Manchester United look set to miss out on Paulo Dybala, but they had a chance to sign another playmaker as the Premier League giants rejected a bid for Paul Pogba.

Juventus midfielder Dybala was reportedly set to be part of a swap deal involving Romelu Lukaku, but the Argentina international now seems likely to remain in Turin.

While United appear eager to strengthen before the transfer window closes, they received – and rejected – a bid for Pogba that included James Rodriguez from Real Madrid.



Manchester United rejected a bid of €30million (£27.4m) plus James from Real Madrid for Pogba, according to The Times.

The report says the LaLiga giants are unable to work out a deal approaching the €164.1m (£150m) United reportedly want for France star Pogba.

Now, it seems Juventus could bid for Pogba to return to Turin, with Tuttosport reporting they will offer Dybala, Mario Mandzukic and Blaise Matuidi for the midfielder.

Meanwhile, and also reported by the BBC, Manchester United have ended talks with Dybala because of the attacker's wage demands and amid uncertainty over whether the 25-year-old wanted a move to Old Trafford.



- Suddenly, Inter are back in the race to sign Lukaku. Sky Sports News report the Serie A side are set to launch a new bid for the Belgium striker in the coming days.

- With United's pursuit of Dybala seemingly off, Corriere dello Sport claim Paris Saint-Germain could be an option for the former Palermo attacker.

- Could Philippe Coutinho be set for a return to the Premier League? Arsenal could make a move for the Barcelona playmaker and former Liverpool star in an audacious loan bid, according to the Mirror.

- Napoli are perhaps ready to give up on signing James. Amid what have been fruitless talks with Madrid, the Serie A side are again expressing an interest in PSV star Hirving Lozano, according to Voetbal International, with the Mexico international's release clause at €40m.

- Andy Carroll's future is unclear, but a return to Newcastle United appears off. The Mirror say the injury riddled striker, who is a free agent after being released by West Ham at the end of 2018-19, will not be heading back to the Premier League club.

A deal to bring Neymar back to Barcelona from Paris Saint-Germain should be ruled out at this time, according to Jordi Cardoner, the vice president of the LaLiga champions.

Brazil star Neymar is keen to leave Paris just two years on from his world-record €222million move from Barca.

The Catalans are favourites to sign the 27-year-old and the latest reports have suggested they could try to strike a loan deal, including the option to buy, in order to bring Neymar back to Camp Nou without the need to offset the cost by selling several first-team players.

At the presentation of new signing Junior Firpo on Sunday, club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said more arrivals should not be discounted between now and the end of the Spanish transfer window on September 2.

However, Cardoner thinks any potential Neymar deal is impossible unless there are developments between the player and PSG.

"As of today, there's no Neymar case, as the president said, and it's complicated," he told TV3.

"We are passive actors. We know he's not happy in Paris and it's a situation that needs to be resolved in Paris.

"We haven't spoken to them. There is a lot of respect between the clubs and if there is a Neymar case one day, we'll talk.

"Today, at this time, it's ruled out."

Neymar watched from the stands as PSG came from behind to beat Rennes 2-1 to win the Trophee des Champions in Shenzhen on Saturday.

He was seen joking with team-mates after being pulled into the on-pitch celebrations by Marco Verratti, but there was a contentious moment when Kylian Mbappe appeared to push him out of the way as the team posed for photos with the trophy.

Neymar only resumed team training last Thursday following an ankle injury sustained in Brazil's friendly win over Qatar in June, which saw him miss their Copa America triumph.

Manchester United and Juventus have been discussing a swap deal involving Paulo Dybala.

However, Tottenham are also interested in the Argentina international.

With the Premier League transfer window to shut on August 8, there is still plenty of twists and turns to come.



Tottenham have made an approach for Juventus star Paulo Dybala, according to SoccerLink.

Dybala is in talks with Manchester United, who have reportedly agreed a deal to send striker Romelu Lukaku to Juventus for the former Palermo forward.

