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The coronavirus pandemic has made the transfer market uncertain -- and you can find out when the windows open and close here -- but here are the rumours floating around Europe's big leagues and beyond.

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TOP STORY: Inter Milan desperate for Kante

Calciomercato is reporting that Inter Milan are willing to go to great lengths in order to sign Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante this summer.

Current Inter boss and former manager for the Blues, Antonio Conte, is apparently desperate to sign a player who was an integral part of Chelsea's Premier League triumph in the 2016-17 season.

However, Chelsea will only accept a bid of at least £60 million, says the report, with Inter open to offloading Joao Mario, Ivan Perisic and Dalbert Henrique to fund the move.

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22.47 BST: Chelsea wide man Kenedy, who's spent the past four seasons on loan, is in Granada to undergo a medical and sign a contract that will see him move to the Andalusia side for his fifth straight season away from Stamford Bridge, according to AS.

22.10 BST: Earlier in the day we brought you a report that Manchester City have identified Jose Gimenez as a potential alternative to Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, and now Mundo Deportivo writes that Atletico Madrid have rejected a €70m offer for the 25-year-old Uruguay international, whose release clause is set at €120m.

21.33 BST: Sheffield United have announced that they've signed Chelsea's 19-year-old centre-back/holding midfielder Ethan Ampadu on a season-long loan.

21.14 BST: After a season and a half of underwhelming performances, 2018 South American Player of the Year Gonzalo "Pity" Martinez has left Atlanta United FC for Saudi Pro League side Al-Nassr FC. Read the full story.

20.56 BST: Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Julian Draxler is being courted by Hertha Berlin and Borussia Dortmund, but Le10 Sport reports that Bayer Leverkusen are "insistent" on bringing the Germany international and Schalke 04 youth product back to the Bundesliga.

20.37 BST: James Rodriguez has joined Everton from Real Madrid, the Premier League club announced on Monday. Sources told ESPN that the clubs had agreed a €25m fee and the player had signed a two-year contract with an option for a third. Read the full story.

20.19 BST: Villarreal's first choice to reinforce their defence, according to AS, is Tottenham Hotspur's Juan Foyth. The only complicating factor there is that the Londoners have no intention of allowing the 22-year-old leave the club on a permanent basis.

19.42 BST: Any manager would love to have Lionel Messi in their team, right? ESPN's Sid Lowe isn't so sure that's the case with Ronald Koeman at Barcelona.

19.05 BST: Negotiations have cooled between AC Milan and Chelsea over the proposed loan move that would see Tiemoue Bakayoko return to the San Siro, Gazzetta dello Sport writes. The London club is demanding the option to make 26-year-old midfielder's move permanent be set at €30m, while the Rossoneri are so far unwilling to go any higher than €25m.

18.28 BST: Fresh off a third-place finish in Ligue 1, Stade Rennes intent to strengthen for 2020-21, and according to L'Equipe, the Briton club are hopeful of recruiting 34-year-old centre-back Diego Godin from Internazionale and 23-year-old attacker Jeremie Boga of Sassuolo.

17.51 BST: Bild reports that the hierarchy at Barcelona want to bring Thiago back to the club, after graduate of La Masia left the club for Bayern Munich in 2013, but new manager Ronald Koeman would prefer Georginio Wijnaldum to reinforce his midfield instead.

17.14 BST: Having a less-than-cordial relationship with Napoli following their contentious sale of Jorginho to Chelsea two years ago, Manchester City have begun exploring alternatives to Kalidou Koulibaly, according to Sport, with Atletico Madrid centre-back Jose Gimenez and Sevilla FC's Diego Carlos having been identified. The former has a release clause of €120m and the latter's is €70m, but Pep Guardiola & Co. will hope to negotiate those figures to a more tolerable amount.

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16.00 BST: Chelsea have been on the search for a new goalkeeper throughout the summer, with manager Frank Lampard having run out of patience with record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga. The Athletic reports that the Blues are confident of signing Édouard Mendy from Stade Rennes before the transfer window closes on Oct. 5. Chelsea have had a £14m bid rejected but will return to the Ligue 1 club with an improved offer.

