Neymar's medical examinations on the ankle injury he sustained in the loss to Lyon are "reassuring" but the Paris Saint-Germain forward will undergo further checks.

The Brazil superstar was taken from the field on a stretcher late in Sunday's surprise 1-0 Ligue 1 defeat at Parc des Princes and was in noticeable discomfort after a challenge from Thiago Mendes.

It was initially reported Neymar, who was in tears as he left the field, had sustained a broken ankle as a result of the tackle that saw Mendes sent off following a VAR review.

Head coach Thomas Tuchel told Telefoot after the game: "No news, he's with the doctors and we have to wait for the exams tomorrow."

PSG have now offered an update following the initial scans, with a club statement revealing: "The medical examinations carried out on Neymar Jr are reassuring following his twisted ankle in Sunday's game against Lyon. 

"Further examinations will be carried out in 48 hours."

Neymar has three goals and as many assists in seven Ligue 1 appearances for PSG, whose setback against Lyon saw them slip to third.

Barcelona may face competition from Paris Saint-Germain for Memphis Depay.

Depay, 26, has been heavily linked with a move to the LaLiga giants, where his former Netherlands head coach Ronald Koeman is in charge.

But his impressive displays for Lyon have unsurprisingly caught the eye of their Ligue 1 rivals.

 

TOP STORY – PSG INTERESTED IN BARCELONA TARGET DEPAY

PSG are interested in Lyon star and Barcelona target Depay, according to Le Parisien.

The report says Depay is appreciated by PSG's players, particularly stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

Depay, who has scored six goals in 14 games for Lyon this season, is out of contract at the end of the campaign.

 

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- Staying at PSG and they could seemingly also compete for the signature of another Lyon star. RMC Sport reports PSG are still interested in midfielder Houssem Aouar, who has been heavily linked to Arsenal.

- Isco's future looks to be away from Real Madrid. Marca claims the LaLiga giants are pushing the midfielder, who is contracted until 2022, out amid links to Arsenal and Everton.

- Everton are also linked to Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli. The Daily Star reports they are ready to make a loan move for Alli – who has struggled for game time this season – in January.

- After being thrashed by Stuttgart, Borussia Dortmund sacked coach Lucien Favre. Gianluca Di Marzio reports the Bundesliga club already have an agreement in principle with Borussia Monchengladbach boss Marco Rose to take over ahead of 2021-22.

- Papu Gomez's Atalanta career appears to be over. Sky Sport reports the attacker, who has been at the club since 2014, could leave in January amid a tense relationship with coach Gian Piero Gasperini.

Thomas Tuchel revealed Kylian Mbappe was in a "red zone" and at risk of injury after coming on in Paris Saint-Germain's loss to Lyon.

Mbappe came off the bench in the 65th minute as defending champions PSG were downed 1-0 in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

Making matters worse for PSG, Neymar was carried off on a stretcher in the closing stages after a tackle that saw Thiago Mendes sent off.

Asked about Mbappe starting on the bench, PSG head coach Tuchel said the star was at risk of injury.

"For Kylian, it was the medical recommendation," he told a news conference.

"He couldn't play for more than 25 minutes. He played 30 minutes, that was already too much. The medical staff said no for him to start the game, and no for more than 25 minutes.

"He was in a red zone and was at risk of injury."

Neymar was involved in only one shot against Lyon (one chance created), his lowest tally in a Ligue 1 game he started since November last year.

Tino Kadewere's first-half goal was enough for Rudi Garcia's men, who are second in the table – equal on points with Lille and one ahead of PSG.

Tuchel said he would have taken a different approach to the game if he had noticed his team's tiredness.

"It's my fault, I didn't feel the fatigue yesterday and that's why I'm surprised with our performance, our mistakes and our spirit today," he said.

"If I had this feeling yesterday, I would have made changes to start with a different mindset. For me, this is the key."

PSG's busy run of games continues at home to Lorient on Wednesday.

Thomas Tuchel is awaiting the results of a scan on Monday after Neymar was carried off on a stretcher at the end of Paris Saint-Germain's loss to Lyon.

Neymar appeared to suffer a serious injury, amid reports of a broken ankle, following a challenge from Thiago Mendes late in Sunday's surprise 1-0 Ligue 1 defeat at home to Lyon.

PSG star Neymar was in tears as he left the field on a stretcher in stoppage time, with Mendes sent off after a VAR review in the French capital.

Asked about Neymar post-game, PSG head coach Tuchel told Telefoot: "No news, he's with the doctors and we have to wait for the exams tomorrow."

