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  1. Claudio Ranieri will leave Nantes by mutual consent after one season in charge, the Ligue 1 club has announced. The Canaries host Strasbourg on Saturday on the final day of the season and could finish as high as eighth in the table. Italian Ranieri, 66, joined Nantes in June 2017, four months after he was sacked by Leicester City, who he guided to the Premier League title in 2016. "The club and the coach have decided to part company by mutual agreement," said Nantes President Waldemar Kita in a statement. "We thank Claudio Ranieri and his staff for all the work done this season. We wish them a lot of success in their future projects." "I want to thank the President because he offered me the chance to come to Nantes and to return to the French league," Ranieri said. "I want to thank my players because the first half of the championship was wonderful, although the second part was more difficult. "They gave everything, it really matters to me." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  2. Thomas Tuchel has been confirmed as Paris Saint-Germain’s new manager on a two-year deal. The German, who has been out of work since leaving Borussia Dortmund at the end of the 2016-17 season, will replace Unai Emery at the Parc des Princes. Emery led PSG to the domestic treble in France this season but did not have his two-year contract extended. “It is with great joy, pride and ambition that I join this great global football club that is Paris Saint-Germain,” said Tuchel in a statement released on Monday by PSG. “I look forward to working with all these great players, all of whom are among the best on the planet. "With my staff, we will do everything to help the team push their limits to the highest international level. "There is tremendous potential in Paris and this is the most exciting challenge that has come to me.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  3. Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti has rubbished rumours linking him with a move to Barcelona. The Italy international has been linked with the Blaugrana numerous times over the last couple of years, with Manchester United also believed to be monitoring the 25-year-old. Verratti was reportedly considering his future in France following PSG's failure to progress in the Champions League, but the midfielder has insisted that he wants to stay in Paris. "I have read that Mino Raiola has offered me to Barcelona. It's false," Verratti told Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport. "I spoke with my representatives and the club's directors and they know what I think, things are clear. "I decided to stay, I have the obsession of winning with PSG, who allowed me to grow even more as a person. "We share an ambitious project. I hope that my teammates think the same. One defeat cannot end the project." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  4. N'Golo Kante has played down rumours of a potential summer move to Paris Saint-Germain by saying he has no desire to leave Chelsea. The France international joined the Blues from Leicester City for £32m in July 2016 and played a major role as Antonio Conte's side cruised to the Premier League title during his first season at the club. Chelsea have failed to recapture the same form this season and currently sit in fifth spot, five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur with eight matches remaining. Reports in the national media have suggested that Ligue 1 giants PSG want Kante at the Parc des Princes ahead of next season, given the potential lure of Champions League football. However, Kante - who has more than three years left on his contract - told the London Evening Standard in response: "I am at home. It is my club, I am a Chelsea player. "This is my second year at Chelsea. After what happened last season, it was a very good one for us because we got to celebrate winning the title. "In the second season, I have got to play in the Champions League and we are going again to finish in the top four. "We will fight until the end to finish in the top four and to get in a Champions League position. "We also have the FA Cup to play for - it is a good competition. Last season we failed in the final. It is the only trophy we can win this season, so we have to give everything to get to the final and win it." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  5. Neymar has undergone a "successful" operation on his injured right foot, Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed. The Brazil international fractured his fifth metatarsal during PSG's 3-0 defeat of Marseille in Ligue 1 on February 25 and is expected to be sidelined for the next three months. Neymar checked into the Mater Dei hospital in Belo Horizonte on Saturday for surgery, which PSG have hailed as a success. A statement on the club's website read: "Neymar Jr underwent surgery today at the Materdei Hospital in Belo Horizonte. "The operation, conducted by Doctor Rodrigo Lasmar, was successful. "The operation consisted of the laying of a screw associated with a transplant fixed at the level of the lesion of the fifth metatarsal of the right foot. "Re-education will begin immediately under the direction of a club physiotherapist. Neymar's injury will be assessed in six weeks' time to establish a possible date for his return to training." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  6. Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar is expected to be out of action for up to three months after he undergoes surgery on his broken metatarsal, according to the Brazil national football team doctor. The 26-year-old forward injured his foot during Sunday’s Ligue 1 win over rivals Marseille and PSG confirmed he would require an operation. Rodrigo Lasmar, quoted on the website of the Brazilian newspaper O Globo, said the world’s most expensive footballer was resigned to the lengthy lay-off. “Neymar suffered a fracture to the fifth metatarsal, it is an important fracture in a foot bone," Lasmar said. "The operation will be in Belo Horizonte on Saturday morning, and the recovery takes from two and a half months to three months. That depends a lot on his post-surgery recovery. We will have more details after the procedure. “Neymar is, of course, upset, sad, down, but understands that he has no alternative now. He will devote himself to being well as soon as possible. We will do our best to get him ready as soon as possible.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  7. Edinson Cavani has become Paris Saint-Germain’s all-time top goal scorer after netting his 157th goal for the club in Saturday's game against Montpellier at the Parc des Princes. The Ligue 1 leaders walloped Montpellier by a 4-0 scoreline as the Uruguayan opened the scoring in the 11th minute, which took his tally to 21 for the season. Cavani tapped in from inside the six-yard box after Adrien Rabiot's cut-back, putting PSG ahead, and Neymar then scored a penalty in the 40th minute to end the first half on the front foot. Two second-half goals from Angel Di Maria and Neymar in the 70th and 82nd minutes respectively put the game beyond Montpellier. Cavani, who joined PSG from Napoli in 2013, overtakes Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the club’s leading scorer. The 30-year-old was very prolific in the 2016-17 campaign, where he scored 49 goals in 50 games, and has made 229 appearances for the Parisians in all competitions. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  8. New Bordeaux manager Gus Poyet has stressed that Arsenal target Malcom will not be leaving the club in January. The 20-year-old winger is believed to be on the Gunners' radar, as well as reportedly interesting North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. However, Poyet - named as the replacement for Jocelyn Gourvennec on Saturday - says he would not have taken the job if Malcolm was on the brink of being sold. The former Brighton & Hove Albion and Sunderland boss told L'Equipe: "I asked straight away if Malcom would be staying or not. They said 'yes'. I said 'OK, now we can continue the discussion'." Club president Stephane Martin also stated that Malcom would not be leaving this month, adding: "Malcom, it has been said and said again, he will not be leaving. "He has said he wants to play in the Premier League one day. That is normal, what player wouldn't want to play in England? There is no problem with Malcom." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  9. Huddersfield Town have signed Monaco defender Terence Kongolo on loan for the rest of the season. The Netherlands international joined the Ligue 1 champions from Feyenoord at the start of the current campaign but has struggled to make an impact. Kongolo, 23, has made just three league appearances for Leonardo Jardim's men despite costing a reported £13m, with a knee injury having further hindered his chances at the club. Huddersfield head coach David Wagner told the official site: "Terence is a top player who we've followed from his time at Feyenoord. His big summer move to Monaco put him out of our reach at the time, but we're delighted we can bring him in on loan now. "He is a high-quality young centre-back and will provide us with a great option for the rest of the Premier League season. With Michael Hefele and Jon Gorenc Stanković returning from long-term injuries, it was important to have this. "Terence has qualities that will really suit our style of play. He's athletic and mobile and he plays on the front foot in the way he defends and uses the ball. I'm excited to work with him during the course of the season." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  10. Marseille have announced that they will investigate the incident which saw Patrice Evra aim a kick at one of his own supporters. The former Manchester United defender was sent off before their Europa League defeat to Vitoria Guimaraes for lashing out at a Marseille fan. The incident followed a heated exchange with a group of visiting supporters fans on the touchline before kick-off. Marseille said in a statement: "Olympique de Marseille has noted the altercation between an individual and Patrice Evra during the warm-up at the game against Guimaraes (on Thursday). "An internal investigation has been opened to establish responsibilities. "No matter what happens, a professional player must maintain self-control despite provocations and insults, no matter how unjustified they may be." UEFA say they will wait for the referee's match report before deciding whether to open an investigation. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  11. Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar believes his sending for two yellow cards in the 2-2 draw at Marseille on Sunday night was "unfair". The Brazilian was cautioned late on for his reaction after a foul by Lucas Ocampos and just a few minutes later was shown a second yellow for another spat with the Argentine, though the replays suggested no contact was made in the second occasion. Edinson Cavani's late free kick would salvage a draw for the Ligue 1 giants, but Neymar has admitted that he had been left frustrated with his treatment during the clash at the Stade Velodrome. The 25-year-old told Esporte Interativo: "I think it was exaggerated, yes. And unfair. I spent the whole game getting enough [rough treatment]. I have many marks on my body. "It was a move I tried to continue after suffering a foul. I was annoyed at the blow from behind. The referee [Ruddy Buquet] did what he wanted, which was the send me off and appear more than the players." Neymar's teammate Marco Verratti also stood up for the Brazilian, saying: "If I had been in Neymar's shoes I would have lost it 15, 20 minutes before he did. "Some players need to be protected. When I play against Barcelona the second foul I commit on [Lionel] Messi will earn me a yellow card. That's how it works in Europe. "You can't kill these players for a whole game. I was right near him. He lost it, he didn't even touch him, the referee was two metres away, but he decided that he'd hit Ocampos. It's a call I don't get." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  12. Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard has stressed that he would only return to French football if it is to play for former club Lille. The 26-year-old scored 50 times in 194 first-team appearances for Lille between 2007 and 2012, before leaving the Ligue 1 outfit for Stamford Bridge. Hazard's impressive for for the Blues has led to rumoured interest from a number of top European clubs, including Paris Saint-Germain. The Belgium international has poured water on the idea of joining big-spending PSG, however, insisting that only Lille would be able to convince him to return to France. Hazard told SFR Sport: "There are some big clubs, and it was an attractive league even when I played in it six years ago. Big stars want to play in Ligue 1, and that is a good thing. But if I am to return it will be to play for Lille – they are my club. "I still have a career to carve out, with a number of seasons ahead of me. I am at Chelsea for the time being, and I don't know where my career will take me in the future. But if I do go back to France it will be to play for Lille." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  13. Arsene Wenger says Arsenal were close to signing Kylian Mbappe last year, and attempted to convince the France international to join this summer before his loan move to Paris Saint-Germain. Mbappe, who scored 26 goals last season as AS Monaco were crowned French champions, will spend this campaign on loan with PSG before completing a £165m permanent move next summer. The teenager had previously told reporters: "Yes, I met with Arsene Wenger, who is a great coach. "He has a great reputation here in France, he's well-respected and knows how to develop young players. This was a real option for me. But, of course, Paris Saint-Germain was the main option. "We weighed up the advantages and disadvantages of all the clubs but my family told me it had to be my decision and one I needed to make. It also had to be a long-term decision. So it was up to me and I decided to come here in order to develop." Wenger had this to say in response: "Well, I believe that we were on the case last year. He was close to joining us, maybe closer last year than this year because the competition was a bit smaller than it is today. "I personally think for 90 per cent of players, their careers depend on where they choose to go. But for 10 per cent of players, they can choose where they want and they will make a great career. "He is in the 10 per cent. He can close his eyes and chose "I'll go here, I'll go there" to Madrid, to Arsenal, to Manchester United and he'll have a great career, he's an exceptional football player." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  14. Former West Ham attacker Dimitri Payet has admitted that he behaved like "a dickhead" as he departed the club earlier this year. The 30-year-old announced during the January transfer window that he wanted to leave Slaven Bilic's side and was promptly dropped from the first team due to attitude problems. The Frenchman eventually sealed a return to Marseille but left on bad terms, having reportedly received death threats and had his car vandalised by angry Hammers fans. "I know how to be a dickhead. It's one of my specialities. It's a little game," Payet told So Foot. "When I want to piss everyone off, I do it. My managers understood that: when I sulk, they talk to me. "It's a way for me to be heard. Those who know me play along, and, in the end, it goes well. "I left [West Ham] for many reasons, but the main one was about football. "West Ham's objectives weren't the same as the last season, and I felt in danger for my football and my chances with the national team. I had a choice to make." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  15. Paris Saint-Germain say they are "very confident" that the right steps have been taken to comply with UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules. The European governing body announced on Friday evening that an investigation has been opened up looking into PSG's transfer dealings this summer. The Ligue 1 giants spent a world-record sum of £198m to sign Neymar from Barcelona, while Kylian Mbappe sealed a deadline-day loan move from AS Monaco that will be made permanent next summer. However, a statement released via the Ligue 1 side's official website expressed surprise at suggestions that they may have breached the regulations in place. "Paris St Germain takes note of the decision of the UEFA Financial Fair Play panel to immediately ensure that the Paris club's accounts as of 30 June 2018 comply with the fair play criteria for the 2017/2018 season," the statement read. "The club is surprised by the news, as it has constantly kept the UEFA Financial Fair Play teams informed of the impact of all player operations carried out this summer when they were not obliged to do so. The club is very confident in its ability to demonstrate that it will fully comply with Financial Fair Play rules for the fiscal year 2017/2018. "It points out it has always operated with total transparency with the European football authorities, with whom it has developed a relationship of trust over the last six years, demonstrating its utmost respect for the institution." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  16. Paris Saint-Germain have completed the loan signing of teenage forward Kylian Mbappe from AS Monaco. The 18-year-old scored 26 goals in 44 matches during a breakthrough campaign last season and had been heavily linked with a move away from the Stade Louis II. Real Madrid, Manchester United and Arsenal were all understood to have expressed a strong interest in the France striker. However, Monaco's Ligue 1 rivals emerged as frontrunners and now Mbappe will be lining up alongside Neymar at the Parc des Princes for the 2017/18 season. Mbappe joins PSG on loan, with an agreement in place make the deal permanent next summer in an expected £162m switch – making the youngster the second most expensive player of all-time. The agreement is reportedly designed so that PSG bypass UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules. "I really wanted to be a part of the club's project, which is one of the most ambitious in Europe," said Mbappe. Nasser Al-Khelaifi, president of PSG, added: "It was essential for French football that we keep and help develop such a great talent in our championship. "Among players of his age, he is without doubt the most promising in the world due to his immense technical, physical and mental qualities. "Since his emergence at the highest level, he has earned an excellent reputation as a young talent who is very respectful, open, ambitious and already very mature." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  17. The summer transfer window is always a period of excitement, with deadline day its climax, but this year's business has not so much pushed the boat out as launched it like a missile into the middle of the ocean. We've seen the world record transfer fee smashed in frankly ludicrous style, with Paul Pogba's previous £89m record overtaken by more than double by Neymar's £200m switch from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain. Pogba's move to Manchester United now ranks third, with Barca spending a large chunk of their hefty Neymar windfall - around £97m initial fee - on Borussia Dortmund forward Ousmane Dembele. In addition, more than half of the Premier League's clubs - 11 out of 20 as it stands - have broken their transfer records to bring in new players this summer. It's been a manic summer, but the next 14 or so hours have the potential to bring in yet more drama. So what deals, as of the morning of 31 August 2017, could yet be completed? What sagas could possibly be brought to an end - or perhaps stretched out into the winter? Football Manics takes a look. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Likelihood of move: 9/10 Likely destination: Manchester City This one has been running for so long that most Gooners are sick of the whole thing and think getting him out will see a cloud lifted over the club. Sanchez has not signed a new contract, doesn't look like he will, and his body language and social media demeanour over the last few months have suggested that he'd rather be anywhere else but the Emirates. The Chilean has been touted for a move to Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain over the last few months, but it seems as though Manchester City are the frontrunners at present. In terms of likelihood of this deal going through, it's pretty much last-chance saloon for the Gunners to get a good fee out of him, because come the winter, his market value will have declined substantially, and next summer he could go for nothing. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) Likelihood of move: 5/10 Likely destination: Barcelona This one has swung like a pendulum all summer. First it looked like a possibility, then it appeared imminent once Barcelona sold Neymar, but now with Ousmane Dembele at the Nou Camp - and Paulinho - it seems like the likelihood of Coutinho staying put is higher. Liverpool have made it clear multiple times that the Brazilian is not for sale and will be staying put. That said, conflicting reports have emerged in the press - some saying the deal is done already, others suggesting it'll take place, others suggest it's not happening this summer at least - perhaps next year once Naby Keita arrives at Anfield. So this is one to watch over the course of the day, depending on other arrivals and departures on Merseyside. Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) Likelihood of move: 7/10 Likely destination: Liverpool A long-running saga that's had some bitterness to it, the highly-rated Saints defender has made no secret of the fact he wants to leave St Mary's. Liverpool were forced to apologise earlier in the summer after Southampton complained about an approach for the Dutchman, but three weeks into the Premier League season and Van Dijk remains out of sorts on the South Coast, while compatriot Wesley Hoedt has joined, presumably as his replacement. Bookies suggest the deal is likely, while media reports are mainly on the fence. Diego Costa (Chelsea) Likelihood of move: 8/10 Likely destination: Atletico Madrid If we're talking bitter, this is espresso-level. Costa has gone into self-imposed exile away from Stamford Bridge following a fallout with Antonio Conte over claims of a text message being sent which told the Brazilian that he had no future at the club. Costa has been in Brazil ever since and has publicly called for Atletico Madrid to sign him. Just to complicate things further, the La Liga giants wouldn't be able to register and play him until 2018 due to a transfer embargo. It's believed that many suits - lawyers, club officials from both Chelsea and Atleti - are currently thrashing out the deal, given the issues supposedly arisen from Costa's rule-breaking. There's also been talk of Atletico loaning him out to another club until January. Kylian Mbappe (AS Monaco) Likelihood of move: 7/10 Likely destination: Paris Saint-Germain Poor Monaco. They sensationally overcame the riches of PSG to win the Ligue 1 title last season and make the final four of the Champions League, only for their team to be systematically picked apart. Mbappe has probably garnered the most transfer talk column inches this summer and it looks as if he's heading to pastures new. Every big club in Europe has been linked with him, but PSG are now believed to be the frontrunners - there is talk of a loan deal with an obligation to buy next summer, so the Parisians get round the FFP regulations, but it remains all up in the air at present. Share your thoughts about this feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  18. Barcelona have confirmed the agreement of a deal with Borussia Dortmund to sign young forward Ousmane Dembele, subject to a medical. The fee agreed is 105 million euros (£96.8m) plus add-ons, with the 20-year-old penning a five-year contract, and his buy out-clause is set at 400 million euros (£369m). With Neymar having left Barca for Paris Saint-Germain for a world record transfer fee, the Catalans have been heavily linked with a number of marquee players, including Dembele. During Dembele's one and only season in Germany after signing from Rennes, he contributed 10 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions. A statement on their website read: "Dembélé will arrive in Barcelona on Sunday and he will undergo a medical on Monday morning local time. Shortly, more details of the running order of the player’s presentation on Monday will be available. "Born in Vernon, France on 15 May 1997, Ousmane Dembélé is one of the best young players in the world. The French winger stands out for his pace, ability to beat men and versatility. He comes to FC Barcelona after having demonstrated his quality with Rennes and then Borussia Dortmund. He can play on either wing in attack and is known for his great dribbling (last season he carried 103 successful dribbles, more than anyone else in the Bundesliga). "At 20 years of age he has played a total of seven games with the French national side alongside Barça players Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Digne. Last season Dembélé scored 10 goals in 49 matches aside from being third on list of players with most assists in Europe with 20 in all competitions. Without doubt he is hugely talented player, one of the best on the continent." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  19. Barcelona have made known their intentions to sue former player Neymar for £7.8m after he allegedly breached his contract by joining Paris Saint-Germain. The Brazil international completed his protracted transfer between the two clubs earlier this month when his £198m release clause was triggered. Now, the saga has taken another twist as Barca are seeking €8.5m in damages, linked to the payment handed over to the player as part of a renewal bonus when he signed a new contract last year. A statement on the Catalan club's official website read: "FC Barcelona have sent a claim to be made against Neymar for breach of contract to the RFEF (Spanish Football Federation) for it to be passed on to the French Football Federation [FFF] and FIFA. "In the demand, the club claims back money paid as part of a renewal bonus based on the fact he has not fulfilled his contract. The amount is €8.5m in damages, plus an additional 10% in interest. "The club also claims that PSG subsidise the amounts in the event that the player cannot take responsibility. "FC Barcelona have taken these steps in order to defend their own interests after Neymar rescinded his contract with the club just a few months after signing a renewal until 2021." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  20. Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti has admitted that there was "something" to the reports linking him with a move to Barcelona, but he has decided to stay in Ligue 1. The Catalans have been strongly linked with a move for the 24-year-old since the end of the 2016-17 campaign, and it had been claimed that he was prepared to force a transfer to the Spanish giants in this transfer window. Speculation that the Italy international could move to the Nou Camp has quietened in recent weeks, however, and Verratti has claimed that while there may have potentially been interest from Barca, he will now stay at PSG. "Barcelona? There was something, but that was as far as it went," Verratti told Sky Sport Italia. "We didn't have any other negotiations. I decided to stay on this path and I'm happy for it." Verratti also denied that the club's decision to sign Neymar, who completed his world-record €222 million move to PSG on Thursday, had influenced him at all. "Did Neymar change my mind? I [decided] way before," Verratti said. "I never knew that Neymar would come here." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  21. Neymar has claimed that his world-record £200m move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain was not motivated by money. The 25-year-old officially joined the Ligue 1 side last night, hours after his representatives paid Barca his €222m (£200m) release clause in full. Neymar will now earn a reported €600k (£537k) a week after tax over the duration of his five-year deal, almost double the estimated £289k per week he earned after tax in Spain. Asked to respond to critics who claimed his move was all about money, the Brazil international told reporters: "What I say to these people is they don't know anything about my personal life, I was never motivated by money. "What I think about is my happiness and together with my family, I want them to be happy. "If I was following the money, I would be somewhere else, with other clubs in other countries. "I'm really sad that people still think that way and I'm glad that PSG believe in me." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  22. The football media season, also known as the transfer season, is in full swing - we are just midway through it and some major deals have been completed already. Fans spend hours reading the transfer news and assessing completed deals so lets discuss a top signing of top 5 European leagues. LA LIGA VITOLO - SEVILLA TO ATLETICO MADRID, LOANED TO LAS PALMAS No better deal than this to start the article. Atletico Madrid are facing a transfer ban and have still arguably have made the best signing of La Liga so far. Atleti cannot register new players before January so, after buying Vitolo from Sevilla, have loaned him out to Las Palmas for the first half of upcoming season. The 27-year-old Spain international paid his own £33m release fee which was funded by Atletico Madrid, according to Marca. Vitolo was a vital part of the Sevilla side that won the Europa League three years in a row. The winger has scored 4 goals for Spain in his 11 caps. Other major transfers include Dani Ceballos from Betis to Real Madrid, Nelson Semedo from Benfica to Barcelona, Gerard Deulofeu from Everton to Barcelona, and Ever Banega back to Sevilla from Inter. BUNDESLIGA JAMES RODRIGUEZ - REAL MADRID TO BAYERN MUNICH (2-YEAR LOAN) Bayern Munich are not just having fun on their Twitter accounts, they are also making transfers in a fun way. After signing Kingsley Coman on a 2-year loan from Juventus couple of years ago, they strike again by signing James Rodriguez from Real Madrid on a 2-year loan deal. The loan fee paid for 2 seasons is €10m and they have an option to buy him for €40m thereafter. Signing the Colombian international could be a crucial move for Bavarians as Thomas Muller faced a poor season last time out and "Robbery" (Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery) are not getting any younger. New signing Serge Gnabry has also been sent out on loan to Hoffenheim. Bayern alone have dominated the key Bundesliga transfer business so far, also acquiring Sebastien Rudy and Niklas Sule from Hoffenheim and Corentin Tolisso from Lyon. PREMIER LEAGUE ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE - LYON TO ARSENAL Since Premier League transfers the get most clicks and comments online, let me first accept that there have been many many good signings made so far. However, Arsenal's new number 9 stands out in my opinion because finally the Gunners have splashed the cash to replace Robin van Persie. Arsenal fans were demanding a proven goalscorer for some years now and finally their prayers were answered as the Frenchman joins from Lyon for £ 52m. Alexandre Lacazette scored 28 goals for Lyon last season in Ligue 1 and 76 goals in the last three seasons and has also featured in Ligue 1 team of the season three times in last four seasons. Other major deals - Romelu Lukaku from Everton to Manchester United, Wayne Rooney's return to Goodison Park from United, Victor Lindelof from Benfica to Man United, Kyle Walker from Tottenham Hotspur to Man City, Bernardo Silva from Monaco to Man City, and Mohamed Salah from Roma to Liverpool. SERIE A LEONARDO