The 25-year-old is reportedly not convinced about joining United and Champions League finalists Tottenham are ready to pounce after manager and fellow Argentinian Mauricio Pochettino tried to convince the player to move to London.



- The front page of SPORT is dominated by Neymar. The newspaper says Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are working on a loan deal with a non-mandatory purchase option to unlock negotiations. The new formula could accelerate a transfer.

- Manchester United star Paul Pogba fears being priced out of a move to Real Madrid, according to The Mirror. Madrid are in negotiations to sign Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek as they struggle to prise Pogba away from Old Trafford.

- The Express says Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is eyeing Real Madrid midfielder Isco and Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake. The Premier League champions are reportedly targeting Ake – who is believed to be wanted by Leicester City – as Manchester United close in on Harry Maguire.

- Napoli have entered the race to sign Romelu Lukaku from Manchester United, reports Alfredo Pedulla. However, Lukaku has apparently rejected the offer as he eyes a move to Juventus.

- According to O Jogo, Benfica are plotting a €6million transfer for Partizan Belgrade teenager Strahinja Pavlovic. The 18-year-old defender has been linked with Serie A champions Juventus.

- La Gazzetta dello Sport claims Ligue 1 duo Lyon and Monaco are keen on signing AC Milan attacker Suso.

- Barcelona are close to signing Real Betis full-back Junior Firpo, according to Marca. Mundo Deportivo says the two Spanish clubs have agreed a €25m fee for the 22-year-old.

Thomas Tuchel applauded the early impact of new signing Pablo Sarabia following Paris Saint-Germain's Trophee des Champions win over Rennes, though he is staying patient with Ander Herrera.

Spanish midfielder Sarabia joined PSG from Sevilla for a reported €18million last month and he impressed in his official debut on Saturday.

The 27-year-old set up Kylian Mbappe for PSG's equaliser in the 57th minute, as the Ligue 1 champions eventually went on to win 2-1 thanks to Angel Di Maria.

Sarabia's compatriot Herrera also featured following his free transfer from Manchester United, but he was withdrawn for Di Maria just past the hour and Tuchel accepts the central midfielder still has work to do.

"We can see that their mentality is good," Tuchel told reporters after the match.

"Herrera has yet to adapt to us. We play differently to Manchester United, so he has to adapt to our style of play.

"Pablo is really impressive. He runs well, with and without a ball. His game without the ball is a great example. He plays with a lot of intensity and does not stop [working] defensively."

Centre-back Marquinhos once again featured in midfield against Rennes, a role he often played last term due to PSG's lack of defensive-minded options in that position.

But, following the signing of Idrissa Gueye from Everton, Tuchel expects to see Marquinhos return to his centre-back role with more regularity.

"I hope so. That would mean that Idrissa is playing at the level we expect," Tuchel said. "He [Gueye] plays exactly at this No.6 position.

"But Marquinhos, it is important that he is on the pitch. He's only done three workouts and is already playing like that? It's extraordinary.

"I like him a lot in the midfield, because he thinks of the right way and his passing quality is top."

Real Madrid want to add a midfielder or two and they have made progress with Donny van de Beek and entered the race for another star.

The LaLiga giants have consistently been linked with Manchester United's Paul Pogba this close season, but it seems their chase of the France international is making very slow progress.

Now, they have reportedly agreed to terms with Ajax star Van de Beek and stunningly entered the race for Bruno Fernandes.



Real Madrid have reached an agreement with Van de Beek over a move to the Santiago Bernabeu, according to Marca.

The 22-year-old Ajax and Netherlands midfielder will make the move if Madrid can agree a fee with the Eredivisie champions.

However, Marca also say Madrid's move for Van de Beek would not close the door to Pogba.

Having already strengthened in the close season, Madrid are also in the race for Sporting CP star Fernandes – linked with Manchester United and Tottenham – according to Record.



- 'It's war!' reads the cover of Sport, who say Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar has insisted his desire is to return to Barcelona. They report the Ligue 1 champions are losing patience with the Brazil forward and will make a decision on the forward's future next week.

