Tottenham have signed midfielder Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon in a deal worth £62.8million (€70m), smashing their previous transfer record.

The big-money move makes Ndombele - who has signed a six-year contract - Tottenham's most expensive player, eclipsing the £42m spent on Davinson Sanchez in 2017.

Spurs will pay £53.8m (€60m) up front and a further £9m (€10m) in bonuses if certain requirements are met.

The France international becomes the Premier League club's second addition of the close season following the capture of teenage winger Jack Clarke, who immediately returned to Leeds United on loan.

A host of top European sides had been credited with an interest in Ndombele, but the 22-year-old has opted to join the Champions League runners-up as Mauricio Pochettino seeks to improve on 2018-19's fourth-placed finish.

Ndombele joined Lyon on loan from Amiens in August 2017 and made the move permanent a year later. He went on to score four goals and register 16 assists for the club.

A statement from the Ligue 1 side read: "Lyon thanks Tanguy Ndombele for his involvement with the club since his arrival in 2017 and congratulates him for his professionalism and performances that have enabled him to represent France.

"Today he becomes the record sale in the history of the club, but Tanguy Ndombele will remain one of the greatest talents to have worn our shirt."

Tottenham have signed midfielder Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon in a deal worth £62.8million (€70m), smashing their previous transfer record.

The big-money move makes Ndombele Tottenham's most expensive player, eclipsing the £42m spent on Davinson Sanchez in 2017. 

The France international becomes the Premier League club's second addition of the close-season following the capture of teenage winger Jack Clarke, who immediately returned to Leeds United on loan.

A host of top European sides had been credited with an interest in Ndombele, but the 22-year-old has opted to join the Champions League runners-up as Mauricio Pochettino seeks to improve on 2018-19's fourth-placed finish.

Neymar's father has refuted a report that claimed he was travelling to Barcelona for discussions about his son's proposed move from Paris Saint-Germain.

Barca are believed to be interested in fulfilling Neymar's rumoured wish for a return to Camp Nou after two seasons in France.

Negotiations between the clubs are said to have started and a report in Brazil claimed Neymar Sr was set for talks with Andre Cury, an adviser to the LaLiga champions.

But it appears the speculation of a deal moving closer is wide of the mark.

"I'm not going to Barcelona to negotiate," Neymar Sr told Fox Sports Brazil.

"I am in Brazil and I will continue here until we return to Paris with my son."

In April, Neymar's father claimed the former Santos forward had no interest in leaving PSG, telling supporters to "sleep easy".

The Ligue 1 side sealed a second successive title later that month, weeks before Barca's humiliating exit from the Champions League at the hands of Liverpool.

Paris Saint-Germain have signed Sevilla attacking midfielder Pablo Sarabia after triggering his reported €18million release clause.

The 27-year-old's future had been in question for several months after a fine season in LaLiga and he has made the switch to PSG on a five-year deal.

Sarabia scored 12 goals and set up another 13 in LaLiga last term, enjoying by far his best campaign in senior football.

He joined Sevilla for a fee thought to be in the region of €1million from Getafe in 2016 and swiftly became an important part of the team, showing versatility in attack and chipping in consistently with goals and assists.

It was the 2018-19 campaign where he really came to the fore, however, linking up particularly well with Wissam Ben Yedder – another player who has been linked with PSG.

Sevilla had been trying to tie Sarabia down to a new contract for the best part of a year, given his deal was due to expire in 2020 and contained a low release clause.

But after failing to secure an extension, Sevilla are reported to have urged him to engineer a move as soon as possible.

Yet to be capped by Spain's senior side, Sarabia will offer competition out wide and in attacking midfield for PSG, who are hoping to win a third successive Ligue 1 title next term.

Paris Saint-Germain have signed Sevilla attacking midfielder Pablo Sarabia after triggering his reported €18million release clause.

The 27-year-old's future had been in question for several months after a fine season in LaLiga and he has made the switch to PSG on a five-year deal.

Sarabia scored 12 goals and set up another 13 in LaLiga last term, enjoying by far his best campaign in senior football.

He joined Sevilla for a fee thought to be in the region of €1million from Getafe in 2016 and swiftly became an important part of the team, showing versatility in attack and chipping in consistently with goals and assists.

