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May 28, 2017

Arsenal beat Chelsea to win their 13th FA Cup trophy and with it brought the vacuum of the summer one step closer. Only the Champions League final stands undecided on the elite scene.

However, as the football winds down, the transfer speculation is coming to the boil nicely ahead of the official opening of the window on July 1.

With Manchester City already making the first big move by bringing in Bernardo Silva from Monaco, there seems to be life in the window already, so stick with Sportsmail as we keep you up to date with news from around Europe.

Arsenal and Chelsea want Andrea Belotti [Sun on Sunday]

Chelsea and Arsenal are both interested in signing Torino striker Andrea Belotti, who is valued at £85million by his club, according to the Sun on Sunday.

Belotti has become one of Europe’s hottest young properties with 27 goals for Torino in what was a stunning campaign.

Manchester United, who would prefer Antoine Griezmann, also consider the 23-year-old an alternative should Atletico Madrid resolve to keep their man.

Manchester United and Chelsea want Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic

Chelsea have registered their interest in Inter Milan attacker Ivan Perisic after Manchester United made an opening offer of around £30million, according to Sky Sports.

The Croatia international scored 10 goals and assisted a further six for Inter in Serie A this season and is valued at around £50m by the club.

Manchester United were hoping to find an agreement but look set to be rivalled by Premier League champions Chelsea.

REPORT: Manchester City launch £113m offer for Kylian Mbappe

Manchester City and Real Madrid have launched a world-record £113million move for Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe, according to a report from French outlet Telefoot.

The Citizens have already sealed the signature of Monaco midfielder Bernardo Silva and are also chasing left-back Benjamin Mendy.

Telefoot, however, believe Mbappe is now the priority for Pep Guardiola, who is willing to make the 18-year-old the world’s first nine-figure footballer.

JOE BERNSTEIN: Manchester United are to try to wrap up a quick deal for Burnley’s Michael Keane, having seen rivals Manchester City make their first big signing and Jose Mourinho putting executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward under pressure to get his business done.

United are ready to offer £24million for defender Keane, of which they would keep £6million because of the 25 per cent sell-on clause they negotiated with Burnley when they sold the player in 2014.

Manchester City completed their first major purchase of the summer last week by tying up a £43m move for Monaco’s Bernardo Silva and, speaking from the Monaco Grand Prix where he is watching as a fan, Mourinho urged his club to do the same.

Cesc Fabregas has refused to close the door on leaving Chelsea this summer after failing to nail down a starting spot in Antonio Conte’s side.

The Spaniard has performed well from the bench this season but Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante appears to be Conte’s preferred midfield pairing for the foreseeable future.

‘Not necessarily, but in football you can never say never,’ he said when asked if a lack of playing time would convince him to leave.

‘Anything can happen but I have always said I feel very, very loved by the fans here and every time I have played I have shown I can play at the top level in this team. It is all about trying to change the manager’s decision.’

Antoine Griezmann ‘staying’ at Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo says Antoine Griezmann will stay at the club this summer despite strong speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United.

Jose Mourinho is believed to be targeting the Frenchman as part of another massive summer of spending with Manchester United willing to meet his £86m release clause.

However, Cerezo says Griezmann will still be leading the line for Atletico next season.

He told Spanish newspaper Marca: ‘Griezmann will stay here. Not here at the Calderon, but at the Wanda.’

Aaron Ramsey was Arsenal’s FA Cup final hero once again on Saturday — and the Gunners goalscorer then urged under-fire boss Arsene Wenger not to quit.

Ramsey’s second-half winner put a gloss on a poor Arsenal season and shattered Chelsea’s hopes of the Double.

And Ramsey, who had scored the winning goal against Hull in the final three years ago, had no doubt that Wenger was the reason why the club are celebrating a record-breaking 13th FA Cup.

SIMON JONES: Manchester City will press to sign Monaco defender Benjamin Mendy this week. Talks are ongoing, with City keen to fend off competition for the France international left-back from Manchester United.

Both clubs are understood to have expressed a willingness to pay Monaco’s asking price of £38million while Liverpool and Barcelona have made enquiries.

City enjoy a good relationship with Monaco and are understood to be in pole position after talks were held last week ahead of the £43m purchase of Bernardo Silva.

DOMINIC KING: The end of year party had finished just a few hours earlier and now the time had come for the weary travellers to unwind.

Liverpool’s players were drained but they would head home from their whistle-stop trip to Australia content their prime objective had been achieved.

Over coffee in a plush hotel on the banks of Circular Quay, however, one man was already peering into the future.

Simon Mignolet had been an unsung hero in helping Liverpool secure a top four spot, keeping five clean sheets in the last six matches.

Good morning and welcome…


Arsenal fans may be nursing hangovers this morning after beating Chelsea to the FA Cup at Wembley on Saturday, but their club will this morning be working hard on summer transfer plans.

Indeed, every club appears to be ramping up preparations for what could be the busiest windows in Premier League history.

We’ll keep you up to date with all the news from around the Premier League and Europe.

Manchester City have reportedly launched a record move for Monaco star Kylian Mbappe


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