Neymar's injury compounded PSG's woes as the French champions slumped to their fourth Ligue 1 defeat of the season and a first home loss to rivals Lyon in the league since 2007 – the visitors snapping a 12-match winless streak.

Tino Kadewere scored the only goal at Parc des Princes, putting Lyon ahead after Karl Toko Ekambi pounced on Presnel Kimpembe's error.

PSG have now lost four of their first 14 Ligue 1 games this season, their worst tally of defeats at this stage since 2009-10, when the club finished 13th.

The result left PSG third in the standings, a point behind leaders Lille and Lyon through 14 games as pressure mounts on Tuchel.

"It's very clear we weren't ready to play a competitive match. We made easy mistakes in dangerous situations," said Tuchel, whose side mustered just seven attempts.

"We didn't play in a disciplined way, we didn't follow the plan. We saw a very mentally tired team after Manchester United, Montpellier and [Istanbul] Basaksehir. It's not a good game in general, I saw a game with a very low level."

Tuchel added: "It doesn't change anything, you can never control the result but this performance is not enough. It's our fault. If we give gifts like that, it means that it's not serious enough because we have the qualities to win every match.

"We're going to push again. We made some steps forward, but today is a big step back."

Neymar suffered what appeared to be a serious ankle injury as Paris Saint-Germain slumped to a 1-0 defeat to Lyon in Ligue 1.

PSG, who started with Kylian Mbappe on the bench, are firmly in a title tussle this term, and Thomas Tuchel's side suffered their fourth league defeat of the campaign – and a first home loss to Lyon in Ligue 1 since 2007 – at a wet Parc des Princes.

Tino Kadewere got the only goal, putting Lyon ahead after Karl Toko Ekambi pounced on Presnel Kimpembe's error.

A lacklustre display was compounded in the final minute of stoppage time, Neymar going off in clear pain after injuring his left ankle due to a challenge from Thiago Mendes, who was sent off after a VAR review.

 

Juventus are planning their move for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

Pogba's future is again a major talking point after his agent, Mino Raiola, said the France international wanted to leave Old Trafford.

A return to Juve has been touted, and the Serie A champions are seemingly ready to make it happen.

 

TOP STORY – JUVENTUS HOPING FOR POGBA LOAN DEAL

Juventus want Pogba to return to the club from Manchester United on loan next month, according to the Mirror.

The report says the move would include an obligation to buy Pogba, who is contracted until 2022, ahead of next season.

Pogba joined United from Juve for a reported £89million (€105m) fee in 2016.

 

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- Barcelona are still eyeing Georginio Wijnaldum. Mundo Deportivo reports Ronald Koeman wants the Liverpool midfielder, who is out of contract at season's end, but a deal in January appears too difficult.

- Also set to become a free agent is Bayern Munich defender David Alaba. Marca reports Real Madrid are strongly considering the Austria international, who wants to join the LaLiga giants.

- Struggling for game time at Tottenham, Dele Alli looks set for an exit. The Telegraph reports the midfielder will be allowed to leave in January, with Paris Saint-Germain said to be interested.

- Oleksandr Zinchenko is also battling for minutes at Manchester City. The Daily Star reports Wolves are ready to renew their interest in the defender.

Neymar must be given freedom to focus on his game rather than worry about leadership, Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel said on Saturday.

The French champions have an internal system whereby they have five captains, with on-field skipper Marquinhos supported by Presnel Kimpembe, Kylian Mbappe, Keylor Navas and Marco Verratti.

Although Thiago Silva and Edinson Cavani left the club and that group at the end of last season, Neymar was not added to it.

Given his seniority, the Brazilian may have been an obvious choice, but Tuchel wants Neymar to keep all his attention on scoring goals and creating for others.

"I often speak to Neymar on his own and I'm always close to him. We speak a lot," said Tuchel, ahead of Sunday's Ligue 1 clash with Lyon.

"It's important that he is free to say what he thinks. We often talk about tactics and also personal matters. At the moment he has so much going on in his head.

"He takes responsibility on the pitch. He is an artist. He is creative. For that reason, I don't want him to think about organisational matters.

"If there are very important matters to discuss he is one of our key players of course.

"It is not to do with him because I want him to stay focused on the pitch so that he can play with all of his freedom and creativity."

With Tuchel declaring on Saturday that injured striker Mauro Icardi is unlikely to play again until the new year, the onus falls increasingly on the likes of Neymar and Mbappe to keep the goals flowing for PSG.

After a rocky patch of form, PSG have strung together three straight wins, beating both Manchester United and Montpellier by 3-1 margins before trouncing Istanbul Basaksehir 5-1 on Wednesday.

