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Cavani Chooses PSG Over And Over Again


Edinson Cavani is open to extending his contract at Paris Saint-Germain despite interest from Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid, according to reports.


The striker’s current deal is set to expire in the summer and he has been linked with a move away from the French champions after almost departing in the January window.

But according to L’Equipe, the forward may have changed his mind after originally being set on leaving.

The report claims Cavani is no longer reluctant at the idea of extending his deal after being involved with the squad a lot more since January.


PSG director Leonardo is also thought to be open to the possibility with the club set for a difficult summer due to the financial impact of coronavirus.

The chief has reportedly had to revise the club’s transfer plans with big-money deals unrealistic. Mauro Icardi is currently on-loan from Inter Milan but L’Equipe claim PSG could look to save around £60million by keeping Cavani rather than pursuing a permanent deal for the Argentinian.

Cavani was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea in January but a move failed to materialise and he ended up staying in Paris.

The Uruguay forward seven goals and three assists in all competitions this season.

France’s Ligue 1 was cancelled at the end of April due to the pandemic with PSG being awarded the title.



Bakayoko Prefers PSG Than Chelsea


Bakayoko has bounced around Europe the past couple of seasons but he remains tied to Chelsea until 2022.


In a world, the 25-year-old would like to return to the place where he was born, Paris, and play for PSG according to Le Parisien.

Right now, Bakayoko is on loan at AS Monaco but with the Ligue 1 season now over, he will return to London as Chelsea are unlikely to trigger the €42 million option to buy clause.

With Kante and Jorginho preferred under Lampard, Bakayoko and his agent are once again looking at their options for next season.

At 6’1″, Bakayoko fits the “tall midfielder” priority that Leonardo, PSG’s sporting director, is looking for and he was teammates with Kylian Mbappé at Monaco in 2017 when they shockingly won Ligue 1 ahead of PSG.


While the deal seems almost too perfect, the French publication pours cold water on Bakayoko’s dream of playing in Paris by stating that “there is currently no concrete contact or real approaches.”

That’s not to say a deal can’t get done. It’s possible Leonardo is looking at better players like Sergej Milinković-Savić at Lazio. If players of that caliber are unattainable, Bakayoko would be an ideal backup plan.



Mbappe Shares His Ligue 1 Golden Boot With Ben YEdder


Kylian Mbappe has called for Wissam Ben Yedder to receive a share of the Ligue 1 golden boot after equalling his tally of 18 goals in 2019-20.


The LFP (Ligue de Football Professionnel) took the decision to name Paris Saint-Germain the champions of France for a third consecutive year at the end of April, after cancelling all remaining fixtures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A far more contentious issue was resolved on Thursday, as Ligue 1 officially named Mbappe as the golden boot winner for the season – despite the fact Ben Yedder had notched the same number of goals for Monaco.

Mbappe has now taken to social media to urge the powers that be in the French top flight to give Ben Yedder a share of the trophy, while referencing the fact that the 2018-19 Premier League Golden Boot was split between Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang.


“Thank you all for your messages. I do think that Wissam also deserves a trophy, as it did in the Premier League last season to reward his year,” Mbappe wrote on Twitter.

Ben Yedder was enjoying a superb debut season at Monaco before the Covid-19 crisis hit, having completed a €40 million (£35m/$43m) move to Stade Louis II from Sevilla last summer.

However, Mbappe’s status as the top striker in Ligue 1 was never questioned, and his goals were helping PSG fight for trophies on both domestic and European fronts.

Tuchel’s side had been tipped to win the Champions League for the first time in the club’s history after beating Borussia Dortmund in the last 16, but it is not yet known whether it will be safe for the competition to resume this summer.



Al-Khelaifi: PSG will play Champions League games abroad if necessary


Nasser Al-Khelaifi has no plans to see Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League campaign ended by the French government’s decision to ban football until September.


Both PSG and Lyon are still standing in the Champions League, though the latter haven’t yet booked their place in the quarter-finals.

“We respect the decision of the French government,” said Al-Khelaifi, according to L’Equipe.

