After having almost signed German international center-back Jerome Boateng (30), Paris Saint-Germain management, according to France Football, are having another run at Bayern Munich veteran. The player, previously linked to Juventus, AS Roma and Arsenal, might leave Bundesliga giants after eight seasons.
This rumor looks to be totally unrelated to yesterday’s blockbuster story placing Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic in Paris.
A move back to FC Barcelona looks bleak for PSG’s Neymar and the Brazil international might have moved on from his hopes for a dream return to Barca. AS cited a report from Mundo Deportivo that listed Bayern Munich, Juventus, Real Madrid, and Manchester United as potential destinations for the global star:
The Neymar transfer saga has taken a fresh twist. The Brazilian remains determined to leave Paris Saint-Germain, with a return to Barcelona still his first choice. However, he is beginning to appreciate the difficulty of such a transfer coming about and, according to Mundo Deportivo, has made initial moves to offer his services to Real Madrid, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Manchester United.
As far as a player swap for Neymar goes, PSG wants no part of that!
PSG are not convinced by a players-plus-cash offer in the slightest. If they are to accept an approach for Neymar, they only want money - and lots of it.
As we detailed in an update to yesterday’s story on Brazzo’s trip to Paris, however, there was at least one person who had no issues smashing the hopes and dreams of any Bayern fans who wanted this move (see below).
In the middle of all yesterday’s speculation, whispers about Brazzo being in Paris to discuss a potential move for Neymar by Bayern Munich started to get louder. The swift hammer of transfer rumor justice was wielded by Falk, though, as he trashed that speculation.
In one of the longest running transfer sagas of the window, Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt is reportedly in Italy to take a medical for Juventus.
As broadly forecast, almost 20-year old Dutch international center-back Matthijs De Ligt is undergoing his medical for Juventus. The 1999-born player is set to be traded on about 75 million euros fee from Ajax.
Schalke sporting director Jochen Schneider has clearly put a stop to a transfer by Alexander Nübel (22) this summer. “I can rule that out. We have competitive goals for the next season,” says Schneider, who is trying to extend the U-21 goalkeeper’s contract, which expires next year. As things stand, the manager won’t speculate, but he outlines a time frame in which the decision should be made. “We’re not talking about three or four days now,” Schneider said but stressed that the matter “should not go on until the start of the season, let alone until the first international break.”
Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis is a bit steamed that his club cannot work out a deal (at least not yet) with Real Madrid for Colombia international James Rodriguez. Football Italia captured quotes that De Laurentiis told TV Luna. [JND: I have edited Football Italia’s English for obvious reasons.]
What I don’t understand is [how] Bayern, who have three times the revenue of Napoli, can take James Rodriguez on loan and we can’t[.] I would like to see how he and Ancelotti [get along] along with the rest of the team before investing €42m. If James could arrive on loan, nobody would say no to that, because we could also purchase another forward who could guarantee 30 goals per season alongside Arkadiusz Milik. Otherwise, I[‘ll] have to think about someone else with an eye to the future. It could be Pepe or someone else. He scores more goals than Hirving Lozano. James is without doubt a very talented player, but if you study his career path, he has never really delivered on that potential.
Ouch, that certainly is not going to help sell James on Napoli. Anyway, someone clearly pulled De Laurentiis’ string and he kept talking!
When I brought Edinson Cavani to Napoli, they told me he was a [second] striker, but we put him as a center-forward and he scored over 30 goals, writing history for both Napoli and PSG. When we signed Gonzalo Higuain, he often didn’t get a game at Real Madrid[;] then he joined us and again scored over 30 goals. When Arkadiusz Milik got injured twice, we made do with Dries Mertens in a central role and he too scored a record number of goals. We don’t need a big name star to fill the stadium, because either you love Napoli or you don’t. I have no need for fair[-]weather fans. If they don’t love the club, they [might] as well stay at home.
De Laurentiis: “THIRTY GOALS A SEASON WITH THIS ONE SIMPLE TRICK!”
Those rumors linking James to Atlético Madrid will likely start to heat up even more.
Falk acknowledged that Bayern had met with Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech’s agent, but no offer was made.
AS Monaco defender Benjamin Henrichs was linked to Bayern Munich, but it might actually be Werder Bremen that is closer to making a deal. Specifically, Werder Bremen would like to bring Henrichs in on a loan.
Werder lacks the financial resources to sign [Henrichs] permanently, so it is aiming at a loan for the full-back. Manager Frank Baumann and his team have been dealing with the matter for several weeks. The hope is also that the transfer fee of 35 million euros demanded by AS Monaco will be too high for Bayern.
Tottenham Hotspur outside-back Kieran Trippier had been linked to both Bayern Munich and Atlético Madrid, but reports indicated that he might be on the wish list of Juventus as well.
While Matthijs De Ligt is undergoing medical for Juventus, Bianconeri themselves are setting up tests for English international right-back Kieran Trippier (28). Leaving Tottenham after four seasons, former Burnley player, tracked by Napoli as well, might be soon joining Serie A reigning champions, most likely while, in the meantime, Joao Cancelo moves to either Manchester City or Barcelona FC.