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Alan 12:40 Thu Aug 3
Thursday newspapers
BBC

Monaco's 18-year-old forward Kylian Mbappe has decided to leave the club, with Real Madrid, Manchester City and Paris St-Germain in the race to sign him. (L'Equipe - in French)

Barcelona have already made contact with Monaco over a move for the highly rated French forward. (Le10Sport - in French)

The Spanish league will not accept PSG's payment of Neymar's release clause with Barcelona because of the 25-year-old forward's loyalty payment dispute with Barca, and concerns over PSG breaking Uefa's Financial Fair Play rules. (Sport)

European governing body Uefa will ask PSG to explain how they intend to finance the transfer. (Daily Telegraph)

Barca will not try to sign Atletico Madrid's 26-year-old forward Antoine Griezmann despite Neymar's impending departure. (AS - in Spanish)

The Spanish club will replace Neymar with Borussia Dortmund's 20-year-old French forward Ousmane Dembele. (Marca - in Spanish)

Borussia Dortmund have rejected a bid from Arsenal for Dembele.(Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Neymar's former representative Wagner Ribeiro says: "PSG will pay the release clause and Neymar will be presented in Paris this week."(Marca)

The Brazilian passed his medical with PSG on Wednesday in Portugal.(L'Equipe - in French)

Barcelona will use the money from Neymar's sale to fund moves for Chelsea attacking midfielder Eden Hazard, 26, and Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho, 25. (Sun)

The Catalan club will bid £100m for Coutinho, but Reds boss Jurgen Klopp says the playmaker will not be leaving Liverpool. (Daily Mail)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is set to make Argentine goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga, 25, his first summer signing from Southampton in a £2m deal. (Sun)

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has told his club's board that they must sign striker Diego Costa, 28, who Chelsea value at £50m.(Evening Standard)

Chelsea are in no hurry to sell Costa and are determined to hold out for their asking price.(Daily Star)

Chelsea will look to sign Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater, 27, instead of Bayern Munich's 19-year-old Renato Sanches. (Mediaset, via Metro)

Everton's £50m deal to sign Swansea attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, 27, is likely to be completed over the next few days. (Guardian)

Defender and Liverpool target Virgil van Dijk, 26, is close to forcing through his departure from Southampton. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, 25, wants to stay and fight for a place at the club, despite interest from Italian side Sampdoria. (Daily Telegraph)

Liverpool midfield target Naby Keita, 22 is unlikely to sign a contract extension at RB Leipzig, says the German club's sporting director. (Bild - in German)

Leicester forward Demarai Gray, 21, is happy to stay at the club after talks over his future.(Leicester Mercury)

Watford are keen to sign Everton's 30-year-old winger Aaron Lennon, with the Toffees willing to sell. (Liverpool Echo)

Winger Stewart Downing, 33, is training with Middlesbrough's under-23 side after his transfer to Birmingham stalled. (Evening Gazette)

Sunderland are hopeful of signing Aston Villa's 30-year-old forward Ross McCormack on loan before the start of the Championship season.(Team Talk)

Manchester United are ready to promote 20-year-old midfielder Scott McTominay to their senior squad.(Daily Record)

Turkish champions Besiktas have joined the £20m chase for Leeds' New Zealand striker Chris Wood. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he will be "happier" if the Red Devils can secure a fourth signing of the transfer window. (Daily Express)

Mourinho says France forward Anthony Martial, 21, will not be leaving Manchester United this summer, despite being linked with a move to Inter Milan.(Daily Star)

Stoke are planning a £15m bid for Crystal Palace's England winger Andros Townsend, 26, to replace Marko Arnautovic.(Sun)

Meanwhile...

