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Transfer news LIVE: Neymar to Barcelona, Man Utd decision, Real Madrid and Chelsea plots

Transfer news LIVE: Sunday August 18

  • Barcelona have come up with a new way to sign Neymar having already spent most of their summer transfer budget
  • Alexis Sanchez has opted to reject the chance to leave Manchester United for a fresh start in Serie A with Roma
  • Nou Camp chiefs have actively plotted to stop arch-rivals Real Madrid beating them to a top summer target
  • Chelsea could soon get the chance to offload a Stamford Bridge misfit with Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco circling

16:00 UPDATE: Real Madrid’s Neymar refusal

Paris Saint-Germain have demanded two Real Madrid stars in return for Neymar in order to avoid selling the player to Barcelona, it has been claimed.

PSG star Neymar wants to return to Barcelona but, despite that, Real Madrid are still hoping to sign the 27-year-old.

Los Blancos have turned their attentions to the Brazil international having accepted Manchester United will not sell Paul Pogba this summer. 

And French TV station Telefoot claim PSG have demanded two Real Madrid players in return for the South American.

It is said they want Raphael Varane and Vinicius Jr to enter the operation.

However, Real Madrid have reportedly rejected the idea of letting the two players leave the club.

They initially wanted Gareth Bale to enter the operation but, for now, the Wales international is staying put.

Real could now use Thibaut Courtois or Keylor Navas as bait.

Transfer news LIVE: Neymar to Barcelona, Man Utd decision, Real Madrid and Chelsea plots (Image: GETTY)

14:55 UPDATE: Ousmane Dembele decides future

Ousmane Dembele has personally informed Thomas Tuchel he does not want to join Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

The fleet-footed French World Cup winner is in Toucher’s sights as PSG prepare to wave goodbye to Neymar.

However, La Parisien report Dembele has made it clear he is not interested in leaving Barcelona to return to his homeland.

Barcelona chiefs are keen to keep hold of the winger, so PSG’s hopes of getting him on board appear to be over.

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Transfer news LIVE: Ousmane Dembele has no interest in joining Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona (Image: GETTY)

13:40 UPDATE: Why Man Utd did not sign striker

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted against replacing Romelu Lukaku because of his belief in Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

Lukaku jumped ship for Inter Milan just before the Premier League transfer window shut after a summer of hinting he wanted out.

United had looked at Mauro Icardi, Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic as potential options to beef up their forward line.

However, The Sun claim Solskjaer was happy to put his faith in Rashford and Martial instead because he can see their partnership blossoming.

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Transfer news LIVE: Manchester United sold Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan this month (Image: GETTY)

13:00 UPDATE: Real Madrid create Christian Eriksen plot

Real Madrid are hoping to make the most of Daniel Levy’s reluctance to lose players on free transfers by making a late move for Christian Eriksen.

The Sun report the La Liga giants are preparing to slap in a £60m bid just before the European transfer window shuts on September 2.

Real hope that will convince Levy to do business, rather than have to see Eriksen walk away for nothing next summer.

Real supposedly plan to follow up their capture of Eriksen by including Luka Modric in a part-exchange deal for Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar.

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Transfer news LIVE: Real Madrid are planning to raid Tottenham for Christian Eriksen (Image: GETTY)

12:35 UPDATE: Doubts over Neymar transfer

Paris Saint-Germain are said to believe Barcelona are bluffing about their aspirations to re-sign Neymar.

The Brazilian made an acrimonious exit from the Nou Camp in 2017 as Barcelona chiefs were left fuming by his departure.

And a failure to hammer out a return has left Nasser Al-Khelaifi and co. wondering whether they really want him back.

Mundo Deportivo’s claims are echoed by L’Equipe, who say there are serious doubts over whether a deal will happen.

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Transfer news LIVE: Paris Saint-Germain doubt whether Barcelona really want Neymar (Image: GETTY)

12:05 UPDATE: Barcelona rule out Neymar swap

Barcelona are unwilling to include Ousmane Dembele and Nelson Semedo in a swap deal for Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar.

PSG have specifically asked for the pair as they prepare to wave goodbye to the planet’s most expensive player.

Sport claim, however, that Parc des Princes chiefs are out of luck as they attempt to get the promising duo on board.

Barcelona are expecting things from Dembele and Semedo, so they have made it clear they will not be sacrificed.

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Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona will not swap Ousmane Dembele and Nelson Semedo for Neymar (Image: GETTY)

11:05 UPDATE: Real Madrid have Neymar doubts

Real Madrid could scrap plans to battle Barcelona for Neymar because they can still call upon Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez.

