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ESPN’s Dalton Cara captures the emotions of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, whose World Cup dreams ended on the same day.
The World Cup is over for Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi after round of 16 defeats to Uruguay and France.

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

TOP STORY: Juventus target Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo could be off to Juventus after they resolved their long-standing disagreement with his agent Jorge Mendes.

According to the Sun, Mendes “has ended his decade-long feud” with the Italian champions by brokering Joao Cancelo’s move from Valencia to Turin. And Ronaldo could be set to follow.

The 33-year-old has apparently rejected a new contract at Real Madrid as he weighs up his options following Portugal’s World Cup exit. Juve had initially planned to bring in Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to complement the signings of Cancelo, Emre Can and Douglas Costa, but might switch their focus to Ronaldo if Lazio continue to play hardball.

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13.38 BST: Could Riyad Mahrez’s move to Manchester City still happen? The BBC’s Simon Stone seems to think so … 

13.21 BST: In other Manchester United news, goalkeeper Sam Johnstone looks set for a move to West Brom.

13.18 BST: Manchester United have stepped up their interest in Norwegian teenager Erling Braut Haaland — son of former Manchester City midfielder Alfie — after watching him score all four goals in Molde’s 4-0 win against Brann on Sunday. Mark Ogden has the story here. 

Scoring four goals in front of watching scouts sure is one way to get noticed …

13.13 BST: Barcelona have been impressed with Yerry Mina‘s performances for Colombia at the World Cup but his future at Camp Nou remains far from certain, according to Marca.

12.49 BST: DONE DEAL! Robert Navarro, the promising Barcelona midfielder, has signed for Monaco.

12.32 BST: If Barcelona have an offer for Paulinho for more than they paid then they will consider selling, according to Mundo Deportivo.

12.15 BST: It remains a mystery to many how Paulinho ended up at Barcelona, but even after playing relatively well for the club, he could be on his way out.

Mundo Deportivo write that the midfielder had not ruled out leaving during the summer transfer window after the club had received an offer worth in excess of €40 million for his services.

12.00 BST: Jokin Aperribay, president of Real Sociedad, has told Marca that he is hopeful of signing Mikel Merino from Newcastle.

“We are focused on completing Merino’s signing for next season. We still haven’t done it.”

11.50 BST: Swap deal, anyone? Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that Gonzalo Higuain and Alvaro Morata could be involved in a swap deal, if Maurizio Sarri takes over at Chelsea.

Sarri had Higuain at Napoli, where he enjoyed his best ever season in terms of goals, while Morata enjoyed his best season at Juventus and is understood to be keen on returning to Turin.

11.40 BST: When asked if Bayern Munich were willing to accept offers for Thiago or Arturo Vidal, sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said: “The transfer window is open until Aug. 31. We discuss everything internally and should anything happen you will be the first to know.”

11.30 BST: After Dani Ceballos left for Real Madrid last summer, Real Betis seem to be asking the European champions for some favours in return.

Mundo Deportivo say that the two clubs held a meeting, where the possibilities of signing Marcos Llorente, Achraf Hakimi, and Borja Mayoral on loan were discussed.

11.20 BST: Paris Saint-Germain wave goodbye to Yuri Berchiche, who completes his move to Athletic Bilbao.

11.05 BST: Sokratis Papastathopoulos could be unveiled as an Arsenal player today after the club waited until the start of July as per an agreement with Borussia Dortmund.

10.55 BST: Bayern Munich have refused to discuss reports linking them to Manchester United’s Anthony Martial.

10.50 BST: Marca report that Atletico Madrid are waiting on Gabi to make a decision on his future, with a big offer from Al-Sadd on the table for him.

The club hope a sale will free up space on their wage bill, and AS have evaluated possible free transfers that could replace Gabi — Yaya Toure, Jack Wilshere, Max Meyer, Yohan Cabaye,Milan Badelj and William Carvalho. Right…

10.45 BST: Barcelona have lost another promising La Masia product.

16-year-old Robert Navarro has left and signed for Monaco…

10.35 BST: ESPN FC’s Mark Lovell has an update on Bayern Munich’s pursuit of Hamburg forward Jann-Fiete Arp

10.25 BST: With Alisson deemed too expensive for even Real Madrid, Marca say that Thibaut Courtois has become the club’s prime goalkeeping target for the summer, and talks with his agent are believed to be underway.

