Published On: Tue, Aug 27th, 2019

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Neymar backed to stay at PSG

Italian journalist Gabriele Marcotti believes Neymar will stay at PSG, despite strong interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid.

“Early indications are that both Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe will be back by the second or third week of September,” he told ESPN.

“I don’t think that necessarily ways into the equation here.

“There are reports in Spain saying that Barcelona are going to make one final attempt involving an Ousmane Dembele plus cash package.

“It’s something we’ve heard but I’m pretty sceptical here. If PSG didn’t go for Philippe Coutinho plus cash, arguably a player they needed more, I’m not sure how Dembele plus cash is going to sway them.

“Also, I think in general, the mood has changed even though nobody is getting carried away by that 5-2 win over Real Betis.

“They have solutions, that Griezmann carried the team without Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.

“On the PSG end, as much as the ultras would like to see him gone, as much as they don’t appreciate his behaviour, Thomas Tuchel will happily take him back and the club won’t be bullied into letting him go for less than he’s worth.

“Barring some weird divine intervention, I think Neymar stays where he is.”

Neymar meeting

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has called a meeting with senior members of the board to discuss how they can fund a move for Neymar.

That’s according to Spanish media outlets Diario SPORT and Mundo Deportivo.

They are said to be preparing a final assault to persuade Paris Saint-Germain to let Neymar go before September 2 after already having two loan moves rejected.

Barcelona’s biggest problem remains how they package a deal together financially that PSG are happy with.

Wonderkid Ansu Fati rejected Real Madrid offer

Ansu Fati became the second-youngster player to ever play for Barcelona in the 5-2 victory over Real Betis.

Now his father Bori Fati has claimed his son turned down the chance to play for Real Madrid.

“I had an offer from Madrid for a lot of money, but Albert Puig came and told me that they were Barca and that they had a project,” he told RAC1.

“That in a few years I would see him there. We know he works but we couldn’t imagine that he would be playing with these beasts. Training with [Gerard] Pique.”

Ivan Rakitic exit

Ernesto Valverde is now believe to be willing to let Ivan Rakitic leave the club.

The Croatian has been a real hit since arriving at the Nou Camp from Sevilla.

But now according to AS, the Spanish boss has decided he is happy to let the midfielder go providing a suitable offer arrives.

Juventus are reportedly one of the clubs monitoring the situation. Rakitic has two years remaining on his Barcelona contract.

Paris Saint-Germain swap demand to Real Madrid

Paris Saint-Germain are thought to be open to negotiations with Real Madrid over Neymar and there is one player they want included should they agree to let the Brazilian go.

According to Spanish outlet AS, the Ligue 1 champions have told Los Blancos they want Vinicius Junior included as part of a deal.

The report claims that PSG sporting director Leonardo is desperate to land the 19-year-old and has made several moves for him in the past.

PSG do not want Vinicius on loan, it must be a permanent transfer.

If Real Madrid are willing to give this the green light, it spells danger to Barcelona’s hopes of bringing Neymar back to Catalonia.

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