Football gossip: Neymar, Coutinho, Rakitic, Pogba, Sanchez, Balotelli, Lovren


Paris St-GermainandBarcelonaofficials met for the first time to discuss a transfer for PSG’s Brazil forward Neymar, 27, but no agreement was reached after a three-hour discussion.(Le Parisien – in French)

Barcaare prepared to offerPSG£93m plus Brazil forward Philippe Coutinho, 27, and Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic, 31, in exchange for Neymar.(ESPN)

PSGhave suggested toBarcathat an offer of £93m plus Coutinho, Rakitic and Portuguese right-back Nelson Semedo, 25, will be enough to sign Neymar.(Mail)

Barcaare exploring a loan deal for Neymar, in order to bring him in this summer before making a permanent return fromPSG.(Independent)

Manchester Unitedwill not entertain any offers for French midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, before the European transfer windows close.(Telegraph)

Unitedmay pay some of Alexis Sanchez’s wages if the Chile forward, 30, agrees to make a loan move toRoma.(Sun)

Sanchez clashed with fellowManchester Unitedforward Mason Greenwood after being fouled by the 17-year-old in one of his first training sessions after returning from injury. (Sun)

Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld, 30, is ready to run down the last year of hisTottenhamcontract so he can leave on a free transfer next summer.(Mirror)

Croatia defender Dejan Lovren, 30, missedtraining withLiverpoolfor Wednesday’s Uefa Super Cup as the Reds have opened transfer talks withRoma.(Telegraph)

Newcastle Unitedare in talks over a new contract for midfielder Sean Longstaff, 21, after interest fromManchester United.(Times)

Officials from Brazilian clubFlamengohave flown to Europe to discuss signingMarseille’sItaly striker Mario Balotelli, 29, on a two-year deal.(Corriere dello Sport – in Italian)

MLS sideDC Unitedare one of the clubs who have made an offer to former England striker Daniel Sturridge, 29, who is a free agent after leaving Liverpool at the end of last season.(ESPN)

Manchester Cityescaped a similar transfer ban toChelseabecause the club “accepted responsibility” over breaking rules on signing young players.(Mirror)

Former France defender Adil Rami has been sacked byMarseilleafter he missed training to take part in the television game show Fort Boyard.(L’Equipe via Le Parisien – in French)

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