Reds make £66.6m bid for Monaco star Thomas Lemar

Liverpool are on the lookout for any last-minute additions to their squad before the transfer window shuts on Thursday and the Reds are targeting a move for Lemar.

The talented midfielder has been strongly linked with a switch away from the Ligue 1 champions with Arsenal showing interest in recent months.

But French newspaper L'Equipe claim Liverpool have now tabled a bid of €72m (£66.6m).

The report claims Liverpool officials will hold talks with Monaco’s vice president Vadim Vasilyev today over the possibility of a switch.

Lemar remains under contract with Monaco until 2020 but the French club could be prepared to cash in with Liverpool ready to pay a club-record transfer fee.

Reports over the weekend suggested Liverpool had made an enquiry over his availability.

But with the deadline fast approaching the Merseyside outfit have put the wheels in motion with an official bid.

Lemar is a versatile player who can play anywhere across the frontline and usually on the left.

The France international can also be deployed as a left wing-back and would give Klopp options if he decides to experiment with his formation.

Lemar registered 12 goals and 14 assists for Monaco last season as they won the French league and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Growing concerns Philippe Coutinho could be heading to Barcelona has left the Reds eager to find reinforcements with a busy campaign ahead that includes Champions League football.

Reports in Spain suggest the Brazilian is edging closer to a move to Barcelona with owners Fenway Sports Group ready to negotiate.

Lemar's potential arrival and Coutinho's likely departure could also have an impact on Divock Origi's future.

The Belgian has been linked with a loan move and has played just nine minutes of Liverpool's campaign this season.

On the possibility of signing players before the 11pm deadline and Origi leaving on loan, Klopp said: “We will see.

"That's not something to talk about here. If players come in, I think it makes sense to think about what we do on the other side. They're obviously involved in this (the players). I'm not sure, we will see, you have to wait.

“No games now so I hope you can enjoy the next five or six days with all the rumours and all that stuff. I'm not looking forward to it but it's part of the game eh?”

Source: Daily Express

PSG set to complete Mbappe deal

Spanish daily Marca believe Paris Saint Germain are close to sealing a deal for Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe.

Interest in French international Mbappe has been rife this summer after he burst on to the scene last season with Monaco, helping them to a Ligue 1 title and to a Champions League semi-final place.

Whilst interest has been held by the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Barcelona – it has mainly been Florentino Perez’s Real Madrid that have always been linked.

Following news that the youngster had handed in a transfer request in France last week – further links have continued with Spanish daily Marca claiming Madrid were looking at all avenues to make the move a reality.

However, it is now being reported that Paris Saint Germain are on the verge of announcing a deal for the youngster.

PSG have recently spent big on Neymar from Barcelona, but they believe selling a number of players will allow them to spent £162m on Mbappe and stick to Financial Fair Play Regulations.

Monaco are reluctant to allow Mbappe to leave but having signed Jordi Mboula from Barcelona, a ready replacement is at the club just in case their much talked about talent leaves.

Source: La Liga News

Zidane wants Bale sale before Mbappe arrives

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane wants to sell Gareth Bale before the club make a solid move for Monaco attacker Kylian Mbappe.

Interest in French international Mbappe has been rife this summer after he burst on to the scene last season with Monaco, helping them to a Ligue 1 title and to a Champions League semi-final place.

Whilst interest has been held by the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Barcelona – it has been Florentino Perez’s Madrid that have always been linked.

And, following news that the youngster has handed in a transfer request in France – further links have continued with Spanish daily Marca claiming Madrid are looking at all avenues to make the move a reality.

The reports claim that boss Zidane has told president Perez that he wants one of either Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale sold – and it looks most likely to be the latter.

Bale’s arrival in Madrid has been a 50/50 success, helping the club to two Champions League titles but suffering numerous injuries, which saw him ruled out for the latter part of Madrid’s double winning success last season.

Benzema is likely to remain at the club, whilst Ronaldo’s future is sealed after being made a club captain.

