Neymar 'set to sign new four-year PSG deal'

Neymar is reportedly set to sign a new four-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain.

The Brazilian joined PSG from Barcelona in 2017 and has appeared to have a fractured relationship with the club at times.

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However, this week he spoke about his new-found happiness and his desire to continue his career in Paris.

It is now being reported by Brazilian journalist Marcelo Bechler – who broke the news that Neymar was set to sign for PSG – that a new deal is very close and could be announced later this week.

Mauricio Pochettino, who was appointed as PSG head coach last month, has said that he is optimistic Neymar and Kylian Mbappe will both stay at the club.

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And Neymar, who has scored three goals in his last two games, appears happier than he does done in the past, perhaps due to the appointment of Pochettino.

“I’m very happy here, I want to stay at PSG and I hope (Kylian) Mbappe wants to stay too,” he told TF1.

“Of course, that’s the wish of all fans, we want PSG to be a great team and I want to keep doing what I do here, play football and be happy.

“Today I’m very happy, I feel happy, a lot has changed, I can’t exactly say why, if it’s me or something else.”

Eurosport France’s Maxime Dupuis says the report about Neymar’s extension does not come as a surprise.

“The source is reliable because Marcelo Bechler was the first to report he would sign to PSG in 2017. It’s not a big surprise, we knew Paris was looking for an extension and the player was open to. He recently said that he was happy in Paris.”

Neymar, whose current deal with PSG is set to expire next year, came close to leaving in the summer of 2019 when he reportedly handed in a transfer request and then turned up late for pre-season training.

He also had several fallings out with previous PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel, who is now in charge of Chelsea after getting sacked by PSG in late December.

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Mauricio Pochettino was frustrated his former boss would not lend him Dele Alli, the Daily Mail reports. Paris Saint-Germain boss Pochettino had been hoping Alli would join the French champions on loan from Tottenham for the remainder of the season, but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy would not allow the move to go ahead despite Jose Mourinho’s approval. Former Spurs boss Pochettino was ultimately denied the reunion with Alli because a replacement could not be found in time.

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Paper Round’s view: The main loser here is Alli, who has been denied an opportunity to reignite not only his season but perhaps his career. It is difficult to believe Spurs ran out of time to find a replacement given this was in the offing from the beginning of January, but alas, it wasn’t to be, and unless Mourinho has a change of heart then plenty of minutes on the bench await Alli in the upcoming months.

Tuchel’s Chelsea contract clauses

Thomas Tuchel will trigger an option to extend his 18-month contract as Chelsea manager if he guides the club to the Champions League in the next two seasons, the Daily Mail reports. Tuchel’s deal is said to be heavily incentivised and though the ex-PSG boss was initially reluctant to sign a short-term deal, he knows what he must do to please the club’s hierarchy and earn an extension.

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Paper Round’s view: Straight away, a look at the Premier League table. Chelsea are seventh after 21 games, six points behind Leicester in fourth. Chasing the Foxes is most certainly doable, but there are a handful of clubs hoping to do likewise, and you imagine this time out at least Tuchel may have the argument he arrived halfway through should they fail to reach the Champions League. Next season, they will likely be less kind – if he gets there.

Hayes on AFC Wimbledon’s shortlist

Chelsea Women manager Emma Hayes is on the shortlist to become the new boss at League One side AFC Wimbledon, the Express reports. Hayes has managed Chelsea since 2012, but AFC Wimbledon are considering making her the first ever female manager of a men’s Football League side. Dons manager Glyn Hodges left on the weekend, and as well as Hayes the club are also looking at Ian Holloway, Sol Campbell and Derek Adams.

Paper Round’s view: It would be a historic moment for football, and quite the coup for the Dons given Hayes’ list of honours and achievements. On course for a fourth WSL title with Chelsea, it will be intriguing to see whether there is any truth to these reports, and whether she would give up her role at a team dreaming of Champions League glory to move to a struggling League One side. Either way, it’s worth watching this one closely.

MLS clubs want Sturridge

A number of MLS clubs are interested in signing former Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge, the Mail reports. The 31-year-old is currently a free agent after leaving Trabzonspor last summer, and he is now weighing up his next move as he looks to maintain his fitness. Championship clubs have reportedly shown an interest too, but Sturridge believes he can still play for a side in the top tier.

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Paper Round’s view: Given the report claims some Premier League clubs have offered Sturridge the opportunity to train with them, Sturridge has the perfect chance to prove he is still good enough to play for a top-tier side, and as a free agent he could be the wildcard a side need if they are looking to steer clear of relegation or finish safely in mid-table. That said, his stint with West Brom didn’t exactly go to plan three years ago.

