Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid for €180m and Neymar to PSG for €220m but are they worth the money?

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Neymar v Mbappe

Not too long ago, spending €100 million in one transfer window was considered ‘breaking the bank’ but that’s around about the going rate for just one world class player in today’s market.

In fact, the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid could be set to dwarf that nine-figure mark with a signing each.

The Ligue 1 champions have made an audacious approach for Neymar, willing to trigger his €220 million release clause to wrestle him away from Barcelona.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid have reportedly placed a bid of €180 million for AS Monaco’s 18-year-old sensation Kylian Mbappe.

If both transfers were to go through, who would be getting the better deal?

Here’s an in-depth analysis of each proposed transfer.

NEYMAR TO PSG

HOW HE WOULD FIT IN

One of the best things about joining PSG in terms of his duties on the pitch, is that his role would remain largely the same. Neymar would once again be part of an attacking triumvirate in an almost identical 4-3-3 system to the one Barcelona employ.

The Brazilian would occupy his favoured left-wing position with Edinson Cavani leading the line as his Uruguayan team-mate Luis Suarez does for Barcelona and Angel Di Maria cutting in from the right side, similar to his compatriot from Camp Nou, Lionel Messi.

The only real difference as far as Neymar is concerned is that his role would be far more prominent with the onus which normally rests on Messi at Barcelona, shifting onto him as the main man in Paris.

In Marco Verratti, Neymar would benefit from linking up with the very same playmaker the Catalans are after in order to replace an aging Andres Iniesta while Blaise Matuidi provides the industry and bursts forward that Ivan Rakitic prides himself on and Adrian Rabiot sweeping up behind the duo and focusing on distribution.

FUTURE AT THE CLUB

PSG will reportedly offer Neymar a six-year deal, keeping him at the club until the age of 31. It would be quite the commitment, even if he doesn’t fulfill the entirety of his contract. There’s plenty of scope for improvement at the club in their quest for their first Champions League crown but they do have a group of young stars in their squad.

Neymar’s compatriot and friend Lucas Moura seems like he’s been around for ages, much like Verratti, but both players are only 24. A few more players following within that age bracket are Jese (24), Julian Draxler (23) and Adrian Rabiot (22).

PSG will want to keep that core group of players together to usher in the next era, with Neymar at the forefront of it. The likes of Matuidi and Di Maria won’t be around forever but there are players lined up to replace them.

Neymar could well go on to be the face of PSG’s most successful era, laden with European honours.

MAIN DRAWBACK

The biggest concern for Neymar would be the fact that PSG operate in a far weaker league than La Liga. One of his reasons to move away from Barcelona is the opportunity step out of Messi’s shadow and lay a claim to win his first Ballon d’Or.

While winning the Champions League and a good display with Brazil in the World Cup may well get him there, a lot would ride on those competitions as securing the Ligue 1 title may not carry as much weight, nor would the goals he piles up in the process.

A player of Neymar’s calibre should be testing himself against the best week in and week out. He will have to ask himself if the French league is the standard he should be playing at.

WILL IT HAPPEN?

It’s becoming harder and harder to brush this one off despite Barcelona’s resistance to PSG’s approach. The fact is, the player himself hasn’t come out and denied the reports when he so easily could.

Given that he only signed a new deal with the Catalans last year, he has no angle to work so his silence is suspicious. Despite the vulgar sums of money being thrown about this summer, Paul Pogba’s world record fee of £89 million from last year still reigns supreme. Who better to smash it than Neymar?

Rating – 7/10

VERDICT

The French league has been on it’s way up. The likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic helped raise its status. Neymar could be the star they need to move on to the next level. He would thrive in the spotlight. It’s a monstrous fee but the Brazilian is hugely marketable and PSG have deep pockets.

Neymar

Neymar

MBAPPE TO REAL MADRID

HOW HE WOULD FIT IN

How does an 18-year-old, with one season under his belt, show up at arguably the biggest club in the world, in sheer size and expectation, and simply ‘fit in’?

It’s a difficult one, but then again, a certain Wayne Rooney did just that when he arrived at Manchester United 13 years ago, instantly not only establishing himself in the first team but proving to be one of its key players.

Mbappe is capable of doing the same but tactically, his task is far more complex than Neymar’s. First of all, he would be moving to a league that’s a few notches higher in terms of standard.