Monaco are reluctant to allow Mbappe to leave but having signed Jordi Mboula from Barcelona, a ready replacement is at the club just in case their much talked about talent leaves.

 

Source: La Liga News

BREAKING: World Record €180 Mbappe Deal Agreed

One of the transfer sagas of the summer appears to be drawing to a close with Real Madrid having agreed a deal with Monaco for the French wonderkid Kylian Mbappe for a staggering €180 million.

According to Marca, the deal is initially worth €160 million with a further €20 million due in add ons.

There has been no secret to Real Madrid’s pursuit of the French teenager this past year with Mbappe himself and his family having met the president of Real Madrid Florentino Perez earlier on this summer.

Following the sales of Morata (€80m), Danilo (€35m) and James Rodriguez (€10m for two years potentially rising to €45m), Madrid have generated roughly €160 million for three squad players. This also covers the cost of the initial fee for Mbappe, much to the delight of Florentino Perez who is able to attain his new ‘galatico’.

Commercially, this deal is certainly in the best interest of Real Madrid. Following the loss of the Colombian James along with the huge following he brought to the club, the arrival of Mbappe should fill the void sufficiently. The fact that Mbappe is undoubtly the most exciting player to emerge this past season should be enough to generate wild excitement across the footballing world. The fact he will be joining Los Merengues for a world record fee will only heighten this hysteria.

Looking at the team itself, Mbappe is obviously going to play second fiddle to both Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo. However – unlike Morata – the Frenchman would be more willing to bide his time on the bench for longer. The fact Mbappe can play both through the middle and out wide gives him a much better opportunity to play more and also offers Zidane more flexibility in his successful rotating system.

With Theo Hernandez, Vallejo, Marcos Llorente, Dani Ceballos and now Mbappe joining Los Blancos on the back of three Champions League titles in four years, (not to mention the stream of promising young players coming through) there is clearly a strong present and future for the capital club.

Source: La Liga News

Monaco say NO £160m deal for Mbappe

Monaco officials have told Sky Sports that they have not agreed a deal with Real Madrid over the sale of Kylian Mbappe.

According to Marca, the deal is initially worth €160 million with a further €20 million due in add ons, however, Sky Sports have said Monaco have been in touch and claimed the news is false.

There has been no secret to Real Madrid’s pursuit of the French teenager this past year with Mbappe himself and his family having met the president of Real Madrid Florentino Perez earlier on this summer.

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Following the sales of Morata (€80m), Danilo (€35m) and James Rodriguez (€10m for two years potentially rising to €45m), Madrid have generated roughly €160 million for three squad players. This also covers the cost of the initial fee for Mbappe, much to the delight of Florentino Perez who is able to attain his new ‘galatico’.

Commercially, this deal is certainly in the best interest of Real Madrid. Following the loss of the Colombian James along with the huge following he brought to the club, the arrival of Mbappe should fill the void sufficiently.

The fact that Mbappe is undoubtly the most exciting player to emerge this past season should be enough to generate wild excitement across the footballing world. The fact he will be joining Los Merengues for a world record fee will only heighten this hysteria.

Looking at the team itself, Mbappe is obviously going to play second fiddle to both Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo. However – unlike Morata – the Frenchman would be more willing to bide his time on the bench for longer. The fact Mbappe can play both through the middle and out wide gives him a much better opportunity to play more and also offers Zidane more flexibility in his successful rotating system.

With Theo Hernandez, Vallejo, Marcos Llorente, Dani Ceballos and now Mbappe joining Los Blancos on the back of three Champions League titles in four years, (not to mention the stream of promising young players coming through) there is clearly a strong present and future for the capital club.

Source: La Liga News

Man Utd plan fresh bid to sign Monaco star Fabinho

The 23-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United throughout this summer.

Jose Mourinho has already signed Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku, but has made the defensive midfield a priority area for improvement.

The Portuguese boss wants to find a long-term replacement for Michael Carrick, who was handed a one-year contract extension and given the captain's armband following Wayne Rooney's departure.

