Paulinho has reportedly joined Barcelona for a fee of €40 million.
The former Tottenham midfielder joins the Catalans from Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande, where he’s been playing since 2015, according to the Daily Mail.
Barcelona has been interested in the Brazilian over the course of the summer. Having initially tabled a bid for £17 million in July, they now appear to have landed their man after upping their offer.
Earlier this summer, Paulinho was sure his move to Barcelona was a done deal and spoke to Mundo Deportivo with that in mind.
“It is a unique opportunity for me to be able to play for Barcelona, the best team in the world and surrounded by the best players.
“I have to talk to my president, since I got the proposal I have not stopped thinking about it and I am waiting for everything to be resolved this week.”
Meanwhile, Philippe Coutinho has handed in a transfer request at Liverpool despite the club rejecting a £90 million offer form Barcelona for him.
Another day in football, another wave of transfer rumours to try and keep track of.
Take a look at the most recent names and gossip being floated around in the media.
Will any of the following deals happen?
The Borussia Dortmund youngster has emerged as Barcelona’s No. 1 target to replace Neymar, but Real Madrid will fight their bitter rivals for Dembele’s signature, according to RAC-1.
Dembele is reportedly keen on a move to Barcelona, but is also coveted by Madrid, who have previously enquired about the Frenchman. Los Blancos hope their relationship with Dortmund will help them land their man.
SPORT360 VERDICT: Dortmund have insisted that Dembele is not for sale, and reportedly it would take a bid of around £135m to make them budge. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona have the funds to sanction a big move, but will either actually go that far?
What is likely to happen is that one club makes its interest even more concrete, prompting the other to try to out-bid. The biggest winners here will be the Bundesliga side who either get at least one more season of an exciting, talented youngster, or a huge transfer fee.
Marca is reporting that the former Real Madrid winger is the third-choice target for Barcelona in their list of potential Neymar replacements. Philippe Coutinho and Dembele are the players above the Argentine on Barcelona’s wishlist, but Di Maria is also seriously being considered as a replacement.
SPORT360 VERDICT: Given that PSG are confident that their purchase of Neymar is in compliance with financial fair play rules, the club is under little pressure to sell one of its most talented players. And even if they must sell, there are other players they’d prefer offloading, given what Di Maria can offer.
Although the Real Madrid winger is coveted by Manchester United, the club is not willing to go above £90m to land the Welshman, Diario Gol claim. United’s stance may prove to be a sticking point in any transfer, as Bale cost Madrid £86m in 2013 and the club reportedly will only consider selling him for a large profit.
SPORT360 VERDICT: The chatter surrounding Bale this summer has been varied, with reports suggesting he is the most vulnerable of Madrid’s ‘BBC’ frontline, especially if the club buy another attacking player, to other reports claiming Madrid will absolutely not accept him being sold.
The fact remains, however, that for now Bale has been usurped by Isco and thus his place in Zinedine Zidane’s starting XI is not guaranteed. The 28-year-old is determined to prove his worth at Madrid.
Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim insists he is not worried by the ongoing speculation surrounding the future of star striker Kylian Mbappe amid reports that he is close to joining Paris Saint-Germain.
“I am not going to talk about conjecture. I am staying focused on my work and helping my team to evolve,” Jardim told reporters on Friday.
Mbappe, 18, scored 15 times on Monaco’s remarkable run to the French title last season but has been constantly linked with a move away from the principality over the summer.
Real Madrid and PSG are both reportedly desperate to sign the young France international, who is valued at €180 million.
It is understood that the player himself favours joining PSG, where he would team up in attack with Neymar, signed last week for a world record €222 million. Mbappe hails from the Paris suburbs.
On the possibility of Mbappe joining the club Monaco pipped to the Ligue 1 crown in May, Jardim recalled the day “a leading director of a Portuguese club, with whom I had a meeting, said to me: ‘The transfer market is not just made to strengthen your team, but also to weaken your rivals.
“I think that is a strategy used by many. But I am staying calm.”
This summer Monaco have already sold Tiemoue Bakayoko, Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy and Valere Germain, all key players in their run to the title.
While they appear weakened as a result, they have made a host of new signings, including this week recruiting Algerian international winger Rachid Ghezzal, who was a free agent after leaving Lyon. The transfer window shuts at the end of this month.
“I am waiting calmly for the 31st. I like to make the most of each day…we are here to make the best of Monaco,” added Jardim, whose team visit Dijon in Ligue 1 on Sunday.
Jardim also evaded a question as to whether Mbappe had informed him of a desire to leave the Stade Louis II.
“The players come to talk to me. I have private conversations with all of them. I try to listen to all of them about their objectives and ambitions.
“It is something I try to do about once a month. And it is not just the case for Kylian.”
Mbappe has started both of Monaco’s games so far this season, although he didn’t score in the 2-1 Champions Trophy defeat to PSG or in last Friday’s 3-2 win over Toulouse that began their title defence.
So is he disturbed by all the talk about his future?
“The start of the season differs for every player. Every player has a different way of reaching the top of his form. After that, when there is a lot of movement in the transfer market, the players cope with more or less difficulty. But that is how it is.”