Paris Saint-Germain, the recent transfer record breakers in their Neymar purchase from Barcelona, are reportedly close to a deal worth £128 million, or $164.3 million, for Monaco wonderkid Kylian Mbappe. Mbappe set the world on fire last season, leading Monaco to the semifinals of the Champions League. Sky Sports reports Lucas Moura would be heading the other way to Monaco alongside a massive amount of cash (again). PSG are also interested in Monaco’s midfielder Fabinho. Rumors have been swirling about Mbappe, with the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester City, and Barcelona being thrown around, but reports say he is keen on Paris, which is effectively his hometown. Couple this with the earth-shattering Neymar move, and PSG is looking to make serious waves in the Champions League after blowing a 4-0 lead to Barcelona last year.
Speaking of Barcelona, who seem to be having the opposite kind of offseason that PSG is having; Barcelona are suing Neymar for breach of contract on the heels of his move to Paris. The point of suing their ex-star is reportedly the renewal bonus they paid to Neymar when he signed a new contract last year: €8.5 million in damages, plus 10% interest. Barcelona made a statement saying they submitted the claim to the Spanish Football Federation to be passed along to the French Football Federation and FIFA, and expect PSG to pay the amount if the player does not take responsibility. Apparently PSG has no problem spending money, and Barcelona just got a boatload of money from the Neymar deal, so I’m sure the cash is not the problem.
Manchester City hosted Everton in a Monday match-up, and despite going down to 10 men after the sending off of Kyle Walker, scraped out a draw against the Toffees. Wayne Rooney continued his good start to the season by scoring his 200th Premier League goal to put Everton up 1-0, but Raheem Sterling equalized late in the match to ensure the share of the points.
I learned a couple weeks ago to not entirely discount any rumor, because in today’s transfer market, anything can happen. Leonardo Bonucci moved from Juventus to Milan. Then Neymar moved from Barcelona to PSG for more money than we’ve ever seen before. Now, Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola says a club could activate Lionel Messi’s €300 million buyout clause. Reports say that team would not be City, but the very thought of Lionel Messi going elsewhere shows how insane the transfer window is. Barcelona announced in July a four-year extension for Messi, but he has not yet signed the paper. After Neymar moved to PSG, many doubt Messi will actually sign the extension any time soon. His current contract expires summer 2018, which would mean he could sign an agreement with teams starting January 1st, but former Barca presidential candidate Agusti Benedito says the more likely scenario would be someone coming and paying the clause. We’ll keep our eyes on this one, because Messi rumors come up every summer with the amount of money being thrown around, and this very well could turn into nothing, but with the current state of Barcelona’s front office and the transfer market, anything could transpire in a week.
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