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Friday 2 June
10.19: Mario Balotelli is a wanted man according to his agent…
The Italy striker has impressed at Nice this season but is out of contract in the summer.
He could stay put at the Ligue 1 side but has offers from Borussia Dortmund and Marseille.
“Balotelli trusts me,” Mino Raiola told Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport.
“I am picky and he knows it. Will he remain at Nice? We will see. He is wanted by Borussia Dortmund and Marseille.
“His performances at Nice have been positive, though Mario has to give much more because he doesn’t have many more chances.”
10.15: Radamel Falcao has signed a contract extension at Monaco until 2020.
The Colombia star was linked with a mega money move to China but has signalled his intention to help the Monaco project grow.
Monaco have already lost Bernardo Silva and could lose Tiemoue Bakayoko while Kylian Mbappe has attracted a lot of interest.
But Falcao has signed up to stay for another three years.
9.50: Everton are weighing up a move for Huddersfield Town striker Rekeil Pyke, according to reports.
The Sun claim Ronald Koeman has been impressed by the 19-year-old and has kept tabs on him for months.
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He is yet to make a senior appearance for the Terriers, however impressed on loan with Colchester United this season.
The Toffees reportedly face competition for his signature from Premier League rivals Watford.
9.45: Manchester United are preparing a £50m bid for Alexandre Lacazette.
The France star was thought to be on his way to Atletico Madrid but the move has stalled after their transfer ban was upheld yesterday.
Arsenal remain interested in the striker but United are ready to join the race according to the Mirror.
United appeared on the brink of signing Antoine Griezmann but their interest has cooled and they are now looking for a main striker, with the Atletico ace seen as a creative second striker.
And Lacazette could fit the bill for Jose Mourinho.
9.30am: Arsenal have set to work on their summer transfer business following the confirmation Arsene Wenger will remain at the club for a further two years.
The Gunners have reportedly already table a huge £87million bid for highly-coveted Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe this week.
And French newspaper L'Equipe claim the Premier League club will not stop there and are also interested in Mbappe's team-mate Thomas Lemar.
However, the Gunners know they will face stiff competition for his signature from their north-London rivals Tottenham.
8:45: Manchester United's decision to cool their interest in Antoine Griezmann will have repurcussions across Europe as they chase another type of striker.
Top of Jose Mourinho's shortlist is Romelu Lukaku and Express Sport understand United could offer Wayne Rooney in a player-plus-cash deal.
However United are also monitoring Andrea Belotti and Alvaro Morata.
A move for Griezmann though is not totally dead and United could go back for the France star later in the transfer window.
7am: Arsenal have made the first move in the race to sign Kylian Mbappe.
Mbappe, the Monaco sensation, is valued at over £100million after a breakthrough year in France.
But Arsenal have begun the bidding at around £87million, according to French publication L’Equipe.
Real Madrid and Manchester United are also keen while Manchester City are monitoring the situation.
05:40: Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham is on the verge of joining Newcastle, according to reports.
The 19-year-old enjoyed a sensational season at Championship side Bristol City, scoring 26 goals in all competitions.
But The Daily Mail claim he is closing in on a loan move to St James' Park with Antonio Conte unable to give him first team assurances for next season.
It is said the deal is expected to be completed by this weekend after Rafa Benitez held positive talks with Blues technical director Michael Emenalo.
05:30 Martin Keown admits he would like to see Gareth Bale at Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho is in the market for a winger as his side desperately craves pace.
Bale has been previously linked with a move to United and Keown thinks it would suit the Welshman a switch to Old Trafford.
“I’d be very interested to see Gareth Bale come to Manchester United – though I wouldn’t encourage him to leave Real Madrid," Keown told the Daily Mail.
Martin Keown could envisage Gareth Bale at Manchester United
04:10: David De Gea is comfortable at Manchester United and in no rush to force through a move to Real Madrid, according to Guillem Balague.
Balague told Sky Sports: "It's a strange situation. Why would Manchester United want to sell?
"They have one of the best goalkeepers in the world and they want to be challenging for the bigger titles. It doesn't make sense.
"But what's interesting is that De Gea is quite comfortable at United and in the city of Manchester, so he's not in a rush to go unless they don't want him.
03.15: Chelsea could be set for frustration in their pursuit of Alvaro Morata, reports claim.
The Real Madrid striker has seen game time limited under Zinedine Zidane this term.
Manchester United have also been keeping tabs on his progress.
But The Sun claim AC Milan will pay £52million for his services.
And it is thought he could get a £125,000-a-week contract too.
Alvaro Morata could be AC Milan bound
00.40: Southampton have slapped a huge £70m price tag on the head of Virgil van Dijk, according to reports.
The Dutch international has been heavily linked with a move away from St Mary's with Premier League big guns Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea all interested in him.
