Football transfer gossip: Mbappe, Neymar, Dembele, Costa, Drinkwater

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Transfer news - update 07:30 BST

Monaco's 18-year-old forward Kylian Mbappe has decided to leave the club, with Real Madrid, Manchester City and Paris St-Germain in the race to sign him. (L'Equipe - in French)external-link

Barcelona have already made contact with Monaco over a move for the highly rated French forward. (Le10Sport - in French)external-link

The Spanish league will not accept PSG's payment of Neymar's release clause with Barcelona because of the 25-year-old forward's loyalty payment dispute with Barca, and concerns over PSG breaking Uefa's Financial Fair Play rules. (Sport)external-link

European governing body Uefa will ask PSG to explain how they intend to finance the transfer. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Barca will not try to sign Atletico Madrid's 26-year-old forward Antoine Griezmann despite Neymar's impending departure. (AS - in Spanish)external-link

The Spanish club will replace Neymar with Borussia Dortmund's 20-year-old French forward Ousmane Dembele. (Marca - in Spanish)external-link

Borussia Dortmund have rejected a bid from Arsenal for Dembele.(Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)external-link

Neymar's former representative Wagner Ribeiro says: "PSG will pay the release clause and Neymar will be presented in Paris this week."(Marca)external-link

The Brazilian passed his medical with PSG on Wednesday in Portugal.(L'Equipe - in French)external-link

Barcelona will use the money from Neymar's sale to fund moves for Chelsea attacking midfielder Eden Hazard, 26, and Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho, 25. (Sun)external-link

The Catalan club will bid £100m for Coutinho, but Reds boss Jurgen Klopp says the playmaker will not be leaving Liverpool. (Daily Mail)external-link

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is set to make Argentine goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga, 25, his first summer signing from Southampton in a £2m deal. (Sun)external-link

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has told his club's board that they must sign striker Diego Costa, 28, who Chelsea value at £50m.(Evening Standard)external-link

Chelsea are in no hurry to sell Costa and are determined to hold out for their asking price.(Daily Star)external-link

Chelsea will look to sign Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater, 27, instead of Bayern Munich's 19-year-old Renato Sanches. (Mediaset, via Metro)external-link

Everton's £50m deal to sign Swansea attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, 27, is likely to be completed over the next few days. (Guardian)external-link

Defender and Liverpool target Virgil van Dijk, 26, is close to forcing through his departure from Southampton. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, 25, wants to stay and fight for a place at the club, despite interest from Italian side Sampdoria. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Liverpool midfield target Naby Keita, 22 is unlikely to sign a contract extension at RB Leipzig, says the German club's sporting director. (Bild - in German)external-link

Leicester forward Demarai Gray, 21, is happy to stay at the club after talks over his future.(Leicester Mercury)external-link

Watford are keen to sign Everton's 30-year-old winger Aaron Lennon, with the Toffees willing to sell. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Winger Stewart Downing, 33, is training with Middlesbrough's under-23 side after his transfer to Birmingham stalled. (Evening Gazette)external-link

Sunderland are hopeful of signing Aston Villa's 30-year-old forward Ross McCormack on loan before the start of the Championship season.(Team Talk)external-link

Manchester United are ready to promote 20-year-old midfielder Scott McTominay to their senior squad.(Daily Record)external-link

Turkish champions Besiktas have joined the £20m chase for Leeds' New Zealand striker Chris Wood. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he will be "happier" if the Red Devils can secure a fourth signing of the transfer window. (Daily Express)external-link

Mourinho says France forward Anthony Martial, 21, will not be leaving Manchester United this summer, despite being linked with a move to Inter Milan.(Daily Star)external-link

Stoke are planning a £15m bid for Crystal Palace's England winger Andros Townsend, 26, to replace Marko Arnautovic.(Sun)external-link

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Guardian sport section on Thursday
Guardian sport section on Thursday


Barcelona have already removed Neymar's image from posters around their stadium. (Marca)external-link

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he has "taken over the zea", as he posed for a picture on a yacht. (Instagram)external-link

Fancy pitch designs have been banned for the upcoming Premier League season. (Premier League)external-link

Tottenham's Harry Kane took time to pose in front of the green screen. We look forward to seeing the out-takes...

Harry Kane

Best of Wednesday's transfer news

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed he spoke to Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata about joining Tottenham but the 24-year-old did not want to compete with Harry Kane. (Daily Mail)external-link

Arsene Wenger has told Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez, 28, he will not be sold to another English club this summer. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Manchester United are interested in signing Paris St-Germain's 24-year-old right-back Serge Aurier, who is currently banned from entering the UK. (Daily Mirror)external-link

United have also made an enquiry about Anderlecht midfielder Leander Dendoncker, but are not expected to sign the 22-year-old this summer. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Liverpool are not interested in Barcelona midfielders Rafinha or Andre Gomes, both 24, who have been mentioned as part of a possible swap deal for Philippe Coutinho. (Liverpool Echo)external-link