L’equipe names Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio world’s best U-21 player ahead of Dele Alli and Kylian Mbappe

Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio has topped a list of the world’s best players 21 or under compiled by French newspaper L’Equipe.

Tottenham playmaker Dele Alli is in second place, with PSG star Kylian Mbappe third and Barcelona new boy Ousmane Dembele fourth.

Completing the top 10 are AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma of AC Milan, Manchester City attacking duo Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane, Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman, Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford and RB Leipzig hitman Timo Werner.

The Madrid forward was one of five Spanish youngsters who made the cut alongside teammates Dani Ceballos and Jesus Vallejo (15th and 31st) with Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler (40th) and Real Sociedad defender Mikel Oyarzabal (44th) also included.

Elsewhere for English clubs Davinson Sanchez (Tottenham Hotspur), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) and Andreas Christensen (Chelsea) were named 19th, 25th and 26th.

Celtic and Leicester City both had two players named with Moussa Dembele and Kieran Tierney picked for the Scottish champions and Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfried Ndidi selected for the former Premier League winners.

In order to be eligible for the poll, players had to be born after January 1, 1996.

Scouted Football provided the full list of 50 players, with Rashford and Alli England’s only entrants:


Ligue 1 results: Mbappe bags debut goal and a brace for Cavani as PSG thrash Metz; 10-man Lille hold Bordeaux

Lille 0 – 0 Bordeaux
Metz 1 – 5 Paris Saint Germain

  • Metz 1 – 5 Paris Saint Germain

Kylian Mbappe scored on his debut for Paris St-Germain as the Ligue 1 leaders maintained their perfect start to the season with a 5-1 win at Metz.

The 18-year-old – who will cost PSG 180m euros (£165.7m) when he makes his loan move from Monaco permanent next summer – impressed throughout alongside the world’s most expensive player Neymar.

Edinson Cavani scored twice while Neymar and Lucas Moura also added goals as PSG remained perfect through five games.

Neymar played in Cavani to give PSG the lead after the half-hour, but the hosts were able to equalise six minutes later through Emmanuel Riviere, who very nearly gave Metz the lead early in the second half.

But Benoit Assou-Ekotto was sent off for a late challenge on Mbappe in the 56th minute and the floodgates opened.

Mbappe delivered a long-range strike just three minutes later, and Neymar did the same in the 69th minute.

Mbappe then knocked the ball down for Cavani to tap in a fourth in the 75th minute, and Lucas bundled a fifth over the line late on.

The defeat leaves Metz without a point this season, while champions Monaco have the chance to draw level with PSG at the top when they travel to Nice on Saturday.

  • Lille 0 – 0 Bordeaux

Despite playing with 10 men for nearly an hour, Lille managed to draw 0-0 with Bordeaux with few chances for both teams.

Lille got off a strong start and dominated until Thiago Maia, who had already been booked, was sent off after a reckless challenge on Malcom after 32 minutes, hitting the Bordeaux striker in the head with his leg.

Former Lille player Younousse Sankhare had the match’s best chance with 20 minutes left when he played a one-two with Cafu that unsettled the hosts’ defense but the midfielder missed his effort from close range.

Unbeaten in their last 12 league matches, Bordeaux moved to third place with nine points from five matches, with Lille four points behind.

Latest Football News

  • Diego Costa is embroiled in a legal battle with Chelsea as the Premier League club remains in the dark over when he will return to England.
  • Chelsea fear Diego Costa is growing fat during his exile from the Chelsea first team.
  • Philippe Coutinho’s bid to move to Barcelona has broken into open warfare with Liverpool.
  • If Barca cannot seal a move for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, they will set their sights on Christian Eriksen and Manchester United transfer target Ivan Perisic.

