If Real Madrid want to sign Neymar, they may have to part with one of their young stars.

Neymar wants to leave Paris Saint-Germain and a return to Barcelona has been mooted for the world's most expensive footballer.

Madrid, however, are also eyeing Neymar but PSG have identified one Los Blancos Brazilian to replace their wantaway star.

 

TOP STORY – PSG ASK FOR VINICIUS AS PART OF NEYMAR DEAL

According to Spanish media, Paris Saint-Germain have asked for Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior to be included in any deal to send Neymar to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Neymar has been linked to former club Barcelona and fellow LaLiga giants Madrid as he looks to leave Paris.

PSG and Barca are yet to strike a deal, though talks are ongoing. In the meantime, sporting director Leonardo requested Brazilian youngster Vinicius in a potential deal with Madrid but it was swiftly rejected by Los Blancos, reports AS.

Marca, meanwhile, says PSG are keen for Vinicius and Luka Modric to be involved.

 

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- New signing Luka Jovic will not be leaving Real Madrid on loan, Bild says. Reports emerged on Wednesday that Jovic had failed to impress Zinedine Zidane following his €60million arrival from Eintracht Frankfurt. However, the Serbia forward is not set for a short-term move away.

- Inter want €80million for former captain and outcast Mauro Icardi, according to Tuttosport. Icardi has been deemed surplus to requirements at Inter following Romelu Lukaku's club-record arrival and the Argentina striker reportedly wants to join Juventus, while Roma and Napoli are believed to be interested.

- According to the Daily Mail, Alexis Sanchez is ready to quit Manchester United amid interest from Serie A. Having struggled to make an impact since his big-money arrival from Arsenal, Sanchez has been linked to AC Milan, Napoli, Juventus and Napoli.

- Staying at Old Trafford and the Mirror claims Victor Lindelof is set for a massive new Manchester United deal. Linked to Barcelona during the off-season, Lindelof is reportedly in line for a three-year extension. Meanwhile, the Daily Mail says United scouts passed on signing Sporting CP captain Bruno Fernandes.

- The Washington Post claims Mesut Ozil's agent was in Washington to meet with DC United on Wednesday. The MLS side have identified the Arsenal playmaker as a replacement for Wayne Rooney, who has agreed to join Derby County as a player-coach in January.

- AC Milan will resist offers for Suso and Franck Kessie as they want to keep the pair, reports Sky Sport Italia. Suso has been linked to Lyon, Sevilla and Roma, while Kessie rejected a move to Wolves.

Avid Football Manager fan Antoine Griezmann has revealed his latest virtual all-star Arsenal side - but there is no room for France team-mate Alexandre Lacazette.

Griezmann has often posted updates on social media channels to show off his achievements in the popular game.

The Barcelona forward got Arsenal supporters excited in April when he uploaded a screenshot of his latest save as Gunners manager, with Lacazette spearheading his attack.

But Lacazette was nowhere to be seen in the 2023 squad, with the 28-year-old learning from Griezmann that he had been unceremoniously sold to Huddersfield Town for £23.5million.

Lacazette did at least enjoy huge success before his move northwards, having helped his side to Premier League and Champions League triumphs.

Joao Felix, who made the switch to Atletico Madrid in real life as a replacement for Griezmann, is joined by the likes of Jadon Sancho, Frenkie de Jong, Bruno Fernandes, Raphael Varane and Matthijs de Ligt in the star-studded XI.

Georginio Wijnaldum has given a unique insight into "special" Jurgen Klopp's man-management methods after revealing the Liverpool boss addressed his team ahead of the 2018 Champions League final wearing Cristiano Ronaldo-branded underwear.

The Reds boss has carved a reputation for his jovial antics and, according to midfielder Wijnaldum, the German's pre-match team-talk for the showdown against Real Madrid - for whom then-star player Ronaldo was the chief threat - was no exception after he lightened the mood in his own inimitable style.

"We saw he was wearing the boxer shorts of Cristiano Ronaldo," the Netherlands midfielder told The Athletic. 

"He did the meeting with his shirt stuffed inside his 'CR7' boxers. The whole changing room was on the floor laughing their heads off. That really broke the ice. Usually in those situations, everyone is serious and concentrated. But he was relaxed and made this joke.

"He's done hundreds of jokes likes that. If you see that your manager is really confident and relaxed, it will have an effect on players. He is a father figure in those things for the players. With his jokes and his body language, he takes the pressure off players."

Liverpool ultimately lost the game 3-1 but went one better the following season, defeating Tottenham 2-0 to claim a sixth triumph in Europe's premier competition.

