Manchester City and Manchester United among clubs chasing Mateo Kovacic

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Both Manchester clubs, along with European giants Bayern Munich and Juventus are interested in signing Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic, according to reports.

Kovacic has repeated his desire to leave Madrid in pursuit of more game time. He first indicated his desire to leave at the end of last season and talks with new manager Julien Lopetegui have failed to change his mind, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

Croatian Kovacic is frustrated at his squad role, but has struggled to displace Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Luka Modric in the centre of midfield.

There should be no shortage of suitors for Kovacic. Manchester City are an obvious one, given their pursuit of Jorginho ended in failure earlier in the summer. It is also believed they have already made an enquiry about him.

Manchester United are another potential choice, although it is thought manager Jose Mourinho is focusing more on strengthening the defence at the moment.

Juventus have signalled their ambition this summer by signing Cristiano Ronaldo, and Kovacic would be another statement signing for a club looking to win the Champions League.

Likewise with Bayern, who are building their squad for a tilt at the top European competition.

However, while Madrid may be willing to part with him, they will want top dollar: £80 million has been mentioned for Kovacic. While this price tag may put some off – it is a lot for a squad player – he is still young and has a lot of potential.

Chelsea target AC Milan keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to replace Thibault Courtois

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Premier League side Chelsea are targeting AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to replace current number one Thibault Courtois if he leaves Stamford Bridge this summer.

Courtois looks set to leave Chelsea this summer, with Real Madrid in pole position to snap up the Belgian, with a £35.5 million deal likely, according to the London Evening Standard.

While Chelsea are becoming increasingly resigned to losing their number one, they won’t sell until they have a replacement in place.

There are several names in the frame, with AC Milan’s Italian stopper Gianluigi Donnarumma believed to be at the top of the list.

The 19-year-old, who has already started more than 100 Serie A games, could be available, as he has had a fractious relationship with fans there who objected to his protracted contract negotiations. He has also spoken in the past about a desire to leave.

AC Milan’s sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli has said that he could be allowed to leave. “If a good enough offer arrived, any of our players could be sold,” he said. There are far richer clubs out there and we have to choose other paths.”

If he were to go, he could fetch up to £30 million – at 19 he is by no means at the peak of his career – but that would be well within Chelsea’s financial range.

However, it is understood that other goalkeepers are also being considered. They include Petr Cech, who is seemingly surplus to requirements at Arsenal. He played at Stamford Bridge for a decade so could welcome a return, although he would surely only be a stop-gap for a season or two, given his age.

Another possibility is Leicester City stopper Kasper Schmeichel. He has attracted interest from clubs this summer after some impressive performances for Denmark at the World Cup. Leicester have also just signed keeper Danny Ward from Liverpool, which could mean they are preparing for life without their current number one.

Barcelona and Manchester United keen to sign Bayern Munich star Thiago Alcantara

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La Liga champions Barcelona and Premier League runners-up Manchester United are both keen to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara.

Alcantara has been at Munich for 5 seasons – after being sold to them by Barca – but has indicated that he wants to move on this summer.

United have a long-standing interest in the Spanish midfielder – he rejected them to join Bayern in 2013 – and are hopeful he will come to Old Trafford this time.

However, the lure of a move to his former club may prove too great – and the player has indicated that this would be his preference, according to Spanish newspaper AS.

But Bayern want a firm offer for Alcantara before they start negotiating any potential move. He is not likely to come cheaper, either: the player is aged 27 so is at the peak of his career, therefore Bayern will likely want north of £50 million, even though he only has a year left on his current deal.

Barcelona to offer Chelsea Ousmane Dembele in any deal to sign Eden Hazard

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La Liga champions are reportedly willing to offer striker Ousmane Dembele to Chelsea as part of a deal to take Eden Hazard to the Camp Nou.

Hazard has given hints that he is seeking to bring his 6-year stint at Chelsea to an end, and it is thought that Real Madrid is his preferred destination – and the Champions League holders are known to be interested in signing him too.

However, Madrid’s great rivals Barca have also entered the running and reports have claimed they have met with Hazard’s representatives.

But now Spanish radio station Onda Cero has claimed that Barca are willing to include Dembele in any deal. The French forward was only signed last summer in a deal that could reach £135 million, but he had a mixed season – not helped by injury – and has already been linked with a move away from the club. However, he was part of the France squad that lifted the World Cup earlier in the month.

It hasn’t been mentioned if the deal would be a straight swap or would be player-plus-cash, although the latter would seem more likely.

However, Chelsea do not want to sell one of their stars. New manager Maruzio Sarri has already said he wants to keep their biggest players and wants to meet them all to explain his strategy for the coming season. Hazard is currently on holiday having helped Belgium to third place at the World Cup in Russia.

Chelsea are also worried about losing goalkeeper Thibault Courtois to Real Madrid. He has also indicated he wants to leave, again with Madrid as a preferred destination. If they sell him to Madrid they are unlikely to let Hazard go there as well.

Liverpool make world record £62 million bid for Roma goalkeeper Alisson

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Liverpool have offered Italian side Roma £62 million for Alisson – which would be a world record fee for a goalkeeper.

Roma are reported to be considering the bid, but want a fee closer to £66 million, according to reports.

Alisson played for Brazil at the World Cup in Russia – ahead of Ederson, who plays for Manchester City – and acquitted himself well, keeping three clean sheets. The 25-year-old put in a string of impressive performances for Roma in Serie A and the Champions League last season as well.

Liverpool have been long rumoured to have had an interest in Alisson, but this is the first time they have made a formal offer. The number one position at Anfield has been subject for question for some time, but especially after current keeper Loris Karius made two high-profile errors in the Champions League final, although he was later found to be suffering from concussion at the time.

The current world record fee for a goalkeeper is the £35 million City paid for Ederson last summer – although Gianluigi Buffon’s transfer to Juventus in 2001 was for a reported euro53 million – but at the time it was worth £32.6 million.