But Chelsea face a battle to offload a player who is on £170,000-a-week so, initially at least, Kepa and Mendy could battle it out for the No. 1 jersey. Wilfredo Caballero displaced Kepa towards the end of last season but is not seen as a long-term contender to be first choice as he will be 39 later this month.

15.26 BST: We found out on Friday that Lionel Messi would, reluctantly, stay at Barcelona after failing to find a way out of his contract. It had been suggested that the loss of Messi would be a huge blow to La Liga's brand, having already seen Cristiano Ronaldo move to Serie A with Juventus.

At the launch of the new Spanish season on Wednesday, La Liga president Javier Tebas admitted he had been worried that Messi could leave.

"Seriously worried, no. Worried, yes," Tebas said "We always want Leo with us. He's the best player in the history of football... We've been working for years now for La Liga to be above any player and any club."

14.52 BST: We have another DONE DEAL! Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo has joined Championship side Cardiff City on a season-long loan. Ojo, who has made eight Premier League appearances for Liverpool, adds to his list of loan clubs which includes Wigan Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Fulham, Reims and Rangers.

14.15 BST: Manchester United's hopes of raising extra transfer funds are being hampered by the high wages of fringe players, sources have told ESPN.

Solskjaer and the executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward are willing to listen to offers for Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo, Andreas Pereira and Sergio Romero to boost the transfer kitty but so far, interested clubs have been put off by the wages they are on at Old Trafford.

13.42 BST: Former Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov has jetted into Milan to complete his cut-price move to Inter Milan from AS Roma. The Serbia international, who was sent off in the 0-0 draw with Turkey on Sunday night, will have a medical ahead of a €1.5m switch as Inter boss Roberto Mancini looks to add experience to his squad.

12.59 BST: Luka Jovic could be the latest Real Madrid player to join AC Milan on loan, Diario AS reports, citing claims in Italy's La Repubblica. Milan signed Brahim Diaz on a season-long deal last week. Jovic flopped at Real Madrid last season, scoring just two goals -- but AS says coach Zinedine Zidane may decide to hang onto him this year as back-up for first choice striker Karim Benzema.

12.21 BST: We have a DONE DEAL! Newcastle United have signed striker Callum Wilson from AFC Bournemouth for an undisclosed fee, believed to be £20m. The England international, who scored 40 Premier League goals in the last five seasons, has penned a four-year contract. His best goal-scoring season in the top flight came in 2018-19 when he netted 14 times.

"From the minute I knew that Newcastle were interested, it was definitely something that appealed to me," Wilson said. "With the players around me, I believe we can get the goals we need as team and I want to help contribute to that."

11.45 BST: Portuguese winger Jota is set to join Valencia on a season long-loan from Benfica, Record reports. Jota, 21, made 19 league appearances for Benfica last season and is expected to leave the Lisbon outfit this summer in search of more playing time. Valencia are among the clubs keen to sign Jota on loan and a move to the Mestalla would guarantee the player more minutes.

11.09 BST: Javi Martinez is set to return to Athletic Bilbao after eight seasons at Bayern Munich, kicker reports. The 32-year-old's legacy at the Allianz Arena includes a Bundesliga title every season, two Trebles as well as five German Cup wins. Martinez featured in 238 competitive matches for Bayern, scoring 13 goals and setting up a further nine.

Especially in his first couple of seasons at the Allianz Arena, the Spanish midfielder was instrumental as Bayern put entire oceans between them and their main domestic rivals, Borussia Dortmund. However, Martinez dropped down the pecking order and struggled with injuries following an anterior cruciate ligament tear in August 2014. He is now set to return to Bilbao for a fee in the region of €10m, a quarter of the transfer fee he commanded in 2012, when he set the league record for the most expensive player at the time.

10.27 BST: RB Leipzig are closing in on another loan for Manchester City wing-back Angelino. The 23-year-old already spent the second half of the 2019-20 season at the German club and is expected to return ahead of the new season, kicker reports.

