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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Neymar set for Barca exit after accepting PSG's €222m offer?

Julien Laurens joins the FC crew to discuss the hottest rumour in football, and if Neymar will truly end up in Paris.

The football world is awash with gossip! Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here.

TOP STORY: Neymar accepts PSG's offer to leave Barcelona?

A report in Brazil on Tuesday added to uncertainty over Neymar's future at Barcelona, after Esporte Interativo claimed he has accepted an offer from Paris Saint-Germain and will move for a world-record transfer fee of €222 million.

This comes after reports in Spain said on Monday that PSG were ready to pay the huge buyout clause to land Neymar, following a report in Sport that he feels his development at Barcelona is being stifled by Lionel Messi.

Sport wrote 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.

However, before the Brazilian report on Tuesday, Barcelona vice president Jordi Mestre said he was "200 percent" convinced that Neymar would not move on, echoing what a Barcelona spokesman said a day earlier.

Mestre said: "I've read information in the French press that PSG themselves have categorically denied it, a club with whom we are maintaining absolutely normal relations. Nothing has changed in that aspect."

French newspaper L'Equipe cited a PSG source as saying that the French club were not interested in dealing with Neymar again after talks a year ago ended on a sour note.

The Spain reports said Neymar would be in line to earn €30m a year in Paris after linking up with international teammates 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.

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22.46 BST: Earlier on Tuesday, Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller admitted that Javier Hernandez is a candidate to leave the club this summer after failing to match the prolific form from his first season in the Bundesliga during last season's return of 13 goals in 36 matches. West Ham is the rumoured destination, with reports in the UK indicating that the Hammers are willing to pay the Mexico international's £13m buyout clause to bring him back to the Premier League.

22.33 BST: Never fear transfer fans, there's still nearly a month and a half of player signings and comings and goings left. But in case you missed any, here's a list of all the big done deals thus far.

22.21 BST: Tottenham's options for bolstering their midfield could include a move for Real Madrid's Mateo Kovacic. The Daily Star reports that Mauricio Pochettino is open to bringing the 23-year-old Croatian, who has made 52 appearances for Real since joining in 2015, to White Hart Lane, as another purported deal for Everton's Ross Barkley is beginning to look less likely. The Star also mentions that Serie A trio Napoli, Inter and AC Milan will attempt to compete with Spurs for Kovacic's signature.

22.13 BST: The Guardian suggests that Arsenal's striker search led them to Turin in an effort to sign Paulo Dybala from Juventus earlier in the summer. However, the Gunners balked at the paper's reported fee for the Argentina international: a staggering €140m for the 19 goal striker from last season's Serie A champions.

22.07 BST: There could be a new player in the Marco Verratti sweepstakes, according to Tuttomercatoweb. The site is reporting that Manchester United are very keen to sign the PSG midfielder, calling him a "dream" addition for Jose Mourinho and a realistic one in that the power brokers at Old Trafford will not be scared off by his €80m valuation. The Italy international had been linked with Barcelona, but proceedings hit an impasse due in large part to the price tag.

21.54 BST: A bit of manager news here, as Chelsea have announced that Antonio Conte has agreed new terms on a two-year deal with the club. Now the Italian manager can get down to the more pressing business at hand: signing a striker!

21.47 BST: One of the reasons James Rodriguez left Real Madrid was to find a more regular spot in a first-choice XI. So the Colombian international might be a little concerned to hear what Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti had to say about his playing prospects at the Allianz Arena. 

Carlo Ancelotti explains Bayern Munich have their sights set high in all competitions following a few key transfers.

21.23 BST: Arsene Wenger has said he's still supremely confident that Alexis Sanchez will be staying at Arsenal, but if the Chilean goes, the Daily Star suggests the French manager has a backup plan in the form of Real Madrid's Karim Benzema. Wenger has tried to lure his 29-year-old countryman to the Emirates before -- with the outlet reporting a £53m bid at the ready last summer -- and is coming back with another proposed to bolster his striking options ahead of next season.

