Euro Paper Talk: Napoli star ends Man Utd talk; £200m Arsenal, Chelsea link

Date published: Sunday 2nd September 2018 12:54

GENOA, ITALY - OCTOBER 25: Amadou Diawara, Marek Hamsik, Kalidou Koulibaly, Faouzi Ghoulam, Piotr Zielinski and Dries Mertens of SSC Napoli celebrate the 1-1 goal scored by Dries Mertens during the Serie A match between Genoa CFC and SSC Napoli at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on October 25, 2017 in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Manchester United have seen their transfer hopes dashed by a Napoli star, while Arsenal and Chelsea have been given hope of a shock deal for a global superstar, according to Sunday’s European papers.

 

NEYMAR LEARNING ENGLISH AS HE DREAMS OF LONDON MOVE

Neymar has reportedly told friends he wants to one day play for Arsenal or Chelsea after it was claimed he “loved” London.

The £200m-rated superstar is regularly linked with a move to Manchester United, but it now seems he would turn his back on a move to Jose Mourinho’s side in favour of joining either the Gunners or the Blues.

Reports in Spain, as carried by the Sunday Express, even claim Neymar is actively taking English lessons to prepare him for a future move to the Premier League.

The Brazil forward joined PSG last summer for a world-record fee of €222m and while he will stay in Paris for at least one more season, a future move cannot be ruled out for the 26-year-old.

While Chelsea or Arsenal might not have the global appeal that United have, reports that the player wants to live in London could provide hope that a deal could one day be finalised.

 

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LIVERPOOL’S LUNIN PLAN

Spanish paper Marca claim Liverpool had a summer plan to sign young goalkeeper Andriy Lunin and loan him out.

The report suggests Liverpool tried to sign the highly rated keeper from FC Zorya Luhansk and had a plan, with an agent to loan him out to Las Palmas.

The 19-year-old Ukrainian looked set to sign for the Anfield club for €5million before Real Madrid came knocking for the player.

Lunin eventually signed a six-year contract with Real Madrid for a a reported initial fee of €8.5million and have since loaned him out to Leganes.

 

 

AND THE REST

 

Kalidou Koulibaly has signed a new five-year contract with Napoli, ending speculation that he could leave the club for Chelsea or Manchester United (ESPN)

Hatem Ben Arfa has joined Rennes on a free transfer (various)

Thibaut Courtois insists he is enjoying the competition with Keylor Navas after finally debuting for Real Madrid against Leganes on Saturday (various)

Tottenham are emerging as serious contenders to beat Barcelona to the January signing of Ajax midfielder Frenkie De Jong

Keita Balde Diao claims he is ready to excel in his new Inter Milan role and believes his brief spell at Monaco was “a very helpful experience for me” (Sky Italia)

Julen Lopetegui has claimed ‘it wouldn’t be bad for Spanish football if the transfer window closed sooner’ but assures Mariano Diaz is ‘ready’ for Real Madrid (Marca)

Blaise Matuidi has assured Juventus “can be competitive on all fronts” after their 2-1 win at Parma –  and has also vowed his teammates will help Cristiano Ronaldo break his Serie A duck (DAZN)

 

 

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has claimed that Chelsea were never in the running for Nabil Fekir this summer (Get French Football News)

Ajax have mocked Barcelona and Tottenham’s interest in Frenkie De Jong in a video that they recently released on Twitter

AS Roma have reportedly paid a fee totalling up to €42million to Sampdoria for Patrick Schick (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Celtic have confirmed the signing of former Arsenal forward Armstrong Okoflex on a three-year deal

Spurs and West Ham target Rafinha has turned a new contract offer from Spanish giants Barcelona and Inter Milan are leading the chase for him (Calciomercato)

 

Chelsea’s Charly Musonda has joned Vitesse Arnhem on loan

Tim Cahill has joined Indian Super League side Jamshedpur

Memphis Depay’s house in Lyon was robbed yesterday, with the police yet to confirm as to how much amount was stolen (Calciomercato)

Roma are considering signing Italy international and free agent Claudio Marchisio after making contact with the player’s father and agent (La Repubblica)

Benfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes has signed an improved contract with the club that runs through 2023

Former Chelsea winger Marko Marin has joined Red Star Belgrade

Chelsea have loaned out Kylian Hazard, who will be joining Club Brugge on a season-long loan

Fulham striker Rui Fonte has joined  Lille on a season-long loan

Leicester City defender Filip Benkovic has moved to Celtic on loan for the 2018-19 season

Danny Rose’s move to PSG fell through over Tottenham’s demands for the left-back (Le10 Sport)

PSG striker Jese missed out on a move to Nantes on transfer deadline day (RMC)

 

Paul Pogba wants to re-join Juventus in January (Tuttosport)

 

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