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Spurs transfer complicated because of legal issues, agreement already reached with star

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PSG right back Serge Aurier has been linked with a move away from France this summer and it seems that Tottenham are interested in him.

The Ivorian has been linked with the likes of Juventus and Inter Milan as well.

According to French publication L’Equipe, all three teams have an agreement with the player.

Stoke City to land PSG star in shock transfer swoop

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Paris Saint-German winger Jesé Rodriguez has rejected an offer from Italian outfit Fiorentina in favour of Stoke City, according to reports in Italy.

La Nazione are reporting that the Spaniard prefers to play in the English Premier League and is keen to join Mark Hughes’ team.

10 Most Expensive Transfers And The Titles They Won In Their First Season

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Neymar’s record-breaking £198 million move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain has sent shockwaves through the world of football.

Questions over the size of the fee and what it means for the long-term future of the game have been asked, while many people have also debated whether it’s a good move for Neymar’s career.

Spanish Liga to file a complaint against PSG over Neymar

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News of Paris Saint-Germain being interested in Barcelona’s Neymar is no secret. The 25-year-old has been linked with a move to PSG all summer and the French side has been ready to pay his £198.7m release clause and give him a contract in the region of £55m-a-year.

In recent developments, Spain’s football league chief Javier Tebas has said that he will file a complaint with UEFA for financial fair play breaches against Paris Saint-Germain over their pursuit of Neymar.

Barcelona star storms off after training ground clash, summer transfer seems likely now

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Neymar seems to be edging closer to his move to PSG and his commercial commitments in China on Monday have now been cancelled.

The Brazilian was expected to fly out to Asia for a commercial commitment with Replay but the organizers have postponed the event due to the player’s involvement in the transfer.

Real Madrid set to smash world transfer record, agreement in principle reached for 26-goal star

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Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe has been linked with a move away from France for a while now.

The highly talented forward is one of the best young players in the world right now and Spanish publication Marca believe that he is heading to Real Madrid this summer. As per the latest reports, Los Blancos have agreed on a fee with Monaco for the 18-year-old.

Celtic Transfer News: Talks underway for attacker, 32-goal star would cost more than £20m

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Celtic forward Moussa Dembele has attracted a lot of interest over the last 12 months with his explosive performances for the Scottish champions.

The 21-year-old Frenchman has been linked with a move away from Glasgow this summer and it appears that Marseille are interested in signing him.

According to Express, the French outfit have already begun regarding about a potential transfer.

Neymar has to leave Barcelona to win the Ballon d'Or and become the world's best player

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Neymar is now 25 years old and is reaching his prime. If he wants to be the best, joining PSG is the ONLY option.

Neymar has already achieved a lot for a player of his age. He has won many major trophies at club level as well as captaining and scoring over 50 goals for Brazil.

PSG double deal will spark Europe-wide transfer scramble, will force these clubs to spend big

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Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez has been linked with a move away from Emirates for a while now.

The Chilean is nearing the end of his deal at the club and has failed to agree on an extension so far. It is understood that the 28-year-old is a prime target for French giants PSG.

According to Guardian, the Ligue 1 outfit are increasingly confident of signing Alexis Sanchez this summer.

Chelsea Roundup: Blues agree £39.7m deal for midfielder; Conte set to sign South American

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Chelsea are close to signing the highly talented Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.

Guardian are reporting that the Blues have already agreed a fee with the Ligue 1 champions and the player will travel to London for his medical on Friday. The Blues will pay around £39.7m for the French midfielder.

Chelsea closing in on top class target, £35m star expected to complete his medical this week

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Premier League champions Chelsea are finally closing in on the transfer of Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco.

The 22-year-old midfielder has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge for a while now. However, things got delayed because of a knee surgery the player had a few months ago.

Sky Sports are reporting that Tiemoue Bakayoko will undergo his medical with Chelsea this week and he could fly out with the rest of the Chelsea squad for the pre-season tour in China and Singapore next week.

SPL Roundup: Celtic agree defender deal; Player 'very happy' with move, poses in club shirt

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Celtic defender Saidy Janko has completed a permanent move to Ligue 1 side Saint Etienne earlier today.

