The Paris Saint-Germain winger’s unrest at the French club is an open secret and a proposed return to La Liga is still on the cards. But he could be heading to the capital club, should PSG respond positively to Madrid’s opening bid.
Goal report that Florentino Perez is still a fan of the Brazilian and is willing to enter negotiations with an opening bid in excess of €100 million. There is a possibility that Ballon d’Or holder Luka Modric could be added in the deal.
Barcelona’s failure to sort out their wage structure by loaning out Philippe Coutinho has virtually eliminated them as possible suitors for Neymar. The Catalan side worked hard to get their record signing off their payroll in order to accommodate Neymar but are now reportedly behind their rivals in the race for the winger.
However, Madrid could also face complications in acquiring the player. To start with, it is unlikely that PSG will be willing to sell the player for less than €222 million, based on their response when Barcelona came knocking.
Also, it would take some convincing to buy the player who has his mind set on returning to Barcelona.
Manchester United have agreed a fee with Inter Milan for Romelu Lukaku while Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon are having medicals at Tottenham, PA understands.
Meanwhile, three Premier League clubs have announced transfer deadline day done deals, with West Ham signing Switzerland striker Albian Ajeti, Newcastle bringing in Sweden full-back Emil Krafth and Brighton recruiting French teenager Romaric Yapi.
It is understood that a fee of £73.7m has been agreed between United and Inter for Lukaku, following a £54m offer being rejected last month.
On Wednesday evening Lukaku’s agent Federico Pastorello posted a picture on Instagram of himself and the striker apparently headed to Italy, accompanied by the words: “Ready to take off …. direction Milano.”
And footage on social media appeared to show the player being welcomed to Milan by supporters in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Tottenham are closing in on deals for Real Betis attacker Lo Celso and Fulham full-back Sessegnon, with both understood to be having medicals on Thursday morning ahead of their respective transfers, and Spurs were also hoping to tie up a deal for Juventus striker Paulo Dybala.
The situation regarding Dybala is proving more tricky, owing to an issue with the player’s naming rights, and it seems increasingly unlikely that deal will happen before Thursday’s 5pm deadline for Premier League and Championship clubs.
Ajeti has joined West Ham from Basel on an initial four-year contract, with an option to extend for a further two seasons. The 22-year-old scored 14 league goals in each of the last two seasons for Basel.
Krafth, 25, has arrived at Newcastle from Amiens, putting pen to paper a four-year deal, and Brighton have signed 19-year-old fellow right-back Yapi from Paris St Germain.
Yapi is on a one-year deal, with a one-year extension option, and will initially link up with the Seagulls’ under-23 squad.
Amid the talk about other potential deals, it appeared David Luiz could move from Chelsea to Arsenal, with it is understood the defender had trained separately from the Blues’ first team on Wednesday and that the Gunners were pushing to sign him.
Arsenal were also reported to have agreed a fee with Celtic for Scotland full-back Kieran Tierney, and Manchester City were said to be close to signing Derby goalkeeper Scott Carson on loan.
In the Championship, Sheffield Wednesday announced the signing of Australia midfielder Massimo Luongo from QPR for an undisclosed fee, and Bristol City confirmed they had brought in Hungary midfielder Adam Nagy from Bologna.
It was understood Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah – who the Robins had been interested in – was expected to join Leeds on loan for the season.
Also, the Elland Road club announced they had signed France Under-20 goalkeeper Illan Meslier on a season-long loan from Ligue 2 side Lorient.
Charlton confirmed West Brom pair Sam Field and Jonathan Leko had joined them on loan, and Brentford have signed defender Dominic Thompson from Arsenal.
Lukaku’s agent, Federico Pastorello, flew to London on Wednesday in an attempt to resolve Lukaku’s future.
Pastorello added intrigue late on Wednesday evening when he posted a picture on Instagram of himself and Lukaku apparently headed to Italy.
Pastorello wrote alongside the image: “Ready to take off …. direction Milano.”
The 26-year-old is set to leave Old Trafford for pastures new just two years after his big-money switch from Everton.
Having seen a swap deal with Juventus collapse due to Paulo Dybala’s reluctance to go the other way, Antonio Conte’s Nerazzurri returned with another bid as Lukaku started the week training with former club Anderlecht.
United’s players had a day off on Monday and it was reported that Lukaku was expected back in Manchester on Tuesday with the rest of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.
However, Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws published a photo of the striker training with Anderlecht once again – a matter United declined to comment on when contacted by PA.
The player had joined the Old Trafford giants on their pre-season tour of Australia and Asia but failed to feature in any of their four matches due to knocks. He was also absent for the friendlies against Kristiansund and AC Milan upon returning to Europe.
Lukaku scored 42 times in 96 games as a United player but he failed to find the net in any of his final eight appearances for the club, with his last goals coming in the dramatic 3-1 win away to Paris St Germain in early March.
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