Coming off the 4-0 shellacking against Liverpool, Arsenal might now lose one of their biggest stars. Manchester City has reportedly made an offer for Alexis Sanchez, and have included attacker Raheem Sterling as a piece of the potential deal. Pep Guardiola has had interest in bringing Sanchez to the Etihad stadium for most of the summer, and is now prepared to include a player, not just cash, in the deal. Some reports say this could be Sergio Aguero, who is out of favor with Guardiola, who prefers Gabriel Jesus. With just a couple days left in the transfer window, we’ve entered crunch time, and the decision with Sanchez’s future should come soon, as he has reportedly asked to leave Chile’s camp for 24 hours.
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot says that Monaco wonderkid Kylian Mbappe told him the move from the Principality to Paris would be made official on Tuesday. You know what today is? Tuesday. Rumors and reports have escalated quickly in the past week or so of PSG attempting to sign Mbappe, considering him a once in a generation-type talent, while still looking to follow Financial Fair Play rules (somehow) after signing Neymar. Mbappe looks set to head to Paris on loan for the season, with PSG having an option to buy him outright next summer for €180 million plus bonuses. This gives Unai Emery a plethora of options up top, with Mbappe, Neymar, Edinson Cavani, Julian Draxler, and Angel Di Maria. Meanwhile, Monaco have signed Stevan Jovetic from Inter to take Mbappe’s spot up front, are reportedly close to signing Keita Balde Diao from Lazio, and are in talks for William Carvalho.
Liverpool have announced the signing of RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita. Keita also confirmed the signing, and will stay in Germany for this season before joining Liverpool next summer. Liverpool have paid the £48 million release clause that takes effect next season early to ensure the midfielder’s services. This allows the player to stay in Germany, for the club to have plenty of time to find a replacement, and for Liverpool to have their man starting the first of July. This transfer saga is officially closed, and it seems to be good for all parties involved.
Now that one Liverpool transfer saga is over, let’s turn to another, shall we? Philippe Coutinho is training with Brazil, and he has been declared fit to play by Brazil’s medical staff. He is fully available for Brazil in their matches against Ecuador and Colombia in World Cup Qualifying, even though he was sidelined for Liverpool due to “a back injury.” Doctors from Brazil have said that the absence may have been due to stress from the possibility of changing clubs.
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