Oct 22, 2021
Barcelona ready to compete with Real Madrid for Kylian Mbappe as cash-strapped Catalans target free transfer
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BARCELONA are willing to rival Real Madrid for the signing of PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe.
Despite being in dire straits financially, the Catalans believe they can make 'one great signing' before next season.1Lionel Messi's arrival at PSG has not convinced Mbappe to stay at the Parc Des PrincesCredit: Getty
And according to Spanish outlet AS, the club have emerged as a possible shock destination for the 22-year-old.
But Barcelona are rumoured to be willing to pay up to £76million to secure a move despite their financial woes.
And the Catalans believe Los Blancos will only offer £42million.
As a result a much higher transfer premium could sway Mbappe's decision, after he was widely expected to seal a move to the Bernabeu.
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And AS report that the side from the capital still have the 'advantage' when it comes to negotiations for the World Cup winner.
Mbappe is allowed to start negotiations with clubs regarding a pre-contract agreement from January 1.
He has publicly admitted that he wants to move to Real Madrid, but Barca still remain determined to 'hinder the operation' which was seemingly all but done.
Los Blancos reportedly made two bids for the superstar in the summer, both of which were rebuffed by Les Parisiens.
And according to president Florentino Perez they could even sign him in January, rather than wait until the summer and have to compete with rival clubs.
Rumours linking Mbappe to Barcelona come after former president Josep Bartomeu revealed the club could have signed the Frenchman in 2017.
But then manager Ernesto Valverde and his coaching staff instead recommended that the club sign Ousmanne Dembele.
Bartomeu told on Esport3: "[Mbappe's] signing was on the table, but the coaches preferred Dembele because they wanted a player to open the field."
Dembele was signed from Borussia Dortmund for a reported £138m, who has made just 69 league appearances in four years at Camp Nou.Kylian Mbappe jumps after being scared by referee testing whistle in tunnel before PSG vs Leipzig
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Ready for Rangnick: Sancho helps Man United draw at Chelsea
LONDON (AP) — The cautious game plan, with Cristiano Ronaldo dropped to the bench, worked for Manchester United.
Hitting Chelsea on the counterattack, with Jadon Sancho scoring his first Premier League goal, and grabbing a point is the type of damage limitation-mode United is in this season.
Snatching a 1-1 draw on Sunday — after home humiliations to Liverpool and Manchester City in the fading embers of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign — gives Ralf Rangnick a platform to build on.
The German is yet to officially take charge — with a post-Brexit work permit still to be secured — but this could well be Michael Carrick’s final act as interim caretaker manager.
The disappointment for United will be not holding onto the lead after Aaron Wan-Bissaka caught the back of Thiago Silva’s heel when clearing the ball. Jorginho equalized from a penalty in the 69th minute — a day before the Italian discovers if he has won the Ballon d’Or.
Jorginho had been at fault for the United goal in the 50th minute. Mis-controlling a clearance from United midfielder Bruno Fernandes’ hooked long ball allowed Jadon Sancho to seize possession. The 21-year-old forward had the space to race through on goal before slipping a shot past goalkeeper Edouard Mendy that crept inside the right post.
Sancho, who joined in July for 85 million euros (then $100 million), also netted in the Champions League on Tuesday in a win at Villarreal.
“It’s not enough to draw, but at the moment, the way we are it’s a big point,” United goalkeeper David de Gea said. “In the last games we were conceding three or four goals, now we conceded one from a penalty and got a clean sheet against Villarreal, so I think we are improving.
“But this is two games, we need to show in the games that are coming, like Arsenal — a big game again. Let’s keep going, keep focused.”
CHELSEA’S LEAD CUT
Manchester City beat West Ham 2-1 as the defending champions trimmed Chelsea’s lead at the top to a single point.
Ilkay Gundogan tapped in City’s opener in the 33rd minute from Riyad Mahrez’s deflected crossfield ball. Fernandinho’s strike in the 90th meant Manuel Lanzini’s dipping shot in stoppage time would only be a consolation.
Snow was falling at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester but it was a heavier storm about 30 miles (48 kilometers) north at Turf Moor that forced the postponement of Burnley’s home game against Tottenham less than an hour before kickoff.
Ahead of the Merseyside derby reunion with former club Liverpool, Rafa Benitez has gone a seventh match without a win as Everton manager.
Ivan Toney, who played under Benitez at Newcastle but struggled for playing time, scored the goal that gave Brentford a 1-0 win over Everton.
Brentford claimed a first home league win since the opening day of the season against Arsenal in August to move up to 12th. Everton is two places lower in the 20-team standings.
RANIERI’S MISERABLE RETURN
Five years after so unexpectedly winning the Premier League title with Leicester, Claudio Ranieri’s mission now is avoiding relegation with Watford.
Losing 4-2 at Leicester, though, leaves Watford two places above the relegation zone with a four-point cushion. James Maddison scored a goal and provided two assists for Jamie Vardy. Ademola Lookman also netted as Leicester celebrated only a third win in 10 league games to move up to 10th place.
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