21.01 BST: Everton defender Matthew Pennington is set to spend the upcoming season with Championship side Leeds United as part of a one-year loan. The Liverpool Echo reports that the 22-year-old is on his way to Austria to join up with his new club during their preseason tour after beating rivals Hull City to the punch on Pennington, who made three appearances for Ronald Koeman's team last term.

20.43 BST:  DONE DEAL Brentford have announced the signing of Ollie Watkins from League Two club Exeter City for an undisclosed fee. The 21-year-old forward was the EFL Young Player of the Year last season, netting 16 times for Exeter in 52 appearances. Watkins signed a four-year contract with Brentford.

20.24 BST: Here's a minor update to the reports of Neymar swapping Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain...

In this report, it's claimed that PSG will give the Brazil international somewhere in the region of €30m per year after tax, bringing their financial commitment to nearly half a billion euros over a five-year deal.

Nice work if you can get it!

20.11 BST: Also buried in that Boldor tidbit? A little info on free agent playmaker Wesley Sneijder, who has been closely linked with a move to America.

One place he won't be going is Montreal, according to Impact technical director Adam Braz: "We were never in the conversation on [Sneijder]." Los Angeles, whether for the Galaxy or new club LAFC (who debut in 2018), still seems like the top candidate for the former Inter Milan and Netherlands international.

19.55 BST: Some news from Major League Soccer next! The news today is that Montreal Impact are closing in on a deal for Deian Boldor.

Boldor, 22, is a defender by trade and the Romania international could certainly fill a need in Canada; it also doesn't hurt that Impact owner Joey Saputo also owns Bologna, who had the young centre-back on loan last season from Hellas Verona.

19.28 BST: It seemed all but sorted until it all fell apart. That's what might be happening with Juventus' long-reported move for Sampdoria and Czech Republic forward Patrik Schick.

Schick, 21, was all set to complete a €25m move but according to Gianluca Di Marzio, the Serie A champions have backed away from the deal after meeting with the striker's current club.

It turns out that the rumours are true as Sampdoria confirmed on their website that the deal is no more.

19.03 BST: Let's keep the news involving West Ham United going, shall we?

The BBC reports that the London club have had their third bid for Marko Arnautovic accepted, meaning that they are free to begin negotiations with the Stoke and Austria midfielder.

Arnautovic, 28, scored seven goals for the Potters last season and will reportedly move for a fee around €24m.

18.44 BST: Is Keita Balde Diao soon to be on the move?

Italian media report that the Lazio and Senegal forward is heading to the Premier League as the Serie A club have accepted a €32m bid.

Balde, 22, has been superb in Italy but can he make the transition to England?

It would represent a "swoop" of sorts as 48 hours ago, he was tipped to be heading to Inter Milan.

18.14 BST: Finally, we can add a DONE DEAL for Lucas Leiva, whose move from Liverpool to Lazio has been confirmed.

The Brazil midfielder, who joined the Reds nearly 10 years ago (July 26, 2007), also had a message for Liverpool fans as he exited.

17.50 BST: The Leicester Mercury reports that there was no sign of Leicester City target Kelechi Iheanacho as Manchester City departed for their preseason tour of the U.S., amid reports that he was set to move to the Foxes for £25m.

17.11 BST: DONE DEAL West Ham have finally announced the worst kept secret in football. Joe Hart has joined on a season-long loan from Manchester City.

"It's important for me to play football and to get the opportunity to come here and play is absolutely awesome," he told West Ham TV. "To be playing in the Premier League for a big club like West Ham, I'm really looking forward to the season.

"I've always loved the club. I think you'll struggle to find anyone, apart from the direct opposing fans around London, who doesn't love the club. It's got something about it, it's got a lot history and I've always loved playing against West Ham."

17.02 BST: PSG, not content with being linked to Neymar, are also apparently serious about signing Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal.

Jason Burt, the Telegraph's chief football correspondent reports that the French side "feel there's a good chance" of landing a player that scored 30 goals and assisted 15 in all club competitions last season.

