Buffon to face Lille but Tuchel unsure on Cavani’s return

Gianluigi Buffon will start for Paris Saint-Germain against Lille and the veteran goalkeeper is set to make his Champions League debut for the club, says coach Thomas Tuchel. Buffon is yet to appear in European competition for PSG after joining the Ligue 1 champions from Juventus, with Alphonse Areola taking the gloves for all three matches in Group C. A 2-2 home draw with Napoli last time out left PSG’s Champions League qualification in the balance, Tuchel’s men having taken four points from three games to sit in third place And Tuchel…

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De Gea breaks silence amid Manchester United contract uncertainty

David de Gea has said that his focus remains on his on-field performances amid uncertainty over his Manchester United future. Manager Jose Mourinho admitted that he is not optimistic that the goalkeeper will pen a new deal with the club, with his current contract due to expire at the end of the season. The club retain the right to extending De Gea’s deal automatically by another year but that has not stopped transfer links with Juventus, with reports suggesting they’ll swoop in to sign the Spaniard on a free. Despite…

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10-man Monaco suffer defeat on Henry managerial debut

Thierry Henry suffered defeat in his first match as a head coach when his 10-man Monaco side slumped to a 2-1 loss at Strasbourg on Saturday to drop into the Ligue 1 relegation zone. The principality club have failed to win in 11 games in all competitions since the opening weekend of the French top-flight season, and are only above bottom team Guingamp on goal difference. Monaco, who were runners-up to PSG last season, are now 24 points adrift of the reigning champions after they cruised to a 5-0 thrashing…

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French authorities investigate whether PSG game against Red Star was fixed

French authorities are investigating whether a Champions League game involving Paris Saint-Germain and Red Star Belgrade was fixed. Both clubs have strongly denied wrongdoing after L’Équipe reported that a Red Star official was suspected of betting €5m (£4.4m) on the team losing by five goals in a match PSG won 6-1. It is understood, Uefa passed on suspicions to the French authorities after the 3 October game at the Parc des Princes in Group C, which also includes Liverpool and Napoli. France’s financial prosecutor’s office confirmed an investigation had been…

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Golden Boy: 40-man shortlist announced with Kylian Mbappe favourite to retain award

Kylian Mbappe is the favourite to become the first two-time winner of the Golden Boy award after being named among the 40-man shortlist by the Italian newspaper Tuttosport. Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Manchester City’s Phil Foden are on the shortlist for the award established in 2003 given to the best young player in Europe under the age of 21, with people putting their new customer betting offers on the Reds defender. Everton midfielder Tom Davies and Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot also make the 40-man shortlist. Full-back Alexander-Arnold, 19, played in Liverpool’s…

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Guardiola emphatically denies Manchester City move for Kylian Mbappe

Pep Guardiola says there is no chance of Manchester City signing Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain. City had been linked with a fresh, £200 million move for Mbappe over the weekend. The Premier League side have tried to buy the World Cup winner on two previous occasions; Monaco rejected an approach in the summer of 2016 when he was still largely unknown outside of France, while in 2017 they were beaten to his signature by PSG. In the past week UEFA has reopened an investigation into PSG’s finances, and it was subsequently…

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Kylian Mbappe loses appeal against 3-match ban

Kylian Mbappe will sit out one further league game for Paris Saint-Germainafter losing an appeal against a three-match suspension on Monday. Mbappe, 19, was handed the sanction for lashing out in retaliation at Teji Savanier during a feisty 4-2 win at Nimes on September 1. Savanier was handed a four-match ban for his role in the incident, a sanction that was also confirmed following appeals by both players, the French Football Federation (FFF) announced. Mbappe, who is being tipped to win the prestigious Ballon d’Or award in December, notably on account of…

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Firmino good enough with one eye, says Mane after PSG win

Sadio Mane said he had urged Liverpool match-winner Roberto Firmino to declare himself fit for the Champions League opener against Paris Saint-Germain, insisting he didn’t “need his eye to play”. Firmino sustained an abrasion to the cornea in his left eye in the weekend win at Tottenham after a clash with Jan Vertonghen and did not train on Sunday or Monday. Even manager Jurgen Klopp admitted he thought the 26-year-old had “no chance” of playing when he saw him on Monday, but Mane was not prepared to give up on his teammate. “I think Bobby doesn’t…

