From the outset Neymar's arrival was judged by some to be a transfer which would damage Ligue 1 rather than make it better, and Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas seems to be singing from that hymn sheet in these early stages.Only three matches have been played in the season thus far but Neymar has already registered three goals and just as many assists in his opening two domestic appearances."What a match for Neymar and PSG but it is a concern for the rest of Ligue 1, it is difficult to imagine they will have much competition," Aulas wrote on Twitter after Sunday's PSG romp past Toulouse.The game was characterised by the Brazilian's individual brilliance with it a throwback to his time with Santos, he truly played without any responsibility or tactical shackles.We saw goals, assists and even a rainbow flick with the Parisians looking clear favourites for the title despite Monaco's fine start.
Monaco are desperately trying to hold onto Kylian Mbappe but Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly seeking a way through negotiations by dangling Lucas Moura at their Ligue 1 rivals.Problems with Financial Fair Play are expected to be at the forefront of Les Parisiens' mind having plunged 222 million euros into the Neymar deal as well as whatever Monaco can negotiate for Mbappe.Sky Sports report that Lucas Moura is one option on the table in a player-plus-cash bid that would free up space in the PSG squad along with extra funds.In addition, the Ligue 1 champions would recoup around 145m euros for the French striker.It is also thought that this offer could help through PSG's attempts at signing Fabinho from Monaco, with both the Brazilian and Mbappe reportedly wanting a move to the French capital.
Wayne Rooney scored his 200th Premier League goal on Monday night to upset Manchester City fans at the Etihad Stadium, with a few familiar faces in the crowd.Following Everton's 1-1 draw, the English forward posted an image of the angry fans behind the goal as he celebrated, many of whom appear in a similar image from four years ago.As fans have noted on Twitter, it seems that Rooney is destined to annoy the same set of people whether he's wearing the red of Manchester United or the blue of Everton.
While Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona are locked in negotiations over the possible transfer of Ousmane Dembele, the player is ignoring the club's calls and has not been attending training.The Bundesliga club have tried to contact him through various means, but the player's agent Moussa Sissoko has ordered him to switch off his mobile phones and to stay away from the training facilities.By doing so, the 20-year-old is being fined for each day he is not at coach Peter Bosz's orders.The player and his representatives are doing all they can to force through the move to the Camp Nou, but it is tarring his image in Germany and it might not even work.That's because the Dortmund directors are refusing to lower their asking price of 150 million euros, which is above the 130m euros currently being offered by the Catalan club.Borussia Dortmund hope to keep him for the 2017/18 season and they do not want to consider alternative names.
The mega money move taking Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona has been abandoned by the Catalan club with Angel Di Maria now in their sights for a move from Paris Saint-Germain.A number of bids have been made for Liverpool star Coutinho but the Reds are determined to rule out a sale, in spite of the player's apparent desire to leave for LaLiga.Now it is understood that Di Maria is to be pursued as the alternative target on Barcelona's wish list.PSG are in need of funds having swooped for one of the Blaugrana's prized assets, Neymar, earlier in the summer and after Blaise Matuidi's exit to Juventus, further movement is expected in this department.Given the potential transfer fee required to sign Coutinho, Barcelona now expect to be able to sign two players for the same amount as they target Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri alongside Di Maria.