Mbappe was 'in talks' with Liverpool before PSG new deal, Sadio Mane reaches Bayern Munich 'breakthrough' – updates

KYLIAN MBAPPE confirms he was in talks with English giants Liverpool before ultimately signing a new contract in Paris.

The Frenchman was heavily linked with Real Madrid, but Mbappe surprisingly revealed that it was Anfield he was considering moving to.

Liverpool missed out on the chance to sign Mbappe and now they could be losing Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich according to reports.

Bayern are having contractual issues with Serge Gnabry which gas forced them to look elsewhere.

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Jesus addresses future

    Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus has opened up about his future amid speculation over a move to Arsenal and Tottenham.

    Jesus told ESPN Brazil: “About my future, it’s still uncertain.

    “I have a contract with City and I have already expressed my desire to the City people and to my agent. I have in my head [a very clear idea of] what I want.

    “Today, I want to celebrate a lot with City. It’s obvious that I’m very happy here.

    “Tomorrow, if everything goes well for me, my wife and our family, [daughter] Helena will come to the world.

    “So, I have to take advantage of this moment. Then, think about the team, smile at the team again. And, on vacation, I [will] decide about my future”

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  • Kostas Lianos

    West Ham target Lingard

    West Ham are trying to re-sign outgoing Manchester United ace Jesse Lingard.

    That is according to Sky Sports, who report that United have made "initial enquiries" with Lingard' representatives.

    The versatile midfielder is set to become a free agent in June following a hapless season with the Red Devils.

    The Hammers have been wanting the England international back ever since a stunning loan stint last term

  • Kostas Lianos

    Mbappe's Real support

    Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe revealed he will be supporting Real Madrid in the Champions League Final against Liverpool.

    Mbappe snubbed a move to Real after signing a lucrative new contract with PSG.

    The star striker said: "I’ll be Real Madrid’s first supporter for UCL final in Paris, my house.

    "I’d like to thank Real and Florentino Perez. I understand their disappointment.

    “I understand honour and privilege to be wanted by an institution such as Real Madrid"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Mbappe on Real Madrid snub

    Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe explained why he turned Real Madrid down.

    Mbappe said: “Everybody knows I wanted to leave last year, and I was convinced that would be the best decision at the time. The years pass but they are different, and the context is different now. That goes for sporting terms, and also, personally.

    “I was free to make a decision and I know how important that is here in France. It is the country where I have grown up, I have always lived here, and leaving my country wasn’t the right thing.

    “There is a sentimental aspect to this. It is my country. The sporting project has changed as well. That made me want to stay here because I don’t think my story is over yet. That goes for collectively and individually”

  • Kostas Lianos

    Bellingham issues transfer blow

    Chelsea and Manchester United have been dealt a major transfer blow in their bid to sign Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham after he stated he is staying in Germany.

    Bellingham has been linked with the Blues as well as United ahead of the summer transfer window.

    Speaking to Ruhr Nachrichten BVB, Bellingham said: “The only future I think about is the next game for Dortmund.

    “I look forward to next season. I look forward to it finally starting. But yes, I will be here next season and I will be ready.”

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Tottenham monitoring Jesus

    Tottenham look set for a bidding war with North London rivals Arsenal over Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus.

    The Gunners have been tracking Jesus for months, and have even spoken to his agent since the Premier League champions confirmed the purchase of Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland.

    However, Mike McGrath at The Telegraph now reports that Spurs are interested in the forward following their fourth-place finish, which guarantees them Champions League football.

    Tottenham manager Antonio Conte is keen to strengthen his squad for the next campaign, and has shortlisted the Brazil international, who is capable of either playing through the middle or out wide

  • Kostas Lianos

    Mbappe held Liverpool talks

    Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe has confirmed he held talks with Liverpool over a sensational Anfield move.

    That was before Mbappe ended speculation around his future by announcing he's signed a new contract with PSG.

    The 23-year-old sparked rage among Real Madrid, who thought he was joining them in the summer.

    But the France international confirmed he's staying put in Paris in a highly-anticipated announcement at the weekend.

    And the star striker has since revealed that Real weren't the only club he considered joining.

    Mbappe told TeleFoot: "It was not just Real Madrid and PSG – I was in talks to join Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool"

  • Gary Stonehouse

    Overnight round-up

    Tottenham want Gabriel Jesus and Christian Eriksen – while Aston Villa have beaten Prem giants to Boubacar Kamara.

    Spurs are ready to celebrate winning a Champions League spot AND boost hopes of keeping boss Antonio Conte by allowing him a six-player signing spree.

