Paris Saint-Germain will be without both Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani against Angers on Saturday, with the Uruguay striker left out of their 19-man squad.

Coach Thomas Tuchel had earlier ruled out Mbappe, who had only recently returned from a hamstring injury.

But Tuchel, speaking at his pre-match news conference, said PSG would wait to make a decision on record goalscorer Cavani, who has been out with a hip issue since August.

Cavani "is not completely free", said Tuchel, and confirmation followed later on Friday that the front man would not be involved this weekend.

Thomas Meunier had reportedly been a doubt but is named in the squad.

Mauro Icardi is a similar player to Edinson Cavani but could form a strike partnership with the Uruguay international, according to Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel.

Icardi has joined PSG from Inter on a season-long loan with an option for a permanent deal and is in contention to make his Ligue 1 debut against Strasbourg on Saturday.

His arrival further bolsters a forward line that already includes Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria and Neymar, who is available after the closure of the transfer window ended his chances of returning to Barcelona.

Tuchel now faces a balancing act when it comes to team selection, though the club's record goalscorer Cavani and World Cup winner Mbappe will both sit out the visit of Strasbourg due to injury.

"He has to get back to his rhythm, he's a number nine like Edi," Tuchel told reporters of Icardi, who was stripped of the Inter captaincy last term.

"He's here, he's very happy to be here, I feel like he's free, and tomorrow it might be the first game where we can use him. 

"I do not know if he's ready to play 90 or 60 minutes, but the competition helps us, my team. 

"I do not see them as competitors on a job but as accomplices. We can play with Mauro and Edi in a match, I expect from my team that we have a good mindset to work in.

"If we have a lot of attackers, it is necessary that they be accomplices, even if everyone wants to play."

Mbappe and Cavani are not expected to be fit for next week's visit of Real Madrid when the Champions League group stage gets under way, with Neymar ruled out of that match due to suspension.

Pressed further on juggling his strikeforce, Tuchel said: "We cross that bridge when we come to it.

"We do not have Kylian or Edi, we will not have Neymar for Madrid. 

"I have a lot of options in my mind, but we're not there yet.

"But we do not achieve high goals without hard choices."

Kylian Mbappe is "progressing well" as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury, Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed.

Mbappe was substituted after pulling his hamstring in a 4-0 Ligue 1 defeat of Toulouse last month.

The France forward has been working hard on his recovery over the international break but is not yet ready to return to training.

Edinson Cavani, though, is closer to making his comeback after he was injured in the same game as Mbappe.

In an update posted to PSG's official website on Thursday, the club said the Uruguay striker will make a "progressive return to training this week".

Thilo Kehrer and Julian Draxler are undergoing treatment with both players expected to miss Saturday's home game against Strasbourg as a result.

Mbappe and Cavani are unlikely to be fit to take on Real Madrid, however, with PSG opening their Champions League campaign at home to the Spanish giants on Wednesday.

Neymar is also ruled out of that game due to suspension, so PSG coach Thomas Tuchel could be without all three members of his usual front line for the Group A clash.

Former Stoke City forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who has scored three goals in two Ligue 1 games, is therefore in line to feature.

When it came to Paul Pogba during the transfer window, Real Madrid and Juventus were the teams on everyone's lips.

Manchester United star Pogba was reportedly keen to leave Old Trafford in search of a new challenge.

However, another team were apparently poised to lure Pogba from the Theatre of Dreams…

 

TOP STORY – NEYMAR STOPPED PSG FROM SIGNING POGBA

Neymar prevented Manchester United midfielder Pogba from moving to Paris Saint-Germain, according to Calciomercato.it.

PSG and United reportedly had an agreement in place for the transfer of Pogba, however, the Ligue 1 champions and their inability to offload Barcelona target Neymar stopped the deal.

The report says PSG were ready to pay €150million (£134m) for Pogba, who joined United from Juventus in 2016 for a then-record fee of €105m (£89m).

 

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Real Madrid have an agreement with Chelsea for midfielder N'Golo Kante. DefensaCentral claims Los Blancos have the first chance to buy the France star should he be made available at Stamford Bridge.

- In-demand Dinamo Zagreb star Dani Olmo wants to leave the Croatian club in January or at the end of the season, according to Fichajes.net. The 21-year-old was linked with Bayern Munich, AC Milan, Atletico Madrid and Valencia during the transfer window.

