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LIVE Transfer Talk: PSG’s Tuchel knows stars Mbappe, Neymar could depart


ESPN FC’s Ross Dyer & Paul Mariner share their thoughts on the latest transfer rumours in this weeks Transfer Rater.
ESPN FC’s Shaka Hislop looks at a few reported Man United young transfer targets, headlined by Fulham midfielder Ryan Sessegnon.
Gab Marcotti shares his thoughts on where David De Gea might end up if he decides to leave Manchester United this summer.

The Premier League transfer window is open. You can click here to review all the latest transfers and keep up to date with all the latest gossip below.

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TOP STORY: Mbappe and Neymar on their way from PSG?

Could both Kylian Mbappe and Neymar be on their way out of Paris Saint-Germain in the summer? It’s more than possible, according to boss Thomas Tuchel.

The Sun reports that Tuchel, speaking at a news conference, did not dampen speculation that the star pair could be off, with Real Madrid a likely destination for at least one of them.

Recent reports have alleged that they have fallen out, something that could hasten their exit from the French giants.

“As a coach I do want them to continue, but this is football — we are not naive,” Tuchel said. “Many clubs want to transfer many players and the market is crazy, but if you ask me, I want them here next season. But if they are not, we will find solutions.”

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09.47 BST: Benfica have said they have not received any offers for Joao Felix, who has been compared to Cristiano Ronaldo, but expect clubs to make a move over the summer.

Attacking midfielder Felix, who has a €120 million release clause in his contract, is reported to be interesting clubs including Real Madrid, Manchester United and Juventus.

09.25 BST: Eden Hazard has told RMC he is focused on winning the Europa League and isn’t thinking the Baku final could be his Chelsea swansong.

With just 12 months left on his contract at Stamford Bridge, Hazard is widely expected to end his seven-year stay by completing a switch to Real Madrid.

An announcement to that effect is expected after next Wednesday’s final against Arsenal in the Azerbaijani capital, but Hazard said: “Honestly, I’m not thinking about it. I’m just thinking about winning the game. What happens will happen.”

08.50 BST: Ajax winger David Neres is not a summer target for Atletico Madrid, a source close to the player has told ESPN FC, but could be Premier League bound this summer.

Neres, 22, had a breakout season with 12 goals and 15 assists as Ajax eliminated Real Madrid and Juventus as they reached the Champions League semifinals, as well as completing the domestic double in the Netherlands.

Reports in Spain had claimed that Atletico coach Diego Simeone had asked Rojiblanco bosses to sign Neres, but ESPN FC has been told the La Liga club has not made an approach.

A number of other clubs in Europe, including some in the Premier League, have shown a strong interest, the source said.

08.15 BST: David Luiz has revealed that Maurizio Sarri told him to leave Chelsea during last summer’s preseason, only for him to quickly change the Italian’s mind.

Chelsea gave Luiz a two-year contract extension earlier this month, breaking their policy of only offering one-year deals to players over 30.

That decision reflected Luiz’s presence in the Stamford Bridge dressing room and his importance to Sarri this season — but in an interview with the Daily Mail, the Brazilian admitted things might have turned out very differently.

“We had a conversation in the first week he arrived,” Luiz said. “He didn’t want me to stay and that was normal. I’d been injured for a long period. I was in the last year of my contract.

“Then, after three days he saw me training and said, ‘No, you are going to stay.'”

PAPER TALK (by Richard Edwards): Solskjaer ready for a clear-out

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is wasting no time in revamping his squad.

The Mirror reports that Matteo Darmian, Marcos Rojo, Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku will be off in the summer, following Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia out of the exit door.

Lukaku is rumoured to be on Inter Milan’s wanted list, while Mata is a free agent in the summer and could head back to Spain.

Rojo and Darmian, meanwhile, made only 13 appearances between them last season.

United keep tabs on PSG rebel

Manchester United aren’t ruling out a move for PSG transfer rebel Adrien Rabiot, who hasn’t played for the French champions since December, according to the Manchester Evening News

Rabiot has been linked with Real Madrid, although United have reportedly been tracking him since Louis van Gaal’s spell in charge.

