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Live Football Transfer News and Rumours: EPL, La Liga and Rest of Europe - 2nd August

All the transfer news and rumours around Europe - LIVE!
Updated: 02 August 2017 20:49 IST - Published: 02 August 2017 20:48 IST
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Craig Shakespeare on Riyad Mahrez: "If we don’t get an offer from a top 6 club, he stays. If the offer comes and it’s not enough, he stays."
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Mouctar Diakhaby has signed a three-year contract extension with Lyon, keeping him at the club until 2022.

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Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic: "It is good for Bayern Munich to have a strong Dortmund, a strong Leipzig."
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Arsenal have confirmed that Zech Medley has signed his first professional contract with the club

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Journalists waiting outside La Liga offices near Madrid airport for PSG to come and pay Neymar release clause, La Liga said would not accept
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Lionel Messi: "It was an enormous pleasure to have shared all these years with you Neymar. I wish you luck in this new stage of your life."
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Manchester United not interested in signing PSG's Serge Aurier, according to Sky sources

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Chelsea are ready to offer €25m [£22m] for Inter winger Antonio Candreva, according to reports in Italy.

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Fernando Torres on Diego Simeone: "He's very intense. You remember him as a player, he's very similar as a coach."

Fernando Torres on Diego Simeone: "He knows we need this intensity to be able to compete against teams who are much better than us."

Fernando Torres on Diego Simeone: "All we have to do is follow him because he has shown the world he is a good leader for us."
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Confirmed: Neymar has handed in transfer request
Barcelona have revealed the following in a new official statement,

The player Neymar Jr, accompanied by his father and agent, has informed FC Barcelona this morning of his decision to leave the Club in a meeting held at the Club’s offices.
Faced with this position, the Club has informed them they refer to the buy-out clause of his existing contract which as of 1 July totals 222m euros which will have to be deposited in its entirety.
Furthermore, in reply to the claim for the contract extension bonus, the Club has once again made it clear that the amount remains deposited with a notary until the case is resolved.
The player remains under contract at FC Barcelona but with temporary permission to not take part in training sessions.
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Neymar given permission to discuss PSG move
According to BBC Sport, Neymar has been given the go-ahead to hold talks with PSG ahead of a record-breaking transfer. The Brazilian met his teammates earlier today and told them that he wants to leave.
Ernesto Valverde asked him not to train in order to sort out his future.
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Pochettino wants new signings to rival Harry Kane and Dele Alli

“We understand that Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Dier, Alderweireld are really good players. They want to win but need to feel the pressure a little bit to improve every season. If there's no competition in behind it's normal to drop your motivation, it's normal to drop everything that you do. And then it's difficult to win."
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Watford want Timothy Fosu-Mensah 
The Sun reports that Watford are interested in signing Manchester United youngster Timothy Fosu-Mensah on loan. The 19-year-old full back might see his first team chances in short supply if Serge Aurier completes his move from PSG to United. Fosu-Mensah has been impressive for the Red Devils in the pre-season matches so far.
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New twist in the Neymar tale as La Liga won't accept the money for the liberation clause
La Liga president Javier Tebas has revealed,
"We will not accept the money for the liberation clause, the reason is that we have doubts that this money is in accordance with UEFA Financial Fair Play rules."
The La Liga top brass is expecting PSG to visit their office later today.
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Leon Britton tips Sigurdsson for Everton switch
Swansea midfielder Britton has now conceded that the Iceland international will likely move to Everton in a £50m deal, according to The Guardian.
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Morata didn't join Spurs because he didn't want to play second fiddle to Kane
Pochettino has confirmed that Alvaro Morata snubbed Spurs because he feared he'll be benched too often with Harry Kane in the ranks.
"Morata talked about myself, in the media he said 'Mauricio called me'. That was two years ago or more. He said to me: 'Why do you want me if you have Harry Kane?' You know, if you go to try to sign a striker, they will say: 'Eh gaffer, you want me for what? To be on the bench? I can't compete with Harry Kane or Hugo Lloris or different players.' It's so difficult to convince good players to come and then be on the bench. Then the problems start."
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Barcelona have just confirmed that Neymar didn't train today and has told his team mates he's off to Paris Saint-Germain

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Arsenal relentless in pursuit of Lemar
Sky sources are reporting that the Gunners are not willing to give up on signing AS Monaco's 21-year-old winger. The Ligue 1 champions have already rejected 2 of their bids of £30m and £40m and are reportedly holding out for £50m.
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Anthony Martial agrees to join Inter Milan
According to The Daily Express, Martial, who Inter insists on being included in the Perisic deal, has now agreed to leave Old Trafford. Mourinho had already expressed that the 21-year-old is part of his plan for the next season. But the Frenchman's inconsistent form has been a source of worry to the Old Trafford outfit.
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Barcelona wants one of 4 PSG stars as part of the Neymar deal
The Blaugrana want Marco Veratti, Julian Draxler, Angel Di Maria or Adrien Rabiot as part of the Neymar deal, according to Daily Metro. Di Maria remains the most realistic of all the options.
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Aurier's United move to United contingent on outcome of his appeal against conviction
Serge Aurier has agreed personal terms ahead of a move from PSG to Manchester United. But he is currently banned from entering the UK as he was earlier charged with assaulting a police officer outside a Paris night club. The appeal against his conviction is scheduled to be heard next week.
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