Juventus have not given up on signing Fiorentina and Italy forward Federico Chiesa, according to Calciomercato.it. The Serie A champions were keen to bring in Chiesa during the off-season but were unable to lure him from Florence.

- Sport says Paris Saint-Germain are beginning their remodelling job, with Thiago Silva and Edinson Cavani facing uncertain futures. Silva and Cavani – who has been linked to incoming MLS outfit Inter Miami – are out of contract at the end of the season and are no guarantees to renew their contracts. Eric Maxim Choupo-MotingThomas Meunier and Layvin Kurzawa are available at the right price in January.

- Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic has turned down a move to Qatari outfit Al-Gharafa, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. Mandzukic was linked to Manchester United prior to the transfer window closing.

The transfer window may be closed but the rumours do not stop!

Christian Eriksen was unable to secure a move away from Tottenham prior to Monday's deadline.

Since then, the likes of Atletico Madrid, Manchester United and Inter have been linked to the Spurs star.

 

TOP STORY – ATLETICO PREPARING JANUARY MOVE FOR ERIKSEN

Atletico Madrid are set to return for Tottenham's Christian Eriksen in January, according to AS.

Eriksen was linked to the likes of Atletico, Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United but a move did not materialise.

Now, Atletico, Inter and Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly monitoring the situation as Eriksen prepares to become a free agent at the end of the season.

 

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- According to the Mirror, Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic is set to be offered a chance to move to the Premier League. The Croatian veteran was linked to Manchester United but a move failed to transpire prior to the transfer window closing.

- LaLiga pair Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao are keeping tabs on Chelsea and Spain full-back Cesar Azpilicueta, reports the Mirror. It comes amid concerns the Spaniard could lose his spot in the Chelsea XI to Reece James.

- Brazilian side Flamengo are interested in signing free agent Claudio Marchisio, says Gazzetta dello Sport. Former Juventus star Marchisio is without a club since leaving Zenit. Flamengo were also close to luring Mario Balotelli before he opted for Brescia.

- The Daily Mail claims Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola wants to sign a new defender in January. The report comes after Aymeric Laporte's knee injury left City with just two fit centre-backs – John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi.

- David Beckham's Inter Miami are set to sign River Plate midfielder Exequiel Palacios, according to TNT Sports. The expansion franchise – who are backed by the former Manchester United star and will enter MLS in 2020 – have also been linked to Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani and Barcelona forward Luis Suarez.

Kylian Mbappe has started his recovery from a hamstring injury that is set to rule him out for four weeks.

The Paris Saint-Germain star pulled his hamstring during a 4-0 Ligue 1 defeat of Toulouse on Sunday and the champions confirmed he could miss around a month of action.

PSG had already lost Edinson Cavani to injury, with Abdou Diallo also having to be withdrawn in the first half after taking a blow to the head.

With Neymar left out of the squad amid continuing uncertainty over his future at PSG, Thomas Tuchel's attacking options have been limited, although Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored twice against Toulouse.

World Cup winner Mbappe used social media to reassure fans that he will do his utmost to be back in action quickly.

"Thank you all for your messages," Mbappe wrote on Twitter, alongside a photo of him in a swimming pool.

"I today started my rehabilitation to come back to help my club and be available as soon as possible."

Mbappe and Cavani are both doubts for the first round of group games in the Champions League, which gets up and running in mid-September.

PSG return to action against Metz on Friday but after the Toulouse clash Tuchel was unsure whether Neymar, who missed the Copa America due to an ankle injury, would be available.

Sporting director Leonardo has confirmed the Brazil superstar wants to leave the French capital amid links to LaLiga giants Real Madrid and his old club Barcelona.

PSG and Barca are reportedly set to conduct talks over a potential deal for Neymar on Tuesday.

Paris Saint-Germain have been dealt a blow with the news Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani will be sidelined until the middle of September at least.

The Ligue 1 champions say Mbappe will likely be out for four weeks due to a hamstring injury sustained in Sunday's 4-0 defeat of Toulouse.

Cavani was hurt in the same fixture and is expected to be unavailable for at least three weeks.

The pair will miss league game against Metz prior to the international break, with neither player likely to be called up by their countries for fixtures in early September.

