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Kylian Mbappé stands firm in the face of PSG deadline



In the harsh letter that PSG sent to Kylian Mbappé on July 3, which was in response to the one that the striker previously sent to the club in June in which he expressed his desire not to renew his contract, the club called on its star to meet with them as soon as possible.

The goal was to meet before July 31, with Nasser Al Khelaifi, at the presentation of Luis Enrique on July 5, pointing out that a solution had to be found within 10 days or two weeks at the latest.

“We are not going to let him go free, it is impossible,” said the club president emphatically.

This Tuesday is the deadline set by PSG in its letter, and nothing has changed. Kylian has until tomorrow to renew his contract automatically until 2025.

It’s already known that he will not do so since he has already made that clear to the club, meaning the striker will thus end his contract in June 2024 and leave on a free.

The club could offer him a new contract, and it was considered some time ago, but in Paris they are certain that the player would reject it, as he has done with the offer from Saudi Arabia last week.

They believe he has already given his word to Real Madrid.

Resting in Monaco
Meanwhile, Mbappé took advantage of the weekend off to rest in Monaco, where he has been seen on social media. On Sunday he left an enigmatic message with playing cards. Kylian did not travel to Japan for the squad’s preseason tour, as the club look to mount the pressure before the deadline.

However, the player hasn’t changed his approach despite the pressure, Now we will have to see how Luis Enrique manages things in August with the whole team already at the Cité Sportif de Poissy and with the start of Ligue 1 getting closer and closer.

The day after tomorrow the team plays against Inter in Tokyo, two days later in South Korea against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and on the 12th is the first Ligue 1 match against Lorient.

No news from Madrid, for now
The club must decide whether to continue to rule out Mbappé with the transfer market still open. For now, the only offer that has arrived has come from Arabia.

In Paris, they are ready for Madrid to make a move if they really want Kylian this year, but it is likely they won’t do so until near the end of the transfer market and with a very low offer, which would force PSG to accept it before the player leaves for free in June.

As for the amount that the French club would accept, no figures have emerged from Paris, but the goal has always been to recover at least part of the heavy investment of the last year.

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Tottenham have Harry Kane buyback clause, Daniel Levy confirms




Daniel Levy has confirmed that Tottenham have a buyback clause in Harry Kane’s Bayern Munich contract. The chairman was asked at a Spurs’ fans’ forum on Tuesday night whether the clause existed. “Of course,” he replied. Levy did not offer any detail.

Kane moved to Bayern in August for an initial fee of £100m and Spurs said in a statement that he was “always welcome back … he’s a much-loved and valued member of the Spurs family, for ever in our history.”

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The 30-year-old is focused on his new life at Bayern, where he is under contract until 2027, and it is impossible to say how he might feel about one day returning to play for Spurs. When his transfer to Bayern was all-but agreed, he was told to stay away from the Spurs training ground, meaning there would be no face-to-face goodbyes or the chance to personally collect his belongings. His family could not access their box at the stadium.

Spurs have started the season well, with four wins and a draw from five Premier League games and Kane was asked about them as he prepared for Bayern’s Champions League tie against Manchester United on Wednesday night.

“They’ve had a fantastic start,” he said. “I’m always keeping an eye on them and I’ll keep an eye on Tottenham for the rest of my life. I’m really happy to see the team playing the way they are and to see the fans happy is a great thing. I’m sure they’ll be keen to keep that up. They’ve got a massive game coming up [at Arsenal on Sunday], so for sure I’ll see how they get on over the course of the season.”

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Man United ‘to revive Frenkie de Jong interest next year’




Manchester United will reportedly make another attempt to sign Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong in 2024.

The Netherlands international was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford during Erik ten Hag’s first transfer window as Red Devils head coach little over one year ago.

Man United are believed to have come to an agreement with Barcelona over a price, but the midfielder made it clear on multiple occasions that he did not want to leave Camp Nou.

The Red Devils boosted their midfield over the summer with the signings of Mason Mount and Sofyan Amrabat, with the latter widely expected to join on a permanent basis from Fiorentina next year.

However, the club are likely to be in the market for another big-money player in that position 2024, and according to Fichajes, De Jong remains very much a leading transfer target for the 20-time English champions.

De Jong has been a vital player for Barcelona at the start of this season, scoring once in six appearances, and he played 58 minutes of Tuesday’s 5-0 success over Royal Antwerp in the Champions League.

The 26-year-old has another three years left to run on his contract at Camp Nou but has revealed that discussions over a renewal are ongoing.

“My contract renewal? My agent is taking care of that, but I’m happy here,” transfer expert Fabrizio Romano quotes the midfielder as saying.

Romano claims that De Jong is desperate to stay at Camp Nou, but any new deal would almost certainly come with a salary reduction due to the Catalan outfit’s financial problems.

Man United allegedly still believe that they can convince De Jong to make the move to Old Trafford, although a lot could depend on how the season unfolds for the Red Devils.

Ten Hag’s side have lost three of their first five Premier League matches of the season, and they are currently in Germany preparing for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.

Barcelona, though, have won each of their last five matches in all competitions, including their Champions League opener at home to Antwerp.

“We’ve started well, I’m happy. We have a very good squad, players with a lot of talent and if we work well and do what we have to do, we can fight for big objectives,” De Jong said after the European success.

The Dutchman has made 189 appearances for Barcelona since arriving from Ajax in the summer of 2019, scoring 16 goals and registering 21 assists in the process.

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Louis van Gaal’s stance on taking over as Germany boss revealed




Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is keen to become the new manager of the Germany national team, according to reports.

Van Gaal has been out of work since his third stint in charge of the Netherlands, standing down from the role after his nation’s exit at the World Cup in Qatar.

The Dutchman spent two years at Old Trafford between 2014 and 2016 and was famous for his memorable quotes, funny antics and witty behaviour which grabbed headlines and turned him into somewhat of an internet meme.

Van Gaal went viral for thinking Chris Smalling’s name was ‘Mike’ during a press conference while sat next to the player, telling his squad to ‘get horny’ and his iconic dive in front of fourth official Mike Dean on the touchline during a game.

The 72-year-old, who won the FA Cup during his spell at United, is plotting a return to management and it is reported that he is ‘ready to take over’ from Hansi Flick, who was sacked by the German Football Association (DFB) on Sunday.

The DFB are thought to be considering a number of names and former Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann – linked to managerial roles at Chelsea and Tottenham this summer – is believed to be the current top candidate.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, is the DFB’s dream choice to replace Flick as they look to secure a new head coach before the country hosts Euro 2024.

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