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TOP STORY: PSG make de Ligt No. 1 target

Paris Saint-Germain have made Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt their No. 1 summer transfer target, according to Sport.

De Ligt, 19, has been linked with Barcelona and Manchester United, but PSG now look set to open negotiations following talks between senior PSG officials about the club's transfer strategy.

A €70 million fee is rumoured to be the minimum Ajax would accept for their top defensive asset -- but with so many of Europe's biggest sides in the race for the Netherlands international, that price is set to rise.

Defensive signings look set to be the bulk of PSG's transfer dealings following a disappointing showing in the Champions League and, with captain Thiago Silva nearing his 35th birthday, manager Thomas Tuchel is keen to recruit a long-term replacement.


23.30 BST: That will do it for tonight's edition of out Transfer Talk LIVE blog. We hope enjoyed following along with us and remind you to check back shortly for the latest transfer rumours, rumblings and completed deals. Goodnight!

23:15 BST: Real Madrid appear to be inching ever closer to their long anticipated acquisition of Chelsea star Eden Hazard.

Sportsmail reports that the two clubs are set for face-to-face talks with Real Madrid looking to get the transfer finalised before June 11. Real Madrid have reportedly already had three offers rejected for the Belgium winger, who has made no secret that his desire is to play next season at the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid's chiefs, led by Florentino Perez, will hope a face-to-face meeting will Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia will help finalise the £100 million transfer.

This one is going to happen folks and at this stage the only two questions remaining are: When will it be completed ? And how much will the transfer fee be? Stay tuned.

22.43 BST: Is Maurizio Sarri to Juventus a done deal?

Goal is claiming that an agreement between Sarri and Juventus has been reached and that the 60-year-old Italian is set to become the next manager of the Old Lady. Neither club has confirmed anything at this point and Chelsea will have to sign off on Sarri leaving considering his contract with the Blues runs through 2021.

Sarri led Chelsea to a third-place finish in the Premier League, a Carabao Cup final appearance and the Europa League title but is not a popular man at Stamford Bridge and the speculation has been that both parties would like a fresh start. We'll keep an eye on this one in the coming hours to see if either club confirms the deal.


22.00 BST: French midfielder Adrien Rabiot seems to be wanted by every club under the sun right -- except PSG of course -- but who has the inside track?

FourFourTwo speculates that Man United are in "pole position" for the talented but rebellious midfielder due to their edge in financial muscle. Rabiot, 24, is a wildly talented central midfielder but has not played since December after PSG banished him away from the team following a series of off-field transgressions.

Real Madrid, Arsenal and surprise bidder Real Betis have also shown interest in Rabiot of late.

Rabiot is a wildly talented central midfielder but has not played since December after PSG banished him away from the team following a series of transgressions.

21.16 BST: We mentioned yesterday that Brentford's Neal Maupay and Swansea's Oli McBurnie are targets for newly-promoted Sheffield United. Well add Middlesbrough's Britt Assombalonga to the list writes the Sheffield Star.

The paper writes that while Maupay and McBurnie are priorities, Assombalonga also appears on Chris Wilder's transfer shopping list, although the club value him much lower than the £15 million Boro are asking for.

Getting younger at forward appears to be a priority for the Blades in the transfer market, as the club's two leading goal scorers Billy Sharp (23 goals) and David McGoldrick (15 goals) aren't getting any younger at 33 and 31 respectively.

20.33 BST: Barcelona are reportedly in the market for a backup striker as cover for Luis Suarez and a surprising name has emerged as a potential target.

Spanish media giant Marca claims that Barcelona are one of the clubs considering a move for Cristhian Stuani, yes, the ex-Middlesbrough man! For those who have not been following, the 32-year-old Uruguayan has been lights out in Spain for Girona the past two seasons, amassing 40 league goals, including 19 this past season.

With Girona relegated, the assumption is Stuani will be on the move and the fact that Barcelona are reportedly interested, indicates how much of an impression the ex-Boro man has made in his return to La Liga.

19.52 BST: James Maddison to Arsenal?

The London club's Europa League loss to Chelsea likely ends Arsenal's pursuits of the gifted Leicester playmaker. With no Champions League football, Arsenal's transfer projected transfer budget will be cut in half from £90 million to £45m, meaning it is unlikely Arsenal will have the cash to splash on the 22-year-old.