They can also be expected to miss the visit of Strasbourg on September 13, as well as the opening round of Champions League group games, which will be played four and five days later.

With head coach Thomas Tuchel unwilling to play Neymar until the Brazil star's future is resolved, it leaves PSG looking extremely light in attack for the next month.

The goalscoring burden is likely to fall on Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who scored twice in the win over Toulouse, unless Neymar is brought back into the first-team picture.

However, even if he stays at PSG beyond the transfer deadline of September 2, Neymar will not be able to play in the first three Champions League group matches because of a ban.

The forward was sanctioned by UEFA in April for an Instagram rant about refereeing decisions in PSG's last-16 second-leg defeat to Manchester United in Paris.

There was some better news for PSG on Monday, with tests on Abdou Diallo described as "reassuring" after he hurt his right eye.

Thomas Tuchel is unsure over the severity of injuries to Paris Saint-Germain forwards Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani, but confirmed he wants Neymar to stay.

Neymar was left out of Tuchel's squad for Sunday's 4-0 Ligue 1 win at home to Toulouse, with Cavani and Mbappe both substituted after sustaining injuries.

Cavani went off in the first half after an attempted volley while Mbappe had to be withdrawn following the break having seemingly pulled his hamstring, PSG also losing Abdou Diallo to a head injury.

"I do not know if it's serious for Mbappe and Cavani," Tuchel said to Canal+.

"If they will be back for the start of the Champions League? I do not think about that.

"These are different injuries and in different actions. We must look for the reasons. It's always like that.

"I am a little disappointed because we were strong at the moment. And every injury is too much for me, because we want to work with the whole group. It's difficult."

Neymar continues to be linked with a move away, sporting director Leonardo having previously confirmed the Brazil star intends to depart after two years in Paris.

A return to Barcelona has been mooted for the 27-year-old but LaLiga rivals Real Madrid are also reportedly keen to do a deal for the forward.

Neymar has not played for PSG this season amid the continued uncertainty over his future and Tuchel wants a resolution quickly, with Europe's transfer window set to close on September 2.

"It has always been our goal. Close this case as soon as possible," Tuchel added.

"Leonardo knows that I want to keep him. But that doesn't depend only on him.

"The situation is not very clear, yes. And we must clear it up."

PSG face Metz on Friday in their last game before the international break but Tuchel does not know if Neymar will be available.

"It's not just my decision," he said.

Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani were injured as Paris Saint-Germain comfortably defeated Toulouse 4-0 at the Parc des Princes in Ligue 1 on Sunday

Neymar was absent from the PSG squad amid continued uncertainty over his future at the club and Thomas Tuchel lost striker Cavani 14 minutes into a goalless first half.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting came on for the Uruguayan and opened the scoring in the 50th minute with a superb solo strike, before defender Mathieu Goncalves turned in an own goal.

The result was completely overshadowed, though, as Mbappe appeared to pull his hamstring when chasing down a pass, with the France forward heading straight off the pitch before Choupo-Moting and Marquinhos added further goals.

PSG, beaten 2-1 at Rennes last week, quickly cranked into gear and Toulouse goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet made a pair of smart saves from Mbappe in the opening four minutes.

But their strong start faded fast and PSG were dealt a blow when Tuchel saw Cavani hobble off after an attempted volley, with Choupo-Moting introduced as his replacement.

Choupo-Moting was acrobatically denied by Reynet in the first minute after the restart but the keeper could do nothing about the Cameroon international's next effort.

After collecting the ball in a packed penalty box, Choupo-Moting superbly span into space and thumped a low drive in off the left post.

PSG's second goal came five minutes later, Pablo Sarabia's attempt deflecting in off Goncalves, who then gave away a 71st-minute penalty for handball after Mbappe pulled up on his 100th Ligue 1 appearance.

Reynet dived to his right to deny Angel Di Maria from the spot, but PSG added a third goal four minutes later as a sweeping move ended with Juan Bernat teeing up Choupo-Moting for a first-time finish.

Choupo-Moting was denied a hat-trick by Reynet before Marquinhos' header completed the scoring on his 250th appearance for the club, but PSG will be hoping for good news on Cavani and Mbappe.

 

What does it mean? Injury issues mount for PSG

The European transfer window closes on September 2 and it remains unclear whether Neymar will stay at PSG, but the issues for Cavani and Mbappe could force the club to keep him.

