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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 agreed a deal for Victor Lindelof - but may be forced to shell out as much as £70m for both Alvaro Morata, while Andrea Belotti looks like he will stay at Torinio.

Chelsea's main man, Diego Costa, looks like he will 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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Good morning and welcome to The Independent's transfer live blog, where we will keep you up to date with all the latest news, rumours and gossip from the Premier League and around the rest of Europe.
 
Yesterday saw Everton agree a £30m fee for Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, while The Independent brought you news that Manchester United are confident they will sign Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan before the end of June due to their Fifa FFP problems, but Andrea Belotti is a dead deal with Torino demanding his £84m buy-out clause.
 
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Arsenal are working on moves for a trio of French stars, according to the Telegraph, with Kylian Mbappe and Thomas Lemar targeted. Both played in France's 3-2 win over England at the Stade de France last night. 
 
Arsene Wenger was pictured with chief executive Ivan Gazidis in Monaco last week and it is understood he was negotiating deal for both players while there.
 
Alexandre Lacazette is another long-term target which Wenger is hoping to get over the line this summer.
 
 
West Ham United are being linked with a swoop on both Manchester United and Arsenal.
 
The Telegraph are claiming that Slaven Bilic wants to add out-of-favour Manchester United defender Chris Smalling to his squad, while the London Evening Standard understand the Hammers are also in for Olivier Giroud. 

Pickford to become one of the world's most expensive goalkeepers

 

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Chief football writer Miguel Delaney has ranked all the Premier League clubs based on their transfer activity so far. Read the first in a series of this feature below:
 

Arsenal transfer news

The Gunners suffered a blow when Kylian Mbappe seemingly ruled out a move to the Emirates this summer by revealing it was his "obsession" to win the Champions League.
 
He was one of a trio of French stars Arsene Wenger was chasing this summer along with Alexandre Lacazette and Thomas Lemar.
 
But now Lacazette looks even more unlikely than Mbappe after comments by Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas.
 
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Kylian Mbappe has admitted he is sorting through transfer offers with his departure from Monaco looking more imminent with each passing day.

The 18-year-old is one of the most sought after players in Europe after a breakthrough season for the Ligue 1 champions in which he scored 26 goals in all competitions.

Some of the Premier League's biggest clubs - including ArsenalLiverpool and Manchester United - have all been linked with the young striker but it is La Liga giants Real Madrid who seem likeliest at this stage.

And Mbappe has revealed that the Spanish side have coveted his services for some time.

"Real Madrid? They have been trying to sign me since I was 14," Mbappe said after France's 3-2 victory over England on Tuesday night.

The young striker also told Canal+ that he will not make a decision on his future without consulting his family. 

"We're going to go away with the family and we'll think about what's going to happen," he said.

"We have to sort it out, see what happens with the club too, because I'm under contract with a club, I'm not free. We'll see what's happening."

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Lindelof latest
 
Manchester United look set to confirm the signing of Victor Lindelof today after announced a terms had been agreed on between the player, United and Benfica on Saturday evening. 
 
The deal was waiting to be completed while Lindelof was away on international duty with Sweden but now he is no longer with the squad he is expected to arrive in Manchester to do his medical and sign on the dotted line before heading off on holiday.
 
 

Pickford 'does not seem a great fee'

 
England legend Peter Shilton has backed Everton's £30m move for Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
 
Pickford will become the third most expensive goalkeeper of all time after Gianluigi Buffon and new Manchester City signing Ederson.
 
And Shilton thinks he's worth it.
 
He said: "For someone like Jordan, who is young and has great potential, it does not seem a great fee.

"In the big scheme of things it is not a lot of money, considering how important the goalkeeping position is. 
 
"It is second to a striker who scores 20 goals a season. You cannot have a really good side without a good goalkeeper."
 
 

Lindelof at Carrington

 

Salah will 'definitely' sign for Liverpool

 
That's the view of his fellow Egyptian Mido who thinks it is a matter of 'when' and not 'if' he joins the Reds.
 
However, Mido is concerned that the Premier League may be too high of a tempo for the former Chelsea man.
 
He said: “Salah will definitely move to Liverpool. It’s just a matter of time.
 
“Liverpool’s style of play suits Salah perfectly and Klopp’s style suits him.
 
“I’m not concerned about the competition Salah will face in Liverpool, but I just fear he might not be able to cope with the higher tempo of playing in the Premier League.”
 

Bad news for Son

 
Tottenham could be without Son Hueng-min for the start of next season after the Korean suffered a suspected broken arm while on international duty.
 
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'Liverpool, Tottenham, blah, blah' suffer transfer blow

 
Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic is confident of keeping teenager Ryan Sessegnon next season, the 17-year-old left-back being chased by the likes of Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool.

The Serbian manager said that his optimism stemmed from Sessegnon’s awareness that at Fulham he could assured of playing “32-33” games next season and that if the youngster went to “Liverpool, Tottenham, blah blah… they would go on loan”.
 
 

Cairney worth more than £20m

 
Slavisa Jokanovic has confirmed Fulham turned down a £20million bid from Newcastle for midfielder Tom Cairney.

“He [Rafa Benitez] asked for him and they offered £20m, but we didn’t let him go,” he said. “He’s not for Newcastle, there is no business there. He fits in at Fulham.”
 

Real Madrid release Ronaldo statement

 
In response to the £13m tax fraud allegations levelled against Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid have released the following statement:
 
"Real Madrid CF shows their full confidence in our player Cristiano Ronaldo, who we understand has acted in accordance with the legality regarding compliance with their tax obligations. 
 
"Cristiano Ronaldo has always shown since his arrival at Real Madrid CF, in July 2009, a clear will to fulfill all his tax obligations. 
 
"Real Madrid CF is absolutely convinced that our player Cristiano Ronaldo will prove his total innocence in this process. 
 
"Real Madrid CF hopes that the Justice will act as quickly as possible so that its innocence can be demonstrated as soon as possible."
 

Alexis Sanchez news

Manchester City have made their move for Alexis Sanchez, according to reports from Italy. 
 
They have contacted Arsenal in order to tell them that they will be bidding around £52m for the Chilean and they are willing to match any bid Bayern Munich - who are also keen on Sanchez - make.
 

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