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Foreign Transfer Round-up: Griezmann, Neymar, Sanches

 • by Andrew Gibney
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Every day Football Whispers pore over Europe’s major news outlets in search of the latest transfer reports relating to your club.

We then assess the reliability of the rumours, determine the likelihood of the moves, and analyse where the potential signings would fit in.

Today we bring you the latest name being linked with Barcelona, what’s being said about Paris Saint-Germain transfer target Neymar and Jürgen Klopp’s new alternative midfield solution to Naby Keita.

BARÇA WANT GRIEZMANN

According to Spanish newspaper SPORT, Antoine Griezmann is the man Barcelona want to replace Neymar.

But it’s being reported that any club wanting to prise him away from Atletico Madrid would have to pay €200million.

The France star signed a new contract earlier this summer which, temporarily, raised his release clause to protect Atleti during their transfer ban. He will once again be available for €100million in 12 months time.


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Griezmann is a worthy target for the left of Barcelona’s attack, but he has been playing through the centre for Atleti and might not fancy going back to the wing.

It sounds like there is a deal to be done once the Brazilian departs, especially if Atletico can seal their pursuit of Diego Costa. It’s just that pesky ban getting in the way of these potential moves.

NEYMAR IS PARIS BOUND

Neymar

In the ever-changing Neymar soap opera, the latest is that the Brazilian will no longer complete his medical in Doha.

The 25-year-old will undertake his sponsorship commitments in China before finally flying to Paris after the weekend say L’Equipe, which was backed up by Le Parisien.

It seems the behaviour of the French side has upset the hierarchy of European football and Barcelona want to gather up their friends and create an anti-PSG group.

L’Equipe reports that Bayern Munich and Juventus are keen and they want this Neymar transfer investigated in terms of whether it breaches Financial Fair Play.

However, it appears the clubs don’t quite know how FFP works either. It’s a system that is constantly checked and monitored and Neymar’s move this year wouldn’t be assessed until 2018/19 like every other deal.

Team’s financial losses need to be within €30million over a rolling three-year period. Until the end of that term, you wouldn’t be able to punish them. Therefore, there’s not much Barcelona can do if PSG match their release clause.

Marca report that the other issue with the transfer, one which is stopping it going through, is who will pay all the relevant taxes on the deal.

Due to the laws in Spain, the deal could cost PSG as much as €300million overall. And Barcelona won’t budge on the price – unless Marco Verratti’s, also a Manchester United transfer target – is thrown in the mix.

It’s easy for the Spanish press to offer hope to the Barça fans, but it looks like, at least from PSG’s point-of-view, that the Italian’s name is off the table. They need to keep him to show their power in the European market.

WEST HAM MISS OUT ON BOUDEBOUZ

Boudebouz close to Betis move.

With Arsenal and Liverpool linked with Manuel Lanzini, plus the Hammers needing to finally replace the creativity of Dimitri Payet, it was no surprise to see Ryad Boudebouz become a West Ham United transfer target.

After 11 goals and nine assists in Ligue 1 last term, the Montpellier playmaker was one of the most creative players in France.

Slaven Bilić looks to have missed out on his man though, with Real Betis set to seal a €8.5million move for the Algerian, according to L’Equipe.

Boudebouz was also a West Brom target in January and Premier League fans will not get to see just what the 27-year-old can do.

He is the type of player that in 12 months fans will be asking why the club didn’t make a bigger push for him this summer.

NICE TO OFFER NASRI SALVATION

Both Hatem Ben Arfa and Mario Balotelli enjoyed positive seasons after spending a year at the Allianz Riviera in Nice. Now, the Ligue 1 club are being mentioned as potential suitors for Manchester City mis-fit Samir Nasri.

The former Marseille and Arsenal midfielder has been mentioned as a Roma transfer target, with Monchi keen on adding him to the Serie A team’s squad. However, Nice could be the perfect home.

After finishing third in the league, they are in the middle of a qualification battle with Ajax for a place in the play-off round of Champions League qualification.

If they advance from this fixture, Nasri could be the man who replaces Younes Belhanda in Les Aiglons midfield, say Le Parisien.

INTER EYE KIMPEMBE

Presnel Kimpembe is a target for Everton and Liverpool.

Both Everton and Liverpool are interested in PSG’s young defender Presnel Kimpembe, but that hasn’t stopped Inter Milan casting an eye towards the Parisian.

The Serie A side, who are looking to jump back up the table this season, are preparing a formal offer that Gazzetta dello Sport say will be worth between €20-25million.

This will unlikely be enough for PSG to budge on their stance as the club are actively seeking a fourth-choice centre-back for the new season.

However, depending on who leaves this summer, they may need to sell to make the Neymar deal work. It’s a situation worth keeping an eye on over the next few weeks.

KLOPP WANTS SANCHES

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Is Renato Sanches A Fit For Chelsea?

For weeks it seemed that Renato Sanches was set to join AC Milan on loan, but SportBild suggest Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has thrown his hat in the mix.

Carlo Ancelotti was happy for his teenage midfielder to spend time in Serie A in order to pick up the game-time that the Bayern Munich coach can’t give him.

“He is a player who needs to play regularly,” said CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “So if we feel he is not going to get enough game time, then we will loan him out, or maybe even sell him.

“Last season, particularly after the winter break, he didn’t get enough appearances.”

According to the report, Klopp has no interest in a loan deal and would only want the teenager permanently.

And that would be the biggest sticking point. The Bavarians spent €35million on the 19-year-old and he still has a huge future ahead of him. So there’s no reason in letting him go for cheap.

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