    That includes Arsenal target Jesus, who admits his Manchester City future is uncertain.

    And Christian Eriksen's Brentford form has been so sensational that Tottenham are weighing up a return for the Denmark midfielder.

    Juventus, meanwhile, reportedly still want Jorginho but 'won't spend big' for the Chelsea anchorman.

    Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano reckons the Italian giants are prioritising moves for PSG winger Angel Di Maria and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

    Everton will offer Burnley free agent James Tarkowski £90,000 a week.

    But the twice-capped England centre-back is also high on Villa's wishlist.

    Villa boss Steven Gerrard has overcome interest from Manchester United, Newcastle and Atletico Madrid to recruit Marseille midfielder Kamara.

    Finally, speculation over Sevilla defender Jules Kounde joining Chelsea or Arsenal has reignited again.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Spurs stars want transfer spree

    Tottenham's senior stars have urged the club to back Antonio Conte in the transfer market this summer.

    Conte wants around six signings and Spurs are considering moves for the likes of Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus and former hero Christian Eriksen.

    The Italian’s side secured a Champions League spot with Sunday’s 5-0 rout of Norwich at Carrow Road.

    Conte, 52, is set for talks with chairman Daniel Levy and managing director of football Fabio Paratici this week — but he has hinted he could still walk if the club do not match his ambition, despite having a year left on his contract.

    The ex-Chelsea and Inter Milan boss was backed in January to sign Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski, whose loan is set to be turned permanent for £29.2million.

    Centre-back Eric Dier, revitalised by Conte, said: “The club needs to take advantage of this moment, of this team and this manager.

    “It’s in the club’s hands now. We’ve done our job and now it’s the club’s job this summer to do the best work they can."

    Skipper Hugo Lloris, 35, added: “I believe Conte knows exactly what he wants and needs. I believe there is huge confidence. It’s just about making decisions together."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Pep faces tough decision on City 'legends'

    Pep Guardiola has some agonising decisions to make over his ‘legends’ this summer.

    The Manchester City boss was full of praise for his squad after clinching a fourth Premier League title in five years on Sunday — calling them “eternal”.

    But there remains a question mark over whether a handful of the heroes will be there when their latest title defence kicks off in August.

    And one of those whose future must be decided is Sunday’s two-goal saviour Ilkay Gundogan.

    You might think a team who amassed 93 points and scored 99 goals in another outstanding campaign does not need much work doing to it.

    But Pep has shown before he is not one for standing still and admiring the view from the summit.

    Meanwhile, Erling Haaland’s signing has made all the headlines — but Argentina international Julian Alvarez will also arrive from River Plate and has the potential to be just as exciting.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Mbappe reveals Liverpool talks

    Ky;ian Mbappe has confirmed he held talks with Liverpool over a sensational Anfield move.

    The French striker ended speculation around his future by announcing he's signed a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain.

    The 23-year-old sparked rage from Real Madrid, who expected the forward to join them.

    But Mbappe confirmed he's staying put in the French capital in a highly-anticipated announcement at the weekend.

    And the 23-year-old has since revealed that Real Madrid weren't the only club he considered joining.

    Mbappe told TeleFoot: "It was not just Real Madrid and PSG – I was in talks to join Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Sterling future uncertain

    Raheem Sterling's Manchester City future remains up in the air – despite his key role in another title triumph.

    The 27-year-old acewho has been linked to Arsenal, enters the final 12 months of his £300,000-a-week contract after spending the last seven years at the Etihad.

    And he plans to have a think about his future once he is finished with England duty in mid-June.

    Sterling’s primary concern is that he continues to play regularly after he lost his place in the team earlier in the season.

    While he won it back in the winter, he was left on the bench for both legs against Real Madrid in the Champions League and the final two matches of the season.

    And he will be concerned the summer arrivals of Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez will make the competition for places in Pep Guardiola’s squad even stronger.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Spurs target Jesus and Eriksen

    Tottenham will let Antonio Conte bid big for Arsenal target Gabriel Jesus this summer amid a potential six-player spree.

    Ex-Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen is also on the list after his sensational Prem return with Brentford.

    But Manchester City striker Jesus could cost £60million-plus.

    The Brazilian admits his future is uncertain.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Frenzy over Kounde

    Speculation over Sevilla defender Jules Kounde being in London today reignited talk of the Sevilla defender joining Chelsea or Arsenal.

