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Arsenal agrees Lemar deal

Thomas Lemar Monaco 2017

Arsenal have agreed a deal with Monaco for the signing of Thomas Lemar in the January transfer window, according to the Daily Star.

The France international has finalised terms with the Gunners, with the 21-year-old set to sign a five-year deal worth £250,000 per week.

The apparent agreement does not, however, depend on Alexis Sanchez leaving in the winter window, with his contract due to expire in summer 2018.

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Mbappe completes €180 million move to PSG

Kylian Mbappe PSG GraphicParis Saint-Germain have pulled off their latest coup in the transfer market by completing the signing of Kylian Mbappe from Monaco.

The 18-year-old striker was the subject of intense transfer speculation all summer but has finally joined his hometown club, initially on loan but with the club having a compulsory purchase clause in the deal that means he will arrive on a permanent basis next summer.

At that time, he is expected to become the world’s second most expensive player, with the deal reported to be as much as €180 million. His contract will run through June 30, 2022.

“It is with great joy and pride that I join Paris Saint-Germain,” Mbappe said in a press release. For any young person from the Paris region, it is often a dream to wear the red and blue jersey and experience the unique atmosphere of the Parc des Princes.

“I really wanted to be a part of the club’s project, which is one of the most ambitious in Europe. Alongside my new teammates, I intend to continue my progression while helping the team achieve the very big objectives it has set itself.”

PSG have already smashed the world transfer record this summer, having acquired Neymar from Barcelona for €222m.

As a result of that deal, they could not also afford to sign Mbappe and stay within UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations, hence the move is simply a loan to begin with.

The teenager is regarded as one of the hottest properties in the game, having exploded into Monaco’s starting XI in the second half of last season by scoring 26 times in 44 matches.

He has earned widespread praise, with Juventus great Gianluigi Buffon dubbing him a “future Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo” .

“Among players of his age, he is without doubt the most promising in the world due to his immense technical, physical and mental qualities,” PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said.

“Since his emergence at the highest level, he has earned an excellent reputation as a young talent who is very respectful, open, ambitious and already very mature.

“Under our colors, in the midst of truly great players, Kylian will continue his progression in a way that will also benefit the French national team in the months and years to come.”

Mbappe has, though, been used sparingly at the start of the new season, given the speculation around his future, with a whole host of Europe’s top clubs having been linked with a move at one stage or another.

The forward started the French Super Cup defeat to PSG, and then Monaco’s first Ligue 1 game of the new campaign, but has since been an unused substitute or left out of the squad entirely.

Monaco hit Arsenal’s hopes of signing Lemar, says player not for sale

'He's staying with us' - Monaco hit Arsenal's hopes of signing Lemar

The Stade Louis II club are insistent that they have managed to keep hold of all the players they wanted to this summer

Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev has told Arsenal that midfielder Thomas Lemar is not for sale.

The Gunners were chasing the France international but the Ligue 1 champions have outright rejected speculation he could leave before the end of the summer transfer window.

“I will address speculation relating to the case of Thomas Lemar. He is staying with us,” he said. “He is an immense talent and is essential for the team.

“We have kept all of the key players that we intended to keep.”

Arsenal launched a €35 million move for Lemar in June, though Monaco rebuffed their offer for the midfielder, who scored 14 times for the principality club last season, creating 17 more.

Vasilyev also addressed speculation regarding the future of Fabinho, who had been linked with Manchester United earlier in the transfer window.

“Fabinho stays, he is an essential player in the midfield,” he said.

Monaco have sold more than €165m of talent already this summer, including Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy to Manchester City and Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea while City are preparing a world-record bid for Kylian Mbappe.

 

Man City favored to land Mbappe in world record deal

Man City prepare world-record bid for MbappeManchester City are in advanced talks to sign Kylian Mbappe from Monaco in a deal which would smash the world transfer record, it was revealed.

Real Madrid are also in the race to sign the 18-year-old but senior City decision makers have been in contact with their Monaco counterparts over the past 24 hours and are pushing to reach a speedy resolution.

City sources close to the negotiations have been given the impression that Madrid need to sell Gareth Bale to Manchester United before they can make their interest official.

The Blues have already made a formal approach and are now awaiting a response from Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev.

The French champions have made it clear that they want mega money for Mbappe, meaning City, Madrid and any other suitors would have to pay more than £150 million.

Monaco last week threatened several clubs, including City, with a formal complaint to Fifa over alleged illegal approaches to Mbappe, but the two sides have remained in contact since concluding negotiations for left-back Benjamin Mendy over the weekend.

Though it is believed Mbappe is also open to moving to the Santiago Bernabeu, Pep Guardiola has spoken personally with the teenager in a bid to convince him to move to Manchester, and the Catalan’s employers are now trying to persuade Monaco to sell.

Madrid, who were also among the clubs warned by Monaco last week, have had to wait to make their approach until they sell off several first-team players.

Having failed to recoup a fee for James Rodriguez, who joined Bayern Munich on loan, the Champions League holders have raised over £80m in the last week by selling Alvaro Morata to Chelsea and Danilo to City.

City are under the impression that Madrid’s hopes of signing Mbappe could hinge on Bale joining United in another big-money deal.

City remain determined to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal but have been surprised by the Gunners’ determination not to sell to a Premier League rival.

The Blues had always expected the Londoners to relent, but Goal understands that over the past few days Guardiola and his staff have reluctantly discussed the possibility of waiting until next year to bring in the Chilean on a free transfer.

City are still in talks for both Alexis and Mbappe and could yet sign both before the end of the transfer window, though that would depend on a glut of player sales for big fees.

Man City to sign Benjamin Mendy in record deal

Benjamin Mendy

Manchester City are prepared to make Benjamin Mendy the most expensive defender ever to bring him from Monaco, according to reports from France.

City have already paid £50m for Kyle Walker, equalling the amount paid for David Luiz by PSG, but could raise their offer for the full-back to more than their outlay for Walker to ensure they get their man.

Trending: How Chelsea Signed £40m Bakayoko From Monaco

Chelsea have completed the signing of French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko from AS Monaco on a five-year deal believed to be in the region of £40m. Chelsea made the announcement on their official website on Saturday.

“Tiemoue Bakayoko is a Chelsea player having today completed a transfer from Monaco,” a statement on Chelsea’s website reads.

“Bakayoko, 22, is a tall, strong and quick central midfielder who was instrumental in Monaco’s Ligue 1 triumph last season, as well as their impressive run to the Champions League semi-finals.

“He recently made his debut for France in the same line-up as new team-mate N’Golo Kante, and is widely recognised as one of the best young central midfielders in European football.”

Bakayoko, who will wear the No.14 shirt, said: ” I am very happy to be here and to join this great team. I have grown up watching Chelsea. Signing was the natural thing for me because it is a club I loved very much in my childhood.

“I am now looking forward to evolving under this fantastic coach and alongside so many great team-mates.”

Bakayoko becomes Chelsea’s third signing after Willy Caballero and Antonio Rudiger arrived from Manchester City and Roma respectively.

Allow me to join Arsenal, Lemar tells Monaco

Thomas Lemar Monaco

Monaco winger Thomas Lemar has demanded the club allow him to join Arsenal, according to report.

The Gunners are set to make a £45 million offer for the France international, but the Ligue 1 champions are worried about losing too many players this summer. arsenal had earlier secured the services of another French international, Lacezade from Olympic Lyon.

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