Italian champions Juventus have made a bid for Paris St-Germain star Neymar as they try to gazump Spanish rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Juve have offered PSG £95 million and forward Paulo Dybala, according to Spanish newspaper AS.
Neymar has been the subject of a tug-of-war for his signature by Barcelona and Real Madrid all summer, with various bids involving cash and a variety of players said to have been made and rejected by PSG.
Barca have recently loaned Philippe Coutinho to Bayern Munich so have a space in the squad free.
Madrid have been revamping their squad over the summer, spending more than £300 million on new players, but Neymar would be the icing on the cake.
It was thought the race was between the Spanish clubs but now Juventus are serious contenders. The prospect of Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo in the same side would be mouthwatering too as they seek to finally win the Champions League.
However, whether PSG will sell is another matter. They have consistently rebuffed bids from Barcelona and Real Madrid and will want a deal worth north of the £198 million before they even consider selling one of their prized assets.
Paris St-Germain have rejected huge offers from both Real Madrid and Barcelona for their star forward Neymar.
The Spanish clubs are both desperate to do a deal – and Neymar is believed to want a to return to Spain – but the perennial Ligue Un champions are reluctant to sell.
Barcelona have reportedly offered PSG €100 million plus Philippe Coutinho. Meanwhile Madrid have reported made several player-plus-cash offers involving Gareth Bale, James Rodríguez and Ivan Rakitic. All have been rejected by PSG.
However, this is unlikely to be the final bid from either side. PSG are understandably holding out for as much as they can get and will want a deal worth at least as much as the £198 million they paid Barcelona for Neymar two years ago.
This transfer saga is likely to run until the transfer window closes on September 2
Arsenal are planning an audacious loan move for Barcelona misfit Philippe Coutinho in a deal that could cost £27 million, according to reports in Spain.
Coutinho joined Barcelona for £142 million in January 2018 but he has failed to have the expected impact at the Camp Nou. With Antoine Griezmann having joined from Atletico Madrid and Frenkie de Jong from Ajax in the summer, Coutinho could find himself further down the pecking order and the Catalan side are willing to let him go.
While there had been interest from clubs – notably his old side Liverpool, Manchester United and Paris St-Germain – nothing concrete has emerged.
However, Spanish publication Sport has claimed that Arsenal want to do a loan deal for the Brazilian.
It is well known that the Gunners’ transfer budget is restricted this summer – £45 million has been widely quoted – after the side failed to qualify for the Champions League.
It has been claimed Barca want £27 million to loan the player for the season, so Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi will have to judge whether they can afford him, especially as the side are in need of central defensive reinforcements as well.
Barcelona forward Philippe Coutinho is set for a sensational move back to his former club Liverpool, according to reports.
Brazilian star Coutinho left Anfield for Barcelona in January 2018 for £142 million after a protracted transfer battle. However, his time in the Catalan capital has not been a happy one, with injuries and a loss of form ensuring he hasn’t made the impact that was hoped for.
Now, with Antoine Griezmann joining Barca from Atletico Madrid, Coutinho could be pushed further down the pecking order.
However, former club Liverpool could offer him a way out of his Camp Nou nightmare. Italian news site Calciomercato have reported that the Reds have put together an offer of a two-year loan deal, with an option to buy for £88 million.
Calciomercato also report that Coutinho is keen on this deal. His agent, Kia Joorabchan, has previously hinted that his charge would find it difficult to play for another Premier League club.
This would appear to be a blow to Manchester United, who have also been linked with the player in recent weeks.
Yet Coutinho could get stay at Barcelona. Joorabchan also said that Barca bosses have no intention of selling him and have not spoken to any parties about this.
Make of that what you will. Coutinho might be on his way out of Barcelona. Or not. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.
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