LIVE Transfer Talk: Barcelona favour Thomas Lemar move over Christian Eriksen

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Ale Moreno sifts through the potential transfers like Cristiano Ronaldo to the Premier League, Jorginho to Man City, Xherdan Shaqiri to Liverpool and more.

The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow live with our daily blog throughout the summer.

TOP STORY: Barca plot Lemar swoop

Barcelona have joined the queue of clubs circling for Thomas Lemar as Monaco prepare to lose another star player.

Sport reports that the Blaugrana have already begun talks with the Ligue 1 club for the France international, who is seen as the preferred candidate to upgrade their midfield over Christian Eriksen.

It is thought Lemar will cost in the region of £60-80 million, while Tottenham could demand a higher fee for the Denmark midfielder.

Chelsea and Atletico Madrid have also recently expressed an interest in the 22-year-old, while Arsenal failed to land Lemar last summer.

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PAPER ROUND: Spurs target Grealish

Tottenham want Jack Grealish and have made the Aston Villa star one of their key targets this summer.

The Telegraph reports Villa have mounting financial problems after failing to secure promotion back to the Premier League, but despite that Spurs will not sign the English talent on the cheap.

Daniel Levy believes he can strike a deal for just £15m, but the report says Villa want at least £40m for their talented midfielder.

Mauricio Pochettino will look to develop the 22-year-old in a similar way to Dele Alli, while Manchester United, Newcastle and Leicester will rival Spurs.

Roma inching toward Kluivert deal

Ajax are ready to sell Justin Kluivert for €20m plus add-ons to Roma, according to multiple reports in Italy.

The reports suggest the deal is nearly done pending a medical, with the son of ex-Barcelona player Patrick Kluivert ready to sign a five-year contract with Roma that will pay him €1.4m per season.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal had all been chasing the 19-year-old, who had also expressed interest in a possible move to Barcelona, but now it seems he’ll ditch the Eredivisie for Serie A this summer.

Tap-ins

– Mark Hughes is looking to sign Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer, reports the Mirror. The Spaniard has struggled to prove himself at the Camp Nou since joining from Valencia in 2016 for €30m, scoring just 10 times in La Liga in that span.

But Saints could offer the 24-year-old a way out, with goals a persistent issue in their struggle to avoid relegation last term.

– Manchester United face competition from China in pursuit of Brazilian star Anderson Talisca.

O Jogo reports that the Red Devils have made a €40m offer for the former Besiktas winger, but Turkish Football adds Fiorentina and two unnamed Chinese clubs as pursuing the Bahia academy graduate.

The report adds that Talisca has even been seen in Florence, suggesting La Viola are at the front of the queue.

– Arsenal are in the hunt for RB Leipzig star Lukas Klostermann as head of recruitment Sven Mislintat continues to scour German football for top talent.

Bild reports the Gunners will pursue the 22-year-old, who plays at right-back, like new recruit Stephan Lichtsteiner, though he is also able to play as a centre-back.

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