Losing one striker to injury would be unfortunate but two was a horrible stroke of bad luck that will likely leave PSG increasingly reliant on Choupo-Moting in the coming weeks.


Choupo-Moting makes his case

Eyebrows were raised when PSG signed Choupo-Moting on a free transfer last year, the forward having been released by Stoke City. He scored only three times in 22 Ligue 1 games last term.

But perhaps the 2019-20 season will be the making of the 30-year-old. Choupo-Moting took his goals very well indeed and if Mbappe and Cavani are out for an extended time he will get more chances to shine.


Nightmare debut for Goncalves

Toulouse coach Alain Casanova threw Goncalves to the wolves somewhat by asking the 18-year-old to make his debut against the Ligue 1 champions and the teenager crumbled under the pressure, scoring an own goal and giving away a penalty before being replaced by Wesley Said.


What's next?

PSG return to action on Friday, taking on Metz in their last game before the international break. Toulouse are at home to Amiens a day later.

Paris Saint-Germain lost Edinson Cavani to injury early on against Toulouse in a match Neymar missed despite having recovered from an ankle issue.

Thomas Tuchel has indicated the Brazil superstar will not be selected until PSG have clarity over his future at the club, with links to Barcelona and Real Madrid ongoing.

PSG sporting director Leonardo previously confirmed Neymar is ready to return from the ankle injury he sustained in June and that kept him out of the Copa America.

The Ligue 1 champions did not have Neymar in their squad for Sunday's home game against Toulouse, even though they went down 2-1 to Rennes last weekend.

The lack of attacking depth in Tuchel's squad was underlined when club record goalscorer Cavani appeared to hurt his thigh in the 14th minute at the Parc des Princes.

Cavani walked straight off the pitch after seemingly suffering the injury while directing a left-footed volley at goal, with former Stoke City attacker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting introduced as his replacement.

Neymar left Barca for PSG in a world record €222million deal two years ago but time is running out for the 27-year-old to seal a move away from the French capital as the European transfer window closes on September 2.

Paris Saint-Germain let slip a one-goal lead to lose 2-1 against Rennes in their first away Ligue 1 outing of the season on Sunday.

Penalty shoot-out winners when these sides met in the Coupe de France final last season, the hosts produced another shock result over the top-flight champions thanks to goals either side of half-time at Roazhon Park.

Edinson Cavani profited from a defensive error to put Neymar-less PSG into the lead, but M'Baye Niang pulled one back a minute before half-time and Romain Del Castillo headed Rennes in front early in the second half.

PSG, who triumphed when these sides met in the Trophee des France two weeks ago, have now lost five of their last six away matches in the league.

Cavani sent a glancing header crashing off the woodwork with 14 minutes on the clock but he was gifted a goal later in the half.

Rennes captain Damien Da Silva played a stray pass across his own six-yard box and Cavani beat goalkeeper Romain Salin to the loose ball for a simple finish.

But the home side levelled things up through their first on-target attempt of the match as Niang controlled Hamari Traore's cross, swivelled and picked out the bottom-left corner a minute before half-time.

The comeback was complete three minutes in to the second period when 16-year-old midfielder Eduardo Camavinga sent in a delightful cross from the right, which Del Castillo guided away from the reach of Alphonse Areola.

Niang was denied by Areola and Jeremy Morel struck a post with his volley as Rennes closed in on a third.

Ultimately it did not arrive, but Thomas Tuchel's men failed to truly test Salin at the other end as Rennes made it two wins from two.


What does it mean? PSG's away form a cause for concern

If PSG's poor away form continues then Ligue 1 may well have a title race this season. Lyon, Nice and indeed Rennes all have six points from six after three matches, leaving the champions playing catch up at this admittedly early stage.


Camavinga proves age is just a number

He may not turn 17 for another three months, but Camavinga is starting to make a name for himself. The floated cross for Del Castillo's winner was right on the money and he also managed a few attempts of his own.

PSG lack ideas

PSG cruised to a 3-0 win over Nimes in their Ligue 1 opener last week – three of their forward players getting on the scoresheet – but they lacked creativity here in the absence of Neymar, who was overlooked despite returning to fitness. Cavani's goal was a gift and they managed just one further shot on target. 

What's next?