It was the 2018-19 campaign where he really came to the fore, however, linking up particularly well with Wissam Ben Yedder – another player who has been linked with PSG.

Sevilla had been trying to tie Sarabia down to a new contract for the best part of a year, given his deal was due to expire in 2020 and contained a low release clause.

But after failing to secure an extension, Sevilla are reported to have urged him to engineer a move as soon as possible.

Yet to be capped by Spain's senior side, Sarabia will offer competition out wide and in attacking midfield for PSG, who are hoping to win a third successive Ligue 1 title next term.

Slowly but surely, Neymar's return to Barcelona appears to be getting closer.

The Paris Saint-Germain star, who is sidelined with an ankle injury, is heavily linked with a return to Camp Nou, two years after his world-record €222million switch to the Ligue 1 giants.

Amid reports of talks between Barca and PSG, steps continue to be taken for a possible return for Neymar.

 

TOP STORY – NEYMAR'S FATHER MEETING WITH BARCA

Neymar's father and his lawyer are set to meet Barcelona representative Andre Cury on Tuesday, according to Esporte Interativo.

The report says Cury, who was involved in Neymar's sale, will put forward Barca's point of view.

If those talks go smoothly, Barcelona would only need to seal negotiations with PSG for a deal to be done.

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- Christian Eriksen said last month he wanted a fresh challenge away from Tottenham amid links to Real Madrid, who are reported to be chasing a central midfielder. Marca report one of Eriksen's lawyers will meet with Madrid this week to find out their intentions.

- Gonzalo Higuain's future is unclear after Chelsea opted not to exercise their purchase option on the Juventus forward. Now, Tuttosport report Atletico Madrid could be interested in Higuain.

- Frank Lampard's dream return to Stamford Bridge is a done deal. The Mirror report the England great has agreed a three-year deal to become Chelsea manager, with confirmation expected in the next 48 hours.

- As they prepare to potentially make room for Neymar and Antoine Griezmann, Barcelona are expected to sell at least one player, with Ousmane Dembele linked with a move away. Kicker report the LaLiga champions have put the France attacker up for sale.

- Manchester United continue to try to get a deal done for Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, United have reached an agreement with Fernandes and must now finalise a deal with the Primeira Liga outfit. Staying at Old Trafford, Gianluca Di Marzio reports Inter are set to resume talks with United regarding Romelu Lukaku on Tuesday.

- Nicolas Pepe is expected to leave Lille amid links to some of Europe's top clubs. In good news for Liverpool, L'Equipe report the forward – who scored 22 Ligue 1 goals in 2018-19 – is keen on a move to Anfield.

Gelson Martins has completed a permanent switch to Monaco after spending the second half of 2018-19 on loan from Atletico Madrid.

Winger Gelson only joined Atleti in July 2018, but the former Sporting CP star failed to establish himself under Diego Simeone.

The Portugal international subsequently joined Ligue 1 strugglers Monaco in January, scoring four goals in 16 appearances.

And Gelson has now made his switch to Monaco permanent, signing a five-year contract.

"I am very happy to be able to join Monaco in time and I am now very much looking forward to seeing the group again in preparation for the upcoming season," Gelson told the club's official website.

"Despite the difficult situation, we managed to show some good things last season and I will do everything to help the club achieve its goals this season."

Juventus have announced they have agreed a deal to sign free agent Adrien Rabiot.

Rabiot left Paris Saint-Germain following the expiration of his contract and is rumoured to have signed terms worth €7million per year in Turin.

Juve did not disclose any details about the France international's deal, but he will be presented to the media on Tuesday.

Rabiot had been linked with a number of high-profile clubs - including Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Barcelona - after being frozen out by PSG in the second half of the 2018-19 campaign as his contract wrangle rumbled on in public.

He revealed in June he had opened talks with Juve over a possible move and an agreement has now officially been reached.

The 24-year-old won five Ligue 1 titles with PSG in his seven years in their senior ranks.

Juve, who appointed Maurizio Sarri as Massimiliano Allegri's successor, have already added ex-Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey to their squad ahead of the 2019-20 campaign, the Wales international also joining on a free transfer.

It is July 1, meaning players who had run down their contracts at former clubs are now officially free to move.

Some, such as Aaron Ramsey, Diego Godin and Adrien Rabiot have already signed with new clubs, while the likes of Ander Herrera seem to have transfers all but finalised.

