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    Real Madrid to offer Vinicius Jr in swap transfer for Kylian Mbappe as PSG star’s future ‘hangs in the balance’

    REAL MADRID could offer Vinicius Jr in part-exchange for Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe, according to reports.Mbappe’s future ‘hangs in the balance’ in the French capital it’s said.
    Kylian Mbappe is a man in demandCredit: Getty
    Vinicius Jr had a huge game for Real Madrid against Liverpool this weekCredit: EPA
    And should PSG show even a slight inclination to sell, Madrid are favourites to land his signature.
    According to The Telegraph, there is a ’50-50 chance’ of Mbappe staying at PSG.
    But with his contract set to expire in 15 months, and with both parties having made little progress in a year of negotiations, Mbappe could leave this summer.
    Despite being about to enter his deal’s final year, Mbappe would still cost more than £87million.
    But because of the effect of Covid-19 on the market, PSG may be willing to accept a fee structured over a number of years.
    They remain desperate to keep their star man, however, and could even allow him to enter next season without having agreed an extension in the hope he will finally sign.
    Another way that Real Madrid could stump up a high enough bid, however, would be to offer a player in part-exchange.
    And according to El Chiringuito, PSG sporting director Leonardo could be interested in his compatriot Vinicius Jr.
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    Neymar and Mbappe’s contracts both expire in June 2022Credit: Getty

    The Brazilian was in sensational form against Liverpool in the Champions League earlier this week.
    But he would be expendable, should Mbappe be available.
    Ideally, PSG want to tie Mbappe, 22, down to a five-year extension.
    Alternatively, however, the two parties could agree upon a one or two year extension – with a slight pay rise – in order to at least improve PSG’s bargaining position.
    As well as Real Madrid, Liverpool are also admirers of his.
    Should Mbappe not be available, Real Madrid will go all in for Erling Haaland, having met with father Alf-Inge and agent Mino Raiola last week.
    Following PSG’s 3-2 victory over Bayern earlier this week, Leonardo said: “I think we’ll have some news that will make us all happy soon.”
    But it is believed he was referring to a new contract for Neymar, whose current deal also expires in June 2022, rather than Mbappe.
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    Mbappe reveals how Pochettino masterminded PSG win over Bayern and insists ‘I love playing against best in the world’

    KYLIAN MBAPPE paid tribute to Mauricio Pochettino’s tactical acumen as Paris Saint-Germain beat Bayern Munich on Wednesday.The Ligue 1 side claimed a 3-2 victory at Allianz Arena to stand on the brink of the semi-finals and knocking out the defending champions.
    Kylian Mbappe was named Man of the Match for his performance on WednesdayCredit: Getty
    The striker credited Mauricio Pochettino with masterminding the winCredit: Getty
    In a repeat of his heroics away to Barcelona in the last round, 22-year-old Mbappe scored twice including the later winner.
    And the Frenchman credited coach Pochettino with the plan that stifled Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich and created space in behind for him to attack.
    The striker told RMC Sports, via GFFN: “Above all, this is a superb team performance, I was able to profit from everyone else’s work.
    “Aside from that, we are only at half-time in this huge clash. We suffered, but we suffered as a team, we should not be ashamed of our performance.
    “We were solid, and we knew how to inflict damage in our strong moments. We will attack the second leg with the same determination.
    “As I said in Barcelona, I like these type of matches. I was not always smiling, but I am not here to hide, I like to play these type of matches and to be decisive.
    “The coach wanted me to close the passing lines on Kimmich with Neymar and that I run deep to overcome the Bayern block and make them run because they don’t like that. It worked well today. ”
    Although Mbappe’s early strike surprisingly beat Manuel Neuer, there were few goalkeepers who would have saved his smart near-post finish to put PSG 3-2 ahead.
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    The star forward noted that he doesn’t feel any pressure facing such great players.
    He added: “I love to play against the best players in the world and Manuel Neuer is one of the best keepers in history.
    “I don’t feel any pressure, we played in [last year’s] final against him and didn’t score.
    “But this was another game, I scored two goals but I will face him again and I hope to score again.”
    Mbappe became the second-highest scoring Frenchman in the Champions League knockouts with the brace, jumping Thierry Henry as he reached 13 goals.
    Bayern had not lost in 19 matches in the competition going into the game and must now overturn the deficit at Parc des Princes on Tuesday.

