Published On: Fri, Aug 23rd, 2019

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Friday August 23

  • Welcome to Express Sport’s Transfer News LIVE blog as we bring you all the latest news and rumours from around the footballing world
  • Neymar is reportedly confident that PSG will let him join Barcelona if the Catalans up their offer
  • Manchester United are believed to have offered Fernando Llorente a two-year contract
  • Stay tuned for all the latest as Express Sport bring you the latest information throughout the day

Man Utd offer deal

Manchester United have reportedly offered a two-year contract to Fernando Llorente.

Llorente is available after being released by Tottenham during the summer.

United are keen to sign a striker after Romelu Lukaku was sold to Inter Milan.

And Gazzetta dello Sport claim Llorente is heading to Old Trafford.

Barcelona unhappy

Barcelona stars are reportedly unhappy with club president Josep Bartomeu over the team’s failed move to re-sign Neymar.

Spanish publication Marca reports that members of the dressing room at the Nou Camp are unhappy with club president Bartomeu over their two failed bids.

Barca have seen two bids rejected for the megastar, both loan moves with an obligation to buy.

The report claims that Lionel Messi views Neymar as a key part of his side’s chances of winning the Champions League next year – something the Argentine is hell-bent on doing.

Celtic budget

Neil Lennon is unsure how much money Celtic have left to spend this summer despite raising more than £50million in sales over the last year.

Scottish clubs have until September 2 to sign players but asked about new recruits Lennon said: “I can’t comment on that.

“I’m not aware of how much money there is but Peter [Lawwell, Celtic chief executive] does what’s best for the club and he always has done, maybe to the detriment of himself sometimes.

“I know he puts the club first and the future of the club at all times.”

Zidane frustrated

Manchester United have reportedly told Real Madrid they will not be selling Paul Pogba this transfer window no matter what the offer.

Spanish publication El Confidencial suggest Zinedine Zidane is desperate for some competition for holding midfielder Casemiro.

It is claimed the Real boss made Pogba his top target but club president Florentino Perez has instead focused all his effort on attempting to sign Neymar.

And that has reportedly left Zidane frustrated with Barcelona and Juventus also believed to be keen on Neymar.

Neymar confident

Neymar is reportedly confident that Paris Saint-Germain will let him join Barcelona, if the La Liga giants up their offer.

Barcelona have made two bids this week to sign the Brazilian on loan, with an obligation to buy him next summer.

But with PSG tracking Juventus forward Paulo Dybala, they want more money up front than the £36million currently offered.

Despite the two bids being rejected, Spanish outlet Sport claim Neymar is reportedly confident that PSG will allow him to leave if they increase their current offer.

Man Utd star makes decision

Alexis Sanchez has decided he is unwilling to take a pay cut in order to leave Manchester United for Inter Milan before the transfer deadline of September 2.

The Chile international is wanted by Antonio Conte over at the San Siro as Inter plot a route to Serie A title glory.

But ESPN say Sanchez is unwilling to budge on his current salary.

The 30-year-old pockets a huge £18million per year at Old Trafford but Inter are only prepared to pay £4.5m to take him on loan.

Arsenal exits?

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has confirmed Shkodran Mustafi and Mohamed Elneny are free to leave the club.

The Gunners duo are currently out of favour under the Spaniard and, now, it’s been revealed that they’re free to depart with the European transfer window open until September 2.

Emery said: “We now have some players who know their situation. For example, Elneny and Mustafi know their position in the squad and I really want the players to be happy here, I want them to be protagonists.

“Last year with Mustafi and Mo, when they didn’t play they weren’t happy.

“I spoke with them a lot of times last year and in pre-season, and I think it is positive for them to leave and sign for another team where they can be protagonists, be happy and continue their careers.”

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