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Following the conclusion of the Champions League final on Saturday night, all attention now turns to the transfer window as clubs look to strengthen their squads early and avoid drawn-out sagas.

Manchester City have already signed two players with Benfica goalkeeper Ederson and Manaco playmaker Bernardo Silva both joining Pep Guardiola’s side.

One player who won’t be moving, however, is Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, who opted against joining Manchester United.

That leaves Jose Mourinho still searching for a high-profile signing – but will it be Gareth Bale?

Arsene Wenger is also keen to get on with transfer business after settling his Arsenal future for another two years and has promised to spend money in order to turn the Gunners into title contenders. A world-record bid for Kylian Mbappe has been rumoured.

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Hello and welcome to The Independent's transfer live blog!
Stay with us throughout the day to keep up to date with the latest news, gossip and rumours from the Premier League and around the rest of Europe.
Here are some of the stories making the headlines this morning:
Bayern Munich are interested in signing Romelu Lukaku from Everton, with Manchester United and Chelsea both still keen on the striker. (Manchester Evening News)
Real Madrid have reportedly submitted a £118m bid for Kylian Mbappe despite Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis being spotted in Monaco yesterday. (The Sun)
Alexandre Lacazette is still open to a move to Atletico Madrid even though he would not be able to play for the club for six months. (ESPN)
New Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde will make a £45m bid for Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin. (Mirror)

Manager latest

Huddersfield look like they are set to keep their manager for the foreseeable future with reports that David Wagner, who is wanted by a number of clubs, is set to sign a new contract with the club the guide them through their first-ever Premier League campaign. 

Mbappe to Arsenal:

Arsene Wenger has given the clearest indication yet that he will try to sign Kylian Mbappe this summer after he was spotted in Monaco yesterday, believed to be in discussions to sign the striker.
In an interview with beIN Sports, Wenger said: “Where do you think he might finish? Somewhere where he has a good chance to play and is sure to play. That is why I think Deschamps made that statement.
“He thinks that he needs to play but I would say as well on the other hand that the boy has made enough impression to be basically sure a club who spends a 100 million for you is basically to make at the start at least the red carpet.
“Nobody will buy a player for a 100 million and say, "Come on, sit in the stands."

Mbappe latest

Here is a bit more detail on Wenger's comments about Mbappe after being spotted in Monaco yesterday where he is believed to be thrashing out a deal for the teenager.

Manchester United news

Well, it looks like United may still be in for Benfica defender Victor Lindelof after all. The defender looked certain to be heading to Old Trafford in January, only for the move to never prevail. Central defence is a key area Jose Mourinho is looking to strengthen and it seems like the Swede is back on his radar...
When asked about Lindelof, he said: 
“I will not say if I want him or not, I think it’s incorrect.
“Rui is not going to be happy with another club manager talking about a player who is his, and the president would not be happy to see that.
“Lindelof is theirs and as long as he’s theirs, he’s theirs.”


Here is a bit more information on those Jose Mourinho quotes about Victor Lindelof, and whether he could finally be making the move to Manchester.

Romelu Lukaku future

He is a target for Manchester United, Chelsea and Bayern Munich, and now insists he knows where he will play next season.
Speaking after Belgium's 2-1 win against the Czech Republic on Monday, Lukaku told Sky Sports News: "My agent knows what is going to happen, I know what I want to do. Whatever happens, you guys (the media) will know."

Shaqiri slams Stoke speculation

There has been some chatter that Xherdan Shaqiri was looking to quit Stoke after a bust-up with manager Mark Hughes over his penchant for partying and his generally poor lifestyle.
But the Swiss winger has told the Daily Mail that the rumours are all fake news.

"I have a contract with Stoke until 2020", he told the wonderfully named Swiss newspaper Blick.

"If I were to leave Stoke, it would have to be a step up for me. Everything would have to be right."

And as for those rumours he's too much of a party boy?

"And there is no truth in reports that my lifestyle was not healthy. Such accusations annoy me. It is utter nonsense. I am the opposite of someone who is not professional."

So a professional then. 


Arsenal have announced the signing of Schalke left-back Sead Kolasinac on a long-term contract. 

Bayern Munich exodus

Manchester United and Tottenham are keeping tabs on the goings on in Munich at the moment, with reports suggesting the Bundesliga champions are ready to allow Renato Sanches and Diego Costa leave the club. 
Both are available for around £30m with United after Sanches after managerial uncertainty cost they last time, while Spurs are looking to add winger Costa to their next title push.
More here:

Romelu Lukaku

Here's more information on the Lukaku story we brought you earlier, and how Manchester United could actually pull out of the race to sign him as it doing so could allow them to get Robert Lewandowski.



Lacazette leads them on

Could French forward Alexandre Lacazette be on his way to the Premier League? Potentially!
The Lyon man has just given an interview where he has addressed rumours linking him with a move to Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.
More here:

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