    “Is this his moment? You bet it is!”PSG rip Bayern apart on the counter-attack again and Kylian Mbappe is the man to apply a wonderful finish ✨They’ve now scored three times at the Allianz! 😳 pic.twitter.com/cmYlOEHoOQ— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 7, 2021

    Looking ahead to the return leg, Mbappe noted: “First we need to play well against Strasbourg this weekend.
    “And then we will need to attack with confidence, even though we are facing a great team.
    “This is the Champions League, there are only great teams.”
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    Neymar’s stunning ex-girlfriend Katerina Safarova stars on reality TV show the Bachelor and announces she is on Tinder

    NEYMAR’S stunning former girlfriend Katerina Safarova is back on the market.The Brazilian’s ex is looking for a new flame on the Russian version of TV show The Bachelor.
    Russian Katerina Safarova is thought to have had a fling with Brazilian star Neymar
    The Russian model is on Tinder
    The Instagram model is appearing on the Russian version of The Bachelor
    The Instagram model had already revealed she is on popular dating app Tinder.
    Katerina, 23, is reported to have enjoyed a fling with the PSG superstar a few years ago when the two claimed to be just friends.
    She was spotted at a number of Neymar’s infamous birthday parties and has even been to see the forward play.
    It is not her first foray into reality TV after making her name on Spanish show Temptation Island.
    And Katerina took to Instagram to inform her 823,000 followers of her next move.
    She wrote: “Sweethearts, I can finally announce that I am in a Russian project called Holostyak (Bachelor in English).
    “It is a reality show that has been made in many countries across the world.
    “I’m very excited because it has finally come out.”
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    The influencer has 823,000 Instagram followers
    Russian Kat is no stranger to exotic breaks

    In the Bachelor, 15 single women compete for the affections of one man who must eliminate girls before deciding who, if anyone, to pick at the end of the show.
    Kat may be struggling to find love but old squeeze Neymar has problems of his own.
    The 29-year-old is facing a ban after being sent off against Lille before getting embroiled in a tunnel bust-up with opponent Tiago Djalo.
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    Man City ahead of PSG in Lionel Messi transfer hunt but Argentine could stay at Barcelona if they overhaul squad

    MANCHESTER CITY are ahead of Paris Saint-Germain in the transfer race to land Lionel Messi, according to reports.But the Argentine great could end up staying put at Barcelona after all.
    Manchester City lead Paris Saint-Germain in the race to sign Lionel Messi this summerCredit: Rex
    According to Mundo Deportivo, the competitiveness of the Premier League is thought to be an appealing factor for Messi as he considers his next step.
    Manchester City are on course to win their third title in four years but the strength of the league makes playing in it an exciting prospect.
    PSG, meanwhile, may be struggling to win the Ligue 1 title this year but have won seven of the last eight campaigns.
    The chance to play under Pep Guardiola again would also attract Messi to the Etihad.
    He credits the former Barca and Bayern Munich boss as the best coach he has worked under – alongside Luis Enrique.
    PSG, meanwhile, have a strong Argentine contingent with Angel Di Maria, Leandro Paredes and gaffer Mauricio Pochettino to go alongside superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
    Di Maria is desperate to play with his international team-mate at club level.
    The ex-Manchester United winger told beIN Sports: “From my whole career, from everything I’ve seen, I think Leo is from another planet. To have him as a team-mate would be wonderful.
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    “But he is a Barcelona player, he has a contract. After that, we’ll see.
    “I talk a lot with him and I always tell him that the important thing is his happiness and that of his family. It’s hard to say anything else.”
    Messi sensationally tried to quit Barcelona last summer before a dramatic U-turn agreeing to see out the final year of his contract.
    But in a season that has seen Joan Laporta return as president and with the possibility of a league-cup double still on the cards, there is a chance Messi will remain at the Nou Camp beyond this summer.
    The report adds an overhaul in the Barcelona squad could convince him to sign a new deal.

