PSG seek €50m for Presnel Kimpembe amid Chelsea, Juventus interest

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TOP STORY: PSG seek €50m for Kimpembe deal

Paris Saint-Germain are set to demand a €50 million transfer fee if they are to let defender Presnel Kimpembe leave this summer, reveals Foot Mercato.

The Ligue 1 side are willing to move on the 26-year-old centre-back, who came through the clubs academy before making his professional debut for PSG in 2015, and it is reported that there is interest from both Juventus and Chelsea.

Kimpembe has been a key player in recent seasons, having made 30 appearances in Ligue 1 last year, while he is also a regular in the France national team. He could be open to a Premier League switch to Stamford Bridge, where Thomas Tuchel is looking to reinforce a defensive line that has lost Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger, while there is also uncertainty over whether Cesar Azpilicueta will remain in London.

And amid speculation that Juventus could part ways with Matthijs de Ligt, who has also been linked with Chelsea, Kimpembe could be his successor at the Allianz Stadium if the club open negotiations at PSG’s starting point.

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12.22 BST: Barcelona have persuaded Raphinha to delay making any decision on his future while they try and raise the money to meet Leeds United’s valuation, according to Marca.

ESPN reported on Tuesday that Chelsea have agreed a fee in excess of £60m with Leeds for Raphinha, which has sparked Barca into life.

The player’s agent, Deco, was at Barca’s offices on Wednesday and Thursday for talks with the Catalan club’s sporting director Mateu Alemany.

Barca have a long-standing interest in Raphinha and have already agreed personal terms but their financial problems limit what they can do in the market.

They sold 10% of their LaLiga television rights on Thursday for over €200m, but sources have told ESPN that money is designated towards covering losses during the 2021-22 season, not signing players. Therefore, further commercial deals and player departures are needed before they can get anywhere close to the fee agreed between Leeds and Chelsea.

Ousmane Dembele‘s future could also impact how much they are prepared to pay to sign Raphinha. Dembele’s contract at Camp Nou expired on Thursday but a new deal has still not been ruled out.

11.44 BST: Carlo Ancelotti is planning a “new role” for Eden Hazard at Real Madrid this season according to Diario AS, with the Belgium international set to feature as a false No. 9 when the manager wants to rest Karim Benzema.

Hazard, 31, is going into his fourth season in Spain — where his impact has been severely limited by a series of ankle injuries, as well as losing the left-wing spot to last year’s breakout star Vinicius Junior — determined to finally make an impact.

An operation in March to remove a metal plate in his right ankle was reportedly a success, with Hazard now playing without any discomfort, and AS reports that Ancelotti believes the player’s characteristics would make him an effective alternative when he needs to give Benzema a break in a season that will require frequent rotation of the team.

11.30 BST: Is Richarlison the signing that Tottenham need?

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James Olley debates how Richarlison could fit into Antonio Conte’s plans at Tottenham.

10.50 BST: Portuguese side Benfica are pushing for the signing of Barcelona midfielder Riqui Puig this summer, according to Jijantes.

Benfica coach Roger Schmidt previously tried to sign Puig on loan when he was in charge of PSV Eindhoven and is now looking to take the Spain U21 international to the Estadio da Luz.

Puig, 22, has been told he is not in Xavi Hernandez’s plans at Barca and Mundo Deportivo reported this week he has been given an additional week off — with the Blaugrana due to start preseason on Monday — to find a new club.

Lazio and Valencia have also been linked with Puig, who finally appears ready to leave Camp Nou in search of first-team football. He opted to stay in each of the last two summers, despite advice from previous coach Ronald Koeman he would be better served going out on loan.

blank10.34 BST: Chelsea’s willingness to take a significant financial hit on Romelu Lukaku was partly born out of a fear of history repeating itself, sources told ESPN.

When the idea of a loan move back to Inter Milan was first considered, the Blues made it clear they were seeking a fee of at least €20m — a high figure but one designed to offset the 12-month depreciation of a player the club paid €115m for only last summer.

However, sources told ESPN there were fears internally that Lukaku could become a problematic figure at Chelsea with the players due to depart on their preseason tour to the United States at the end of next week.

Manchester United had problems with Lukaku’s behaviour in 2019 prior to him moving to Inter, fining him two weeks wages as he trained away from the first-team squad without permission as he agitated for a transfer.

Lukaku’s relationship with Thomas Tuchel was strained ever since the striker gave an unsanctioned interview in December citing his frustrations at Stamford Bridge and desire to return to Inter.

blank10.10 BST: Torino have confirmed the departure of striker Andrea Belotti on a free transfer.

Belotti, 28, was once linked with a €100m move but the Italy international can now sign for another club for nothing.

blank10.00 BST: Manchester City have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Stefan Ortega.

Ortega, 29, has agreed a three-year deal at the Etihad Stadium following the expiry of his contract at Arminia Bielefeld.

Sources have told ESPN that the German’s arrival is likely to mean United States goalkeeper Zack Steffen is allowed to join Championship side Middlesbrough on loan although the deal is not yet complete.

Ortega, who made 220 appearances during two spells at Arminia Bielefeld, is set to join Pep Guardiola’s squad for the preseason tour of the United States.

blank09.55 BST: Jota has signed for Celtic on a permanent deal from Benfica for around €8m.

Jota, 23, spent last season on loan at Celtic from Benfica and scored 13 goals in 40 appearances to help the Hoops win the Scottish Premiership title and the League Cup. The Portuguese has signed a five-year contract.

