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TOP STORY: PSG ready to offload Neymar
French champions Paris Saint-Germain appear ready to cash in on Neymar this summer, according to French paper L’Equipe.
Neymar has been linked with a move away from the French capital ever since he arrived in 2017 for a fee of €222m, and his employers would appear to have had enough of his attitude and propensity for injury, despite that he scored 51 goals in 58 games.
The 27-year-old has been linked with both Real Madrid and Barcelona in recent weeks, this after a season in which the Brazilian was quoted admitting he wanted to leave the Parc des Princes.
Neymar is believed to have grown frustrated with PSG’s lack of success in Europe, while the club are looking to move from what they call “celebrity behaviour.” If he does move to Spain, it could open the door for a sensational move to Paris for Antoine Griezmann.
08.34 BST: Marca report that Atletico Madrid are gearing up for a record summer in the transfer window.
According to the publication, the Rojiblancos will get €120m once Antoine Griezmann’s release clause drops in July, making him the club’s most lucrative transfer as the France international is expected to join Barcelona.
Atletico intend to make Benfica rising star Joao Felix their club record signing (see below) while the club are also keen on Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes for €45m and €40m worth of Marcos Llorente.
08.00 BST: Cruzeiro sporting director Marcelo Djian says they are negotiating with Real Madrid in the hope of signing Brazilian midfielder Lucas Silva on a permanent transfer.
Silva, 26, who has played on loan at Cruzeiro since January 2017, has one year left on his contract with Madrid and wants to remain in Brazil.
“We are talking to Real Madrid,” Djian said as reported in AS. “We should have a definite position on Tuesday. We have also spoken to Lucas Silva. Our expectation is that we even get a (permanent transfer). He has shown professionalism in the past two years and we hope to have a favourable answer.”
Several European clubs, including Sevilla, Atalanta and Benfica, are also reportedly interested in signing Silva. The player signed for Madrid in January 2015 from Cruzeiro but made just eight appearances before being loaned to Marseille in the 2015-16 campaign. He is one of 12 players expected to leave Madrid this summer.
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Atletico close in on Felix
One of the longest transfer sagas of the summer could see Portuguese wonderkid Joao Felix join Atletico Madrid, reports Marca.
The 19-year-old has attracted interest from all over Europe, including from Manchester City, but Marca suggest that Atletico led the chase as a result of the money they have at their disposal once Griezmann is sold.
Felix scored 20 goals and made 11 assists in 43 games for Benfica in an impressive breakout season, but his contract doesn’t finish until 2023 — meaning that Atleti would have to spend a lot of the Griezmann money to get their man.
Diego Simeone is also hoping to add Bruno Fernandes to his squad, and is prepared to sanction a bid of up to £45m to land the Sporting Lisbon star.
Lampard tops list for Chelsea hotseat
Chelsea are stepping up their search for a new manager following Maurizio Sarri’s official appointment at Juventus on Sunday.
Lampard is joined on the wanted list by Ajax boss Erik ten Hag, Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo and RB Leipzig’s Ralf Rangnick.
Lampard led Derby County to the Championship playoff final after a good first season in management. Yet while his links to Chelsea make him an obvious candidate, there are concerns by some that the job comes too soon in his development as a manager.
Chelsea would have to pay the Rams £4m in compensation to release Lampard from his contract.
– Arsenal are ignoring advances from AC Milan for midfielder Lucas Torreira, according to the Sun. The 23-year-old moved to north London just 12 months ago from Sampdoria and has already been linked with a move back to Italy, with the Rossoneri — now managed by Torreira’s former boss Marco Giampaolo — leading the chase. However, Arsenal have said he’s not for sale.
– Roma are preparing to raid rivals Napoli for a sensational double swoop for Amadou Diawara and Dries Mertens, according to Corriere dello Sport. Napoli themselves are closing in on Kostas Manolas amidst competition from Juventus and AC Milan, which could see them freshen up their squad and let both Diawara and Mertens go.