    Barca are in financial disarray so he would need to take a pay cut in any contract extension.
    But Messi wants to win the Champions League again with his boyhood club – he last did so in 2015.
    Bringing in new recruits to add to the young talents of Frenkie de Jong, Sergino Dest, Pedri and Ansu Fati could bolster the team enough to challenge in Europe again while Messi is still at the peak of his powers.
    The worry for the Argentine is if the club are reliant on waiting for the next generation to progress, it may be too late for the club captain.
    Barcelona are chasing Erling Haaland as their No1 transfer priority – along with some of the other top clubs in Europe.
    David Alaba, Eric Garcia, Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay all continue to be linked with Ronald Koeman’s side as well.
    Pep Guardiola is dreaming of a reunion with his Barcelona star at the Etihad next seasonCredit: EPA

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    Neymar puts PSG contract talks on hold because he thinks Lionel Messi might stay at Barcelona and wants reunion

    NEYMAR has reportedly put talks over a new Paris Saint-Germain contract on hold.Catalan newspaper Ara claim the Brazilian is keen on reuniting with Lionel Messi and is confident the Argentine will remain at Barcelona.
    Neymar has put contracts talks over a new deal at Paris Saint-Germain on holdCredit: Reuters
    The Brazilian is keen on a reunion with Lionel Messi at BarcelonaCredit: Getty
    The report adds that Neymar believes his ex-MSN partner will pen a new deal at the Camp Now.
    And the 29-year-old is also said to have informed his former employer Barca of his willingness to return to Spain.
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    The stance marks a dramatic U-turn following reports last month that Neymar was closing in on a new mega-money PSG contract.
    The forward was said to be is in the final stages of agreeing terms on a new five-year deal to keep him in France until 2026.
    That itself came amid stories that Neymar could be set for a stunning exit this summer with his current contract expiring in 2022.
    The PSG star, who is already the top earner in Ligue 1 on £607,000-a-week, would be in line for further Champions League-related bonuses.
    His new pay packet is unlikely to see him overtake Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi, who are the two top earners in European football.
    The latter meanwhile has reportedly issued Barcelona president Joan Laporta with a number of demands in order to sign a new deal.

    Messi – who handed in a transfer request last year before agreeing to see out his contract – is set to become a free agent in the summer.
    Manchester City have been heavily linked with a move for the six-time Ballon d’Or winner where he would reunite with Pep Guardiola.
    And Neymar’s PSG have also been credited with an interest, with the Ligue 1 side banning their squad from talking about the potential transfer.
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    Watch Neymar in tunnel bust-up with Lille’s Tiago Djalo after PSG star is sent off in 1-0 defeat in top of table clash

    NEYMAR was embroiled in a tunnel bust-up with Lille’s Tiago Djalo after BOTH players were sent-off in Ligue 1’s top of the table clash.The PSG star received his marching orders in stoppage time after picking up a second yellow card for shoving Lille defender Djalo following a physical tackle.

    Neymar pointed the finger at opponent Tiago Djalo as they entered the tunnelCredit: CANAL
    Neymar was held back by a number of officials who got in the middle of the two fired-up playersCredit: CANAL
    Neymar had to be restrained and ushered towards the changing room after the rowCredit: CANAL
    Djalo was also sent packing for reacting with a foul-mouthed rant at the Brazilian.
    And the pair’s war of words turned physical with a bit of argy bargy as they headed down the tunnel.
    The two players had to be separated as the flare-up continued until they headed to their respective changing rooms.
    Neymar tried to shove the 20-year-old but officials got in the way to restrain the duo before things boiled over completely.
    The youngster sent one of the peacemakers flying to the ground as he tried to get back at Neymar as emotions ran high in what was a crucial fixture.
    Lille won the game 1-0 to leapfrog Maurico Pochettino’s side at the top of the table.
    Jonathan David proved to be the match-winner as he found the back of the net to defeat the reigning French champions.
    The Canada striker’s first half goal put Lille three points ahead of PSG on 66 points with seven games remaining.
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    Neymar continued to rage at Lille defender Tiago Djalo after both were sent packingCredit: The Mega Agency
    Neymar and Djalo continued gesticulating angrily as they headed down the tunnelCredit: The Mega Agency
    Neymar was dismissed after the shove earned him a second yellowCredit: The Mega Agency