16.43 BST: Feyenoord have a double DONE DEAL to announce. Ridgeciano Haps arrives from AZ Alkmaar and Jeremiah St. Juste from Heerenveen. The two defenders, have signed five and four-year contracts respectively.

16.30 BST: Credit has to be given to Arsenal for what they've done so far this summer.

They've smashed the club transfer record with the capture of Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon; they've brought in one of the Bundesliga players of the year in the shape of Bosnian Sead Kolasinac; appointed a new fitness guru to help improve issues there further; brought back Jens Lehmann as a first team coach; and put in place a medium/long-term plan for youth development by earmarking Per Mertesacker as the new Head of the Academy -- a role he'll take up in 12 months time.

But there is still so much more to do... Full story.

16.19 BST: Islam Slimani is keen to join Newcastle and remain in the Premier League, according to the Mirror, but is concerned Leicester are pricing him out of a move.

Having signed him for £29m last summer the Foxes have made Slimani available for transfer but want to recoup a fair amount of their outlay.

16.06 BST: The Daily Mail claims Fraizer Campbell is undergoing a medical with Hull ahead of a move back to the club after his contract at Crystal Palace expired.

15.50 BST: Tony Pulis has named Jonny Evans as West Bromwich Albion captain and said the defender will not be sold this summer, amid reported interest from Leicester.

"Who hasn't been linked?" Pulis told the club's official website when asked about Evans' future. "It's a feeding season for the press at the moment and some of the stuff that is written and said is laughable at times. But Jonny Evans is staying with West Bromwich Albion. There is no doubt about that." Full story.

15.36 BST: Sky Sports reckon that Jairo Riedewald's move from Ajax to Crystal Palace is complete and the defender will transfer £8m.

15.20 BST: DONE DEAL Fulham have announced the sale of Lasse Vigen Christensen to Brondby for an undisclosed fee.

15.05 BST: Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare has said the club have not received any bids for reported Roma and Arsenal target Riyad Mahrez.

"Riyad stated his position very clearly," Shakespeare told a news conference. "Mine is really simple: while he is here -- and we haven't had any bids, it's all been speculation -- he has to be committed to the club.

"In the two weeks he's been back, he's been totally committed and really trained well." Full story.

14.47 BST: Borussia Dortmund are no longer ready to sell AC Milan and Chelsea target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer, according to multiple reports.

Aubameyang, 28, was reported to be available for €70 million but kicker and Sky Germany said the Gabon international will now remain at Dortmund. Full story.

14.35 BST: Judging by Wojciech Szczesny's classic two thumbs up pose his Juventus medical was a success. The Arsenal goalkeeper is closing in a move to join the Italian champions -- he doesn't look overly excited at the prospect though!

14.22 BST: Sky Sports claims West Ham are close to agreeing a deal with Stoke to sign striker Marko Arnautovic.

The Hammers have already seen two bids rejected for Arnautovic, who handed in a transfer request earlier this month, the second of which was reportedly £20m.

However, a third bid now looks to have done the trick and, all being well, he will join later this week.

14.09 BST: Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic has been named in the club's 28-man squad for the summer tour to China and Singapore, despite being linked heavily with a move to Manchester United.

Perisic, 28, is set to travel with the rest of the Inter squad on Tuesday but sources have told ESPN FC that United, who are currently playing in the ICC tournament in the United States, are still confident of landing the Croatia international. Full story.

13.50 BST: The Guardian reports that Antonio Cassano is set to retire from football just a week after signing for Verona.

The veteran striker, who has enjoyed spells with Roma, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Inter Milan, is said to miss his family.

13.33 BST: Manchester United target Ivan Perisic has been named in Inter Milan's squad for their preseason tour of China and Singapore... How long before he has to depart early for his medical in Manchester?

13.27 BST: Reports in Germany are claiming that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will not be going anywhere this summer and will be staying put at Borussia Dortmund...

13.14 BST: DONE DEAL Ryan Fulton has departed Liverpool to join Hamilton Academical...

13.07 BST: Kieran Trippier has signed a new five-year deal with Tottenham... Kyle Walker who? Full story.

12.53 BST: Joe Hart has been pictured in a West Ham shirt, which surely means his loan move from Manchester City is very, very close to being completed...

