Ligue Un champions Paris St-Germain are plotting a move for Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen as a replacement for Neymar, according to reports.
It seems that Neymar is edging closer to a move back to Barcelona, although a deal is far from certain. It has been reported that the Catalan club has offered Ousmane Dembele on loan, Ivan Rakitic and £150 million for the Brazilian but that has been rejected by PSG’s bosses.
However, should the Neymar deal happen, PSG want to spend £90 million on Eriksen, Le Parisien has reported.
Eriksen has been a star for Spurs since he joined them six years ago, but this summer he has expressed a desire to find a new challenge. He has also consistently rejected any offer of a new deal at the North London club. Eriksen is out of contract next summer so could leave for nothing then, so Spurs’ chairman Daniel Levy will be aware that this could be the final opportunity to cash in on the Dane.
Of course, if Spurs do sell, it will leave them without their most creative player and no opportunity to replace him until January, with the English transfer window having already closed.
With PSG stalling on any proposed move for Neymar, this is a transfer story that could go right to the wire – the French and Spanish transfer windows close on September 2.
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
Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are set for a battle to sign Paris St-Germain’s Brazilian striker Neymar this summer.
It is looking increasingly likely that Neymar will depart the Parc des Princes this summer having failed to show up for training on Monday. Boss Leonardo has admitted that Neymar can go – for the right price.
It is thought that Neymar wants to return to Barcelona – the club he left two summers ago to join PSG in a world record £198 million deal.
Barca are thought to have been working behind the scenes on a deal to bring the 27-year-old back.
However, they may face competition from old rivals Real Madrid. They have long been linked with Neymar and it was thought likely at one point he would join them. Real president Florentino Perez has talked of his admiration for him – and regret at not signing him from Santos – in the past.
But Zinedine Zidane has already spent more than £300 million on new players this summer, so if they were to be able to afford Neymar they would have to sell some of their stars to ensure they don’t fall foul of Financial Fair Play rules.
PSG would likely want at least what they paid for the player and, given the length on his contract and age, probably more. Only Barca and Real could realistically afford it – Manchester City tend not to go for mega-signings such as this.
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