Friday’s latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC’s What’s Trending…
PSG: Paris Saint-Germain confirmed the signing of Neymar from Barcelona for a world-record €222 million fee after activating the Brazil international’s buyout clause on Thursday.
– Arsene Wenger has characterised Neymar’s €222m move as “beyond rationality” and has blasted the deal as being a result of when “a country owns a football club.”
– Former Barcelona president Joan Gaspart has told Cadena SER he believes Neymar’s pending move to Paris Saint-Germain is comparable to Luis Figo’s departure to Real Madrid.
DORTMUND: Peter Bosz says he is not worried by rumours Barcelona will make a huge bid for Ousmane Dembele following the departure of Neymar.
AC MILAN: Milan general manager Marco Fassone has kept the door open to signing one of Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Radamel Falcao as the club look to bring their summer spending spree to an emphatic conclusion with a final addition.
CHELSEA: Diego Costa’s lawyer has said he will formally request that Chelsea allow him to join Atletico Madrid, saying Antonio Conte has made it “impossible” for him to return to the Premier League club.
INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP: The chairman of the company that organises the International Champions Cup has said the tournament could have another U.S. meeting between Real Madrid and Barcelona within “two or three years.”
INTER MILAN: Inter are close to making Nice defender Dalbert their first major signing of the summer, but sporting director Piero Ausilio has said his arrival would not mean the departures of Ivan Perisic or Antonio Candreva.
REAL MADRID: Borja Mayoral has said he is unsure whether he will play next season but hopes a lack of centre-forward options will keep him in coach Zinedine Zidane’s plans.
LEICESTER: Kelechi Iheanacho has completed his move from Manchester City to Leicester City, the clubs announced on Thursday.
ARSENAL: Arsene Wenger says Alexis Sanchez will respect the club’s decision that he will not be sold this summer, and confirmed that fellow forward Lucas Perez is set to leave the Emirates Stadium after just one season.
MAN UNITED: Dating app Tinder has confirmed it is in talks with Manchester United about becoming the club’s first sleeve sponsor.
– Nemanja Matic has told his new teammates they can send a warning to Europe’s biggest clubs by beating Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup.
– WATCH: Shaka Hislop says Matic gives fluidity to the United midfield.
EUROPA LEAGUE: AC Milan, Everton and Marseille progressed to the Europa League playoff round but PSV Eindhoven and Bordeaux were eliminated.
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