If Zinedine Zidane decides to stick with the 4-4-2 formation that served Madrid so well towards the end of last season, he’ll have the unenviable task of competing with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema for a place in the team.

However, it would be a system that he’s more accustomed to and would most likely give the Portuguese star a rest in certain games, operating as a roaming forward playing off Benzema like he did alongside Radamel Falcao last season.

Meanwhile, a 4-3-3 would need him to operate on either flank, challenging Isco, Marco Asensio or Gareth Bale on the right and occasionally relieving Ronaldo on the left. It may take some getting used to but he did feature in a wide role at Monaco on a few occasions albeit usually from the bench.

FUTURE AT THE CLUB

Bale has been struggling to make an impact of late due to his injury record while Ronaldo and Benzema are pushing on. Spots will definitely open up in the next couple of years and Mbappe will be primed to take centre stage along with Asensio and perhaps even Vinicius Junior breaking through, if all goes to plan.

The Frenchman already fits the bill as a marquee player and could go easily become a global brand at Madrid, something a club of suck marketing muscle would certainly encourage. It also helps that he’s known to be a Madrid fan and idolises Ronaldo.

If he were to settle at the Bernabeu, it would make for a perfect passing-the-baton scenario in two or three years’ time.

MAIN DRAWBACK

Too much too soon? If Mbappe is pragmatic – or as pragmatic as a teenager can be anyway – he’ll stay put, hone his skills, gather a little more experience and wait for his dream move.

There’s always the risk of a young player bursting onto the scene and then suffering second season syndrome. A talent like Mbappe should be afforded a dip in form but at a club like Madrid, the environment can be ruthless. A poor start there could break him or at least set him back.

WILL IT HAPPEN?

Monaco have swiftly come out and denied that a deal for Mbappe has been agreed with Madrid, according to Sky Sports. However, having gotten rid of Alvaro Morata and Danilo for a combined fee of around €110m, that money will be burning a hole in Madrid’s pocket.

Given that they’ve also loaned James Rodriguez to Bayern Munich for two seasons, they are a bit short in attack. If Mbappe leaves Monaco, whether this summer or in the future, it’s hard to see him end up anywhere other than Madrid.

The advantage of signing him this summer for the Spanis giants though is having the opportunity to ease him into a starring role while the likes of Ronaldo and Benzema are still able to shoulder the bulk of the responsibility.

Rating – 8/10

VERDICT

Mbappe is very much a Madrid kind of player and it’s hard to imagine him not being a hit in the Spanish capital. At only 18, he has seven years on Neymar and is already doing it in Europe. Despite lacking the experience the Brazilian boasts, the Monaco forward could prove to be a better investment in the long run.

Kylian Mbappe

Kylian Mbappe

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Jose Mourinho confident Manchester United will sign two more players this summer

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Manchester United are still two signings short this summer, but Jose Mourinho is confident executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has the situation under control.

After making four acquisitions in his first summer at the Old Trafford helm, the plan was to make a further four top-quality additions ahead of the 2017-18 season.

So far defender Victor Lindelof has arrived from Benfica, with Everton striker Romelu Lukaku snared in a deal worth an initial £75 million.

However, progress on the final two signings has been slow with Mourinho even saying in recent days that one acquisition would now be enough.

Woodward joined up with United’s American pre-season tour having stayed back to work on deals that the United manager is confident the executive vice-chairman has a grip on.

“I don’t know,” he said when asked if any progress had been made on transfers.

“Honestly, I don’t know. Ed is in control. He did Lindelof and Lukaku, he knows that I would like two more players, but he also knows that I have balance.

“I understand the situation, I understand the market and if my club is not able to do two players and do just one, I will accept that as a consequence of the market now.

“Our relation is good and I just wait for good news – and he knows that for me good news is to have the players, or in this case maybe just the player as soon as possible because to work together with the team is really, really important.

“But I’m calm. I like my players, I like my squad, I trust them, so I’m calm and that’s important.”

Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic has been targeted this summer, while there is interest in Chelsea defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic and Tottenham’s Eric Dier.

“I’m happy with my squad, but I would like to have two more players – I never hide that,” Mourinho said ahead of the International Champions Cup match against Barcelona in Washington.

