Barcelona has agreed with Borussia Dortmund to transfer forward Ousmane Dembele, for a fee of €150m (£138.4m), the second most-expensive of all time. Dembele has been suspended by Dortmund since August 10th after he skipped a training session, and Dortmund has been insisting they will not accept less than €150m. That is when talks shifted back to Philippe Coutinho for Barcelona, but with Liverpool saying no, definitively, and that they will not sell him at any price, Barcelona have come back for the 20-year-old attacker, who scored six goals in the Bundesliga last year. This will be Dembele’s third club in three years, completing a meteoric rise from Rennes to Dortmund to Barcelona.
Kylian Mbappe to Paris Saint-Germain is almost finished, according to ESPNFC sources. The reported fee is €150m plus a player, widely believed to be Lucas Moura. PSG, according to reports, were hesitant to make an outright offer, as they wanted to find a way to secure him without spending the money this summer, but decided that Mbappe is once in a generation and pulled the trigger on a concrete offer. PSG also are interested in Monaco captain Fabinho, and could sell several of their players to round out the squad, including Angel Di Maria.
Big news for Barcelona and a player not named Coutinho or Dembele: super-agent Mino Raiola has publicly advised Lionel Messi to leave Barcelona. Raiola is not Messi’s agent, but he is the second-most well-known agent in the world, right behind Jorge Mendes, and represents players like Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, and Marco Verratti. Messi has not signed the contract extension with Barcelona that was announced earlier this summer, and reports say that the chaos Barcelona has been experiencing this summer (lose Neymar, can’t get Coutinho, Dembele is just now happening, Paulinho got signed) has him questioning whether to sign that extension at all. Manchester City now has been brought up as a possible destination, considering the money they have and Pep Guardiola as coach. We may not see anything in the last week of the transfer market, but we also have the winter window to look forward to, and this story does not seem to be going anywhere.
The Champions League draw took place yesterday, which means the Europa League draw took place today. We now know the fates of Arsenal, Everton, and AC Milan, who headline the Europa League competition this season. Arsenal have drawn Koln from Germany, Serbian side Crvena Zvezda, and BATE from Belarus. Everton, meanwhile, have a bit of a tougher group, with France’s Lyon, Italy’s Atalanta, and Cyprus’ Apollon. Milan’s group include Austria Wien, Croation side Rijeka, and AEK from Greece.
You may have heard that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is back at Manchester United for the next season. But what about after that? He may be 35 and coming off a major injury, but it doesn’t seem like he is going anywhere physically. He told ESPNFC that there was interest from MLS over the summer, which reports say were LAFC and the LA Galaxy, but he returned to United because of the team and the manager. He did say, however, that MLS may be his next destination. "I think there is a big chance of me going to the MLS," Ibrahimovic told ESPN FC. "But like I said, I'm not done yet. I go back to United to finish what I started, but after that, I think MLS can be in the picture. But let's see what happens."
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