Transfer Buzz: Mourinho makes Neymar his top target; Chelsea lodge Asensio bid

With the 2018/19 season underway, FOX Sports Asia’s Transfer Buzz will keep you abreast with all the latest transfer market rumours and developments 365 days a week.

19 September

Mourinho makes Neymar his top target

Don Balon writes that Manchester United has made Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar their top transfer target for 2019.

Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho was heavily linked with Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, but has moved on after the Welshman chose to remain at the Bernabeu.

Brazilian international forward Neymar, who returned to the Parisians’ starting XI in the 3-2 Champions League defeat against Liverpool this morning, has four goals in five appearances this season.

Chelsea lodge Asensio bid

Chelsea have tabled an offer to La Liga giants Real Madrid for midfielder Marco Asensio according to Don Balon.

The 22-year-old is regarded as one of Europe’s hottest young footballing talents and is contracted till 2023.

Spanish international Asensio, who was a member of his country’s World Cup squad in Russia, has made five appearances for Los Blancos this season.

Reds & Dortmund in Olmo battle

The race is heating up for Dinamo Zagreb’s Dani Olmo with Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund fighting it out for the player reports Sportske Novosti.

The Spanish winger, whose contract runs out in 2021, has been scouted by the two clubs on several occasion.

20-year-old Olmo, who has played for Spain international U16, U17 and U18 sides, has expressed a desire to play for Croatia national squad.

Pochettino admits Balde interest

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that he is interested in Inter Milan’s Keita Balde states Teamtalk.

Pochettino has been tracking the Senegal international, who is on loan at the Serie A club from AS Monaco, since his days as a Barcelona’s youth player.

23-year-old Balde chose to move to Italy on loan last month after managing just eight goals in Ligue 1 after signing for €30million in 2017.

Gunners keen on Pavon

According to Football London, Arsenal are pursuing Boca Juniors forward Cristian Pavon having monitored the player for a while now.

The Argentine international has been on the Gunners’ shortlist since Arsene Wenger’s reign and talks have been held between the two clubs.

Arsenal’s head of football relations Raul Sanllehi is eager to get a deal done for 22-year-old Pavon – who has won the Superliga Argentina title twice with Boca.

18 September

Bayern interested in Spurs’ Son

Bayern Munich are keeping tabs on Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min writes Calciomercato.

The South Korean international recently won gold at the Asian Games with his country and earned exemption from military service.

26-year-old Son, who signed a new five-year deal in the summer, managed 18 goals in 52 appearances for Spurs last season.

Sterling contract talks stall

According to the Guardian, contract talks between Manchester City and winger Raheem Sterling has stalled over wage demands.

The England international wants his salary raised from £170,000-a-week to minimally £220,000-a-week, but the EPL champions do not agree.

City could be open to selling 23-year-old Sterling, whose current contract expires in 2020, in the coming summer to avoid losing him for nothing next year.

Roma chase Lucas Vazquez

AS Roma are determined to try again for Real Madrid’s Lucas Vazquez in January reports Don Balon.

Spanish international winger Vazquez has been a longstanding target for Roma and the Serie A club failed to sign him in the summer.

However, with game time hard to come by under new Real manager Julen Lopetegui, the 27-year-old might be tempted to make the switch to the Stadio Olimpico.

PSG set to battle United over Paqueta

Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United are hot on the heels of Flamengo star Lucas Paqueta states le10sport.

The Ligue 1 title holders are looking to bring the Brazilian international midfielder, who has a €50-million release clause, to the Parc des Princes this winter with United believed to have also opened up negotiations with the player.

21-year-old Paqueta, who has eight goals in 41 appearances this season, is also attracting interest from Barcelona and AC Milan.

Lozano expresses interest in Barca move

According to Goal, PSV winger Hirving Lozano has admitted that it is his dream to play for Barcelona in the future.

The Mexican international star, whose club is entertaining the La Liga champions in their opening Champions League match, told reporters at the pre-match press conference, “My agent told me that Barca asked about me, and it would be a dream to play there in the future.”

23-year-old Lozano, who has six goals in eight Eredivisie appearances this season, is also wanted by Barcelona’s domestic arch-rivals Real Madrid.

17 September

Gunners & Spurs interested in Bailly

The Mirror reports that Manchester United defender Eric Bailly could leave the club in January.

The Ivorian international centre-back, who can also play at right-back, has been benched since his role in the defeat to Brighton last month.

London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are both keeping tabs on 24-year-old Bailly with both clubs expected to make a bid for the player in the next transfer window.

Real plans Jan raid for Alonso

Real Madrid are in the market for a new left-back and plan to move for Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso in the winter transfer window writes Don Balon.

Los Blancos boss Julen Lopetegui is reportedly concerned at the lack of depth in the position with unproven Sergio Reguilon the only option aside from first-choice left-back Marcelo.

