Transfer news LIVE: Neymar to Barcelona hijacked, Fernandes to Man Utd, Liverpool gossip

TRANSFER NEWS LIVE - All the latest gossip and done deals with the European window still open and Premier League clubs able to sell as Neymar rumours persist.


Posted Friday, August 16, 2019 by Express.co.uk

Neymar swap deal

Real Madrid have had an approach for Neymar turned away by Paris Saint-Germain, according to Guillem Balague.

Los Blancos put together a package which includes cash, plus Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez.

Instead, the Ligue 1 champions were keen on Vinicius Junior.

PSG would prefer to sell to Real Madrid over Barcelona but their demands for Neymar are yet to be met by either.

Transfer news LIVE: Neymar to Barcelona hijacked, Fernandes to Man Utd, Liverpool gossip
Transfer news LIVE: Neymar wants to leave PSG (Image: GETTY)

Jadon Sancho approach was made

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has revealed the club did receive an approach from an unnamed European giant for Jadon Sancho.

"A chief of one of the super clubs asked me if there was a chance [to sign him],” Watzke told Ruhr Nachrichten.

"I told him he should forget about it and he never contacted me again.”

Manchester United were linked with the England international this summer.

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Transfer news LIVE: A club did approach Borussia Dortmund for Jadon Sancho (Image: GETTY)

Neymar nearly signs for Real Madrid

According to Sport, Neymar was ready to sign for Real Madrid before a late change of heart.

After talks with Florentino Perez, he was set on signing for Los Blancos as he bids to leave France this summer.

But the report states that his friends at Barcelona persuaded him to not go ahead with the deal.

There’s still hope he could rejoin Barca from Paris Saint-Germain.

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Transfer news LIVE: Neymar could be off to Real Madrid (Image: GETTY)

Bayern Munich have not given up on Leroy Sane

Bayern Munich have not given up on Leroy Sane, despite the winger undergoing surgery following an ACL injury.

The Bundesliga champions have brought in Ivan Perisic on loan from Inter Milan.

Bayern are still interested though, according to Bild.

They plan to submit a reduced bid for the 23-year-old before the German deadline on September 2.

If they don’t they intend to revive their interest in January or next summer.

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Transfer news LIVE: Bayern Munich still want Leroy Sane despite his ACL injury (Image: GETTY)

Marcos Rojo looking for Man Utd exit

The agent of Manchester United star Marcos Rojo is was at the club’s training ground to try and engineer a move away from Old Trafford before the European transfer deadline on September 2.

Manchester United star Rojo saw a deadline day move to Everton fail after the Toffees had previously been courting team-mate Chris Smalling.

The Argentina international has divided opinion ever since Louis van Gaal signed him from Sporting Lisbon back in the summer of 2014.

Van Gaal thought the Manchester United star would be a hit but Rojo has toiled under Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the time since the Dutchman’s exit.

And the Mirror claim Rojo’s agent is at United’s training ground to arrange a move away for his client.

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Transfer news LIVE: Marcos Rojo is expected to leave Manchester United (Image: GETTY)

Why Man Utd didn’t sign Bruno Fernandes

Manchester United didn’t sign Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon this summer. And, now, the reason has been revealed.

Manchester United were linked with Fernandes for most of the summer. He was the name hot on the lips of everybody but, like Wesley Sneijder and Nicolas Gaitan in previous years, there was never anything truly in it.

The Red Devils were understood to be angry at the constant links to the Sporting star, believing the Portuguese giants to be using the speculation to drive the player’s price up.

Manchester United fans were crying out for Fernandes to arrive on transfer deadline day but 5pm came and went without the player arriving.

And the Mirror say United didn’t go for the 24-year-old because they thought he gave away the ball too often.

Last season, Fernandes was in blistering form for his club.

The Sporting star hit 31 goals across all competitions as the team finished behind Benfica and Porto in the Primeira Liga table.

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Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd didn't sign Bruno Fernandes (Image: GETTY)

Alex Iwobi on Everton transfer

Alex Iwobi has opened up on joining Everton from Arsenal on transfer deadline day.

He said: "The offer was too attractive for me to turn down.

"The manager was telling me: 'There is a spot for you, we will take care of you'. Basically, all the things you want to hear as a player.

"He has given me the confidence I will do well. I am ready for a new challenge and chapter in my life. I always had that youngster tag at Arsenal, so hopefully with this move I am able to make a name for myself in the Premier League and create history with Everton.

"Hopefully I will be able to take on a bit more responsibility and add something to the team as well."

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Transfer news LIVE: Alex Iwobi has opened up on his move to Everton (Image: GETTY)

Real Madrid make their move for Neymar

Real Madrid have moved to hijack Barcelona’s move for Neymar by offering Vinicius Jr to Paris Saint-Germain in a surprise transfer twist, reports say.

Real Madrid and Barcelona are scrapping to lure Neymar away from PSG before the European transfer window shuts on September 2.

The PSG forward is eager to leave the Parc des Princes behind after just two years, having grown tired with life in Paris.

Neymar’s preference is to return to Barcelona but, with relations between the Catalan giants and PSG strained, a move to Real Madrid cannot be ruled out.

And Sport say that Los Blancos chief Florentino Perez has sensationally offered Vinicius as part of a deal.

And Sport say that Los Blancos chief Florentino Perez has sensationally offered Vinicius as part of a deal.

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Transfer news LIVE: Neymar gossip as Man Utd and Liverpool can still sell players (Image: GETTY)

Man Utd to offer Victor Lindelof new deal

Manchester United are set to offer Victor Lindelof a huge new contract after him impressive displays at Old Trafford.

The Sweden international impressed last season after initially struggling following his arrival in 2017.

And Lindelof is set to be rewarded with a double-your-money contract worth a staggering £46.8million after summer interest from Barcelona.

The centre-back’s current contract has two years left to run.

Lindelof currently earns £75,000-a-week and Manchester United have an option to extend for an extra 12 months.

The 25-year-old is set to be offered a contract worth £150,000-a-week that would keep him at Old Trafford until 2025.

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Transfer news LIVE: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has had a quiet summer (Image: GETTY)

Liverpool transfer strategy questioned

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp should have signed a striker this summer and failing to do means he may have missed a trick.

That’s the verdict of Steve McClaren, who touched upon the strategy of former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

He told Sky Sports News: “Sir Alex Ferguson always said at United, at the end of every signing we've won something, there's going to be one or two coming into that dressing room that makes the players sit up and go, ‘Wow, we're going onto another level.’

"That's the only thing that worries me. They didn't go on and get another star striker and players are now playing around the clock 12 months of the year."



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