Kylian Mbappé: Real Madrid willing to spend £1bn to sign Paris Saint-Germain striker – Paper Talk | Transfer center news

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Real Madrid are willing to spend nearly £1bn to bring Kylian Mbappé to the club from Paris Saint-Germain; the total includes a transfer fee of £132m and over £500m in salaries.

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Former France striker Louis Saha has praised Kylian Mbappe and believes there are no limits to his ability.

Argentina could put Lionel Messi on one of their tickets as part of plans to celebrate their first victory in a World Cup final.

Thomas Tuchel has left the UK and is reportedly improving his knowledge of Spanish in Germany to prepare for his next role.


Barcelona sporting director Jordi Cruyff now says midfielder Frenkie de Jong is one of the club’s “untouchables” ahead of the January transfer window.

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Frenkie de Jong was targeted by Manchester United last summer


Tottenham have been warned they could derail Britain’s Euro 2028 bid if they agree a stadium sponsorship deal with Google or another company, which will not allow them to remove their name during the tournament.

Paul Farbrace thinks Ben Duckett should keep his place as England’s starter for the Ashes after an excellent return to Test cricket in the one-sided series against Pakistan.


English spinner Adil Rashid felt pressured by Azeem Rafiq to back claims of racism he does not remember, according to a senior Yorkshire figure in a signed witness statement provided to the ECB to help its case against Michael Vaughan.

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has criticized Gianni Infantino’s plans to reform the Club World Cup and expand the World Cup to 48 teams.

Eintracht Frankfurt bosses claim they were offered the chance to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, joking that they “probably offered it to every Champions League club” as the Portuguese striker continues to look forward to his next club after leaving Manchester United.

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Manchester United is mentioned briefly in the matchday program before the Carabao Cup game against Burnley, but not in manager Erik ten Hag’s notes.

Arsenal and Tottenham are showing interest in Brighton midfielder Alexis Mac Allister, but appear to be prioritizing positions other than midfield, which could leave Atletico Madrid in pole position to make their move.

Leicester City would love to make a move for Angers and Morocco midfielder Azzedine Ounahi if their transfer budget allows, but his potential £39m price tag and interest in also signing Jeremie Boga from Sassuolo could make it difficult.

Alice Pignagnoli, a goalkeeper for Italian third division women’s Lucchese, claims she was fired after telling the club she was pregnant.


Gallagher’s Premiership clubs risk “heading for disaster” with their collective net debt accumulated over the last six years reaching £300m.


Mark Wood and Rehan Ahmed are expected to sit out England’s Test series with New Zealand in February as management juggle their resources ahead of a busy Ashes and World Cup year; instead, Ahmed could head to the Indian Premier League.


The Olympiakos B team refused to return to the pitch during their clash with Athens Kallithea in protest of a series of questionable decisions made by the match referee, and ultimately the game had to be suspended. A later statement also criticized the head of Greek referees, former PL official Steve Bennett.

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