“With UEFA’s agreement, we intend to take part in the final phase of the Champions League when and where it will be organised.

“If it isn’t possible to play in France, we will play our matches abroad and we will ensure the best conditions of health security for our players and all our staff.”



Cancellation of the Ligue 1 campaign ‘will see France’s top flight lose €200m’


Ligue 1 will miss out on £175m at most following the announcement that the 2019-20 season will not be completed.


The French prime minister Edouard Philippe annouced on Tuesday afternoon that no sportin events will be allowed to take place until September, effectively shelving the rest of the season in France.

The decision leaves the top flight bracing themselves for loss of funds through TV revenue, however the losses will not be as keenly felt as they would be in Europe’s other top divisions.

According to an article in Italian paper Calcio e Finanza last month, Ligue 1 were set to miss out on between £90m and £175m (€100m and €200m) in the event of the season coming to an abrupt end.

That is an easier loss to swallow than what the Premier League would be set to lose out on, according to the same report, which claims England’s top flight would be set to miss out on £750m (€860m).

Clubs, too, will have to do without some of the TV money they would have been entitled to.


BeIN Sports had already frozen payments to France’s top flight after the suspension announcement, but clubs would not be missing out on the astronomical amounts that clubs in England do.

Champions Paris Saint-Germain earned just £49.7m in TV rights for the 2018-19 season.

In comparison, relegated Huddersfield, who finished bottom of the Premier League, received almost double that amount, raking in £96.6m



PSG ‘will have to reduce salaries after Ligue 1 cancellation’


The French government decided to ban sporting activities until September and, as a result, Ligue 1 clubs are expected lose several millions of euros from TV rights.


This measure will affect Paris Saint-Germain, who will have to negotiate a salary reduction for their employees.

The two media groups, Canal+ and beIN Sports, haven’t paid their latest instalments, scheduled for April 5 and they are not expected to do so as the season will be cancelled in France.

Canal+ are due to pay 558 million euros (548m to Ligue 1 and 10m to Ligue 2) and beIN Sports 201 million euros (189m and 12m, respectively).

PSG have yet to reach an agreement for salary cuts with their players, some of whom have refused to lower their wages according to L’Equipe.

The club’s salaries represent more than 50 percent of their budget, some 370 million euros out of 671 million euros.

A pact has to be reached with the players, as some of them, including Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe, are currently earning massive wages.



Cavani ‘open to extending his stay at PSG’ despite Atletico interest

Edinson Cavani is open to extending his stay at Paris Saint-Germain beyond this summer, despite speculation he will leave the club when his contract expires.


The Uruguayan international has been heavily linked with a move away from the club, with Atletico Madrid reportedly attempting to sign him during the January transfer window.

However the move broke down, and French newspaper L’Equipe have now reported he could sign an extension to his current deal.

Diego Simeone’s side is favourite to sign the 33-year-old as he looks to bolster his attacking options ahead of the next campaign.


A potential move to sign him in January fell apart due to a disagreement over transfer fees, with Atletico president Enrique Cerezeo publicly criticising the French club.

The LaLiga side are not the only team interested in Cavani’s services, with Manchester United, Inter Milan and several South American teams, including Flamengo, all reportedly interested.

With his contract expiration date looming large, the Uruguayan striker has not confirmed any intent to leave the reigning French champions.


This is despite his relationship with the club becoming increasingly fractured in recent months.

Atletico will continue to monitor the situation and might reassess the situation when Ligue 1 football returns following the coronavirus pandemic.

Since Cavani signed for PSG in 2013, the prolific striker has scored 200 goals in 300 appearances across all competitions.

He has contributed heavily to the club’s domestic success, helping them win five out of the last six French league championships.



Juventus to rival Barca and Man City in pursuit of PSG’s ‘new Verratti’

Paris Saint-Germain made the first move, snatching two very talented guys in Xavi Simons and Kays Ruiz-Atil. Now, Barcelona are ready for revenge by signing Edouard Michut, already dubbed as the “new Verratti” in France. Slim physique and a great technical ability to play close to the defence.

