Barcelona locked in battle with Manchester United and Bayern Munich to sign Benfica star Nelsen Semedo

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Hot prospect: Semedo.

With the transfer window set to open next month, the frenetic nature of speculation has already begun.

Rumours are starting to gather pace and we take a look at the latest stories doing the rounds in the media.

Do you think any of the following deals will happen?

NELSON SEMEDO

Barcelona remain locked in battle with Manchester United, Manchester City and Bayern Munich to sign the Benfica star, according to reports in Spain.

The Catalan giants have wasted no time in drawing up their plans for next season and new boss Ernesto Valverde sees the 23-year-old right-back as a must-have purchase.

Semedo, who flourished for the Portuguese giants last term, is thought to be keen on a switch to La Liga according to Marca – and the club that gets closest to his €50 million valuation will secure his signature.

Barca, who are believed to have contacted the defender’s representatives, are desperate to strengthen their backline – particularly on the right-hand side – which was occupied by Sergi Roberto for large parts of last season.

RATING: 8/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: The Portugal international favours a move to the Nou Camp and a switch will very much boil down to whether Blaugrana can come up with an attractive financial package for Benfica to cash in. If they don’t, expect there to be a number of clubs waiting in the wings to sign him.

GIANLUIGI DONNARUMMA

The highly sought-after AC Milan shot stopper is no closer to a move to Manchester United this summer, according to reports in Italy.

The Red Devils have been monitoring the 18-year-old’s situation at the San Siro side, with rumours aplenty speculating he will not sign a new contract and leave the club.

However, according to Tuttosport, Milan – with new investment behind them – want to keep the homegrown talent at the club.

Rossoneri general manager Marco Fassone is thought to be working hard behind the scenes to tie up a new deal for Donnarumma, but until then, Jose Mourinho’s men will be waiting in the wings…especially if Real Madrid sign David de Gea.

RATING: 6/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: The teenager has already proved he is more than just a prospect and would be a good signing for any top side – but it’s likely he’ll stay at Milan for another season, at the very least.

FLORENCE, ITALY - JUNE 03: Gianluigi Donnarumma of Italy in action during the training session at Coverciano at Coverciano on June 03, 2017 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

The youngster has also become a key man for Italy.

KYLIAN MBAPPE

The Monaco superstar has added to the rumour merry-go-round regarding his future by saying potential suitors Real Madrid have been trying to sign him since he was 14-years-old.

Speaking to the media following France’s victory over England on Tuesday night, the 18-year-old striker was pressed on his future and again wasn’t shy in hiding his admiration for Los Blancos.

“They have been trying to recruit me since I was 14,” Mbappe told Canal + following yet more speculation Real will land the hitman this summer.

RATING: 8/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: It is no secret that Real Madrid are desperate to sign Mbappe, with all parties involved seemingly convinced a mega-move could take place in the coming weeks. Expect much more activity on this story.

France's midfielder Kylian Mbappe (R) shoots towards England's goalkeeper Jack Butland during the international friendly football match between France and England at The Stade de France Stadium in Saint-Denis near Paris on June 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Mbappe was a constant thorn in England’s side.

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Benfica's tribute to Manchester United-bound Victor Lindelof

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Benfica have paid tribute to departing defender Victor Lindelof, who has just been announced as Manchester United’s first signing of this summer.

The Portuguese club wished Lindelof well on Twitter, and put a video of the Swedish defender’s best moments at the club, where Lindelof has been since 2012.

Lindelof will complete his move this week, with the player due to fly to Manchester after Sweden’s friendly against Norway on Tuesday. The 22-year-old will have a medical before his signing is officially confirmed.

It is expected that Lindelof is just the first of many signings Manchester United will make this summer, with the club reportedly close to striking a deal for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata. They’re also in the hunt for Torino striker Andrea Belotti and are expected to add at least one central midfielder, as well.

However, Lindelof’s arrival likely means the club will drop their pursuit of Burnley defender Michael Keane, a United academy product.

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Real Madrid star James Rodriguez no closer to Chelsea move as transfer saga surrounding Colombian stalls

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James Rodriguez

With the transfer window set to open next month, the frenetic nature of speculation has already begun.

Rumours are starting to gather pace and we take a look at the latest stories doing the rounds in the media.

Will any of the following deals happen?

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JAMES RODRIGUEZ

The Real Madrid playmaker is currently on international duty with Colombia but is no closer to a resolution over his long-term club future.

According to Madrid-based daily newspaper Marca, the 25-year-old is expected to leave the Santiago Bernabeu this summer but interest has cooled from Chelsea while his agent, the famed Jorge Mendes, has yet been unable to make inroads into any other deals.

Real boss Zinedine Zidane is currently on holiday – and transfer activity has seemingly been put on hold – leaving both the ex-Monaco man and team-mate Alvaro Morata somewhat in the dark over their immediate futures.

Despite scoring 11 goals in an historic campaign for the Whites, Rodriguez struggled for regular first-team action and looks set to end his three-season stay in the Spanish capital.

RATING: 8/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: There may be a slight delay to transfer negotiations concerning Rodriguez but don’t expect him to be a Los Blancos player for much longer.

MURCIA, SPAIN - JUNE 07: James Rodriguez of Colombia runs with the ball during a friendly match between Spain and Colombia at La Nueva Condomina stadium on June 7, 2017 in Murcia, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Rodriguez: In international action recently.

DENIS SUAREZ

Roma are closing in on the signing of the Barcelona midfielder, according to Catalan-based newspaper Sport.

Sporting director Monchi is confident he can convince the 23-year-old to move to Serie A – a player the former Sevilla football guru knows well from their time together at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium during the 2014-15 season.

Suarez, who played a bit part role for Barca last term, reportedly wants to stay and fight for his place under Ernesto Valverde – though the club have an embarrassment of riches in the midfield department.

RATING: 7/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: A move to Italy could really reignite Suarez’s career and the chance to link-up with Monchi again is an opportunity he will not want to pass up.

Barcelona's midfielder Denis Suarez (R) vies with Atletico Madrid's defender Juanfran during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) semi final second leg football match FC Barcelona vs Club Atletico de Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on February 7, 2017. / AFP / LLUIS GENE (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)

Will Suarez become part of a new-look Roma next term?

DOUGLAS COSTA

Juventus are closing in on the signing of the Bayern Munich man, according to reports in Italy.

The 26-year-old winger, who has also been linked with a move to Liverpool and Manchester United, is a top target for Juve this summer and Italian news outlet Tuttosport is reporting the Serie A club will rev up their interest in the coming days.

Costa was in and out of the Bayern team last term – but Carlo Ancelotti is said to still be keen to keep the player.

RATING: 7/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: This deal will likely come down to the size of the transfer fee involved while Old Lady manager Massimiliano Allegri will likely try to do his bit to get the player to sign.

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