But in a bid to ward off interest from potential suitors The Sun claim Southampton will play hardball over Van Dijk's potential transfer as they want to shake off the stereotype of being a selling club.
Thursday 1 June
22.25: Arsenal have got the ball rolling with an £87million bid for Kylian Mbappe, reports claim.
The 18-year-old has been in fabulous form for Monaco this season.
Real Madrid and Manchester City have been giving chase, but French paper L’Equipe claim the Gunners have firmed up their interest.
It is said an £87m offer has been lodged, although he could go for much more than that.
21:40: Liverpool legend Ian Rush says Jurgen Klopp must improve his squad heading into next season's Champions League.
"I think that's down to him (who they sign)," he said on Sky Sports.
Arsenal have stepped up their interest in Kylian Mbappe
"Now we're in the Champions League we've got to strengthen the squad.
"I'm sure players will come and go but at the end of the day that's down to the manager.
"He knows what he wants and hopefully he gets them."
21:20: Darren Fletcher has spoken after completing his move from West Brom to Stoke earlier this afternoon.
“It’s all happened incredibly quickly, but I am delighted to be here,” he said.
“This is a fantastic Club with a top manager and a great group of players and I am really looking forward to this opportunity.
“I loved every moment of my time at West Bromwich Albion and I loved every moment of my time with Manchester United, but this is a new challenge for me now, and I like to think I respond well to new challenges.”
— Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) June 1, 2017
20.30: Antoine Griezmann has dropped the biggest hint yet he'll be staying at Atletico Madrid next season.
Griezmann tweeted this evening: "Ahora más que nunca #Atleti #Todosjuntos".
That message translates to: "Now more than ever #Atleti #AllTogether".
With United cooling their interest in him and Atletico having a transfer ban upheld today – is Griezmann planning to stay and help the club grow next season?
18:55: Liverpool are "very close" to signing Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, according to pundit Micky Quinn.
Manchester City are said to be keen on offering over £50million for the Dutch defender's services but Quinn thinks Jurgen Klopp's side are in pole position for his signature.
"I said to Danny (Kelly, talkSPORT presenter) yesterday Liverpool are very close to signing him," Quinn said on talkSPORT.
"Now, it could be like buying a house, you could get gazumped in the market, I don't know.
"Liverpool are very close and you have a look at all the bookmakers at the moment, he's as short as 1/2, 2/5 to sign for Liverpool."
18.00: Yaya Toure has signed a new one-year deal with Manchester City.
“I’m delighted. I told myself the journey at City is not done and when I received a call from Txiki and talked to the manager I was very delighted.
"When I was first coming here [in 2010] I was trying to be part of a new story, of something special at this club. I am very lucky now to be part of a great club with great players around me who are helping me to achieve my targets.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) June 1, 2017
17.55: Arsenal remain in the race for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, according to the Daily Mail.
Saints are holding out for at leat £50m though and the Gunners face competition from the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City.
Van Dijk only signed a six year-contract last summer.
17.20: Chelsea are in pole position to sign Monaco star Tiemoue Bakayoko, according to French publication Foot Mercato.
Manchester United and Liverpool are both tracking the midfielder but Antonio Conte's side are leading the race.
They say the Blues have put a five-year contract on the table.
16:50: Manchester United have reportedly turned their attention to Werder Bremen striker Max Kruse.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is said to have been impressed by Kruse's end-of-season form for Werder Bremen.
Kruse bagged 15 goals in 23 appearances this term – despite missing the opening 10 games through injury – including 11 in his final 11 outings.
And according to Goal, the 29-year-old has made his way onto Mourinho's wanted list going into the summer transfer window.
16.23: Liverpool have signed youngster Patrik Raitanen up to a professional contract.
Raitanen will move up to Steven Gerrard's U18s team after penning a four-year deal.
"Proudest moment in my career and I hope there is plenty more coming. Can't wait for the next season to start," he tweeted.
15.50: David Seaman has revealed he nearly joined Manchester United instead of Arsenal back in 1990.
"I was nearly a Man Utd player," the former goalkeeper said on talkSPORT.
"I was very close. I spoke to Man Utd and Arsenal on the same day and Arsenal made a bid for me.
"I had the choice but I chose wisely. No (regrets), not at all."
15.35: Everton have been handed a huge boost in their pursuit of Malaga striker Sandro Ramirez, claims the Liverpool Echo.
Atletico Madrid were said to be leading the race for the Spain Under-21 international, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport have this morning upheld Atletico's transfer ban.
Sandro has a release clause of just over £5million.
15.00: Big news coming out of Stoke today.
We’re hearing they have agreed a two-year deal to sign Darren Fletcher from West Brom.
Our man in the Midlands is on the case. More as we have it….