PSG welcome Toulouse to the Parc des Princes next Sunday and Rennes travel to Strasbourg on the same day.

Paris Saint-Germain's attacking talents stepped up in the absence of Neymar as the champions began their Ligue 1 title defence with a 3-0 win over Nimes on Sunday.

Neymar was left out amid ongoing speculation over his future, but Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria were all on target at the Parc des Princes.

Champions in six of the last seven seasons, Cavani got the ball rolling for PSG with a contentious first-half penalty that was followed by a well-taken strike from Mbappe.

Mbappe then turned provider by setting up substitute Di Maria for the third as Thomas Tuchel's men made a serene start to their latest title defence.

A calf injury prevented Ander Herrera from making his home debut, but fellow new signings Pablo Sarabia and Abdou Diallo were both handed starts.

The hosts' breakthrough arrived 24 minutes in through Cavani's penalty, awarded for a handball against Pablo Martinez.

Sarabia's whipped corner hit Martinez on the hand, but PSG's appeals were muted and play was allowed to continue for a further minute before the referee pulled play back for a VAR check.

Nimes goalkeeper Paul Bernardoni produced a flying save to keep out Sarabia's left-footed volley at the back post 10 minutes later, while Cavani failed to convert an Mbappe cutback from close range shortly before half-time.

But PSG gave themselves breathing space 56 minutes in thanks to Mbappe's sweet strike into the top left corner after being teed up by Juan Bernat.

And Di Maria rounded off the scoring four minutes after being introduced from the bench, picking out the bottom right-hand corner once played in by Mbappe.

What does it mean? Neymar saga turns sour

Neymar has not featured for PSG since last season and he was not part of the squad today, with sporting director Leonardo hinting this week a move away from the club - either to Real Madrid or Barcelona - could be close.

Certain sections of the Parc des Princes aimed derogatory chants towards Neymar before and during the match, but on the field Tuchel's men showed they can cope without the Brazil forward as Cavani, Mbappe and Di Maria all registered.

Mbappe up and running

The path is clear for Mbappe to become the undisputed star of this PSG side should Neymar depart, and he took just 56 minutes of the new campaign to get off the mark. He also linked up well with Cavani and teed up Di Maria for the third goal.

Verratti and Draxler let off the hook

Despite already being on yellow cards, Marco Verratti and Julian Draxler both produced strong challenges in the final 25 minutes of the game that could have led to their dismissal on another day.

What's next?

PSG have an away game against a familiar foe next Sunday as they travel to Rennes, who they beat in the Trophee des Champions last week, while Nimes host Nice the day before.

Kylian Mbappe has apologised for comments which suggested he may look to leave Paris Saint-Germain, insisting he has no desire to move away from the French champions.

Mbappe made headlines with comments he made at the Ligue 1 end-of-season awards which seemed to hint he would look for a new challenge away from Paris.

The 20-year-old scored 33 Ligue 1 goals for Thomas Tuchel's side last term, but cast doubt over his future at the club in May, stating: "It's a very important moment for me, I come to a turning point in my career.

"I have discovered a lot here, and I feel it is maybe the moment to have more responsibility. I hope that can perhaps be at PSG, that would be a great pleasure. Or maybe elsewhere with a new project."

However, Mbappe has reiterated his commitment to PSG, and though he believes his comments were misinterpreted, offered his apologies to his team-mates and the club's fans.

"I have no desire to leave. My words were ambiguous, only the coach, the president and I knew what I was talking about," Mbappe told a news conference ahead of the Trophee des Champions meeting with Rennes in Shenzhen on Saturday.

"I take this opportunity to apologise to the players. I spoiled the party a little. I stole the show negatively. 

"Fans, too. I'm sorry. Let's say I apologise but they did not understand the message. But it was in the interest of PSG. Today, everything is fine.

"I can play in a quality team with players who make me progress. Everything's going well for me."

Mbappe played on the wing for much of last season, though has been utilised centrally and out wide during pre-season.

But the former Monaco prodigy affirmed he has no preference to where he plays, adding he views Edinson Cavani as PSG's first-choice central striker. 

"I often talk to the coach. We discuss the formation, what benefits the team," Mbappe said.

"I am very surprised that some of you say that I want to play number nine. We have a number nine, Edinson. He scores, also assists sometimes. 

