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PSG react as Real Madrid bid €160m for Kylian Mbappe

Paris Saint-Germain have rejected a €160m bid from Real Madrid for Kylian Mbappe.

Transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano, confirmed this in a tweet on Tuesday night.

According to him, Mbappe has turned down three contract offers from PSG, as he is keen to leave for Spain.

Romano wrote: “Confirmed. Real Madrid have made a formal bid for €160m to sign Kylian Mbappe immediately. NO green light from Paris Saint-Germain yet.

“Kylian Mbappe has turned down more than three different proposals from PSG to extend the contract. He’s waiting too.”

Mbappe has less than one year left on his current deal at Parc des Princes.

The 22-year-old has netted 92 times in 109 league appearances since joining the club on loan in 2017. Dailypost 


Lionel Messi makes fresh demand to PSG ahead of Ligue 1 clash against Strasbourg

Lionel Messi has told Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, that he wants to be part of Saturday’s match squad, for their Ligue 1 fixture against Strasbourg.

The 34-year-old completed a free transfer from Barcelona this week.

Messi is yet to have any pre-season training, as he’s been on holidays after helping Argentina win the Copa America.

However, RMC reports Messi wants to be starting games as soon as possible, although the club’s coaching staff want him to work on his sharpness first.

Messi trained with the rest of the PSG squad on Thursday, as Pochettino schemes how to dovetail him into his attack that already has Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.

It appears likely that he will have to wait for the Ligue 1 clash against Reims on August 29 to make his debut, while he continues to build his fitness. Dailypost


I’m leaving – Mauricio Pochettino tells PSG

Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has told the club’s hierarchy that he wants to leave the French Ligue 1 giants this summer, Goal reports.

Pochettino only joined PSG in January, replacing Thomas Tuchel, who is currently the manager of Chelsea.

The 49-year-old failed to reclaim the Ligue 1 title as Lille pipped them to the title.
His team also crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of Manchester City in the semi-final stage.

Pochettino did manage to guide PSG to Coupe de France and Trophee des Champions victories this season.

Pochettino’s contract is not due to expire until the summer of 2022, however, the former Tottenham Hotspur manager has now informed PSG chiefs that he wants to depart a year early.

PSG were planning on continuing with Pochettino, and the report added that the Argentine would accept whatever decision the club’s sporting director Leonardo makes.

Pochettino is said to maintain a ‘special affection’ for PSG and would continue in his post until the end of his deal should that be what the Parisians desire. Dailypost

JJ Okocha makes PSG confession

Austin Okocha says his former club Paris Saint-Germain are putting suitable structures in place, which has seen them get closer to winning the UEFA Champions League.

The Bolton Wanderers icon even admitted that he would have loved to be a part of the current PSG side, boasting Neymar Junior and Kylian Mbappe.

Okocha starred for PSG between 1998 and 2002, developing into a cult hero among the PSG faithful for his magic on the ball.

PSG at the time had not become the financial behemoth of the present day. Still, Okocha, alongside Nicolas Anelka and Mauricio Pochettino, helped the French side win the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2001.

PSG have since grown into one of the biggest clubs in the world, attracting some of the planet’s best footballers and have dominated the Ligue for the best part of a decade.

The Parisians made it to the final of the UEFA Champions League last term, where they lost narrowly to eventual winners Bayern Munich.

Pochettino has guided the French giants back to the semifinals this term, with only Manchester City standing between them and another title shot.

Okocha is impressed with how much work his former side has put into reaching such dizzy heights and wished he was still part of the playing personnel.

“I think PSG are working very well. They are almost where they want to be as they are getting closer to their goal of winning the Champions League,” the retired playmaker told Canal+ as per ItaSportPress.

“They have laid a good foundation because all the great players want to play for PSG. I think they have to maintain these results and stay at the top.

“I, too, would have liked to play in this team. The current team is certainly stronger than it was when I was playing.”