The 17-year-old grew up in the academies of FC Le Chesnay and then FC Versailles, before being discovered by PSG observers at the age of 13. Michut is considered a very complete midfielder from a tactical point of view, being able to play in more than just one role.

Recently, as Calciomercato have learned, there have been scouts from Barcelona to observe the youngster, who is yet to sign a professional agreement with the French side and the current contract expires in 2021. As a result of this, he could leave for almost negligible economic compensation.

This is a situation that Manchester City, Valencia and Juventus are perfectly aware of, rivalling the Catalan side. The Bianconeri have excellent relations with PSG (not forgetting the recent talks for De Sciglio, Kurzawa, Meunier, Dybala and Pjanic) and Michut is on their wish list.


Icardi could lead to Verratti moving to Real Madrid

Should Mauro Icardi join Paris Saint Germain permanently, a domino effect will begin according to a report in today’s print edition of Tuttosport.

The 27-year-old Argentine striker is currently out on loan at the reigning French champions from Inter and PSG can sign him up on a permanent basis for a sum of €70 million.

Whilst on loan in the French capital, former Barcelona academy player Icardi has made 31 appearances across all competitions to date in which he has scored 16 goals and provided a total of four assists for his teammates.

If PSG decide to sign him, they could then deal him to Juventus as part of a deal that would see them acquire midfielder Miralem Pjanic.

If this were to take place it would then create the conditions for Marco Verratti to move to La Liga giants Real Madrid, the report from the Turin based newspaper goes on to state.


Marquinhos: Neymar plans mocking of Haaland after PSG-Dortmund tie in advance

Neymar planned to mock Erling Haaland after Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund in advance, according to Marquinhos.

The two sides were drawn against each other in the last 16 of this season’s competition, with the first leg taking place at Westfalenstadion on February 18.

Dortmund secured a 2-1 victory in front of their own supporters thanks to a superb brace from Haaland, who celebrated scoring by adopting a meditation pose on the side of the pitch.

Neymar, who scored PSG’s only goal of the game, was motivated for revenge in the return leg in Paris, particularly after a photo emerged on social media of Haaland in Paris with the caption: “My city, not yours.”

Neymar imitated Haaland’s celebration for the cameras, and PSG went on to book their place in the quarter-finals with a 3-2 aggregate win after Juan Bernat doubled their advantage on the stroke of half-time.

The French champions celebrated wildly after the final whistle despite the absence of fans in the stadium, and Neymar led the entire squad in a mass-group photo copying Haaland’s pose once again.

The 28-year-old then took to Instagram to post an image of himself celebrating in one final dig at the Dortmund star, accompanied with his own “Paris is our city, not yours” message.

PSG midfielder Marquinhos says Neymar’s actions were pre-meditated, admitting that a fellow countryman is not one to avoid any potential confrontations.

“He likes that. Neymar is not just a football player, he is not afraid and always responds to provocations,” the 25-year-old said during an interview with YouTube channel Desimpedidos.

“After his goal, I asked him if he had taken everything out. He warned me, I told him to wait until the end of the match, but he told me to leave it and not to stop it.”

UEFA issued PSG with a formal warning for “unsportsmanlike conduct” after the match, but the club avoided a fine.

Tuchel’s side are now within sight of a maiden Champions League triumph, but it is not yet known whether it will be safe for the current season to resume amid the ongoing Covid-19 crisis which has seen all major leagues and competitions shut down for the foreseeable future.


Neymar tries to convince Coutinho to join PSG when he left Liverpool

Reliable Sources say that Philippe Coutinho could head to PSG, which are one of the few clubs who can afford to sign the Barcelona midfielder.

According to report, PSG wanted him back in the day with Neymar trying to convince his compatriot to sign when he left Liverpool, but the Brazilian preferred to accept Barcelona’s offer.

PSG would be an option if Kylian Mbappe left the club this summer, although the French forward is a key piece of the project and the club’s Qatari owners have no intention of selling – despite Real Madrid’s interest.

According to reports from Spain, in 2017 Neymar allegedly bombarded Coutinho’s phone with WhatsApp messages in a bid to convince him to snub Barcelona for PSG.