Besides Alonso, Real are also considering Porto’s Alex Telles and Valencia’s Jose Luis Gaya as options.

Reds confident of signing £35-million Barella

Liverpool are confident of landing highly-rated Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella despite competition for the player states Metro.

Regarded as one of the hottest talents in the Serie A, the Italian U21 international is also a target for Tottenham Hotspur and Inter Milan.


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21-year-old Barella, who has expressed a desire to play in England, scored six goals in 35 appearances last season.

Blues set to open Luiz contract talks

Chelsea are ready to offer defender David Luiz a new contract after a successful start to the season claims The Sun.

The Brazilian international has found a second lease of life under current boss Maurizio Sarri after being frozen out of the first team by his predecessor Antonio Conte.

31-year-old Luiz, whose contract is up at the end of this season, will be offered a two-year extension at £125,000-a-week.

Negredo undergoes Al-Nasr medical

Besiktas striker Alvaro Negredo looks set to complete his move to Al-Nasr after undergoing a medical with the Dubai club according to AS.

The two clubs only recently reached an agreement for the Spanish international – who was a member of their Euro 2012 title-winning squad.

33-year-old Negredo, who has played for Manchester City, Sevilla and Valencia, has scored three goals in four appearances for Besiktas this season.

16 September

Beckham wants Messi at Inter Miami

Inter Miami owner David Beckham is looking to convince Barcelona megastar Lionel Messi to make the move to the MLS in 2020 states the Daily Mail.

The Manchester United legend is eyeing a marquee signing for Miami’s debut season though no contact has been made so far.

It would take a huge bid to bring the Argentine international who has been appointed as the club’s new captain following the summer departure of Andres Iniesta.

Mourinho plots January Ozil move

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly planning a winter approach for Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil according to the Daily Express.

Mourinho was chasing the German international midfielder last season before the player chose to sign a new deal with the London club.

But with talks of a potential rift between the player and Gunners boss Unai Emery, the United manager is keen to try again for 29-year-old Ozil – who has one goal in four appearances this season.

Guardiola tracking Lyon midfield pair

The Star writes that Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is interested in Lyon midfielders Lucas Tousart and Tanguy Ndombele.

The pair, who will be monitored by Guardiola when the Ligue 1 side visits the Etihad on Wednesday in the Champions League, are also targets for Tottenham Hotspur.

Both Tousart and Ndombele are current French youth internationals with the latter signing a contract extension till 2023.

Juve made £53.4m summer offer for Chiesa

Fiorentina received a summer offer worth up to £53.4 million in the summer for Federico Chiesa from Juventus claims Calciomercato.

The Italian international forward, who can also play on the wings and in midfield, has also been linked with English clubs Manchester United and Chelsea.

20-year-old Chiesa, who joined the Serie A club in 2007, managed six goals in 38 appearances last season.

Chelsea interested in Mitrovic

Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has emerged as a target for a number of clubs including Chelsea following his explosive start to the season writes the Daily Mirror.

The Serbian international, who struck 12 goals in 15 games while on loan with the Cottagers for the second part of last season, made a permanent move to Craven Cottage in the summer when he signed for £22 million from Newcastle United.

New Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is looking for a combative striker and believes 23-year-old Mitrovic can add some fire to their attack having scored six goals in five appearances this season.

15 September

Mourinho wants Icardi

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is looking to make a move to bring Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi states AS.

The Argentine international forward was left out of his country’s World Cup squad despite scoring 29 goals last season for the Serie A side.

25-year-old Icardi, who has a €110-million release clause, is contracted to Inter till 2021.

No €250m De Bruyne release clause says Guardiola

According to the Manchester Evening News, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has come out to clarify that Kevin De Bruyne does not have a €250-million release clause.

Guardiola claimed to be misquoted in an interview with Universo Valdano when he said there is no release clause and that interested clubs would have to bid €250 million for the Belgium international midfielder.

27-year-old De Bruyne is currently out with a knee ligament injury and is expected to return to action in October.

Juve offered Dembele opportunity

Serie A champions have been offered the services of Tottenham Hotspur’s Mousa Dembele reports Calciomercato.

The 31-year-old Belgian international midfielder’s contract expires in the summer and was targeted by Inter and Napoli in the last transfer window.

Eredivisie title winner Dembele, who played previously for AZ and Fulham, was a member of Belgium’s World Cup squad that finished third in Russia.

Arsenal in talks with Pepe

Le10 Sport writes that Arsenal have made contact with the representatives of Lille forward Nicolas Pepe.

The Ivorian international scored 13 goals last season in Ligue 1 and is reportedly valued at £30 million.

23-year-old Pepe, who is contracted till 2022, just signed a new five-year deal last year.