It has cemented Klopp's status as one of the world's leading coaches and Wijnaldum has paid tribute to the German's man-management style.

Wijnaldum said: "He always tries to empathise with the other person, to feel what they're going through. He is a really special man for me. I see him as more than a manager - a really good friend."

He continued: "He is the kind of manager that will be angry about things in the game, or will show emotion during a game, but when it comes to half-time, he speaks with you and gives you confidence. 'You can do it better. You have to do this, have to do that…'

"He is one of the first managers I've had who doesn't get angry when you try to do the things that you are good at. He will never be angry when you try to use your talent or quality. Even if it goes wrong.

"Since I am at Liverpool, he has helped me a lot. Not only with football, but also as a person, the way you think about things. That is why I enjoy every day of working with him. I can be really mad at him one day. But the next day the anger is gone and we will love each other again."

Frank Lampard's first experience of Premier League management proved harrowing as Chelsea limped to a 4-0 loss in their season opener at Manchester United.

The fresh-faced Blues boss insisted the scoreline flattered the hosts and found support for his assessment following several promising passages of play.

Yet as a high-profile legend of the competition, curiosity about his coaching qualities will climb until hard evidence is delivered.

Sunday's clash against Leicester City will be Lampard's next opportunity to make a point in the Premier League.

With an eye on the past and Opta data on hand, we look at the likelihood of Chelsea performing a quick turnaround.

 

Sarri's six-goal loss still the nadir

Chelsea were torn asunder in the second half at Old Trafford as a three-goal, 16-minute burst from United made Lampard's managerial debut in the top flight a miserable occasion.

Only two Blues bosses have endured equal or heavier defeats in the club's 27-season Premier League history.

Maurizio Sarri presided over the worst when a Sergio Aguero-inspired Manchester City handed out a 6-0 hammering at the Etihad Stadium in February.

That result intensified the focus on Sarri's future as it occurred barely a week after a 4-0 loss at the hands of Bournemouth, which led the Italian to ponder whether he was capable of motivating his players.

September 1996 marked the only other time Chelsea have suffered a reverse of that magnitude in the Premier League, a late Frank Leboeuf penalty doing little to soothe the pain of a 5-1 failure against Liverpool under Ruud Gullit.

It was the first defeat of the Dutchman's coaching career but, as he went on to prove, an early setback is no impediment to success.

Scolari's strong start no barometer

Gullit had, in fact, started well in the player-coach role at Stamford Bridge, which he accepted following Glenn Hoddle's departure for the England job.

The former AC Milan midfielder won three of his opening five matches and secured two away draws to lay a solid foundation for a season that ended in FA Cup glory.

Of course, not every competent beginning can be viewed as a catalyst for trophies.

Luiz Felipe Scolari oversaw three wins, two draws and a fine tally of 10 goals scored, yet the World Cup winner was out of the job by February.

Sarri and compatriot Carlo Ancelotti boast the best starts among Blues bosses in the Premier League, each attaining a perfect 15 points from their first five fixtures.

Stamford Bridge a setting for success

Of real comfort to Lampard will be the opportunity to get back to London following the long midweek journey to Istanbul for the UEFA Super Cup.

Chelsea's greatest ever goalscorer is adored at Stamford Bridge and the ground has generally brought good fortune for new leaders.

Glenn Hoddle, Gianluca Vialli and the dual management team of Ray Wilkins and Graham Rix are the only bosses to have been beaten in their maiden Premier League home matches.

Three - Ian Porterfield, Avram Grant and Rafael Benitez - recorded draws, while 12 celebrated victories.

Lampard will hope to join the ranks of the latter group; perhaps Chelsea will even seek to cleanse the palate with a 4-0 win, the result Scolari achieved against Portsmouth back in August 2008.

Juventus, Roma, Napoli, Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain.

Where will Inter outcast Mauro Icardi end up before the transfer window shuts on September 2?

The Ligue 1 champions are reportedly interested in the former Inter captain.

 

TOP STORY – PSG WANT ICARDI IF NEYMAR LEAVES

According to journalist Tancredi Palmeri, Paris Saint-Germain are interested in signing Inter forward Icardi.

Icardi is not wanted at Inter, where he has been deemed surplus to requirements by head coach Antonio Conte.

And Icardi has reportedly been offered to PSG by Inter, who apparently want to block Paulo Dybala moving to Paris from Juventus.

Palmeri's column for Tuttomercatoweb insists Icardi's transfer to PSG depends on Neymar's departure, with Barcelona and Real Madrid eyeing the Brazilian.