But Coutinho had his heart set on Barcelona. He described the transfer as a “dream”, and the La Liga giants were seemingly the only club he’d have left Liverpool for at the time.


PSG Ready to Match Mauro Icardi’s €70m Clause Without Approval From Thomas Tuchel

Paris Saint-Germain are prepared to go over Thomas Tuchel’s head and match the €70m clause in Mauro Icardi’s loan contract which will see him permanently leave Inter.

Icardi has made 31 appearances for Paris Saint-Germain this season, scoring 20 goals and picking up four assists, but the Argentina international appears to have fallen out of favour under Tuchel and last started a match on 15 February.

Even if Tuchel isn’t convinced, PSG’s decision-makers apparently are. Corriere dello Sport reports the French champions will activate their €70m purchase option once the transfer window opens later in the year.

Mauro Icardi

Incredibly, they suggest the deal hasn’t been run by Tuchel, which Corriere also suggests is a sign the former Borussia Dortmund boss will not stay in the dugout in the French capital next season.

There has been some debate around a possible clause which could allow Icardi to veto a move to Paris, however, as the striker’s camp have hinted they’re interested in looking at options elsewhere and maybe even back in Italy.

Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo have linked Real Madrid and long-term suitors Juventus with a possible move for Icardi at the end of the season, with both clubs confident a €70m transfer fee would be a fair price.

PSG will still be in the driving seat when it comes to convincing Icardi over his future, as the 27-year-old will be the club’s only recognised striker next season.

Edinson Cavani will leave Paris on a free transfer ahead of the 2020/21 campaign, but in Madrid and Turin, Icardi would still have to compete with the likes of Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuaín or Cristiano Ronaldo.

There’s no doubt Icardi’s future will be a major talking point of the upcoming transfer window, but with football still on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak, fans will have to wait a little longer before any real concrete news comes out about the Argentine’s next move.


Neymar revealed as anonymous £775k ($950k) donor to fight COVID-19.

Neymar has been revealed as the anonymous donor who gave 5 million Brazilian real (£775,000/$950,000) to charity to fight coronavirus.

The Paris Saint-Germain star split the donation between UNICEF and a benefit fund in his home nation of Brazil to aid in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Neymar had made the generous gesture without putting his name to it, however, Brazilian television channel SBT revealed that the national team striker had made the donation.

The revelation was made on SBT programme Fofocolizando, which said: “He preferred not to publicly disclose the donation, so we’re telling everyone, because we like to talk when a person does something nice.

“We have this information, we really think it’s a very cool, very positive attitude, and one that serves as an incentive for other sportsmen, for other personalities.”

It comes as teams and players around the world make gestures and donations in the battle against coronavirus, including forgoing large parts of their salaries to either donate to charity or ensure non-playing members of club staff are not laid off, with football postponed around the world to try and stop the virus spreading.

On Thursday, Atletico Madrid players agreed to take a 70 per cent pay cut in order to support the wages of other employees, following the example set by Neymar’s former club Barcelona .

In Germany, Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich says players have “a responsibility” to help , and with team-mate Leon Goretzka has set up a fund called ‘ We Kick Corona ‘, which has already raised more than €3.7m.

In England, pressure has been put on footballers to make similar gestures, with Health Secretary Matt Hancock saying players need to “do their bit”, although this has drawn criticism from figures in the game including Gary Lineker and Gary Neville .

Lineker’s former side Tottenham have been criticised for cutting the salaries of 550 non-playing staff members , despite owner Joe Lewis having a reported net worth of over £4.3 billion ($5.3bn).

However, other players have been praised for their charitable efforts, such as Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford who has been helping provide free meals for schoolchildren in the city.


Kylian Mbappé Shares the Story Behind His First Meeting With Zinedine Zidane

Kylian Mbappé has told the story of his first meeting with French legend Zinedine Zidane, revealing that the Real Madrid manager sent out a specific request for him to train with the club in his early teenage years.

The now 21-year-old made a name for himself at AS Monaco after joining the club from hometown side Bondy in 2013, and is now one of world football’s most recognisable names following his exploits with his former club, current team Paris Saint-Germain and France – with whom he won the World Cup in 2018.

