THE transfer window is open and clubs are starting to conduct quickfire business.
With just a few weeks to go before the season starts, we've the very latest on the future of Lionel Messi and Jadon Sancho.
Leeds United have approached Norwich City following their interest in the club’s attacking midfielder Emiliano Buendia.
And the Canaries, who were relegated last month, are reported to want at least £25million for the 23-year-old Argentinian, according to the Daily Mail.
Transfer officials at Elland Road are rumoured to have made enquiries about the availability of Bruges winger and Gunners target Emmanuel Dennis.
And it’s also reported Marcelo Bielsa’s club have approached Bruges’ Belgian rivals Gent with an offer for Jonathan David.
However the 20-year-old Canada international is believed to be keen on a move to Ligue 1 side Lille who finished fourth in France’s top division last term.
And it’s reported the Canadian has also attracted interest from 2019-20 FA Cup winners Arsenal.
But they hit a roadblock as United refused to budge on their £18million transfer demand.
Roma would only stump up £16m for the 31-cap England international, who had lost his place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team.
The defender has turned his career around in Rome and was even dubbed “Smalldini” this season in reference to Italy and AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini.
HOME AWAY FROM ROME
Chris Smalling is set to return to Manchester United and will be denied the chance of Europa League silverware with Roma this season.
Sky Italia claim the two clubs have failed to agree a loan extension for the defender.
Smalling, 30, will now reportedly return to Old Trafford.
Roma face Sevilla in the Europa League last-16 on Thursday and Smalling's departure will be a huge blow for both him and the club.
United resume their European campaign against LASK on Wednesday.
Talks are thought to have been ongoing for months over making Smalling's Roma loan deal permanent…
ALL BARC NO BITE?
Mauricio Pochettino has softened his stance on moving to Barcelona, saying “you ever know what will happen”.
The former Tottenham boss, a legend at Barca's rivals Espanyol, had previously said he would rather work on a farm than manage the club.
But he has now told El Pais: “I was in Barcelona that year and I met [club president] Bartomeu in a bar.
“We greeted each other because we were taking the children to the same school and we were talking for five minutes.
“That generated a rumour, and when they asked me I wanted to settle it decisively; I did not want to disrespect Barcelona.
“I made a name for myself at Espanyol. But I'm not arrogant and I didn't like making a statement like that.
“Maybe now I wouldn't because in life you never know what will happen.”
POPE IS BLESSED
Chelsea are ramping up their quest to nab Nick Pope from Burnley ahead of Frank Lampard’s second season in charge of the club.
But the Blues target isn’t likely to be cheap with Clarets boss Sean Dyche reportedly slapping a £50million tag on his prized asset.
Pope, who made 38 Premier League appearances for the Clarets this season, is the Blues number one target according to the Daily Star.
And the Burnley stopper, who was rumoured to be a transfer target for Tottenham last year, is reportedly keen on a move to one of the giants in England’s top football division.
The 28-year-old, who kept 15 cleans in the league this term, was narrowly beaten by Manchester City goalie Ederson to this season’s Golden Glove prize.
It’s believed a move to one of the Premier League’s top sides could help the Clarets star rival Jordan Pickford as first choice for Gareth Southgate.
Chelsea legend and current technical advisor Petr Cech has refused to be drawn on speculation that the Blues will sign Kai Havertz this summer.
The Czech was asked by a fan about the potential deal after Chelsea's 2-1 FA Cup final defeat to Cech's former club Arsenal.
But the ex-goalkeeper simply said: “Good try.”
Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler has had his say on Manchester United's pursuit of Jadon Sancho.
He told the Mirror: “And if United pay £100m for Sancho – even if it’s in instalments – then that’s what he’s worth, too. I don’t get it personally, but I’m no accountant. Who am I to say they can’t afford such a fee if they are going to lose £200m due to the pandemic?
“I reckon it’s a simple calculation. What will the player cost compared to what he can earn for you in terms of trophies and income? So many times United have got that calculation wrong in recent years, but at least Sancho fits their new philosophy.
“He’s still only 20 and is among the best in the whole of Europe. He’s done it at a high level, too. Consistently.
“If he reproduces the stats he has for Dortmund over five years elsewhere, then what’s it worth? I honestly don’t know.”
IT'S A TRAB
Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny could be headed back to Turkey next season, according to reports.
The Egyptian international was cast aside by former boss Unai Emery last summer, and sent for a season-long loan at Besiktas.
And according to Turkish-Football, Elneny could be headed back to the Super Lig to sign for league rivals Trabzonspor.