12.38 BST: LA Galaxy coach Curt Onalfo has said that he wants Ashley Cole to remain with the club, amid talk of a return to England for the left-back with Birmingham City. "He's certainly a player that's in my plans and I want him to stay here obviously," Onalfo said. Full story.

12.27 BST: Non-league side Altrincham have pulled out of the running to sign Sergio Aguero...

12.15 BST: Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez could leave Bayer Leverkusen, the Bundesliga club's sporting director has confirmed, amid reports of interest from West Ham. "He is interesting for several clubs, and we often receive enquiries," Voller said. "We are relaxed about this, and something could still happen at a later stage." Full story.

12.00 BST: Arsene Wenger has downplayed Alexis Sanchez's comments that he wants Champions League football, and said that "a decision has been made" not to sell the Chile international. Full story.

11.42 BST: We have a DONE DEAL in the Bundesliga, where 19-year-old defender Joao Queiros has left Braga to sign a five-year contract with Cologne, who have praised him as "a talent who will add to our defensive department."

11.30 BST: There's been an outgoing at Championship club Leeds, with defender Giuseppe Bellusci departing Elland Road after his contract was terminated by mutual consent.

11.20 BST: Jurgen Klopp has stressed the importance of ensuring that no key players leave Liverpool this summer. "The good news is we didn't lose -- and we will not lose -- a player we want to keep this summer," he said. "That's the best news actually and then we'll see who we can bring into the squad." Full story.

11.07 BST: Newcastle are closing in on the signing of Norwich's Jacob Murphy, according to Sky Sports...

10.57 BST: Serge Gnabry has passed his medical at Hoffenheim after linking up with the club following his loan move from Bayern Munich...

10.43 BST: Wojciech Szczesny has landed in Turin ahead of completing a move from Arsenal to Juventus... Full story.

10.26 BST: ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent Mattias Karen is at Carlo Ancelotti's news conference, where the Bayern Munich boss has had this to say about Alexis Sanchez... Full story.

10.15 BST: Desperate times for former Italy international Cristian Zaccardo...

09.54 BST: Frank de Boer wants to bring Arsenal defender Calum Chambers to Crystal Palace, according to the Daily Telegraph, with the Eagles having made a £16 million offer for a player who spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough.

09.40 BST: One player coming into Manchester City may well be Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina, with sources telling ESPN FC that the Premier League club are closing in on a deal for the former Liverpool player. Full story.

09.26 BST: Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala could be about to snub Paris Saint-Germain for Besiktas, according to our PSG correspondent...

09.11 BST: Here is Marca's front cover which claims Paris Saint-Germain are ready to pay a world-record transfer fee of €222 million to sign Neymar from Barcelona...

08.56 BST: Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio has played down suggestions that Ivan Perisic is on the verge of making a move to Manchester United. "[Stevan] Jovetic and Perisic are Inter players and, at the moment, they are not going anywhere," he said. Full story.

08.37 BST: Jack Wilshere is a man in demand it seems, with Sky Sports reporting that Sampdoria have offered £6 million plus £1.5m in add-ons for the Arsenal midfielder and The Sun claiming that Crystal Palace want him on loan.

08.22 BST: It's our first DONE DEAL of the day -- Adelaide United have signed Denmark international Johan Absalonsen on a one-year deal... Full story.

08.10 BST: While reports circulate that Paris Saint-Germain are ready to land Neymar, Barcelona are confident that the forward remains "happy" at the Camp Nou. "The only thing we care is he keeps being happy here," club spokesperson Josep Vives said. "He is happy in the club and the club is happy with him." Full story.

07.50 BST: Jose Mourinho claimed to have "no idea" how United's Ivan Perisic pursuit was progressing after their 2-1 friendly win over Real Salt Lake.

07.09 BST: Sky Sports News is reporting that Manchester United are close to agreeing a fee with Inter Milan for Ivan Perisic. Sources told ESPN FC yesterday that United were confident of a deal.

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.

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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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