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PSG

PSG will face added pressure for major silverware with Neymar signing

Reports have suggested that PSG have finally agreed a five-year deal worth £450m (after add ons and bonuses) to acquire Neymar from Barcelona. The Brazilian superstar is set to arrive in Paris on Friday to finalize the move that will make him the most expensive footballer in history. While the deal is yet to be finalized, it looks to be increasingly more like an inevitability at this point, as Barcelona have accepted Neymar's request to not take part in training this week.
Dani Alves

Dani Alves thoroughly impressive in PSG’s French Super Cup win

Dani Alves scored Paris Saint-Germain's first goal, and provided the assist for their second en route to a 2-1 win over AS Monaco in the Trophee des Champions (French Super Cup). Paris' new signee was deployed in a more advanced role than he's ordinarily used to in front of PSG's back line and was given far more freedom to roam forward - and he didn't waste any time getting involved. His efforts saw him rewarded as the man of the match on the night; recognition that was thoroughly deserved.
Leonardo Jardim

Leonardo Jardim remains confident Kylian Mbappe is staying put at Monaco

Leonardo Jardim remains increasingly confident that Kylian Mbappe is going to stay at AS Monaco, at least for another season. Mbappe has been one of the most sought after talents in the summer transfer window thus far, prompting interest from top clubs like Real Madrid, Manchester City, and Barcelona. Monaco have already seen a handful of their top players make departures to other clubs, and next to Thomas Lemar and Fabinho, Mbappe is one of the surviving standouts from the group that won the Ligue 1 title last season.
Neymar

Neymar, Sanchez rumors highlight PSG’s rejuvenation efforts

In recent weeks, both Neymar and Alexis Sanchez have been heavily linked with moves to Paris Saint-Germain before the summer transfer window closes. The pair of world class stars have both expressed a great deal of interest in heading to the French capital and reports have suggested that negotiations have intensified with both players. Neymar is being touted with a colossal fee of around £190 whilst Sanchez would cost the Parisians around £70m.
Marco Verratti

Marco Verratti faces added pressure this season after his agent’s remarks regarding potential Barcelona transfer

Marco Verratti has been the subject of a potential move to Barcelona from Paris Saint-Germain for the past couple of weeks now. The Catalan giants have been quite vocal about how keen they are on acquiring the midfielder's services, but PSG are reluctant to let him go, regardless of what would likely be a considerable fee. His current contract is set to keep him in the French capital until 2021, without a release clause. Earlier this week, Verratti's agent, Donato Di Campli, commented on the transfer saga and suggested that PSG and its owners are unfairly doing whatever it takes to hold on to Verratti, despite the midfielder having an interest to join Barcelona.
Timo Werner

Timo Werner underlines the strength and depth of Germany’s youth

At only 21 years of age, Timo Werner of RB Leipzig and the German National Team has burst onto the scene over the past twelve months. The Leipzig striker was one of Germany's standout players at the FIFA Confederations Cup, scoring three goals in four matches en route to lifting the title, as well as the golden boot award; Lars Stindl and Leon Goretzka also tallied three goals in the tournament, but Werner registered more assists in addition to his three goals. Joachim Low brought a predominantly young squad to the tournament in Russia that consisted primarily of players 23 years old or younger, as the majority of Germany's first teamers are still on holiday from their respective clubs.
Dom Dwyer

Dom Dwyer should stay at the top of Bruce Arena’s radar ahead of 2018

Dom Dwyer scored the opening goal in the U.S. Men's National Team's 2-1 friendly win over Ghana earlier this afternoon on his international debut. Albeit in a friendly, Dwyer's first international goal will surely be one he'll remember for the rest of his life much to the credit of the nature of the goal - it was a brilliantly struck left footed volley. His five goals from a total of 14 appearances for Sporting Kansas City in the MLS perhaps doesn't do his relentless work rate justice, but with the Ghana friendly as evidence, he could very well be a part of Arena's 23-man roster for next summer's World Cup in Russia.
AS Monaco

AS Monaco could struggle next season after a handful of departures

AS Monaco could find it quite difficult to replicate their title-winning 2016/2017 campaign if they wind up losing a handful of their top talents.  The transfer window officially opens next week [on July 1st], but the reigning Ligue 1 champions are already looking likely to lose a few of their best players.  Rumors have a tendency to get a little crazy during the transfer windows and the months surrounding them, but sources in and around the principality are suggesting that the club will, in fact, be losing at least a few players that were an integral part of their success this past season.
Paris Saint-Germain

Paris Saint-Germain need to have a Marco Verratti contingency plan

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona this summer, as the Catalan giants are prepared to meet whatever price tag the Parisians put on him. Reports from across Europe have suggested that Verratti has expressed a great deal of interest in leaving Paris, especially after a campaign that saw them miss out on the Ligue 1 title [to AS Monaco] for the first time in five seasons.