Andres Iniesta says Neymar needs to make a decision about his future sooner rather than later as the transfer speculation is affecting the Barcelona squad.
Barcelona will report PSG for a breach of UEFA’s financial fair play rules if the French side meet Neymar’s 220m euros (£197m) buyout clause. Also, the President of La Liga Javier Tebas and the LFP believe that if the Ligue 1 side pays the release clause, they would be breaking UEFA’s financial fair play rules and will consequently lodge a complaint.
If UEFA ignore their complaint, they will pursue their case through the relevant courts in Spain, France and Switzerland and through the EU in Brussels. Meanwhile, if Neymar, 25, does leave for Paris, The Catalans could target Atletico Madrid and France striker Antoine Griezmann, 26, as his replacement.
Arsenal and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, is ready to submit a transfer request to force through a move to Man City.
Man United are close to signing midfielder Nemanja Matic from Chelsea. The deal should be done in the next few days after Juventus gave up on signing the 28-year-old. It was being held up by disputes over potential bonus payments to the Premier League champions as part of a deal for the Serbia international. It is understood that the fee for Matic’s move to Man United will be around £40m. In addition, The Blues are letting him join United as a goodwill gesture because of his contribution to two titles in three years even though they would have preferred to sell him to Juventus, but the Serb wants to go to United. Working again with Jose Mourinho was a big factor in his decision. He has been training at Cobham and if all goes to plan he could be in United squad for Super Cup game v Real Madrid on August 8.
Once a deal is done for Neymar, PSG will then lodge a £35m bid to sign Sanchez from Arsenal.
Philippe Coutinho will plead with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to let him join Barcelona. If the 25-year-old Brazil attacking midfielder does leave, Klopp will target 18-year-old Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic.
Man City will offer Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, a deal worth £320,000 a week to join them this summer.
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique insists Brazilian superstar Neymar “doesn’t know what to do” as speculation over his possible move from Barca to PSG continues to dominate headlines. Neymar, who was involved in a training ground bust-up with Nelson Semedo, has been heavily linked with a move away from the Nou Camp to PSG in recent weeks and was described as ‘90%’ likely to leave the club‘, a source in Spain close to the player revealed.
Kieran Gibbs is reportedly a target for Watford but it is understood that he would have to take a significant drop in wages if he was to leave Arsenal. The 27-year-old England left-back was left out of Arsenal’s squad for the Emirates Cup this weekend and has been linked with moves to West Brom and Newcastle in this window.
He has a year left on his contract but new Watford manager Marco Silva wants to increase his quota of English players. Gibbs has lost his first team place to Nacho Monreal.
West Brom are keen on signing Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen, 31. The Belgium international left Arsenal for the Nou Camp in 2014 but has endured three years of injury problems – including during a loan spell at Roma last season.
Vermaelen still has two years left on his Barcelona contract and has also reportedly attracted interest from Crystal Palace.
Man United, Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool have a strong interest in signing 15-year-old Dutch youth defender Melayro Bogarde, nephew of former Chelsea defender Winston Bogarde.
Bogarde plays for Feyenoord, and will be a free agent on May 28 next year when he turns 16.
Serie A champions Juventus are reportedly now targeting PSG’s Blaise Matuidi and Sevilla’s Steven N’Zonzi.
PSG target Neymar has told his Barcelona team-mates that he will leave for the French giants this summer. It is said that he will not return to Catalonia following their friendly with Real Madrid and will instead sign a contract with PSG.
Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho could be on his way to Italy with Roma if the Serie A club come up with £30m. Sakho was on loan at Crystal Palace last year, and is likely to leave the club this summer having fallen behind in the pecking order at Anfield.
Man City’s gaffer Pep Guardiola has confirmed that striker Kelechi Iheanacho will most likely join Leicester this summer, and says the club will not look to replace the Nigerian with another forward player.
“Kelechi I think is going to leave, to Leicester. I think it is on, but I don’t want to say something wrong so we will see.
“We have a good squad, all of the young players are good. The club want to fight with the top teams in the Premier League and Europe, and we need to have a large squad.”
Harry Kane says Antonio Conte’s words about him were kind, but he is fully focused on Tottenham.
The Chelsea manager spoke this week of his great admiration for Kane – who finished last season as the Premier League’s top goalscorer with 29 goals – and claimed the 23-year-old is worth “at least £100m“.
“Obviously it’s kind words,” said Kane. “But I’m focused on my team and what my manager thinks.
“I’m out here concentrating on what I need to do, and being fit for the new season.”
Neymar’s father asked PSG to delay formal negotiations with Barcelona over a £450m deal for his son until after 31 July – the day he earns a £23.3m commission for his part in persuading the 25-year-old forward to sign a new contract last October.
Pep Guardiola has paid tribute to Man City midfielder Samir Nasri but says his future at the club is up to him and his representatives.
