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  • 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.

Neymar completes £196m world record transfer to PSG

Paris St-Germain have signed Brazil forward Neymar for a world record fee of 222m euros (£200m) from Barcelona.

The 25-year-old Brazil forward, whose legal representatives on Thursday paid Barcelona the world-record fee to terminate the contract which tied him to the Catalan giants, has signed a five-year deal with the Ligue 1 club.

The deal smashes the previous record set when Paul Pogba returned to Manchester United from Juventus for £89m in August 2016.

PSG announced Neymar’s arrival on their website just hours after Barcelona acknowledged the receipt of 222 million euros (£200.6million), preceding the move’s confirmation with a video posted on Twitter that teased: “He’s coming.”

Neymar said he has joined “one of the most ambitious clubs in Europe”.

“Paris St-Germain’s ambition attracted me to the club, along with the passion and the energy this brings,” he added.

“I feel ready to take the challenge. From today, I will do everything I can to help my new team-mates.”

“I am extremely happy to join Paris Saint-Germain,” Neymar said in a statement after signing his contract.

“Since I arrived in Europe, the club has always been one of the most competitive and most ambitious.

And the biggest challenge, what most motivated me to join my new teammates is to help the club to conquer the titles that their fans want.

“Paris Saint-Germain’s ambition attracted me to the club, along with the passion and the energy this brings.

I played four seasons in Europe and I feel ready to take the challenge.

From today, I will do everything I can to help my new teammates, to open up new horizons for my club and to bring happiness to its millions of supporters around the world.”

“It is with immense joy and pride that we welcome Neymar Jr to Paris Saint-Germain,” PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said. “Neymar Jr is today one of the very best players in world football. His winning mentality, strength of character and

Barcelona confirm payment of Neymar’s £198m release clause before PSG move

Barcelona have confirmed payment for Neymar’s £198m buyout clause has been received.

Neymar’s world-record transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain had hit a stumbling block after La Liga refused to accept the release clause for the striker, but the Spanish giants have now confirmed Neymar is no longer contracted to the club.

A Barcelona statement read:

“On Thursday afternoon Neymar’s legal representatives visited in person the club’s offices and made the payment of 222 million euros in the player’s name with regards to the unilateral termination of the contract that united both parties.

“As such, the club will pass on to UEFA the details of the above operation so that they can determine the disciplinary responsibilities that may arise from this case.”

Former Barcelona president Joan Gaspart compares Neymar’s move to PSG to Luis Figo transfer to Real Madrid from Barcelona

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.

Figo was denounced as “a traitor” and “a money-grabber” when he crossed the Clasico divide in 2000 for a world-record fee, and had a pig’s head thrown at him on one return to Camp Nou.

Neymar’s move to PSG is unlikely to provoke the same levels of anger because it is not to Barca’s greatest rivals, but a backlash has began.

A poster calling him “a traitor” and “a mercenary” has been seen at various locations around Barcelona, while the club have already removed him from advertising.

“I’ve seen similar situations but Neymar is in the same boat as Figo, who was alone but now has Neymar for company,” Gaspart said.

“I’ve seen great players like [Diego] Maradona and Ronaldo, who were better than Neymar, also leave Barca because other clubs paid their clauses.

“But they went with dignity, without making so much fuss. I’ve not liked his [Neymar’s] attitude with the club, with the supporters and with his teammates.”

Gaspart also voiced disappointment that another former Barca president, Joan Laporta, had used Neymar’s departure to criticise Josep Maria Bartomeu and the current board.

“It hurts me that people I respect are using this to blame the club,” he added.

“Neymar’s the one to blame, full stop.

“It’s not Barca’s fault. It’s not the board’s fault. It’s not the players’ fault… they did everything for him to stay. It’s Neymar’s fault.”

On Wednesday, Barcelona said Neymar had missed training and informed them he wanted to go to PSG, releasing a statement which said the Ligue 1 club would have to pay his full €222 million release clause.

However, when the player’s legal team arrived at the La Liga offices to pay the clause on Thursday, they were turned away and the payment was refused.

La Liga president Javier Tebas said earlier this week that he would not accept the money, accusing PSG of “financial doping” and threatening to report them to UEFA and the European Union for breaching financial fair play (FFP) regulations.

La Liga reject payment of Neymar’s buyout clause

La Liga has rejected an attempt by lawyers for Barcelona forward Neymar to pay his buyout clause of 222m euros (£198m).

The Brazilian, 25, is expected to signfor Paris St-Germain for a world record fee, after telling Barcelona he wanted to leave the club on Wednesday.

Spanish media say La Liga officials believe PSG are violating Uefa’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.

Barcelona previously said they would report PSG to Uefa for a FFP breach.

In Spain a player must buy himself out of his contract.

This is done by depositing the amount of the buyout clause with La Liga – Spain’s equivalent of the Premier League – to release the player from his contract.

The league then passes the money to the selling club.

