PSG are ready to pay up to £90million to sign a top Chelsea star this summer, while Marcelo Bielsa will be handed a £20m war chest at Leeds, according to Saturday’s papers.
PSG READY TO COUGH-UP £90M FOR KANTE
PSG are reported to be so keen to sign Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante that they are willing to pay £90m to get their man.
A report in the Daily Mirror claims that the French giants want to make the 26-year-old their next Galactico, after bringing in Neymar and Kylian Mbappe for a total of over £300m last summer.
The Qatari-owned club’s spending in the transfer market has been given the green light by UEFA investigating Financial Fair Play, leaving the door open for the France star to head home.
Kante, who moved to Stamford Bridge from Leicester for £32m in 2016, was nominated for the prestigious Ballon D’Or award last year after helping Chelsea win the Premier League title.
However, he was not quite on the same level as Antonio Conte’s men struggled last season – although that will not stop PSG splashing out a huge amount to bring in a player they believe will be the perfect foil to all their attacking talent.
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Gareth Bale has dashed Manchester United’s hopes of signing him this summer, telling friends he is happy at Real Madrid and wants to work under new coach Julen Lopetegui (Daily Star)
Tottenham are monitoring the situation of Borussia Dortmund’s German midfielder Mario Gotze. The 26-year-old could be sold for £16m over the summer (Football.London)
Spurs also face competition from Wolves to sign Barcelona and Portugal playmaker Andre Gomes (The Sun)
Harry Kane has been backed to break his major tournament goal duck in Russia – by Tottenham team-mate Toby Alderweireld (Daily Mirror)
Wayne Rooney could make his DC United debut on July 14, as the Everton forward edges closer to his MLS move (Daily Mirror)
Hector Bellerin has revealed he left Barcelona to join Arsenal as a teenager because he could not see a path to the Nou Camp first team (Daily Mirror)
Steven Gerrard has revealed England boss Gareth Southgate sent him a congratulatory text after he was appointed Rangers manager (Daily Mail)
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Maurizio Sarri is on the brink of replacing Antonio Conte at Chelsea and is set to bring Gianfranco Zola with him to Stamford Bridge (Daily Mail)
Real Madrid have agreed a 45m-euro (£39.4m) deal to sign 17-year-old forward Rodrygo Goes from the Brazilian side Santos in July 2019 (The Guardian)
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Gareth Southgate should be under consideration by Real Madrid the next time they search for a manager, says FA technical director Dan Ashworth (Daily Express)
Germany legend Michael Ballack has warned his nation not to rely on Mesut Ozil to lead their new-look team to glory again – because it does not suit him (Daily Express)
West Brom have decided not to sign Egyptian defender Ali Gabr permanently. Gabr, 29, joined the Baggies on loan from Zamalek in January (Express and Star)
Everton’s fitness coach Ryland Morgans is set to leave the club following the arrival of new boss Marco Silva and his backroom staff (Liverpool Echo)
Aberdeen failed in an 11th-hour bid to sign Jason Naismith before he made a £250k move from Ross County to Peterborough (Daily Record)