The former Manchester United defender joined the Scottish giants in 2015 and has spent most of his time as a Celtic player away on loan.

The likes of Sheffield Wednesday, Reading and Bristol were interested in signing the Celtic full-back but Saint Etienne have moved swiftly to agree on a deal with the Scottish giants and secure his services.

Arsenal set to confirm the capture of 37-goal star, player arrives in London for medical

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Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette is in London right now and his transfer to Arsenal should be confirmed soon. Arsenal will pay around £52m for the Lyon attacker.

The 26-year-old will become Arsenal’s record signing once the transfer is complete. According to Daily Mirror, the French international has already arrived at the club’s London Colney HQ for his medical.

Arsenal set to complete record signing this week, 37-goal star could help them win the title

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Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette is set to complete his transfer to Arsenal this week.

Lacazette had a sensational season in Ligue 1 last year and Arsenal will be delighted to have secured his services. The Gunners have not had a striker of his quality since the departure of Robin Van Persie.

14 goals & 17 assists last season: Spurs preparing bid for highly talented Arsenal target

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Monaco winger Thomas Lemar has been linked with a move to Arsenal this summer.

Apparently, the Gunners are interested in signing the young forward and have had a £31 million bid rejected for the Monaco star.

Now L’Equipe are reporting that Arsenal are not the only English club interested in Lemar.

English Premier League

Buffon, Messi and Ronaldo on UEFA Player of the Year shortlist

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Gianluigi Buffon, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the three nominees for the 2016/17 UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award.

The winner will be announced at the Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on Thursday 24 August.

The shortlist of three players was selected by a jury comprising the 80 coaches of the clubs which participated in the group stage of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, along with 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, representing each of UEFA's member associations.

Sunday European Rewind: Man United roll to victory, Neymar scores in PSG debut and more

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Manchester United rolled their way to three points in their Premier League season opener on Sunday, blanking West Ham United 4-0.

Romelu Lukaku scored a brace in the home victory, while Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba also added goals. Lukaku's 33rd-minute strike opened the scoring at Old Trafford which saw the hosts lead 1-0 at halftime.

European Saturday Rewind: Chelsea shocked by Burnley, Huddersfield wins PL debut and more

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It only took two days for the first shock of the 2017/18 English Premier League season.

Defending champs Chelsea suffered a shocking 3-2 home defeat against Burnley on Saturday at Stamford Bridge. Antonio Conte saw two of his players sent off, while the Clarets held a 3-0 lead at halftime.

Soccer TV: Arsenal vs Leicester City

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The 2017-18 Premier League begins on the Friday soccer TV schedule. Arsenal plays Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium. There are also games from France's Ligue 1 and Liga MX.

Arsenal vs Leicester City at 2:45pm on NBCSN. It's the return of games that count for Premier League clubs, bringing to an end a friendly schedule that seems to get longer every summer.

Champions League 2017/18 Play-offs: Liverpool's tough outing, Celtic handed easy draw

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The Champions League 2017/18 playoff draw takes place at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon today and the likes of Celtic and Liverpool wait to find out who they face in the final qualification hurdle. The play-offs will decide the last ten places in the group stage.

The draw for the play-off fixtures begin at 11 am BST and here at Sportslens, we bring you the fixtures and the list of participants taking part in the draw.

European Soccer

European Saturday Rewind: PSG opens with win, Bayern edges Dortmund in Super Cup and more

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Paris Saint-Germain used a goal in each half to open the Ligue 1 campaign with a win.

Edinson Cavani opened the scoring after 42 minutes, before Javier Pastore doubled the lead late in the second-half to defeat newly-promoted Amiens, 2-0 at the Parc Des Princes.. Newly acquired winger Neymar was not in the 18-man squad, while defender Thiago Silva left with a halftime injury.

European Weekend Preview: Bayern faces Dortmund in SuperCup, Ligue 1 resumes, and more

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European action kicks off this weekend with a German SuperCup showdown featuring two of the Bundesliga's best sides.

