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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 for £35m - 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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Hello and welcome to The Independent's live transfer blog for Thursday 15th June.

Manchester United transfer news


​Looks like the roundabout is beginning to move after that Victor Lindelof signing!
Chris Smalling is set to leave Manchester United this summer after the £31m signing of Victor Lindelof from Benfica.
Although Jose Mourinho has not yet explicitly told Smalling whether he is part of his plans for the 2017-18 season, he is expecting to be able to leave.
Everton, Newcastle United and West Ham United are at the front of the queue to sign the 27-year-old.

Chelsea's interest in Insigne

The agent of Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne has poured cold water on his client’s move to Chelsea by saying they will need to bid a lot more than the £45m bid they are reported to have made.
Chelsea are rumoured to have made a joint bid for both Insigne and his Napoli teammate Kalidou Koulibaly.
Insigne’s agent Della Monica said: “I would start by saying the offer reported in The Sun would be low and he has always been in the sights of many clubs.
“The priority for Lorenzo, though, is to be wearing the Napoli shirt and to be rewarded in an important way by his team. Now he has both and he is happy as well.”

Koulibaly to Chelsea?

The agent of Chelsea’s other big summer target Kalidou Koulibaly has also been speaking on a potential move to Stamford Bridge.
Antonio Conte tried to sign him before settling on David Luiz last summer.
His agent said: “Koulibaly? The transfer market is long as it will be open until August 31, something might happen before then.
“Chelsea? They are a world class team that many players would like to join but I don’t want to talk about this now.”

Mbappe latest

PSG boss Unai Emery (somewhat unsurprisingly) has urged in-demand Monaco star
Kylian Mbappe to turn down Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid and return to his hometown in Paris.
Monaco are looking for more than £100m for him this summer but are hopeful they can hang onto the 18-year-old for at least another season.
PSG are one of the favourites as they attempt a complete overhaul of their squad this summer following a disappointing season.
“When we speak of Mbappe here in Spain, we talk about Real or Barca. But I’m at PSG and I say: ‘What could be more beautiful than representing a French team?
“With all respect to Monaco, he should come to Paris, he has family here. His parents live here, he went to an academy here.
“We spoke of feeling, passion, desire – and what could be more beautiful than representing your city and being important?
“Obviously, I am biased, but that’s the feeling I had when I debuted for Real Sociedad.
“I don’t know if Real like him, or if Barcelona do or Tottenham or Arsenal do. But if he has to leave Monaco, I say: ‘What is better for him, for France, for PSG, that there be a union between the player and his city.' I say it as I feel it.”

Lemar to Tottenham?

Hugo Lloris has backed France's next generation of stars to make it big in the Premier League but refused to say whether he has encouraged Monaco's Thomas Lemar to join Tottenham.

The Spurs 'keeper was away on international duty this week but would not reveal whether he used his position as club and country captain to influence the young midfielder.

"You are right to ask the question, but I cannot reply," he told reporters after France's 3-2 victory over England

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'Pogba had something to prove'

Hugo Lloris also took time to praise France teammate Paul Pogba for his performance in a 3-2 win over England.
Pogba received mixed reviews after his first season back at Old Trafford following a world record transfer, but Lloris has backed the midfielder to come back even stronger next year.
"Maybe he had some things to prove, because he belongs to one of the best clubs in the world and he plays in the Premier League, and he has to show his level," Lloris said.

"Against England, he was fantastic and as a midfielder he helped the team a lot to manage the ball.

"I have no doubt that he will get better and better."

United in for the 'Turkish Dybala'?

The vice-president of Super Lig club Basaksehir has confirmed a number of clubs are interested in signing their young forward Cengiz Under.
But Mustafa Seral says the club are hesitant to let their rising star go so soon.
"Our response has been the same," Seral said. "It is an honour to receive so much interest but we feel it is in his best interests to spend one more season here and then leave.
“We will see what happens.”
The 19-year-old - referred to by some as the 'Turkish Dybala' for his likeness to the Juventus playmaker - is rumoured to be a target of Manchester United and Tottenham.

'Leeds set to appoint Christiansen as manager'


The Championship club have been without a manager since the departure of Garry Monk last month and had been linked with a number of names from across Europe.
The speculation now looks set to end in the next 24 hours with the man who took Cypriot club APOEL to the Europa League last 16 this season.

'Come home to Paris, Kylian!'

Kylian Mbappe has been urged to reject offers from Real Madrid, Arsenal and Liverpool in order to make a “beautiful” return home to Paris.

The 18-year-old grew up in Paris before moving to Monaco for footballing reasons but has been urged to return to the French capital by Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery.

“When we speak of Mbappe here in Spain, we talk about Real or Barca. But I’m at PSG and I say: ‘What could be more beautiful than representing a French team?’” said the PSG boss.

When 'Arry met Terry

New Birmingham City boss Harry Redknapp has offered a contract to free agent John Terry.
The 36-year-old former England captain left Chelsea last month after over two decades in west London and Redknapp is hoping to give him a new home - albeit at a level down in the Championship.
"We've made him a good offer and we have done the best we can," Redknapp told TalkSport.
"It's up to John now, but we would love him at Birmingham."

Chelsea and Liverpool chase Ruben Neves

The Premier League champions are said to be one of a number of clubs keeping tabs on Porto youngster Ruben Neves.
Both Chelsea and Liverpool have been linked with the midfielder over the past couple of years but it now appears to be reaching a climax.
The two clubs are in a 'tug of war' over the 20-year-old according to the Daily Star...

Will Jamie Vardy be having a party in Istanbul next season?

He could well be according to The Sun, who credit Turkish news agency DHA with the story that Fenerbahce are in for the England international.
The Super Lig side are looking to add to their firepower up front and are hoping to lure Vardy, along with Leicester teammate Ahmed Musa, away from the Premier League.
Fener, who have the likes of Robin van Persie, Martin Skrtel and Gregory van der Wiel at their disposal, hope the promise of European football next season will persuade them to leave.

'City poach La Masia starlet'

Manchester City are on the verge of signing Eric Garcia, seen as one of the best prospects at Barcelona's famed La Masia academy.
The young centre-back's representatives have told the Catalan giants their client will not be signing a new deal at the club, according to Sport.
Garcia, 16, will instead be offered a three-year deal for Pep Guardiola's City who are banned from signing academy players from other English clubs but free to poach international ones.
Barca, who have looked after the player since he was in the under-7s, are reportedly furious with the news.
Garcia was part of the Spain squad that won the European U-17 Championship last month, beating England in the final.

Real Madrid name their price for Morata

Real Madrid are insisting on a fee of €90m - just over £78m - fromManchester United for Alvaro Morata as the transfer of the striker is set to rumble on into another week.

Although the vast majority of the details of a “hugely attractive package” have been agreed between the Premier League club and the player, and they had even hoped to get the deal done as early as Tuesday of this week, there is not yet a final agreement with Madrid.


Granit Xhaka hopes Arsenal teammate Alexis Sanchez will stay at the Emirates this summer but fears his quality means the best sides in Europe are doing everything they can to sign him.

The Chilean forward has been heavily linked with a move to Bayern Munich after stalling on a new contract and Xhaka says his departure would be a blow.

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