Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Express Sport brings you the latest updates from the Nou CampSunday August 18Neymar has been left out of PSG’s squad to face RennesBarcelona are preparing a final offer to PSG for the BrazilianReal Madrid have a potential advantage over Barca in the Neymar transfer battlePhilippe Coutinho is set to have a medical with Bayern Munich tomorrow or Monday to join on loanNeymar loan?Paris Saint-Germain are not opposed to letting Neymar leave on loan with an obligation to buy.Goal claim that the French club are open to the idea as Neymar looks to engineer a Parc des Princes exit in the coming weeks.PSG would demand a clause that means the deal must become permanent, provided they sanctioned an initial loan.The Ligue 1 champions would be looking to recoup between £201m and £228m for the player, it is claimed.That opens the floor for both Barcelona and Real Madrid to seek a potential deal before the window closes. Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Fresh Neymar plan revealed, Philippe Coutinho medical (Image: GETTY)Neymar ‘convinced’Neymar is still confident he will be allowed to leave Paris Saint-Germain before September 2.Barcelona face a race against time to secure a deal for the Brazilian.But while PSG boss Thomas Tuchel does not want to lose the player, Neymar is confident he will return to Spain per Le Parisien.Real Madrid and Barca have both been linked with moves for the 27-year-old. Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Fresh Neymar plan revealed, Philippe Coutinho medical (Image: GETTY)Coutinho to be Bundesliga’s ‘best’Philippe Coutinho will be the best player in Germany.That’s the verdict of Marko Grujic, the Hertha Berlin midfielder.Grujic is on loan in the German capital from Liverpool, where he was team-mates with Coutinho.And he thinks the Brazilian will be excellent when he joins Bayern Munich on loan from Barcelona.”It’s a big deal for the whole Bundesliga that we now have the opportunity to see Coutinho,” Grujic told Sport Bild.”He is a special, exciting player, capable of crazy things. He has incredible tricks and skills. I enjoyed every training session with him.”He will be the best footballer in Germany by far.” Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Fresh Neymar plan revealed, Philippe Coutinho medical (Image: GETTY)Real Madrid’s Neymar refusalParis Saint-Germain have demanded two Real Madrid stars in return for Neymar in order to avoid selling the player to Barcelona, it has been claimed.PSG star Neymar wants to return to Barcelona but, despite that, Real Madrid are still hoping to sign the 27-year-old.Los Blancos have turned their attentions to the Brazil international having accepted Manchester United will not sell Paul Pogba this summer. And French TV station Telefoot claim PSG have demanded two Real Madrid players in return for the South American.It is said they want Raphael Varane and Vinicius Jr to enter the operation.However, Real Madrid have reportedly rejected the idea of letting the two players leave the club.They initially wanted Gareth Bale to enter the operation but, for now, the Wales international is staying put.Real could now use Thibaut Courtois or Keylor Navas as bait. Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Fresh Neymar plan revealed, Philippe Coutinho medical (Image: GETTY)Barcelona stand firm on NeymarBarcelona have decided not to give Ousmane Dembele and Nelson Semedo to Paris Saint-Germain as part of any transfer deal for Neymar, reports in Spain say.Officials from the Catalan club flew to Paris on Monday to try and strike a deal for Neymar.Philippe Coutinho was included in talks but he is now set to join Bayern Munich on loan.It leaves Barcelona’s options for a swap deal thin – but they will still not include Dembele or Semedo, according to Spanish publication Sport. Barcelona do not want to swap Ousmane Dembele for Neymar (Image: GETTY)PSG boss wants Neymar stayParis Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel wants Neymar to stay in the French capital amid rumours of a return to Barcelona.”There isn’t a solution right now, but our relationship is the same because it’s a thing between him and the club,” Tuchel said.”If there’s no solution then he’ll stay with us. He has three years on his contract.”When I think of a strong team I think of a team with Neymar.” Thomas Tuchel wants Neymar to stay at PSG (Image: GETTY)Arturo VidalArturo Vidal has told Barcelona Inter Milan is his preferred destination off he is to leave the Nou Camp this summer, according to FcInterNews.it.Vidal has fallen down the pecking order in Catalonia and is no longer part of Ernesto Valverde’s plans.Barcelona value the midfielder at £13.6million (€15m).Vidal is said to have a strong relationship with Inter boss Antonio Conte and is prepared to take a small wage cut to move to San Siro. Arturo Vidal could leave Barcelona this month (Image: GETTY)Barcelona have Neymar planBarcelona believe that they will be able to sign Neymar this summer, but fear they may have to do so on loan rather than permanently, according to reports in Spain.The Spanish giants are keen to include players and cash for Neymar, while PSG want more money up front – close to €120m [£109m] as well as two players.Barca have only offered up between €60m [£54m] and €80m [£73m] as well as two players, as the clock runs out for the deal to be made.However, Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo reports that Barcelona could look to get around paying the large fee this summer – after already spending £108m on Antoine Griezmann – buy signing Neymar on loan.The report states that there is a possibility that Barcelona will loan Neymar this summer, with an obligation to buy him next year when they have a new transfer budget. Paul Pogba brother slams NeymarNeymar has come under fire from Paul Pogba’s brother as both players continue to push for a move to La Liga giants Real Madrid or Barcelona.Neymar has been attempting to force his way out of Paris Saint-Germain with both Spanish clubs linked.Likewise, Pogba wants to leave Manchester United with Real Madrid long tipped to make a move.But Pogba’s brother, Mathias, has hit out at Neymar’s behaviour.