According to Quest-France, Leeds United’s bid for Raphinha has been accepted by Rennes. The Premier League club will pay the French side an initial transfer fee of €17 million (£15.4 million) and €6 million (£5.4 million) in add-ons. Leeds have been on the hunt for a winger in the summer transfer window, and it seems that they have found one in Raphinha. According to WhoScored, Raphinha has made four starts and one substitute appearance in Ligue 1 for Rennes so far this season, providing two assists in the process. During the 2019-20 campaign, the 23-year-old winger made 20 starts and two substitute appearances in the league for Rennes, scoring five goals and providing three assists in the process, according to WhoScored. The
L’Équipe report that Memphis Depay could still join Barcelona before Monday’s deadline, after the Dutch international attacker agreed personal terms with FCB earlier this week. The Catalan club have however yet to obtain the green light from the Spanish league to be able to make an offer, which is currently preventing a deal from occurring. Several parties are optimistic about a deal happening and can’t see Aulas, if Barcelona make an offer between now and Monday, to go against the Dutch international, who has 12 months remaining on his current contract and remains a priority for Ronald Koeman.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed that stars Houssem Aouar and Memphis Depay will remain at the French club this summer, killing rumours of possible transfers to the Premier League and Barcelona respectively. The duo have been heavily linked with moves away from the Ligue 1 side this summer, having impressed over the course of the 2019/20 campaign and the delayed Champions League competition in August. However, Lyon's self-imposed Friday deadline for club's to sign their star duo has passed, with Aulas now sticking to his guns and stating the pair are saying. The duo looked certain to leave Lyon this summer, but they now seem destined to spend another year in France Both Depay and Aouar's futures seemed certain to lie away from
L’Équipe report that Leicester City are expected to match West Ham United’s €35m bid for 19-year-old St Étienne central defender Wesley Fofana in the coming hours. The Foxes still have the teenager’s favour, who has had a 5-year provisional contract agreement with them for weeks. Brendan Rodgers absolutely wants the player and will insist that Leicester up their last offer, €32m, by €3m, to match what the Hammers are offering. But manager Claude Puel is standing firm – he has not interest in selling the player during this transfer window. ASSE would have sold at this price already if they clubs making the offers were willing to do what Arsenal did last summer: allow Fofana to spend the 2020/21 campaign on loan with
Liverpool or Real Madrid may be able to sign Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe for as little as £91m next summer, according to reports in France. Mbappe has carved out a reputation as one of the best players in the world since bursting onto the scene several years ago. During the 2018/19 campaign he managed 39 goals in 43 games, while last term he registered 49 direct goal involvements from 37 appearances. Mbappe is also attracting interest from Real Madrid The generational talent has just two years left on his PSG deal and understands he is approaching an important crossroads in his career. Reports have claimed the forward has already informed the Ligue 1 champions of his desire to leave next summer. If
Paris Saint-Germain are 'confident' Tottenham Hotspur star Dele Alli is interested in joining the French champions this summer, with talks ongoing regarding a potential 12-month loan deal for the attacking midfielder. Despite enjoying an incredible purple patch upon the arrival of Portuguese boss Jose Mourinho last season, the England international has since struggled to string any consistent run of form together, leaving him on the periphery of Spurs' plans. Alli looks set to leave Spurs this summer, with PSG lurking Alli started in the opening day defeat to Everton, but was hooked at half time, and he was subsequently left out of the matchday squad for the 5-2 victory over Southampton on Sunday afternoon. Now slipping down the pecking order, the 24-year-old may be
Téléfoot Chaine report that Ligue 1 side PSG are in talks with Chelsea over the possible signing of 26-year-old French youth international midfielder Tiémoué Bakayoko. Under contract with CFC until 2022, talks over a return to AC Milan have grown complicated as the Serie A side is not willing to meet the London club’s demands. Chelsea are asking for a €5m loan with a €40m option to buy – PSG are not convinced by this either and are currently in negotiations with Marina Granovskaia and co to bring these demands down. Talks ongoing for the former Monaco man, we shall see if they bear fruit.
L’Équipe report that Ligue 1 leaders St Étienne have rejected a third offer from Premier League side Leicester City for 19-year-old French central defender Wesley Fofana, this one being worth €32m, which is a record bid made for a Les Verts player. The Foxes’ opening bid was €25m, then €28.5m, with their latest offer coming on Monday night, worth €32m, and including a 10% sell-on percentage fee clause. Fofana has had a provisional 5-year contract agreement with Brendan Rodgers’ club already for weeks. ASSE could have sold the player for a record fee, which would have eclipsed last summer’s departure of William Saliba to Arsenal, who left for €25m + €5m in bonuses. It would even have been a Ligue 1 record
Kylian Mbappe impressed on his return to action as he helped Paris Saint-Germain to a 3-0 away Ligue 1 win over Nice. The forward was making his first club appearance of the new season on Sunday after testing positive for coronavirus while on international duty with France. Mbappe scored a penalty that he won himself and then saw his saved shot converted by Angel Di Maria on the rebound as two PSG goals towards the end of the first half proved pivotal. Nice were not at full strength themselves due the impact of COVID-19 but Patrick Vieira’s men were occasionally threatening until PSG captain Marquinhos headed in after the break to seal the win. After Walter Benitez saved Di Maria’s volley, the visitors lost Idrissa
19-year-old Nîmes striker Kévin Denkey has agreed personal terms with Belgian 1st division champions Club Brugge ahead of a now likely transfer, according to L’Équipe. Club Brugge have made an offer to Nîmes to sign the teenager, although the size of their bid has yet to be revealed – Denkey has 12 months remaining on his existing contract and Les Crocos will sell for €2m. The Togo international (four caps) scored 3 goals in 17 matches last season for Les Crocos, but has impressed scouts with his poise and hold-up play. Schalke 04 have also made contact for the player, but Denkey prefers a move to Club Brugge, who are in the Champions’ League group stages this season. Nîmes manager Jérôme Arpinon wanted to