“We can confirm that the lawyers of the player have come to La Liga to deposit the clause and that it has been rejected,” La Liga told BBC Sport.

FFP rules, first implemented during the 2011-12 season, stipulate that European clubs cannot outspend what they earn by more than 30m euros.

PSG are backed by money from Gulf state Qatar and La Liga president Javier Tebas has accused the French club of “financial doping”.

He told AS:

“La Liga is positing that state-backed clubs that compete using ‘financial doping’ could destabilise professional football in Europe”.

Neymar timeline

April 2016- Rumours of a move away from the Nou Camp surface when Neymar’s agent Wagner Ribeiro says the Brazilian striker has a £154m release clause in his contract which expires in 2018, and would discuss a move to PSG if the French champions showed an interest.

October 2016- Neymar signs a new five-year contract until 2021, increasing his release clause.

May 2017- Rumours resurface again after Barcelona end a disappointing La Liga campaign and Neymar fails to win the Ballon d’Or.

29 June 2017- Speculation intensifies over Neymar’s future as transfer window opens.

17 July 2017– Reports emerge in the Spanish media suggesting PSG have met the player’s release clause.

19 July 2017- Barcelona club president Josep Maria Bartomeu tells BBC Sport Neymar will not leave.

20 July 2017– PSG coach Unai Emery tells French daily newspaper L’Equipe they needed a player of the calibre of Neymar to compete with the big clubs.

21 July 2017- Neymar posts an Instagram picture of himself in thoughtful contemplation,sparking a fresh wave of speculation.

23 July 2017– Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde shrugs off PSG reports, and tells reporters in New Jersey: “We want Neymar with us. We know his value on the pitch and what he brings to the locker room.”

26 July 2017- Defender Gerard Pique posts a picture of himself and Neymar on Twitter with the caption ‘Se queda’ (‘He stays’). Pique later downplays the post, saying it was a “gut feeling” rather than a hard fact, but adds he hopes Neymar stays at Barcelona.

29 July 2017- Barca striker Luis Suarez tells reporters in Miami: “As soon as he clarifies the situation it’s better for us and him. He will have his say when he is ready and as a team-mate I will support him. Our relationship won’t change. We want him to stay.”

30 July 2017– Neymar’s Brazilian team-mate Dani Alves says he “hoped Neymar would join him at PSG” but insists he isn’t using his personal friendship to sway the Barcelona forward’s decision.

31 July 2017- La Liga chairman Javier Tebas says he would file a complaint with Uefa for FFP breaches against PSG if any move is made for the player- “We will make a complaint to Uefa and if they don’t do anything we will take it to the competition tribunals in Switzerland and Brussels. And, from there, we don’t rule out going through the courts in France and Spain.”

2 August 2017– Neymar is given permission by Barcelona to leave after telling the club he sees his future elsewhere.

3 August 2017– La Liga rejects an attempt by Neymar’s lawyer’s to buy out his contract.

Neymar agrees world-record £450m transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain

Neymar has agreed a five-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain and is due in Paris within the next two days to finalise the most expensive transfer in world football history.

It is understood the total value of the deal is worth nearly £450m (€500m), which includes wages, bonuses and a buyout clause of £198m (€222m).

Neymar has been offered a basic salary of £26.8m-a-year (€30m) after tax, around £515,000-a-week.

That is more than current Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi, who signed a new deal worth a reported £500k per weekin July, and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo’s £365,000 -a-week deal.

According to Forbes’ rich list,the Brazilian is currently the only footballer to earn more from his off-field endorsements than his playing contract at Barcelona.

Neymar’s sponsors include global brands such as Nike, Gillette, Panasonic and Beats by Dre and bring the 25-year-old in $22m (£16.6m) on top of his $15m (£11.3m) salary.

Barcelona confirmed the buyout clause will have to be “deposited in its entirety”.

Neymar is expected to join five Brazilian international teammates at PSG, including Dani Alves and Thiago Silva.

PSG has yet to confirm whether an agreement has been reached.

Barcelonal forward Lionel Messi bid farewell to Neymar ahead of world record transfer to PSG

Lionel Messi bid farewell to Neymar after Barcelona confirmed that the Brazil star has told the club of his desire to move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Barcelona confirmed today that Neymar had asked to leave the Catalan giants and he has already said his farewells to the squad, informing them of his decision to sign for Paris Saint-Germain.

Messi posted a message on his Instagram account, which read:

“Enormous pleasure to have shared all these years with you friend Neymar I wish you luck in this new stage of your life.”

The 25-year-old former Santos player has a contract with Barca until 2021 but PSG, deposed by Monaco as French champions last term, appear prepared to activate his release clause.

That would more than double the existing world-record fee of €105m, then worth £89m, that Manchester United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba last summer.

In his three seasons in Catalunya, Neymar has helped Barca win LaLiga twice, the Champions League once, the Copa del Rey on three occasions and the FIFA Club World Cup.