“He knows the situation,” Guardiola said. “We have a lot of midfield players, so we’re going to see.
“It is like [Eliaquim] Mangala. That’s a decision they have to take with their managers [representatives], but we take care of them when they are here, just like we take care of every player, from Brahim Diaz to Vincent Kompany.
“The past isn’t important, it is all about tomorrow.”
Manager Mauricio Pochettino admits Tottenham are ‘a bit behind’ in pre-season and in the transfer market this summer following their 3-0 defeat by Man City.
Spurs are the only Premier League team yet to make a signing, and Pochettino said after the game that he wants to bring energetic players to the club between now and the end of the window to add competition to the squad.
“Of course, Man City have more senior players than us and they invest more money than us,” Pochettino said. “You can see that we have a lot of young players on the bench.
“It’s true the squads are completely different but we are building the squad. Maybe today they have a little bit of an advantage, they are ahead of us because they have signed and kept the players that they want.
“We are a little bit behind but working hard to sign some players who can help us and bring some energy, and make us more competitive.”
PSG full-back Dani Alves has urged his fellow Brazilian Neymar to “be brave” when it comes to considering a potential world-record transfer to the Ligue 1 giants from Barcelona.
Alves said: “It’s an important decision for him and it’s the kind of decision men have to make. He’s one of my best friends and I’ll always want him by my side, but I can not interfere.
“I helped him come to Barcelona, I did not make the decision for him, but I told him what Barcelona was like and he decided to move there. Decisions are for the brave and I am the bravest of all.
“It’s a decision you have to make carefully but you have to be selfish. If I could advise one thing it would be: be brave, the world belongs to the brave.”
Barcelona are to offer Rafinha to Liverpool in an attempt to lure Philippe Coutinho to the Nou Camp. Liverpool are reportedly willing to offer around £30m for 24-year-old Rafinha, who was also linked with Arsenal and Tottenham.
AC Milan are poised to make a move for Bayern Munich’s Renato Sanches and are in ‘advanced‘ talks with the 19 year-old. The Portuguese midfielder joined the German champions for an initial €35 million last summer but has seen his chances limited under Carlo Ancelotti and he is said to be ready to snub moves to Chelsea and Man United in order to move to the San Siro this summer. Sanches can leave Bayern Munich for €48 million but the Bavarians have told AC Milan that they would be open to allow the talented teenager to leave on loan for €5 million with the option to buy following the loan’s conclusion.
Newcastle gaffer Rafa Benitez is ready to raid his former club to sign Real Madrid’s Lucas Vasquez.The 26 year-old is a product of Madrid’s successful youth academy and has been at the club for 10 years, though he has found starting opportunities limited at the Bernabeu and may welcome a chance to prove his ability in the Premier League.
Man City are back on Uefa’s financial fair play watch list after a £220m spending spree this summer.
Everton and England midfielder Ross Barkley, 23, is wanted by six clubs, with Tottenham and Man City leading the race.
Man United boss Jose Mourinho will wait until next season to make a £90m move for 28-year-old Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale.
Tottenham’s Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld says ‘zero progress‘ has been made regarding a new deal at the club. The 28-year-old has a contract that runs until 2019.
Newcastle want to sign Arsenal’s Lucas Perez to be their main striker, despite the 28-year-old Spaniard’s desire to rejoin former club Deportivo La Coruna.
Antonio Conte will make a fresh plea for new signings next week after saying he fears being sacked as Chelsea boss. The Italian has spent £130m this summer.
Hull City are planning a permanent move for 29-year-old Bournemouth and Republic of Ireland defender Marc Wilson, who spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom.
Liverpool target and Guinean midfielder Naby Keita, 22, will ‘100%‘ stay at RB Leipzig, according to the German side’s coach.
Marouane Fellaini has agreed a deal to join Turkish side Galatasaray. The Belgian midfielder, 29, has less than a year left on his contract at Man United.
Aston Villa have rejected a £1.5m bid from Reading for 25-year-old Curacao midfielder Leandro Bacuna.
Sunderland have rejected a bid – believed to be from Turkish side Besiktas – for 29-year-old midfielder Jeremain Lens, but the Dutch international could still leave the Stadium of Light this week. Elsewhere, the Black Cats are stepping up their pursuit of 29-year-old Bournemouth and Ivory Coast winger Max Gradel.
Arsene Wenger was involved in a bust-up with a pitch invader during the 5-2 win over Benfica in the Emirates Cup. The Frenchman shouted back and forth with the fan, who was dragged off.
PSG will offer former Man United winger Angel di Maria, 29, as part of the deal to reduce the taxes they will have to pay by triggering Neymar’s buyout clause.
If Neymar leaves, Barcelona will choose from a trio of Premier League attacking midfielders – Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, 25, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, 26, and 21-year-old Tottenham player Dele Alli – to replace him. But Barcelona fear Liverpool will price them out of a deal for Coutinho.