Transfers: PSG determined to splash KSh26b for Neymar

Barcelona's Neymar shoots a penalty kick to score a goal during their UEFA Champions League ...
Barcelona's Neymar shoots a penalty kick to score a goal during their UEFA Champions League round of 16 2nd leg match against Paris Saint-Germain, at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, on March 8, 2017 (AFP Photo/Lluis Gene)

Paris Saint-Germain are growing confident of sealing a sensational swoop for Neymar in a world-record £196million deal.

The French club are willing to trigger the Barcelona and Brazil star’s release clause of €222m (£196m), pay a signing on fee of £45m and offer a five-year deal worth £596,000 a week after tax.

Barcelona are adamant Neymar is staying but sources say Neymar is minded to pursue a move to Paris.

Though the financial side of the deal is obvious tempting, money would not be the sole motivation. Sources close to the deal say Neymar was struck by the vision for PSG’s future — and his perceived role in it — presented during initial talks


PSG midfielder Marco Verrati has teamed up with super agent Mino Raiola after severing ties with his former representative, Donato Di Campli.

Out of contract in 2018, there are suggestions Barcelona icon Andres Iniesta won’t renew his deal with the club.

Barcelona will line up Kylian Mbappe and Marco Verratti if they cash in by selling Neymar to PSG.


.Manchester United are monitoring Ross Barkley as they consider a late-window bid for the Everton midfielder

.Manchester United want to sign 24-year-old Paris St-Germain defender Serge Aurier as negotiations stall with Monaco over 23-year-old Fabinho.

.Liverpool are ready to bid £70m for RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, having had a £66m offer rejected for the 22-year-old Guinea international.

.Arsenal have told the Hammers they will have to pay £20m if they want to sign 25-year-old midfielder Jack Wilshere

.Stoke City winger Marko Arnautovic will have a West Ham medical and discuss personal terms in the coming days.

.Crystal Palace return for Arsenal defender Calum Chambers as Gunners hold out for £20m fee

.Manchester City are set to sign Real Madrid’s 26-year-old Brazilian full-back Danilo for an initial £26.5M

.City are also closing in on a deal to sign Monaco’s 23-year-old French full-back Benjamin Mendy.

.Pep Guardiola has again reiterated that Sergio Aguero will remain a Manchester City player next season. Speculation surrounding the striker’s future resurfaced last week, with Chelsea having pondered the idea of attempting to prise him away from the Etihad Stadium.


.Inter Milan appear to be maintaining their hard-line stance with Manchester United over Ivan Perisic.

.Inter  have told Manchester United they must include forward Anthony Martial, 21, in any deal for £48m-rated winger Ivan Perisic.

.Perisic wants to move to Manchester United but they are refusing to pay the £48m asking price for the Croatian winger.

.Juventus have completed the signing of Italy full-back Mattia De Sciglio from AC Milan.

.Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says they are prepared to sell Renato Sanches… but doubts that AC Milan can afford their £43m.

.AC Milan have said 23-year-old attacking midfielder Suso – a target for Tottenham – is not for sale


.PSG manager Unai Emery says Neymar is one of the top five players in the world, and insists the French club only want the best.

.Bournemouth have rejected loan bids from Sunderland and Toulouse for winger Max Gradel. Gradel scored in a pre-season friendly win over Estoril on Saturday.


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