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TOP STORY: Neymar, Alexis to set off chain reaction

As sources told ESPN FC that Barcelona are optimistic over completing a deal to bring Neymar back from Paris Saint-Germain, and our sources confirmed that Inter and Manchester United have agreed a 10-month loan deal for Alexis Sanchez to move to Milan, the resulting domino effect in the transfer market’s final six days is about to begin.

Unsurprisingly, two of the clubs involved in these deals stand to be the primary movers and shakers in the resulting scramble for talent. Buckle up, as we detail Tuttomercato‘s musical chairs of European football set to unfold.

The primary player, naturally, is reportedly PSG. The moment Neymar’s departure is confirmed, missing a talisman in their squad, the Parisians reportedly will send €70 million to Juventus in order to bring Paulo Dybala to the French capital. That much has been reported for weeks now, but the latest wrinkle is where things really get interesting.

Flush with Dybala money, Juve will then ring up Inter — now with two new forwards in Alexis and Romelu Lukaku — to negotiate the sale of frozen-out Mauro Icardi. Except that Inter aren’t very keen on selling to their title rivals. And that brings us back to Paris, where sporting director Leonardo is said to be keen on pairing Dybala with compatriot Icardi, complementing a forward line that already boasts Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.

Deep breath. Everyone catch all that? Phew.

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13.10 BST: Any hopes that Ousmane Dembele would be included in Barcelona’s offer to PSG appear to have been dampened by his agent speaking to Telefoot.

Moussa Sissoko said: “Ousmane stays 100%. There is no chance he will leave. He wants to, and will, win at Barca.”

12.41 BST: Sampdoria defender Joachim Andersen was linked to Tottenham and Arsenal before choosing a €30m move to Lyon and he’s revealed why.

He told Foot Mercato, Andersen said: “There were good clubs, but Lyon was the best choice for me. I wanted to develop as a player, play the Champions League, be in a top team that fights for the title and Lyon was the best solution.”

11.57 BST: Hirving Lozano is a good signing for Napoli according to our Serie A show pundits.

11.13 BST: Hard to imagine Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe getting angry with anyone, but Asmir Begovic has revealed the pair have fallen out.

Aaron Ramsdale is now the club’s first-choice goalkeeper, with Artur Boruc back-up, as the Bosnia international has dropped to third.

He told the Athletic: “He made a decision as the manager. Of course I didn’t like it. Any time you don’t play, you don’t like sitting on the bench. We had a discussion, we had a conversation about it, and we moved on from there. And obviously now, the manager feels like going in a different direction is the best thing for the club, for the team …

“I’m trying to find the right solution for everybody and hopefully in the next (few) days, until the end of the transfer window, we will find a solution for me to go and play games. I feel physically as fit as ever.”

10.35 BST: PSG are interested in Napoli’s Kevin Malcuit, according to Foot Mercato. That’s assuming they don’t manage to get Barcelona to add Nelson Semedo into the deal for Neymar.

10.07 BST: Marca reports that Atletico Madrid striker Nikola Kalinic will join AS Roma on a season-long loan, with a €7m purchase option included in the deal.

According to the Spanish sports daily, Roma will announce Kalinic’s arrival once the transfer of Partrik Schick to RB Leipzig is completed in the coming hours.

Kalinic has been looking to leave Atletico this summer in search of playing time — he is now Atletico’s fifth-choice striker after the arrival of Serbian forward Ivan Saponjic last month from Benfica.

09.34 BST: Correio da Manha claims that Real Madrid’s interest in signing Sporting Lisbon captain Bruno Fernandes has grown and a deal could be reached before the transfer window closes in Spain on Sept. 2.

According to the Portuguese newspaper, super agent Jorge Mendes is leading the negotiations for Fernandes, who was voted the best player in the Portuguese league last season, to join Los Blancos. With Madrid having failed to sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United and due to the strong performances of Fernandes in Sporting’s opening three league games of the season, the Spanish club have turned their attention to the Portugal international.

Manchester United pulled out of signing Fernandes after the club’s scouts warned that the midfielder takes too many risks in possession. Fernandes is tied to Sporting until June 2023 and has a €100m release clause. However, Sporting are prepared to listen to offers in the region of €70m.

09.00 BST: LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has joked about returning to Manchester United after claiming he is still good enough to play in the Premier League.

Ibrahimovic, 37, has scored 46 goals in 49 games for Galaxy since arriving from Old Trafford in 2018 but after United sold Romelu Lukaku this summer with Alexis Sanchez set to follow, he hinted at a comeback.

“I could play easy in the Premier League, so if United need me, I’m here,” he said. “But Galaxy has me, so I’m sorry.

“Nah, I did my job in Europe. I enjoyed it, I have 33 trophies that I brought with me here and hopefully I can get something here. And then we will see where that adventure finishes.”

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Madrid to make last-minute move for Pogba

After Neymar reportedly told PSG that he only wants to join Barcelona, Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is focusing all of his efforts on signing Paul Pogba, according to Marca.

Madrid are leaving it late to make their decisive move, but Zidane is clear in his insistence that his employers bring the Frenchman to the club.

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The sticking point remains Manchester United’s asking price, which is around €200m.

Pogba remains eager to leave and join Los Blancos, but the fee could prove too difficult for Madrid following an expensive summer that has seen them spend more than €300m.

Zidane also has Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen and Ajax’s Donny van de Beek on his shopping list, but he sees Pogba as a key part of his plans to topple rivals Barcelona and cross-city rivals Atletico.

Fallout leaves Spurs unclear on Eriksen future

Rumours of Christian Eriksen‘s departure from Tottenham have rumbled on all summer, and the Guardian is now suggesting that the Dane’s future still remains unclear as a result of a falling-out between Eriksen’s agent and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.

The souring relationship between the two parties means there has been little attempt to resolve an issue that has made life difficult for boss Mauricio Pochettino. Eriksen is in the last year of his contract and is seemingly holding out for a dream move to either Barcelona or Real Madrid, which means either Spurs lose a star player at a key phase of the season or they have an unhappy player on their hands who could leave for nothing in the summer.

Pochettino has complained of an unsettled start to the season and Eriksen has featured only once in three games.

Time will tell whether Spain’s top clubs will make a move for the star before the end of the European transfer window, or wait until next summer. Either way, not helpful for Spurs as they prepare to face rivals Arsenal.

Tap-ins

– It could be a busy end to the transfer window for Juventus, with Calciomercato reporting that Mario Mandzukic is closing in on a return to Bayern Munich.

– That departure would then free up some funds to bring in one of Ivan Rakitic or Arturo Vidal from Barcelona, Calciomercato cites Spanish programme El Chiringuito as reporting. Barca will be hoping to offload at least one player to Juve as they close in on the return of Neymar, and the suggestion is that Rakitic has already been offered to the Bianconeri.



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