Paris Saint-Germain have already rocked La Liga this summer by signing Neymar from Barcelona. Now, according to reports in Spain, they are looking to repeat the trick by beating Real Madrid to Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe.
Sport claims PSG have agreed a €180 million deal with their Ligue 1 rivals for the 18-year-old France international, who was also said to be a target for Barcelona and Manchester City.
That breaks down as €150m up front and €30m to follow in bonuses and additional payments and would take PSG’s total spend to over €400m this summer.
Marca agrees, although they report a slight variation of the transfer fee, and reports documentation is already being filed to ratify the move that will see Mbappe return to his hometown. They also say that next up for ambitious PSG is a move for Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
In France, though, Le Parisien has an altogether different take, with the outlet reporting that Monaco and PSG have both denied an offer has been made or that the transfer is happening at all.
Sanchez Offered Bumper Deal
Arsenal have offered Alexis Sanchez a new contract worth £300,000 per week.
The striker’s current deal runs out at the end of the season and he has refused to sign an extension. Arsenal’s previously offered £225,000, with bonuses that could have bumped up his pay to £275,000 a week.
But Sanchez made it clear he wants upwards of £300,000 before even considering agreeing fresh terms and it remains to be seen whether the new offer will be enough.
Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain would like to sign the Chile forward, but Arsene Wenger is growing increasingly confident he will stay. The manager refuses to entertain any offers for him, despite the threat of losing him for nothing next summer.
The 28-year-old will miss Friday night’s Premier League opener against Leicester and next weekend’s match at Stoke with an abdominal injury.
Dortmund Digging In On Dembele
Borussia Dortmund are playing hardball, but it seems like only a matter of time until Barcelona reach an agreement to sign Ousmane Dembele.
In Spain, Sport reports that the player has already reached an agreement with Barca on a five-year contract worth €10m a year.
That’s the easy part though, convincing Dortmund to sell given that they know how much Barca have to spend following the sale of Neymar is a different proposition altogether.
Earlier on Thursday, Dortmund rejected an initial bid from the Catalans for Dembele, reportedly in the region of €100m.
Tottenham’s Danny Rose is wanted by Manchester United, the Mirror claims, as Jose Mourinho has decided signing a new left-back is now an issue that needs resolving. Last season the role was shared between Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young but Mourinho would like a player capable of starting regularly in the position.
West Ham have bid a club record 30 million euros (£27.1m) for Sporting Lisbon and Portugal midfielder William Carvalho, 25. (Telegraph)
Manager Arsene Wenger has admitted Arsenal are “not super optimistic” that they can convince 28-year-old forward Alexis Sanchez to extend his contract. (SFR Sport via Evening Standard)
Arsenal have offered Chile international Sanchez a new contract worth £300,000 per week. (Daily Mail)
Barcelona cannot afford to buy Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho if they sign France forward Ousame Dembele from Borussia Dortmund, according to Spanish football journalist Graham Hunter. (BBC Radio 5 live)
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is battling a pay crisis in the wake of England left-back Danny Rose’s criticism of the club’s ambition. (Mirror)
Rose got a “heroes’ welcome” from the Spurs dressing room, with team-mates threatening to speak out. (Sun)
Tottenham stars are lining up to leave because of the club’s rigid pay structure. (Daily Mail)
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has prioritised signing a first-choice left back with Tottenham’s Rose, 27, one of the players under consideration. (Daily Record)
Arsenal believe they have made a breakthrough in the negotiations to keep Mesut Ozil at Emirates Stadium, with the 28-year-old Germany midfielder giving the impression that he is preparing to accept the £225,000-a-week deal on offer. (Sun)
PSG could be willing to offer 28-year-old Argentina midfielder Javier Pastore to Atletico Madrid as part of a deal for Slovenia goalkeeper Jan Oblak, 24. (AS)
Real Madrid have held secret talks with Juventus over Barcelona target and Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, 23. (Don Balon – in Spanish)
Samir Nasri’s hopes of leaving Manchester City could be scuppered by the club’s £10m-plus valuation of the 30-year-old French midfielder, in addition to the player earning £9.6m in wages. (Telegraph)
Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, 27, still looks likely to join Everton but Paul Clement has insisted Spain striker Fernando Llorente, 32, will not be following the Iceland international out of the Liberty Stadium this summer. (Wales Online)
Newcastle and West Ham are locked in a battle to sign Brentford’s Spanish midfielder Jota, 26. (Mirror)
Burnley have made a £12m move for Lille’s French striker Nicolas de Preville, 26. (Daily Mail)
Stoke City are trying to complete the £7m signing of Porto’s Dutch defender Bruno Martins Indi, 25, in time for him to be eligible to play against Everton on Saturday. (Sky Sports)
The Mirror reckons West Ham fear Liverpool will try to sign Manuel Lanzini if they lose Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona and are planning to offer the Argentine a new five-year contract to keep him in East London. But, should they lose Lanzini, the Hammers will turn to Brentford playmaker Jota, who is also wanted by newly promoted Newcastle.
William Carvalho is being targeted by West Ham if they can raise the funds to finance his £25m transfer through the sales of Sofiane Feghouli and Robert Snodgrass. The London Evening Standard reports West Ham are optimistic about their chances of landing the Portugal and Sporting Lisbon midfielder.