    Sevilla president Jose Castro admitted this morning the club are ready to sell players to fund new signings after finishing fourth in LaLiga.

    And reports in Spain reckon nine-cap Frenchman Kounde is one of the likely departures.

    It's also thought Chelsea came close to landing the 23-year-old last summer.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Villa land Man Utd and Atletico target Boubacar

    Aston Villa have pulled off one of the summer's best free-transfer coups after beating Atletico Madrid to Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara on a five-year-deal.

    The 22-year-old was outstanding for the Ligue 1 runners-up and made it to the semi-finals of the Europa Conference League.

    That form earned Kamara rave reviews and a call-up to Didier Deschamps' French national team, where he will team up with Villa's Lucas Digne, before completing his move to Villa Park when his current deal expires at the end of this month.

    It is a stunning piece of business from Villa, who fought off fierce competition from Manchester United, Newcastle United, Jose Mourinho's Roma and Spanish giants Atletico to land one of the hottest young prospects in Europe.

    Despite being available for free, Villa will have to invest a staggering £30million over the next five seasons as Kamara will rake in over £100,000-a-week after turning his back on Champions' League football with Marseille.

    He confessed the chance to work with midfield legend Gerrard was too good to turn down and said: "When I met with Steven, Christian [Purslow, chief executive] and Johan [Lange, sporting director] in my home I knew Aston Villa was for me. 

    "Their ambition and determination to succeed matches my own. I cannot wait for pre-season to get going."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Brazilian lawyer Pimenta takes Raiola role

    Before super agent Mino Raiola passed away last month, he had one request for his long time ally.

    The Italian, who boasted football stars including Erling Haaland, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic as clients, asked Brazilian lawyer Rafaela Pimenta to take over the reins of his business.

    It is she who is tasked with advising France World Cup winner Pogba of his next move – with a move away from Man Utd said to be imminent.

    Whether he stays at Old Trafford or re-signs for Juventus, who are believed to have offered the playmaker a three year deal worth £6.3million-per-year deal, Pimenta will be at the centre of all negotiations.

    In truth, she could become the most powerful woman in football.

    For 18 years, Pimenta was Raiola's right-hand woman – working by his side.

    She was entrusted as a vital cog in his affairs, as well as a brain to lean on for advice.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Spurs offer Conte six-player spree

    Tottenham are reportedly set to promise Antonio Conte at least six new signings this summer to persuade the manager to stay.

    Conte, 52, has flown to Italy to spend time with his wife and daughter after living alone in London since taking over at Spurs in November.

    The Italian is said to be considering his Tottenham future and will talk with his family before making a decision, as they are unlikely to move to London with him.

    Conte has a year remaining on his contract but Spurs Managing Director of Football Fabio Paratici is planning to join his compatriot in Italy to encourage him to stay, report The Telegraph.

    The Spurs boss has refused to commit to the club but Paratici hopes the offer of new signings will persuade him to stay.

    Conte is said to want between six to eight new players, including three defenders, a midfielder and a forward who can play centrally or out wide.

    Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus fits the last category and Spurs could try and hijack Arsenal's move for the forward. His representatives have held talks with the Gunners and Jesus is believed to be a fan of Mikel Arteta's project – but they are open to other suitors.

    As well as the Brazilian Tottenham are reportedly eyeing moves for midfielders Christian Eriksen, James Ward-Prowse, and Kalvin Phillips.

    Middlesbrough right wing-back Djed Spence, who has impressed on loan at Nottingham Forest this year, is also thought to be of interest.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Juve won’t spend big on Jorginho

    Chelsea midfielder Jorginho is still a Juventus target but the Serie A giants won't ‘spend big’ to land the Italy midfielder.

    That’s the understanding of Fabrizio Romano for Caught Offside, who believes Juve are prioritising moves for Angel Di Maria and Paul Pogba over the 30-year-old.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Mikel: Nketiah, Elneny, Lacazette futures 'decided'

    Mikel Arteta has remained cryptic about the futures of Eddie Nketiah, Mo Elneny, and Alexandre Lacazette.

    The trio are out of contract at the end of the season, and their futures at the Emirates remain in the balance.

    But, it appears, the Spanish tactician already knows what lies ahead for them.

    Arteta revealed: “It’s been decided, but it’s very difficult to communicate it. What they deserve is to have what they had today.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Toffees offer Tarkowski £90k a week

    Everton will offer Burnley free agent James Tarkowski £90,000 a week.

    The Telegraph suggest the Toffees and Aston Villa are current frontrunners for the twice-capped England centre-back.