He also wants to allow Paul Pogba to venture further forward and Fabinho is said to fit the bill with Chelsea reluctant to sell Nemanja Matic.

It appeared as if Manchester United would miss out on the Brazil international after an agreement was reached with Atletico Madrid.

United are said to have already had an opening bid rejected by Monaco for their prized asset, with it being £8.85million short of their valuation.

But Sport Review claims the Red Devils are ready to step up their pursuit of Fabinho by lodging an improved offer.

Fabinho, who can operate at both right-back and in central midfield, has supposedly already agreed on personal terms with United.

The former Real Madrid loanee admitted last month he would be "tempted" by a move to Old Trafford if a bid came in for him.

Fabinho told Brazilian TV station Esporte Interativo: “The offer would be tempting, first I would talk with my agents/representatives and with Monaco to make sure the right decision is made.

“But it's a great team and I would definitely think hard about the offer.”

Fabinho helped Monaco win the Ligue 1 title for the first time since 2000 last term.

He is contracted to the club until the summer of 2021.

Source: Daily Express

Chelsea on brink of beating Man Utd to £35m Bakayoko deal

Chelsea and Manchester United have both been locked in a fierce battle for the Monaco midfielder.

The Blues had been leading the chase for the France international but with the west London side stalling on a deal, United made their move.

Express Sport understands the Red Devils have agreed on a £35m fee with the Ligue 1 champions for his transfer.

But fresh reports claim Chelsea have gone back into pole position and Bakayoko is now expected to undergo a medical ahead of a switch to Stamford Bridge.

Sky Sports presenter Jim White tweeted: "Midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko of @AS_Monaco to have medical @ChelseaFC - player close to signing, deal could be worth between £35-£40m."

Earlier today, reports in France claimed the reason for Chelsea's slow process in pushing a deal over the line were down to concerns over Bakayoko's knee.

France Football claimed the Blues had doubts over the state of Bakayoko's knee with the report suggesting he needs surgery that will see him sidelined for between eight and 10 weeks.

Fears among the Chelsea camp had caused them to fall behind United in the race to sign him.

But it seems Antonio Conte will finally have some good news with Bakayoko set to choose Chelsea over United.

The Italian boss has endured a frustrating few days after seeing priority target Romelu Lukaku join Jose Mourinho instead of sealing a return to the club he left in 2014.

Chelsea hope Bakayoko's medical will be completed in the coming days and if all goes well he may travel with the rest of Chelsea squad to China and Singapore next Monday.

Source: Daily Express

United set to hijack second Chelsea transfer, Arsenal preparing third bid for Monaco starlet

The Daily Mail reports that Everton is set to make an improved offer of £32million for Swansea midfielder GYLFI SIGURDSSON. The Swans have rebuffed numerous offers for the Icelandic playmaker but Sigurdsson's desire for a fresh challenge and an increased bid could tempt the club to part with the midfielder. Sigurdsson's potential arrival at Goodison could pile more pressure on ROSS BARKLEY, who may struggle to fit into Ronald Koeman's line-up.

After seemingly hijacking Chelsea's attempts to sign ROMELU LUKAKU, Manchester United are looking to repeat the trick with a bid for Monaco midfielder TIEMOUE BAKAYOKO, according to the Daily Star. United have agreed on fee of £35m for Bakayoko, who has been a target for Chelsea boss Antonio Conte but now appears set for a move to Old Trafford where Jose Mourinho is keen to bolster his engine room.

Arsenal are set to return with a third bid for Monaco winger THOMAS LEMAR, reports the Daily Mirror. The Gunners have seen bids of £30m and £40m rejected by the French side but Arsene Wenger is now prepared make an increased bid of £45m. Lemar is Arsenal's top target to provide them with some width and they hope to link him up with fellow France international Alexandre Lacazette, who recently joined the club from Lyon.

The Daily Mirror reports that Newcastle are looking to make a swoop for Norwich midfielder JACOB MURPHY. Magpies boss Rafael Benitez is closing in on a deal worth around £8m for the England Under-21 international and will have to fight off Premier League rivals Southampton and Crystal Palace, who are also keen.