"Edinson is a great player. I want to play with great players. I'm not here to play in their place. The titles matter to me, it is the titles that remain.

"I have to progress in everything. I still have to build myself as a player, I am not yet a finished product."

Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku to Juventus in a straight swap for Paulo Dybala? It appears simple, however, it is not.

United and Juventus are reportedly ready to exchange players, but Dybala is not entirely convinced about leaving Turin.

Now Inter could be set to pounce as the transfer window takes another turn…

 

TOP STORY – DYBALA HAS UNITED DOUBTS AS INTER CIRCLE

According to multiple reports in Italy, Juventus attacker Dybala has no intention of joining Manchester United in a swap deal involving Lukaku.

Inter had been favourites to sign Lukaku, however, Serie A champions Juve have emerged as frontrunners to prise the Belgium striker at the expense of Dybala.

United and Juve have reportedly agreed on an exchange but Calciomercato, Rai Sport and Tuttomercatoweb claim Dybala is not convinced about a move to Old Trafford due to a lack of Champions League and his style of football in the Premier League.

Dybala – who is apparently demanding a higher salary than Paul Pogba and is set to meet Juve head coach Maurizio Sarri – could end up at Inter, with Corriere dello Sport's front page dominated by a shock move.

 

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- According to Bild+, Bayern Munich have made their first offer for Manchester City winger Leroy Sane. The report comes after Niko Kovac apologised for saying he was confident of signing Sane before the transfer window shuts.

- Paris Saint-Germain have named their price for wantaway star Neymar. L'Equipe says the Ligue 1 champions are demanding €300million for the Brazilian, who is wanted by former club Barcelona.

- Calciomercato says Manchester City are close to signing Juventus full-back Joao Cancelo. The Premier League champions have been linked with Cancelo throughout the window and they are now poised to complete a deal for the Portugal international, who could cost £45.6-50.1m (€50-55m).

Napoli want to sign Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha, according to Sky Sports News. Napoli, who have been linked to James Rodriguez, Hirving Lozano and Nicolas Pepe, are willing to pay Palace €59.9m (£54.6m) for the Ivory Coast international.

- According to Sky Sports News, Manchester United are prepared to pay up to £80m for Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire. The Red Devils have been pursuing Maguire throughout the window, but a deal is yet to be reached. However, United are willing to eclipse the world-record fee for a defender.

- Tuttosport claims Edinson Cavani has taken another step towards signing for Inter. Amid Inter's ongoing and so far fruitless pursuit of Lukaku, Paris Saint-Germain forward Cavani has emerged as a target, with a financial proposal agreed by the Uruguay international.

Paris Saint-Germain wrapped up their pre-season program with a comfortable 3-0 win over Australian champions Sydney FC in China on Tuesday.

Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani were on the scoresheet in the win that came in oppressive heat at the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre.

Mbappe opened the scoring with a terrific 37th-minute finish and Cavani doubled the lead just before the break.

Metehan Guclu added a third in the 89th minute to round off things off for PSG, who open their season in just five days against Rennes in the Trophee des Champions.

Neymar was not involved, remaining at PSG's training base in Shenzen, but Thomas Tuchel still named a strong side that included new signings Ander Herrera, Pablo Sarabia and Abdou Diallo.

Cavani was denied a 13th-minute opener after Sydney FC goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne tipped the Uruguayan's effort onto the post but the A-League side acquitted themselves well in the opening half hour.

Sydney then had the ball in the back of the net but Milos Ninkovic's tap-in was disallowed after Rhyan Grant - who headed the ball across the face of goal and through the legs of PSG goalkeeper Kevin Trapp - was offside from a free-kick.

The 36th-minute incident was like poking a tiger, PSG stirring to score twice before the break.

Mbappe provided the first, playing a neat one-two with Juan Bernat before thrashing a left-footed effort past Redmayne despite the tight angle.

And Cavani was on hand to turn in the second, pouncing on the rebound after Sarabia's effort was saved following excellent build-up work by Julian Draxler.

Tuchel made 10 substitutions for the second half and one of his changes, Adil Aouchiche, twice forced Redmayne into a save, while he also went close from a free-kick.

A combination of the heat and the substitutions saw the match fizzle out but there was still time for Guclu to strike, the Turkey youth international producing a neat flick to turn Colin Dagba's cross in.

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