Transfer news UPDATES: Neymar to Barcelona boost, Liverpool decision, Gareth Bale staying



Posted Sunday, August 18, 2019 by Express.co.uk

Transfer news UPDATES: Neymar to Barcelona boost, Liverpool decision, Gareth Bale staying

Gareth Bale staying

Zinedine Zidane insists Gareth Bale will remain at Real Madrid.

The Welshman almost left the Bernabeu for China earlier this summer but Zidane is keen to work with the player despite having a frosty relationship with him.

He revealed after a 3-1 win over Celta Vigo: "We talked about it before the match, I think we talked about it two or three times to say that he is going to stay.

"And all the players that are here now are only thinking about this season.

"I think this is true considering the way Gareth performed, but not only Gareth. I think that everyone played a good game.

"All we have to do is to think about this season and I am sure that he and all the other players only think about staying here and play."

Transfer news UPDATES: Neymar to Barcelona boost, Liverpool decision, Gareth Bale staying

Sanchez to Inter?

Inter Milan want to sign Alexis Sanchez on loan, according to reports.

Inter have already done business with Manchester United to sign Romelu Lukaku and they now want to bring Sanchez in on a temporary deal, say The Guardian.

The Chilean recently rejected a loan move to Inter's Serie A rivals Roma.

But Antonio Conte is keen on Sanchez after failing to sign Edin Dzeko, who has instead stayed with Roma.

Transfer news UPDATES: Neymar to Barcelona boost, Liverpool decision, Gareth Bale staying

Jadon Sancho to leave Dortmund?

Borussia Dortmund chiefs have already began scouring the market for replacements for Jadon Sancho.

That's according to reports from the Daily Mail, who say Dortmund are preparing for Sancho to leave for in excess of £100million in the summer of 2020.

Manchester United and Manchester City are among the clubs tipped to try and sign the England international.

It is claimed that United are currently more likely to land the winger.

Transfer news UPDATES: Neymar to Barcelona boost, Liverpool decision, Gareth Bale staying

Neymar to Barcelona boost

Neymar has moved one step closer to rejoining Barcelona after the La Liga giants made progress towards offloading Philippe Coutinho.

Bayern Munich announced on Friday night that a deal has been struck for Coutinho to initially join them on loan for the coming season.

Saturday’s edition of Sport claims Coutinho heading to the Allianz Arena will have a significant impact on Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar’s future.

The space Coutinho’s exit will free up on the wage budget opens the door for Barcelona to meet Neymar’s own hefty demands.

Transfer news UPDATES: Neymar to Barcelona boost, Liverpool decision, Gareth Bale staying

Man Utd reduce Paul Pogba asking price

Manchester United have taken a chunk out of their valuation of Paul Pogba with the midfielder still eyeing a move to Real Madrid.

French outlet Le 10 Sport reckon Pogba is now priced up at £146m (€160m) - significantly less than the £182m (€200m) they were originally demanding.

United are under no pressure to sell, with Pogba under contract until 2021 and with a further 12-month option in his contract.

However, it seems Ed Woodward could cut ties with the former Juventus star before the European transfer window shuts on September 2.

Transfer news UPDATES: Neymar to Barcelona boost, Liverpool decision, Gareth Bale staying

Liverpool deal off

Liverpool have opted to end negotiations with Roma having grown frustrated by the Serie A giants’ attempts to secure a bargain loan deal for Dejan Lovren.

The Athletic’s James Pearce role the news on Twitter, writing: "Roma wanted an initial loan for Dejan Lovren - that wouldn’t have made any sense for #LFC so talks ended.

"Right decision to keep him. Klopp needs four senior centre-backs with Liverpool competing on so many fronts."

Lovren faces a battle with Joe Gomez and Joel Matip to partner Virgil van Dijk in the heart of Liverpool’s defence.



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