- With or without Neymar, Barcelona are making moves. Sport report the LaLiga champions have agreed to a five-year deal with Junior Firpo but are still working to reach a deal with Real Betis for the left-back. Barca will offer around €20million, but Betis are looking for €25m, with variables in the discussion.

- There is also set to be an exit from Camp Nou. Juventus will offer Barcelona €10m plus bonuses for left-back Juan Miranda, but the Spanish side will only accept a deal if a buy-back clause is included.

- Amid continued talks between Manchester United and Juventus regarding a Romelu Lukaku-Paulo Dybala swap deal, it seems Mario Mandzukic is ready for a switch to Old Trafford. Il BiancoNero reports Juve's Croatian striker is positive about the chance to join the Premier League giants.

- Mauro Icardi's Inter career is over. La Gazzetta dello Sport report Nerazzurri chiefs have told the forward he is no longer wanted at San Siro and should consider offers from Roma and Napoli.

- Nicolo Zaniolo has been linked with a move away from Roma, but the Serie A side are set to begin talks with the midfielder over a new contract, according to Calciomercato. Juventus and Tottenham are reportedly interested in the 20-year-old.

Edinson Cavani believes Neymar still has a lot to give to Paris Saint-Germain and says the Brazil star will be able to learn from his ongoing transfer saga.

Neymar continues to be linked with a move away from PSG and is reportedly angling for an exit from the Ligue 1 champions.

Nevertheless, the 27-year-old - amid speculation of a return to Barcelona - is now back in training, after initially failing to return from his post-season break on the date PSG expected and Cavani is hopeful his fellow forward will remain at Parc des Princes.

"I hope that everything that has happened to him will give him the experience to grow as an individual," Cavani told Le Parisien.

"I think he still has a lot to give PSG until the last day he will be here as a player, and a lot to give to football too.

"Playing with big players like him, like Kylian [Mbappe], it gives me pleasure, now it's good to find the connection between all of us, to create a good team, a good atmosphere of work, sacrifice and professionalism."

Cavani and Neymar seemed to get their relationship at PSG off to a difficult start following the Brazilian's move from Barca in 2017.

The Uruguay striker demanded to take a spot-kick instead of Neymar in a match against Lyon in September 2017, only to see his resultant effort saved, leading to much speculation that the duo did not get along.

But despite confirming he and Neymar did not see eye-to-eye early on, Cavani insists there are no longer any issues.

"A lot of things have been said about us, it's true that we had some differences in the first few months after his arrival, but it's good to come and talk to each other," Cavani added.

"The social networks, the external communication. It is exaggerated, many things are not true."

Kylian Mbappe has apologised for comments which suggested he may look to leave Paris Saint-Germain, insisting he has no desire to move away from the French champions.

Mbappe made headlines with comments he made at the Ligue 1 end-of-season awards which seemed to hint he would look for a new challenge away from Paris.

The 20-year-old scored 33 Ligue 1 goals for Thomas Tuchel's side last term, but cast doubt over his future at the club in May, stating: "It's a very important moment for me, I come to a turning point in my career.

"I have discovered a lot here, and I feel it is maybe the moment to have more responsibility. I hope that can perhaps be at PSG, that would be a great pleasure. Or maybe elsewhere with a new project."

However, Mbappe has reiterated his commitment to PSG, and though he believes his comments were misinterpreted, offered his apologies to his team-mates and the club's fans.

"I have no desire to leave. My words were ambiguous, only the coach, the president and I knew what I was talking about," Mbappe told a news conference ahead of the Trophee des Champions meeting with Rennes in Shenzhen on Saturday.

"I take this opportunity to apologise to the players. I spoiled the party a little. I stole the show negatively. 

"Fans, too. I'm sorry. Let's say I apologise but they did not understand the message. But it was in the interest of PSG. Today, everything is fine.

"I can play in a quality team with players who make me progress. Everything's going well for me."

Mbappe played on the wing for much of last season, though has been utilised centrally and out wide during pre-season.

