Eden Hazard’s representatives have held “positive talks” over a potential switch to Real Madrid, but Chelsea want playmaker James Rodriguez, 25, in exchange for the 26-year-old forward.


Holland have sacked manager Danny Blind following their 2-0 loss to Bulgaria in the World Cup qualifiers. The Orangee are faltering in their bid to qualify for the tournament in Russia next year, sitting fourth in their group. Blind, father of Man Utd defender Daley Blind, had been in charge of the national team since 2015 after taking over from Guus Hiddink. He oversaw 18 games in just 20 months in charge. Meanwhile, Fred Grim, the Holland Under-21 coach, will take charge of the senior team for Tuesday’s friendly with Italy in Amsterdam as the KNVB begin the search for a new permanent boss.


Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, 22, has agreed personal terms ahead of a £35m move to Chelsea in the summer.


Lionel Messi is reportedly attempting to block Barcelona from selling Jordi Alba to Man United. The report suggests that Messi is unhappy with the club’s handling of replacing Dani Alves at right-back and doesn’t want a repeat debacle on the opposite side of the pitch. The 28-year-old defender has a £130m buy-out clause.


Liverpool are interested in bringing Colombia international James Rodriguez to Anfield, but the Real Madrid midfielder wants to play Champions League football next season.


Chelsea striker Diego Costa, 28, says he would be open to a move to France in the future and has praised PSG, Marseille and Monaco.


Barcelona have stepped up their interest in Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho by opening talks with his Brazilian-based agent. The La Liga giants have been tracking the South American for some time and believe they can get their man despite fresh terms being signed at Anfield. They will offer midfielder Ivan Rakitic, 29, to Liverpool as part of a deal for 24-year-old Reds midfielder.


Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long used breathing techniques from his wife’s pregnancy to comfort captain Seamus Coleman after his horrific leg break against Wales.


Man United are prepared to pay Neymar’s €200 million Barcelona buyout clause. In addition to eclipsing the world record fee paid for Paul Pogba, the Red Devils are ready to make the Brazilian attacker the highest-paid player in the Premier League with a £415,000-per-week deal.


Barcelona have been told that they must pay a massive €90 million if they are to re-sign Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich. The Blaugrana are in the market for a midfield successor to Xavi and Andres Iniesta but will be unable to meet the Bundesliga champions’ valuation of their former player.


Jack Wilshere remains keen on a move to AC Milan after the club was recommended by ex-England international David Beckham. The 25-year-old still has one year left on his current £90,000-a-week Arsenal deal but is keeping his options open until Arsene Wenger makes a decision on his future with the Gunners. The England midfielder is currently on a season-long loan at Bournemouth. Milan have long been interested in Wilshere, who opted to stay in the Premier League over a switch to Italy in the summer, though it is now thought he is warming to the idea of a move.


Former Tottenham, Wolves and Fulham midfielder Jamie O’Hara, 30, missed his best friend’s wedding in Las Vegas on Saturday to make his debut for Ryman League Premier Division side Billericay Town.


Man United boss Jose Mourinho hopes to sign midfielder Marcelo Brozovic from Inter Milan and will pay up to £43m for the 24-year-old. The Red Devils were keen on Brozovic’s team-mate Ivan Perisic but have been put off by Inter’s request for €60 million for the Croatia international. Brozovic’s release clause is slightly lower at €50m, and Jose Mourinho hopes to sign the 24-year-old to bolster his midfield options. Meanwhile, United and Chelsea target Antoine Griezmann, 26, says he is happy at Atletico Madrid, with the France striker adding there is “no need to change“.


Arsenal will rival Atletico Madrid for the signing of Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, 25.


Blues boss Antonio Conte has told owner Roman Abramovich he wants to sign 24-year-old Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.


Italy forward Andrea Belotti, 23, will reject a move to Arsenal or Chelsea this summer to stay at Torino.


Gunners midfielder Mesut Ozil, 28, says he will “talk soon” to the club regarding a new contract.


Barcelona are no longer interested in signing Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin, with the Gunners wanting at least £45m for the 22-year-old.


Man City winger Jesus Navas, 31, wants to return to former club Sevilla after enrolling his five-year-old son in a school in the Spanish city.


Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim says he is focused on his current club, rather than thinking about replacing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.


Arsenal are interested in signing Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel in the summer. The Denmark international played a key role in the Foxes’ historic Premier League title win last season and was crucial in the club’s progression into the Champions League quarter-final. Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal chiefs are on the search for a long-term replacement for Petr Cech, who is approaching his 35th birthday.


Ronald Koeman is preparing a stunning £40 million move for England starlets Michael Keane and Jordan Pickford. Burnley centre-half Keane was handed his first senior England cap in the Three Lions’ friendly meeting with Germany and has been linked with a host of other Premier League clubs following a strong debut season in the top flight. Sunderland goalkeeper Pickford is establishing himself as one of the most promising shot-stoppers in the country and is seen as the long-term future for the Toffees between the sticks.


Monaco are said to have named their price for in-demand attacker Kylian Mbappe with the Ligue 1 side looking for bids over £130 million. Clubs in England, Spain and France are interested in the 18-year-old prodigy, but Man United are reported to be ahead of the pack, having lodged a sizeable early bid.


Man City boss Pep Guardiola is confident of signing Tottenham left-back Danny Rose for £50 million in the summer transfer window. Should the deal go through, Tottenham will look to Luke Shaw as a potential replacement, with Shaw looking likely to leave Man United at the end of the season.


Marseille are looking to bring former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas to Ligue 1. The 35-year-old has been in excellent form this season for Porto, helping them reach the Champions League knockout stages, but Marseille are looking to tempt him away with a two-year contract offer.