Transfer Talk: PSG target £73m move for United target Dybala
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TOP STORY: PSG open to £73m Dybala move
PSG sporting director Leonardo is set to meet with Dybala's agent imminently, with the former hoping that a deal can be completed as early as Wednesday.
The 25-year-old was linked with a transfer to Manchester United, and was close to completing a move to Tottenham Hotspur on the final day of the Premier League transfer window, before the Serie A champions pulled the plug at the eleventh hour.
A deal is still there to be done with the Serie A champions, however, with Juventus bosses hoping to use the money generated by the Argentine's sale to fund a move for Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi.
There is believed to be some distance in the clubs' respective valuations of former Palermo forward Dybala, but PSG are hoping to tie up a deal worth around £73 million.
23.03 BST: We'll bring Monday's live edition of Transfer Talk to a close with some news from the Italian champions. Goal reports that Juventus are preparing a €10m bid for highly regarded Barcelona left-back Juan Miranda, but the Catalan club are keen to keep hold of the 19-year-old, and would prefer to send him to Marseille on loan.
21.46 BST: Celtic are keen to add Jordon Ibe on loan after Bournemouth set the asking price for the former Liverpool product at £20m -- despite paying £14m for him three years ago -- according to the Express. The Glasgow giants, however, reportedly will have to beat out competition from Napoli, Fiorentina and Galatasaray.
20.29 BST: With Alisson injured and Adrian recovering from an ankle ailment, Liverpool are considering a move for former Tottenham backup Michel Vorm to become their emergency goalkeeper, the Mail writes.
19.12 BST: Barcelona are set to make an offer to sign Neymar on loan from Paris Saint-Germain this week with an option to make the deal permanent next summer, sources have told ESPN FC. Sources close to the Catalan club have explained that no players are likely to be included in the offer, while discussions are ongoing as to how much they will suggest for the price of a transfer in 2020.
17.55 BST: The Sun cites Sky Sports Italia as reporting that Alexis Sanchez will undergo a medical at Inter on Tuesday ahead of a loan deal with an option to make it permanent, that he's demanded the No. 7 shirt, and that Manchester United will pay half of his £505,000-a-week wages.
16.38 BST: Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo is set to leave the club on a free transfer next summer, say the Sun.
Bravo, 36, has been playing backup to Ederson for the last two years but the club have no wish to extend his deal once it expires in 2020.
15.53 BST: RMC Sport reports that Nice are keen to loan Stanley N'Soki from PSG. They have until Sept. 2 to get a deal done of course.
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15.08 BST: A while ago we brought you news that Andy King had joined Rangers on loan, now another of Leicester's title winning army is hoping for a new club.
Danny Simpson, 32, is a free agent and, having trained with Celtic over the summer, is attracting interest from Brighton and Crystal Palace according to TEAMtalk.
14.41 BST: Juventus midfielder Emre Can is apparently not in new boss Maurizio Sarri's plans for the new season, but Bild claim that he's NOT set to move to Bayern.
The former Liverpool star could be set for a bit-part role this season, which means that a move in January seems a distinct possibility.
14.07 BST: Alexis Sanchez might not be a Man United player for much longer...
13.38 BST: Sport says that Arturo Vidal wants to stay at Barcelona and coach Ernesto Valverde wants to keep him.
No problem, unless PSG show an interest in the Chile midfielder and then we imagine things might get a bit more complicated surrounding the transfer of Neymar.
12.51 BST: Rai Sport are claiming that Monaco have reached agreement with Inter Milan over the signing of Mauro Icardi for a €60m fee plus add-ons.
While Icardi is closer to leaving Inter, Fiorentina and Italy left-back Cristiano Biraghi could arrive and Joao Mario has been saying his goodbyes according to Gazzetta.
Bakayoko, 25, was on loan with AC Milan last season but didn't do enough to persuade them to buy him permanently. The Daily Express reports that a move back to France seems the best option.
"We like Ribery, but it's a moment of reflection due to his incredible financial package," he said. "We like him, but we're not at the same level as the Arab or Russian [owners]. If he wants to carry on at a high level, we would welcome him with open arms."
All very well, but having lots of wingers and only Robert Lewandowski up front could come back to haunt them.
10.12 BST: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has refused to discuss the possible arrival of Valencia striker Rodrigo.
Valencia revealed last week that Rodrigo had come close to joining Atletico but the deal did not materialise. However, Rodrigo's future at Valencia is still up in the air with Superdeporte claiming Valencia president Peter Lim wants to sell the Spain international to bring not just for the money, a reported €60m, but to allow South Korean winger Kang In Lee to have a bigger role in the team.
Speaking after his team's 1-0 win over Getafe on Sunday, Simeone told reporters: "We can't talk about Rodrigo because he's at Valencia CF. We have to speak about the players that are here and work with those that we have until the end of the transfer window."
