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LIVE Transfer Talk: Do Real Madrid already have Eriksen lined up?

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but you can click here to review all the deals. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer.

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TOP STORY: Do Real Madrid already have Eriksen lined up?

Real Madrid know how to hit a club when it is down. Not 24 hours after Tottenham lost to Ajax in the Champions League semifinals, AS claim that Real have already reached a "verbal agreement" with their star midfielder Christian Eriksen ahead of the summer transfer window.

Eriksen's move to Madrid has long been mooted, given his contract expires in 2020 and he has yet to commit to a new one, but Los Blancos are now reportedly in negotiations with Tottenham to complete a signing which could cost them around €100m.

At 27, this could be Eriksen's last chance to secure a big move so he will be hoping that Spurs budge from their €150m asking price. Otherwise Real could land themselves a bargain next year and Spurs could miss out on a serious windfall to reinforce their squad.

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23.48 BST: That brings an end to another edition of our Transfer Talk LIVE blog. We hope you enjoyed all of our transfer coverage today and remind you to check back in shortly for more rumours and reports from around the football world. Goodnight!

23.31 BST: Juan Mata to Barca?

The Sun claims Barcelona are interested in the midfield playmaker and would jump at the chance to bring him to Camp Nou -- if the player takes a cut in wages that is.

Mata, who is a free agent at season's end, is currently making £170,000-a-week at Manchester United but reportedly would have to be willing to take less if he wants to seal a "dream move" to Barcelona.

The Spaniard, now 31, has not been a regular starter since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over and is also being pursued by Atletico Madrid.

22.38 BST: Liverpool youngster Ryan Kent has enjoyed a pleasant season on loan in Scotland with Rangers.

The 22-year-old has six goals and six assists and has been nominated for both the Scottish Premiership Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards. Kent is keen to extend his stay in Glasgow for another season and the Scottish club would love to have him back.

"I am tired of changing clubs each year, I want to become a player somewhere where I can settle down," said Kent. 

"[Coming back to Rangers] is something that's being spoken about at the moment. I just want to finish the season as strong as possible to help the team get as many wins as we can and then I'll sit down with my representatives. It's probably out of my hands. I have three years left on my Liverpool contract and there's not much I can really do. Discussions elsewhere will probably have to take place."

With Kent blocked by the likes of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, Kent could be a player the Reds look to sell on a permanent basis this summer.

21.43 BST: Tottenham have not signed a player over the last two transfer windows but according to reports, Spurs are at the front of the queue to sign an English phenom.

Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon, 18, is the player  Tottenham reportedly keen on the £25 million-rated player.  A full-back by trade, Sessegnon has been played as a full-back, winger and midfielder over the past two seasons and this season became the first millennial baby to score in the Premier League.

Sessegnon, who is also reportedly being pursued by PSG and Borussia Dortmund, has struggled a bit this season in the top flight but last season scored 15 goals to spearhead Fulham's promotion campaign.

21.02 BST: With increasing speculation that Ander Herrera is set to sign for PSG, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Man United have reportedly identified a replacement.

The Evening Standard claims OGS has identified Everton's Idrissa Gueye as the player to replace the combative Herrera in the middle of the park. Gueye, who has quietly become of the sport's best ball-winning midfielders over the last three seasons, was actually linked with a move to PSG in January but was not allowed to leave by Everton.

The 29-year-old Gueye has been likened to N'Golo Kante and in January was valued at around €45 million.

20.23 BST: Brighton & Hove Albion have signed defender Gaetan Bong to a one-year extension.

The 31-year-old defender has made 95 appearances since joining the Seagulls in 2015, including helping them to promotion to the Premier League in 2016-17. The Cameroon international has made 24 appearances this campaign for Albion and now will be under contract through June 2020.

19.56 BST: There has been much speculation over Mesut Ozil's future at Arsenal in recent months. 

On Wednesday the polarizing midfielder weighed in himself by saying he would prefer to stay even if his future is ultimately in the hands of the club's brass. 

"Absolutely. I've got two more years on my contract. I don't know after that but I've got two years left.

"I've got some years in front of me. It's down to the club as well of course, not only in my hands. But I've got two years left and what happens after that I don't know."

Ozil, who has at times been dropped for big games this season, added there is no divide with Unai Emery.

"No [issues with Emery]. Definitely not. There's always speculation, everyone inside knew that our situation is positive."

Ozil is on a £350,000-a-week wages and with a starting role no longer guaranteed at the Emirates, speculation has ramped up in recent months that his days at Arsenal could be nearing an end.

19.08 BST: We mentioned earlier that Man United reportedly had a scout in Portugal to see Joao Felix this week. 

A further report suggests Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes to have Joao Felix and fellow Portuguese Bruno Fernandes signed as soon as the summer transfer window. While this seems all and good, don't expect either signing to be soon easy or rapid.

