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TOP STORY: PSG want Modric, Vinicius if Real fancy Neymar
There’s nothing like a transfer story involving more players than you could fit in a lift at major European football stadium — and now it looks as though Neymar’s protracted move from PSG could involve just that scenario.
Neymar is up for a move away from the French capital and now it looks as though PSG are down on bringing two Real Madrid players in as part of the deal. At least that’s what Marca report, with the Spanish outlet claiming that that PSG are open to Neymar heading to Madrid, as long as they can bring in Luka Modric and Vinicius Junior in to replace him.
PSG’s sporting director Leonardo is known to be a huge fan of Vinicius, seeing him as a player capable of bringing elusive European silverware to the big spending Ligue 1 club. That said, persuading Madrid to part with the precocious teenager is likely to be a devilishly difficult task. The report states that Casemiro could also be of interest to PSG, alongside Modric, but that James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale are most definitely not.
As it stands, PSG have only entered into discussions with Barcelona over Neymar. But if those talks break down, then Madrid could swoop. Who goes in the opposite direction remains to be seen — but don’t be suprised if another name or two emerge by the time September rolls around.
08.00 BST: Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof is set to be rewarded with a new contract following interest from Barcelona, according to Aftonbladet.
The Swedish outlet reports that the centre-back, who joined from Benfica in 2017, will sign a new deal that will commit him the Old Trafford until 2025.
Lindelof, 25, initially struggled after arriving in the Premier League, but is look to be first-choice in the heart of the defence alongside £80m summer signing Harry Maguire.
PAPER TALK (by Rich Edwards): Mandzukic prefers Munich return
According to reports, Mario Mandzukic would prefer a return to Germany rather than heading to England if he leaves Juventus, with former club Bayern Munich as the Croatian sensation’s preferred spot.
Rumour has it that Mandzukic was being lined up as a makeweight in the deal that would have sent Paulo Dybala to Manchester United and Romelu Lukaku to Juve this summer. But now Gazzetta dello Sport (via Calciomercato) report that the World Cup silver medalist would be keen to return to Bayern to play for fellow countryman Niko Kovac.
And if that fails? Then he wouldn’t mind heading playing for Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund. Which wouldn’t go down too well with the supporters at the Allianz Arena.
Sanchez not giving up hope of summer move
Alexis Sanchez still wants to get the rock out of Manchester United as he looks to rebuild his faltering career. The Daily Mail report this evening that Sanchez is eyeing a return to Serie A in a bid to resurrect his reputation, with Juventus, AC Milan and Napoli leading the charge for this signature.
He has made only four appearances for the club since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was handed the reigns at Old Trafford back in December.
And although the Norwegian insisted that he wanted Sanchez to stay at the club last week, it’s clear that the Chilean would rather be anywhere else by the time the European transfer window closes on September 2.
– Italian giants AC Milan may have been caught on the hop by Champions League semifinalists Ajax. That’s according to Mundo Deportivo, which tonight claims that the Dutch giants have opened talks with Dinamo Zagrab to sign Dani Olmo. The Spanish outlet is reporting that Ajax are prepared to shell out €22 million for a player who helped Spain’s Under-21 side to the European Championship this summer.
– Cenk Tuson could be on his way out of Everton, with the Turkey international apparently keen on heading to boyhood club Eintracht Frankfurt, That’s what Teamtalk report this evening, with Tuson potentially heading out of Merseyside after making a minimal impact after joining the club midway through the January 2018 transfer window.
– Mexican giants Club America could see two players move onto European clubs, with Guido Rodriguez set for La Liga side Real Betis and Roger Martinez off to Serie A’s Atalanta. Argentine midfielder Rodriguez could join ex-Aguilas teammate Diego Lainez in Seville for €13 million, according to Spanish outlet Estadio Deportivo. Colombian striker Martinez’s potential trek to Italy would come at a price of €15 million, reports Gianluca Di Marzio.