International breaks inside the summer transfer window are a recipe for transfer headlines, as players are quizzed on their futures.
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We’ll start there, as Coutinho has cooled more talk of a Barcelona switch while on Brazil duty, implying his contract with Liverpool makes transfer talk a moot point (from The Liverpool Echo).
“Talking about this is complicated. I have a contract with my club and it is long. So my focus is on the present and the national team. My focus is here.”
As for Mahrez, there’s been a lot of speculation linking him with a move to Arsenal. Wenger has spoken of his admiration for the Leicester attacker, but Mahrez isn’t counting any chickens in London.
“It’s an honour to receive compliments like this from such a big manager [Wenger] in world football,” Mahrez said, from The London Evening Standard. “But there’s a big difference between an offer and speculation, so there is nothing on the table at the moment.”
Finally, Mbappe, a player in demand of pretty much every big club in the world. Monaco’s teen star doesn’t close the door on much with his recent comments, but his love for the UEFA Champions League may make a move to Arsenal unreasonable for the striker.
“[The Champions League] is a dream, a competition that everyone wants to win and that only a minority can win – the most important are the titles,” Mbappe told Telefoot (from Sky Sports).“That would be much more of an obsession for me than the Ballon d’Or, for example. I want to touch the stars and, when you dream, you do not dream of playing the middle of the table or maintaining it.”