Dembele ‘1,000 percent’ staying at Barcelona
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TOP STORY: No chance Dembele leaves Barca
This summer’s most protracted of transfer saga has seen Barcelona offer Paris Saint-Germain just about the entirety of their first-team squad to make up for the lack of cash on hand they need to bring Neymar back to the Camp Nou. One name that’s consistently been mentioned as a potential makeweight is Ousmane Dembele.
“He has not planned on leaving FC Barcelona even for a moment,” Sissoko quoted as saying. “He is Barcelona and he will stay 1,000 percent with the will to honour the colours of the club.”
Even more interesting, Sissoko claims that Dembele was the subject of “several big European clubs.” So, just who else was keen to add the 22-year-old attacker to their ranks?
While we’re at it, a quick update on the Barca-Neymar situation: PSG have rejected a €190 million offer from Barcelona that would see Neymar return to Nou Camp on a loan, sources have told ESPN FC.
Bumper contract ensures Sancho stays
The 19-year-old recently turned down offers from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain and the news that he’s signed a new contract with his current club will also come as bad news to Manchester City, who had been interested as well.
That means that if these, or any other interested parties, choose to chase Sancho next summer his price will be significantly inflated.
The England forward scored 13 goals and added 15 assists for the Bundesliga runners-up last season.
Brugge keen on wantaway Wanyama
The 28-year-old made just four appearances for Spurs last season and is yet to feature in their 2019-20 campaign.
It was thought that the £18m Kenya international would be able to stay in the Premier League when fellow Londoners West Ham United approached him with a loan deal, but that fell through before the Premier League’s transfer window shut.
Wanyama has two years remaining on his £65,000 per week contract and wants to leave Mauricio Pochettino’s side. The signing of Tanguy Ndombele from Marseille would suggest that they’re not too keen on him staying either.
– Michy Batshuayi wants to stay at Chelsea and fight for his place in Frank Lampard‘s line-up, according to the Evening Standard. The Belgium striker has reportedly asked for six months to try and prove his worth at Stamford Bridge rather than being shipped out on loan for the fourth time.
– Davide Zappacosta is set for a season-long loan to Roma from Chelsea, with the Italian club tweeting out of a photo of the defender arriving to the Eternal City on Tuesday. The loan marks a return for Zappacosta to Serie A, who joined Chelsea from Torino on a four-year deal for £23m in 2017.