PSG and Real Madrid are two of the biggest clubs in the world, but it appears that Kylian Mbappe’s heart is set on a move to Los Blancos. The Frenchman has rejected a contract extension from PSG as he looks for a new challenge.
Kylian Mbappe has rejected a contract extension from Paris Saint-Germain and opened the door for Real Madrid.
For the main European leagues, the summer transfer season is in its last week, which means the top teams are trying to make an impact in the market while they still can. Check out the newest rumors below, then go here to view all of the official agreements.
Mbappe refuses a deal with PSG, leaving the door open for Real Madrid?
The news that Kylian Mbappe has turned down another contract extension offer from Paris Saint-Germain has reignited speculation in the Spanish press about a potential transfer to Real Madrid.
With just seven days before the transfer market shuts, France’s RMC Sport reported on Monday that the star striker has rejected down PSG’s offer of a new five-year contract with the option of a sixth.
Marca’s frontpage headline on Tuesday reads, “PSG now open the door to Mbappe,” implying that a €150 million move is “more feasible than ever,” despite the Bernabeu’s “extreme caution.”
Meanwhile, Diario AS claims that “both the player and PSG themselves are now aware that accepting a transfer is the best option for all sides.” On its frontpage, the publication goes even farther, suggesting that Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Juventus and joining PSG to replace him might be “the key for Mbappe.”
On Monday night, the Spanish radio program El Larguero adopted a more gloomy stance. Manu Carreno, the show’s well-connected presenter, said that the situation had not altered, that PSG did not want to let him leave at this time, and that the most probable scenario remained for Mbappe to join Real Madrid for free next summer.
Man United is also interested in bringing Mbappe in when his contract ends, according to ESPN sources.
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Chelsea are reportedly seeking to finalise a loan deal for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez, according to the Daily Telegraph. 10.03 BST: Chelsea still have a handful of peripheral players to sign this transfer window.
Saul, 26, wants to leave LaLiga’s winners, and the Blues may give him a spot in the team if Ross Barkley, Danny Drinkwater, and Tiemoue Bakayoko are let go.
Chelsea is also said to have offered new contracts to Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger, who are in the last year of their current contracts.
09.29 BST: Manchester United are still interested in Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, despite sources telling ESPN’s Rob Dawson that a transfer to Old Trafford is “unlikely.”
According to reports in France over the weekend, Camavinga has played his last game for Rennes, who are looking to cash in on the midfielder before his contract expires.
Camavinga, who has been capped three times by France, has one year remaining on his contract and will be a free agent in 2022.
United are keen in signing the 18-year-old, but Old Trafford believes he would prefer to remain with Paris Saint-Germain or go to Spain. However, with the transfer window set to close on August 31, Camavinga’s future remains uncertain due to PSG’s bid for Lionel Messi and a paucity of money available for signings in LaLiga.
Morgan Rogers, a winger for Manchester City, has joined Bournemouth on a season-long loan.
Rogers, 19, had been linked with a £100 million deal for Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, but the England Under-18 international has signed a new contract with the club until 2024 and has gone on loan.
Bournemouth have the option of making the transfer permanent, according to Neill Blake, the club’s chief executive “Morgan has all of the qualities necessary to excel as a footballer. We are ecstatic to have acquired his services, and he will only contribute to a young, talented, and exciting group of players. We are really excited to collaborate with him.”
08.32 BST: In case you missed it, Xherdan Shaqiri left Liverpool on Monday for Lyon in a move for up to €11 million.
Shaqiri, 29, has signed a three-year deal with the Ligue 1 club, bringing his three-year stay at Anfield to a close. In the summer of 2018, the Switzerland international joined Liverpool from Stoke City, where he made 63 appearances and scored eight goals.
He’ll join a Lyon team that is aiming to improve on their fourth-place result in Ligue 1 last season, when they just lost out on Champions League qualifying on the last day.
08.00 BST: According to ESPN’s James Olley, Corinthians are in negotiations to acquire Arsenal winger Willian.
The 33-year-contract old’s at Emirates Stadium has two years left on it, but he wants out following a dismal debut season after joining the Gunners on a free transfer from Chelsea last summer.
Arsenal are looking to cut their wage bill and downsize their squad after spending over £130 million on new players in the current window, according to reports, and discussions have taken place regarding a move that may or may not include Corinthians paying a price.
Willian receives a minimum weekly wage of £100,000, but under Mikel Arteta, he has struggled to find chances. After testing positive for Covid-19, the Brazilian missed Arsenal’s first two Premier League losses against Brentford and Chelsea.
The two teams have yet to strike an agreement, with Willian reportedly preferring to remain in Europe, but considering how severely his career has stagnated in north London, the transfer is being seriously considered.
Kay Murray and Shaka Hislop talk about the possibility of Kylian Mbappe joining Manchester United next summer.
GOSSIP ON PAPER (by Adam Brown)
– Manchester United are expected to step up their chase of West Ham United’s Declan Rice, with The Mirror reporting that the club is willing to give cash in exchange for Jesse Lingard. After a spectacular season on loan at the London Stadium, Lingard has remained a goal for the Hammers this summer, while Rice is valued at about £100 million. The 22-year-old, though, is said to be looking for a fresh challenge after turning down contract offers from the club.
– According to the Telegraph, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is willing to turn down further bids for Harry Kane. Manchester City have been pursuing the striker all summer, but it is now thought that Levy would be willing to turn down a £150 million deal to retain him in the capital. Kane played in the weekend Premier League match against Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he got a warm welcome from the travelling Spurs supporters.
– According to Calciomercato, Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus have started talks over US international Weston McKennie. The Premier League team has inquired about the midfielder in the hopes of bringing him in on a season-long loan. While Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is said to be willing to let McKennie leave, the Turin club would prefer a long-term contract.
– Fiorentina is seeking to strengthen their defense line, and Zeki Celik is a target for the Italian club. According to Le10 Sport, the Serie A club has made a move to try to sign the Turkey international right-back. Last season, the 24-year-old was instrumental in Lille’s Ligue 1 championship triumph, scoring five goals in 28 starts from defense.
– Internazionale has added another name to their shortlist as they continue their hunt for a replacement for Romelu Lukaku. Andrea Belotti is being carefully watched by Calciomercato as the club tries to strengthen their roster before the transfer season shuts, according to Calciomercato. According to the source, the Nerazurri shifted their focus to the Torino striker when negotiations for Joaquin Correa stalled due to Lazio’s €30 million asking price. From 33 starts in Serie A last season, Belotti was directly responsible for 19 goals.
– Gianluca Di Marzio reports that Lazio and Croatia midfielder Toma Basic are close to reaching an agreement. The Ligue 1 star is poised to join Lazio for €7 million plus incentives if the Italian club can qualify for the Champions League next season. The 24-year-old plays in the center of midfield for Bordeaux and has been a regular starter since joining the club, making 34 league games last season.
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