However, there are plenty of players yet to have secured their next destination.

 

Aaron Ramsey

Wales international Ramsey called time on his 11-year stay in February, signing a pre-contract agreement with Serie A champions Juventus.

While Massimiliano Allegri was in charge when Ramsey agreed to join, it is Maurizio Sarri who will have the midfielder at his disposal for the upcoming season and, after an injury-hit end to 2018-19, the 28-year-old will be eager to quickly cement his place in the Bianconeri's starting XI.

Diego Godin

A mainstay in Atletico Madrid's defence since 2010, Godin announced his departure from the Wanda Metropolitano in May.

Inter were always favourites to sign the 33-year-old and that deal was officially announced on Monday, with the Uruguay international penning a three-year contract at San Siro.

Adrien Rabiot

France midfielder Rabiot did not play for Paris Saint-Germain in 2019 due to a dispute over his contract situation.

The 24-year-old has now officially left the Ligue 1 champions for their Serie A counterparts Juventus, who announced an agreement on Monday.

Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery

After defining an era at Bayern Munich, Robben and Ribery have officially left the Allianz Arena.

Ribery has been linked with a move to the A-League, while PSV are one of the clubs to have declared an interest in Robben. However, neither of the veteran wingers have found a new home yet.

Ander Herrera

Manchester United tried in vain to keep hold of former Athletic Bilbao midfielder Herrera, who made 132 Premier League appearances after joining the club in 2014.

A move to Paris Saint-Germain is expected to go through in the first week of July.

Daniel Sturridge

Sturridge was a key figure in Liverpool's title challenge in 2013-14 but injuries have gradually taken their toll on the forward, who managed four goals from 27 appearances in all competitions last season.

Divock Origi usurped Sturridge as Jurgen Klopp's first-choice back-up striker and the 29-year-old is now on the lookout for a new club, with Rangers – managed by Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard – reportedly leading the chase for his signature.

Mario Balotelli

Former Manchester City, Liverpool and AC Milan striker Balotelli signed a six-month deal with Marseille in January and went on to score eight Ligue 1 goals.

The 28-year-old has not extended his stay at Stade Velodrome, though, and a return to Serie A is an option, with Parma having confirmed their interest.

Nice boss Patrick Vieira said his intention is to stay at the club "long term" after reports linked him with the vacant post at Newcastle United.

Vieira took the Nice job last year and led the club to a seventh-placed finish, with his side boasting Ligue 1's second best defence.

The Arsenal legend's main focus now is on improving his attack, though, and not Newcastle United, despite reports suggesting he was in the frame for the job now vacated by Rafael Benitez.

"I'm in Nice for the long term," ex-New York City boss Vieira said on Monday.

"I do not intend to look anywhere else. I've always felt good here and with the people around me.

"I don't see myself anywhere but at OGC Nice."

Vieira has set his sights on an "ambitious" season with Nice, as he aims to break the club's 22-year trophy drought.

"I'm very happy to be back with the players and get back on the field. We could see that the players had followed the program," he added.

"In terms of intensity and work, the players were very good for a first day.

"It's going to be an ambitious season for the club. You have to get back to work to be ready in August."

The likes of Mikel Arteta, Roberto Martinez, Mark Hughes and Claudio Ranieri have also been linked with the Newcastle job.

Adrien Rabiot is undergoing his medical at Juventus, the Serie A champions have confirmed.

France midfielder Rabiot is set to join Juve from Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.

Rabiot arrived in Turin over the weekend and the club announced on Monday he is having a medical.

Juve are reportedly set to give Rabiot a five-year contract paying €7million per season.

Rabiot, who refused a place on France's standby list for last year's World Cup, has been linked with a host of top European clubs.

Manchester United were among the teams reportedly keen on the 24-year-old, but Juve look set to land the player.

Rabiot will join Aaron Ramsey among Juve's midfield options under new boss Maurizio Sarri.

Wales midfielder Ramsey also joined the club on a free transfer after running down his Arsenal contract.

Lautaro Martinez has impressed at the Copa America and the forward could end up being team-mates with Lionel Messi at more than just international level.

Martinez, 21, has scored in back-to-back games to lead Argentina into a semi-final against rivals and hosts Brazil at the Copa.