Felix, 19, is one of the most sought after players in Europe and won't come cheap, while Fernandes, 24, has been linked with moves to the Premier League the past few transfer windows. The double move would cost a reported £150 million, with potential sales of Paul Pogba and David De Gea funding the transfer kitty.

18.32 BST: Steven Gerrard and Rangers have reportedly signed Motherwell winger Jack Hastie to a pre-contract.

The 20-year-old has scored seven goals in 17 appearances for Motherwell since returning from loan in January from Scottish Championship side Alloa Athletic and is of the brightest young attackers in Scotland.

17:45 BST: West Ham have announced veteran right-back Pablo Zabaleta has signed on for another season.

The 34-year-old Argentine will enter his third season in London next fall after previously spending nine seasons with Manchester City.

16.22 BST: Atletico Madrid are in talks to sign Porto centre-back Felipe this summer, sources have confirmed to ESPN FC.

Diego Simeone's side are making their move for the 29-year-old, who impressed in Porto's run to the Champions League quarterfinals this season, with sources saying a deal could be done for around €25m.

Atletico are expected to sign a couple of defenders this summer, with Lucas Hernandez having signed for Bayern Munich and veterans Diego Godin, Filipe Luis and Juanfran Torres all out of contact soon and expected to leave.

Other defenders Atletico have considered in recent months include Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico, Benfica's Alex Grimaldo and Getafe's Djene Dakonam.

16.00 BST: Tottenham might be set to lose Christian Eriksen (see above) but they could also see right-back Kieran Trippier depart.

Calciomercato report that Man United are leading the race ahead of Napoli, who have already had a bid of around €15m rejected. Evidently the England international wants to leave London but the club are holding out for a fee in the region of €35m. Good luck with that.

15.08 BST: Atletico San Luis are top of Ascenso MX [Mexico's second tier] and chasing promotion to Liga MX -- if they do manage it, they might well be able to sign a true global superstar.

AS reckons that former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, who is contracted to Atletico Madrid until 2020, might be keen. And what a signing that would be!

14.15 BST: Matteo Darmian is likely to leave Man United this summer, having failed to make much of an impact on the first-team, and looks set to join Inter Milan according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Italy right-back is under contract until summer 2020 and almost joined Juventus in January before the move fell through. But if Inter bid around £8m, it shouldn't this time around -- providing the club don't want to turn Cedric Soares' loan from Southampton permanent.

13.42 BST: Last summer Fulham shocked the Premier League to land a player previously linked with Barcelona, Jean Michael Seri, but after their relegation the midfielder has no desire to hang around.

Despite the 27-year-old not impressing too much in London, having signed him for a bargain £25m from Nice with teammate Maxime Le Marchand, Fulham will be looking to recoup at least that amount and the Daily Mail reckon that Monaco are leading the chase.

13.12 BST: Assuming that Maurizio Sarri is still in charge and assuming that Chelsea can actually sign players this summer, one imagines they will go back in for Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella.

The 22-year-old almost moved in January for around €45m but ended up staying in Italy and Gianfranco Zola has confirmed in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport that he is a player the club like, saying: "He's good and Sarri has always liked him, but things fell through."

12.16 BST: Roma are reportedly leading the chase for Antonio Conte next season, say Gazzetta, with Inter Milan -- despite Beppe Marotta giving assurances over current coach Luciano Spalletti -- still thought to be interested too and AC Milan looking for a replacement for Gennaro Gattuso

11.44 BST: Manchester City are ready to forget their search for a left-back, namely Leicester's Ben Chilwell, to prioritise strengthening in other areas of their squad, sources have told ESPN FC.

Pep Guardiola has been impressed by the form of Ukraine international Oleksandr Zinchenko, who has thrived as left-back cover for Benjamin Mendy.

11.19 BST: Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is targeting Lyon left-back Ferland Mendy to serve as a back-up for Marca

Barcelona have also been tracking the 23-year-old, who is unlikely to be that keen to be a backup to Jordi Alba at Camp Nou either. Still, when Marcelo leaves for Juventus this summer, he would be first-choice in Madrid...

10.56 BST: We mentioned above that Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek is in demand, and Canal+ claim that in-depth discussions between PSG and the player have taken place.

10.12 BST: Napoli want to sign Valencia striker Rodrigoaccording to Superdeporte.

The Spain international could be sold this summer if Valencia fail to qualify for the Champions League and the 28-year-old fits the profile that Napoli want to strengthen their attack. However, Valencia will reportedly not sell Rodrigo at any price -- although a €60m bid could entice them to sit down and negotiate.

09.41 BST: Borussia Monchengladbach won't allow Thorgan Hazard to leave the club on the cheap and have reportedly set the midfielder's price at €40m.

The Belgium international, and brother of Chelsea star Eden, confirmed at the weekend that he has already reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund and does not plan to enter into the final year of his contract.

However, the Gladbach's sporting executive Max Eberl has told Sky that Dortmund  must "offer a transfer fee which honours Hazard's worth as one of the outstanding attackers in Bundesliga and as a starter for one of the best national teams in the world." Dortmund hope to get Hazard for €25m, but Gladbach will be holding out for almost double that.