Okocha joined PSG after the 1998 FIFA World Cup for an African record transfer fee but left for Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer four years later. (


PSG star, Neymar banned for 2 games

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar, has been suspended for two matches, following his red card against Lille last Saturday.

This means the Brazilian international will not feature for PSG when they tackle Strasbourg this weekend and Saint-Etienne on April 18, the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) has announced.

Neymar was sent off during PSG’s 1-0 home defeat following an altercation with Lille defender, Tiago Djalo, who was also dismissed.

Neymar and Djalo were given three-match bans, but with one of those games suspended.

PSG’s defeat against Lille means Mauricio Pochettino’s men are now three points behind Christophe Galtier’s side on the Ligue 1 table.

Meanwhile, Neymar was impressive for PSG in their Champions League quarter-final first leg 3-2 victory against Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.

The former Barcelona star gave assists to Kylian Mbappe and Marquinhos during the encounter against Bayern. Dailypost

Barcelona's brutal reality check: Mbappe inspired PSG show why Messi wanted to quit Camp Nou

The Blaugrana captain put his side ahead at Camp Nou with a penalty but Ronald Koeman's side capitulated in the second half of a chastening 4-1 defeat
There was enthusiasm, there was spirit, but ultimately there was Kylian Mbappe and a brutal reality check for Barcelona.

Ronald Koeman’s side suffered a crushing 4-1 defeat by Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night in the Champions League last 16, and they will need another ‘remontada’ to get out of this one. It doesn’t look likely.

Their whole season is almost over, in terms of potential trophies, but this campaign never seemed promising on that front after last summer’s 8-2 annihilation by Bayern Munich and Lionel Messi’s foiled attempt to flee.

Koeman took over with the mandate of moving on some of the veterans and bringing through youth players, while ensuring Barcelona didn’t embarrass themselves again. So, it’s sad, but not surprising, that they find themselves here, no longer among the game's elite teams.

They are on the verge of elimination in Europe, 2-0 down in their Copa del Rey semi-final against Sevilla, and eight points behind La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid, having played a game more.

A string of good results in 2021, Messi returning to form and the rise of 18-year-old starlet Pedri Gonzalez gave Barcelona hope, which augmented further with Neymar and Angel di Maria’s injuries ruling them out of this first-leg clash in Catalunya.

The pendulum shifted from 2020 runners-up PSG’s favour, when the last 16 draw was made, towards Barcelona. Or so we thought. The first half reflected that in an end-to-end, roll-with-the-punches thriller.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen and the jittery Sergino Dest were able, between them, to stop Mbappe in the first minute, while Pedri’s sublime pass for Antoine Griezmann was wasted by the forward.

Barcelona took the lead through Messi, scoring his fourth goal in the Champions League this season, all of them from the penalty spot, after Layvin Kurzawa brought down Frenkie de Jong.

It was an accidental trip by the French full-back, a soft penalty which stoked memories of the two conceded in the infamous 6-1 comeback in March 2017, but he made contact with the Dutchman.

Messi’s penalty was emphatically slotted home (no wonder Manchester City are interested in him!) and 2021 is now the 17th consecutive calendar year that he has scored in the Champions League, equalling Real Madrid legend Raul Gonzalez’s record, set between 1995-2011.

Ousmane Dembele should have doubled Barcelona’s lead but sent a tame shot at Keylor Navas, which was reminiscent of his infamous miss against Liverpool in the 2019 semi-final first leg that should have sent his team 4-0 up. Instead, the score stayed at three and we all know what happened at Anfield...

Barcelona were made to pay, then and now, with Mbappe quickly firing PSG level. If he had a moment of luck when his slack touch to control bounced up to him instead of away from him, there was nothing fortunate about what happened next.

With lightning speed reactions he cut left and then lashed past Ter Stegen, into the roof of the net.

Mbappe’s lesser compatriot, Griezmann, fired wide at the other end on a strong Barcelona counter as they showed they were still in the fight. 