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Premier League Trio Chasing Highly-Rated Benfica Defender Ruben Dias

Premier League trio Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are all keen on signing highly-rated Benfica centre-back Ruben Dias.

The 22-year-old has played the full 90 minutes in each of Benfica’s opening 20 Primeira Liga matches this season, helping his side keep a hugely impressive 13 clean sheets in the process.

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ATL Madrid Sets To Re-bid Cavani

Atlético Madrid President Aims Dig at Edinson Cavani’s Agent & Family Over Failed january move…

Atlético Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has hit out at the representatives of Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani after a deal to sign the Uruguayan broke down.

Los Rojiblancos were eager to bring Cavani to the club during the January window, and he was keen to make the move after handing in a transfer request. However, the two sides never managed to strike a deal.

Edinson Cavani
Speaking to Movistar Futbol (via Goal) after his side’s 1-0 loss to Real Madrid, Cerezo suggested that the deal was held back by Cavani’s agent and family, whose demands saw the move break down.

“Someday I will tell why Cavani did not come and they will prove me right,” Cerezo explained. “I don’t want to point anyone out, but I think it’s a shame about the situation of some players with their relatives and their representatives. It’s outrageous. We’re not here to be robbed or do anything strange.”

This appears to back up an earlier report from Mundo Deportivo, which claimed that Cavani’s agent, Walter Guglielmone, wanted €18m for his part in the deal – almost equal to the transfer fee which Atlético had offered.

However, Guglielmone hit back at such allegations, telling Cadena SER that the deal broke down because the two clubs could not reach an agreement.

“Do you think that Edi did not play for almost a month with PSG so that I could drop the operation for a commission and stop Edi from fulfilling his dream of going to Atlético Madrid?,” he said.

“And with all the mess we put together with the PSG? If it were for money, Edi would have gone to England, Manchester [United] or Chelsea.

Edinson Cavani
“Atlético could not cover the total economic cost of the operation and PSG did not want to lower their asking price. Atlético Madrid did not close the agreement,” the agent added (via AS).

“Who is Enrique Cerezo? I never saw him this month, I don’t even know what role he plays.”

Manchester United were also deterred from doing a deal for Cavani due to the money involved, estimated to be in excess of £65m according to journalist Paul Hirst. This figure includes a €20m (£16.8m) transfer fee and two and a half years of the Uruguayan’s £360,000 per week wages. These figures were not to the Red Devils’ liking, leading the club to explore different options.


Neymar Gets Booked After Showboating in PSG’s 5-0 Demolition of Montpellier

Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar was booked during a French league match on the weekend after a heated conversation with the referee, following an attempted rainbow flick.

PSG were one goal and a man up after 38 minutes against Montpellier on Saturday when the Brazilian treated the crowd to a bout of tricks topped off by an audacious attempted rainbow flick.

However, the referee then called Neymar to one side and after a heated discussion with the player, the official booked PSG’s number ten much to his and the crowd’s dismay.

Neymar talked himself into a yellow card after the referee warned him about showboating against 10-man Montpellier.


The Ligue 1 champions would go on to score four more goals, as Neymar shone throughout the match, assisting his side’s fourth strike of the night, as he continues to put in superb performances in the lead up to the Champions League.

Neymar may have rediscovered the best form of his career in recent weeks, with an astonishing 18 goals and assists in his last ten outings for Les Parisiens, but the Brazilian has never gone long without showcasing his trademark, if controversial, flair.

As one of the most divisive figures in football, Neymar often draws criticism for diving or playacting, but Saturday’s rainbow flick antics was not the first time the Brazil international was met with ire following that particular trick.

In the 2015 Copa del Rey final against Athletic Club the forward, then a Barcelona player, attempted the same skill but instead of the referee’s yellow card, he encountered the opposition’s red mist.

Neymar Santos Jr,Xabier Etxeita,Ander Iturraspe,Carlos Velasco Carballo
It was near the end of the match, unlike the weekend’s rendition in the first half, when Neymar attempted to flick the ball over his opponent’s head before Barcelona saw out the game as 3-1 winners.