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Dele Alli's PSG move collapses on deadline day – reports

Dele Alli’s proposed move from Tottenham to Paris Saint-Germain has collapsed at the 11th hour, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.

The England international has been out of favour in north London this term, featuring in just four Premier League games and starting only one.

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The French champions have been linked with a move for the 24-year-old throughout the campaign and were believed to have revived their interest this January ahead of Monday’s deadline.

The rumours intensified after Mauricio Pochettino took over as PSG boss, with Alli having established himself as one of the Premier League’s star performers during the Argentine’s time at Spurs.

However, with Jose Mourinho running out of time to complete a move for a replacement, the deal has now collapsed, according to Romano. Alli had been keen to leave the club.

Spurs had been eyeing a move for their former star Christian Eriksen, who left the club last January for Inter Milan but has struggled to establish himself at the San Siro.

Another Spurs midfielder, Gedson Fernandes is set to move to Galatasaray, having failed to live up to his billing since moving to Tottenham from Benfica last winter on loan.

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Neymar confirms desire to stay at Paris Saint-Germain

Neymar has expressed a desire to extend his stay at Paris Saint-Germain.

The Brazilian’s future at the club has been a hot topic of debate ever since he made the shock move to the French capital in 2017.

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A return to Barcelona has been regularly talked about, and he has said on occasions that he would be open to heading back to the Camp Nou.

However, there has been a shift in thinking around the Brazilian and he has expressed a desire to remain at PSG – and hopes French superstar Kylian Mbappe also commits his future to the club.

“I’m very happy here and I want to stay at PSG and I hope Mbappe wants to stay too,” he said in an interview with TF1.

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“Of course, that’s the wish of all fans, we want PSG to be a great team and I want to keep doing what I do here, play football and be happy.

Today I’m very happy, I feel happy. A lot has changed, I can’t exactly say why, if it’s me or something else.

Neymar scored twice for PSG on Sunday, but those goals were not enough to prevent the Ligue 1 champions from slipping to a 3-2 defeat to Lorient.

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Will Alli really join PSG? Deals to look out for on Deadline Day

The transfer window shuts on Monday, February 1 and there are still plenty of deals that could be finalised before the clock strikes 11pm GMT for British clubs on Monday.

Below are the potential key transfers to look out for. Remember, you can follow the latest transfer news in our dedicated live blog that will be running throughout the day.

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Christian Benteke – West Brom

The Crystal Palace striker has played more often than most expected for the south London club this season, scoring three goals in 14 appearances.

However, following the arrival of Jean-Philippe Mateta from Mainz it looks as though the 30-year-old’s game-time is about get a lot more limited and West Brom are reportedly keen to sign him.

The Premier League strugglers may have just brought in Mbaye Diagne on loan from Galatasaray, and he impressed against Fulham off the bench on Saturday, but it seems Sam Allardyce wants another striker to help them in their fight for survival.

The sticking point is Benteke’s wages as he reportedly earns around £120,000 a week. It is likely the Belgium international would have to take a significant cut for the former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker to switch clubs.

Serie A clubs Parma and Fiorentina are also said to be interested in acquiring the striker so it could be a tussle to the end.

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Dele Alli – PSG

Inside Football’s Dean Jones told us Paris Saint-Germain are eager to get Dele Alli’s loan deal confirmed as they believe they might be able to convince him to stick around longer once he gets a taste of life at the club.

There has been lots of speculation surrounding the 24-year-old’s future and a reunion with former boss Mauricio Pochettino, who he thrived under in his early years at Spurs, could be on the cards.

But Spurs head coach Jose Mourinho denied the claims last week, insisting he’s “convinced” no players will leave before the transfer deadline.

However, Alli is barely featuring for Tottenham. There is a strong possibility of this move happening and it could be arguably the standout deal of the window.

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Leicester, Wolves and Tottenham have all been linked to the Danish midfielder who was reportedly unhappy at Inter with club chief executive Giuseppe Marotta saying in December he was on the market.

However, the situation seem to have changed in recent weeks. The 28-year-old has enjoyed more game-time under head coach Antonio Conte recently and he scored a brilliant free-kick in the 97th minute of the Milan derby to knock AC Milan out of the Coppa Italia.

Marotta hinted on Saturday that he could stay at the club after all, telling broadcaster DAZN: “As Antonio Conte said, if there are some players who are unhappy and want to find other clubs, it’s not right to withhold them.

“We do not have any of those situations. Therefore, this is the squad we will have at our disposal until the end of the season.”

Nevertheless, Premier League clubs are keen to bolster in the playmaking department this month so a deal may still happen. A return to his former club Tottenham would be surprising, but possible.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles – Leicester or West Brom

Ainsley Maitland-Niles looks set to depart Arsenal this window on loan with his minutes limited at the Gunners.