    Everton aren't looking to spend big this summer but the out-of-contract defender offers value for money.

    The former West Ham target has clocked up 194 Premier League appearances.

    And he's keen to resolve his future before jetting away on holiday.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Jesus admits 'uncertain' future

    Gabriel Jesus has opened up about his future at Manchester City amid speculation over a move to Arsenal or Tottenham.

    The 25-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Etihad, particularly since the Premier League champions confirmed the signing of Erling Haaland earlier this month.

    And Jesus admitted everything is still very much up in the air heading into the summer window.

    Speaking to ESPN Brazil, he said: "About my future, it’s still uncertain.

    "I have a contract with City and I have already expressed my desire to the City people and to my agent. I have in my head [a very clear idea of] what I want.

    "I want to celebrate a lot with City. It’s obvious that I’m very happy here.

    "And, on vacation, I [will] decide about my future."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Red Devils & Toon in for Ekitike

    Manchester United and Newcastle are currently in the middle of a six-way battle for the signature of Reims teenager Hugo Ekitike.

    However, it's being reported in France that PSG are lining up a £38m for the striker.

    According to Foot Mercato, Manchester United and Newcastle are the main interested parties from the Premier League.

    Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan are all also in the hunt.

    Back in January, it was reported that Newcastle had had a £33m bid accepted by the French club, only for Ekitike himself to turn down the offer.

    Both Man United and Newcastle are looking bolster their striker options for the upcoming season.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Up to NINE Gunners face axe ahead of £150m spree

    Arsenal are looking to scrape together £60million from an Emirates yard sale of players who no longer figure in their plans, writes MARK IRWIN.

    The club are ready to spend as much as £150million this summer but want to offset some of that by selling seven surplus players at knockdown prices.

    Matteo Guendouzi and Konstantinos Mavropanos have already generated £12.5million after being offloaded to Marseille and Stuttgart respectively.

    Now Arsenal are trying to negotiate further cut-price deals for Hector Bellerin, Lucas Torreira, Bernd Leno, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Pablo Mari.

    Arteta has told technical director Edu that he needs 22 outfield players to cope with the extra demands of Europa League football next season.

    With Alex Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah both set to leave as free agents and Mohamed Elneny just signing a new one-year contract with the option of a further 12 months, Arsenal currently have just 16 senior outfield players on their books.

    That figure could be boosted by the return of William Saliba and possibly Reiss Nelson from their current loan deals.

    And Arteta is ready to allow promising youngsters such as Charlie Patino, Miguel Azeez and Omari Hutchinson the chance to cut their teeth in the Europa League group games.

    But he still wants to make four top quality signings this summer as he looks for two strikers, a central midfielder and possibly another full-back.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Wolves prepare for exit of Utd & Arsenal target Neves

    Wolves have offeredMorgan Gibbs-White a new deal as Bruno Lage prepares for life without Barcelona, Manchester United and Arsenal target Ruben Neves, writes GRAEME BRYCE.

    Midfielder Neves seems certain to call time on his five-year Molineux career after an emotional bow following his final home game against Norwich last week.

    And the 25-year-old Portugal ace uese international followed it up by admitting he is ready to 'live his dreams,' following Wolves' final game of the season at Anfield on Sunday.

    Now Lage has made his first move to rebuild his squad by offering AC Milan target Gibbs-White a bumper new deal.

    The 22-year-old enjoyed a stellar season on loan at Sheffield United where he scored 12 goals in 37 appearances to convince Lage he can play a massive part in Wolves' future.

    Fresh terms have now been offered to the attack-minded midfielder who was voted the Blades Player of the Season.

  • Ian Tuckey

    New Neym for the Bridge?

    Chelsea are 7/1 favourites in a star-studded field to sign PSG striker Neymar.

    Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are thought to be in contention for the Brazil legend, as well as Newcastle and Manchester United.

    Talk of Neymar's future has hit the headlines this week.

    French newspaper Le Parisien claim the 30-year-old has been put up for sale after "direct orders" from executives Qatar.

    Neymar has scored 100 and provided 60 assists in 144 appearances for PSG since his £200million arrival from Barcelona in 2017.

    And signed a contract extension last year which keeps him in Paris until June 2025.

    SKY BET ODDS ON NEYMAR'S NEXT CLUB:

    • Chelsea – 7/1
    • Barcelona – 10/1
    • Newcastle – 14/1
    • Real Madrid – 14/1
    • Bayern Munich – 16/1
    • Manchester United – 16/1

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