The lure of Champions League football could put United at a disadvantage but, with Solskjaer intent on rebuilding, the France international fits the bill.

Tap-ins

– Fulham are set to hold out for £30m for star man Aleksander Mitrovic, but are already planning for life without him. The Standard says Fulham will look to bring Dwight Gayle and Britt Assombalonga to Craven Cottage if, as expected, Mitrovic leaves.

– Reports in Germany say Bayern Munich are set to launch a bid to bring Leroy Sane back to the Bundesliga. Suddeutsche Zeitung reports that president Oli Hoeness said the club were doing all they could bring Sane to the Allianz Arena.





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Toe Poke Daily: Arsenal’s ‘leaked’ 2019-20 kits a hit with fans


Steve Nicol says it’s tragic for Henrikh Mkhitaryan to be forced to miss out on the Europa League final in Baku due to safety concerns.

The Toe Poke Daily is here every day to bring you all the weirdest stories, quirkiest viral content and top trolling that the internet has to offer, all in one place.

Jump to: United legend gets dodgy statue | Poch and Becks | Messi to launch fashion range

Arsenal fans have apparently have been afforded a sneak peek of their new 2019-20 kits by none other than club legend Ian Wright.

Indeed, Wright shared (and then hastily deleted) a photo on social media on Thursday showing Gunners strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette modelling retro-tinged home and away shirts.

The new Adidas jerseys appear to both be directly inspired by the strips worn by Arsenal in the late 1980s and early 1990s — including the infamous “bruised banana” yellow away kit of 1991-93 vintage.

It has not yet been confirmed whether or not the two kits leaked by Wright are genuine but that hasn’t stopped Arsenal fans on social media getting incredibly excited by the prospect.

Over in Serie A, Roma staged an altogether more official launch of their latest home strip, which while predictably redolent in Giallorossi red, features an interesting “lightning” motif on the collar and cuffs.

The detail is apparently a nod to Roman mythology, in particular Giove (Jupiter), the “King of the Gods,” as well as the god of sky and thunder.

Nice.

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George’s statue is not the Best

Manchester United fans have been quick to mock a new sculpture of George Best after it was unveiled in Northern Ireland this week.

Best’s former Northern Ireland teammates Pat Jennings and Gerry Armstrong were on hand to unfurl the statue on what would have been the United legend’s 73rd birthday.

The bronze piece has been erected outside Windsor Park in Best’s hometown of Belfast and, to put it politely, the initial reaction hasn’t been entirely positive.

Indeed, several people were left querying whether the artist commissioned to create the oddly-proportioned effigy was the same sculptor who created the infamously skewed bust of Cristiano Ronaldo that went on display in Madeira a couple of years ago.

We can certainly see the similarities, though sadly not to Best himself.

Spurs final prep inspired by Beckham

As Champions League preparations continue apace, Tottenham were treated to a timely motivational visit from a man who triumphed in one of the competitions most memorable finals.

David Beckham surprised the Spurs squad at their training ground on Wednesday by dropping in to deliver a pep talk to the players ahead of their showstopper against Liverpool on June 1.

Beckham, who won the Champions League with Manchester United in 1999, was also invited to observe a training session and was given a VIP tour of the Spurs’ complex by none other than manager Mauricio Pochettino himself.

Harry Kane posted a photo of the pair on Instagram, writing “Great to spend some time with David Beckham today. A real legend of the game!”

Before you go thinking that Becks was visiting on a whim, it’s perhaps worth noting that he is currently an ambassador for AIA, who just so happen to be Spurs official kit sponsors.

Messi to bring his style to the masses

Lionel Messi is all set to launch a brand new fashion line this summer.

Through his eponymous management company, Messi will be putting his name to a clothing line which is being overseen by his sister, Maria Sol, in collaboration with Ginny Hilfiger, sister of Tommy.

The range is due to drop in July and will reportedly consist of lifestyle clothing with a “sporty twist.” It will be launched via an online portal called “The Messi Store.”

As a little bonus to accompany the launch, some of the items will also come signed by the Barcelona superstar, with other various limited edition runs also available.

Fingers crossed we get a full range of the various garish tuxedos Messi has sported to Ballon d’Or award shows over the years.





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