 

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- The Neymar saga is ongoing as Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona try to strike a deal. Barca reportedly offered €80million plus Philippe Coutinho to bring Neymar back to Camp Nou, two years after his €222m departure. According to ESPN FC, Barca are willing to part with Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic as well as a fee.

Alexis Sanchez could be sent to Manchester United's reserves if he is not sold before the European window's closure, claims The Sun. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly desperate to move on Sanchez, who has been linked to Roma.

- Gazzetta dello Sport says Inter and Juventus will go head-to-head to sign Fiorentina and Italy star Federico Chiesa at the end of 2019-20. Chiesa is a wanted man but new Viola owner Rocco Commisso is unwilling to sell his prized €70m asset.

Roma are preparing a bid to bring in Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi. That is according to Sky Sport Italia, regardless of whether Edin Dzeko is sold to Inter. Batshuayi spent time on loan with Valencia and Crystal Palace last season.

Monaco have approached Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, claims Goal. Roma have also been linked to Rugani, however, reports in England say Liverpool's Dejan Lovren is the Giallorossi's first choice.

- According to Marca, Valencia want AC Milan striker Andre Silva to replace outgoing forward Rodrigo Moreno. Rodrigo is poised to join LaLiga rivals Atletico Madrid and Silva is behind Krzysztof Piatek and Rafael Leao in Milan's pecking order. It comes as Milan try to wrap up a deal for Atletico forward Angel Correa.

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard believes it is "pretty much impossible" to replace Eden Hazard with another individual.

Hazard starred during seven campaigns at Stamford Bridge, but made a close-season move to Real Madrid for a reported €100million (£92.7m).

The Belgium international was directly involved in 31 Premier League goals (16 goals and 15 assists) during the 2018-19 season and his departure leaves a huge hole for Chelsea to fill.

Lampard said Hazard – who won two Premier League titles and two Europa League crowns with Chelsea – could not be replaced by just one player.

"I was a huge fan of Eden Hazard as a Chelsea fan, I played with him," he told a news conference ahead of his side's UEFA Super Cup clash against Liverpool on Wednesday.

"For me, clearly one of the best players in world football and last season, but not just last season, over his time at Chelsea he was the most productive player in the team generally, in terms of assists and goals and a leader.

"You cannot replace him individually, I think it's pretty much impossible because of the high, high level he is at now in his career.

"But the good news and the positive news for us and we must stay calm and be patient with this [is] we have a group of players, some younger players, some experienced players, that now have the opportunity to show that collectively and individually they can step up because yes, you are missing a huge amount of assists and goals, that's clear.

"The answer is as a team, we have to find a way to carry on because a football club like Chelsea will always carry on. Eden Hazard, John Terry, Didier Drogba, players improve on and it's down to the next players, the next manager. That's our big challenge now, to say good luck to Eden Hazard and to carry on as Chelsea."

Lampard's first competitive game in charge was a miserable one, with Chelsea humbled 4-0 by Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Still, the former Derby County boss believes in his team ahead of their meeting with the European champions in Istanbul.

"I am optimistic because I believe in the players and I believe in the fact we are here in the final because we deserve to be," Lampard said.

"That is the achievement of the players and the club last season, not myself, but I am proud to be here managing the team.

"I understand the quality of Liverpool, the team that deservedly won the Champions League. They have an outstanding manager [Jurgen Klopp] and group of players and we know it is going to be a big test, but I believe in my players and if we play to our maximum we can win the match."

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk insisted his £75million price tag was never an issue after the world-record fee for a defender was broken earlier this month.

Van Dijk made the move from Southampton to Liverpool in January 2018, the huge transfer fee initially raising eyebrows.

But the Netherlands international helped the Premier League giants win the Champions League last season and has emerged as a Ballon d'Or contender.

However, the world-record fee was broken after Manchester United paid Leicester City £80m for England centre-back Harry Maguire earlier this month.

Van Dijk, whose side face Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul on Wednesday, played down the significance of the fees.

"It wasn't a big issue for me. It's something you don't have an influence on," he told a news conference.

"It happens, it's the market and the only thing you can do is put your head down and start playing, give everything for the team.

"That's what I did and it worked so far, I'll just try to keep doing that, keep progressing and be a better player."

European champions Liverpool will go into their clash against Chelsea as favourites, having opened their Premier League season with a 4-1 win over Norwich City as Frank Lampard's men were humbled 4-0 by United.

Van Dijk is eager for Jurgen Klopp's side to win the trophy for Liverpool for the first time since 2005.