  • However, Barcelona’s moves to replace Neymar continue to take a hit, with Tottenham telling the Spanish side that Christian Eriksen is not for sale.
  • Ousmane Dembele, Barcelona’s first target to replace Neymar this summer is hoping Borussia Dortmund will allow him to join the Spanish giants.
  • He has been removed from the squad for the weekend’s DFB Pokal fixture, but the player remains optimistic he will be able to sign for the Catalan club.
  • Dembele is now refusing to pick up his phone and speak to anyone at the German club.
  • Barcelona’s desire to sign Angel Di Maria from Paris Saint-Germain is real. The Argentine winger has been pushed down the pecking order in Paris with the signing of Neymar and could look to move on. He would be a cut-price replacement for the Brazil international.
  • Barcelona star Lionel Messi wants the club to invest the money from Neymar’s sale on Tottenham’s Dele Alli and Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio, reports claim.
  • In order to ward off any future interest from other clubs, Real Madrid have slapped a €700m (£634m) release clause on playmaker Isco after he signed a new five-year-deal.
  • After talks between Zinedine Zidane and the club, Real Madrid won’t sign a new striker this summer. They will depend on the BBC and keep the squad as is. This would rule out a move for Kylian Mbappe, leaving them to hope he is still available next summer.
  • Real Madrid have given up their pursuit of Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and his Manchester United counterpart David De Gea.
  • Chelsea star Eden Hazard is a ‘Plan B’ target for Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane if he is unable to beat Paris Saint-Germain to the signature of Kylian Mbappe.
  • For the first time this summer, Monaco have opened up to discussions regarding the transfer of Mbappe. The player has forced his will and now the two clubs will discuss the possibility of a move.
  • Rennes have made a €10m (£9.1m) offer to Lille for Burnley transfer target Nicolas De Preville.

  • Manchester United will not go above £90 million in a bid to bring Gareth Bale back to the Premier League.
  • United are in talks to re-sign striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the second half of the season, says manager Jose Mourinho.
  • Eliaquim Mangala could get a shock lifeline at Manchester City – as Pep Guardiola struggles to find the new centre-back he wants.
  • Manchester United are set to sign teenage Oliveirense striker Bruno Amorim, according to quotes attributed to the Portuguese club’s director Antonio Jose Leite.
  • Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is keen to sign Ajax central defender Davinson Sanchez.
  • Adrian has been offered a new West Ham contract despite Joe Hart’s arrival on loan as the new number one.
  • Tony Pulis is confident he will have five new signings to help celebrate his own new deal, with Ben Gibson, Gareth Barry and Joel Ward all high on his wanted list.
  • Leicester are reportedly ready to rival Stoke in a move to try and sign Andros Townsend before the transfer window shuts.
  • Riyad Mahrez’s move to Roma remains in limbo, with the Italian club not willing to make an improved offer for the Leicester star.
  • Roma want €45m for Juventus target Kevin Strootman.
  • Juventus are prepared to make a £23 million offer to Liverpool in hopes of landing Emre Can.
  • Marcelo Simonian, Javier Pastore’s agent, has travelled to Madrid with Paris Saint-Germain chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi to discuss a deal to swap the Argentina international for Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
  • Inter Milan’s transfer window could be about to catch fire, with Ezequiel Garay, Joao Cancelo and former Juventus target Patrik Schick all linked with completing moves before the summer is out.
  • It’s not just German and English clubs suffering from player power, now it spreads to Italy with Chelsea transfer target Geoffrey Kondogbia failing to train with Inter Milan.
  • Also Leonardo Spinazzola, a Juventus transfer target, will travel with Atalanta this weekend, hoping to force a move to Turin.
  • Chelsea are set to land right-back target Joao Cancelo after Tottenham refused to meet Valencia’s £25m asking price.
  • Tottenham have made an approach for 20-year-old Celta Vigo midfielder Pape Cheikh Diop, but face competition from French side Lyon.
  • Chelsea have yet to return with an improved bid for Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater, 27, after the Foxes rejected a £15m offer earlier this summer.
  • Everton and Southampton are battling it out for the signature of highly-prized Club Brugge youngster Noah Fadiga.
  • Celtic star Stuart Armstrong has become the subject of interest from Southampton, who are set to make a £3 million bid for him.
  • West Ham have reached a verbal agreement with Sporting Lisbon and Portugal midfielder William Carvalho, 25, over a proposed move.
  • Burnley will submit a £15m bid to sign Leeds and New Zealand striker Chris Wood, 25, to replace Andre Gray, who left for Watford this week.
  • Leeds have rejected a £12m offer – believed to be from Burnley- for Wood.
  • Leeds have lined up Hamburg striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga, 25, as a possible replacement for Wood.
  • Swansea will offer £20m for former midfielder Joe Allen, 27, despite Stoke saying the Wales international is not for sale.
  • Brighton are set to beat Middlesbrough and Sunderland to the signing of Sporting Lisbon defender Ezequiel Schelotto.
  • Jack Colback, 27, is set to leave Newcastle after a training ground row with boss Rafael Benitez.
  • Newcastle owner Mike Ashley says he cannot compete financially with the top Premier League clubs so cannot give manager Rafael Benitez enough money to spend in the transfer window.
  • French side Nantes, managed by former Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri, want to take 19-year-old Arsenal midfielder Jeff Reine-Adelaide on loan.
  • The Moroccan Football Federation has announced it will bid to host the 2026 World Cup.
  • Paris St-Germain defender Thomas Meunier has posted a photo of himself with fellow right-back Serge Aurier – who is reportedly set to leave the French club – with the caption ‘se queda’ (‘he stays’) in a parody of Gerard Pique’s photo with Neymar before the latter left Barcelona for PSG.
  • WWE wrestler Triple H has sent West Haman inspirational video message before their Premier League opener against Manchester United.
  • Star Trek and X-Men actor Sir Patrick Stewart says he turns up to filming in his Huddersfield shirt when the club are playing and also gets sent a recording of the side’s matches by the Premier League newcomers.