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Liverpool’s Firmino facing further tests ahead of PSG opener

Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino is facing further tests to determine his availability for his side’s Champions League fixture against Paris Saint Germain at Anfield on Tuesday. The Brazil attacker was forced to leave the pitch in the latter stages of Liverpool’s 2-1 win against Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday after sustaining a bizarre injury. Spurs centre-back Jan Vertonghen accidentally gouged Firmino’s left eye, as shocking images revealed soon after his departure, which left the 26-year-old hospital bound. “No idea, to be honest. He is much better,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said when asked of…

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Chelsea coach continues attack on Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris

Chelsea coach Christophe Lollichon believes those who praise Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris “live in a dream world” as he continued his criticism of the World Cup winner. Lollichon hit out at Lloris last week, claiming that Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola was far superior. Chelsea’s goalkeeping coach has since reiterated his belief that Lloris is not at the elite level many claim he is. “People live in a dream world when it comes to Lloris a bit too much, but for me Areola is above,” he told Le Figaro. “Against Germany, he…

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PSG sign Schalke defender Thilo Kehrer for £33m

Paris Saint-Germain have completed the signing of Thilo Kehrer from Schalke for £33m on a five-year contract. The 21-year-old, who is a Germany U-21 international, will wear the number 4 jersey at the Ligue 1 champions. He told PSG’s official website: “It is with much joy and ambition that I have signed for Paris Saint-Germain. “Everyone in Europe knows how strong and exciting the Paris Saint-Germain project is and I couldn’t think of a better club for me to continue my progression and reach my objectives. ✍️#WillkommenKehrer pic.twitter.com/QisVLl1uHs — Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside)…

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Paris St-Germain complete signing of Buffon from Juventus

Paris St-Germain have signed former Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon on a free transfer. Buffon, 40, left Juventus at the end of last season, ending a 17-year stay at a club where he played 656 times. The nine-time Serie A winner has signed a one-year deal with the French champions with the option for a further 12 months. “I know what dreams PSG and its fans have in their hearts,” he said. “I am going to bring all my energy, all my experience and all of my thirst to…

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Real Madrid deny transfer agreement for Mbappe with PSG

Real Madrid have denied they have agreed a deal with Paris Saint-Germain to sign striker Kylian Mbappe. Media reports circulating said the Champions League champions had agreed a fee for the teenage sensation who’s currently on national team duty with the French national team at the ongoing World Cup in Russia. “Real Madrid has not made any offers to PSG or the player and regrets the dissemination of this type of information,” a club statement read. “Given the information published in the last hours referring to an alleged agreement between…

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UEFA announce decision to review PSG FFP ruling

PSG are once again under scrutiny from football authorities after UEFA announced a decision to review the ruling that cleared the club of breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations. The Ligue 1 champions had only last month been deemed to be in line with FFP rules after an investigation into transfer contracts and management related accounts at the club by UEFA’s club financial control body (CFCB). Although transfer activity at the Parisian club would still be under monitoring, PSG were largely in the clear. But on Tuesday UEFA said the chairman…

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Pastore completes Roma move from PSG

Roma have completed the signing of Argentina midfielder Javier Pastore from Paris St-Germain for £21.8m. The 29-year-old signed a five-year deal with the Champions League semi-finalists. Pastore joined PSG in 2011 for £37m and played more than 250 games, winning the domestic treble on three occasions but the French champions need to make £52.9m from player sales by the end of June to comply with financial fair play rules and have sanctioned the sale as a result. “The signing of Javier makes me very happy because we are talking about the sort of…

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Big names linked with Manchester United. A huge summer coming up?

