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Real Madrid president targets Neymar and Kylian Mbappe for summer signings

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Real Madrid could break the world transfer record this summer as the club’s president says he wants to sign Paris St-Germain stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. 

Florentino Perez made his comments on the strikers as he unveiled Zinedine Zidane as Real’s new manager – taking the reigns just 10 months after he left.

Zidane has been tasked with taking Real back to the top of Spanish and European football next season. To do this, it is anticipated that he will instigate a major shake-up of the playing staff.

This will likely include one marquee player – at least – as the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus has never been adequately filled.

Neymar and Mbappe are the obvious choices, having proved themselves in the European and World stages.

There have been constant rumours of Neymar’s disaffection with life in Paris over the past couple of years and he would likely welcome a move back to Spain. He has also been coy on talk about his future in recent weeks.

Meanwhile Mbappe has said he is happy at PSG right now, but has hinted he would like to move to Madrid at some point in his career.

Perez said, perhaps with tongue in cheek, that he thought the presence of fellow Frenchman Zidane could be a full factor in convincing Mbappe to come to the Spanish capital.

But a transfer deal for either would inevitably involve a world record fee. The current £198 million record is held by PSG, when they bought Neymar from Barcelona two summers ago.

PSG would want a fee greater than that for either player, perhaps as much as £250 million. Both are under long contracts and are either at, or not yet reached, their peak years as players, given Neymar is 26 and Mbappe 20.

It is likely that Real would be able to afford one or the other from the pair – plus PSG would not sanction selling both players.

PSG president says Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are not for sale

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Paris St-Germain’s president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has said that the club’s star strikers, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, are not for sale and that the club will keep hold of them this summer.

Brazilian star Neymar has been repeatedly linked with a return to Spain in the past year or so – amid rumours he is unhappy with life in Paris – with Real Madrid thought to be the most likely club to bid for him. Barcelona have also been said to be interested in bringing him back to the Camp Nou.

Meanwhile Mbappe has established himself as one of the world’s leading players at the Parc des Princes, and, at just 20 is already a World Cup winner. He had also been linked to a move, with Madrid again mentioned, as well as Manchester City.

Either player would likely command a world record fee. Neymar currently holds the record when PSG paid Barcelona £198 million back in summer 2017. Realistically, only Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City could afford such a fee.

However, Al-Khelaifi is adamant neither will be leaving. Speaking to Spanish newspaper Marca he said: “Neither Real Madrid, nor any other club in the world, needs to call us about Neymar or any other player. Real Madrid know perfectly well that Neymar is not for sale and that the player won’t leave PSG this summer.”

On Mbappe, he added: “In Paris, everyone loves him, he is at home and he knows that he has everything he could want to make history at PSG. He has the ability to make the Parc des Princes dream and all of the young people who love sport. The relationship between PSG and Mbappe is long-term because there is a very strong mutual trust.”

PSG linked with £60 million move for Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi

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French champions Paris St-Germain are thought to be monitoring Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi and plan to make a £60 million bid this summer, according to reports. 

Guendouzi has impressed at the heart of the Gunners’ midfield this season. The 19-year-old only joined from French second division side Lorient for £7 million in the summer.

So if PSG were to come in with an offer of £60 million, it would represent a huge profit in just a year.

However, Gunners boss Unai Emery has no plans to sell Guendouzi. “His development with us is very important and he’s playing with big consistency. He quality is very impressive.”

Emery added that he was surprised by the PSG link. “I don’t want this,” he added.

Arsenal could I’ll afford to lose another midfield star after Aaron Ramsey has announced he will join Juventus in the summer once his Gunners deal has expired.

PSG meanwhile want to bolster their midfield with Adrien Rabiot seemingly certain to leave in the summer. Guendouzi is the latest in a long list of names to be linked with the club.

Manchester United join race to sign PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot

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Manchester United are the latest Premier League club to be linked with wantaway Paris St-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, who is available on a free transfer this summer.

United are believed to be looking for a defensive midfielder this summer, having sold Marouane Fellaini last month and players such as Fred seemingly out of favour. Spanish news outlet AS has reported that United are now looking to Rabiot as an option.

However, they will face stiff competition to sign the 23-year-old. Premier League rivals Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have all been rumoured to be keeping tabs on Rabiot, as have Spanish giants Barcelona.

Rabiot seems certain to leave PSG in the summer. He has refused to sign a new deal and his current contract expires in the summer. His situation has led to him being banished from the first team by manager Thomas Tuchel – his last appearance was on December 11 in a Champions League tie against Red Star Belgrade.

However, he has been included in PSG’s 23-man Champions League squad for the knockout stages – and they face United in a last 16 tie tonight.

Paris St-Germain plan swoop for Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante 

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French champions Paris St-Germain are considering bidding for Chelsea star N’Golo Kante in the summer, according to reports. 

Kante has not been played in his favoured position in front of the defence this season by Blues manager Maurizio Sarri, often playing further forward. As a result, critics have said he is less effective and the player is thought to want to go back to his usual spot.

It is also though Kante and Sarri don’t have the most harmonious relationship.

With this in mind, PSG are monitoring his situation, with a view to making a bid in the summer, according to Le 10Sport in France.

PSG are in the market for a defensive midfielder with Adrien Rabiot running his contract down and certain to leave on a free in the summer. Two-time Premier League winner and World Cup summer Kante would fit the bill perfectly.

However, Chelsea would be reluctant to sell and would demand top dollar for their man, especially as his penned a new contract last year that ties him to the club until 2023.

Of course, this wouldn’t be a problem for PSG. But, at 27, Kante is at the peak of his powers and in the current transfer market he could be worth £75 million.