Neymar May Make £357m Move To Real Madrif

Neymar could be set to smash his own world-record transfer fee and make a sensational move to Real Madrid.

The former Barcelona star became the most expensive footballer in history when he moved to PSG for £198million in August.

But after less than six months in France, it appears the Brazilian is already eyeing his next big transfer, according to reports in Spain.

Marca’s front page yesterday claims the 25-year-old is the Galactico ‘most craved’ at the Spanish giants, but would cost an eye-watering £357m.

Neymar is believed to want the move, the Brazilian’s camp giving signals of his desire to play at the Bernabeu one day despite his Barcelona background.

The Spanish newspaper claims the Galactico policy is one they are keen to revive, having not made such a purchase since the acquisition of James Rodriguez in 2014.

With Real trailing Barcelona by 16 points in La Liga, club president Florentino Perez is keen to make a statement in the transfer market.

Marca claim that Madrid have also considered other options, including Harry Kane, Eden Hazard and Timo Werner, but have made Neymar the priority.

They are determined not to go behind the backs of PSG, and will not pursue a move without the prior knowledge of the Parisian club.

PSG, Bayern Fans Clash In Munich

German police broke up a mass brawl after around 60 supporters of Bayern Munich and rivals Paris Saint-Germain clashed at Munich’s main railway station ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League match.

One French fan had to be treated for a head injury after the brawl broke out late on Monday night and supporters wearing masks had to be separated by police with batons.

Around 30 PSG fans were questioned by Munich police, while three Bayern fans were found to be carrying weapons and were arrested on assault charges.

Around 4,000 PSG fans are expected at the match which was already flagged up by authorities as at risk of violence.

Both clubs are through to the last 16 and will meet at Munich’s Allianz Arena with Bayern needing to win at least 4-0 in order to finish as group winners after losing 3-0 in Paris last September.

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PSG Fans Banned From Marseille Game

Paris Saint-German (PSG) fans have been banned from Marseille’s stadium and the surrounding areas for Sunday’s Ligue 1 clash between the bitter rivals, local police said on Friday.

Marseille-PSG is France’s most heated rivalry and trouble has flared between opposing fans in previous matches.

“The relationship between Marseille and PSG supporters has been marked by animosity for many years,” regional police said in a statement.

PSG fans are prohibited from in and around the stadium from 8:00 am (0600 GMT) Sunday until 4:00 am (0200 GMT) Monday, police said.

French league-leaders PSG will unleash star strike duo Neymar and Kylian Mbappe on Marseille for the first time on Sunday night.

 

 

Source: AFP

Cavani Eager To Play For Man City

Eddison Cavani PSG striker prefers Manchester City better than Real Madrid

Don Balon says Cavani favours City because he believes he will get more chances to score than at any other club.

Cavani and Neymar had a public falling out after arguing over the penalty and free-kick duties during a 2-0 victory over Lyon earlier this season.

The 30-year-old is said to have told club officials that he wants to choose his next destination, with Premier League leaders City his No 1 pick.

Real Madrid is also believed to be interested in signing Cavani in January.

 

‘Money Doesn’t Score Goals’ – Robben Mocks PSG

Arjen Robben has poked fun at big-spending Paris Saint-Germain on the eve of Bayern Munich’s key Champions League away match in the French capital.

With Anderlecht and Celtic also in the pool, the PSG-Bayern clash at Paris’ Parc de Princes on Wednesday could well decide the winner of Group B.

“Paris has certainly given out a few more euros than us, but money doesn’t score goals, the quality on the pitch scores goals, good teams score goals,” said veteran winger Robben before the team jetted to Paris.

PSG signed Neymar from Barcelona for a world record 222 million euros ($264m) and recruited Kylian Mbappe from Monaco last month on an initial loan deal which is set to be made into a permanent move for 180 million euros next year.

But when asked about PSG’s star-studded MCN attack – Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Neymar – Robben was unphased: “The important thing is the performance of the team, not just to focus on particular players”.

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is convinced Bayern can get a good result in the French capital.

“I know our team, they are highly motivated and concentrated for games like this,” said the former striker.

“I am convinced we can get something out of this game.”

Nevertheless, the biggest test for Bayern’s shaky defence — which threw away a two-goal lead at home to struggling Wolfsburg in a 2-2 draw last Friday — will be to contain ‘MCN’.

“Of course, that is an attack with world-class players, we have to control that, but we have more experience,” countered Rummenigge.

Bayern president Uli Hoeness launched a thinly-veiled attack on PSG’s spending policy in an interview on Monday, but Rummenigge focused on the football.