Despite the protestations of the Athletic players, Neymar was insistent that this reaction would not deter him in the slightest.

Speaking after the match in 2015, the former La Liga star told Sky Sports: “They can be angry, but it is my way of playing and I have done so for years. Just because others get angry doesn’t mean I am going to change my style of play.”

With all the tricks and flicks pulled out on Saturday, evidently Neymar is a man of his word and the spectacular.


Jan: Solskjaer set to call for Sanchez’s return to United ..

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has bemoaned the “difficult” nature of the January transfer window and hinted at a possible Manchester United return for Alexis Sanchez.
Solskjaer could not provide an update on the pursuit of Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes, and while there is still a chance the Portugal international can arrive at Old Trafford with a deal still to be done within the two clubs, United have less time to complete a move before Friday’s deadline.

United remain some way apart on what they are willing to pay and what Sporting want for the 27-year-old – but Old Trafford chiefs are keen not to repeat the mistakes of previous windows and will not panic buy, fuelling a chance they will not make a signing before Friday’s deadline, reports NobleSport
“I haven’t got any updates for you on transfers,” Solskjaer said. “I haven’t got anything to say now.

“If there is something out there, then the club are pursuing that and looking at it. It is difficult this window – it’s always been. I can’t remember how many good deals that we’ve brought in in January.
“Henrik (Larsson)… Nemanja (Vidic) and Patrice (Evra) – they were two good ones.

It’s hard, it’s very hard because the clubs don’t want to lose their best players.”
‘Sanchez will prove you wrong’
Two years ago United made a major swoop in January by signing Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, but the Chile forward struggled at Old Trafford, scoring just five goals in 45 appearances before joining Inter Milan on loan last summer.

Despite allowing him to leave the club, Solskjaer suggested the former Barcelona forward could still make a success of his United career when his loan to Serie A finishes at the end of the season.
“Alexis will come back in the summer and prove you all wrong,” Solskjaer said following a question from the media.

After watching his side produce one of their most disappointing displays of the season in a 2-0 loss at home to Burnley last week, Solskjaer insisted the club needed “quality” signings.
However, with just three days until the January transfer window closes, United’s only reinforcements look set to come in the form of players returning from injury.

Key midfielders Scott McTominay (knee) and Paul Pogba (ankle) have both been out since December, but could be in line for February returns.
“It’s hard to put timescales on long-term injuries because they also need the training before they’re injury free,” Solskjaer said.
“Paul’s had his cast off and Scott’s took his braces off, so at least now they can start doing some work on the grass soon.”

‘Perfect performance needed at City’
The midfield duo’s absence adds to the already-difficult task United face as they travel to local rivals Manchester City on Wednesday for the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final trailing 3-1.
City led 3-0 after a dominant first half at Old Trafford, but United produced a stronger display after the break to keep the tie alive going to the Etihad.

United overturned a two-goal first-leg deficit against Paris Saint-Germain in last season’s Champions League round of 16, and Solskjaer has urged his players to call upon that experience.
“It looked like it was over at half-time [of the first leg] because the second part of that first half they outplayed us for a while,” Solskjaer said.

Alexis Sanchez.

“Now we’ve got to go into memory bank and think PSG, because we’ve done it against good teams before and it gives us some hope, and the game in December of course gives us hope that we can do something there.
“It has to be a perfect performance to win by two goals against such a good team away from home.”


Best goal scoring streak: Ronaldo number 1 after Parma’s 2-1 clash

Cristiano Ronaldo has put his skates on and has entered the fight for the Golden Boot. The Portuguese made it 1-0 against Parma and in the 2nd half, he scored to make it 2-1.

With some luck, Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first goal of the match, while exhibiting finishing power for the second, which again put Juve in front, after Cornelius leveled for Parma.

Cristiano Ronaldo started his goal-scoring streak in the Serie A on the 1st December and hasn’t failed to score in any league match since then.

He has scored against Sassuolo, Lazio, Udinese, Sampdoria, Cagliari, Roma, and Parma.