14.45: Ryan Jack has signed for Rangers on a free transfer to become the club's second signing of the summer.
Jack left Aberdeen earlier this week after his contract expired. And he follows Bruno Alves into Ibrox as part of Pedro Caixinha's rebuild.
The midfielder signs a three-year-deal and says: “I’ve just spoken with the manager briefly and he told me his plans and what he expects from the team and of me.
“I’m sure when I come back in for pre-season I’ll know a lot more about what’s happening and what’s to come.
“But obviously coming to a club like Rangers, it’s always exciting and the European football is a massive appeal. That’s something I’m looking forward to, a European night at Ibrox.
14:33: So could Antoine Griezmann sign for Manchester United?
The answer is simple – yes.
Sources close to United are saying Griezmann is now not a priority, which makes sense.
The club desperately want to prioritise signing a No.9, instead, because Zlatan Ibrahimovic is injured. That too makes sense.
But although Griezmann is not a priority, it doesn’t mean they won’t sign him. Only a fool would rule out the move happening altogether.
Tottenham Transfer News: Spurs and Liverpool are interested in signing PSV right-back Santiago Arias
13:50: Tottenham are considering an approach for PSV Eindhoven right-back Santiago Arias, reports claim.
According to AS Colombia, Spurs are interested in luring Arias to the Premier League as a replacement for Kyle Walker.
Manchester City are already on course to spend over £100million in the opening stages of the transfer window, and expect that total to rise with Walker on Pep Guardiola’s shortlist.
It’s believed Spurs will battle Premier League rivals Liverpool for his services.
13:40: Roma have rejected Liverpool’s £29.5m bid for former Chelsea outcast Mohamed Salah, according to reports in Italy.
Salah, 24, failed to seize his opportunity at Stamford Bridge but has reignited his career in Italy after notching up 15 goals in 31 Serie A appearances.
Despite seeing their initial offer rejected, it’s believed Jurgen Klopp’s side will return with an increased bid as they look to bolster their ranks ahead of next season's Champions League involvement.
12:45: Express Sport understand Manchester United have turned their attentions to Everton star Romelu Lukaku and Torino talisman Andrea Belotti after cooling their interest in Antoine Griezmann.
The Red Devils were hotly tipped to sign Griezmann but the severity of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s knee ligament damage means the club are now searching for an out-and-out striker.
The Belgian international’s agent Mino Raiola revealed yesterday that Lukaku would be allowed to leave if ‘certain clubs’ came knocking with a fee in the region of £100m.
Meanwhile Belotti, who netted 25 goals in 29 Serie A appearances this season, would represent a cheaper alternative.
But Torino still expect any prospective buyer to meet the £85m release clause in his contract.
12:30: Arsenal and Chelsea target Corentin Tolisso has sparked a transfer frenzy after admitting he’s considering leaving Lyon.
The 22-year-old's impressive displays have seen the Ligue 1 outfit slap a £43m asking-price on his head, with no shortage of admirers.
Tolisso told French newspaper Le Progres: "If there are offers I will study them with my advisors and my parents, then I will go and tell the president that I want to leave.
"I've listened to his words, he's said there have been no new offers, so when we talk together I would like the situation to be clarified as soon as possible."
Transfer News: Manchester United have turned their attentions to Torino star Andrea Belotti
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12:15: Manchester United have cooled their interest in Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann.
The France international has frequently been linked with a move to Old Trafford, but the long-term injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic means Jose Mourinho is searching for genuine striker.
Express Sport understand United intend to make three or four high-quality additions this summer, but Griezmann might not be one of them.
12:10: Liverpool have been dealt a hammer blow in their pursuit of Monaco full-back Benjamin Mendy.
According to Sky Sports, Mendy has chosen Manchester City over Liverpool, with an official deal to be formalised in the coming days.
The £40m-rated French international would constitute Pep Guardiola’s third summer signing after Ederson and Bernardo Silva – taking their summer outlay to over £100million.
Transfer News: Manchester City look to have beaten Liverpool to Benjamin Mendy
12:05: Chelsea are interested in signing Fulham stopper Marcus Bettinelli.
The Blues are searching for a back-up goalkeeper to play second-fiddle to Thibaut Courtois having sold Asmir Begovic to Bournemouth earlier this week.
According to the Daily Mail, Antonio Conte’s side have already made an enquiry, but it remains unclear whether Bettinelli, 25, would accept limited first-team action.
12:00: Arsenal and Chelsea are locked in a battle to sign Lyon star Corentin Tolisso.
Arsene Wenger is a known admirer of the £50m-rated midfielder and was reportedly in the driving seat to secure his signature.
However, French publication L’Equipe claim Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas was in London to discuss a possible deal for Bertrand Traore, which the Blues used as an opportunity to talk about Tolisso.