“This is a prestige game, but one thing is clear: the Champions League is not decided, we want to create the conditions to become group-winners.”

 

 

 

Source: The Guardian

Cavani, Only For A Set Price – PSG

PSG are prepared to sell Edinson Cavani in January – but only for a set price.

In Madrid, claims that management and senior players have smoothed tension between Cavani and Neymar have been denied.

The Uruguay striker’s departure could still happen, particularly with PSG facing pressure from financial fair play regulations.

Rai Sport says AC Milan have expressed interest and been informed Cavani can be signed to €70m. It’s also been revealed Everton is targeting the striker as a replacement for Romelu Lukaku, now of Manchester United.

Cavani, meanwhile, is demanding €12m-a-year to leave Paris in January.

 

 

 

Man City Fear Losing Alexis Signing To PSG After Stunning Offer

Manchester City fear being trumped by PSG in the race for wantaway Arsenal attacker Alexis Sanchez.

City boss Pep Guardiola was confident the 28-year-old wanted to join them, despite a failed £60m pursuit in the previous transfer window.

But Paris Saint-Germain is ramping up their interest and want him to partner Neymar and Kylian Mbappe upfront.

Sanchez met with PSG chiefs in the French capital this summer, where they discussed a potential transfer.

He demanded a staggering £400,000-a-week, which the Ligue 1 side admitted they could not afford to pay.

But Unai Emery’s team did tell him they would hand him a hefty signing on fee and top City’s offer of £275,000-a-week.

It is understood PSG will offload Edinson Cavani, who recently had a bust-up with Neymar over a free-kick to make way for Sanchez.

 

 

Source: Tribal Football

PSG: Tension Grows Between Cavani, Neymar

Paris Saint-Germain season has been going well, till on Sunda, where there was a 2-0 win over Lyon also laid bare certain tensions in their all-star front line.

PSG was leading 1-0 at the Parc des Princes when they won a penalty with 10 minutes remaining for a foul on Kylian Mbappe, making his home debut.

Having already scored three times from the spot this season, Edinson Cavani assumed the responsibility would once again be his.

Neymar tried to get the ball from the Uruguayan but it was Cavani who eventually took it. And his effort was brilliantly saved, Anthony Lopes tipping the ball onto the bar.

“The penalties are taken by a couple of players, one is Cavani and the other is Neymar. There needs to be a gentleman’s agreement on the pitch to decide who takes the penalties,” coach Unai Emery admitted later.

“We will sort things out internally for the next time because I think they are both capable of taking them, and I want the two of them to mix up who takes them.”

Those comments and the fact Cavani was unsuccessful from the spot suggests Neymar will get his chance in future.

The Brazilian had previously tried and failed to grab the ball from Cavani when a penalty was awarded in the 3-0 win over Saint-Etienne last month. Cavani scored that time.

Earlier in Sunday’s game, the duo disagreed over who should take a free-kick with the match still goalless. Dani Alves intervened to give his compatriot the ball on that occasion, and Neymar’s strike was saved.

“They are two great players. They want to score goals. There are no problems between them, everything is fine,” insisted PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe.

Most coaches would envy the embarrassment of riches at Emery’s disposal.

The ‘MCN’ front line of Mbappe, Cavani and Neymar has cost the capital club 466 million euros ($557 million, £411 million) but now the coach has to somehow keep them all happy.

Cavani scored a remarkable 49 goals in all competitions last season and already has nine this season — it would have been 10 had the opener against Lyon not been credited as a Marcelo own goal.

But Cavani, who previously lived in the shadow of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has seen PSG commit the two biggest transfer fees in history to sign Neymar and Mbappe.

And 222 million-euro man Neymar has come to Paris to be the main man after spending four years in Lionel Messi’s shadow at Barcelona.

“This victory has exposed tensions between Neymar and Cavani,” said sports daily L’Equipe on its front page on Monday.

The ‘MCN’ scored eight goals between them in their first two matches together against Metz (5-1) and Celtic (5-0), but Sunday was less encouraging.

Cavani saw very little of the ball, while Neymar and Mbappe were relatively subdued, even if they combined to force PSG’s second on the night, a Jeremy Morel own goal.

Julian Draxler, a 40 million-euro signing from Wolfsburg in January, was also shoehorned into the team on Sunday but overloading the side with attacking stars is to the detriment of the overall balance.

PSG have not slipped up yet, but Sunday’s game showed that Emery has plenty on his plate.

 

Mbappe Makes Victorious Home Appearance

The Paris Saint Striker Kylian Mbappe played a decisive role on his Parc des Prince’s debut for Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday in a thrilling 2-0 win over Lyon with both goals accredited to the visitors.