West Brom are the team who have been most linked with the 23-year-old, who has played just 11 times in the Premier League this season, for the majority of this window.

But the Athletic report Leicester are now keen on the versatile wingback and they may be tempted to include a £15m option to buy as part of their offer.

Southampton are also said to be looking at bringing in Maitland-Niles.

Maitland-Niles will be eager to secure a place in the England squad for the upcoming European championships. It looks almost certain he will go to another Premier League club on Deadline Day.

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Mustafi, Long, Diop – Liverpool

Liverpool are desperate for a central defender with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all injured. As a result, the Merseyside club are looking for a short-term signing to come in and cover in central defence.

Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi, who the north London club are reportedly trying to get rid of, is said to be being considered by the Premier League champions.

Mustafi, who joined Arsenal in August 2016 for a fee reportedly in excess of £35m, has played just nine times in all appearances for the Gunners this season.

The Germany international is in talks with Arsenal to have his contract, which expires this summer, terminated.

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Jurgen Klopp has maintained champions Liverpool will be financially responsible in the transfer market, due to the economic situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, but said the club is working tirelessly to find a defensive solution in the coming days.

“I’m not sure there’s an £80 million centre back available at the moment,” Klopp told reporters on Friday. “A player of this calibre, I’m not sure teams would sell them now.

“It’s the same situation as before, we work on this. If we don’t sleep, we work.

“Everything is long-term, usually. It’s about solutions and that’s what we are working on.”

Liverpool are also reportedly looking at New York Red Bulls’ 28-year-old central defender Aaron Long as well as West Ham’s Issa Diop.

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has said he would like to bring in a backup left-back with Sead Kolasinac moving to Schalke this window and Ainsley Maitland-Niles set to leave the club. Any move would likely be a late one as the north London club will want to shift Maitland-Niles first.

The fullbacks linked are Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand, Marseille’s Jordan Amavi – formerly of Aston Villa – and Patrick Van Aanholt.

Ryan Bertrand is looking unlikely as he is reportedly set to sign a new contract with the Saints, while a move for Amavi would more likely be for the summer as that is when his contract in France expires.

Patrick Van Aanholt may well be a realistic option.

Arsenal are said to have had their interest in promising youngster Tyrick Mitchell turned down, but the 21-year-old is playing ahead of the Netherlands international. The latter may see a loan move to the Gunners as a way of getting his career back on track ahead of the Euros.

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Dayot Upamecano – Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich are in talks for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano. The German window deadline is 5pm GMT.

The 22-year-old French central defender is also wanted by Manchester United, and they could still make a move for him for £55 million this transfer window.

But Bayern have held talks with him in the last week and it seems as though they are going to win the race to his signature.

It could be wrapped up on deadline day, but it would make for quite the day should United go in for him at the very last minute.

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PSG miss out on top spot with shock Lorient defeat

Paris Saint-Germain missed out on an opportunity to move top of Ligue 1 after they conceded a last-gasp 3-2 defeat at lowly Lorient, their first loss in nine competitive games and the first for new coach Mauricio Pochettino.

The French champions went ahead on Sunday thanks to two Neymar penalties after Laurent Abergel’s opener, only for the hosts to equalise with 10 minutes remaining through Yoane Wissa and wrap it up in stoppage time courtesy of a Terem Moffi goal.

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PSG have 45 points from 22 games and trail Lille – who beat Dijon 1-0 – by three points. Lyon who beat Bordeaux 2-1 on Friday, split the two on 46 points.

Lorient are now 18th on 18 points.

PSG were without Marco Verratti and Abdou Diallo, who have been isolating after testing positive for coronavirus and the Italian midfielder’s absence was felt.

The hosts went ahead against the run of play when Abergel dispossessed Danilo Pereira, who was standing in for Verratti, and fired the ball under the crossbar with a cross shot in the 36th minute.

PSG, however, hit back on the stroke of half-time as Neymar converted a penalty after being brought down by Houboulang Mendes.

Mendes was at fault again, on Mauro Icardi this time, as PSG won another penalty, which was again coolly converted by Neymar in the 58th minute.

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But Lorient levelled with 10 minutes left when Wissa fired past Sergio Rico after a one-two with Moffi.

Moffi then bagged all three points for Lorient after beating the offside trap for his fifth goal in his last five matches as PSG lost in the league for the first time in eight games.

Their last defeat was a 1-0 loss to Lyon in Ligue 1 on Dec. 13.

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Some Olympique de Marseille fans stormed into the team’s training ground hours before a Ligue 1 game against Stade Rennais as they protested against the club’s officials, with Saturday’s fixture subsequently postponed.