    Neymar picked up his second suspension of the season after he was red-carded for punching Marseille’s Alvaro Gonzalez in September.
    The former Barcelona man was making his first start since February but will now have an enforced spell on the sidelines.
    Neymar has played just 12 league matches this season due to fitness struggles and ill-discipline.
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    Watch Neymar get sent off for kicking out at rival Djalo – who also sees red as PSG lose 1-0 to Lille who go top

    NEYMAR saw red on a miserable return to Paris Saint-Germain in their 1-0 loss to title rivals Lille.The Brazilian was making his first start since February but received his marching orders after picking up two yellow cards.
    Neymar was red carded on his first start for Paris Saint-Germain since FebruaryCredit: AFP
    The Brazilian picked up a second yellow for shoving Tiago DjaloCredit: AFP

    Neymar picked up his second suspension of the season after he was red-carded for punching Marseille’s Alvaro Gonzalez in September.
    The 29-year-old has now been dismissed again after he was awarded a second yellow card for shoving Tiago Djalo in the closing minutes.
    Lille ace Djalo was in turn shown red for reacting with a foul-mouthed rant.
    But Neymar’s ban will compound Mauricio Pochettino’s misery after PSG were leapfrogged in the Ligue 1 title race following today’s loss.
    Jonathan David proved the match-winner as he found the back of the net in a 1-0 win over the French champions.
    The Canada striker’s first half goal put Lille three points ahead of PSG on 66 points with seven games remaining.
    Monaco meanwhile moved up to third on 62 points with a 4-0 thrashing of promoted Metz.
    And Olympique Lyonnais, fourth on 60 points, take on fifth-placed RC Lens later on Saturday.
    Lille leapfrogged PSG in the Ligue 1 title race after Jonathan David’s winnerCredit: AFP

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    PSG ‘slash Kylian Mbappe’s transfer fee to as low as £102m after growing impatient with star’ amid contract stand-off

    KYLIAN MBAPPE could be sold for as little as £102million in the summer with Paris Saint-Germain reportedly growing impatient with the striker.The 22-year-old has just one year left on his deal at Parc des Princes, and it remains to be seen whether he will extend his stay despite the club’s best efforts.
    Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe faces an uncertain future at Parc des PrincesCredit: Reuters
    Real Madrid are understood to be weighing up a move for the World Cup winner with boss Zinedine Zidane known to be a huge admirer of his French compatriot.
    And Le Parisien have stated that Mbappe could be heading closer to leaving Les Parisiens with the board losing patience with his contract renewal.
    They claim that they have lowered their asking price to between £102m-£128m for Mbappe should they decide to cash in on him.
    The former Monaco ace hinted that he could quit PSG following France’s three World Cup qualifiers over the international break.
    He declared that he is growing increasingly infuriated over negative headlines in the French press.
    Quoted by Mundo Deportivo, Mbappe said: “After a while, of course criticism tires, especially when you play for a team from your country and you give everything for your team as well.
    “In the end all this tires. Playing for France is different for those who come from abroad.
    “I am here all the time, playing for PSG and with the French national team.
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    Mbappe has one year left on his contract at PSG and has been linked with a move to Real Madrid
    “It’s a different context and I knew it when I signed for PSG. We’ll see later.
    “Could this influence my decision to stay at PSG in the summer? Of course.
    “But it’s not just that. The most important thing is to feel good where you are and have fun every day.”
    Mbappe has been in inspired form for PSG yet again this term, with the player chipping in with 30 goals and nine assists in 36 games in all competitions.
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