That game was delayed a day after racism allegations against a fourth official on Tuesday caused the game to be postponed.

A knock-on effect was that PSG's players were denied the two-day break that Tuchel had planned for them, and he knows Lyon, who missed out on this season's European competitions, have had a full week to prepare for their big clash at the Parc des Princes.

Tuchel identified Memphis Depay as a major threat to PSG, speaking of his ability to roam and find space, and said Lyon are a team who show "bravery" and "almost have the same quality that we do".

He pinpointed Lyon and Lille as the Ligue 1 sides who provide competition on a level comparable to the Champions League.

Lyon, however, have a miserable recent record against PSG in the capital, having not won any of their past 12 away trips, losing 10 of those games and drawing the other two.

Their last league win at the Parc des Princes came in October 2007, a 3-2 success in which Hatem Ben Arfa scored twice for Lyon.

Tuchel believes Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, linked with PSG among a host of clubs, has the quality to play for any team.

"We have respect for all clubs and players so we don't talk about other players, but it's clear that Houssem Aouar is a key player for Lyon and the national team," Tuchel said of the France star.

"It is obvious he could play in any team in the world. He's a fantastic player and has been key for Lyon so we need to prepare well to face him."

Providing cause for concern for Tuchel is the fact PSG, despite leading Ligue 1 going into the weekend, have already lost three times. Lyon, meanwhile, are unbeaten in their past 10 (W6 D4).

Tuchel said PSG's defeats were "not good news" and "purely our fault", and it means they have lost three times in their opening 13 league games for the second successive season.

Erling Haaland continues to dominate headlines.

Haaland's exploits for Borussia Dortmund has reportedly attracted interest from Europe's elite.

Will he decide between the two Manchester giants?

 

TOP STORY – HAALAND WANTED IN MANCHESTER

Manchester United and neighbours Manchester City are set to go head-to-head to sign Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland , according to the Daily Mail.

Haaland is one of the most sought-after players in Europe, linked with Real Madrid , Liverpool , Barcelona , Bayern Munich , City and United.

The Norway international snubbed United for Dortmund in January but the Red Devils remain interested, while City view Haaland as a long-term replacement for Sergio Aguero .

 

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- The Guardian reports Salzburg sensation Dominik Szoboszlai  is poised to join sister club RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga. Arsenal , Milan , Inter and Napoli have all been linked to the 20-year-old, but Leipzig are set to pay his €25million release clause in January.

Inter are interested in Udinese duo Rodrigo De Paul and Juan Musso , claims Calciomercato. Musso is seen a long-term replacement for Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, while the Nerazzurri must raise funds if they are to prise De Paul from Udinese.

- Marca says Bayern star David Alaba is edging closer to a move to Madrid . Alaba is out of contract at season's end, with the likes of Barca , City , Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain targeting the Austria international.

- Bild reports United midfielder Paul Pogba is putting pressure on agent Mino Raiola to find a new club, otherwise he will seek a new representative. Former club Juventus are reportedly favourites to lure Pogba back to Turin amid speculation of a swap deal involving either Paulo Dybala or Cristiano Ronaldo . Madrid are also a possible destination.

Erling Haaland will reportedly cost a suitor €75million next year, while Dele Alli could be set for a Tottenham exit.

Haaland is linked with a move away from Borussia Dortmund after dominating with the Bundesliga giants.

And the 20-year-old could be available for an affordable fee next year.

 

TOP STORY – HAALAND AVAILABLE FOR €75M NEXT YEAR

Haaland can leave Dortmund for €75m next year, according to Esport3.

Real Madrid have been most heavily linked with a move for the forward, while Manchester United and Liverpool are also credited with interest.

Haaland, who is sidelined with a hamstring injury, has scored 33 goals in 32 games since arriving at Dortmund from Salzburg in January.

 

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- Struggling for game time at Tottenham, Dele Alli could make a move in January. The Daily Mail reports Paris Saint-Germain are set to make another loan bid for Alli next month. Alli has played just 67 Premier League minutes this season.

- Amid inconsistent form and with injury worries, Barcelona may also be looking to strengthen in January. Sport reports Eric Garcia wants to join the club from Manchester City but may have to wait until the club's presidential election, which is due to be held on January 24. Garcia and Lyon star Memphis Depay feature on the cover of Mundo Deportivo, which says Ronald Koeman wants signings in January for Barca, who are ninth in LaLiga.

- Manchester United are considering their defensive options. The Manchester Evening News reports United are huge admirers of Brighton and Hove Albion defender Ben White, who is among their options alongside Real Madrid's Raphael Varane and RB Leipzig's Dayot Upamecano.