BONUCCI - JUVENTUS TO AC MILAN We can write a book on new signings made by AC Milan in this window but they have arguably pulled off a contender for signing of the summer in Leonardo Bonucci. The stunning transfer saw the Italian champions sell arguably the best defender in the world (best player in the world in my eyes if defenders get same recognition as goalscorers) to a Serie A rival. Problems between the defender and boss Massimiliano Allegri may end up proving costly to the Old Lady. A Champions League final loss to Real Madrid also caused problems between Bonucci and several now-ex-teammates like Dani Alves, Andrea Barzagli and Paulo Dybala. Other major transfers - Douglas Costa from Bayern to Juventus, Borja Valero from Fiorentina to Inter, Hakan Calhanoglu from Leverkusen to Milan, Andre Silva from Porto to Milan, and Roma recruiting Rick Karsdorp and Hector Moreno. LIGUE 1 DANI ALVES - JUVENTUS TO PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN Veteran full-back Dani Alves was announced as a PSG player this week after rejecting the approaches from various Premier League clubs including Manchester City. The Brazilian was released from Juventus this summer and hence was a free agent on the market. PSG boss Unai Emery will hope that this signing can help them win the league back from AS Monaco and help the Parisians go further in the Champions League. Other major transfers - Adil Rami from Sevilla to Marseille, Steve Mandanda from Crystal Palace to Marseille, Bertrand Traore from Chelsea to Lyon, Terence Kongolo from Feyenoord to Monaco, Luiz Gustavo from Wolfsburg to Marseille. A tremendous amount of money has been spent so far and we are still only halfway into the market. More major deals to happen. So which has been your favourite signing? Share your about this feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREEthoughts to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  23. Marco Verratti has apologised to Paris Saint-Germain after his agent claimed that he was being treated like a "prisoner". Last month the Italian issued an ultimatum to the Ligue 1 giants amid speculation that he wants to leave, with Barcelona thought to be leading the race for his signature. However, the 24-year-old insists he is still "very happy" in the French capital and said his agent made a "big mistake" by criticising his treatment at the hands of the club. "We've gone through some tough times over the last few days. I saw what my agent said and just want to say that they are not my words at all. And I want to apologise to everyone at the club, the president, the fans and the players," he told the club's official website. "I am very happy here, we got back to training now, I am thrilled to be back here and start working again. I know the club trusts me and I really want to apologise once again. I don't talk much because I have a lot of respect for Paris Saint-Germain. "I have become the player I am today also thanks to the club, and that's why I am deeply sorry. They were not my words, and he made a big mistake. I hope that this will not happen again. Everyone wants to focus on working, I too will do my best as I always do for the club." Share your thoughts on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the conversation.
  24. Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed that Arsenal are close to signing striker Alexandre Lacazette in a club-record deal. The Gunners have made the France international their top priority ahead of the new campaign and are prepared to pay up to £44m for his services. Aulas appeared to play down suggestions on Sunday afternoon that a deal was close to being completed, denying reports in the French media that the 26-year-old had arrived in England to undergo a medical. However, it has now been confirmed that negotiations are at an advanced stage with Arsenal and a transfer is nearly over the line, but the exact figure being paid for the prolific striker is not yet known. "The transfer of Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal could be done in one or two days," he told Le Progres. "We will probably reach a new record - it's not a small transfer, €50m for a player trained by our club. "The first offer made by Arsenal was €45m. The deal will happen for something between €45m and €50m. The €67m announced by English sources and relayed was an impossible and not realistic sum." Share your thoughts on this news story by signing up to Football Manics for free and commenting below or in the forum.
  25. AS Monaco have signed highly-rated winger Jordi Mboula from Barcelona on a deal until 2022 after activating a release clause in his contract. The 18-year-old Barca academy product, capped at age-grade level by Spain, reportedly cost the Ligue 1 champions £2.6m to purchase. He joins Youri Tielemans, Jordy Gaspar, Diego Benaglio and Soualiho Meite in joining the Principality club this summer. Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev told the club's official website: "Jordi Mboula has shown very good things with the youth team of FC Barcelona. "AS Monaco offers him an ideal environment to continue his progress. "As we have done with players such as Bernardo Silva, Fabinho and Tiemoue Bakayoko, we will support him and help him grow in our team." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.

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