Lyon’s youngsters proved more than a match for PSG’s multi-millionaires, who had to wait until the last quarter of an hour before Lyon defender Marcelo deflected the ball into his own goal.

Then four minutes from time Mbappe rushed onto Neymar’s assist with his close-range shot bounding off Jeremy Morel to settle the electric encounter.

This sixth successive league win pushed Unai Emery’s side three points clear of defending champions Monaco, who had maintained their title push with a 3-0 win over Strasbourg 24 hours earlier.

Lyon’s visit on paper had looked to be PSG’s toughest test of the Ligue 1 season so far, and so it proved.

Despite their 466 million euro strike force of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Mbappe, seven-time former champions Lyon emerged with plenty of honour, if not the three points.

PSG were restricted to just a handful of shots in the first period as Lyon’s defence doggedly refused to roll over.

PSG’s best chances came a minute from the break when on a counter-attack Mbappe, appearing before his home supporters for the first time after outings at Metz and Celtic, fed Neymar with the Brazilian’s rasping shot boxed away by Lyon keeper Anthony Lopes.

On the restart, Mbappe was switched to take Neymar’s place on the right.

The second half was only minutes old when Lyon striker Nabil Fekir troubled PSG keeper Alphonse Areola with a tight-angled shot.

On 55 minutes Neymar, brought down outside the box by Fekir, flicked the ensuing free-kick over the wall only for a diving Lopes to parry the ball away from the top far corner.

The PSG crowd then had its collective heart in its mouth as Lyon launched attack after attack on Aerola in the home goal in a thrilling passage of play.

PSG captain Thiago Silva had to use his head to stop Lucas Tousart’s header, then seconds later Tanguy Ndombele unleashed a superb strike from 30m which had sparks flying off the crossbar.

On 72 minutes Emery introduced Giovani Lo Celso for Julian Draxler, and the move proved decisive when Lo Celso crossed from the left with Cavani nudging the ball towards goal with the outside of his foot before its deflection off Lyon defender Marcelo.

Lopes then did brilliantly to save a Cavani penalty awarded after Ferland Mendy had felled Mbappe.

Cavani struck the spot kick low and left with Lopes’ intervention sending it ricocheting off the upright and to safety.

With four minutes remaining and Lyon looking for a deserved equaliser, Neymar passed to Mbappe with the 18-year-old Monaco recruit’s close-range shot hitting Lopes and bouncing off Morel into the Lyon goal.

Lyon, losing for the first time this season, left Parc des Princes in fifth place, eight points adrift of the leaders.

Lyon coach Bruno Genesio reflected: “I don’t think there’s a club in France that can compete with PSG for the title, but for one match, yes.”

Earlier a sizzling Mario Balotelli strike 10 minutes from time gave Nice a 1-0 win at Rennes and Marseille pulled out of an early-season slump when a Clinton Njie brace gave the ambitious southerners a 2-0 win at Amiens.

On Saturday a revitalised Radamel Falcao grabbed a brace in Monaco’s 3-0 win over Strasbourg and Saint-Etienne moved up to third with a 1-0 win over Dijon.

Nantes continued their good form under Claudio Ranieri, as they beat Caen 1-0 to make it four games unbeaten without conceding a goal while Bordeaux stayed unbeaten with a 1-0 victory at Toulouse.

PSG Shifts Focus To Local Matters

Paris Saint-Germain and their fearsome attacking trio of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani host Lyon on Sunday looking to make it six successive wins to kick off the Ligue 1 season.

The expensively-assembled frontline, dubbed ‘MCN’, starred in PSG’s 5-0 humbling of Celtic in the Champions League on Tuesday, in a match where they were irresistible for long periods.

The capital club’s long-held ambition has been to lift the European Cup, but now their attentions turn back to domestic matters, as they look to increase an early three-point lead over defending champions Monaco at the top of the table.

The 18-year-old Mbappe, who will become the world’s second-most expensive player ever at the end of his season-long loan from Monaco, scored on his debut last week in a 5-1 thrashing of Metz, with Cavani and Neymar also on the scoresheet.

The trio all netted in the first 40 minutes of the midweek game in Glasgow, meaning they have scored eight goals between them in the two matches they have played together.

“I’m very happy, it was a very good match, it was very important to win and playing with great players is always a pleasure,” said Neymar after his PSG Champions League debut.

“Mbappe is one of them, and he still has a lot of room for improvement.”

