Barcelona begin talks with Monaco for Thomas Lemar as focus shifts from Christian Eriksen

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The summer transfer window for Premier League clubs is open, while international deals can be completed from June 8.

That has started a frenzy of speculation as players and coaches look for their next moves.

Across the world of football, there is plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen very soon.

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THOMAS LEMAR

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.

Lemar gestures

RODRYGO

Real Madrid have sealed a deal to sign Santos wonderkid for €45m (£40m), reports Marca.

Barcelona were also in the mix for the 17-year-old winger, who has been compared to his compatriot Neymar.

Despite his age, Rodrygo has been one of the stars of the Brazilian league this season, scoring five goals in nine appearances.

Rodrygo

MEHDI BENATIA and DANIELE RUGANI

Arsenal have contacted Juventus about the availability of defenders Medhi Benatia and Daniele Rugani, according to Calciomercato.

Rugani, 23, is seen as a key part of Juve’s future, and could be tough to pry away from Turin.

Benatia, however, is more likely to move after reportedly falling out with Juventus manager Max Allegri.

Benatia

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Al Nasr snap up promising Brazilian striker Brazilian Iury de Castilho from Zorya Luhansk

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Iury de Castillo (r) with the Al Nasr shirt (Al Nasr).

Al Nasr’s quest for a new No9 has ended with the capture of Brazilian Iury de Castilho from Ukraine’s Zorya Luhansk.

The Blue Wave endured awful fortune with the previous doomed incumbent of the shirt, Wanderley. A combination of a passport-eligibility row and successive injuries saw the July 2016 capture from Sharjah feature in just seven Arabian Gulf League matches, scoring four times.

They will hope for better luck with Thursday’s 22-year-old addition, who struck on 11 occasions in 25 Ukrainian Premier League matches last term for his fourth-placed employers.

“Al Nasr officially hires Brazilian striker Iury de Castilho, who comes from Ukraine’s Zorya Luhansk,” Nasr tweeted.

De Castilho had previously struck just three times in 29 league appearances for boyhood club Avai.

Nasr will hope the promise displayed in Eastern Europe will be repeated in the UAE’s top flight.

He will find support from fellow Brazilian arrival, Samuel Rosa. The tall 27-year-old notched 21 times in 44 run-outs for Hatta, prior to their relegation in May’s promotion/relegation play-off against Fujairah.

Nasr could yet retain Lebanon centre-back Joan Oumari and they remain in the mix to extend Brazilian Marcelo Cirino’s successful loan from Atletico Paranaense – or make it permanent.

In the domestic market, they’ve already land UAE centre-back Mohammed Marzooq from Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club and forward Mohamed Al Akbari from Al Wahda.

An improvement from 2017/18’s fourth place is expected after the positive impact of rehiring Serbia’s Ivan Jovanovic as coach in January.

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Real Madrid better Barcelona bid for Santos starlet Rodrygo

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Real Madrid have moved ahead of Barcelona and into pole position to snatch starlet Rodrygo from Santos, according to reports.

Rodrygo, 17, reinforced his status as the hottest property in Brazilian football this week with a hat-trick against Vitoria. Such performances, allied with an enticing €50 million (Dh217.1m) release clause, have made him coveted across Europe.

La Liga winners Barca have long been considered his most-likely destination. But Globo Esporte now reports that the forward could be bound for Santiago Bernabeu after a €45m (Dh195.4m) offer was made by the Champions League holders – which is €15m (Dh65.1m) more than their great Clasico rivals.

Rodrygo has scored nine goals in 30 first-team matches for Santos.

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