Reigning Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich travel to German DFB Pokal winners Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, in a rematch of last year's SuperCup. Munich used a 2-0 victory over Dortmund in the 2016 edition, and are tied with Dortmund for the most SuperCup victories with five apiece.


‘I Have Never Been Motivated By Money’ – Neymar Holds His New Work Shirt Aloft At PSG Unveiling (Photos)

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PSG have unveiled their new £196million plaything to the world, with Neymar getting his hands on his new work uniform for the first time at an introductory press conference in Paris.

The Brazilian joined PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi for a natter, wittering on about 'new challenges' and the like.

PSG Players Excited About Pending Neymar Arrival

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Thiago Motta says that the Paris Saint-Germain dressing room is buzzing with excitement ahead of Neymar's possible £196 million move to the French club.

The striker is reported to have told Barcelona team-mates he is leaving for PSG and Motta said the Brazilian would be welcomed with open arms.

La Légende: David Beckham Inducted Into PSG Hall Of Fame After Making Just 10 Appearances For Club

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David Beckham has been inducted into PSG's new hall of fame despite only ever making 10 appearances for the Ligue 1 side.

The Parisians revamped their official website this week, introducing a 'Hall of Fame' page for fans to get better acquainted with the club's past luminaries.

All-time top goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic is at the top of the shop, while there are also deserving nods for the likes of Ronaldinho, Pauleta, Jay-Jay Okocha, Rai, George Weah, Safet Susic and Dominique Rocheteau all of whom made distinguished contributions to the club cause.

Transfers & Rumours

Weird, And Not In A Good Way: We Challenge You To Make Any Sense Of Roma’s Unsettling ‘Welcome Neymar’ Video

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It kind of sneaked under the radar, but PSG signed Neymar from Barcelona last night for a world record £196million transfer fee.

As soon as the deal was finalised, the Parisian club went big on social media, churning out a deluge of various flashing images and crude Photoshops to welcome their new Brazilian investment unto their fold.

Outstanding: La Liga Simply Refuse To Accept Payment From PSG To Prevent (Or At Least Stall) Neymar Leaving Barcelona

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Neymar's imminent £198million move from Barcelona to PSG has hit a very minor, minor snag in that La Liga are flat-out refusing to accept the Ligue 1 club's payment.

La Liga are protesting against PSG exploiting what they have called "financial doping" to purloin one of their biggest stars, blocking the payment on the grounds that it violates UEFA Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules and it just isn't bloody fair.

Official: Barcelona Confirm Neymar Shirked Today’s Training Session As PSG Move Edges Nearer To Completion

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It would appear for all the world that Neymar's increasingly tiresome 'shock' transfer from Barcelona to PSG is finally gearing up to go through.

Indeed, Barca have taken the unorthodox tack of officially confirming that the Brazilian forward shirked training at the Joan Gamper centre this morning.

Le Plot Thickens: Monaco-Based Journalist Confirms Club ‘Formally Deny’ Striking Any Deal With Real Madrid For Kylian Mbappe

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Well, well. That's what you get for believing MARCA. Turns out

It would appear that Real Madrid haven't agreed a world-transfer-record-obliterating deal to sign Kylian Mbappe after all, as reported by the Madrid-based newspaper earlier today.

The story has been scotched by a fairly well-placed source, namelyFabien Pigalle a reliable French journalist with the Nice-Matin newspaperwho deemed to be an authoritative voice on all things AS.

Reports: Real Madrid To Blow World Transfer Record To Smithereens After Agreeing €180m Deal To Sign Kylian Mbappe From Monaco

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Stand by your beds, this is not a drill. MARCA are going big with the news that Real Madrid are about to shatter the world transfer record to sign Kylian Mbappe.

The Madrid-based paper are claiming that Real have had an eye-watering€180million offer accepted by Monaco "in principle" that's €160million up front, with a further€20million made up in various bonuses.

SLOW DAY BONANZA: Brazilian Source Claims Neymar Has ‘Accepted Proposal’ To Ditch Barcelona And Join PSG In €222m Monster Move

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WOW WOW WEEWAH. Neymar is ditching Barcelona to sign for PSG after "accepting a proposal" from the Ligue 1 behemoths.