"I think it could work in both favours, they know us, we know them, but the most important thing is it's one game, one final, anything could happen," he said.

"We know at the start of the season everyone's coming back from having a break. We are ready, we want to win that trophy and we're going to do everything that's possible to hold the trophy."

Leganes have signed Kenneth Omeruo on a permanent deal from Chelsea.

The 25-year-old, who spent last season on loan at the Butarque stadium, has signed a five-year contract.

Omeruo joined Chelsea from Standard Liege in 2012 but never made a competitive appearance for the Premier League club.

He had loan spells with ADO Den Haag, Middlesbrough, Kasimpasa and Alanyaspor before spending 2018-19 in LaLiga.

"We would like to thank Kenneth for his service and wish him all the best for the future," Chelsea said in a statement announcing the deal.

Omeruo, who will wear the number four shirt with Leganes, could make his debut in their opening LaLiga fixture of the season against Osasuna on Saturday.

Manchester City have avoided a transfer ban after FIFA confirmed the club will only receive a fine for breaching regulations relating to the signing of young players.

The Premier League champions have been ordered to pay CHF370,000 (£314,577) for breaching article 19 of FIFA's rules on the status and transfer of players.

However, City will not face a transfer ban like that which FIFA handed down to Chelsea in March for similar offences.

Like Chelsea, FIFA has found City to be in breach of regulations regarding the recruitment of youth players.

LaLiga giants Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have also been handed punishments for similar offences within the past five years.

However, FIFA's Disciplinary Committee "took into account the fact that Manchester City FC accepted its responsibility", meaning the club was only issued a fine.

Manchester City have avoided a transfer ban after FIFA confirmed the club will only receive a fine for breaching regulations relating to the signing of young players.

Chelsea forward Pedro has compared Virgil van Dijk to Spain team-mate Sergio Ramos ahead of Chelsea's UEFA Super Cup meeting with Liverpool.

Frank Lampard's side, winners of the Europa League under Maurizio Sarri last season, take on Champions League holders Liverpool in Istanbul on Wednesday.

Van Dijk played a pivotal role as the Red became champions of Europe for the sixth time and finished second in the Premier League with a record 97 points.

The centre-back was named the PFA Players' Player of the Year for his performances in the top flight and Pedro sees similarities between the Netherlands star and Real Madrid captain Ramos.

"They are very good central defenders, probably at this time at the top," he said.

"Sergio Ramos is very good. I know him very well: great defender, great with the ball. Van Dijk is also the same: so strong, very good in the air, scores goals. Two big players.

"He's in a good moment. Last season with Liverpool, he had a great season winning the Champions League and the best player in the premier league. He's in a good moment and he's a good defender."

Pedro hopes to get the better of Van Dijk and Liverpool to secure a win what would represent his fourth UEFA Super Cup triumph, having lifted the trophy three times with Barcelona.

The 32-year-old thinks silverware this early in the season can only be good for Chelsea's confidence, especially in light of their 4-0 league defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.

"It's another trophy, it's good when you start the season winning a trophy – it's good for confidence, for the future," he said.

"Liverpool are a strong team with great players, a solid team, good on the counter. We need to read the game well, stay compact all the time and when we create chances we need to score if we want to win.

"It's my fourth Super Cup final. I was lucky enough to win the last three. I have good memories of the last final [in 2015]. The important thing is the mentality: to stay strong, stay compact."

Reiss Nelson is happy to bide his time and learn from those around him in order to make the grade at Arsenal.

The 19-year-old spent last season on loan with Hoffenheim and impressed on his return to Arsenal during their pre-season campaign.

Head coach Unai Emery rewarded Nelson by starting him against Newcastle United on Sunday, with the Gunners claiming a 1-0 win in their opening Premier League game of the season.

However, the English teenager is refusing to get carried away after making only his fourth top-flight appearance for the club.

"I just want to take things as they come," he said. "It felt great [to start]. It was a great gesture from the boss and I'm just happy to be playing back in Arsenal colours.

"I went away to Germany and I think I did well. But the main goal for me has always been playing in an Arsenal shirt.

"I know it's not guaranteed I'm going to be starting week in, week out with the team-mates we have. I need to be prepared all the time for whenever I get the call-up.

"We have [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, [Nicolas] Pepe, [Alexandre] Lacazette. They are great stars and I'm still only young so I need to sit back and when I get my chance, take it."

Nelson lasted 71 minutes against Newcastle before being replaced by club-record signing Pepe, who arrived from Lille in a reported £72million transfer this month.

Pepe is still being integrated into the first team but Nelson has been impressed by the early signs, even if it means additional competition for a starting spot.

