Transfer News: Real Deny Neymar Bid, Manchester City Close in on Double Signing

Brazil's forward Neymar celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Mexico at the Samara Arena in Samara on July 2, 2018. The PSG star has been linked with a move to Real Madrid. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Even with the World Cup hogging the limelight, Real Madrid are never too far from being the center of the soccer world's attention.

On Monday, the 13-time European Cup winners issued an official statement to deny they had made a world-record bid for Neymar, after Spanish broadcaster TVE claimed Real had tabled an eye-watering $362.7 million offer for the Paris Saint-Germain star.

"Given the information tonight by TVE concerning a supposed offer from Real Madrid to PSG and the player Neymar, Real Madrid can confirm the information is completely false and have not made any offer to PSG or the player," the statement read.

"Real Madrid is surprised that the Spanish television has broadcasted absolutely false information without anyone from the club being contacted to comment on the alleged information that could easily have been denied."

While Neymar might not be arriving at the Santiago Bernabeu, Cristiano Ronaldo could bring his 10-year stay in the Spanish capital to an end. Marca are reporting the Portuguese could be tempted to join Serie A giants Juventus.

Talks between Ronaldo and Real Madrid over a new contract have stalled and Juventus are reportedly set to offer $140 million to the Spanish club, plus a whopping $660,000-a-week deal to the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.

In the Premier League, meanwhile, Manchester City are closing in on the first signing of the summer, in the shape of Riyad Mahrez. According to the Daily Mirror, the Algerian was excused from Leicester City's pre-season training for a further week, which seems to indicate he could finally be on his way to the Premier League champions.

City had looked to sign the winger in January but the deal collapsed when the two clubs failed to agree on a fee. Meanwhile, ESPN reports City could also be finally about to land Jorginho, after the midfielder was not included in the list new Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti summoned for pre-season.

On the red side of Manchester, meanwhile, the Telegraph claims Daley Blind would have to take a pay cut in order to leave Manchester United and rejoin Ajax this summer.

ESPN also suggests former Stoke City goalkeeper Lee Grant is set to sign a two-year deal at Old Trafford, where he will be United's third choice shot-stopper behind David De Gea and Sergio Romero.

United, however, face competition from Barcelona in their quest to sign Willian, with Mundo Deportivo suggesting the Catalans could table a cash-plus-player offer to convince Chelsea to sell the Brazilian.

Rafinha, Paulinho and Andre Gomes are thought to be the main candidates for a potential part exchange. Meanwhile, Chelsea are also an keeping eye on Kasper Schmeichel, whose heroics in goal failed to prevent Denmark from crashing out at the round of 16 stage.

Sky Sports believes Chelsea want the Dane to replace Thibaut Courtois should the Belgian move to Real Madrid. If the Spaniards opt for Roma's Alisson instead, Schmeichel could swap Leicester for the Eternal City.

The Sun, meanwhile, claims the mother of Russian wonderkid Aleksandr Golovin has confirmed her son could soon be off to Chelsea.

Elsewhere, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have reportedly been dealt a blow in their efforts to sign Bordeaux star Malcom. The Daily Mirror believes Inter Milan have tabled an offer close to $12 million for a one-year loan and could pay as much as $34 million to make the deal permanent.