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The summer transfer window is just around the corner but clubs up and down the country are already getting their business done early.

Manchester United have money to spend - and have already signed Victor Lindelof - but may be forced to shell out as much as £70m for both Alvaro Morata and Andrea Belotti as they chase a new No.9 while Chelsea's main man, Diego Costa, looks to be on his way after being told he is surplus to requirements by manager Antonio Conte.

Manchester City already have two players with Monaco's Bernardo Silva and Benfica goalkeeper Ederson in through the door, while Arsenal have snapped up Schalke's Sead Kolasinac on a free.

Liverpool are closing in on a deal for Mohamed Salah as they continue to negotiate with Roma over a fee but won't be adding Virgil van Dijk after being forced to apologise to Southampton for an illegal approach.

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Top of the morning to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to our live coverage of the summer transfer window.
It's been a busy few weeks already at the transfer coalface - and the window isn't even open yet.
But never fear The Independent will provide the strong and stable leadership you need throughout and guide you through every piece of news, tidbit of gossip and those all important done deals all day so stick with us here.
Without further ado, off we go.

Manchester United are hoping to have Alvaro Morata in the north-west for a medical this week after productive talks with Real Madrid this weekend. 

Jose Mourinho is determined to make his frontline better and younger, with veteran pair Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney expected to leave the club before next season. 

And Morata has become the Old Trafford club's top target sinceAntoine Griezmann decided to remain in Madrid with Atletico. 

Real Madrid had been insisting on a fee of £78m but, given that they want to press ahead with upgrading their own forward line with the pursuit of Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe, United hope to be able to tie up a deal for the Spain international for under £70m.

Talks between the two clubs progressed enough on Saturday and Sunday to suggest Morata could feasibly arrive in Manchester to tie up the final details before this week is out. 

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Liverpool are likely to sign Mohamed Salah sooner rather than later with Roma needing to sell him by the end of the month in order to comply with Fifa Financial Fair-Play regulations.

Salah is edging closer to a £35m move from the Serie A side back to the Premier League, following a failed spell at Chelsea, with Jurgen Klopp desperate to make him the first of seven new signings arriving on Merseyside this summer.

Roma are under financial strain from Fifa and, bound by FFP rules, they must balance their books by the end of June, according toCorriere dello Sport. The sale of Salah to the Reds would do just that, with the Italian club already having lined up a replacement for the 24-year-old in Swedish teenager Teddy Bergqvist from Malmo.

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Philippe Coutinho has described speculation linking him with a move to Barcelona as “complicated”.

The Liverpool playmaker, who is currently on international duty with Brazil, signed a new five-year contract without a buyout clause in January.

Reports suggesting he could leave Anfield have persisted, however, and when questioned about his future by reporters on Monday, Coutinho neglected to rule out a move to the Nou Camp.

g about this is complicated,” he said ahead of Brazil’s friendly against Australia on Tuesday. “I have a contract with my club and it is long.

“So my focus is on the present and the national team. My focus is here,” he added.

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Laurent Koscielny admitted that it is “good” to have been linked with a move to Marseille but stressed that he will be staying put atArsenal “for now”.

The Frenchman grew up supporting Marseille and after a season of disappointment at the Emirates, the 31-year-old has been touted as a potential transfer target for the Ligue 1 side.

But, speaking to French broadcaster Telefoot, Koscielny reiterated his commitment to Arsenal and pointed to the new contract he signed at the club last November.

“I have a contract with Arsenal, I even signed an extension last November [the club confirmed the deal in January] until 2020,” Koscielny said. “I feel very good over there.

“I have always said that I was a Marseille fan when I was younger. When a mythical club like Marseille contact you, it is good. But will I sign for them? I have no idea at all.”

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Let's take a look around today's back pages shall we.

Arsenal's Hector Bellerin, Chelsea ever-present Cesar Azpilicueta and Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho could be among the names in the frame as Ernesto Valverde begins his rebuild of Barcelona.

The Daily Mail reports Valverde would like to make Barca's style of play more unpredictable, with Azpilicueta's versatility seen as an advantage should he wish to use a back three. Coutinho, meanwhile, could be viewed as a long-term replacement for Andres Iniesta.

With Chelsea's Eden Hazard also a major La Liga target, having been linked with Barca's rivals Real Madrid, the Sun claims Antonio Conte will move for Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne as a replacement.

A fee of £45million is reported, with Hazard tipped to bring in double that amount. Insigne, 26, scored 20 goals for Napoli last season and has played under Conte in the Italy national team.

