Paris St-Germain are already committed to spending £166m this summer to make Kylian Mbappé’s transfer from Monaco permanent, but rumours that they might be forced to squirm out of the deal at the last minute have got several other deep-pocketed clubs excited.
Apparently the French side could be sucked into some kind of financial fair play-related quagmire over the summer and the chaos it causes would be so overwhelming that they will have to cancel the Mbappé deal, allowing Manchester United or Manchester City to sneak in and steal the fleet-footed youngster away. The offer United are considering would involve Anthony Martial heading to Monaco along with a cheque for some £86m – though they might have to come up with another plan if Martial moves to Juventus beforehand, with the Frenchman rumoured to be discussing personal terms – while City, the very model of financial fair play themselves, would probably be able to find that kind of loose change lying around somewhere.
City are also ready to push through the signing of Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez, but the player is unexpectedly stalling the deal while he negotiates a so-called loyalty bonus with his current club. Apparently they believe he doesn’t merit one because he demanded the transfer, he believes he does merit one because he later withdrew his transfer request, hence the current grumpy stand-off.
Eden Hazard is so keen to move to Real Madrid that his father, Thierry, contacted the Spaniards before the Champions League final to offer them his son’s services. They are yet to make a move but according to Marca it could still happen, particularly if they fail to sign Neymar and decide to sell Gareth Bale. In other English/Spanish news the new Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, has been pestering Argentina’s Ever Banega with phone calls in an attempt to lure the Sevilla midfielder to London.
Everton want to spruce up their own midfield by signing Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere, both of whom could be forced out of their London clubs in search of more gametime. The former might be available only on loan while the latter can be signed for free, and Marco Silva is keen on having them both. He seems less keen on having Morgan Schneiderlin, who could soon move to Marseille, or for that matter Ashley Williams and Yannick Bolasie.
According to Spanish outlet Sport, Barcelona and Real Madrid are set to battle for the services of Thiago Alcântara, who Bayern Munich are ready to sell for €70m. Barcelona are also keen on PSV’s World Cup-starring Mexico starlet Hirving Lozano but will sell Yerry Mina, Colombia’s giant goalscoring centre-back, with Mundo Deportivo revealing their doubts about his tactical understanding and Real Betis said to be keen. Borussia Dortmund, Fenerbahce or a number of English sides could also swoop for the 23-year-old.
Newcastle’s Matt Ritchie could return to his previous club, Bournemouth, as part of a deal that sends the £20m-rated Josh King in the other direction. Yasin Ben El-Mhanni will soon leave Tyneside with Watford, Wolves and Leeds all keen to keep him in England and Sporting hoping to lure the winger to Portugal.