09.16 BST: Superdeporte report that Atletico Madrid want to sign Valencia left-back Jose Luis Gaya this summer.

Diego Simeone's side have been monitoring Gaya since November and he is reportedly one of the players they are looking to sign as a possible replacement for Brazilian left-back Filipe Luis, who is set to leave the club this summer. Gaya, 23, has a €40m release clause and has been tipped as one of the best young prospects in Spain.

08.34 BST: Borussia Dortmund right-back Achraf Hakimi says he is keen to return to Real Madrid as soon as possible.

The Morocco international has made 21 Bundesliga appearances since joining Borussia last summer on loan from Real Madrid until June 2020, though a right foot fracture has ended his season early.

"It would be a dream to return to Madrid as soon as possible," the 20-year-old told Movistar. "I would lie if I said otherwise. We will see what happens. I'm a Madrid fan and even if I'm not there, I will always watch Madrid. It has been a very complicated season for them but Madrid has the capacity to bounce back. That is why it is the best club in the world. It's just a rough patch that they will come out of.

"Now I'm more upbeat after digesting the blow of the injury. I feared that I might not be the player that I was before but little by little, that fear is disappearing and I'm looking to come back stronger. I think it was the right decision to come to Borussia. I think I've made the right choice to leave on loan in order to play because I'm young."

08.00 BST: Arsenal's recent defensive woes have inspired manager Unai Emery to spend big on a top defender in the summer, according to The Sun. The report claims that Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld, Leicester's Harry Maguire and Chelsea's Kurt Zouma are the biggest names linked with interest from the Emirates.

The Gunners have conceded three goals in each of their last three games -- defeats to Crystal Palace, Wolves and Leicester that have seriously hampered their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.

Getafe's Djene Dakonam is another player linked with the London club, with The Sun claiming that Emery will only have a budget of around £40m to spend this summer unless stars such as Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan can be offloaded.

PAPER TALK (by Nick Judd)

De Ligt to lead mass Ajax exodus?

It was another successful evening at the office for Ajax after they kept a clean sheet on Tuesday in a 1-0 victory against Tottenham in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals, and the Mirror is reporting all that success will lead to a huge exodus of players in the summer.

The outlet is linking centre-back Matthijs de Ligt with a move to Manchester United, despite interest from Liverpool, Juventus and Barcelona.

De Ligt's agent, Mino Raiola, has reportedly said he would prefer his star move to United, and rumoured United sporting director Rio Ferdinand has suggested he would make the defender his first target should he get the job. However, De Ligt could be tempted with being reunited with Frenkie de Jong at Camp Nou.

Forward David Neres is being linked with Arsenal and Spurs, while Tuesday's goal scorer Donny van de Beek is also in demand. Van de Beek, like teammate Hakim Ziyech, has been a target for many of Europe's top clubs. Defender Nicolas Tagliafico is also reported to be a Gunners target.

Insigne a wanted man

Striker Lorenzo Insigne is hot property, according to multiple reports on Calciomercato, which is reporting interest from AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool. These rumours are all a result of reports that the striker has fallen out with Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti.

The fallout with Ancelotti is believed to be the result of Insigne's substitution in the defeat against Arsenal in the Europa League last week.

And AC Milan are considered favourites as a result of rumours linking the Rossoneri with current Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, who is keen on taking Insigne with him to the San Siro.

Rangers target strike reinforcements

Watford striker Andre Gray is being linked with a loan move to Rangers in the summer, while Steven Gerrard is also looking to the Croatian league to add further firepower to his squad.

The Rangers boss is looking for attacking reinforcements ahead of his second season in Scotland and he sees Gray as the ideal man to fire Rangers above Celtic, reports the

Gray joined Watford two years ago for a club-record fee of around £18 million and has scored twice in his past two appearances, against Southampton and Wolves. He has scored nine goals in total in his second season at Vicarage Road and could yet feature in the FA Cup final against Manchester City.

The move comes as Gerrard looks to make a decision on the future of striker Alfredo Morelos, whose disciplinary problems have concerned the Rangers boss. Colombian Morelos signed a contract extension in March that ties him to the club until 2021, but Gerrard is looking to cash in on the striker.

Meanwhile, the Scotsman is reporting that Gerrard is also targeting Croatian striker Mirko Maric, who has scored 15 goals with NK Osijek in the Croatian 1. HNL.

Tap-ins

- Tiemoue Bakayoko is reportedly set for a transfer U-turn and a return to Chelsea after suffering racist abuse in Italy, according to the Sun. The midfielder has spent the season on loan at San Siro and had previously been linked with a permanent move to Italy, but after being targeted by Lazio fans in the Coppa Italia semifinal, the 24-year-old is said to now want away. With a transfer ban hanging over them, Chelsea could be relieved to see their player return. 

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