Former Blues skipper John Terry could continue his playing career with Championship side Aston Villa, the Mail reports, after he was pictured playing golf with Villa boss Steve Bruce last week.

Terry left Chelsea at the end of the season after winning his fifth Premier League title in 19 years in their first team.

Manchester City face frustration in their efforts to sign Alexis Sanchez, with the Daily Mirror reporting Arsenal are unwilling to sell to a Premier League rival. The Chilean is instead set to move to Bayern Munich, the paper claims.


Tottenham target Ryan Sessegnon has been tipped for the top by Fulham teammate Ragnar Sigurdsson who has claimed he is “100 per cent” a Premier League player.

17-year-old Sessegnon has emerged as one of the most exciting players in the Championship this season with his performances from left-back for Fulham attracting the attention of the Premier League’s top sides.

“One hundred per cent (he can play in the Premier League)," he said.

“He's a great talent, he just turned 17 and he played more than half of the games this season, he scored a lot of goals.

“He has a very bright future. I'm just surprised he didn't get any offers during the season. I think he was that good. There's no surprise there (in reported interest).”

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Everton are hopeful on signing Sandro Ramirez and Davy Klaassen to kick off a huge summer of remodelling for Ronald Koeman.

The Toffees believe they could finally win the rollercoaster ride for Sandro, having first thought they were in the box seat to sign him last month before Atletico Madrid entered the race.

La Masia graduate Sandro then appeared destined to sign for Atleti, only for Fifa's transfer ban to then throw a spanner in the works. The Madrid club were still keen to complete the deal but, with a renewed confidence that Diego Costa could return to the Spanish capital, have since cooled their interest.

And Everton have taken advantage, inviting the Malaga forward to fly to England and complete a bargain £5.1m move this week.

A deal for Ajax midfielder Davy Klaassen is a little further away but the Merseyside club have received promising noises that the Dutch giants will sell the 24-year-old playmaker. 

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Alvaro Morata’s agent has suggested that the Spaniard is on the verge of joining Manchester United, describing the club as “a very interesting option” while admitting that an “important proposal” is in place.

Speaking to Calciomercato, Juanma Lopez, Morata’s agent, suggested that a transfer is increasingly likely and welcomed links to United.

Lopez said of United’s interest: “They are a club of great charm, a very interesting option.”

Asked if Morata had already agreed a deal, he continued: “I can say there’s a very important proposal and the decision rests with Real. I cannot tell [if it will be done quickly], we’ll see.”

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Diego Costa has hinted at the strained relationship between himself and Antonio Conte after the Chelsea manager told him he was not wanted at Stamford Bridge next season.

The pair had a high-profile falling out in January when Costa was dropped by the Italian after a row with the fitness coach, leading to the striker linked with a big-money move to China or a return to Atletico Madrid.

Costa returned to fire Chelsea to the title but with his Blues exit all but confirmed, he has suggested that he does not see Conte as a good person.

“In life there are good and bad people,” said Costa after scoring in Spain’s 2-1 win over Macedonia.

“I'll stay with the good of everything. You have to ask him, not me. It's an opinion of the coach, if he has the option of putting another in.

“But there are things and ways of doing things and saying them. But well, thanks to God I do not lack teams.

“The most important thing is that my team-mates want me. We know what there is there, who is good and bad. I get on very well with everyone and that speaks for itself.”

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Aaron Ramsey has welcomed Arsene Wenger's new contract and says the entire Arsenal squad are happy that the Frenchman is staying at the club.

"It is hard when all that speculation is going on," Ramsey said of the intense debate surrounding Wenger's future over the last few months.

"As a player, you try to put it to the back of your mind but obviously you are not sure what is happening.

"We're glad now that it has finally been announced he's staying. We're all happy.

"Hopefully now we can start the season strongly and have a real good go, not just for ourselves but for him as well."

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Manchester United will have to meet Andrea Belotti’s €100m release clause in order to sign the Torino striker, according to the Italian club’s president.

As The Independent revealed on Friday, United are hopeful of signing Belotti and Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata as Jose Mourinhoattempts to completely revamp his forward line.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney are both expected to depart from Old Trafford this summer and leave two vacancies up front, paving the way for the arrivals of Belotti and Morata.

However, Torino president Urbano Cairo is not willing to let the former leave without a fight and, for the moment, insists that he is “keeping hold of him”.