In all competitions, the Portuguese striker has scored 12 goals in his last 9 matches. He only failed to score in the Italian Supercoppa final, also against Lazio.

Against a very stubborn Parma team on Sunday, Ronaldo made the difference shortly before the break, his shot from inside the box deflected off Darmian; in the 2nd he made the most of a Dybala pass to ensure Juventus claim three points.

Cristiano Ronaldo currently holds the best goal-scoring form in Europe and has recovered his level after a dubious start. He is now a contender for the Golden Boot.

After the game against Parma, Ronaldo took to Twitter to celebrate his performance and three points earned.


3-3: PSG suffered shocking draw against Monaco

Paris Saint Germain’s defensive shortcomings were exposed as Monaco snapped the champions’ Ligue 1 winning streak in a thrilling 3-3 draw at the Parc des Princes on Sunday.

Neymar opened the scoring for the leaders, but Monaco, who were playing their first Ligue 1 game under new coach Robert Moreno, hit back with goals from Gelson Martins and Wissam Ben Yedder.

PSG levelled with an own goal from Fode Ballo-Toure and Neymar netted his second to put them ahead, before substitute Islam Slimani grabbed a point for the visitors.

The result left PSG on 46 points from 19 games, five ahead of second-placed Olympique de Marseille, who have played a game more.

Monaco are eighth on 29 points having also played 19 games.

PSG, who had won their six previous league games, and Monaco will play again at the Louis II stadium on Wednesday.

Nantes climbed up to fourth on 32 points thanks to a 2-0 win at St Etienne.

Thomas Tuchel’s PSG side relied on Neymar’s sterling display but Kylian Mbappe, Mauro Icardi and Angel Di Maria had a night to forget as did the hosts’ defence.

Neymar fired home from close range after being set up by Marco Verratti’s through-ball in the third minute to get the hosts off to a perfect start.

The Brazilian has now scored in his last seven games for PSG.

Monaco, however, reacted swiftly.

Cesc Fabregas flicked the ball into the path of Ben Yedder, who was brought down by Keylor Navas, only for Martins to collect the loose ball and score into an empty net after seven minutes.

Monaco took the lead in the 12th when the league’s top scorer Ben Yedder beat Navas with a low angled shot from just inside the box at the end of a swift team move for his 14th goal of the campaign.

It was the first time since 2012 that PSG had conceded two goals in the opening 15 minutes in Ligue 1.

They levelled 12 minutes later, however, as Ballo-Toure deflected Neymar’s attempt into his own goal.

Neymar was at it again four minutes before the break when he sent Benjamin Lecomte the wrong way to convert a penalty after Kylian Mbappe had been tripped by Martins.

PSG took fewer risks after the break but Slimani beat Navas from close range in the 70th minute after Marquinhos deflected Martins’ attempt into his path.

The goal was initially ruled out for offside by referee Antony Gautier, but was awarded after a VAR review.

“We had a lot of chances, we tried everything,” said Neymar.

“It was a good test and we could have won it.”

Elsewhere, Lille coach Christophe Galtier was fuming at his team after they lost 1-0 at Dijon and were left in fifth place on 31 points.

“We’re talking about collective goals but some players seem to have individual goals. They’ll sit on the bench, period. They’ll look at their own navel on the bench or in the stands,” he told a news conference.


Inter Milan offer Christian Eriksen 4 year contract

...€20m bid offer ready

Italian outfit Inter have offered Christian Eriksen a four-year contract and are preparing to submit a €20m bid to Tottenham this month.

The Denmark international is in the last six months of his contract in north London and is free to talk to clubs abroad over possible moves at the end of the season.

Tottenham have even given Eriksen a measly €20m price tag as they look to avoid losing him on a free transfer, with The Guardian’s Fabrizio Romano confirming that the asking price is being considered by Antonio Conte’s Inter.

Jose Mourinho,Christian Eriksen
The Italian side initially approached Eriksen’s agent, Martin Schoots, with a four-year contract with the view of completing a deal for the end of the season, but the 28-year-old’s low price is making the club weigh up a move this month.

