La Liga champions Barcelona are in talks with Paris St-Germain to re-sign Neymar, with Ousmane Dembele possibly heading to France as part of the deal, according to reports.
The Brazilian superstar has been rumoured to be wanting a move back to Spain for some time, having apparently not settled in Paris. Real Madrid were thought to be in pole position to sign him, but their rivals Barcelona appear to have stolen a march on them by opening talks, according to RAC1.
Neymar has been successful on the pitch for PSG in the two seasons since he joined them from Barca for a world record £198 million fee.
It is thought negotiations are at an early stage and any deal is likely to be complex.
Dembele could be a willing part of the deal. He made his name at Borussia Dortmund under current PSG coach Thomas Tuchel and could welcome working with him again. Plus his time in the Catalan capital has not been a roaring success due to injury and a loss of form, and a move could provide a fresh start.
Any deal would be huge and PSG would want to make they money back they spent on Neymar at least. The player still has three years on his deal and, at 27, is at the peak of his career.
Italian giants Inter Milan believe they are close to agreeing a deal to sign Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgian has fallen out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who often left him on the bench. It is thought the club will let him go if they receive an acceptable offer.
While Lukaku has scored goals at United, his all-around play has been criticised.
New Inter manager Antonio Conte is looking for a striker to spearhead their Champions League campaign for next season, as well as trying to topple Juventus from their status as perennial Serie A champions, and believes Lukaku is the man to do it.
Conte tried to sign Lukaku while he was Chelsea manager, and his admiration for the Belgian international hasn’t diminished.
Manchester United will want to recoup most of not all of the £75 million they paid Everton for Lukaku in 2017, although there is speculation that an offer of £55 million could be enough to secure his services.
Eintracht Frankfurt star Luka Jovic has dropped a huge hint that he could join a Premier League club this summer.
The striker has impressed for the German side in the Bundesliga and Europa League this season. However, with Eintracht missing out on qualification for next season’s Champions League his is widely expected to depart for pastures new this summer.
Jovic, 21, has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid as part of manager Zinedine Zidane’s rebuilding of the side.
However, in an interview with German newspaper Die Welt, Jovic talked about how the physical style of the Premier League and Serie A would suit his game. Significantly, he didn’t mention La Liga as a potential destination.
The Serbian international has been linked with Chelsea in the past. However, given they are currently under a 2-window transfer ban, that avenue is unlikely to be pursued, unless the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturns the ruling.
If Chelsea are out of the running, there will be no shortage of Premier League rivals who would be interested. With suggestions Jovic could be available for £52 million, then clubs such as Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur would likely be interested in doing a deal. If that were the case, Jovic may be tempted to join City or Spurs, who can offer Champions League football next season.
Perennial Ligue Un champions Paris St-Germain are considering making a bid to sign Liverpool utility man James Milner this summer, according to reports.
PSG are looking to strengthen their squad after falling yet again at the last 16 hurdle in the Champions League. While out-of-contract Ander Herrera expected to join, PSG have also discussed the possibility of moving for Milner, according to newspaper La Parisien.
Milner’s Reds deal runs to summer 2020. The 33-year-old has been a key member of the squad that finished 2nd in the Premier League and has reached the Champions League final. His versatility is a strength as he can play in midfield but also slot in a left- or right-back. He also takes penalties.
This may seem a left-field choice, but given his length of contract and age, he wouldn’t cost much. Milner isn’t injury prone and could certainly do a job for PSG for a couple of seasons.
However, PSG have not yet decided to bid – and Juergen Klopp would be reluctant to let him go in any case. There would also be plenty of interest in Milner from other Premier League clubs.
Italian champions Juventus are planning to offer Manchester United striker Paulo Dybala and left-back Alex Sandro in exchange for midfielder Paul Pogba, according to reports.
Pogba had a frustrating season at United last season, only hitting top form for part of the season. It is believed he now wants to quit the Red Devils – again – this summer.
It is also thought that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is prepared to listen to offers for the French international as the rebuilds the side in his own image.
And Juventus could have a very tempting offer, according to the Sunday Express. The newspaper reports that Juventus are willing to offer Dybala and Alex Sandro in exchange for Pogba.
Juventus favour a player-plus-cash deal as they would struggle to meet United’s £120 million valuation of him in straight cash.
Dybala has been linked with United for quite some time. The Argentine was in and out of the Juve side last season as he struggled after the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Meanwhile Alex Sandro has been coveted by other Premier League clubs and has a reputation as one of the best left-backs in Europe.
United could be tempted by the deal as Dybala could be a direct replacement for Romelu Lukaku. Solskjaer is also said to be open to offers for the Belgian, who was in and out of the United side last season.
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