Maddison was a revelation in his first Premier League season, tallying seven goals and seven assists and is reportedly valued at £60m. Arsenal's North London rivals Tottenham are another club to watch regarding Maddison, as the creative midfielder could be targeted if Christian Eriksen decides to depart this summer.

19.07 BST: Man City have reportedly made a decision regarding midfielder Ilkay Gundogan's future.

The Mirror writes that despite no new contract signed, Man City WILL NOT look to cash in on the German international this summer. Man City have been talking an extension with Gundogan for a year now and remain confident a deal will get done. If not, Pep Guardiola and the club's brass are prepared to lose the player on a free next summer.

Gundogan, 28, made 50 appearances over all competitions this season for City, scoring six goals and adding eight assists.

18.28 BST: Kalidou Koulibaly set for a reunion with a former manager?

Calcio Mercato claims that if Maurizio Sarri does indeed take the Juventus job, that he will look to bring his ex-Napoli charge Koulibaly with him to Turin. The Napoli centre-back, 27, is one of the most-wanted men in the transfer market, with Man United, PSG, Real Madrid and others all discussing making him the highest paid defender in the world.

Napoli would love to hold on to the Senegalese but if they were to sell, selling to a direct rival like Juve would seem highly unlikely. The Sarri-Koulibaly links are natural but we'd expect the defender to be playing somewhere other than Turin at the start of next season.

17.40 BST: Spain, Australia, the United States, Japan and... India? David Villa could be set to add a new stamp on his passport, as multiple Indian outlets are linking him with a move to the ISL.

Th 37-year-old striker is currently playing in the J-League with Vissel Kobe but has never been a player to turn down a new adventure. Indian outlet Khel Now understands that Manchester City's owners, the City Football Group, are looking to enter the Indian market and expand their global reach by buying a stake in ISL club Mumbai City FC.

Enter Villa. Man City tend to bring a global superstar in their satellite clubs when they announce their presence in a new market and the report indicates the ownership group is eyeing Villa for India and Mumbai.

Villa, who has amassed over 350 career club goals and won three La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys, the Champions League, the Euros and the World Cup, would not be the first global star to play in India. Alessandro del Piero, Robert Pires, Roberto Carlos and more recently, Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane have all done a spell in the Super League.

16.47 BST: Managerial news now -- Matt Wilson, of Midlands paper the Express and Star, reports that West Bromwich Albion could make a move for Chris Wilder, who has just guided Sheffield United into the Premier League, amid reports that he is concerned about behind the scenes problems at Bramall Lane.

15.59 BST: Teenage Valencia winger Ferran Torres has attracted plenty of attention with some dazzling performances -- and the Mail reports that Arsenal and Leicester are paying more attention to the 19-year-old than most.

15.18 BST: The Birmingham Mail reports that Aston Villa could bring in attacker Jota from city rivals Birmingham, with midfielder Gary Gardner, who has been on loan at Birmingham from Villa, moving the other way. Villa manager Dean Smith, reshaping his squad following promotion to the Premier League, worked with Jota at Brentford.

14.38 BST: Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane personally intervened to ensure Sergio Ramos decided to remain at the Bernabeu, sources have told ESPN FC.

Spain international Ramos, 33, had seriously considered leaving due to disagreements with president Florentino Perez, but Zidane played a major role to help reduce the tension between the pair and convinced Ramos to stay for at least one more season.

14.11 BST: It's the end of the playing road for Chelsea goalkeeper Rob Green, who has announced his retirement after being part of the Europa league-winning squad. Former England international Green, 39, began his career at Norwich and also played for West Ham, QPR, Leeds and Huddersfield before joining Chelsea.

13.04 BST: Arsenal could allow midfielder Mesut Ozil to leave in the summer, but only if a suitable buyer can be found, according to the London Evening Standard.

Ozil, substituted in the Europa League final defeat to Chelsea, is under contract until 2021 and has said he wants to stay, but the Standard says Emery could sanction the departure of the club's highest earner in order to generate more funds for a summer squad rebuild.

12.35 BST -- DONE DEAL: West Ham United have signed goalkeeper Roberto, 33, on a free transfer. He officially joins the London club on July 1, when his contract with Espanyol runs out.

12.10 BST: Jerome Boateng, advised by Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness to look for a new club, has said he "won't run away" from the Bundesliga champions.

The 30-year-old defender told kicker that he could imagine staying at Bayern despite dropping down the pecking order under coach Niko Kovac last season.