Bale and Rodriguez looked set to call it a day at the Bernabeu this summer having fallen out of favour and returned from a two-year loan spell respectively.

However, moves have failed to materialise, with the Chinese Super League and Napoli touted as potential destinations for the duo.

Now Spanish newspaper Sport claim their presence at the Bernabeu means Real are having second thoughts about moving for Neymar.

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Transfer news LIVE: Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez’s presence might stop Real Madrid buying Neymar (Image: GETTY)

10:45 UPDATE: Man Utd rejection explained

Why Christian Pulisic opted to join Chelsea over Manchester United has been explained by his former Brackley Town youth coach Robin Walker.

“I’m a Chelsea fan, I grew up in London supporting them,” Walker said. “When I was in Dortmund last year, I told him that he had to come.

“He wouldn’t go to Manchester United because of Jose Mourinho. His father couldn’t stand Mourinho, because he didn’t promote young players.

“It was at that point I asked: ‘What about London? That’s where it’s at. I was trying to sell the city. His agent agreed, saying: ‘When you make these decisions, it’s all about investment and property.’ I was delighted that he did sign.”

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Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic turned his back on a move to Manchester United (Image: GETTY)

10:15 UPDATE: Tottenham chiefs confused

Tottenham star Christian Eriksen has left Spurs chiefs perplexed by opting against opening talks over signing a new contract.

Tottenham are prepared to pay Eriksen north of £200,000 a week in order to keep the Dane at their new home at White Hart Lane.

However, he is unwilling to go back to the negotiating table with a couple of weeks left to secure a potential move away.

Eriksen has been open about his willingness to try a fresh challenge and Real Madrid might yet come in for him.

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Transfer news LIVE: Christian Eriksen is one of Tottenham’s key players (Image: GETTY)

09:50 UPDATE: Celtic transfers prediction

Former Celtic star Chris Sutton can see Neil Lennon dipping back into the transfer market as the Hoops seek to fend off rivals Rangers.

“I still think Celtic are stronger man for man and are likely to strengthen further,” Sutton said. “We all know the recruitment hasn’t been great and areas of the team need to be addressed.

“They have the finances and the time to sort it out but this is still a big chance for Rangers.”

Celtic and Rangers are both locked on six points at the top of the Scottish Premiership but the Parkhead club are ahead on goal difference.

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Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona, Man Utd, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham updates (Image: GETTY)

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Transfer news LIVE: Chris Sutton can see Celtic spending before the window shuts (Image: GETTY)

09:30 UPDATE: Real Liverpool windfall

Philippe Coutinho’s impending loan move to Bayern Munich might not be as lucrative to Liverpool as was thought.

Reports in Spain on Saturday claimed the switch would allow Barcelona to pay off the final £17m (€20m) they owe Liverpool for the playmaker.

However, the Liverpool Echo reckon the Reds are owed just a quarter of that figure after Barcelona paid much of Coutinho’s fee up front.

Jurgen Klopp might not, then, have quite the same boost to his January transfer budget as many were expecting.

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Transfer news LIVE: Philippe Coutinho looks set to leave Barcelona on loan for Bayern Munich (Image: GETTY)

09:15 UPDATE: Gareth Bale to stay at Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane has made a spectacular U-turn by claiming Gareth Bale will stay at Real Madrid this season.

Zidane had previously marginalised the winger, who Real made the world’s most-expensive player back in 2013.

“He is going to stay. We have to focus on this season, nothing else,” Zidane said. “[Eden] Hazard’s injury is bad luck for us, but it has not changed the idea we had for Bale in this game. Gareth, James [Rodriguez] and all the players here are going to defend this shirt.”

Bale started on Saturday night as Real kicked off the new La Liga campaign with a 3-1 win at Celta Vigo.

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Transfer news LIVE: Gareth Bale now looks set to play a key part for Real Madrid this season (Image: GETTY)

09:05 UPDATE: Neymar slammed in Paul Pogba comparison

Mathias Pogba has claimed his brother Paul would not copy the lead of Neymar to try and force his way out of Manchester United.

“Paul will never do as Neymar, he is not a professional,” he said. “My brother is a professional, he has a contract with the club and as long as he does not sign for another club he will do his best.”

Pogba is eager to leave United for Real Madrid so he can play under his childhood hero Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu.

Neymar, meanwhile, has the Spanish capital and Barcelona in his sights as he attempts to convince Paris Saint-Germain to sell him.

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Transfer news LIVE: Paul Pogba wants to call it a day at Manchester United and join Real Madrid (Image: GETTY)

08:55 UPDATE: Arsenal signing talked up

Arsenal new boy Dani Ceballos caught the eye of former Liverpool star Steve Nicol in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Burnley.

