Barcelona are in a race against time to sign Angel Di Maria from Paris Saint-Germain.
According to Sport, the Catalans have decided to settle for the former Real Madrid star after failing to land Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool.
Barcelona had offers of €25 million and €35 million for the Argentine midfielder turned down but PSG have reduced the asking price to €60 million from €90 million.
The La Liga outfit will continue negotiations in a bid to complete the transfer in time. The Spanish deadline is at 11pm on September 1 local time (3am GST on September 2).
Di Maria won the Champions League, a La Liga title and two Copa del Reys during his time at Madrid.
Barcelona are determined to bring in the 29-year-old after securing the signature of Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund.
Paris Saint-Germain are “very confident” they will be able to comply with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules after the governing body opened an investigation into the club.
UEFA will take a close look at the big-spending Ligue 1 side over possible breaches of FFP in the wake of their signings of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
But PSG say they are “surprised” by UEFA’s decision and have “always operated with total transparency”.
“The club is surprised by such a step as it has permanently kept UEFA’s Financial Fair Play teams informed of the impact of all player transactions this summer while nothing obliged it to do so,” read a statement on the PSG website.
“The club is very confident in its ability to demonstrate it will perfectly respect the Financial Fair-Play rules in accordance with the financial year 2017/18.”
Mbappe’s move to PSG has left many wondering how the Qatar-owned club can avoid sanctions from UEFA considering the investment already made on Neymar.
According to media reports, the only clause required to be met to make the club’s option to buy Mbappe an obligatory one is for PSG to stay in the top flight this season.
UEFA will have to consider whether Mbappe’s transfer fee is factored into PSG’s accounts for the current season, or whether it will carry over to the following campaign.
Las Palmas have announced the signing of striker Loic Remy from Chelsea.
The 30-year-old, a former France international, has joined the LaLiga outfit on a two-year deal.
Remy passed a medical in London on Thursday and will now fly to Gran Canaria and join training on Saturday before his unveiling.
Remy has yet to play in Spain during a career which has also seen him represent Lyon, Nice, Marseille, QPR, Newcastle and Crystal Palace.
He is the second former Premier League player to sign for Las Palmas this week, after ex-Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani was also brought in.
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