The summer transfer window is open and across the globe there is a frenzy of speculation as players and coaches look for their next moves.
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.
Chelsea are plotting a £53million swoop for the Juventus striker, according to the Evening Standard.
New boss Maurizio Sarri is keeping tabs on Serie A, with sources in Italy suggesting officials will be meeting with Higuain’s representatives this week.
The Blues have previously been linked with the Bianconeri forward, who has enjoyed two prolific seasons at Turin Stadium following his switch from Napoli in the summer of 2016.
The paper adds that the West London club are closing in on another Juventus player, defender Daniele Rugani.
Man City have pulled out of the race to sign the Real Madrid midfielder, reports Sky Sports News.
The Sky Blues are on the hunt for a central midfielder after their expected move for Jorginho fell through, with the Italy international signing fro Chelsea instead.
Kovacic – a key player for Croatia during their run to the World Cup final – is one player City have monitored but Los Blancos’ asking price of £80m (Dh385m) is considered too high.
Several British newspapers reported on Tuesday that the Reds had made a £62 million offer for Roma and Brazil No1 Alisson, but that the Serie A outfit wanted £66.5m.
Either figure would be a world record transfer fee for a keeper.
And Real, who have long sought a new stopper to replace Keylor Navas and were a broken fax machine away from signing Manchester United’s David De Gea in 2015, are reportedly close to wrapping up a £31m deal for contract rebel Courtois.
The Belgium international, who won the World Cup’s Golden Glove award for his inspired displays in Russia, has not signed an extension at Chelsea with his contract due to expire in 2019.
Courtois’ children live in Madrid, where he used to play for Atletico.
“The only thing I’ve always said is that after the World Cup I look at everything,” he said earlier this month. “The only thing is that my children are the most important and I’ll make the decision that best suits me for everything.”
And according to French radio station RMC, the Blues are willing to accept Los Blancos’ offer and cash in on the 26-year-old before he is free to leave next summer.
The London club will now almost certainly be in the hunt for a new keeper themselves and the development could spark a transfer battle with Liverpool for the right to sign Alisson.
The 25-year-old has been with Roma since joining from Brazilian side Internacional in 2016 and made 37 Serie A appearances last season.
He played in all five of Brazil’s games at this summer’s World Cup, keeping three clean sheets.
Liverpool keeper Loris Karius was back in the spotlight last week after a 3-2 friendly win against Tranmere at Prenton Park saw him spill a free-kick which allowed the hosts to score.
Karius was at fault for two of Real Madrid’s three goals when they beat Liverpool 3-1 in May’s Champions League final, after which it was revealed the 25-year-old German was suffering from concussion.
As soon as France lifted the World Cup to the sky, silly season went into overdrive.
Some of the brightest sparks in Russia have been linked to big moves and in a series of daily features, we reflect on their time at the tournament – and which teams should be poking around for their services.
Today it’s Mexico and PSV flyer Hirving Lozano.
WORLD CUP OVERVIEW
Mexico’s time in Russia was brief brilliance. El Tri precipitated Germany’s downfall with a shocking yet fully deserved victory in their opener.
South Korea were next to fall to the Mexican sword and Lozano was the sharpest edge of the blade. The sight of those green shirts in full flow, with the 22-year-old situated on the left, was one of the best on the box over the last four weeks.
A horror show against Sweden, however, meant a fateful meeting with Brazil in the last-16, and though El Tri edged possession and showed plenty of adventure in peppering Alisson’s goal (although they mustered only one effort on target), Lozano and Co could not cope when Neymar came out of hiding.
5 – Hirving Lozano has completed five dribbles (7 attempted) in the first half against Brazil, more than any other player on the pitch. Magician. pic.twitter.com/p46jFqRNoF— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) July 2, 2018
RATINGS FROM THE ARCHIVE
Mexico 1 Germany 0
8 – Coming in with the hype of being his team’s next big star, Lozano delivered. He was a constant threat on the counter and finished off one of those moves superbly.
Mexico 2 South Korea 1
7 – Always a threat going forward, weaving his way past defenders, but was impressive defensively as well. Got back quickly and threw himself in front of a shot from Lee Yong. Was fouled repeatedly and had a few attempts at goal.
Mexico 0 Sweden 3
6 – Had his moments when scything in from the left wing but did not light up the game in the same manner as his first two outings at the World Cup.
Round of 16
Mexico 0 Brazil 2
7 – Had an early shot blocked and was a constant threat down the flank, also working hard off the ball.
WORLD CUP IN NUMBERS
Interestingly, Lozano did not try a single cross at the World Cup. His task was to run at defenders on the inside and link up with Javier Hernandez through the air rather than by ground on his favoured right foot.
That’s not purely the case at PSV. Lozano beats many full-backs on the touchline by virtue of sheer pace in a league that cannot be counted among the upper echelons of Europe.
He also married goal-getting and an artist’s touch to the tune of 17 strikes and eight assists, in his first season in Europe no less after leaving Pachuca.
Confidence – Self-belief hummed through Mexico – even if it didn’t go entirely to plan all the time – and Lozano radiated that confidence throughout.
He took on 23 dribbles, tried 13 shots, and in the four matches was only dispossessed seven times. Take into account that the wing wizard was up against Brazil and Germany, rather than Eredivisie fodder, and he’s passed another huge marker in his fledgling career.
Strength – of both competition and his physicality. The former has clearly been answered somewhat with bright and fearless showings in Russia, but for every Luis Suarez that emerges from the Dutch hinterlands there is a Mateja Kezman. Regardless – there’s a lot to like what about he did for Mexico.
Then there is Tottenham, who often suffer from a dearth of pace in forward positions, and chairman Daniel Levy could decide that investing some €50 in Lozano stocks is shrewd business.
If Hazard leaves Chelsea for Real Madrid, however – and it’s certainly a possibility – then new man Maurizio Sarri may covet Lozano.
While at Napoli, Sarri played a 4-3-3 comprising a front line small in stature but quick, fluid and extremely versatile in Jose Callejon, Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne.
If he carries over his winger-reliant system – the full-backs such as Marcos Alonso should relish his encouragement of overlapping too – then Lozano, who has an appetite for work, is a seamless fit.
Faced with the choice no doubt the Italian will strive to keep Hazard. It may not all be doom and gloom for Chelsea if they pick up Lozano and a lot of change for him, though.