Having spent his previous years in the City Football Group system, first at Girona and then at Manchester City, Angelino also had loan stints with Mallorca, Breda and PSV Eindhoven and now is looking for a permanent place in the Red Bull system. According to the report, Leipzig and Manchester City are close to agreeing another one-year loan with an obligation to buy, with the entire deal adding up to €20 million. Angelino had also been linked with Barcelona, but he is now set to stay in Germany until 2025, the reported duration of his contract once the loan turns into a permanent transfer.

09.50 BST: Highly coveted forward Ansu Fati has no intention of leaving Barcelona any time soon, says his father. The Spain international is tied to Barca until June 2022 and has a €170 release clause. Fati, 17, recently changed agent, with Jorge Mendes now representing him instead of Rodrigo Messi, Lionel Messi's brother.

"Ansu is very happy, he is at Barca, the best club in the world." Bori Fati said. "I'm calm. He is happy at Barcelona. He is 17, he is enjoying himself, he is happy at Barcelona and not thinking about anything else. It's very clear what Ansu wants."

09.11 BST: Germany international Julian Draxler has hinted at a move away from Paris Saint-Germain. Having played 180 minutes for the national team in the two 1-1 draws with Spain and Switzerland, Draxler said his attention would now shift to his future at club level.

"If I knew anything, I'd tell you," Draxler said when asked on ZDF whether he would consider leaving the Ligue 1 champions to get more playing time. "I focused on the Champions League and the national team. That's why we are all full of anticipation."

Under contract until 2021, Draxler said he would either let his deal run down or move on in the summer transfer period. "It would be difficult in the winter break," he added. "With just six months left on the contract. PSG would not allow me a free transfer then."

08.30 BST: Luis Suarez's representatives contacted Atletico Madrid last week to find out if they'd be interested in signing the Barcelona forward, according to Cadena COPE. ESPN has reported that Suarez is now close to joining Juventus, after new Barca coach Ronald Koeman told him he was no longer needed at Camp Nou. COPE claims Atletico coach Diego Simeone spoke to the Uruguayan personally -- but the La Liga club couldn't take on his financial demands.

Suarez is in the process of acquiring Italian nationality, according to reports. The forward, who is tied to Barca until June 2021, still has to terminate his contract with Barca. Sky Italia claims the 33-year-old will undergo in the next few days an exam to tests his level of Italian as part of the requirements to get nationality, a move that is possible thanks to Suarez's wife, Sofia Balbi, who is of Italian descent.


Coutinho set to stay at Barcelona

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has told the club he wants to keep hold of Philippe Coutinho, Marca reports.

While the Brazil international has enjoyed flashes of brilliance during his loan spell with Bayern Munich, the same can't really be said for his tenure at the Camp Nou. Koeman is ready to give the player another chance to prove himself, and the possibility of another loan move for the ex-Liverpool sensation has now been ruled out.

The only way that he would be leaving this summer is if a club came in with a huge permanent offer, but that isn't expected to happen due to the financial restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

AC Milan close in on Bakayoko?

Serie A side AC Milan are edging closer to completing the signing of Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, Corriere dello Sport reports.

After a great deal of back and forth between the two clubs over the specifics of the deal, here is now said to be a "general agreement" that should facilitate this transfer getting done.

While he is clearly surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have spent plenty of time dragging their feet over this move, but Bakayoko is said to be working closely with them to try and speed up the process.


- Liverpool forward Sheyi Ojo looks set to sign for Cardiff City on loan, the Liverpool Echo reports. The 23-year-old is way down the pecking order at Anfield and after six loan spells away from the club, he's now on the verge of making it seven with both Ojo and Liverpool viewing a stint with the Bluebirds as a better option than Nottingham Forest, the other side in the running.

- The Daily Mail is reporting that Sheffield United are set to complete the double signing of Derby County stars Jayden Bogle and Max Lowe. The two full-backs were left out of the Rams' Carabao Cup squad this past weekend and with the new domestic season in England getting underway in just a matter of days, Chris Wilder is getting busy as he aims to secure both men for a fee of £11m.