10.15 BST: FootMercato and Le Parisien both believe that Leonardo Bonucci would welcome a move from AC Milan to Paris Saint-Germain.

10.00 BST: Mundo Deportivo write that Willian is “like crazy” about the possibility of joining Barcelona, but a deal won’t be easy with Chelsea asking around €80 million to part ways with the 29-year-old winger.

09.55 BST: Crystal Palace look set to lose out in the race to sign Toulouse’s teenage goalkeeper Alban Lafont, who is set to undergo a medical at Fiorentina, Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio reports.

09.50 BST: After failing to impress on loan at Swansea, Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham could be loaned out to the Championship.

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard, now manager of Derby County, could take him to Pride Park on loan, the Telegraph write.

09.40 BST: Today’s edition of De Telegraaf leads with the story of Daley Blind potentially returning to Ajax, four years after he left the club for Manchester United.

09.30 BST: The big news this morning is that Mo Salah is not going anywhere — he has just signed a new long-term deal at Liverpool…

09.25 BST: The agent of Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro has confirmed to Sport Italia, via Ilbianconero, that Newcastle, Wolves and Southampton are interested in his client.

08.55 BST: Liverpool and Arsenal have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Sporting Lisbon’s Gelson Martins, who rescinded his Sporting Lisbon contract last month. That boost is that he will not be joining Benfica, according to the Express.

08.30 BST: Tuttosport have linked PSG with a €40m move for Juventus’ Alex Sandro. The Brazil left-back isn’t at the World Cup and moves to Chelsea and Manchester United haven’t materialised either.

PAPER TALK (By Matt Stanger)

Arsenal move for Pavon

Arsenal remain keen on Cristian Pavon after offering £27 million for the Argentina international back in January, claims TalkSport.

Pavon’s club, Boca Juniors, are in no rush to sell their prized asset as they wait for other bids, including an expected proposal from Barcelona.

Pavon showed flashes of his talent in Argentina’s difficult World Cup campaign, and would provide some pace and trickery down the wings at the Emirates.

The 22-year-old has unsurprisingly drawn comparisons to Lionel Messi, and has helped Boca win back-to-back Primera Division titles.

Bonucci up for sale

Man United could capitalise on AC Milan’s financial fair play crisis by launching a €35m raid for Leonardo Bonucci, says Calciomercato.

The Serie A club have been forced to make serious cutbacks, with several of their star players — including Gianluigi Donnarumma — thought to be on the market.

Jose Mourinho is desperate to recruit a new centre-back and Bonucci would bring a wealth of experience to Old Trafford.

United face competition from Paris Saint-Germain for the 31-year-old, who joined Milan only last summer after quitting Juventus.

Meanwhile, the Mirror claims United are monitoring Lucas Vazquez‘s situation at Real Madrid.

The winger apparently fears he could fall out of favour under new manager Julen Lopetegui, and has been mooted as a potential replacement for wantaway winger Anthony Martial.

Tap-ins

– Wolves are set to take on Real Madrid and Spurs in the battle to sign Colombia star Juan Quintero, reports the Mirror. The Premier League new boys will utilise their relationship with Jorge Mendes to put a deal together for the playmaker following his starring role at the World Cup.

Adrien Rabiot‘s agent and mother is trying to secure the midfielder a move to Juventus, Manchester United or Manchester City, claims the Sun. Rabiot has only one year left on his contract at PSG and has apparently become “disillusioned” with life at the Parc des Princes.

– Chelsea will bid £27m for Russia star Aleksandr Golovin as soon as new boss Maurizio Sarri has been unveiled. According to the Sun, the Blues are aiming to beat Juventus to the playmaker after he helped Russia edge past Spain on penalties to reach the World Cup quarterfinals.

– Southampton have fought off West Ham in the race to sign Barcelona defender Marlon, says the Mirror. The Brazilian spent last season on loan at Nice in Ligue 1 and will arrive for a £10m fee.

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