Manchester United target storms out of Monaco training

Monaco midfielder Fabinho appeared to storm out of training on Monday as he seeks a summer move away from the club.

The Brazilian has already seen some of his team-mates quit France for the Premier League and is keen to follow suit as the clock counts down to the end of the transfer window.

Fabinho played the full 90 minutes as Monaco began the defence of their Ligue 1 title with a 3-2 win over Toulouse on Friday night, but a video has appeared of the 23-year-old throwing his bib to the ground and walking off after an alleged bust-up with team-mate Kylian Mbappe on Monday.

Despite the French media not making a big deal of the issue, the video has gone viral and rumours persist that the player is trying to force his way out of the club.

Although United no longer have an immediate need for a holding midfielder, following the arrival of Nemanja Matic, the fact that Fabinho can also fill in at the back is a huge plus point for Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho.

PSG have also shown an interest in the versatile star but Monaco are not keen on selling to a direct rival so United remain in pole position for the player, should Monaco decide to sell.

Real Madrid agree terms with Kylian Mbappe and Monaco, consider Rashford and two others as plan B

Real Madrid have agreed terms with Monaco and Kylian Mbappe over a world record £120m move for the 18-year-old striker.

Real have offered Karim Benzema as part of a deal to sign Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe

Real Madrid have drawn up a shortlist of striker targets should they fail to land Kylian Mbappe this summer.

Among them are Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford, Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner.

Kylian Mbappe’s father to negotiate new contract with Monaco amid talks of new bid from Arsenal

The father of Kylian Mbappe has reportedly held negotiations with Monaco amid speculation that Arsenal are preparing a huge bid for the player.

The Gunners are set to bid a mammoth £120million to try and tempt the French champions to part with their prized asset this summer, while Arsene Wenger is believed to have held lengthy talks with the 18-year-old after France’s friendly win over England last month.

Real Madrid and PSG are also in the running for Mbappe’s signature, while Manchester United had been keen up until the arrival of Romelu Lukaku.

Le Journal du Dimanche claims that Monaco’s president, Dmitry Rybolovlev, has met with the teen’s father, Wilfried Mbappe, in an attempt to get a new contract signed at the Stade Louis II.

