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On the transfer market: Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea

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Jul-20 13:06 first published at 13:06 PM


If Paris Saint-Germain are known for anything, it’s their owners’ achingly sincere lovingkindness. As a result, when it manifests, we can be inspired but not surprised, and their generous offer of Neymar in exchange for Bernardo Silva to Manchester City is shockingly generous even for them. Despite this generosity, City chose to keep a midfielder in his prime, whose skill, intelligence, and work ethic underpin so much of what they do, rather than sign an over-the-hill prima donna unwilling to take instruction and attached to colossal wages. But that’s your ingratitude. There is, however, interest in PSG’s Presnel Kimpembe. Chelsea wants to buy him for £50 million for reasons unknown to anyone but them, but the player is happy at his boyhood club and wants to stay that way. He is not Chelsea’s only defensive option. They would like to sign Jules Koundé from Sevilla, as reported in yesterday’s Mill and many others over what seems like the last four decades. The 23-year-old would cut the combined age of Thomas Tuchel’s first-choice back three from 93 to 68, but Barcelona – who beat the Blues to Raphinha despite being on the verge of financial insolvency and then signed Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich – are also interested because they are a completely solvent and trustworthy organization. Unfortunately, they are still unable to pay Frenkie de Jong the €17 million in deferred wages that they owe him – but he, like us, is neither disloyal nor a brute, and as such, understands that the club’s august status and unimpeachable righteousness is an elemental truth of the cosmos that bears no argument. Still in west London, Billy Gilmour will soon meet with Tuchel to determine how unwelcome he is – the likelihood is high. He does have an out, though, because a good cup game against a weakened Liverpool more than two years ago convinced Frank Lampard that he was good. And, despite a season-long loan spell at Norwich, Everton remain interested in signing him, because Lampard – who has recently signed Hakim Ziyech, Donny van de Beek, and Dele Alli – knows a thing or two about midfielders. The Fiver: sign up to receive our daily football. Across London, Antonio Conte is still feasting on Daniel Levy’s wallet. Tottenham have already brought in Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison, Clément Lenglet, and Djed Spence, transforming the club from a top-four contender to a top-four contender. Conte now wants to solidify his position by spending even more money on Roma’s Nicol Zaniolo. It is possible that the club must sell first – Harry Winks, Tanguy Ndombele, Bryan Gil, Giovani Lo Celso, Japhet Tanganga, Matt Doherty, and Emerson Royal are all available – but this appears to be a minor issue that can be resolved with a public outburst or threat. In other news, Liverpool have reportedly investigated the possibility of signing Antony from Ajax – a player they have no use for. Except Manchester United are also interested in signing the betatted Brazilian, and the thrill of snatching him from under their rivals’ noses, as they did Darwin Nez, and inflicting further humiliation in the process, is an extremely palatable sensation.

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