Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Express Sport brings you the latest updates from the Nou Camp

Tuesday, August 13

  • Barcelona have prepared an audacious offer to sign Neymar
  • The offer is £93million plus Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic
  • Bayern Munich are in talks to sign Philippe Coutinho
  • Gareth Bale has threatened to speak out after Neymar snub

No deal agreed

PSG and Barcelona have NOT reached an agreement for Neymar.

Barcelona took a team of representatives to Paris to negotiate a deal for the 27-year-old attacker, who is desperate to leave the Parc des Princes.

It’s said the two parties held a four-hour meeting in the French capital – but couldn’t wrap up a deal, Spanish radio Onda Cero says.

Despite that – the report claims that the feeling remains positive that an agreement will be reached in the coming weeks.

Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Express Sport brings you the latest updates from the Nou Camp

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Paul Pogba bids…

Manchester United will rejected all bids for midfielder Paul Pogba.

That’s according to ESPN FC, who claim Ed Woodward and Co. have had assurances from the France international about his commitment to the club.

The Red Devils are worried that Real Madrid will launch an offer before the La Liga transfer window closes on September 2.

But United have decided to snub offers – even if they exceed their £180million valuation.

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Neto ruled out

Barcelona goalkeeper Neto could miss the next two months of action through injury.

Neto arrived at the Nou Camp from Valencia over the summer with Jasper Cillessen heading the other way.

But he won’t be seeing competitive action for a while.

And that’s because he fractured his left hand leaving young goalkeeper Inaki Pena playing second-fiddle to Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.

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Donny Van De Beek warning

Erik Ten Hag is confident that Donny Van De Beek will remain an Ajax player this season.

Real Madrid have been linked with the talented playmaker as an alternative to Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

But despite numerous claims that the deal is progressing – Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag disagrees.

“Van de Beek only dedicates himself to playing,” Ten Hag said. “I guess and I hope that he stays with us this season. Otherwise, I will hear from Marc Overmars.”

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The GOAT debate

Cristiano Ronaldo has put his case forward to go down as the greatest player of all time ahead of Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo feels he has accomplished more because he has been so successful at numerous clubs.

Manchester United, Real Madrid and now Juventus, the striker has flourished in every squad.

“​The difference between me and him is that I went to different clubs and won the Champions League,” Ronaldo told DAZN. “I have been Champions League top scorer six times in a row.

“There are many players who have won the Cup five times. I identify myself with this competition.

“Messi is an excellent player, he will not only be remembered for the Ballon d’Or but also for being always at the top, year after year, like me.”

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Philippe Coutinho interest confirmed

Bayern Munich are interested in signing Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho.

That’s according to a Barcelona spokesman, who confirmed the German champions are looking to bring Coutinho to the Allianz Arena.

Coutinho could be allowed to leave the Nou Camp to generate funds and make space for international compatriot Neymar.

“There is interest from FC Bayern, but there is no agreement. That is all there is to say at the moment,” a Barca spokesman told Goal.

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Neymar deal in jeopardy

Real Madrid could miss out on their pursuit to bring Neymar to the Bernabeu, due to the transfer stances of Gareth Bale and Luka Modric.

Neymar is desperate to leave Paris Saint-Germain before the European transfer window closes later this month, with Spain his preferred destination.

Spanish outlet Sport have revealed that despite both clubs being open to getting a deal over the line, two players are holding up the process.

Former Tottenham team-mates Bale and Modric are the players in question, with both keen to see out their lucrative contracts in Madrid rather than find regular football elsewhere.

The report goes on to to reveal that Bale will only part ways with the club if they pay out his contract in full, which has angered Florentino Perez.

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Lionel Messi phone call

Lionel Messi has reportedly phoned Neymar to persuade him to reject Real Madrid.

Zinedine Zidane’s side have emerged as contenders to sign the Brazilian forward, 27.

But Spanish newspaper Marca claim Messi rang Neymar to convince him to opt for a return to the Nou Camp instead.

The Brazilian’s PSG departure looks almost certain after the club removed merchandise bearing any reference to the player from the shelves of their club shop.

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Two-player Neymar deal

Barcelona have prepared an audacious offer to sign Neymar.

That’s according to ESPN FC, who claim the Catalan giants have prepared a two-player plus cash proposal to bring the Brazilian superstar back to the Nou Camp.

Barcelona are willing to offer £93million in cash with Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic also included in the deal.

ESPN FC say PSG are interested in Coutinho but aren’t too keen on Rakitic and would prefer full-back Semedo instead.

The French champions have already rejected Barcelona’s opening offer of Coutinho plus £55million for Neymar.

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Bayern Munich talks

Bayern Munich have proposed a deal to Barcelona over the transfer of ex-Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho.

Bayern have already added the likes of Lucas Hernandez, Benjamin Pavard and Ivan Perisic to their ranks but may not be finished there.

Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo are reporting that Bayern have proposed a deal for Coutinho similar to the one they made with Real Madrid for the services of James Rodriguez in 2017.

The proposal is said to be for a two-year loan deal with no obligation to buy, which is essentially the same deal Bayern struck with Real two years ago when the Spanish giants wanted to offload James but no team was willing to offer a permanent transfer.

There was an option to buy the playmaker for £40million but Bayern opted not to make the move permanent.

Gareth Bale threat

Gareth Bale has reportedly threatened Florentino Perez after the club failed in an attempt to hijack Barcelona’s move for Neymar.

Real Madrid star Bale is still at the Bernabeu, despite Zinedine Zidane’s determination to get him off the books this summer.

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And Catalan newspaper Sport say Real’s recently offer for Neymar has not sat well with Bale, who was going to be used as bait.

He is said to have threatened Perez, insisting he would speak out about his state of mind on treatment he considers ‘inappropriate’.

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Life without Neymar

PSG boss Thomas Tuchel said he can understand fans’ frustration at Neymar as the Ligue 1 side started their title defence without the Brazilian.

The record signing was not named in the matchday squad for the comfortable 3-0 win over Nimes at the Parc des Princes with Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria all on the scoresheet.

But Neymar, said to be unsettled in France and who has been linked with Barcelona and Real Madrid, was also the focus of attention with a number of fans holding a banner telling him to “get lost” and chanting about the 27-year-old.

Tuchel, quoted in L’Equipe, said: “It’s tricky. I don’t know what to say. I saw it on my colleagues’ smartphones because I did not hear them (the chants) during the match.

“Can I understand it? Yes and no. He’s still our player, my player, and I protect all my players. He’s in my dressing room. I can understand that not everyone has liked what he has said and done.”

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Manchester City avoid transfer ban

Manchester City have avoided a transfer ban despite admitting to breaching regulations relating to the international transfer and registration of under-18 players.

The Premier League champions have instead been fined £314,650 by FIFA after breaching article 19, among others, of the world governing body’s regulations on the status and transfer of players.

A FIFA statement read: “The Disciplinary Committee took into account the fact that Manchester City FC accepted its responsibility and sanctioned the club with a fine of Swiss francs 370,000.”

The Premier League champions were facing a ban from making signings, a punishment meted out to Chelsea – for two transfer windows – earlier this year.



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