Paris Saint-Germain will pay Neymar a bonus of €3m (£2.6m) if he wins the Ballon d’Or.
The Brazilian forward left Barcelona for the French club in the summer and has been in scintillating form for Unai Emery’s side, scoring eight goals and notching seven assists in his first nine games. (Le Parisien)
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl has emerged as a Manchester City transfer target for Pep Guardiola. The 22-year-old, who is also wanted by Barcelona, is considered to be one of the rising stars in European football and Guardiola is keen to bolster his midfield with Fernandinho and Yaya Toure both out of contract in the summer. (AS)
Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has emerged as a Barcelona transfer target. The Senegalese centre-half, who was also linked with Chelsea in the summer, decided to stay with Napoli in order to help them challenge for the Serie A title.
Fast and technically gifted, Barcelona have identified him as a proficient ball-playing defender who could fit in well at the Nou Camp.
But it might take a bid of around £60m to lure the 26-year-old away from Naples. (Mundo Deportivo)
Celta Vigo have entered the race for Barcelona striker and Southampton transfer target Paco Alcacer. The former Valencia frontman has struggled to establish himself in the first-team at the Nou Camp. (Onda Cero)
Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri was coy on whether he would rotate his players for Tuesday’s Champions League showdown with Manchester City.
It is believed that Sarri will rest some of his key players with one eye on Napoli’s top-of-the-table Serie A clash with Inter Milan this weekend. Sarri also criticised the scheduling of his side’s fixtures, with high-intensity games against Roma, City and Inter in the space of a week. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)
City boss Guardiola, meanwhile, has praised Napoli’s style of football and described Tuesday’s clash at the Etihad Stadium as a “big test” for his players.
“As both a spectator and a coach I like to watch Napoli, and when I’m at home I like to watch their matches. Moreover, I learn a lot. Napoli represent a big test for us, and this clash fascinates me.” (Corriere dello Sport)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hit back at critics ahead of his side’s Champions League clash with Slovenian side Maribor.
The Reds have won only one of their last eight games, but the former Borussia Dortmund boss took exception to a question from a reporter asking if he does not win enough crucial games.
“So, you are saying I am a charismatic, funny loser?” Klopp said. (Bild)
RB Leipzig would not have allowed Naby Keita to join Liverpool had there been no release clause in his contract, according to the German club’s CEO.
Oliver Mintzlaff said Leipzig were surprised that Keita managed to attract such a sizeable bid after the Reds triggered a £48m clause in his contract.
“We did not presume that only after a few months there’d be a club willing to pay significantly more,” Mintzlaff said. (Kicker)
Louis van Gaal is still unhappy about how he was sacked and replaced by Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.
The Dutchman was dismissed hours after leading United to FA Cup glory in May 2016 and replaced by Mourinho, and the pair were reunited at Anfield on Sunday with van Gaal working on the Liverpool v United game for Dutch television.
“The way his transfer as a manager to Manchester United went was not elegant at all. That resulted in my sacking,” he said.
“In principle, he is not a bad guy. He can be sympathetic and he was this way when he was my assistant in the past.” (Ziggo Sport)