“It was a great experience last season,” Jota said. “I already knew, more or less, how big Celtic was but I think people only realise once you are inside the club and inside the structure. With the season that we had with all the winning and all the trophies, I think it was very good for everyone, and I just got to know the club in another perspective, and I just fell in love. So, I think it’s a good time to be here and I just want to develop.”

blank09.34 BST: Erik ten Hag has made building a dressing room spirit at Manchester United one of his key goals this summer after being briefed about a series of leaks from within the squad last season, sources told ESPN.

Ten Hag, who took charge of his first day of training at Carrington on Monday, has been informed a number of stories of unrest among players circulated during a disastrous campaign that saw United finish sixth in the Premier League.

Sources told ESPN the players will be encouraged to be more open in interviews next season but have been told that disagreements between individuals should be handled in-house and not publicised. Players have also been told to pass on the message to family members and agents. Ten Hag’s assistant, Steve McClaren, will be asked to act as a bridge between the players and management in an effort to solve any issues that arise.

blank09.01 BST: Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of Richarlison from Everton, it was announced on Friday.

Sources told ESPN on Thursday that Spurs were closing in on signing the Brazilian striker for a club-record fee in the region of £60m. ESPN also reported that Spurs are likely to pay an initial £50m with as much as £10m in add-ons.

Richarlison, 25, scored 10 goals and assisted five times in 30 Premier League games for Everton last season, as the club narrowly avoided relegation with a 16th-placed finish. He scored 53 times in 152 appearances for the Merseyside club since joining in 2018 from Watford — who are due to receive 10% of any fee over £40m for the striker.

Richarlison joins Spurs as their fourth summer signing, alongside Fraser Forster, Ivan Perisic and Yves Bissouma.

blank09.00 BST: Neymar is considering leaving Paris Saint-Germain this summer, sources told ESPN, after finding out the club are happy for him to depart.

Contact has been made with Chelsea, one of the few clubs capable of recruiting Neymar, due to new owner Todd Boehly wanting to make a big statement in the transfer market this summer.

Meanwhile, Brazil teammate and close friend Thiago Silva has spoken in favour of Neymar joining him at Stamford Bridge. However, it remains to be seen if Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel are keen to recruit the 30-year-old.

Neymar’s agent, Pini Zahavi, is working to identify other potential suitors but he is aware only two or three teams would be able to come close to the money that Neymar earns at PSG.

blank08.39 BST: Barcelona have made a third bid worth more than €40m for striker Robert Lewandowski but have received no response from Bayern Munich, sources have told ESPN’s Sam Marsden and Moises Llorens.

Lewandowski, 33, said in May that his “story at Bayern is over” and wishes to leave the club he enters the final year of his contract, which expires in 2023.

Barca have made the Poland striker their top target this summer, with coach Xavi Hernandez confirming in May that he was hopeful of completing a deal. However, the Catalan club have so far failed to get Bayern to engage in negotiations over a potential transfer.

Sources told ESPN last week that Barca’s opening bid did not reach €40m, but their latest offer is worth over that amount, including the fixed fee and add-ons.

Bayern chief executive Oliver Kahn has publicly insisted that they plan to keep Lewandowski and that he is expected back in for preseason training on July 12.

Lewandowski, who has scored 344 goals in 375 games with Bayern, remains on holiday in Spain with his family. On Wednesday, photographs revealed both he and Barca coach Xavi were at Lio, an exclusive port-side club on the island of Ibiza.

blank08.00 BST: Paris Saint-Germain have signed the highly-rated Portugal midfielder Vitor “Vitinha” Ferreira from Porto, the French champions announced on Thursday.

PSG triggered the player’s €40m release clause to see off competition from Premier League clubs and land the 22-year-old.

Vitinha, 22, has put pen to paper on a five-year deal. The Portugal international had a starring role at Porto, starting in 27 league games to help the Dragoes win the league title last season.

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Craig Burley speaks about Romelu Lukaku’s time at Chelsea and his return to Inter Milan on loan.

PAPER GOSSIP (by Adam Brown)

– PSG are looking to push through a move for Internazionale defender Milan Skriniar, according to Gianluca Di Marzio. The two clubs have been locked in talks in recent weeks, with PSG having identified the 27-year-old Slovakia international centre-back as a key target this summer.

Sergio Romero is keen on a return to Old Trafford, reports Manchester Evening News. Despite leaving Manchester United last year, it is understood that the 35-year-old Venezia goalkeeper is interested in returning to the club as a back-up to David de Gea. New coach Erik ten Hag is currently looking for an alternative option with Dean Henderson moving closer to a loan switch to Nottingham Forest.

– AC Milan are interested in landing Neymar, according to UOL Esporte. Amid reports that PSG would be prepared to allow the Brazil international to leave on loan if they cannot reach an agreement over a permanent move, the Rossoneri are hopeful that the Parc des Princes hierarchy would be willing to offer them a “goodwill” deal to make the move possible. The 30-year-old forward contributed to 19 goals in 22 Ligue 1 games last season.

– Nice are on the lookout for a goalkeeper this summer, and they are looking to see whether they can secure a move for Borussia Monchengladbach star Yann Sommer, reveals Gianluca Di Marzio. The 33-year-old Switzerland international is reported to be on the top of the Ligue 1 club’s shortlist, and it looks as though they will look to take advantage of his contract situation, with just one year remaining on the deal he signed back in 2019.

Arturo Vidal has received a formal contract offer from Boca Juniors, according to TYC Sports. The Argentina-based outlet reports that he has been offered a three-year deal that starts with an initial 18 months before an option clause provides the possibility of extending it to three years. The 35-year-old midfielder became a free agent after his contract expired with Inter on Thursday.

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