09.31 BST: Solskjaer was also asked ahead of tonight's match at Molineux about Paul Pogba's future at Manchester United.
With two weeks to go before the European deadline, there is still speculation surrounding the midfielder amid interest from Real Madrid. The France international reignited talk of a move to the Bernabeu by saying there was a "question mark" over his future after the 4-0 win over Chelsea, but Solskjaer insists Pogba will remain a United player this season.
"You [the media] always put question marks around Paul," Solskjaer said. "I don't think it's odd saying enjoy playing, I have fun with my teammates, I enjoy what I'm doing, I love my job and enjoy the game.
"Of course that sentence with the question mark about him, there's always question marks about Paul.
"There's not one press conference that I've not answered a question about Paul Pogba -- 80 percent of what he said was that he enjoyed that game and his time here. I've got absolutely no concerns on Paul. For me, yeah he's going to stay."
09.05 BST: Philippe Coutinho has joined Bayern Munich on loan from Barcelona.
A Barca statement revealed the details of the move: "Bayern Munich will pay €8.5m and the player's wages. The agreement also sees an option to buy for Bayern fixed at €120m."
Though Bayern might not be too happy with that...
Bayern Munich's statement on the Coutinho deal: "The parties have agreed not to divulge the financial details of the agreement"— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) August 19, 2019
Barcelona's: "Bayern Munich will pay 8.5m euros and the player's wages. The agreement also sees an option to buy for Bayern fixed at 120m euros"
08.51 BST: Paris Saint-Germain left Neymar out of their squad for the second consecutive week on Sunday, and the move backfired on coach Thomas Tuchel as the French champions were stunned by a 2-1 defeat at Rennes.
After the match, Tuchel said: "Neymar will not leave without recruitment, it is not possible. That is clear. If he stays, we will have a player who wins one-on-ones. We lacked acceleration and timing. There were small situations where space was opened up, but we did not act decisively."
The Argentina international saw a move to Everton collapse on deadline day but Fenerbahce, AC Milan, Marseille and Monaco remain interested in securing a loan deal with an obligation to buy before the European deadline on Sept. 2.
"I do have too many centre-backs to keep everyone happy," Solskjaer told reporters ahead of Monday's Premier League trip to Wolves.
08.00 BST: Mario Balotelli has joined his hometown club Brescia on a free transfer after the striker chose to join them over Brazilian side Flamengo.
Balotelli, who was released by Marseille at the end of last season, returns to Italy for his third stint after playing for Inter, where he won three league titles, and AC Milan.
The 29-year-old Italy international will be presented at the Stadio Mario Rigamonti later on Monday, with media reporting he had signed a three-year deal with the club, who are back in the top flight for the first time since 2011.
The new league season begins this weekend but Balotelli must wait to make his debut as he serves a four-match ban after getting a straight red card in his final game for Marseille against Montpellier in May.
PAPER TALK (by James Capps)
Real could seal Neymar deal within days
Reports at AS claim Real Madrid are in pole position to pip La Liga rivals Barcelona to the signing of Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar, with the Spanish publication claiming a deal could be clinched in a matter of days.
It is believed talks between the two clubs have intensified in the last few hours, with negotiations centring around which Madrid players will head to the French capital as part of the deal.
PSG had previously demanded Brazilian youngster Vinicius Jr head to Le Parc des Princes as a makeweight in the transfer, but after Madrid bosses vehemently rejected that proposal, the likes of James Rodriguez, Raphael Varane, Isco and Karim Benzema entered the fray.
While reports claim that former Barcelona star Neymar would favour a return to Camp Nou, the 27-year-old is not put off by the prospect of moving to the Catalan giants' most bitter rivals.
Batshuayi catches Roma's eye
Roma may have tied Edin Dzeko down to a new long-term contract at the Stadio Olimpico, but reports claim the Giallorossi are interested in bolstering their attack with the signing of Chelsea's Michy Batshuayi.
The 25-year-old appears to be out of the first-team picture at Stamford Bridge, with new Chelsea manager Frank Lampard favouring both Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham for the lone striker role, leaving the former Marseille man pondering his long-term future.
Although no official contact has been made between the Serie A and Premier League counterparts, it is believed that Lampard is open to letting the striker leave west London -- despite being unable to replace the player because of a season-long transfer ban.
A move for the Belgian hinges on the future of Roma's Patrik Schick, with the Czech Republic international reportedly the subject of interest from a host of clubs in Germany.
- Stoke City loanee Scott Hogan is hoping he can earn a permanent deal at the Bet365 Stadium, reports The Telegraph, after the Republic of Ireland international scored against Derby County at the weekend -- his first goal for the Potters since signing from Aston Villa in the summer.
- After previously being linked with a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers this summer, Calciomercato has claimed that AC Milan and Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie will remain at the San Siro for the next year at least