Barcelona and Real Madrid set to do battle over wantaway Kylian Mbappe

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The FC panel weigh the merits of who could replace Neymar better at Barca, young starlet Kylian Mbappe or Philippe Coutinho.

The football world is awash with gossip! Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here.

TOP STORY: Barca, Madrid to battle for Mbappe

Neymar’s impending move to Paris Saint-Germain has shocked European football, and the madness of the transfer market is likely to intensify in the next few weeks as French publication L’Equipe reports Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe is ready to push for an exit.

Barcelona, who appear vulnerable after losing a third of the “MSN”, will be desperate to acquire another superstar to appease their disgruntled fans and lead the race, according to the report.

As straight replacements go, the Blaugrana could strike it lucky, though the 18-year-old may have his heart set on Real Madrid, given neither club is likely to offer him a starting role as a centre-forward with Luis Suarez and Karim Benzema so well established.

A meeting has already taken place between the France international’s entourage and the Catalan giants, though Los Blancos will surely enter the race, if only to deny their rivals from acquiring the best young player in Europe.

Kylian Mbappe
Kylian Mbappe is set to be at the centre of a transfer battle between Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Barca eye star Premier League duo

Two alternative targets for Ernesto Valverde, should Mbappe’s affection for Cristiano Ronaldo prove too strong, play in the Premier League, with Philippe Coutinho and Eden Hazard under serious consideration, according to the Sun.

Both deals will undoubtedly prove problematic with neither club in a position in which they need to sell; Chelsea, especially, have never sold their key players in their prime, while Hazard is currently recovering from an ankle injury.

Coutinho, as pivotal as ever in Jurgen Klopp’s system, now has a stunning combination of attacking options to benefit from his passing and would command a fee well in excess of £100 million to push the Reds to sell.

Catalan paper Sport reports that Barcelona could try to tempt the Reds by offering one of Arda Turan, Denis Suarez and Rafinha in exchange.

City risk losing Sancho after youngster goes on strike

Manchester City look set to lose one of English football’s most exciting young talents in Jadon Sancho, according to the Independent, after the teenager failed to show up for preseason training and returned to London in hopes of forcing a swift exit.

The England youth international, who has been likened to Neymar in terms of style as a left winger, wants to leave in search of first-team opportunities, despite having one year remaining on his scholarship deal.

Jadon Sancho
Seventeen-year-old Jadon Sancho appears set to force through a move away from Manchester City.

Arsenal and Tottenham are extremely interested, with both possessing a superior track record in developing young talent, though City remain hopeful they can make Sancho reconsider.

The player has already knocked back a £30,000-per-week deal and appears to have been angered by a preseason snub from Pep Guardiola. Any prospective club could acquire the player if City agree to terminate his deal prematurely, paying a bargain £4m fee as compensation.

Tap-ins

– Everton appear to have finally struck an agreement with Swansea for Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson with the Mirror reporting the fee will be £45m. The Toffees have been stuck in negotiations for weeks, but Ronald Koeman appears to have finally got his man.

– Middlesbrough star Gaston Ramirez is set for the exit with Sampdoria reaching a deal for the Uruguayan, according to Gianluca Di Marzio. Boro will recoup €9m and a further €2m in add-ons, with the 26-year-old returning to Serie A four years after leaving Bologna to join Southampton.

– Inter Milan are looking increasingly likely to sign Nice left-back Dalbert Henrique, with Di Marzio claiming the Nerazzurri could arrange for the Brazilian to undertake his medical on Friday. A deal should be closed Thursday morning, likely to be €20m, rising to €25m, with the French side able to resume negotiations after their Champions League third qualifying round was decided, edging Ajax on away goals with the 23-year-old sent on at half-time.

– And finally, Leeds striker Chris Wood is a £20m target for Turkish side Besiktas, according to the Mirror. Swansea, Stoke and Southampton have also registered an interest in the New Zealand international after his 30 goals for Leeds last season.



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