RMC Sport reported some 150-200 supporters tried to break into the Robert Louis Dreyfus centre.

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Footage on RMC Sport’s twitter feed showed some of the fans forcing their way in. Some were seen throwing flares and lighting firecrackers.

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The outlet published footage of fans marching in the streets and carrying banners reading “(Club) directors, out”, as well as others directly targeting OM president Jacques-Henri Eyraud.

It then reported the situation had calmed down, without elaborating. OM were not immediately available for comment.

Earlier in the day, St Étienne’s training session was interrupted by 300 supporters who came to apply pressure to the team following their humiliating 5-0 derby defeat to Lyon ahead of their clash against OGC Nice on Sunday.

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Some Olympique de Marseille fans stormed into the team’s training ground hours before a Ligue 1 game against Stade Rennais as they protested against the club’s officials, French multimedia outlet RMC Sport reported on Saturday.

RMC Sport reported some 150-200 supporters tried to break into the Robert Louis Dreyfus centre.

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Footage on RMC Sport’s twitter feed showed some of the fans forcing their way in. Some were seen throwing flares and lighting firecrackers.

The outlet published footage of fans marching in the streets and carrying banners reading “(Club) directors, out”, as well as others directly targeting OM president Jacques-Henri Eyraud.

It then reported the situation had calmed down, without elaborating. OM were not immediately available for comment.

Earlier in the day, St Étienne’s training session was interrupted by 300 supporters who came to apply pressure to the team following their humiliating 5-0 derby defeat to Lyon ahead of their clash against OGC Nice on Sunday.

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Exclusive: PSG hope to secure Dele beyond short-term loan, as deal moves closer

Paris Saint-Germain are eager to get Dele Alli’s loan deal confirmed as they believe they might be able to convince him to stick around longer once he gets a taste of life at the club.

They are getting closer to an agreement with Tottenham that will see him join up for the final months of the season. Daniel Levy has not been in the mood to allow a longer loan or any option to buy yet sources believe the player could become tempted to push for a permanent transfer or another loan if an initial period in Ligue 1 goes well.

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Leonardo, the club’s sporting director, is so strongly behind the move that this transfer may have happened even if the link with ex-Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was not in place. There is huge admiration for his quality and a belief that he can enhance their attacking options.

There is also hope that if Dele wins Ligue 1, and has been playing alongside the likes of Neymar Jr and Kylian Mbappe, then he will be more encouraged to push for a permanent switch – particularly as there is no sign that he is going to be in Spurs’ plans while Jose Mourinho is around.

Levy would put a huge price-tag on Dele as he has always felt he has the ability to be recognised as a £100 million player, but the next few months will determine whether he can recapture the kind of form that would warrant such a figure.

Spurs are trying to find a player to replace Dele in the squad and it is not unusual that they leave business like this until deadline day.

Ideally Mourinho would like to add a midfield player with more experience and nous to help his side in the most important stages of the campaign. But it is not impossible this Dele deal gets the go-ahead even if they can’t find a new signing, as the player really needs football in a new environment.

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Pochettino opens the door for Ramos at PSG

Mauricio Pochettino would welcome Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos at Paris Saint-Germain.

PSG are reportedly interested in signing Ramos with the 34-year-old yet to agree a new contract with the La Liga champions. The Spain international’s current deal at Real expires this summer and talks with his club have reached a stalemate.

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Pochettino says Ramos would “find a great club” at PSG should he wish to try something new as the Ligue 1 club continue to pursue the Madrid icon.

“After one month [at PSG] I am finding players with great leadership,” he told Marca.

“The great [players] are able to play and coexist in different projects and cultures, but I am very respectful.

“PSG’s strategy has been the same for years, ever since we signed Ronaldinho: to look at market opportunities and bring in those who can improve what we have. We will see in the coming months.

Here, Ramos would find a great club with the obsession to always win. PSG are one of the biggest [clubs] in the world.

Pochettino was also asked about the future of Kylian Mbappe, who has been linked with Real Madrid in recent months. He believes the 22-year-old will have a long, successful future at PSG.

“There are a lot of rumours, but I think he will be at PSG for many years to come,” he said. “That’s the club’s hope.

“We are counting on him for as long as we are here. It’s true that he has to make a decision [on his future], but he seems happy and very committed to this project.”

Pochettino refused to be drawn on the possibility of PSG signing Lionel Messi.

He added: “I respect the players who belong to other teams, because they [the teams] can be angry and I understand why.

“We understand that in the world of football there are no saints, nobody can complain that each club does its best to improve their team. But this does not hide a hidden message on our part.”

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