However, the player’s mother, Fayza, is said to be keen for her son to seal a lucrative switch to Real Madrid ahead of the new season.

As for the likelihood of Mbappe moving to Arsenal, a member of Mbappe’s enotourage toldLe Parisien last month: “Wenger is a great man. If Kylian signs for Arsenal tomorrow, it will be for him.

“He knows how to shape young players and especially the former strikers of the French team, Thierry Henry and Nicolas Anelka.

“The Europa League is not an obstacle in itself.”

Reports on Monaco teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe 

  • ​Paris St-Germain have offered Monaco a world record £119m for 18-year-old striker Kylian Mbappe.

  • But Arsenal are preparing a new bid with Arsenal Wenger confident of a deal for the in-demand forward.
  • And the highly-rated 18-year-old is open to the idea of moving to Arsenal.
  • Liverpool’s 100m euros (£87.89m) bid for the Monaco forward has been rejected.
  • He is said to have had a conversation with Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane.

Latest Football News 

  • ​Real forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 32, has told Manchester United that he will never rejoin them.

  • Arsenal have confirmed that Bosnia-Herzegovina international Sead Kolasinac will join the club on a free transfer when his contract at Schalke expires on June 30.

  • The 30 year old left-back will become an Arsenal player on 1 July when the transfer window opens.
  • Bayern Munich have joined Manchester United and Chelsea in the race to sign Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, 24.
  • Romelu Lukaku says he and his agent “have an agreement” with another club, telling Sky Sports that he intends to remain in the Premier League.
  • Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, 24, is Manchester United’s top transfer target as Belgium international Lukaku and Torino striker Andrea Belotti, 23, are too expensive.
  • Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane and defender Sergio Ramos, 31, do not believe the club need to make a move for Manchester United keeper David de Gea, 26.
  • Arsene Wenger has been spotted in Nice with chief executive Ivan Gazidis as speculation mounts that the Gunners could make a move for 18-year-old Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe.
  • But Real Madrid have made a world-record £118m bid for the France international.