Liverpool complete Hoever signing

Liverpool have completed the signing of Ajax youngster Ki-Jana Hoever after being granted international clearance states the Liverpool Echo.

The 16-year-old defender, who has been training with the Reds since last month, chose to move to Anfield despite offers from Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.

Dutch wonderkid Hoever, who can also deputise at right-back, will start off in Pool’s Under-18s squad.

14 September

Rodriguez refuses to rule out Real return

Colombian attacker James Rodriguez has not ruled out a return to parent club Real Madrid according to kicker.

The 27-year-old, who is currently on loan at Bayern Munich, has a €42-million release clause that the Bundesliga champions can activate to make the move permanent but Bayern could also opt not exercise that option as well.

The two-time Champions League winner Rodriguez cost Los Blancos £63 million in 2014 when he moved from AS Monaco.

Silva expects Man City departure

Manchester City’s David Silva has revealed that he expects to leave the Etihad for Las Palmas before hanging up his boots according to BBC Sport.

The Spanish international midfielder, who has two years left on his current contract, will move on in 2020 as he winds down his career in England.

32-year-old Silva, who helped City to three EPL title wins, scored 10 goals in 40 appearances last season.

Ajax want €75m for De Jong

Sport writes that any club who wants to sign Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong will have to pony up the asking price of €75 million.

La Liga champions Barcelona have been eyeing the Netherlands international all summer and could make a move in January.

Besides the Catalan club, 21-year-old De Jong is also being pursuit by Tottenham Hotspur, AS Roma, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.

Real set for £330m transfer budget

According to AS, Real Madrid could have as much as £330 million to spend on players as club president Florentino Perez chases a marquee signing.

The Spanish club have been linked in the summer with Paris Saint-Germain duo Kylian Mbappe and Neymar following the exit of former star Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.

Real, who are in midst of reonvating the Bernabeu, could return again for Mbappe or Neymar again next year.

Wolves to pay €18m for Patricio

Wolverhampton Wanderers have agreed to pay €18 million as compensation to Sporting CP for Rui Patricio states A Bola.

The 30-year-old goalkeeper joined the EPL club this season after terminating his deal with the Portuguese side.

Sporting have filed a claim against the Portugal international and have now come to an agreement regarding compensation.

13 September

Inter eyes Martial move

Serie A side Inter Milan are interested in adding Manchester United forward Anthony Martial to their squad according to Calciomercato.

The French international has found game time hard to come by this season, and could leave Old Trafford with his contract set to expire in 2019.

Aside from 22-year-old Martial, Inter are also looking to bolster their ranks with PSV winger Hirving Lozano.

Ramsey on Milan’s radar

The Sun writes that AC Milan are preparing to bid for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

The Wales international, who is out of contract in the summer, has been linked with a move away from the Emirates and is free to talk to interested clubs in January.

27-year-old Ramsey, who struck 11 goals in 32 appearances last season, is a three-time FA Cup winner with the Gunners.

Herrera to be reunited with Lopetegui?

Porto midfielder Hector Herrera could be reunited with former boss Julen Lopetegui at the Bernabeu states Univision.

The Mexican international, who played under the new Madrid boss in the Primeira Liga, could move on a free at the end of the season by signing a pre-contract in January.

28-year-old Herrera won the league last season with Porto and scored five times in 45 appearances.

Fulham want Sessegnon talks in light of Spurs interest

Fulham are looking to offer Ryan Sessegnon a new bumper deal in light of interest from Tottenham Hotspur claims the Daily Express.

The English winger, who has yet to earn a senior cap, has started two of the Cottagers’ four league games so far and was a late contender for the England World Cup squad.

18-year-old Sessegnon who won the European U19s championship in 2017, has been linked with the likes of Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool and Manchester United.

Blues Kenedy not keen on permanent Magpies move

According to the Sun, Chelsea winger Kenedy has stated that he is not interested in a permanent switch to Newcastle United.

The Brazilian, who is currently on loan with the Magpies, is still desperate to make the grade at Stamford Bridge.

22-year-old Kenedy has three goals in 27 appearances for the Blues and was on loan previously at Watford.

12 September

Juve join chase for Wolves duo

The Mirror states that Juventus have entered the race for Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielders Diogo Jota and Ruben Neves.

The Portuguese pair were instrumental to the English club’s promotion to the EPL and are being tracked by Manchester United and City.

Jota and Neves have played in all four league games so far for Wolves, with the Serie A champions keeping an eager eye on their performances.

Barca line up Monreal & Moreno bids

Barcelona have narrowed down their search for a new left-back down to Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal or Liverpool’s Alberto Moreno according to Mundo Deportivo.

The La Liga giants are looking for a backup to Jordi Alba and are alerted to the EPL-based Spanish duo who would be open to a move.

