Atletico Madrid in talks with Lyon for new loan with option to buy deal for Moussa Dembélé

Atletico Madrid have re-opened talks with Ligue 1 side Lyon over the potential loan with option to buy signing of French attacker Moussa Dembélé.

The 24-year-old Frenchman joined Atleti on loan with a €33.5m option to buy in January, but the La Liga champions do not want to pay the clause. As a result, they began by attempting to negotiate the transfer fee down from the original clause, without much success with OL.

Now, talks are centring around a new loan with option to buy agreement with a similarly elevated clause, according to Foot Mercato. Dembélé is in the meantime back in pre-season training with Lyon under Peter Bosz for the moment.

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Monaco nearing deal with Köln for Ismail Jakobs

RMC Sport report that Ligue 1 side AS Monaco are in advanced negotiations with Bundesliga side Köln over the possible signing of 21-year-old German winger Ismail Jakobs.

Jakobs has been ASM’s priority as a left-sided reinforcement in the early weeks of this summer transfer window, the player can also play at left-back and an agreement is poised to be concluded at €8m in the coming days.




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Monaco play Nantes in Amazon Prime Video’s first Ligue 1 live game

After Ligue 1’s TV rights debacle last season, which contributed heavily to leaving the entire French top flight in financial difficulty following the collapse of Mediapro’s French football subscription service Téléfoot Chaine, Amazon’s Prime Video will pick up the majority of Ligue 1’s broadcast rights this season.

The streaming service’s first foray into French football will be Friday night’s opening encounter between Monaco and Nantes at Stade Louis II on August 6th.

The full schedule for week one:

Monaco – Nantes, FRI 6th, 8pm (Prime)Lyon – Brest, SAT 7th, 4pm (Prime)Troyes – PSG, SAT 7th, 8pm (Canal+)Rennes – Lens, SUN 8th, 12noon (Prime)Bordeaux – Clermont, SUN 8th, 2pm (Prime)Nice – Reims, SUN 8th, 2pm (Prime)Saint-Étienne – Lorient, SUN 8th, 2pm (Prime)Strasbourg – Angers, SUN 8th, 2pm (Prime)Metz – Lille, SUN 8th, 4pm (Canal+)Montpellier – Marseille, SUN 8th, 7.45pm (Prime)

All times UK.

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Paul Pogba waiting for Manchester United and PSG to agree a fee

As reported by Foot Mercato, negotiations over Paul Pogba’s potential move to PSG from Manchester United continue to progress. A deal between PSG and the French international is all but complete with the player waiting to accept PSG’s proposal which would make the 28-year-old Paris’ third highest paid squad member behind Kylian Mbappé and Neymar following weeks of talks between the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, and PSG’s sporting director, Leonardo.

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However, an agreement between Manchester United and PSG over a fee is yet to be found and Pogba, who is ready to move to Paris, is waiting for the two clubs to come to an arrangement before accepting PSG’s proposal. Crucially, according to Foot Mercato, Pogba won’t actively agitate for a move away from Manchester.

L’Équipe reported earlier this week that a bid of €50m may be enough to tempt Manchester United into selling with only a year left on Pogba’s contract. However, Canal Supporters later suggested United would initially aim for between €70m and €80m meaning Paris may need to make player sales to finance a deal as the capital club look to cover at least part of a €250m and €300m deficit. Sergio Rico, Alphonse Areola, Rafinha, Layvin Kurzawa, Thilo Kehrer, Ander Herrera and Pablo Sarabia could all join Mitchell Bakker, who signed with Bayer Leverkusen for €7m this summer, in leaving the club in order to fill the shortfall.

Lens set to sign Chicago Fire full-back Frankowski as Michelin leaves

La Voix du Nord report this evening that RC Lens full-back Clément Michelin is set to sign with Greek outfit AEK Athens. Having only just returned to France after taking part in the Olympic tournament which saw France knocked out at the group stage, the right-back has now travelled to Greece to wrap up the move.

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Michelin had been the club’s starting right back in the year they were promoted, having arrived in 2019 from Toulouse, but was unable to displace Jonathan Clauss in the berth last season as the latter impressed throughout the campaign for Franck Haise’s men.

Lens are now looking to sign Polish international Przemysław Frankowski as his replacement, with the Chicago Fire man expected to arrive as early as tomorrow. The 26-year-old move will cost the Ligue 1 side an estimated €3m.

Rennes director on Camavinga: “I know what he wants to do, now we have to find a solution.”

Speaking to France Bleu, Rennes Director of Sport Florian Maurice discussed the club’s objectives for the season to come, as well as addressing potential arrivals and departures in the remainder of the summer window.

Maurice notably touched on young midfielder Eduardo Camavinga’s contract situation, with the French international’s current deal expiring at the end of the upcoming season and reported interest from various clubs.

On the objectives this season

As are the objectives that we’ve been fixed, and that we’ve fixed ourselves, we want to qualify for Europe every season, that’s the primary objective now. That means either doing well in the league or winning one of the cups. You also have the [Conference League] play-off which, if we win it, will allow us to show what we’re capable of on the European stage.

On whether the club is looking to bring in a midfielder

Yes, that’s the aim, we’ve been working on it for a few months now. We haven’t started looking at the last minute, but we’ve seen that the market is very closed off and complicated, not much is happening right now. There are players here and there signing on a free, but in terms of transactions things aren’t moving very quickly. Apart from Jack Grealish’s transfer to Manchester City, which might cause other clubs to start recruiting and start a game of musical chairs which we could benefit from by the end of the window.

On the Eduardo Camavinga situation

We’re still at the same point, as I was saying earlier the market is very difficult. It might well be linked to moves in other clubs.

On Camavinga’s contract being up at the end of the year

It’s what I’ve always said – when a player arrives at the end of their contract, either we extend them or we find a solution for them to leave. To leave on a free, for a player who came up through the club like him, I think is good for nobody.

He has the choice between saying “I want to leave” and “I want to stay”. I know what he wants to do, we then have to find a solution which satisfies all parties.


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Monaco goalkeeper Gabriel Pereira leaves for Athletico Paranaense

L’Équipe reports that Italian-Brazilian goalkeeper Gabriel Pereira has left Monaco for Athletico Paranaense, having spent last season out on loan at Lazio’s youth team.

The 19-year-old, who joined in 2019 from Grêmio, had yet to make a first-team appearance in the Principality, having been limited to Gambardella Cup (Youth Coupe de France) games.

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The transfer fee for the Brazilian youth international’s move has not been revealed

Agreement close between Monaco and Stuttgart for Enzo Millot

According to Foot Mercato, Bundesliga outfit Stuttgart are close to the signing of Monaco youngster Enzo Millot.

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The two clubs are close to a total agreement for the 19-year-old central midfielder with the fee likely to be around €2m. Stuttgart director of sport Sven Mislintat has proven key in convincing the midfielder to move to Germany, having already agreed personal terms to join the Baden-Württemberg club who finished 9th in the Bundesliga last season.

The French youth international came through the Monégasques’ academy and made three first team appearances last season.

Official | Bordeaux sign midfielder Fransérgio

Bordeaux have tonight announced the signing of Brazilian midfielder Fransérgio on a permanent deal from Portuguese club Braga.

The 30-year-old signs a three year contract with Les Girondins – with an optional additional year. Fransérgio notably won the Portuguese cup last year, and had been at Braga since 2017.

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The defensive midfielder previously played for for Funchal-based club Marítimo, as well as the likes of Athletico Paranaense and Internacional in his home country.