WAT ON EARTH?
Tottenham are interested in signing Watford captain Troy Deeney on loan, according to reports.
The bustling striker has one year remaining on his Hornets contract, following relegation to the Championship.
And according to the Daily Mail, he could spend that year at Spurs – with Jose Mourinho said to admire the 32-year-old.
The Lilywhites are claimed to have entered initial talks with Watford over a potential deal.
AS Roma have “given up” on keeping Manchester United centre-back Chris Smalling.
The clubs have been haggling over a deal for the on-loan central defender.
Smalling, 30, is believed to be happy in Rome.
But according to Sky Sports Italia, the Red Devils will not budge on their £18million asking price.
NICK OF TIME
Chelsea are ready to step up their pursuit of Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope, according to reports.
The Clarets stopper has been in impressive form this season, coming second only to Ederson in the race for the Premier League's Golden Glove award.
And according the Daily Star, the Blues could launch an offer worth as much as £50m for the England stopper.
MAKING A RAKIT
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has made contact with Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic, according to reports.
The Croatian is expected to leave Barca this summer, having seen his importance to the team wane in recent seasons.
And according to Le10 Sport, Arteta has called Rakitic to try and convince him to come to the Emirates.
SUNSPORT EXCLUSIVE BY ALAN NIXON
Southampton will move for Nottingham Forest right-back Matty Cash when the auction starts for him.
Saints are looking for an attacking player in Cash’s mould, who could also play wing-back or even as a right-winger if needed.
Cash will be allowed to leave for around £12million.
West Ham have checked out the 22-year-old in the past but Saints are currently taking the bigger interest.
KICK DOR DOWN
Manchester United are determined not to be held to ransom in their pursuit of Jadon Sancho.
Borussia Dortmund are reportedly holding out for £108MILLION for the 20-year-old England international.
The German club have also set a deadline of August 10 for any deal to get done.
But according to the Manchester Evening News, United will NOT be working towards that deadline and hope to LOWER the transfer fee.
SUNSPORT EXCLUSIVE BY DUNCAN WRIGHT
Aston Villa are considering a summer swoop for Liverpool striker Divock Origi.
Villa boss Dean Smith is desperate to improve his attacking options following the club’s successful battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
And Reds star Origi is one of the options in his mind, with the Belgian international only a bit-part player with the champions.
The 25-year-old figured in 44 games for Liverpool last season but most of those were off the bench with Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all ahead of him in the pecking order.
And Origi knows he needs to be playing regularly to have a chance of being in Roberto Martinez’s thoughts for the Belgium squad at next summer’s Euros.
With money for new signings not in huge supply for Jurgen Klopp this summer, he could be one the Reds he would be willing to offload at the right price.
SUNSPORT EXCLUSIVE BY ALAN NIXON
Bournemouth have set their sights on Manchester United kid James Garner for their bid to return to the Premier League.
The South Coast side quickly turned their thoughts to the midfielder after losing their top-flight status.
United may send Garner, 19, out on loan to a Championship club to get some game time next season — and the Cherries still have a good footballing reputation.
Swansea and a handful of other clubs are also eyeing Garner but Bournemouth have a strong chance in the race.
We're heading into a busy period in the transfer market, with Prem clubs starting to stretch their financial muscle.
Everton are set to try their luck with a £15m bid for Bournemouth forward Joshua King.
The Norwegian is looking to leave the Cherries after their relegation from the Premier League.
And the former Man Utd kid has his sights on Goodison Park.
Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti is in the market for an extra striker for his shot-shy side and could open the bidding shortly.
In South East London, Crystal Palace want Ismaila Sarr to fill the boots of Wilfried Zaha — if their talisman is sold this summer.
The Eagles are keen on Watford speedster Sarr, 22, and would smash their record fee for him with a £40million offer.
Sarr was on Palace’s radar a year ago when Hornets splashed out £30m to bring the Senegalese star from French side Rennes.
Ironically their failure to sell Zaha to his admirers 12 months ago cost them that swoop, but this time they will try again.
And finally, Man Utd are weighing up a shock move for Kasper Schmeichel to replace David De Gea as No 1 next season.
Leicester ace Schmeichel is seen as a ready-made option to come in, with De Gea suffering a huge slump in form and loan star Dean Henderson still at rookie level.
Schmeichel, son of Old Trafford legend Peter, still has three years left on his Foxes deal.
But the 2016 title winner, 33, would be relatively cheap to buy compared to Atletico Madrid’s highly-rated Jan Oblak, 27, who has a release clause of around £109million.