- A player who could exit Manchester United is Marcos Rojo. The Sheffield Star reports Sheffield United are interested in the defender.

Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font believes he can convince disgruntled superstar Lionel Messi to remain at Camp Nou beyond this season.

Messi's future remains an important topic at embattled LaLiga giants Barca after he handed in a transfer request following a tumultuous 2019-20 campaign.

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner was tipped to join Premier League powerhouse Manchester City before opting to remain in Spain, though he has since been linked to Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain and Inter.

Font, who is in the running for the presidential election which takes place on January 24 following Josep Maria Bartomeu's resignation in October, talked up the importance of re-signing Messi.

"I'm convinced that with a competitive, exciting and, especially in Messi's case, long-term project – one that could even go beyond the day that Messi retires – we will convince him to stay," Font told ESPN.

"Messi is the best player in the history of the number one sport in the world. Imagine what that means.

"For that reason, the Messi-Barca association is a strategic one and we must do everything possible to guarantee the association lives on.

"Keeping in mind he can speak with other clubs in January, phoning Messi [if I win the election] must be one of the priorities."

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has hit Barca hard financially, Font added: "Messi, above all else, is a person that loves Barca and what he wants is to win.

"Of course, the best player in the world and the best of all time has to be compensated competitively. But I think his priorities are competing and winning.

"[His salary] is one of the realities that has to be adjusted. The level of revenue in the short-term and for next season is up in the air. It depends on what happens with fans coming back to the stadium.

"Based on that, we will have to structure the wage bill appropriately. Once we are clear on that situation; we will know what the club can afford.

"Messi is a Barca fan and he loves Barca as we all do. He's been here for a lot of years, since he was 13, and I am sure that regardless of what he wants to do [with his career] to keep winning, his passion and love for the club is more than anything else."

Messi has scored four LaLiga goals in 10 appearances this term, while the 33-year-old has managed seven across all competitions.

Barca have endured a forgettable start to the season under new head coach Ronald Koeman, who has overseen back-to-back defeats.

Messi's Barca are ninth in LaLiga and 12 points adrift of leaders Atletico Madrid ahead of Sunday's clash with Levante – the Catalan giants have lost four of their 10 opening league games, their worst return at this stage of a season since 2000-01.

Barca's all-time leading scorer Messi has been involved in at least one goal in each of his past nine LaLiga games against Levante (12 goals and 10 assists).

Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille will contest the Trophee des Champions in Lens on January 13, the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) has confirmed. 

It will be the first time since 2008 that the match has been held in France, with previous editions having been hosted in North America, Asia and Africa. 

An LFP statement read: "The 2020-21 edition of the Trophee des Champions will pit Paris Saint-Germain against Marseille on January 13, 2021. 

"Due to health reasons, the match cannot be organised abroad this season. After a consultation, the board of directors decided to organise this edition at Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens." 

PSG have won the trophy in each of the past seven seasons, though the last team to beat them in the fixture was Marseille in 2010 – OM winning 5-4 on penalties after a goalless draw in Tunis. 

The Trophee des Champions is traditionally contested by the Ligue 1 champion and the winner of the Coupe de France, but with PSG claiming both titles last season, top-flight runners-up Marseille will be their opponents. 

The LFP board of directors also confirmed the next transfer window for French clubs will run from January 2 until February 1.

Paul Pogba could reportedly leave Manchester United as early as next month, while Zinedine Zidane is said to be eyeing a Real Madrid exit.

Pogba's future has again become a talking point at United after his agent, Mino Raiola, said the midfielder wanted to leave.

And the Premier League giants may be ready to make it happen.

 

TOP STORY – MAN UTD WANT TO SELL POGBA IN JANUARY

Manchester United want to sell Pogba in January after Raiola's latest outburst, according to The Sun.

It comes after ESPN reported the Premier League giants doubted whether Juventus or Real Madrid – the clubs the France international has been most heavily linked to – could afford the 27-year-old.

Pogba came off the bench as United were knocked out of the Champions League with a 3-2 loss to RB Leipzig on Tuesday.

 

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- Real Madrid managed to reach the last 16 to ease the pressure on head coach Zidane. However, Diario Gol reports Zidane has made it clear to Madrid president Florentino Perez he is likely to leave at the end of the season, regardless of what happens. The report says Zidane was promised the signings of Pogba, Liverpool star Sadio Mane and Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga.

- Under pressure, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's future at Manchester United is uncertain. But the Daily Mail reports United will back the manager despite their Champions League exit and the availability of Mauricio Pochettino. Meanwhile, Sky Sports says United are interested in Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier.

