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Juventus, Monaco executives express support of PL transfer deadline move

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In the wake of the Premier League’s decision to end the 2018 summer transfer window before the season begins, others are taking notice across the rest of Europe.

Both Juventus CEO Guiseppe “Beppe” Marotta and Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev spoke in favor of the move, with Marotta even stating that he’d like the rest of Europe to come around to the idea.

“The Premier League’s decision to end the transfer window early is wise,” Marotta said. “Now we have to extend the discussion to a European level.”

One of the issues with the Premier League unilaterally making this move is that teams from other leagues can still buy players off of Premier League clubs until their transfer windows close. If other leagues though take the Premier League’s lead, they could move the transfer deadlines all in line.

“Our English colleagues have made a very good decision today for closing the transfer window before at the start of next season. I am much for that idea,” Vasilyev said.

An “event” led Kylian Mbappe to transfer to Paris Saint-Germain

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Kylian Mbappe said on Wednesday that he was content to stay with Monaco for another season until an “event” happened.

Speaking at his introductory press conference with Paris Saint-Germain, Mbappe hinted at why he decided ultimately to leave Monaco this summer, though he didn’t clarify what the event was. It’s more than likely the “event” was Neymar’s $260 million transfer to PSG, which set off a domino of transfers across Europe.

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“To be honest, I was looking to stay in Monaco,” Mbappe said. “This is the speech that I held at all the clubs I met at the end of the season.
“Something happened, which made me change my position and I wanted to leave. I reflected, my parents and my lawyers made me weigh the pros and cons and I decided to join the PSG, because it is the project that will allow me to learn while winning. Because learning is fine, but you also have to win, you only have one career. I’m a hungry for titles, a competitor and I want to win right now. “
After scoring for France in the international break, Mbappe can make his PSG debut on Friday at Metz. With Mbappe, Neymar and Edinson Cavani, PSG has one of the more fearsome attacking trident’s in the world, and are set up for a deep run in the UEFA Champions League.

Mbappe scores outstanding goal, speaks on PSG move (video)

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Kylian Mbappe had himself a Thursday.

Hours after being announced as the latest member —  on loan for now — of Paris Saint-Germain, the 18-year-old striker helped produce a fantastic goal for his country.

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France was playing Netherlands with the chance to move atop its World Cup qualifying group and pretty much end Dutch hopes for an automatic spot in Russia.

The match was well in hand when Mbappe made it 4-0 for Didier Deschamps’ men.

You know you’ve got a potentially great player on his hands when he makes a strong professional defender look like an amateur, and that’s what Mbappe did with Southampton’s Wesley Hoedt with his series of hard cuts.

After the game, Mbappe wasn’t asked a ton about France duty, but his move to PSG. Here’s what he said, courtesy Sky Sports.

“I always have been 100 percent into football. You [the media] are the one who thought I was thinking of something else. My life is all about football, what I do best, I enjoy it.

“So I am very happy to come back on the pitch and I really looked forward to play before tonight. I am very happy to be part of such a big club. I think it’s the perfect project for me to improve and keep learning to the top level.

“I will be surrounded by great players who have won everything at the national level and for some of them even international level. I have a lot to learn a so much to prove.”

PSG is going to be a lot of fun to watch, though it feels more than a little dirty given the absurd amount of money the club will have spent in acquiring just two players. The fact that the Neymar purchase had the world expecting a possible Financial Fair Play offense, and PSG is being allowed to loan Mbappe from Monaco so it can buy him next summer is coated in slime.

It’s also a bummer to see the Ligue 1 title decided in the summer, but that’s life in 2017, we suppose.

That said, the kid is incredible.

Report: Arsenal offer $118 million for Thomas Lemar

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Wow. Arsenal have gone in for Thomas Lemar in a big way.

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Sky Sports state that Arsenal have offered a club-record $118 million bid for the Monaco winger as rumblings about Alexis Sanchez heading to Manchester City grow. 

Arsenal have chased Lemar all summer long with Monaco insisting all along that the French international was not for sale.

The 21-year-old is due to play for France against the Netherlands at the Stade de France in Thursday in a key 2018 World Cup qualifier.

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Liverpool and Barcelona have also chased Lemar this summer but Monaco were reluctant to sell him after selling Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Benjamin Mendy, plus Kylian Mbappe also likely to leave.

With Man City said to have bid $77 million for Sanchez, it means Arsenal would offload the Chilean star who has just one year left on his contract and then bring in a promising 21-year-old attacker for a cost of $40 million.

All things considered this is not horrendous business from Arsene Wenger, but why have the Gunners left it this late in the window to get the deal done?

Transfer rumor roundup: Mbappe to PSG? Torino rejects Belotti bid from Chelsea

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Although all the major European leagues have all kicked off, the transfer rumors continue to swirl as the window closes in on deadline day.

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In another twist that could make Paris Saint-Germain clear favorites to win the UEFA Champions League, the French giants appear close to signing Monaco teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe.

While PSG remains under UEFA’s microscope for the club’s unwillingness to obey Financial Fair Play laws, the Parisians have launched a $211 million bid for Mbappe, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Chelsea continues to look for more options up front, but their latest attempt at poaching one of Italy’s brightest strikers has failed.

Torino has reportedly declined Chelsea’s $74 million bid for Andrea Belotti, with the Serie A side unwilling to part ways with the 23-year-old unless a team meets his $103 million release clause.

The Blues have already added Alvaro Morata this transfer window in the wake of the Diego Costa saga, while Michy Batshuayi is also in the Chelsea squad.

West Brom is playing hard to get with defender Jonny Evans, and Manchester City will have to fork up more money if they want the Northern Ireland veteran.

The Baggies are reportedly seeking over $41 million for Evans, as the Citizens continue to spend at a lightning pace during this transfer window.

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Manager Pep Guardiola and Co. have already added the likes of Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy at the back, while Bernardo Silva has been thrust into the team’s attack.