Beside Monreal and Moreno, Barca are also considering Atletico Madrid’s Filipe Luis as an option.

Pavard to Serie A?

The race for the signature of Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard is heating up with Italian titans Juventus joining in writes Le10 Sport.

French international Pavard, who was one of the stars of his country’s World Cup-winning side, scored a beauty of a goal against Argentina in Russia.

Besides I Bianconeri, the 22-year-old centre-back is also on the radar of Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

Gunner Lichsteiner not retiring soon

Arsenal’s summer signing Stephan Lichtsteiner has dismissed rumours of his retirement according to the Sportal.

The 34-year-old right-back, who has found game time hard to come by at the Emirates, has vowed to continue playing and pushing Hector Bellerin for a first-team spot.

Swiss international Lichtsteiner, who has 103 caps under his belt, previously played for Juventus and won seven Serie A titles and four Coppa Italia.

Former England striker Bent keen to link up with Stevie G at Rangers

Talksport reports that former England international Darren Bent has his heart set on a move to Steven Gerrard’s Rangers.

The 34-year-old striker is currently a free agent after leaving Derby County at the end of last season.

League Cup winner Bent, who also played for Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa, spent last season on loan at Burton Albion.

11 September

Ozil being targeted by Fenerbahce

According to Fotomac, Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has emerged as a target for Turkish giants Fenerbahce.

The German international midfielder, who endured an early World Cup group stage exit in the summer, has been named as one of the vice-captains for the London club.

29-year-old Ozil, who signed a new bumper contract in January, is contracted till 2021.

Atletico join Lozano race

Atletico Madrid have joined the race for PSV winger Hirving Lozano according to Calciomercato.

The Spanish club will have to fight it out with the likes of Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund for the Mexican international.

23-year-old Lozano, who was one of the breakout stars of the World Cup, has scored four goals in six appearances for the Eredivisie champions this season.

Spurs monitor Chilwell

Tottenham Hotspur are monitoring Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell ahead of the January transfer window writes the Telegraph.

Spurs failed to make a single signing in the summer, and are thought to be keeping tabs on Ajax star Frenkie de Jong as well.

21-year-old Chilwell, who earned his first England call-up against Switzerland, has made four appearances for the Foxes so far.

City target Sarmiento set for Benfica

Manchester City lose out on youngster Jeremy Sarmiento with the player opting to move to Benfica reports the Evening Standard.

The Charlton winger, who has yet to make his first team debut, is a regular for the Addicks U-23 side.

16-year-old Sarmiento moved to London at the age of seven and is of Ecuadorian descent.

Crouch desires QPR swansong

Stoke City’s Peter Crouch has his heart set on a return to Queens Park Rangers before calling time on his career according to Sky Sports.

The former England international striker is in the final year of his contract; having spent seven years with the Potters.

37-year-old Crouch, who is also known for his robotic dance goal celebration, also played for Spurs, Liverpool and Southampton.

10 September

Real prepared for Varane exit

According to Diario Gol, Real Madrid are ready to let defender Raphael Varane leave the Bernabeu in the 2019 summer transfer window.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is an admirer of the French international, who seems set to make the move to Old Trafford.

25-year-old Varane, who previously worked with Mourinho at Real, moved from Lens in 2011 for €10 million.

Shaw mulls new United deal

Defender Luke Shaw is making Manchester United wait over a new deal having re-establishing himself in the first team states the Sun.

The English international left-back is out of contract in the summer, and the EPL club is prepared to up his £130,000-a-week wages to keep him.

23-year-old Shaw, who was criticised by manager Jose Mourinho last season for his poor form, cost £30 million from Southampton back in 2014.

Real join Zielinski pursuit

Real Madrid have joined the chase for Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski reports Calciomercato.

The La Liga giants are expected to battle with Liverpool and Manchester City for the Polish international – who has already found the net twice in two appearances for the Serie A side this season.

24-year-old Zielinski recently signed a new contract and has a €120-million release clause to his name.

PSG put off by Boateng’s $45m price tag

Paris Saint-Germain decided not to move for defender Jerome Boateng after they were put off by Bayern Munich’s asking price of €45 million claims L’Equipe.

The Parisians were keen on the German international, who has publicly stated his desire to move on from the Bundesliga champions.

30-year-old Boateng, who is the younger brother of footballer Kevin-Prince Boateng, is a six-time Bundesliga title winner and has won the Champions League with Bayern.

United contemplate Pogba-Dybala swap

According to Calciomercato, Manchester United are considering swapping star Paul Pogba for Juventus forward Paulo Dybala.

Argentine Dybala is regarded by the Red Devils as a top target while Frenchman Pogba has stated that he would be open to returning to the Turin-based club for a second spell.

However, Barcelona are still leading the race to sign World Cup winner Pogba – who has bagged two goals in four appearances for United so far this season.


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