Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer stories from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond ahead of the opening of the summer window
BARCA MULL RECORD-BREAKING DEMBELE MOVE
Barcelona are interested in making a record-breaking move for Borussia Dortmund star Ousmane Dembele, according to Bild.
Sporting director Robert Fernandez reportedly is a fan of the 20-year-old attacker, whose contract with BVB runs until 2021. The move likely would become the largest sale in Bundesliga history, besting the €75 million Manchester City paid for Kevin De Bruyne in 2015.
JUVENTUS JOIN BATTLE FOR NEVES
Juventus have joined Liverpool and Chelsea in the race for Porto starlet Ruben Neves, the Mirror reports.
The Old Lady are interested in the 20-year-old, who has a €40 million buyout clause, after seeing Serie A rivals Inter and AC Milan spend big this summer.
MAN UTD HAVE RONALDO DOUBTS
Manchester United are reluctant to try to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, according to the Daily Express.
The 32-year-old is said to be eager to leave Real Madrid, but Jose Mourinho's side have doubts about entering the race to sign their former player. United fear that Ronaldo's alleged desire to leave could be merely a way to extract a better deal from Madrid, and therefore do not want to spend the summer negotiating for a player they can never sign.
MAN CITY NOT KEEN ON AUBAMEYANG
Manchester City are not preparing a £60 million bid for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to the BBC.
The Gabon international had been expected to leave Dortmund for PSG, but a move to Man City is not likely either, with Pep Guardiola preferring to bring in Alexis Sanchez during the summer transfer window.
OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN WANTED BY PL CLUBS
Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a target for Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City this summer, according to Sky Sports.
The England star is growing frustrated at the lack of progress in relation to a new deal at the Emirates, and is considering leaving north London in the coming weeks.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, whose current deal expires next year, has failed to hold down a consistent spot in Arsene Wenger's side and ended the 2016-17 Premier League campaign operating in a wing-back role.
The trio of aforementioned top-tier clubs are said to be monitoring the 23-year-old's situation ahead of potential bids.
PEPE URGES RONALDO TO JOIN PSG
Pepe has called on Cristiano Ronaldo to join him at Paris Saint-Germain as the forward looks to quit Real Madrid, according to the El Transistor programme.
Ronaldo is currently with Pepe at the Confederations Cup with the Portugal squad, and the defender has been discussing the future with his club and international team-mate.
It is widely expected that Pepe will sign for PSG and he has urged Ronaldo, who is reportedly interested in a return to Manchester United, to follow him to the Parc des Princes.
MAN UTD TO MAKE SEMEDO BID
Manchester United are set to make a renewed offer to sign Nelson Semedo from Benfica after already bringing in his former team-mate Victor Lindelof, according to O Jogo.
Benfica are demanding €40 million for Semedo, with the right-back also having been linked with Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.
LYON EXPECT TRAORE DEAL
Lyon are confident of completing a £16.6 million deal to sign Bertrand Traore from Chelsea, according to the Evening Standard.
Traore spent last season on loan at Ajax and the winger now looks likely to leave Stamford Bridge on a permanent basis after struggling to establish himself at Chelsea.
ROMA OPEN KARSDORP TALKS
Roma have started negotiations with Feyenoord for right-back Rick Karsdorp, Voetbal International claim.
The Serie A side have already signed Hector Moreno from PSV but are dipping back into the Eredivisie for the 22-year-old Netherlands international. Karsdorp is contracted to the Dutch champions until 2021 and it is said he will command a large transfer fee.
MATHIEU CLOSE TO SPORTING MOVE
Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu has travelled to Portugal to finalise a move to Sporting Lisbon, according to A Bola.
Mathieu is due to undergo a medical before signing a contract with Sporting, who want to finalise the deal before the start of pre-season training.
BAYERN JOIN WALKER RACE
Bayern Munich are seeking to sign Kyle Walker from Tottenham, according to The Sun.
Manchester City have been leading the race for the England right-back for much of the summer but face additional competition from the Germans, with the defender keen to leave White Hart Lane. His transfer value is estimated at £45 million.
ASANO DENIED ARSENAL RETURN
Takuma Asano will remain at Stuttgart on loan from Arsenal for at least one more season, according to Bild.
The Gunners built into the two-year move certain stipulations that could allow them to recall the Japan star, but none of these have been met, including the most important, which was to play enough national team matches to earn a UK work permit.
ARSENAL READY €30M TURAN BID
Arsenal are preparing a €30 million offer to sign Arda Turan from Barcelona, according to reports in Turkey and Spain.
The 30-year-old has been told he is no longer wanted at the Catalan side, prompting Inter to make an approach. However, the Gunners are closer to a deal, with the former Atletico Madrid star interested in the joining Arsene Wenger’s side.
PJANIC IS BARCA'S PLAN B
Miralem Pjanic has become Barcelona’s back-up option should they fail to sign Marco Verratti from Paris Saint-Germain, Mundo Deportivo say.
Verratti is Barcelona’s main target, but the Ligue 1 side are determined to hold onto him. Should a move for the Italian fail to materialise, Juventus star Pjanic is the one they will turn to, while Jean Seri of Nice remains an option.
MBAPPE CHOOSES MADRID
Kylian Mbappe has made it clear to Monaco that he wants to join Real Madrid, Marca reports.
Speculation around the 18-year-old is ever growing, as the Ligue 1 side try to hold off interest from Europe's top teams after his exemplary season. But the France international has told Monaco's owner that Madrid are the only side he wants to join.
SPURS & ARSENAL IN SMALLING BATTLE
Tottenham are ready to battle it out with arch-rivals Arsenal for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, according to The Sun.
The signing of Victor Lindelof means Smalling is expected to be sold by United and he is wanted by Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, who is ready to offload Kevin Wimmer amid interest from Southampton in the Austrian defender.
BARCA WANT BELLERIN-RAFINHA SWAP
Barcelona are preparing to offer Rafinha Alcantara to Arsenal as part of a swap deal for Hector Bellerin, according to Marca.
The Catalan side are constantly flirting with the Arsenal right-back and want to bring him back to Camp Nou. His long-term contract and value to the Gunners make a move tough, but Barca hope using Rafinha, who wants to move this summer, will help them get their man.
JUVE & ARSENAL PURSUE ASENSIO
Marco Asensio is considering leaving Real Madrid in the close-season, with Juventus and Arsenal sharing an interest, Diario Gol report.
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder joined from Mallorca three years ago and has shown great promise, but wants more regular playing time. If Madrid make signings that will push the Spain international further down the pecking order, he may consider offers from the English and Italian sides.
BVB WANT BARCA YOUNGSTER
Borussia Dortmund are plotting a move for Barcelona's Lee Seung-Woo, Bild say.
The German side scouted the 19-year-old at the U20 World Cup and Barca could be prepared to let him go given he will have to compete with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar in attack. However, Manchester City and Manchester United are also interested in him.
AC MILAN WANT LENO
AC Milan have picked Bernd Leno as their first candidate to replace Gianluigi Donnarumma, according to Bild.
Donnarumma, 18, told the Serie A side that he will not sign a new contract and could leave in the close-season. Milan have already opened talks with Bayer Leverkusen over 25-year-old Germany international.
UTD & BAYERN TO SCOUT DEMBELE
Manchester United and Bayern Munich will scout Celtic's 14-year-old starlet Karamoko Dembele at a youth tournament this summer, The Sun report.
The youngster will compete in a youth tournament in Sheffield this summer, where United and Bayern will get the chance to see him in action again.