Analysis of Liverpool, Man City and Man United's transfer targets in action for France's win over England

Alex Rea 14/06/2017
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England lost 3-2 to 10-man France in an entertaining international friendly in Paris on Tuesday night.

Both teams featured players who have been heavily linked with moves away from their current clubs this summer so we’ve done our own scouting report on their performances

Below is three coveted stars for both France and England

FRANCE

BENJAMIN MENDY

Club:

Monaco

Clubs interested:

Man City, Man United, Liverpool and Chelsea

Manchester City are in prime position to sign the Monaco left-back with discussions over a £40million deal thought to be in progress.

Liverpool are also keeping tabs on the 22-year-old as they look to plug a gap filled by James Milner last season.

Mendy has emerged as one of Europe’s finest left-backs having signed from Marseille 12 months ago with his incessant energy married to a world-class deliver from the flank.

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City fans hoping to get a closer look at Mendy have one of their own to blame for his lack of game time against England.

After a collision with winger Raheem Sterling, Mendy was forced off in the 20th minute having suffered a knee injury in a scene reminiscent to City star Gabriel Jesus being hurt by club team-mate Nicolas Otamendi as Brazil beat Argentina.

RATING: 5/10

KYLIAN MBAPPE

Club:

Monaco

Clubs interested:

Real Madrid, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, PSG

The Parc Des Princes no doubted needed a dedicated section solely for Europe’s top scouts on Tuesday night given the amount of teams chasing the 18-year-old’s signature.

Two clubs have reportedly made bids in excess of €100million for the Monaco frontman with Real Madrid and Man City chiefly among the clubs in the hunt.

Mbappe revealed after the 3-2 win over England that he would take a family vacation to mull over his next move while also Real had been trying to sign him since the age of 14.

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Mbappe is the hottest prospect in world football right now and he lived up to that tag with another thrilling performance.

He lacked the composure to get on the scoresheet but his pace had England’s defence on edge and in retreat for much of the night.

His link up play with Paul Pogba and Ousmane Dembele was telepathic and a frightening prospect for future defences but if there was one noticeable criticism, the timing off his runs were a little off.

For a player so fast, he needs to learn to anticipate the last line better as a few occasions Pogba slipped him through beautifully only for the teenager to be flagged for offside.

Still, it was another deeply impressive outing and he rounded off his stratospheric season by finding Dembele for the third goal.

RATING: 8/10

THOMAS LEMAR

Club:

Monaco

Clubs interested:

Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, PSG

Another promising talent from France’s youthful contingent, another Monaco man at the heart of their renaissance last season.

Lemar is thought to be central to Arsene Wenger’s transfer plans this summer with Arsenal reportedly working on deals for the winger and national team-mates Alexandre Lacazette and Mbappe, although North London rivals Spurs are also heavily pursuing the 21-year-old.

A £25million release clause has been suggested for the man to chiefly support Mbappe for the Principality side’s successful assault on the Ligue 1 title.

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Lemar was much quieter than Mbappe on Tuesday night but regardless it was abundantly clear that he is a classy operator.

As he has done with Monaco all season, he drifted in from the left to try and link up with Olivier Giroud and Mbappe, making five key passes but England right-back Kieran Trippier was largely untroubled.

Still, he kept France ticking over with his neat passing ability and was always an outlet on the left touchline.

RATING: 7/10

ENGLAND

Club:

Arsenal

Clubs interested:

Liverpool

The Arsenal attacker is entering the final 12 months of his contract at the Emirates Stadium and Jurgen Klopp is a known admirer of the 23-year-old.

He is in contract negotiations and the inclination is he will put to pen paper on a new deal despite the Reds willingness to part with £40million to persuade him to swap London for Merseyside.

Concerns about his development at the Gunners could still sway him towards working under Klopp and his performances for England suggest there is plenty of room for improvement.

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England struggled to get on the ball in the first half and Oxlade-Chamberlain in particular was fallible.

He was deployed in centre midfield but his pass accuracy would suggest he’s not suited to the position as according to Opta, he played just 18 passes and only found a fellow England shirt with 61.6 percent of them in the opening 45.

There is an insistence that he can play in midfield but it’s clear that with his physical attributes he is far more effective out wide.

RATING: 5/10

KYLE WALKER

Club:

Tottenham

Clubs interested:

Man City and Barcelona

Pep Guardiola will open talks with the Tottenham full-back this week as he looks to bolster his backline.