But the former Monaco prodigy affirmed he has no preference to where he plays, adding he views Edinson Cavani as PSG's first-choice central striker. 

"I often talk to the coach. We discuss the formation, what benefits the team," Mbappe said.

"I am very surprised that some of you say that I want to play number nine. We have a number nine, Edinson. He scores, also assists sometimes. 

"Edinson is a great player. I want to play with great players. I'm not here to play in their place. The titles matter to me, it is the titles that remain.

"I have to progress in everything. I still have to build myself as a player, I am not yet a finished product."

Kylian Mbappe voiced his hope for Neymar to stay at Paris Saint-Germain as Thomas Tuchel commended the star forward's upbeat attitude in China.

Neymar returned to full training on Thursday just as a fresh wave of speculation emerged concerning his commitment to the club.

The 27-year-old has not featured in pre-season, having undergone a careful recovery from foot and ankle issues, and will sit out this weekend's Trophee des Champions match due to suspension.

His absence did nothing to halt the rumour mill as reports regarding a possible return to Barcelona gained in number during the Brazilian's close-season break in his homeland.

France forward Mbappe held private talks with his team-mate amid the maelstrom and hopes his encouragement results in a third season for Neymar at Parc des Princes.

"He has a situation that everyone knows," Mbappe said in Shenzhen, where PSG are preparing to face Rennes.

"Of course I want him to stay. I spoke with him. He knows what I think of him and his situation.

"Everything is going well between us. We have a relationship based on honesty and respect. He knows that I respect him and that I admire him."

PSG boss Tuchel added fuel to the transfer talk that has dominated his team's pre-season when he admitted to knowing - before the Copa America - about Neymar's desire to depart Paris.

Yet that objective has done nothing to curb the former Barca player's enthusiasm on a day to day basis, according to Tuchel.

"Neymar's training session was great, as good usual," the Germain said.

"He's at a top level. The mood is very good on his part. He's with us and that's good."

Manchester United could end up with not one but two Juventus attackers by the end of the transfer window.

Heavily linked to Paulo Dybala as they look to sell Romelu Lukaku, Mario Mandzukic has emerged as another target for the Red Devils.

It is going to be a busy couple of days, with the Premier League window set to slam shut on August 8.



Growing reports suggest Juventus pair Mandzukic and Dybala are being pushed to join Manchester United.

United striker Lukaku has agreed a €9million salary with Juventus, according to Goal, as the Red Devils look to sign Dybala in exchange.

Dybala is reportedly demanding €12m to make the move to Manchester, with the deal hinging on the Argentina international swapping Turin for Old Trafford.

Tuttosport, Goal and other outlets are also claiming Mandzukic has been discussed with United, in what would be a separate transfer.



- According to The Sun, Manchester City have set Leroy Sane's asking price at €158m (£145m) as Bayern Munich look to sign the Germany international.

Real Madrid are seriously considering a move for Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek, Marca reports. Manchester United star Paul Pogba has emerged as a key target for Madrid. However, Zinedine Zidane's side are eyeing a €60m bid for Van de Beek.

- Champions League holders Liverpool are pondering a bid for Bordeaux forward Francois Kamano as Jurgen Klopp looks to add depth to his attacking options, according to The Sun.

- The Sun also reports that Arsenal have been put off by West Ham's £60m valuation of defender Issa Diop, who has also been linked to Manchester United. Arsenal have already signed William Saliba but the teenage defender has been loaned back to Saint-Etienne for the 2019-20 campaign.

Radamel Falcao will not be leaving Monaco for Turkish side Galatasaray, according to Fabrizio Romano. The 33-year-old has been hampered by injuries since moving to Monaco in 2013.

- ESPN FC says Manchester United and Leicester City are £15m apart in their valuation of centre-back Harry Maguire. In one of the most drawn-out transfer sagas this off-season, United have been tipped to sign Maguire in a world-record transfer for a defender, however, the England international is yet to arrive at Old Trafford. The Red Devils are reportedly offering £70m plus add-ons, while Leicester want £85m plus add-ons.