“The overall Arsenal performance was excellent,” said Nicol. “A player like Dani Ceballos, when his team-mates are getting him the ball, he’s always going to show well. He did that.

“I thought he deserved a goal. But for a couple of good saves from [Nick] Pope, he might of had it. Going forward I thought Arsenal with Ceballos and Aubameyang in particular, they looked like a top-four side.”

Ceballos assisted both goals as Arsenal followed up their opening weekend win over Newcastle by securing another three points.

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Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal new boy Dani Ceballos made his mark as the Gunners beat Burnley (Image: GETTY)

08:50 UPDATE: No Celtic motive behind Rangers deal

Chris Sutton insists former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers’ decision to loan Andy King to Rangers will have nothing to do with the Hoops.

“Andy King might not have had a sniff at Leicester for a couple of years but he’s got experience and will give further options,” Sutton told the Daily Record.

“I don’t buy the suggestion it’s Brendan Rodgers putting the boot into his old club. I doubt he even cares. It’s a chance for a player he sees surplus to requirements to go out and get games and how it affects the Scottish title race won’t matter a jot to him.

“But regardless of how King gets on Rangers are in better shape now than they’ve been for a long time.”

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Transfer news LIVE: Former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has loaned Andy King to Rangers (Image: GETTY)

08:45 UPDATE: Daniel Sturridge tug of war

Daniel Sturridge is in line to replace Radamel Falcao at Monaco if the Colombian leaves for Galatasaray.

Sturridge is available on a free transfer having left Liverpool when his contract expired at the end of June.

Monaco are understood to have identified him as a top-level option if former Manchester United and Chelsea striker Falcao goes.

Sturridge could, though, end up in Turkey too, with Trabzonspor known to be interested in snapping him up.

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Transfer news LIVE: Daniel Sturridge is without a club after leaving Liverpool this summer (Image: GETTY)

08:40 UPDATE: Chelsea misfit wanted by two clubs

Chelsea outcast Tiemoue Bakayoko might be handed the chance to kickstart his career by Ligue 1 duo Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco.

Bakayoko arrived in west London two years ago to fill the void Nemanja Matic left behind as he joined Manchester United.

But, after a torrid first season at Chelsea, he was farmed out on loan to AC Milan, who were given the option to buy him.

Bakayoko is now back at Chelsea having failed to win Milan over, but Express Sport understands PSG and Monaco are eyeing him up given he’s on the fringes of Frank Lampard’s squad.

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Transfer news LIVE: Tiemoue Bakayoko could leave Chelsea for Paris Saint-Germain or Monaco (Image: GETTY)

08:10 UPDATE: Barcelona hit Real Madrid chances

Real Madrid might have missed out on Neymar after some clever plotting by the board of their arch-rivals Barcelona.

Real were poised to offload Gareth Bale to Bayern Munich to free up some space on their wage budget and land the Paris Saint-Germain ace.

However, as soon as Barcelona got wind of the prospective deal, Nou Camp chiefs sent Philippe Coutinho to Bavaria to block the move.

Spanish outlet Sport claim Barcelona’s successfully enacted plan has hit Real’s hopes of signing Neymar as they need Bale to leave first.

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Transfer news LIVE: Real Madrid’s failure to move Gareth Bale on could cost them in Neymar pursuit (Image: GETTY)

07:40 UPDATE: Man Utd stuck with outcast

Manchester United flop Alexis Sanchez has decided to turn down the chance to breathe some life into his career by joining Roma.

Express Sport can reveal the Chilean is determined to turn himself into a hit at Old Trafford, despite an awful first 18 months.

United had been willing to continue paying Sanchez a huge chunk of his £560,000-a-week wages just to be able to wave goodbye to him.

He has, though, turned down a loan move to Roma, who are trying to bolster their forward line before the transfer window shuts.

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Transfer news LIVE: Alexis Sanchez has flopped since joining Manchester United from Arsenal (Image: GETTY)

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Transfer news LIVE: Neymar is desperate to leave Paris Saint-Germain for Barcelona or Real Madrid (Image: GETTY)

07:10 UPDATE: Barcelona eye Neymar loan deal

Barcelona chiefs are hoping to convince their Paris Saint-Germain counterparts to let them borrow Neymar for a season before buying him outright.

Neymar is desperate to return to Spain this summer, whether it’s with Barca or Real Madrid, because he’s fed up with life in Paris.

But both teams are struggling to work out how to fund a deal, with PSG demanding at least the £200m (€217m) they paid for him.

Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo claim Barcelona hope to loan Neymar in, having already splashed out more than £160m (€172m) on Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann.

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