  • Manchester United have reportedly launched a £113million bid to beat their rivals to the signing of Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe.
  • The Gunners are close to agreeing a new deal with winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 23.
  • Real Madrid defender Pepe, 34, is set to leave the Spanish giants and sign a two-year contract with Paris St-Germain.
  • He is angry with Real because they only offered him a one-year extension. He admitted that he did have an offer from PSG, but also Inter and clubs from England.
  • Real Madrid’s victorious Champions League and La Liga squad are expected to share the biggest bonus in football history – around £2m each.
  • Fernando Torres is close to a move to Mexican club Queretaro from Atletico Madrid.
  • Barcelona are refusing to pay €50m (around £44m) for Benfica full-back Nelson Semedo. The Spanish club are keen to make a deal, but only if the asking price is lowered.
  • Barcelona are trying to help Neymar acquire a Spanish passport this summer, so they can then sign more non-EU players. Previously linked with a €150m (around £131) move to PSG, he is currently in America enjoying the NBA Finals.
  • Lionel Messi has told new boss  Valverde that the club should target one of Philippe Coutinho or Riyad Mahrez to enhance their creativity, with PSG star Marco Verratti another name the Argentine has suggested.
  • Hector Bellerin has admitted that it “fills him with joy” to hear of links to Barcelona
  • “I don’t think there are many players who say no to Barcelona,” Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen has said while on international duty with Denmark. However, he does say that in two or three years he could stay at Spurs if they continue to progress.
  • Fabio Coentrao is set to move on loan to Sporting this summer, with Real Madrid paying 90% of the defender’s wages. 
  • So the Portuguese club only need to pay €350,000 (around £305,000) for the season.
  • If Milan can’t land Alvaro Morata after Manchester United got involved with the Spanish striker, they will make a bid for Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
  • Juventus have picked out the three targets that could help Max Allegri stay in Turin. Monaco’s Fabinho, Douglas Costa of Bayern Munich andLazio forward Keita Balde. Their budget is set at €128m (around £111m).
  • Dortmund, under new boss Peter Bosz, are set to make a €15m (around £13m) move for Arsenal target Maximilian Philipp. The deal will include a plus a €5m (around £4m) bonus for the 23-year-old midfielder.
  • Napoli are interested in Udinese full-back Silvan Widmer as a replacement for Liverpool-bound  Faouzi Ghoulam.
  • Radja Naingollan has refused to rule out a summer move to Manchester United amid reports he has emerged as a £50million target for Jose Mourinho.
  • Chelsea target Kostas Manolas will renew his contract at Roma.
  • Roma have targeted a move for Sassuolo star Domenico Berardi to replace Liverpool-bound winger Mohamed Salah.
  • After a trip to visit with Inter Milan’s Chinese owners, Luciano Spalletti is set to dip into the transfer market and two targets are supposedly PSG’s Adrien Rabiot and Fiorentina’s Fernando Bernardeschi.
  • Arsenal and Tottenham have joined Manchester City in the pursuit of Monaco full-back Djibril Sidibe.
  • Paris Saint-Germain are looking at the possibility of joining Arsenal in the race for Monaco striket Kylian Mbappe.
  • Hoffenheim have reportedly joined Liverpool and Tottenham in the race to sign Schalke forward Max Meyer.
  • Emre Can’s agents have again proposed the Liverpool midfielder for a move to Juventus.
  • Manchester City have made a significant step in their pursuit of Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand.
  • United have Joe Hart on their shortlist of potential goalkeeping options should they sell David de Gea to Real Madrid.
  • Manchester United and Chelsea are both showing an interest in signing Juventus forward Paulo Dybala.
  • Everton boss Ronald Koeman wants Spanish forward Gerard Deulofeu to return to Goodison Park
  • West Brom have been boosted in their pursuit of Valencia striker Alvaro Negredo, 31, after the Spaniard revealed his desire to remain in the Premier League following a loan spell at Middlesbrough.
  • Manchester United, Tottenham and Everton are all showing interest in 16-year-old Bolton Wanderers midfielder Max Broughton.
  • Newcastle United have won the race to sign Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, 19, on loan.
  • Chelsea manager Antonio Conte still hopes to land Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci, 30, after spells together with Juve and Italy.

Ligue 1 result – Mbappe and Germain on target as Monaco win first league title since 2000

​Monaco 2 – 0 Saint-Etienne

Kylian Mbappe fired Monaco on their way to wrapping up the Ligue 1 title as they secured a 2-0 win over St Etienne on Wednesday night.

Europe’s most exciting teenager grabbed his 15th league goal of a sensational season to help the principality club clinch the championship with a game to spare.

Valere Germain put the seal on the win with the last kick of the game to really get the party started.

The hosts kicked off knowing a point would be enough to win a first crown since 2000 and end Paris St Germain’s four-year domination, and Mbappe was a fitting hero as PSG were condemned to finish in second spot.

Yet St Etienne did not arrive in the principality simply to be party guests, and Monaco keeper Danijel Subasic had to keep out a dangerous early header from Alexander Soderlund.

Ligue 1 results – Monaco close to clinching title after thrashing Lille; PSG rout St Etienne; Nice unbeaten home record ended by Angers

​Bordeaux 1 – 1 Marseille

Caen 0 – 1 Rennes

Dijon 2 – 0 Nancy

Metz 1 – 1 Toulouse

Monaco 4 – 0 Lille

Montpellier 1 – 3 Lyon

Nantes 4 – 1 Guingamp

Nice 0 – 2 Angers

SC Bastia 2 – 0 Lorient

Saint-Etienne 0 – 5 Paris Saint Germain

  • Monaco 4 – 0 Lille

Monaco all but sealed their first Ligue 1 title since 2000 after Radamel Falcao scored twice in a straight-forward home victory against mid-table Lille.

Falcao nodded in his 20th league goal of the season from close range before Kylian Mbappe’s trickery left Bernardo Silva with a simple tap-in before the break.