Juventus and Marseille have made offers for Barcelona left-back Juan Miranda, claims Sport. Juve reportedly want the 19-year-old on a permanent deal, while Marseille are open to bringing him to Ligue 1 on loan.

- As Lukaku nears a switch to Juventus, FCInterNews says Inter have turned to Atalanta's Duvan Zapata. The Colombia forward, who scored 28 goals in all competitions last season, is valued at €60m and Inter are willing to include Matteo Politano in exchange.

Nicolas Pepe outperformed standards set by Eden Hazard at Lille and the hard data suggests Arsenal have snared a worthy Premier League heir to the brilliant Belgian.

The Gunners fought off competition from Napoli and others to sign Ivory Coast international Pepe for a reported £72million, completing the highly anticipated deal on Thursday.

It is an extreme outlay that could come to look like a savvy investment as Unai Emery adds further firepower to a fearsome front line.

Here, we dive into the Opta numbers to discover just why Arsenal have spent so big to secure the 24-year-old as their new record signing.

The complete attacking package

Comfortable playing on either flank or through the middle, Pepe is swiftly becoming a high-achieving model of the modern forward.

The former Angers player struck 14 times in all competitions during a breakthrough 2017-18 campaign before announcing his arrival into a higher echelon with a match-winning hat-trick away to Amiens in September.

That form continued throughout the season as Pepe's remarkable return of 22 goals lifted Lille from 17th to second in the space of 12 months.

And there is plenty more than pure goals for Arsenal fans to get excited about.

Pepe tallied the second most assists in Ligue 1 last season with 11. For new team-mates Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, that is a figure worth fawning over. 

Indeed, across Europe's top five leagues in 2018-19, only Lionel Messi (49), Kylian Mbappe (40) and Fabio Quagliarella (34) surpassed Pepe's combined number of goals and assists (33).

For comparison, Real Madrid's freshly minted Galactico Hazard managed 31.

King of the counter

Emery's men will be tough to catch in the Premier League this season - at least as far as their fleet-footed forwards are concerned.

Aubameyang and Lacazette alone present enough headaches for defences wishing to push high up the pitch and adding Pepe to the equation significantly increases Arsenal's threat on the counter.

The new man scored six goals and attempted 15 shots from fast breaks last season, second in both categories in the big five leagues to Paris Saint-Germain star Mbappe.

Pepe's ability to breeze past defenders and be first to loose balls also saw him win five penalties - one behind Wilfried Zaha's six - and 108 fouls, the most in Ligue 1.

Ex-Chelsea talisman Hazard was fouled 104 times during his final season in the Premier League.

Ice cool from the spot

There was agony for Aubameyang in March when he failed to beat Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris from the spot with a golden late chance to win the north London derby at Wembley.

Such frustration might become a thing of the past.

Along with being a prolific penalty winner, Pepe converted nine spot-kicks last season, ranking him second to nerveless Crystal Palace midfielder Luka Milivojevic (10) across the top five leagues in Europe.

Among that number was a technically adept effort with the gaze of the Parc des Princes - including Gianluigi Buffon 12 yards away - trained in his direction.

Expectations at Emirates Stadium are bound to be high, but Pepe appears to have the temperament and skill set to make this new, potentially career-making move a resounding success.

Arsenal have announced the signing of Lille forward Nicolas Pepe in a club-record deal reported to be worth £72million (£80m).

Pepe was linked with Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli and Champions League winners Liverpool after a breakthrough 2018-19 season.

The Ivory Coast attacker scored 22 Ligue 1 goals last term and supplied 11 assists to catch the eye of Europe's elite clubs.

But it is Arsenal who have landed the 24-year-old, who eclipses Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the club's record signing.

"Nicolas is a highly-rated and talented winger who was wanted by many of the top teams in Europe," Gunners head coach Unai Emery told his club's official website.
"Signing a top-class winger has been one of our key objectives in this transfer window and I'm delighted he's joining.
"He will add pace, power and creativity, with the aim of bringing more goals to our team."