“One player would be a midfield player that gives me more options, more balance to the team, our needs.

“Another one, an attacking player, especially that can play through the wings to give me also more attacking options.

“But I never speak about players that belong to other teams. I don’t like if any manager comes now and says that he would say he would like one of my players. That’s not ethical, that’s not correct.”

Mourinho has, though, in recent months admitted there are certain players that he would have kept at United. The Portuguese says he would never have sold Angel Di Maria, Danny Welbeck or Javier Hernandez, saying the latter was the kind of “killer” striker United would have loved last season.

Two years after Louis van Gaal allowed the Mexico international to leave Old Trafford for Bayer Leverkusen, he is back in the Premier League and could be lining up against United for West Ham on the opening day.

Asked if he was tempted to bring Hernandez back to the club, Mourinho said: “No, because he left the club a few years ago. I am not sure that it was his decision or the manager’s decision.

“But he’s a good player, he’s a player that will always score goals, so he is a player I would always welcome in my squad because he doesn’t need many minutes on the pitch to score a goal.

“But we moved in another direction and a younger player in Lukaku. We have (Marcus) Rashford that can be also a striker, he is originally a striker, so we didn’t feel that need.

“But no doubt that for West Ham to get a player with his experience and his quality is very, very good.”

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Arsenal near £45m deal for Thomas Lemar as Barcelona close in on Philippe Coutinho

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Another day in football, another wave of transfer rumours to keep up on. Take a look at the most recent names and gossip being floated around in the media.

Will any of the following deals happen?

Let us know your thoughts by getting in touch via Twitter and Facebook.

THOMAS LEMAR

Arsenal are closing in on the Monaco winger, who has been one of the club’s top transfer targets this summer, with the two clubs reportedly nearing an agreement on a £45million transfer fee. The Gunners had two previous bids turned down but the third will do the trick, according to The Sun

Lemar would be the fourth player to leave Monaco this summer, after Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy, and Tiemoue Bakayoko.

Whether or not this transfer would change Arsenal’s stance on keeping hold of wantaway winger Alexis Sanchez is yet to be seen.

RATING: 6/10

SPORT360 VERDICT

Arsenal have been looking for more attacking reinforcements as they bid to mount a more serious challenge in the Premier League while also competing for the Europa League triumph.

Lemar would fit that bill, and a front four of him, Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette would be formidable, providing they stick to their guns on Sanchez.

PHILIPPE COUTINHO

Sport is reporting that Barcelona officials are in London to complete the signing of Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho. Barcelona had one bid for the Brazilian knocked back but have continued to negotiate in an attempt to land their man.

The fee being quoted is more than €100 million, and could end up a world-record transfer fee.

RATING: 5/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: It’s hard to see Liverpool parting with Coutinho, even for a world-record fee. They’re under no pressure to sell and given that they’re back in the Champions League, along with harbouring ambitions of finally winning the Premier League, losing Coutinho would be a huge setback.

Barcelona can be quite persistent, however, and the move for Coutinho could also be linked with Neymar’s future. The club may be hoping that bringing in Neymar’s Brazil teammate could convince the star to stay, or they think Coutinho would be an adequate replacement for Neymar.

Either way, this one may not be resolved as quickly as reports suggest.

KARIM BENZEMA

The French striker could end up at Arsenal or Liverpool if his compatriot Kylian Mbappe makes the much-hyped move to Real Madrid, says Don Balon

Arsenal have already bought one French striker this summer in Lacazette but they have been long-term admirers of Benzema, while he would be a major upgrade on Liverpool’s current forwards.

Benzema could also be offered to Monaco as makeweight in a deal for Mbappe.

RATING: 4/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: If Mbappe truly is on the move to Madrid, one of the European champions’ attacking players will have to make way, and Benzema has been suggested as the most likely candidate.

Cristiano Ronaldo is untouchable, Isco has forced his way into the starting XI based on his superlative form last season, and Madrid may not yet be ready to part with the man they once spent a world-record fee on, Gareth Bale.

However, Benzema has repeatedly proven his value to Madrid and manager Zinedine Zidane has faith in him, so this is likely not as simple as one Frenchman in, one Frenchman out – and that is if Los Blancos do in fact land Mbappe. Monaco have been quite stubborn in holding onto him.

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