquiry for a player boss Jurgen Klopp once described as "unplayable."

09.30 BST: RB Leipzig managing director Oliver Mintzlaff has told Sky in Germany that reports of Timo Werner leaving for Chelsea are premature.

"We haven't had an exchange yet," Mintzlaff said. "Accordingly, we have nothing to report. Timo Werner is a player for RB Leipzig. He signalled a few weeks ago that he was busy with a transfer. Until now nothing is done."

PAPER ROUND

Grealish the top target for Solskjaer

Aston Villa star Jack Grealish is now Manchester United's top transfer target this summer ahead of Jadon Sancho, according to the Daily Mirror.

They're suggesting that the 24-year-old playmaker is the player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes can push United back toward the top of the table.

Grealish has been courted by United all year, and it's reported that the club have been doing their due diligence ahead of a £80m move.

United have also been heavily linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho, but the German club appear unwilling to lower their £100m asking price, which could prove too steep for United amidst this era of financial uncertainty.

Four-way scrap for Fiorentina's Chiesa

The Daily Mail reports Manchester United and Chelsea lead a host of clubs chasing Fiorentina midfielder Federico Chiesa, and they've all been boosted by the news that club owner Rocco Commisso has said he can leave for the right price.

The 22-year-old midfielder has been linked with a move away from Italy this summer, and as well as United and Chelsea, Italian rivals Juventus and Inter Milan are also keen to land the Italy international.

Chiesa appears happy to stay to work on developing his game in Florence, but with four or more clubs circling and Fiorentina boasting a ready-made replacement in Gaetano Castrovilli, Chiesa could be on his way if any of the clubs meet Commisso's valuation.

That fee was believed to be around £60m before the coronavirus struck, so it could be as little as £45m now. He has scored six goals and added seven assists in 26 games this season.

Tap-ins

- Donny van de Beek's future is again in the transfer pages with The Times reporting that the Netherlands international will again be the subject of a summer move from Manchester United. It's not the first time Van de Beek has been linked with United and now the Premier League club look set to make a move to beat Real Madrid to the Ajax midfielder.

- Adrien Rabiot this summer, with Everton apparently leading the race to sign the player Ancelotti coached at Paris Saint-Germain. Rabiot has had an underwhelming first season at Juventus, where he has failed to register a single goal or assist in 25 attempts. The 25-year-old is wanted by a strong of clubs, with Juventus tempted to sell him, and the story says that Ancelotti's relationship with the midfielder could give the Toffees an advantage.