Mbappe’s influence only grew in the second half, as he showed why he will be football’s true next superstar, trying to take the reins from Messi himself in this match.

His second was a poacher’s finish and after the unmarked Moise Kean headed in the third, Mbappe produced a brilliant curled effort to kill Barcelona and the tie on a rapid counter.

Barcelona rushed Gerard Pique back from a near three-month injury for this game but he may as well have stayed at home as Mbappe toyed with Barcelona, who were always recoiling, flailing and eventually crumbling.

This wasn’t an 8-2 end-of-an-era humiliation like against Bayern, but nor did it prove a fair fight by the end. It showed how far Barcelona have yet to go to recover what they once were.

It also shows why Messi was desperate to leave in the summer, and why he might well do so in the summer ahead. 

There may yet be further to fall before Barcelona can rise again. (Goal)

Red-hot Terem Moffi scores as Lorient shock Neymar’s PSG

The Parisians surrendered their lead to crumble against the relegation-threatened side in Sunday’s Ligue I encounter

Super-sub Terem Moffi was Lorient’s hero having scored the winning goal as the Merlucciidaes shocked Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 in Sunday’s French top-flight clash.

With the encounter at the Stade du Moustoir heading for a no winner, no vanquished note, the Nigerian forward, who has now scored in his last five league games, had the final say.

Lorient came into the clash buoyed by their 3-2 win over Dijon their last time out.

On Sunday, they took the lead in the 36th minute when Laurent Abergel charged forward from midfield to take advantage of a scramble on the edge of the visitors’ box to power past goalkeeper Sergio Rico.

In the closing stages of the first half, PSG were awarded a penalty by the referee after French defender of Senegal and Bissau-Guinean descent Houboulang Mendes dived in recklessly on Neymar and the Brazil international made no mistake from the spot.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men took the lead for the first time in the 58th minute as Neymar completed his double from the penalty mark after Mendes had fouled Mauro Icardi.

That goal woke the hosts from their slumber as Christophe Pelissier’s men levelled matters through substitute, DR Congo star Yoane Wissa, with ten minutes left to play after exchanging passes with Moffi.

The Nigerian settled the game in the 90th minute after surging through the PSG backline to beat Rico as the visitors were caught upfield chasing the winning goal.

Madagascar defender Jeremy Morel was in action from start to finish for Lorient, while his countryman Thomas Fontaine was not listed for action, nor was Togo's Josue Homawoo, Cote d'Ivoire's Stephane Diarra and Cameroon's Franklin Wadja.

Senegalese midfielder Idrissa Gueye was brought on for Leandro Paredes with nine minutes left to play.

The loss was Pochettino’s first since he replaced Thomas Tuchel. Also, PSG missed out on the opportunity to return to the top of Ligue 1 in place of Olympique Lyon.

Even at the win, the Merlucciidaes occupy the 18th spot having accrued 18 points from 21 games in the 2020-21 campaign. They would be aiming for their third straight win against Rennes on February 3.

Former KV Kortrijk and FK Riteriai star Moffi is eligible to represent the Super Eagles at international level. (Goal)

Jonathan David fires Lille level with leaders PSG

Jonathan David made sure that Lille kept pace with Ligue leaders Paris Saint-Germain with the only goal in a 1-0 win at Rennes on Sunday to move them level on points with the champions.

David pounced in the 16th minute when Yusuf Yazici’s corner was palmed out to him by Rennes goalkeeper Romain Salin, the Canada forward lashing home to put Lille on 45 points.

The 21-year-old’s fourth league goal of the season was his second winner in as many weeks after striking in injury time against Reims last time out.

His strike handed Rennes, who are fifth on 36 points, their first defeat in eight matches.

Christophe Galtier’s Lille are equal with PSG after their third win in a row which also ensures that they cannot be overtaken by third-placed Lyon.

Lyon are five points behind the two pace-setters ahead of their match later on Sunday at fierce local rivals Saint-Etienne, who sit four points above the relegation zone in 16th.