That's according to Brazilian sports channel Esporte Interativo (hardly the most esteemed of sources), who are claiming a whopping exclusive this afternoon...


Reports: Tiemoue Bakayoko Bound For Chelsea After €45m Transfer Deal Struck With Monaco

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We can't pretend we'd heard of him before March of this year, butTiemoue Bakayoko is now poised on the brink of becoming a€45million footballer.

That's precisely the fee that Chelsea have agreed with Monaco to take the 22-year-old defensive midfielder off their hands.

That's according to L'Equipe, who in turn cite RMC Sport, who in turn tell us that "after several weeks of dithering", an agreement was reached between the two clubs on Wednesday evening.

Official: Dani Alves Signs For PSG After Ligue 1 Side Almost Double Man City’s Salary Offer (Photo & Video)

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While it looked for all the world like he had one foot in the door at Man City just a fortnight ago, Dani Alves has instead signed for PSG today on a two-year deal.

The Ligue 1 side unveiled their latest acquisition at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, leaving the man himself to start printing his own replica shirts up.

Reports: Dani Alves Jilts Man City At The Altar, Now ‘Within Hours’ Of Signing For PSG

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Just a fortnight ago, the smart money would have been on Dani Alves jumping ship at Juventus to rejoin Pep Guardiola at Man City.

The deal looked as good as done, with the Brazilian full-back reported to have verbally agreed a move to the Etihad.

However, a PSG-sized spanner has been hurled into the works, with rumours circulating in the French press that Alves has been talked out of joining City in favour of a move to Ligue 1.

Official: Lyon Darling Alexandre Lacazette Joins Arsenal In Club Record Transfer (Photo)

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The deed is done. Arsenal have completed the signing of Alexandre Lacazette from hometown club Lyon for a record fee.

The French striker has signed a five-year contract under Arsene Wenger's knowing gaze after the two parties agreed a £46.5million fee, rising to £52million with add-ons.

Reports: Arsenal ‘Close’ To Completing Record-Breaking €60m Deal For Lyon Striker Alexandre Lacazette

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Arsenal are zoning inon the signing of Alexandre Lacazette with word that the deal involved will break the Gunners' transfer record.

BBC Sport's David Ornstein is reporting that the transfer is "close" as Arsenal, Lyon and Lacazette's representatives enter the final stages of negotiation.

The Rest

Neymar to pay hefty fine to Brazilian tax authorities

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New Paris Saint-Germain signing Neymar Jr. has agreed to pay a hefty €2.1 million in fines to the Brazilian tax authorities, according to reports in French daily Le Parisien.

This is in relation to an image rights dispute that transpired during the former Barcelona forward’s time at Santos.

Soccer TV: Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich

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Fox is betting big on the DFL-Supercup for some reason, showing Saturday's game on network television. You'd think this was a shot at whoever has the right's to Sunday's Community Shield game, but that's also a Fox property. It's relegated to FS1, begging the question as to why Fox thinks Borussia Dortmund playing Bayern Munich might be a bigger weekend soccer TV attraction than Arsenal vs Chelsea.

Little Tease: Monaco Prodigy Kylian Mbappe Trolls Everybody With ‘Big Announcement’ About His Future (Video)

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With most of European football's upper echelon on his tail, Kylian Mbappe has done some serious thinking about his immediate future this summer.

The teenage striker has been heavily linked with Real Madrid, PSG and Arsenal after bursting onto the Champions League scene with Monaco last season, with prospective fees up and beyond the £100million mark being bandied about in recent weeks.

Suits You Sir: Memphis Depay Dresses Up To The Nines In Leopard Print On Family Trip To Italy (Photos)

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Having proposed a week or two ago, Memphis Depay is currently enjoying a prolonged holiday in Italy with fiancee Lori Harvey and her entire family.

For the record, Lori is the daughter of US game-show host Steve Harvey, who is basically America's answer to Les Dennis.

Of course we know that Memphis is an absolute stone-dead, cold case of a victim when it comes to fashion, having wowed us with a wide array of haute-couture ensembles in the past from ' Dandy Matador ' right through to ' Homeless Peruvian Panpipe Virtuoso '.