11.47 BST: To Paris once more, where reports say midfielder Lisandru Tramoni is set to join PSG from Ligue 2 Ajaccio.

11.23 BST: Gary Cahill, on his way out of Chelsea on a free transfer in the summer after seven years at Stamford Bridge, could return to his former club Aston Villa following their promotion to the Premier League, the Birmingham Mail reports.

10.52 BST: West Ham want to sign Chilean defender Guillermo Maripan from Alaves and would like to complete the deal for the Chile international before the Copa America begins, Marca reports.

10.19 BST: Borussia Dortmund CEO Michael Zorc has ruled out the possibility of midfielder Julian Weigl going anywhere this summer, telling WAZ: "No -- Julian has a long-term contract with us, and we have no intention of changing anything."

09.57 BST: As Arsenal head into the summer licking their wounds from the Europa League drubbing by Chelsea, reports in France suggest that coach Unai Emery will make his former PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot a key target, according to reports. Rabiot will leave PSG on a free transfer after rejecting a new contract.

09.29 BST: Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, asked about his future at a news conference, said he could return to former club Independiente once his contract expires in 2021.

"I try to focus on the two years that I have left and, obviously, I will see what I do next. Obviously el Rojo [Independiente] is always my priority," Aguero said.

09.14 BST: Elseid Hysaj has told Sky Italia he wants "a new adventure" and is set to leave Napoli this summer.

The Albania right-back has been linked with Chelsea, Inter, Barcelona, Manchester United and many more. So there will be a fair few teams interested now they know he's available.

08.47 BST: ICYMI -- Inter Milan have appointed former Juventus and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, they announced on Friday.

Conte replaces Luciano Spalletti, sacked earlier this week after two seasons with the club. The Nerazzurri finished fourth in Serie A on the final day of the season thanks to a 2-1 win over Empoli, qualifying for the Champions League.

Meanwhile, Manchester United have told Inter it will take £80m to sign Romelu Lukaku, sources have told ESPN FC, with the striker the top summer target for Conte now he is in charge.

08.30 BST: Cadena Ser reports that Antoine Griezmann reached an agreement with Barcelona in March to join this summer.

According to the Spanish radio station, the Atletico Madrid forward had been negotiating with Barca since last November. It claims there is documented proof that the agreement between the France international and Barcelona was signed in March, before Atletico's Champions League elimination at the hands of Juventus in the quarterfinals.

Griezmann announced at the end of the season that he would leave Atletico after five seasons, but did not reveal his next destination. His release clause will drop from €200m to €120m on July 1.

PAPER TALK (by James Capps)

Real pull of out Felix move in order to pursue Hazard

Marca claims Real Madrid have ditched an attempt to sign Benfica wonderkid Joao Felix in order to fully focus on a move for Chelsea forward Eden Hazard.

Madrid were prepared to pay about €80m for the highly coveted Felix, and also offered to loan the 19-year-old back to the Portuguese champions next season.

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But Benfica knocked back the bid, demanding that Zinedine Zidane's side pay the full €120 million asking price.

The impending arrival of Hazard means Real are well-stocked with attacking options, and it's believed that has also played a role in their decision.

News of Madrid's withdrawal from negotiations leaves many of Europe's elite clubs in the hunt for Felix. Manchester City, Juventus and Barcelona are all reported to have an interest in the player, set to make his senior Portugal debut in the UEFA Nations League finals.

Coutinho earmarked as Hazard replacement

Chelsea have identified Barcelona winger Philippe Coutinho as the man they want to replace Hazard -- provided they can avoid a transfer ban.

The prospect of a two-year transfer ban still hangs over the Londoners, who are prepared to take the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Any such appeal is likely to delay an official ban, paving the way for a move for Brazil international Coutinho regardless of whether manager Maurizio Sarri remains at the club.


- Marca reports that Chelsea's Marcos Alonso has agreed to a move to Atletico Madrid after being left out of Sarri's side for the Europa League final victory over Arsenal.

With left-backs Lucas Hernandez and Filipe Luis both set to leave Atletico, Alonso appears to be have been lured by the prospect of being a regular starter in La Liga.

- Monaco are interested in Tottenham Hotspur right-back Serge Aurier, according to Calciomercato.

The Ivory Coast international has been in and out of Mauricio Pochettino's side this season, and could be tempted by a return to Ligue 1 after winning back-to-back league titles with PSG.