Teenage forward Mbappe turned provider again when his cushioned square pass allowed Falcao to volley in the third.

And there was more misery for Lille when away defender Junior Alonso diverted Thomas Lemar’s dangerous low cross into his own goal.

Leonardo Jardim’s side are three points above reigning champions Paris St-Germain, who have one game left, and have a far superior goal difference.

  • Saint-Etienne 0 – 5 Paris Saint Germain

Edinson Cavani scored his 46th and 47th goals in all competitions this season as PSG brushed aside St Etienne 5-0.

Lucas Moura also scored in each half, while Julian Draxler added a last-minute fifth for the Parisiens, whose final game is at Angers next week.

  • Nice 0 – 2 Angers

Nice, guaranteed a top-three finish, came unstuck in a 2-0 home defeat to Angers, for whom Cheikh Ndoye was on target in the first half and Karl Toko Ekambi scored deep in stoppage time.

It was the first home defeat for Nice  this season.

  • Montpellier 1 – 3 Lyon

Lyon clinched a fourth-placed finish and the last Europa League spot thanks to their 3-1 win at Montpelier.

Nabil Fekir and Alexandre Lacazette gave Lyon a 2-0 half-time lead and although Steve Mounie pulled one back for Montpelier before the break, Lacazette added his second in time added on.

  • ​Bordeaux 1 – 1 Marseille

Marseille had harboured hopes of catching Lyon, but they had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Bordeaux, where they trailed to Diego Rolan’s early goal before Bafetimbi Gomis’ second-half equaliser.

  • SC Bastia 2 – 0 Lorient

Bastia kept alive their survival hopes heading into the final day next week with a 2-0 home win against relegation rivals Lorient, thanks to late goals from Enzo Crivelli and substitute Gael Danic.

  • Dijon 2 – 0 Nancy

Dijon climbed out of the bottom three as they won 2-0 at home against Nancy, who slipped to the foot of the table.

Second-half goals from Frederic Sammaritano and Lois Diony clinched Dijon their second win in 12 league matches and left Nancy needing to win their final game while hoping both Bastia and Lorient lose in order to make the relegation playoff.

  • Caen 0 – 1 Rennes

With no team relegated on the penultimate day, Caen are looking anxiously over their shoulders after losing 1-0 at home to Rennes.

Giovanni Sio struck midway through the second half for Rennes and defeat for Caen has left them two points above second-bottom Bastia.

  • Metz 1 – 1 Toulouse

Ismaila Sarr fired a second-half equaliser to earn Metz a 1-1 home draw against Toulouse, who had taken an early lead through Martin Braithwaite

  • Nantes 4 – 1 Guingamp

Nantes beat Guingamp 4-1 in their last home game of the season.

Adrien Thomasson gave Nantes a first-half lead and second-half goals from Emiliano Sala and Prejuce Nakoulma put them in control.

Lucas Deaux replied for Guincamp, but Sala added his second to secure Nantes’ third win in four matches.

UCL: Semi-finals second leg result – Juventus beat Monaco to reach second UCL final in three years

Juventus 2 – 1 AS Monaco (Aggregate 4 – 1)

Juventus reached their second Champions League final in three seasons with a comfortable 2-1 win over Monaco in Turin completing a 4-1 aggregate victory.

First-half goals from Mario Mandzukic and Dani Alves ended the tie as a contest before the break to ensure Massimiliano Allegri’s side will contest the final in Cardiff next month.

Kylian Mbappe turned in Joao Moutinho’s low cross to pull one back in the second half, but the Ligue 1 side could not pull off an unlikely comeback.

Mario Mandzukic stabbed in after his initial header was saved.

Dani Alves doubled their lead on the night with an instinctive volley from goalkeeper Danijel Subasic’s punched clearance.

Juventus, who have not won this competition since 1996 and lost 3-1 to Barcelona in the 2015 final, will face either Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid in Cardiff on 3 June.