There is no doubt that the upcoming summer transfer window is going to be a huge one for Manchester United. The Red Devils were not stingy with money last summer either, but they still fell quite short of Manchester City in the title race. Jose Mourinho has failed to win the league title in his first two years with Manchester United, and it is crucial for the Portuguese manager that his side launch a serious title challenge next season. It is obvious that Mourinho needs to sign two-three big names…

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Tottenham reignite interest in Premier League star, target Ligue 1 full-back and more

Tottenham appeared to have reignited their interest in Leicester City star Demarai Gray. Spurs unsuccessfully attempted to sign the youngster last summer, and according to ESPN, they plan to go back for him this summer. The 21-year-old, who is also the captain of England U21 side, is considered one of the best English talents in his age group. In the past, he has also been linked with the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool. Gray has made a remarkable leap in his progress this season and has established himself as a…

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Reports: Manchester City to once again break the bank in the summer

Manchester City spent an astronomical amount of money on signings last summer. The impact of a fruitful summer was obvious for everyone as the Citizens comfortably lifted the Premier League title this week. Under the current ownership, City have won three league titles, but European success has eluded them. Pep Guardiola was signed to fix that, but the Spaniard too has failed in first two attempts. However, City’s ownership hasn’t given up on the Spaniard, and they are prepared to bankroll another busy summer for their manager. According to the…

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Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain – Betting Tips and Predictions

Real Madrid, winners of last two editions, will host French giants Paris-Saint Germain in the first leg of Champions League last-16 tie at Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday. Since defending their European crown in May, Los Blancos have only gone downward in terms of their performances on the pitch. In the league, they are well out of the title race and are struggling to remain in Champions League places. In the group stage of the competition, Zinedine Zidane’s side could only manage the second spot in their group after managing just…

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Bayern Munich vs Paris Saint Germain- Betting Tips and Predictions

Bayern Munich welcome high scoring Paris Saint Germain in the Allianz Arena in Munich. Although a win in this game will see Bayern Munich level on points with PSG, the Bavarians will have to settle for second place due to PSG’s superior goal difference.  Unai Emery’s men have scored 24 goals and conceded once resulting in a +23 goal difference. Bayern Munich, on the other hand, have scored 10 goals and conceded 5 times thus a +5 goal difference.  Bayern will try to avenge the 3-0 defeat they suffered in…

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Griezmann, Dybala, Young – Latest Manchester United transfer updates

The January transfer window is not far away now, and the transfer rumour mill is slowly but surely shifting into the top gear. Premier League aspirants Manchester United spent a lot of money on transfers last summer, and latest reports suggest it would be more of the same for them in the upcoming transfer windows. Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann came close to joining United in the summer but eventually ended up staying at the Madrid club. According to Spanish journalist Guillem Balague, the France international is set to leave…

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Hazard to stay in London, but Sanchez might seal his exit in January

Chelsea star Eden Hazard could agree to a new deal with the West London club following the upcoming international break, claims the Express. The Belgian has long been linked with a move to Real Madrid, but the Blues are committed to secure his long-term future. The report claims that the Premier League champions are prepared to make Hazard the highest-paid player in the league by offering him a new £300,000 a week deal. The star player has supposedly given up on his dream of playing for Real, and he is…

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Manchester United looking for a wide player on transfer deadline day

Manchester United have been linked with a couple of wide players in the last hours of the transfer window. In the first report, Daily Star claims that United manager Jose Mourinho has registered a late interest in Paris Saint-Germain winger Julian Draxler. The report claims that Mourinho is desperate to add a winger to his squad, and the German could be a last-minute arrival at Old Trafford. Draxler has become a surplus to requirements at PSG following the arrival of Neymar from Barcelona. He has also been linked with the…

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Neymar given permission to miss Barcelona training

Barcelona forward Neymar has been given permission to miss training ahead of a potential move to Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain. The 25-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Catalan giants all summer, with PSG showing the heaviest interest, along with the greatest financial reward, with the reported fee standing at just under £200m. Once completed, the transfer will become the most expensive of all-time, blowing out the record sum set last summer when Paul Pogba moved from Juventus to Manchester United for £89m.   Sky Sports…

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Top journalist dismisses Arsenal’s mega-bid for Mbappe

Reliable BBC journalist David Ornstein has dismissed recent reports claiming that Monaco have rejected a mega-bid from Arsenal for their star player Kylian Mbappe. French publication L’Equipe yesterday reported that the Gunners have failed with a €100m bid for Mbappe and today, the claim was corroborated by the English media. In one of the biggest transfer stories of the day, James Olley, of Evening Standard, further fuelled the speculation by claiming that Monaco have indeed rejected a £87m bid from the Gunners for their star player. However, Ornstein, who has…

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