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Ligue 1, La Liga, Man Utd., Premier League, Real Madrid

French Politician Clueless About Player Valuations

Mbappe

French politician Daniel Cohn-Bendi started off making sense when he said that the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic will cause transfer values to plummet. I think everyone agrees with that statement. Then he showed his naivety when he tried to use PSG forward Kylian Mbappe as an example of the impending price drop.

“Tomorrow, Mbappe will cost around €35-40M at most, not €200M, he told an interview with French outlet Ouest-France, reported via the Evening Standard.

“Who is going to be able to buy him?

“There is going to be new regulations, and this will affect wages and image rights.”

La Liga, Ligue 1, Real Madrid

Mbappe’s Move To Real Madrid Hit By Coronavirus

Mbappe

Real Madrid’s blockbuster move for Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe has been put on hold for at least a year due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

According to ex PSG midfielder Jerome Rothen, the French international was on the verge of agreeing a move to Madrid this summer.

The 21-year old has been linked with a transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu ever since he arrived in Paris, and Rothen indicated a switch was close.

“I know from club sources that Mbappe to Madrid was almost done, he told an interview with Radio Montecarlo, reported via Marca.

AC Milan, Arsenal, Barcelona, Bundesliga, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Juventus, La Liga, Ligue 1, Liverpool, Man City, Man Utd., Premier League, Real Madrid, Serie A

FIFA About To Get Sued As They Unilaterally Extend Player Contracts

FIFA have announced contracts will be extended and transfer windows shift in line with the changing fixture list after the COVID-19 crisis. A decison that is sure to be met with lawsuits as FIFA does not have the power to unilaterally extend player contracts.

Nobody knows when the current season will resume, or even if it will resume, so FIFA have taken the step of guaranteeing some elements that were up for debate.

Specifically, that allows player contracts to be extended beyond June 30 to the natural end of the season, and moves the transfer windows to an appropriate time for the clubs and players in this new reality.

Ligue 1, Rivalries, Tickets

Olympique Marseille v Paris Saint-Germain Rivalry: Short But Passionate

PSG vs Marseille

The Olympique Marseille v Paris Saint-Germain football rivalry is known by two names, Le Classique and the Derby de France. This is not a rivalry born from proximity, as many are. The two teams are located in cities in different regions of France. It is, instead, a social and cultural rivalry, as Olympique Marseille represents the working class people and port city of Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain is seen as being associated with the ultimate bastion of French society and culture, Paris. It is Marseille, the power center of the south, versus Paris the capital city in the north.

AC Milan, Arsenal, Barcelona, Bundesliga, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Juventus, La Liga, Ligue 1, Liverpool, Man City, Man Utd., Premier League, Real Madrid, Serie A

Liverpool Has Most Valuable Squad In Europe

Liverpool World Champions

The research group CIES Football Observatory have just released its most valuable squads in the transfer market from Europe’s top-five leagues, and it is the current European and World Champions who now sit top the pile.

The Liverpool squad is now worth a whopping €1.4 billion (£1.27 billion), which puts them ahead of every other club on the continent. Second is Premier League rival Manchester City at €1.36b.

Spanish giants Barcelona (€1.17b) and Real Madrid (€1.1b) are third and fourth respectively, with Chelsea shockingly in fifth place (€1.08b) despite having been banned from signing players in last summer’s transfer window.

Bundesliga, Champions League, Ligue 1

Champions League: PSG v Dortmund Behind Closed Doors Now

Champions League Trophy

Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night will be played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Barcelona and Napoli also face playing in an empty stadium as their last-16 second leg at the Nou Camp next week is under threat.

There were fears the PSG tie, at the Parc des Princes, would be postponed at this late stage as French government have placed a ban on gatherings of more than 1,000 people.

But Paris police confirmed it will go ahead at the 48,000-capacity stadium. Thomas Tuchel’s side head into the tie trailing 2-1 from the first leg in Germany.

Barcelona

Barcelona Still Linked With Neymar Summer Deal

Neymar PSG

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar is the top transfer target for Barcelona this summer, according to both Diario Sport and El Mundo Deportivo.

Neymar failed in his attempts to force through a move back to the Catalan giants last year after becoming frustrated with life in Paris.

But according to the Spanish newspaper, Neymar is still determined to return to Barca amid a ‘climate of tension’ between him and his fellow Brazilian Leonardo.

The former Santos forward left the Camp Nou for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2017 for a world record €222m fee, but reports continue to suggest he may be open to a departure from the Parisians.

Ligue 1, Liverpool

Klopp Turned Down PSG Approach Before Christmas

Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp recently ‘spent an hour on the phone discussing a possible move to Paris Saint-Germain with the club’s sporting director Leonardo’ before insisting he is happy at Anfield.

According to French outlet Le10Sport, Leonardo reached out to Klopp to sound him out about taking over the reins with current boss Thomas Tuchel under increasing pressure.

Tuchel guided PSG to the Ligue 1 title last term but club chiefs are desperate to win the Champions League, and the German is expected to be axed if he cannot deliver it this season.

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Champions League Knockout Draw Preview

Champions League Probability

Chelsea could well find themselves on a collision course with Barcelona in the last-16 of the Champions League with that the most likely outcome from Monday’s draw.

A calculation of the probabilities of each pairing shows that Liverpool and Manchester City are most likely to face a trip to Madrid to play either Real or Atletico.

Tottenham, meanwhile, will be thrilled if they avoid the likes of Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain and pull out their most likely tie against Valencia.

The Twitter account LaLigaenDirecto, run by mathematics graduate Fran Martinez, has calculated the percentage chances of each club being drawn together in the last-16.

La Liga, Ligue 1, Major League Soccer

Edinson Cavani Set To Leave PSG On A Free Transfer

PSG striker Edinson Cavani will reportedly leave the club next summer, with Atletico Madrid and Inter Miami interested in signing the Uruguayan on a free transfer.

The La Liga club has identified Cavani as a potential transfer target in January following their struggles in front of goal under Diego Simeone this term.

With Alvaro Morata the club’s only fit striker, Atletico are sixth in La Liga and have scored just 16 goals from 16 games.

Atletico would be keen to push through a deal in January, but would struggle to cater for Cavani’s wage demands given his current salary worth over €18m in Paris.