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Early transfer round-up: Ones to watch, including David Neres, Antoine Griezmann, Alexis Sanchez and Wilfried Zaha

Clockwise from left: David Neres, Alexis Sanchez and Wilfried Zaha all feature in our transfer round-up
Clockwise from left: David Neres, Alexis Sanchez and Wilfried Zaha all feature in our transfer round-up

The summer transfer window officially opened on Thursday and the rumours are already in full flow.

We round up some of the early transfer talk and ones to watch, using odds from Sky Bet's transfer window specials...

Chelsea hope on Neres

David Neres scores Ajax's second goal
David Neres scores for Ajax

Chelsea could turn their search for a new striker towards Ajax's David Neres with Luka Jovic poised to sign for Real Madrid.

The Blues had been closely tailing Eintracht Frankfurt hitman Jovic, but the 21-year-old Serbia striker should shortly finalise his Madrid move.

Chelsea remain hopeful of having their two-window FIFA transfer ban frozen while appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), so are pushing ahead with tentative recruitment plans.

And Stamford Bridge bosses are understood to favour a move for Brazil star Neres now Jovic appears out of reach.

Maurizio Sarri: Italian boss says Chelsea need more additions to be able to compete with their rivals
Maurizio Sarri: Italian boss says Chelsea need more additions to be able to compete with their rivals

Paris St Germain, Liverpool and Arsenal are all also eyeing a move for £40million-rated Neres, who has impressed amid Ajax's run to the Champions League semi-finals and the Eredivisie title.

The 22-year-old hit 10 goals in 42 matches in Ajax's fine campaign, catching the attention of a clutch of top clubs when scoring in the 4-1 Champions League win at Real Madrid in March.

Chelsea enjoy a positive relationship with Neres' agents Giuliano Bertolucci and Kia Joorabchian, with the pair representing Blues defender David Luiz.

Gonzalo Higuain would likely return to parent club Juventus should Chelsea recruit a new forward, with the Blues then not extending the ex-Argentina striker's time at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are still expected to trigger the one-year extension in Olivier Giroud's contract to keep him in west London next season.

According to Sky Bet, Everton are 5/1 favourites to sign Neres this summer, with Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool at 6/1

Griezmann a no-go for City

Antoine Griezmann celebrates his goal for Atletico against Dortmund in the Champions League
Antoine Griezmann: Leaving Atletico

Manchester City will not attempt to hijack Barcelona's pursuit of Antoine Griezmann. 

Griezmann has told Atletico Madrid he will leave the club this summer with La Liga rivals Barcelona set to pay his £108m release clause, according to Sky sources. 

Reports emerged on Friday that City (10/1 to sign him this summer) were in the running for the 28-year-old, but Guardiola said City could not afford a move for the forward. 

"People of Barcelona, don’t worry guys, we are not going to buy Griezmann, we cannot afford it," the City manager said.

"The people at Barcelona don’t need to worry, we are not interested.”

Sanchez to Serie A?

Alexis Sanchez scores the winner for Man Utd against Newcastle
Alexis Sanchez scores the winner for Man Utd against Newcastle earlier in the season

Juventus and Inter Milan are both reportedly interested in signing Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez this summer.

Sanchez's representative Fernando Felicevich has met with both Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici and Inter technical director Piero Ausilio, Sky in Italy claim.

Sanchez's United future is in doubt this summer after a troubled season in which he made only nine Premier League starts and four more in cup competitions.

The 30-year-old Chile forward apologised to United supporters after the end of the season, in which United finished sixth, and admitted he "did not perform as much" as he expected.

Mitrovic on Merseyside?

Fulham players celebrate Aleksandar Mitrovic's penalty at Bournemouth
Fulham players celebrate Aleksandar Mitrovic's penalty at Bournemouth

Everton are 'very interested' in signing Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic this summer, according to Sky Sports.

Fulham do not want to sell the 24-year-old but he is said to want to remain in the Premier League again next season.

Everton want to add a new centre-forward to their squad and Mitrovic is high on their list of targets.

The Serbia international, who signed for an initial £22m from Newcastle last summer, scored 11 goals in 39 appearances as Fulham were relegated after just one campaign back in the top flight.

Everton want to sign him and are also said to be in the market for a new winger, central midfielder, centre-back, right-back and backup goalkeeper for Jordan Pickford.

Jovic now a Galactico

Luka Jovic celebrates his fifth goal of the game against Dusseldorf
Luka Jovic celebrates his fifth goal in one game against Dusseldorf

Luka Jovic has already completed a £52.4m move to Real Madrid from Eintracht Frankfurt, according to Sky Sports.

The 21-year-old Serbia international striker has signed a five-year contract with the Spanish giants, which will earn him £43.7m (€50m) in total or £8.7m a year.

Frankfurt will pay Jovic's former club Benfica around £10.5m of the transfer fee.

Arsenal lead race for Zaha, according to the betting

Wilfried Zaha: The Ivory Coast forward rejoined Crystal Palace from Man United in 2015
Wilfried Zaha: The Ivory Coast forward rejoined Crystal Palace from Man United in 2015

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has told the club he wants to leave this summer.

Sky Sports News understands Palace are reluctant to sell the winger but he has reiterated his desire to play Champions League football.

Zaha, who scored 10 goals in an impressive 2018-19 Premier League campaign, is keen to test himself at the highest level of club football and start regularly challenging for trophies.

Arsenal are the 12/5 favourites with Sky Bet to sign Zaha this summer, with Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund 4/1 to win the race for his signature.

Man United hunt Newcastle ace

Sean Longstaff - out for the season
Sean Longstaff was ruled out for the season in March

Manchester United are interested in signing Newcastle's young midfielder Sean Longstaff, Sky Sports claim.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on adding young, home-grown talent during the summer transfer window as he looks to rebuild the squad.

Newcastle say they have had no approach from United and that 21-year-old Longstaff is not for sale.

Sky Bet: Man United 6/4 to sign Longstaff this summer, Liverpool 10/1 and Arsenal 11/1

Now that he has become a more regular feature under Rafael Benitez, there are expected to be discussions over another new deal this summer, which would bring him more in line with the salaries of other first team members.

Benitez has previously tipped the South Shields-born midfielder to have a big England future.

Dybala on the move? Striker 'needs a change'

Paulo Dybala has 10 goals in 37 appearances this season
Paulo Dybala: Ready to leave Juve

Paulo Dybala’s brother has claimed that the forward wants to leave Juventus this summer.

The 25-year-old has won four Serie A titles and three Coppa Italias during four years in Turin but his brother and agent, Gustavo, says he is no longer happy at the club after playing a more peripheral role this season which has seen him score just five league goals.

Manchester United have been linked with a move for the Argentina international and Gustavo believes his brother will not be the only player looking to leave at the end of the season.

Sky Bet: Atletico Madrid 3/1 favourites to sign Dybala this summer, Man United in race at 5/1

"There are many possibilities that Paulo leaves Juventus. He needs a change," Gustavo told Radio Impacto show Futbolemico.

"I can't say that right now [if he will go abroad or stay in Italy]. Before he was at ease in Italy, now he is no longer.

"Let's say that Paulo is no longer at ease and happy, as many other Juventus players are no longer well. He is not the only one who will leave."

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