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Eden Hazard against Everton last season © Francesca Ceciarini

Neymar chose to join to Paris Saint Germain in the most sensational transfer market move in football history: Barcelona are about to cash a world record € 222m (£ 199m) fee for the Brazilian star, even tough the way this will happen is a little bizarre.

In fact, it’s rumoured that the company linked to PSG owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Qatar Sports Investments, are going to pay Neymar € 300m ( £ 260m) to be the Qatar 2022 World Cup testimonial, so the player himself can pay his release-clause and join the French side as free-agent, so that the huge expense won’t be recorded and they can avoid FFP.

With such a big amount to invest on the market and the necessity to re-invest them and find a replacement for Neymar, Barcelona are ready to splash this cash on some of the best players in Europe.

The Blaugrana targeted three major footballers: Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, Juventus’ Paulo Dybala and Chelsea star Eden Hazard.

The Catalan club wants to sign at least two of this stars to substitute Neymar and to show their power on the market after losing one of the best players in the world.

The Blues forward is still recovering from a broken ankle injury and won’t be back on the pitch until September, at least, but Barcelona are ready to place a £ 100m ( € 120m) to secure his services.

It would hard for Chelsea to reject such an offer and the Blues will have also to find a player to replace the Belgian star, but with £ 100m to re-invest it will be easier.

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Chelsea are desperately looking for a striker to replace Diego Costa, set to leave to join Atletico Madrid back after breaking up with manager Antonio Conte.

After missing to sign Romelu Lukaku, who moved to Manchester United instead, the Blues targeted Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick AubameyangSpanish sources claim it’s a done deal Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata and Torino top scorer Andrea “Il Gallo” Belotti.

Granata chairman Urbano Cairo insisted that the clubs aiming to sign the Italian striker need to pay the entire release clause:

“He has a €100m release clause. For now no-one has come in for him. I’m glad he’s with us and I hope he can stay.

I want to understand his intentions, I’m happy for him to stay, not least because we’ve given up interesting options which didn’t reach the €100m clause.

“They weren’t real offers, but there were contacts. I don’t want to imagine a Toro without Il Gallo.

“Tonight I’ll have a meal with [coach Sinisa] Mihajlovic and [sporting director Gianluca] Petrachi, we’ll talk about everything and you understand we also have to think about this possibility.

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Many clubs around Europe have been showing a lot of interest in Leicester City midfielder N’Golo Kante after a great season last year with the Foxes.

Chelsea have seemingly come out on top recently after agreeing a deal with the Premier League champions.

Kante has a €25m release clause in his contract and Chelsea have not only matched it, they have gone further and offered €35m for the French defensive midfielder which Leicester cannot refuse.

There will be a few minor things to iron out in the deal but it looks like Kante is set for Stamford Bridge next season.

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Incoming boss Antonio Conte wants Miralem Pjanic at Chelsea for upcoming season.


However, Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini has spoken at Football Italia stating that the Bosnia-Herzegovina International will not move from Rome unless that clubs does not pay release clause of €38m.

He said: “We mustn’t do anything, we can’t even answer the phone because it’s a deal we don’t want to do. Pjanic might go but only if someone pays the clause.

“It’s something that concerns us daily, but it doesn’t affect our behaviour. We’re doing nothing, we’re a passive witness.

“I haven’t spoken with him. He talked to the Coach Luciano Spalletti and he reaffirmed his desire to stay at Roma.

“I don’t have to talk to the player, he’s not for sale. If someone wants him they’ll have to pay the clause.”

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Higuain moved to Napoli for £34.5 million

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis revealed Gonzalo Higuain has a release-clause on his contract: “There is a release clause in his contract if we weren’t to qualify for the Champions League, which is obviously very important for a player of his calibre and we hope to offer him that opportunity.”

According to Express the incoming Blues boss Antonio Conte is believed to be preparing an offer worth around £75m to sign the striker, and Napoli could be forced to sell Higuain if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.

Manchester United are also being linked with the Argentina international forward.

“I haven’t received any offers for Higuain,” – he said – “If an offer was to arrive then we would have to see but we want to keep him here.”



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Chelsea are reportedly keen on Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic, who could leave Italy at the end of the season.

Express Sport recently claimed that the Blues want to appoint Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini; his arrival could see Pjanic at Stamford Bridge, but Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport claim Bayern Munich are preparing a massive bid.

According to the Italian newspaper, the German side is eager to trigger the £30million release clause to try to sign the Bosnia international.

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The Times report about Miralem Pjanic‘s future: the English newspaper explains that Chelsea board director Marina Granovskaia spoke to the Bosnian agents.

Pjanic got a £31m release clause on his contract with AS Roma and if Antonio Conte will be next Chelsea manager the Italian would insist to sign him.

The Bosnian would like to move to Stamford Bridge even without the Champions League participation, that is very unlikely for the Blues.

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa © Francesca Ceciarini

Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo reports that Atletico Madrid are ready to pay Diego Costa‘s release clause to get him back to Vicente Calderón.

The Spaniard joined Chelsea in summer 2014 and had a stunning first season at Stamford Bridge, helping the Blues to secure the title with 20 goals, but now he is struggling and his nervous reaction toward Mourinho ( he threw his bib at him) after not being played against Spurs last Sunday might mean something has broken for him.

Atletico are ready to bid again on him after he helped them to win La Liga and reach the Champions League finale in 2013-2014.

It would be the second return to the Rojiblancos after the one of Filipe Luis last summer.


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