"He's settled in good and he looks a really good addition," said the England Under-21 international. "We saw little glimpses at Newcastle on the pitch – you could see he has the flair we need on the right-hand side.

"He can cut inside and shoot. I think he will get a lot of goals for us and also assists. I'm happy to have him in the team. He's a great addition.

"I think this season can be very exciting for the Arsenal fans and for the team. We have all the new additions and that can only help us in the long run."

Frank Lampard says Chelsea are desperate to win the UEFA Super Cup against Liverpool on Wednesday and will accept "no excuses" if they fail to get their hands on the trophy.

Lampard's reign as Chelsea boss got off to a disappointing start on Sunday, with the Blues slipping to a heavy 4-0 defeat to Manchester United in their Premier League opener.

They have an immediate chance to bounce back, however, when they take on Jurgen Klopp's Champions League winners in Istanbul.

Lampard has been on the losing side twice as a Chelsea player in Super Cup finals [against Atletico Madrid in 2012 and Bayern Munich in 2013] and says his side will be "giving everything" to defeat their domestic rivals.

"I've had two great examples of a really important game that you don't win in two different ways and it makes you more determined to win it," he told UEFA.com.

"We need to be absolutely ready. It's a cup that the club desperately wants to win. I've never won it, a lot of players in there have never won it, so we have to give it everything.

"Going up against the team with the quality of Liverpool in a final is as tense as finals can be.

"You can lose finals, they're very tough. But what you cannot do is lose it on the premise that we weren’t prepared, or we didn't have that hunger or desire or everything you need to try and win a game of this magnitude.

"It's going to be one of my first competitive games as manager of this club. Every player in there needs to be aware of the importance of the game to this club and we have to give everything, because it's going to be tough.

"It's going to be tough, but we cannot walk off the pitch and think 'oh, we could've done that' or 'we missed that opportunity' or 'we weren't quite ready' or make any excuses for ourselves."

Liverpool fans desperate for good news on goalkeeper Alisson's injury had their wish granted on Twitter - or so they might have thought.

American actress and writer Alison Becker sent social media into a spin when, amid a torrent of questions about the injury her near namesake suffered on Friday, she tweeted: "MY CALVES ARE FINE YOU GUYS. #ynwa"

The post attracted close to 10,000 likes in a matter of hours.

It is not the first time the former Parks and Recreation star has been mistaken for the Brazil international.

In 2018, before the former Roma gloveman's move to Anfield, she used social media to declare: "Excited to announce that I will be joining Liverpool as a goalkeeper!"

The real Reds shot-stopper hobbled off during Friday's season-opening win over Norwich City and will be sidelined "for the next weeks," according to manager Jurgen Klopp.

The 26-year-old will miss the UEFA Super Cup meeting with Chelsea on Wednesday.

Rafael Benitez has refuted suggestions he moved to Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang for financial reasons and says he left Newcastle United because he could no longer trust the owners.

Newcastle's managing director, Lee Charnley, said over the weekend that Benitez "moved to China for the money" after the Spaniard left St James' Park following the expiry of his contract at the end of June.

Magpies owner Mike Ashley accused Benitez of making unrealistic wage demands and went on to name ex-Sunderland manager Steve Bruce as his replacement.

Benitez has reacted strongly to Charnley's comments, saying that "three years of unfulfilled promises" meant he could no longer trust the club's hierarchy.

"I tried to do my best every day, even staying when we went down to the Championship and saying no to other offers – bigger offers than the one I recently accepted with Dalian Yifang," he told The Athletic.

"If I was only interested in moving 'for money', as Charnley stated, I could have done it much earlier. Newcastle's board had a year to sort out my contract but, when we met after the end of last season, they didn't make me an offer I could accept.

"They told me they didn't want to invest in the academy or the training ground – if they like, I can explain the reason why Mike Ashley refused to do that.

"Their idea of a project was a policy of signing players under 24 and, in my opinion, the budget available was not enough to compete for the top 10.

"After that meeting, I knew they would not come back with a serious offer and, when it arrived, 19 days later, it was for the same salary as three years earlier and with less control over signings.

"After three years of unfulfilled promises, I didn't trust them."

Benitez also revealed that while players and staff were given a bonus after a 10th-place finish in 2017-18, his coaching team received nothing.

"When we finished 10th in the Premier League in our first season back, all players and staff were paid a bonus – aside from my coaching team. That felt like a punishment for me not signing an extension," he added.

"So, by the end, I knew there would not be a proper offer and they knew I was not signing."

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