“I care about Belotti and I'm keeping hold of him,” Cairo told Radio 24. “He has a contract with Torino until 2021. I would only sell him for €100m, but even then he can refuse.

“The most important thing is what he wants, regardless of the release clause, and I believe he wants to stay. We are trying to build the best possible team at Torino.”


Arsenal hopes of a world-record deal for Monaco teenager Kylian Mbappe have been dealt a major blow after he revealed he is “obsessed” with winning the Champions League.

Arsene Wenger was pictured in Monaco last week with chief executive Ivan Gazidis which sparked rumours of a bid in excess of £100m for Mbappe, with Real Madrid also interested.

The Gunners finished outside the top four for the first time in 20 years this season, meaning they will be missing from the Champions League and have to make do with the Europa League.

While that didn’t have an impact on Manchester United’s transfer activity last summer as they signed Paul Pogba for a world-record fee, as well as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly, it looks like it will impair Arsenal’s ability to lure Europe’s top talents to the Emirates.

Mbappe revealed previously that he would have to be guaranteed first-team football if he made a move away from Monaco this summer, but he has hinted that it must also be Champions League football – something Arsenal cannot offer.

“[The Champions League] is a dream, a competition that everyone wants to win and that only a minority can win - the most important are the titles,” Mbappe told Telefoot.

“That would be much more of an obsession for me than the Ballon d'Or, for example. I want to touch the stars and, when you dream, you do not dream of playing the middle of the table or maintaining it.”


Newcastle owner Mike Ashley could be ready to listen to genuine offers for the club amid interest from China.

Reports on Monday suggested there has been fresh interest in United, who won promotion back to the Premier League at the end of last season, from Asia.

The Magpies were not commenting on the matter, but there was no outright dismissal from sources on Tyneside either, which there has been in the past.

It is not the first time a potential buyer has expressed an interest in the club, bought by Ashley for £134.4million in April 2007.

However, no acceptable offer has ever been received and the Sports Direct tycoon has remained at the helm, much to the annoyance of his most vociferous critics.


Everton appear to be leading the chase for Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. The Liverpool Echo and Daily Telegraph both report the Toffees are close to agreeing a £30m fee for the 23-year-old.
Ronald Koeman is said to have had Pickford as his number one target for some time, but with only 31 Premier League appearances and no international caps under his belt, some will question whether the Dutchman is really getting value for money.
Cesc Fabregas' chances of first team football at Chelsea could be boosted by the departure of fellow midfieder Nemanja Matic who is reportedly wanted by former Blues manager Jose Mourinho. 
The Spaniard spent most of last season on the bench and was rumoured to have been told he was surplus to requirements but Antonio Conte is now said to have had a change of heart, according to the Daily Express.
The paper claims Fabregas is keen on seeing out the rest of his two-year contract and that it would now take a huge offer for him to leave - despite him previously angling for a move away ahead of next summer's World Cup.
Matic, on the other hand, could be set for a reunion with the man who brought him back to Stamford Bridge in 2014. Failing a move to Manchester United, the Serb is also said to be on the radar of Juventus.
Whether the imminent arrival of Tiemoue Bakayoko in west London - as reported by the Daily Mirror - changes things for Fabregas, who knows.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is said to be eyeing up a deal for Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne as a replacement for Eden Hazard.
Despite the Belgian's ankle injury - which is set to keep him out for up to three months - the Sun reckons Real Madrid are set to make a bid of more than £90m for the player in the coming weeks.
Insigne, who played under Conte for the Italian national team, would cost Chelsea half the amount they could claim for Hazard but would demand wages of around £200,000-a-week, the paper claims.
The 26-year-old forward scored 20 goals and provided 12 assists last season as Napoli finished third in Serie A and reached the Champions League round of 16.
John Terry has been urged to snub Aston Villa for Bournemouth.
That's if he decides to stay playing, of course. The former Chelsea and England skipper has repeatedly suggested he may still choose to retire.
The Portuguese press are reporting that Liverpool are in talks with the Porto midfielder Rúben Neves.
The newspaper A Bola claim that Liverpool have abandoned their attempts to sign RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita and will instead turn their attentions towards Neves.
The midfielder is just 20-years-old but has already broken into the Portugal first-team and has been a regular for his club since the tender age of 17.
The Portuguese paper also claim that Chelsea are interested in the youngster, but that Liverpool are currently in pole position for his signature.
Neves has a release clause in his contract set at €40m.
AC Milan mean business this season and will be big players in the transfer window this summer, writes Italian football expert James Horncastle

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