Paris Saint-Germain inching forward on 180m euro move for Kylian MbappeESPN - Friday 11th August, 2017
The football world is awash with gossip. Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here.
TOP STORY: PSG closing on Mbappe
Paris Saint-Germain have already rocked La Liga this summer by signing Neymar from Barcelona. Now, according to reports in Spain, they are looking to repeat the trick by beating Real Madrid to Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe.
Sport claims PSG have agreed a €180 million deal with their Ligue 1 rivals for the 18-year-old France international, who was also said to be a target for Barcelona and Manchester City. That breaks down as €150m up front and €30m to follow in bonuses and additional payments and would take PSG's total spend to over €400m this summer.
Marca agrees, although they report a slight variation of the transfer fee, and reports documentation is already being filed to ratify the move that will see Mbappe return to his hometown. They also say that next up for ambitious PSG is a move for Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
In France, though, Le Parisien has an altogether different take, with the outlet reporting that Monaco and PSG have both denied an offer has been made or that the transfer is happening at all.
Sanchez set for pay raise, Emirates stay
Another player in demand across Europe this summer is Alexis Sanchez, but according to the Daily Mail at least, he could be tempted to stay at Arsenal and earn a cool £300,000-a-week.
To say Sanchez was influential last season would be an understatement. In all competitions the Chile international scored 30 goals and set up a further 15 for the Gunners, leading to speculation that Manchester City, PSG and Bayern Munich were interested.
Arsene Wenger might not be able to offer the Champions League football that Sanchez wants, but he has gone from stubbornly refusing to sell to increasingly confident of keeping his star man, the report claims, and with that kind of offer on the table it is easy to see why.
Dortmund digging in on Dembele
Borussia Dortmund are playing hardball, but it seems like only a matter of time until Barcelona reach an agreement to sign Ousmane Dembele.
In Spain, Sport reports that the player has already reached an agreement with Barca on a five-year contract worth €10m a year. That's the easy part though, convincing Dortmund to sell given that they know how much Barca have to spend following the sale of Neymar is a different proposition altogether.
Earlier on Thursday, Dortmund rejected an initial bid from the Catalans for Dembele, reportedly in the region of €100m.
- Tottenham's Danny Rose is wanted by Manchester United, the Mirror claims, as Jose Mourinho has decided signing a new left-back is now an issue that needs resolving. Last season the role was shared between Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young but Mourinho would like a player capable of starting regularly in the position.
- The Mirror reckons West Ham fear Liverpool will try to sign Manuel Lanzini if they lose Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona and are planning to offer the Argentine a new five-year contract to keep him in East London. But, should they lose Lanzini, the Hammers will turn to Brentford playmaker Jota, who is also wanted by newly promoted Newcastle.
- William Carvalho is being targeted by West Ham if they can raise the funds to finance his £25m transfer through the sales of Sofiane Feghouli and Robert Snodgrass. The London Evening Standard reports West Ham are optimistic about their chances of landing the Portugal and Sporting Lisbon midfielder.