Barcelona have already removed Neymar's image from posters around their stadium. (Marca)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he has "taken over the zea", as he posed for a picture on a yacht. (Instagram)

Fancy pitch designs have been banned for the upcoming Premier League season. (Premier League)

Best of Wednesday's transfer news

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed he spoke to Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata about joining Tottenham but the 24-year-old did not want to compete with Harry Kane. (Daily Mail)

Arsene Wenger has told Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez, 28, he will not be sold to another English club this summer. (Times - subscription required)

Manchester United are interested in signing Paris St-Germain's 24-year-old right-back Serge Aurier, who is currently banned from entering the UK. (Daily Mirror)

United have also made an enquiry about Anderlecht midfielder Leander Dendoncker, but are not expected to sign the 22-year-old this summer. (Manchester Evening News)

Liverpool are not interested in Barcelona midfielders Rafinha or Andre Gomes, both 24, who have been mentioned as part of a possible swap deal for Philippe Coutinho. (Liverpool Echo)





Guardian Rumour Mill

Simon Burnton

With Neymar due to complete his ludicrously expensive move to Paris Saint-Germain at any moment, the football world is abuzz with speculation over precisely where Barcelona will take their massively-enlarged chequebook first. According to the Sun they will hotfoot it straight to England, where they will wave it in the faces of a variety of English clubs before “blowing the lot” on Eden Hazard and Philippe Coutinho. Apparently Barça “have already asked a third party to sound out the Belgian forward” and will “test Chelsea’s resolve with a bid of around £100m”.

That’s according to the Sun, though L’Equipe reckon the cash will be heading elsewhere, with talks already underway with representatives of Kylian Mbappé. The Gazzetta dello Sport suggest on their front page that Barcelona will “reach for the stars: Coutinho, Mbappé or Di María”. Mbappé has reportedly made the decision to leave Monaco, also listing Manchester City and Liverpool among the teams wasting their time by pretending they could sign him before he moves to Real Madrid instead.

Tottenham are actually going to sign someone! Mauricio Pochettino recently reassured his club’s fans that they would eventually hit the market – “Our moment will arrive,” he said. “We have a plan. We have a very clear idea of what we want and what we need to do to try and achieve our target.” Well, their moment has arrived! We all have a very clear idea of what they want, and it is the 25-year-old former Gillingham shot-stopper Paulo Gazzaniga, who Southampton are willing to sell for about £2m and will warm the Wembley bench next season.

Gylfi Sigurdsson’s long-anticipated move to Everton may be about to happen, after the Swansea manager Paul Clement was asked whether the interminable saga would all be over by the weekend and replied: “I hope so.” He might take Aaron Lennon’s peg in the dressing room, with Watford keen to take the quicksilver winger on a season’s loan.

Diego Costa’s refusal to entertain the idea of joining any club but Atlético Madrid, coupled with Atlético’s summer transfer ban, means that Chelsea might be forced to continue paying the sulky striker’s £185,000-a-week wages until January – a £4.07m outlay. He hogs the front page of this morning’s Corriere dello Sport, with the paper believing that “in a World Cup year Costa cannot stay on the periphery” and that he could therefore end up agreeing a £65m deal with Milan.

Chelsea have tightened their purse strings elsewhere, placing an upper limit of £30m on the amount they are willing to spend on Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater, though they are also being linked with Internazionale’s Antonio Candreva. Talking of Inter, they might get Anthony Martial from Manchester United in part-exchange for the Croatian winger Ivan Perisic, though perhaps only on a season’s loan.

Stoke have identified the man they want to replace Marko Arnautovic, and it’s Crystal Palace’s Andros Townsend. Mark Hughes is ready to bid just below Stoke’s record transfer fee of £18.3m, reports the Sun. Finally, Chris Wood is suddenly a popular man. Besiktas have just joined the chase for the New Zealander, who was already under consideration at every single Premier League club beginning with the letter S – Stoke, Swansea and Southampton. In a bid to scare them all away, Leeds are demanding £20m for his services, a seven-fold increase on the sum they paid Leicester for him two years ago.












Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Thanks Alan 9:49 Thu Aug 3
Re: Thursday newspapers
Mart O 2:42 Thu Aug 3

jimbo2. 9:28 Thu Aug 3
Re: Thursday newspapers
Thanks Al!

Mart O 2:42 Thu Aug 3
Re: Thursday newspapers
Thanks Alan.

El Scorchio 12:57 Thu Aug 3
Re: Thursday newspapers
30 million for Danny Drinkwater?

Fucking ridiculous.

JAC 12:56 Thu Aug 3
Re: Thursday newspapers
Thanks as always Alan.





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