They will be hoping to bounce back after their 16-match unbeaten run came to an end last week at the hands of Metz, with les Verts on a run of five games without a win and coming into Sunday’s match off two straight defeats.

Bordeaux sit in seventh on 32 points after an early brace from South Korea striker Hwang Ui-Jo powered them to a 2-1 home win over Angers.

The hosts’ coach Jean-Louis Gasset played Hwang as the focal point of his attack again Sunday after their 3-0 win at Nice last week where the former Gamba Osaka forward also opened the scoring.

At the Matmut Atlantique he poached the first goal after eight minutes, before slotting home three minutes later to make him his side’s top league scorer with five goals so far this season.

“I’m happy for Hwang and his two goals, he never hesitates to drift wide. He’s a brave player, finding his feet,” Gasset said of the player who has little French language skills.

“He is great on the counter and a wonderful player to coach,” Gasset said in praise of the player who had a quiet first season in 2019-2020 scoring six goals.

Bordeaux’s performance fell away with the two-goal cushion but they held on for a win that lifted them above Angers, who drop down to 10th.



Ligue 1: Lille reclaim top spot with PSG stalemate

Lille moved back top of Ligue 1 on Sunday after holding Paris Saint-Germain to an uninspiring goalless draw which failed to live up to its pre-match billing. 

Lille take first place in the French top flight from Lyon on goal difference after a match which saw just a handful of shots on target and very little in the way of incident.

PSG are a point back in third after failing to create anything from their territorial dominance, shorn of attacking inspiration without Neymar and Mauro Icardi, among others, while Kylian Mbappe started on the bench as he reportedly struggles with a thigh knock.

Marseille meanwhile are five points behind the leaders after their 1-1 draw with Reims on Saturday, although Andre Villas-Boas’ side do have two games in hand on their title rivals.

PSG were the stronger side in a dismal first half which didn’t see a shot on target until Moise Kean’s weak flicked header was easy collected by Mike Maignan in the 42nd minute.

Lille, who on Friday were sold to Callisto, a subsidiary of the Merlyn Partners investment fund, struggled to get a foothold in the biggest match of their league campaign so far.

PSG’s dominance continued in the second period but they were lacking their usual creative spark, and the highlight of the latter stages was Presnel Kimpembe’s superb tackle on Burak Yilmaz with Lille charging towards goal on the break.

Kimpembe appeared to injure a hamstring as he charged across to make the goal-saving tackle with 12 minutes remaining, and limped off soon afterwards.

Mbappe had been brought on a minute before Kimpembe’s challenge but did very little in the time afforded him, and the curtain was soon brought down on a forgettable encounter between two tired-looking teams.

– Monaco bounce back –

Germany striker Kevin Volland scored his sixth Ligue 1 goal as Monaco battled to a 1-0 win at bottom club Dijon to snap a three-match losing streak.

Their win moved the seventh-placed principality club within seven points of Lille and Lyon.

Former Bayer Leverkusen forward Volland slotted in the only goal on 15 minutes, with both sides seeing later efforts ruled out by VAR.

“After four straight wins and then three defeats on the bounce, the most important thing was to win,” said coach Niko Kovac.

“It was not the best Monaco but we showed lots of character and that’s the best way to move forward.”

Rennes are two points ahead of Monaco in fifth after strolling to a 3-0 win at Lorient, who sit second-from-bottom after their 11th defeat of the season.

Damien Da Silva opened the scoring with a deflected close-range effort midway through the first half, and Benjamin Bourigeaud doubled the away side’s lead with a fine first-time strike with 20 minutes remaining.

Martin Terrier completed the scoring six minutes later when he cut in from the left before curling home past Paul Nardi.

Rennes are level with Marseille on 28 points, five behind Lille.

One point ahead of Lorient in 18th place are Nimes, who came away from Saint-Etienne with a 2-2 draw.

Elsewhere, Montpellier missed the chance to move into fourth as they were held to a 2-2 draw at Brest.



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