“Paul will never do as Neymar, he is not a professional,” Mathias told El Chiringuito.“My brother is a professional, he has a contract with the club and as long as he does not sign for another club he will do his best.”Bayern boss on CoutinhoNiko Kovac says the arrival of Philippe Coutinho is good for the whole of the Bundesliga.Bayern Munich are set to sign the Brazilian from Barcelona on a year-long loan.And while it strengthens a team who have won seven league titles in a row, Kovac thinks the entire league will benefit from Coutinho’s presence.He said: “I am of the opinion that not only FC Bayern, but the entire Bundesliga and all of Germany can look forward to welcoming such a top player here in this league. Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Final Neymar offer prepared, Philippe Coutinho medical (Image: GETTY)Tuchel on NeymarParis Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel remains keen to keep Barcelona-linked Neymar.He said: “There isn’t a solution right now, but our relationship is the same because it’s a thing between him and the club,” he said at a press conference.”If there’s no solution then he’ll stay with us.”He has three years on his contract.”When I think of a strong team I think of a team with Neymar.” Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Final Neymar offer prepared, Philippe Coutinho medical (Image: GETTY) Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Final Neymar offer prepared, Philippe Coutinho medical (Image: GETTY)Luis Suarez futureLuis Suarez wants to return to Ajax before his retirement.That’s the belief of Sjaak Swart.The Ajax legend believes the Uruguayan is keen to go back to Amsterdam, where he spent four years of his career and scored 111 goals before joining Liverpool in 2011.“I think he really wants to go back to Ajax,”Swart told NH Sportcafe. “Already? Well, maybe. He really will come back to Ajax, but I don’t know when.”There are certain players who would like to return to Ajax. Think of Frank Rijkaard and Jari Litmanen.” Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Final Neymar offer prepared, Philippe Coutinho medical (Image: GETTY)Final Neymar bidBarcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has taken charge of negotiations for a transfer for Neymar as the La Liga champions plot one final bid for the Brazilian.Spanish newspaper Sport say Barca will make one final push for a deal this weekend.Barca and Paris Saint-Germain could have one more meeting after talks earlier this week.The Catalan giants are said to be confident of completing a move.The cost of any deal is still a problem for Barca, with PSG reportedly thought to believe an agreement can be found if Ousmane Dembele is included in the offer. Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Final Neymar offer prepared, Philippe Coutinho medical (Image: GETTY)Coutinho loan feeLiverpool will not pocket any of the loan fee Bayern Munich will pay Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho.Spanish outlet Sport claimed that Liverpool stand to land the entirety of the €20m (£18m) loan fee as a result of money they are still owed by Barcelona after his £142m move in January 2018.But the Liverpool Echo say that the Reds are only owed €5m for the Brazilian having already been paid €155m.  Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Final Neymar offer prepared, Philippe Coutinho medical (Image: GETTY)Philippe Coutinho medicalPhilippe Coutinho will undergo a medical at Bayern Munich on either Sunday or Monday, say the Bundesliga club.Terms between Bayern and Barcelona were agreed last night for Coutinho to move to Bavaria on a season-long loan.Bayern have the option to make the move permanent in 12 months’ time.The 27-year-old will fly in to Germany in the next 48 hours to complete a medical.Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said: “I’d like to thank FC Barcelona.”Obviously we still have to finalise a few details, but we’re delighted to be bringing this player to FC Bayern.”Real Madrid’s Neymar ‘card’French football expert Jonathan Johnson says Real Madrid have a ‘significant card’ to play in the Neymar transfer saga with Barcelona’s arch rivals able to offer more attractive players in a cash-plus-player deal.That is particularly the case with Philippe Coutinho headed for Bayern Munich, while Barca do not want to lose Nelson Semedo.“Real Madrid have a significant card to play if they choose,” Johnson told the Transfer Talk Podcast.“They have some players who maybe Zinedine Zidane does not want, who could form part of the deal. And Real do also have more financial flexibility than Barcelona at this time.“But it seems at the moment that the best thing Real are doing, from a PSG point of view, is putting pressure on Barcelona because there’s no greater motivation for Barcelona to make a deal for Neymar than to avoid him going to Real Madrid! Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Final Neymar offer prepared, Philippe Coutinho medical (Image: GETTY)Neymar absent for PSG againNeymar has been left out of Paris Saint-Germain’s squad to face Rennes on Sunday (8pm).The 27-year-old forward missed the win over Nimes last Sunday as fans held up a banner making their feelings towards the wantaway Brazilian known.PSG sporting director Leonardo had also hinted before the game that Neymar was increasingly closer to sealing an exit.Thomas Tuchel says Neymar is not yet fully fit and “won’t be with us”.



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