PSG ready to swoop in and trigger Neymar's €222m buyout clause

Gab Marcotti breaks down the reports indicating PSG will trigger Neymar’s €222m release clause.

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TOP STORY: PSG ready to pay €222m for Neymar

Marca reckons Paris Saint-Germain are ready to pay a world-record transfer fee of €222 million to sign Neymar, following a report in Sport that he feels his development at Barcelona is being stifled by Lionel Messi.

The Brazil international would be in line to earn €30m a year in Paris and would link up with international teammates, including Dani Alves, Thiago Silva and Lucas Moura. Manchester United and Manchester City also are credited with interest, although it is claimed the size of the transfer fee could present a problem, even for them.

Sport writes that Neymar, who is under contract at Barca until 2021, feels unsettled having won every major club honour with the Blaugrana and would now like to move on in order to become the main star and challenge for the Ballon d’Or, something he feels is not possible playing alongside Messi.

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Neymar could be off to Paris Saint-Germain, as PSG are preparing to trigger the Brazilian’s buyout clause.

Lemar could free Alexis to leave Arsenal

The Mirror claims Arsene Wenger is hopeful of striking a deal to sign Thomas Lemar, but it could involve Arsenal breaking their transfer record for the second time this summer, after Monaco put an £80m price tag on the winger.

Lemar, who is said to be keen to join Arsenal, is their No. 1 transfer target, and his arrival could free Alexis Sanchez to leave the club.

The report goes on to state that Wenger might have to sell several players to partially fund the move, but that might not be a problem, according to the Telegraph, who reckons Crystal Palace have made a £16m offer for Calum Chambers. The defender could be joined by Wojciech Szczesny, Kieran Gibbs and Lucas Perez in leaving Arsenal in the coming days.

Chelsea enquire about Aguero, Alexis to replace Costa

Sergio Aguero could be the man to replace Diego Costa at Chelsea, the Mirror claims, and he is available for the princely sum of £60m.

Chelsea have added Sergio Aguero to the list of strikers they’re looking at to replace Diego Costa.

The Premier League champions have been linked with Alvaro Morata, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Andrea Belotti, but they now are poised to test Pep Guardiola’s claim that he wants Aguero to stay at the club.

Aguero’s sale could provide Guardiola with the funds to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal but, according to the Telegraph at least, the Chile international remains an option for Chelsea too. It is reported they last made enquiries about him at the end of last season but retain an active interest.

Tap-ins

Andy Robertson has left Hull’s preseason training camp in Portugal to sign for Liverpool, according to the Mirror. The 23-year-old left-back’s £8m arrival will solve a problem position for Jurgen Klopp, who played midfielder James Milner in the role throughout last season.

– Chelsea will be completing plenty of deals this week, the London Evening Standard writes, but they will mainly be departures. Kurt Zouma is expected to complete a season-long loan to Stoke; out-of-favour striker Loic Remy is available for transfer with Everton, Southampton and Marseille interested; and defender Kenneth Omeruo‘s unremarkable five-year spell at Stamford Bridge will be ended when he completes a permanent move to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

– Birmingham manager Harry Redknapp has continued to talk up moves for big-name players by registering interest in Everton winger Aaron Lennon, according to the Daily Mail. Redknapp said on Sunday that he would like to sign Ashley Cole, Robbie Keane and Stewart Downing for the Championship club.

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