Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Neymar bid cancelled, Kylian Mbappe plan, Lionel Messi claim | Football | Sport
Friday, September 13
- Barcelona will turn their attentions to signing PSG star Kylian Mbappe
- It’s claimed Barca chiefs view Mbappe as a better option with higher potential
- Barcelona wanted to sign Neymar to ease the pressure on superstar Lionel Messi
- PSG have joined the battle to sign Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz
Neymar is fit and ready to return to action this weekend.
PSG play Strasbourg on Saturday and manager Thomas Tuchel has confirmed the Brazilian will be involved.
“Yes, clearly yes, of course, now everything is clear, we know our group, I’m very happy, we have a lot of talent, we have Neymar in our group, we have nothing else in our head, Ney too, and he can focus on us.”
Mbappe > Neymar?!
Now, Mundo Deportivo claim Barcelona are plotting a move for Mbappe, 20, who they believe represents a better option with more potential.
Lionel Messi pressure
The Catalan giants made several attempts to re-sign the Brazilian during the summer – but PSG’s £273million valuation proved too much.
“Messi is still the top player at the moment,” Gudjohnsen told Goal. “If he has an injury, as we have seen at the start of the season, then Griezmann can be someone to step in. With Neymar, that might be more of that thinking, even though it didn’t happen.
“I think Barcelona are looking to other players to take the pressure off Messi. How can we have other players around him to draw attention in a different direction. As soon as your attention goes off Messi, he pops up and scores you a few goals.”
PSG in for Kai Havertz
PSG have joined the battle to sign Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz.
But Transfermarketweb claim the French champions are now involved.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool were reportedly interested in the £91million-rated star – but SportBILD made no mention of the Premier League club.
David de Gea undecided
David De Gea is still deciding whether to sign a new contract with Manchester United.
The Daily Mail claim United offered the Spanish goalkeeper a new long term contract worth £375,000-a-week before their pre-season tour.
But the 28-year-old is yet to sign it and Solskjaer has failed to give any guarantees about his future.
“I want David to stay here, he knows that,” said Solskjaer. “He’s the best goalkeeper in the world, we’ve seen that over the years, and I hope I can make sure he’ll finish his career at Manchester United at the highest level.
“There have been loads of talks, lots of discussions, between David and the club and hopefully we can get it done.”