Gianluca Di Marzio adds that Inter could even look to offer Uruguay international Matías Vecino as part of any move for Eriksen this month.

It isn’t suggested one way or the other whether Tottenham would be interested in signing Vecino during the January transfer window.

The Nerazzurri have already held talks with Eriksen’s agent, while Paris Saint-Germain are also expected to hold talks in the coming days.

It’s unknown if Harry Kane’s recent injury could impact Tottenham’s stance over selling Eriksen this month, although an extra €20m (roughly £17m) would assist the club in their efforts to find a stop-gap during the January transfer window.

Christian Eriksen

Spurs have most notably been linked with a move for AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piątek, but they’ve also been keeping an eye on Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard – although he won’t be available until the summer transfer window.

If Tottenham are looking to promote from within, however, then Troy Parrott could be given the chance to become the fourth young Republic of Ireland striker to make an impact at a senior level in England this season.



Cavani agrees 3 years contract with A. Madrid, PSG not letting go.

Edinson Cavani has reached an agreement to join La Liga side Atletico Madrid, with the Uruguayan expected to pen a three-year contract when he leaves Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Cavani has established himself as a modern great at PSG, becoming the club’s all-time leading goalscorer and winning countless domestic honours despite dealing with some pretty egotistical players over the years, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Neymar.

However, it is expected he will leave in the summer, with PSG clearly looking to the future with the loan signing of Mauro Icardi before the 2019/20 season.

Now, Gianluca DiMarzio claims Atleti want to bring the former Napoli forward to Wanda Metropolitano as possible cover for Diego Costa, who is currently injured and doubtful to feature in the Champions League clashes with Liverpool in 2020.

However, the report also adds that an agreement between PSG and Atleti is still yet to be reached. Los Colchoneros boss Diego Simeone is said to have been eyeing Cavani for years, but may have to sell a few of his players before being able to bring the 32-year-old in.

Misfiring winger Thomas Lemar is one such player who has been linked with a move away from Madrid, with PSG’s Ligue 1 rivals Lyon interested and Simeone is thought to be prepared to cut his losses on a player who is yet to score or assist this season.

While Alvaro Morata has managed seven La Liga goals in 15 appearances, there is a distinct lack of threat elsewhere on the pitch for Atleti, with five players currently stuck on two league goals for the season each, including forwards Costa, Joao Felix and Angel Correa.

Cavani would be an obvious improvement to Atleti’s attacking options, even if he is approaching the twilight years of his career and has struggled with injuries this season. In eight Ligue 1 appearances Cavani has struck twice, also managing a Champions League goal across two substitute appearances.


Zidane says there should be respect for PSG as Madrid pursue mbappe.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has refused to be drawn on speculation linking his side with a move for Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappé.

Los Blancos are understood to be incredibly keen on the 20-year-old, and there has even been talk of a world-record €400m bid for the Frenchman in the near future.

Speaking ahead of his side’s meeting with Valencia on Sunday (via the club’s official website), Zidane refused to discuss any of the rumours, although he did not shy away from admitting his admiration for Mbappé.

“He’s a PSG player and I’m not going to comment on the things that happen there. That would show a lack of respect,” the boss said.

“As for everything else, people are aware that I know Kylian really well, but I have to show respect for things.”

Zidane has previously spoken about his ‘love’ for the forward, but he has been more reserved this time around. Having said that, his words are certainly not going to put an end to the rumours.

Mbappé remains under contract in Paris until 2022, but the Ligue 1 giants are working tirelessly to tie him down to a contract similar to the size of Neymar’s bumper deal in an attempt to convince him to stay.

However, the Frenchman is yet to show any willingness to negotiate. It is believed that he wants to see how PSG fare in the Champions League this season, and he would be open to leaving if he feels the French side don’t have what it takes to win the competition.

Zedine Zidane

Kylian Mbappe

PSG are understood to be concerned by his recent attitude change, having seen him clash with manager Thomas Tuchel on a number of occasions, and Real are currently monitoring the situation in the hope of taking advantage in the near future.

Zidane has made Mbappé his top priority, so expect the speculation to rumble on for the foreseeable future.