Sunday’s match on paper is PSG’s biggest test of the league season so far, with an unbeaten Lyon going to Paris off the back of a 1-1 Europa League draw with Apollon Limassol in Cyprus.

But Unai Emery’s side are on a 35-match unbeaten streak at home in all competitions, having not lost at the Parc des Princes since a 2-0 defeat by Monaco in March 2016.

Worryingly for their Ligue 1 and European rivals, the Spanish coach believes that his team will only get better after the thrashing of Celtic.

“They have only played a few games together,” Emery said.

“But the key is that the team is going to improve more and more.

“Of course we have added to the team but it is more about all the people working together. As far as this is concerned I am real, really happy.”

MONACO LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK

Reigning champions Monaco suffered a 4-0 humbling at Nice last time out, before putting in a vastly-improved display during a 1-1 midweek Champions League draw at RB Leipzig.

The thumping by their Cote d’Azur rivals ended a Ligue 1 record of 16 consecutive wins for Leonardo Jardim’s men, although they did lose 4-0 at Nice last September before going on to win the title.

The principality outfit will be fully expecting to get back to winning ways when they welcome newly-promoted Strasbourg to the Stade Louis II on Saturday, despite having goalkeeper Danijel Subasic and winger Thomas Lemar ruled out through injury.

Bordeaux, one of four unbeaten teams in the French top flight after the first five games, kick off the weekend action at Toulouse on Friday.

Marcelo Bielsa’s Lille travels to Guingamp looking to end a winless streak of four matches that has put an expected revival under the enigmatic Argentinian coach on hold.

Nantes have fared better under their new coach Claudio Ranieri, with the Italian’s men hosting Caen having not conceded a goal in three matches that have produced two wins and a draw.

PSG Equipped To Make Champions League Mark

Paris Saint-Germain kicks off their latest bid for Champions League glory at Celtic on Tuesday bolstered by the big-money signings of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

The French giants will be hoping that their lavish close-season spending can help finally achieve their Qatari owners’ dream of lifting the European Cup.

PSG responded to last season’s disappointments of losing the Ligue 1 title to Monaco and their stunning Champions League last-16 defeat at Barcelona, by smashing the world record transfer fee with the 222 million-euro ($267m) signing of Neymar from Barca.

While Qatar’s billions produced four consecutive French titles from 2013-2016, that form has yet to translate to European competition.

PSG’s last, and only, Champions League semi-final appearance was in 1995, with four straight last-eight exits followed by the harrowing 6-1 second-leg loss at the Camp Nou earlier this year, having beaten Barca 4-0 in the first game.

But with the additions of Neymar and Mbappe, hopes are high that Unai Emery’s men can put their continental troubles to bed.

“We are more than ready for the Champions League,” said defender Thomas Meunier after a 5-1 thrashing of Metz on Friday.

“We are a very good group, we can see that on the bench today with all the options we have.

“Every footballer plays for the Champions League, and with the team, we have this year, we must show the world that we want to go further than in previous years.”

Teenage sensation Mbappe joined from Monaco on deadline day on a season-long loan, with an option to buy for a fee that could reach a staggering 180 million euros.

“It’s too early to say (how far we can go), we haven’t even played yet,” said Mbappe, who scored on his debut against Metz.

“We have a good team and a lot of confidence, but we know that there’s still a lot of work to do. We’ll go to Glasgow to win and to start well.

“I’ve always said that the Champions League is a special competition, it is the competition for the big players and where we see the big players.”

‘Special night’ in store
PSG will have their European credentials tested by what promises to be a spine-tingling atmosphere at Parkhead, as Celtic look to cause an upset in Group B after an underwhelming return to the Champions League group stages last season.

Brendan Rodgers’ men have gone from strength to strength since the turn of the year, and are unbeaten in their last 54 domestic matches.

“What we’ve learned from our first game of the Champions League last year is that we’re not going to be as passive,” said Rodgers.

“They’re (PSG) the world away from where we’re at in terms of finances but it’s going to be an incredible night.

“It’s the first game of the Champions League against one of the great teams now of the competition, it will be another special night at Celtic Park.

“We’ll look forward to the challenge and we’ll recover well and prepare well for it.”

PSG’s fellow wannabee members of the European elite, Manchester City, came unstuck with a 3-3 draw at Celtic Park last season, and the Scottish champions still have the potential to be a danger on home turf.

While Celtic won the 1967 European Cup with a 15-man squad made purely of players born within 30 miles of their stadium, Paris has flung an expensive net far and wide in an attempt to emulate the likes of the ‘Lisbon Lions’.

Over 50 years since Celtic’s finest hour, PSG are fed up of waiting to dine at football’s top table.