- David Alaba seems certain to leave Bayern Munich at the end of his contract after the 2020-21 season. Bild reports Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are on the shortlist of destinations for the defender.

- Could Frenkie de Jong leave Barcelona after just two seasons at the club? Mundo Deportivo reports Bayern Munich are in contact with the midfielder's agent regarding a possible move. De Jong joined Barca from Ajax for a reported initial fee of €75million in 2019, and he re-signed with the club in October until 2026.

- Eric Garcia has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona, but it seems there is also interest from elsewhere. The Sun reports Arsenal are tracking the defender, who is out of contract at Manchester City at the end of the season.

- Arsenal and Wolves are monitoring Maxi Gomez's situation at Valencia, according to the Daily Mail, which says Valencia could sell the forward in January or at season's end as they look to raise funds.

Is a blockbuster swap deal on the horizon?

Paul Pogba is unhappy at Manchester United, and Juventus are believed to be keen on re-signing the Frenchman.

Juve's Paulo Dybala could be used as a makeweight to prise Pogba back to Turin, where he played between 2012 and 2016.

 

TOP STORY – DYBALA OUT, POGBA IN AT JUVE?

Juventus want to swap Paulo Dybala for wantaway Manchester United star Paul Pogba, according to Tuttomercatoweb journalist Tancredi Palmeri.

Pogba appears set to leave United after his agent stated the star midfielder's time at Old Trafford was "over" prior to Tuesday's Champions League defeat to RB Leipzig.

The World Cup-winning France international has been heavily linked with a return to Juve, while LaLiga champions Real Madrid are long-term admirers.

But Juve – looking to re-sign Pogba without paying a transfer fee in January – hope to tempt United with attacker Dybala, who has also been linked to Inter, Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool.

 

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- Diario AS claims Madrid are set to choose between Pogba and Rennes sensation Eduardo Camavinga. Los Blancos head coach Zinedine Zidane prefers Pogba, while president Florentino Perez would rather Camavinga move to the Santiago Bernabeu due to the difference in salary demands. United and PSG are also believed to be eyeing Camavinga.

Juventus, Milan and Atletico Madrid are looking to sign Lazio's Joaquin Correa, reports Calciomercato. It will reportedly take between €50m-€55million to prise Correa away from the Italian capital.

- According to Calciomercato, Serie A duo Milan and Juve are battling Barcelona to sign Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.

Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League clash with Istanbul Basaksehir was delayed on Tuesday amid allegations of racism against the fourth official.

The game was stopped after 13 minutes at Parc des Princes, with both sets of players gathering on the sidelines for more than 10 minutes before Basaksehir's players walked down the tunnel. They were followed by PSG's players.

Basaksehir's English Twitter account posting a message saying the club's assistant coach, Pierre Webo, had been called a racist word by fourth official Sebastian Coltescu. 

The Turkish side also posted an image on its official Twitter account stating 'No To Racism' soon after the incident, with Galatasaray posting the same graphic in apparent solidarity with their counterparts.

Reports in Paris suggested the match was set to resume at 22:00 CET without Coltescu on the sideline.

Paul Pogba's time with Manchester United appears to be coming to an end.

Agent Mino Raiola said Pogba – who re-joined the Red Devils from Juventus in 2016, having left in 2012 – is unhappy at United amid growing speculation over his future in Manchester.

Does a move to Real Madrid await the France international?

 

TOP STORY – POGBA EYEING MADRID

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba wants to join Real Madrid, according to Eurosport.

Pogba appears set for an Old Trafford exit after his agent Mino Raiola said his time at United is "over".

The World Cup-winning France international has since been linked with LaLiga champions Madrid, former club Juventus and Ligue 1 holders Paris Saint-Germain.

 

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Cristiano Ronaldo could return to United, reports Auto Esporte. The Juventus superstar has been linked to former club United and PSG, but Red Devils sponsor Chevrolet are willing to help finance a transfer.

- RMC Sport claims PSG star Kylian Mbappe will spurn a move to Madrid in favour of remaining with the Ligue 1 holders. Mbappe has been tipped to swap PSG for Madrid, though the France international has also been linked to Liverpool.

Barcelona sent scouts to watch Benfica forward Darwin Nunez, says Sport. The 21-year-old has impressed since arriving from Almeria at the start of the season.

- Premier League clubs Arsenal and Tottenham are battling to sign Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, reports Calciomercato.

Eduardo Camavinga has notified his new agent that he wants to leave Rennes, claims Diario AS. The France sensation has been linked to Madrid, United and PSG.

RB Leipzig are in pole position to sign Salzburg's Dominik Szoboszlai but Calciomercato says Milan remain in contact.

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