The Inter forward seems to have caught the eye of Barcelona, who have enquired about his services.

 

TOP STORY – BARCELONA LOOKING AT MARTINEZ

According to Radio La Red, Barcelona have contacted Martinez's agent to express their interest.

A move would see Martinez team up with Messi – who is yet to hit top form at the Copa America – at club level.

But Barca are also linked with moves for Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann and PSG forward Neymar, so Martinez may just be a back-up option.

 

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- Neymar is heavily linked with a return to Barcelona , but it seems Paris Saint-Germain may not let the star go so easily. Telefoot report PSG are still unwilling to let Neymar go. Meanwhile, Marca say Kylian Mbappe wants Neymar alongside him at the Parc des Princes.

- Real Madrid are expected to sign another midfielder heading into 2019-20, with Paul Pogba and Christian Eriksen linked. But AS report Madrid have made an offer to Ajax star Donny van de Beek, who apparently has eight proposals from top European clubs.

- Tottenham may finally get their man. The Daily Mail reports Spurs are close to an agreement to sign midfielder Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon in a deal worth up to £64million (€71.7m).

- Manchester United appear to be leading the race for Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes. Liverpool and Spurs have distanced themselves from the Portugal international, according to the Daily Express, and La Gazzetta dello Sport say United have had a £35m (€39.2m) bid rejected.

- Leonardo Bonucci continues to be linked with a Juventus exit ahead of the Serie A champions' expected signing of Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt. An apparent target for PSG, Bonucci has also become an option for Manchester City, according to The Sun.

LaLiga president Javier Tebas insisted he would prefer for Neymar not to return to Barcelona, questioning the forward's behaviour.

Neymar is heavily linked with a return to Camp Nou, two years after a world-record €222million switch to Paris Saint-Germain.

It comes after PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said in June the Ligue 1 giants would no longer put up with any "celebrity behaviour" at the club.

Tebas questioned Neymar's behaviour on Sunday, saying he did not want Barca to sign the superstar forward again.

"I prefer that Neymar does not return to Barca," he told Onda Cero.

"We always want to bring great players, but in the case of Neymar that behaviour is not good for the competition because in the end the news is if the player has done this or that.

"We have worked a lot in LaLiga to maintain the values and we don't want to change the image."

Barcelona are also expected to sign Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid, while several of their players are linked with moves away to fund that switch and Neymar's return.

Tebas talked up Neymar's talent, but was unsure whether the 27-year-old set a good example off the pitch.

"He can be a great player, but the behaviour is very important in the values we transmit in the competition," he said.

"If outside the field the example is not correct, I prefer that he doesn't return to LaLiga because he is not a good example."

Star forwards Neymar and Kylian Mbappe featured in Paris Saint-Germain's launch of their home kit for 2019-20.

Neymar is heavily linked with a return to Barcelona this close season, while Mbappe has emerged as a reported target for Real Madrid.

However, it seems the Ligue 1 champions expect the stars to be at Parc des Princes next season.

Launching their home kit on Sunday, PSG included Neymar and Mbappe in their video reveal.

Mbappe scored 33 Ligue 1 goals in 2018-19 and Neymar netted 15 as PSG finished 16 points clear at the top.

Neymar is reportedly the more likely of the duo to leave, with Barcelona vice-president Jordi Cardoner recently confirming the Brazil forward wanted to return to Camp Nou.

Adrien Rabiot has arrived in Turin to complete his move to Juventus.

The midfielder is set to complete a free transfer to the Serie A champions, with his contract at Paris Saint-Germain expiring on Sunday.

Rabiot, 24, was linked to a host of leading European clubs after a contract dispute contributed to him being frozen out of the first-team picture at the Parc des Princes last season.

Juventus tweeted a short video clip of Rabiot getting into a car after landing in Italy.

The Bianconeri will begin life under Maurizio Sarri in 2019-20 and the former Napoli and Chelsea boss will have his midfield stocks boosted by the arrival of Aaron Ramsey, also on a free, after the Wales international opted to end an 11-year association with Arsenal.

Uruguay midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur penned a new five-year deal at the Allianz Stadium last week.

A big money move from Juventus to secure highly rated Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt has also been mooted.

Reports have claimed Juve are preparing to complete an imminent deal for the Netherlands centre-back.

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