West Brom are keen on Bournemouth's versatile defender MARC WILSON, writes the Birmingham Mail. Wilson has not travelled with the Cherries for their pre-season training camp in Marbella as talks continue over a £1m move to the Hawthorns. Baggies manager Tony Pulis signed Wilson while he was boss of Stoke and also signed him on loan for West Brom earlier this year.

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Mbappe demanding big money from Real Madrid

Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe has demanded big money to join Real Madrid, according to Diario AS.

The telephone calls of Zinedine Zidane and the trip of Florentino Perez have a clear motive. They want to convince Kylian Mbappé that signing for Real Madrid is the best decision.

Negotiations with AS Monaco are advanced and relations with the principality entity have always been positive for Real Madrid . Only the lock in the exit operation is delaying the closing of the operation.

The player, however, is not clear that arriving at the Santiago Bernabeu this summer is the best move in his career. He would only sign under certain circumstances and so he has told the white club.

The requirements of Mbappé

Mbappé is aware of its market price . Adidas has already offered to become its media reference and the French needs the same commitment on the part of Madrid.

The young striker aims to become the biggest claim of the Santiago Bernabéu and hopes that the club works to get it. He knows that Cristiano Ronaldo is the undisputed leader , but he wants to be his natural relay.

Under this premise , Mbappé and his environment have two more non-negotiable petitions before signing for meringues. You have to secure ownership, and pay him as the star he is.

The Monaco footballer does not want to see his progression cut by the rotations of Zidane . In spite of its 18 years, the Gallic considers ready for the great parties and is not ready to see them from the bench.

As a starter, Mbappé aspires to be the highest paid player in the squad . He will only accept to be below Cristiano Ronaldo , and would match his record to Gareth Bale. This is the biggest stumbling block, as it would be a complete comparative affront to the rest of the squad.

Florentino Perez already has on the table the conditions of Mbappé The player will arrive in Madrid, but not in any way. 

Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe, football’s hottest attacking prospect, has laid out his conditions for joining Real Madrid, according to a report by Spanish outlet Diario Gol .

Despite being only 18 years old, the sought-after striker has made it clear that he will not accept a move unless he becomes one of Los Blancos’ highest earners.

Mbappe is said to want wage parity with Gareth Bale, and will expect to be the club’s second-highest-paid player behind Cristiano Ronaldo.

 

Source: La Liga News

Football Roundup Wednesday 28th November

As the Premier League gears up for another night of excitement the football world continues to throw up stories off the field. Here’s what’s been happening today.

 

UEFA President Michel Platini has hinted that the Europa League could be scrapped from 2015 in favour of a bigger Champions League involving 64 teams. Read more here.

 

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas Boas has today issued a ‘hands off’ warning to new Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp regarding striker Jermain Defoe. He said the forward is in form and happy at the club and rates the diminutive England international very highly, saying he is as good as Chelsea target Radamel Falcao.

 

Redknapp does want to add firepower to QPR following last night’s 0-0 draw away to Sunderland. But has said he is happy with the result and is much more confident about Premier League survival than he was when he joined the club on Saturday.

 

Leeds United manager Neil Warnock has escaped a touchline ban for his actions during the match against Millwall earlier this month. He has instead been fined £2,000 and warned about his future conduct.

 

Scottish manager David Moyes has admitted today that he will start talking about a contract extension at Everton after January. He said he wants to see if the club are planning on moving in the right direction first. His current deal runs out at the end of this season and I’m sure he won’t have to look far for interested clubs if he does leave.

 

Arsenal defender Andre Santos is considering his future at the club today amidst interest from Turkey. He insists if he does leave he wants to stay in Europe, telling reporters today: “I still have many objectives on this continent, some clubs from Turkey have called me, but there is nothing concrete.”

 

French club Monaco have admitted an interest in Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, who’s current contract expires at the end of the season. When asked about their interest by French newspaper L’Equipe a club official said: “there is nothing concrete.”

 

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