Negotiations are to begin when he returns from national duty with a £40million the anticipated transfer fee.

The right-back fell out of favour with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino toward the end of last season and is expected to be replaced by £20million-rated Porto wing-back Ricardo Pereira

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England struggled to contain France’s frightening attack on Tuesday night and one instance encapsulated that as Walker was blitzed by Ousmane Dembele.

The 27-year-old is, to his credit, one of the fastest players in the Premier League but the second-half substitute will want to forget the one v one with Dembele as the Frenchman destroyed him after knocking the ball past the full-back inside his own half.

Overall, though, a solid display especially considering he entered the fray at half time in the left-back spot.

RATING: 6/10

RYAN BERTRAND

Club:

Southampton

Clubs interested:

Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea

Liverpool, Chelsea and City are all in the market for a left-back this summer and one of the most highly-rated is Bertrand.

With rumours City have hit a brick wall in their bid to sign Benjamin Mendy, the Saints defender has emerged as their next target.

Guardiola is in desperate need of replenishing his full-back stock having released Gael Clichy earlier this summer.

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The former Chelsea defender appears to have made the England left-back position his own with Gareth Southgate favouring the 27-year-old since taking the reins.

As the Three Lions switched to a three-man defence, Bertrand slotted into a wing-back position and initially it paid off.

His overlapping run was spotted by Raheem Sterling and his low cross found Harry Kane for the game’s opener.

He was adventurous and a constant outlet on the left before he made way for Tottenham’s Walker.

RATING: 6/10

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Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren’s turn in the witness box at a multi-million euro corruption trial was adjourned on Wednesday after a furious outburst from defendant Zdravko Mamic, the former chairman of Dinamo Zagreb.

Lovren, 27, arrived at the tribunal in Croatia’s eastern city of Osijek to be questioned over his 2010 transfer from Dinamo to French side Lyon.

Mamic, considered the most powerful man in Croatian football, is being tried along with three others: his brother and former Dinamo coach Zoran Mamic, former club director Damir Vrbanovic, and a tax inspector.

Zdravko Mamic

They were charged last year with abuse of power and graft that cost the former Croatian champions more than €15 million, and the state €1.5 million.

Most of the money – more than €12 million – was illegally acquired by the Mamic brothers notably through fictitious deals related to player transfers, according to the indictment.

On Wednesday, during the testimony of Lovren’s father, Mamic stood up and complained about the prosecutor’s questions to the witness.

After a warning from the judge, Mamic’s two attorneys tried to calm him down but only made him more angry.

“What are you talking about! I can behave this way because my skin is at stake,” the furious 57-year-old shouted at his lawyers.

“Get lost! You will not defend me… I will defend myself!”

Mamic told the judge he was sacking his lawyers, who in turn said they were terminating their services to the defendant.

After a pause, the judge set the next hearing for early July. Lovren is to appear as a witness in September.

On Tuesday, Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, 31, appeared in the witness box to give evidence over financial details of his 2008 transfer from Dinamo to Tottenham Hotspur.

Luka Modric appears in court to testify in the corruption trial

Luka Modric appears in court to testify in the corruption trial

Neither of the two players is a suspect.

“I’m a guy with balls. Anyone who wants to can check,” Mamic told reporters after the hearing.

Mamic’s trial is a major one for Croatian football, which is known for the success of its national team but also hooliganism and poor infrastructure.

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Victor Lindelof was pictured arriving at Manchester United’s Aon Training Complex on Wednesday morning as Jose Mourinho closed in on his first signing of the summer.

Swedish website Aftonbladet published images of the 22-year-old defender being driven into United’s training base where he is expected to finalise his switch from Benfica.

United announced last weekend that they had agreed a fee, which it is understood to be €35million, with the Portuguese club to sign

Lindelof and all that remains is for the centre-back to undergo a medical and agree personal terms.

He has been on international duty with Sweden and was an unused substitute for Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw with Scandinavian rivals Norway.

Lindelof has been a long-time target for United as they look to bolster their defensive options ahead of next season’s return to the Champions League.

He could be one of three or four high-profile acquisitions at Old Trafford this summer, with the club also understood to be keen on Alvaro Morata.

The Real Madrid forward’s agent said earlier this week that had United had lodged a “very important offer” with the Spanish giants to try to bring him to the north west of England.

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