Pepe's capture is a coup for Arsenal, given they failed to qualify for the Champions League last term and he is their fourth addition ahead of 2019-20.

After Brazilian youngster Gabriel Martinelli signed earlier in the close season, Dani Ceballos joined on loan from Real Madrid and William Saliba signed from Saint-Etienne, although the defender will remain in Ligue 1 on loan this season.

On the back of a stellar campaign for Lille that saw him register a combined 33 goals and assists in Ligue 1, Nicolas Pepe has completed a big-money switch to Arsenal that makes him one of the most expensive players in British football history.

The 24-year-old rose through the ranks in France and acquired a growing band of admirers, with Arsenal winning the race after having an €80million (£72.9m) offer accepted by Lille.

Pepe is now under pressure to match the form he showed last season as he embarks on a new chapter, in what will be his first spell outside of French football.

Following confirmation of his move to Emirates Stadium, we look at Pepe's career to date and explore exactly why Arsenal decided to break their transfer record to sign him.

Goalkeeper... striker... winger

The Ivory Coast international made a name for himself with his performances from the right-hand side of attack last season, but things could have turned out very differently.

Marcelo Bielsa, the man who brought Pepe to Lille from Angers in June 2017, used him in a central striking role until he was sacked and replaced by Christophe Galtier in December that year.

It was only then that Pepe's career started to take off. He played an important part in Lille's survival bid in 2017-18 with 13 goals and pushed on last season with 22 in the French top flight - a tally only bettered by Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe - on top of chipping in with 11 assists.

Going further back, meanwhile, the talented wideman often played as a goalkeeper in his teens while at FC Paris Solitaires Est, only focusing on a career as an outfield player when he joined Poitiers in 2012.

Big chance at Angers

Pepe was recommended to Angers by Poitiers sporting director Philippe Leclerc in 2013 and made his professional debut in November 2014, before a spell on loan with third-tier side Orleans.

The winger was named as the best player in the division as he helped Orleans to promotion, and he impressed enough on his return to Angers to earn a transfer to Lille in June 2017.

His form at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy last season ensured he was a name on the lips of pretty much every elite team across Europe, becoming the first Lille player to score at least 19 goals in a Ligue 1 campaign since Eden Hazard in 2011-12

Napoli are known to have had a bid accepted, while Liverpool and Manchester United are among the English sides rumoured to have made enquiries.

What can Arsenal expect?

But it is Arsenal supporters who can look forward to seeing Pepe up close on a weekly basis, having made him the fourth most expensive player in Premier League history behind Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Virgil van Dijk.

No player did more to lift Lille from 17th in 2017-18 to second in 2018-19, with only Lionel Messi (49), Kylian Mbappe (40) and Fabio Quagliarella (34) surpassing Pepe's combined number of goals and assists (33) in Europe's top five leagues.

He is a player that thrives on the counter, scoring six goals and attempting 15 shots from fast breaks last season, and he is a nuisance to defend against - as highlighted by the 108 fouls won, the most in Ligue 1 last term.

In fact, Pepe won his team five penalties with his tricky footwork and converted from the spot nine times - only Crystal Palace's Luka Milivojevic (10) was more successful from 12 yards in the top divisions.

Set to line up alongside world-class attacking talents in the shape of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, and with ammunition provided by Mesut Ozil and fellow new recruit Dani Ceballos, there is every reason to believe Pepe can follow in the footsteps of Hazard by continuing his remarkable rise in his new surroundings.

Arsenal have announced the signing of Lille forward Nicolas Pepe in a club-record deal reported to be worth £72million (£80m).

Pepe was linked with Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli and Champions League winners Liverpool after a breakthrough 2018-19 season.

The Ivory Coast attacker scored 22 Ligue 1 goals last term and supplied 11 assists to catch the eye of Europe's elite clubs.

But it is Arsenal who have landed the 24-year-old, who eclipses Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the club's record signing.


Neymar took part in training with Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday, despite fresh speculation that he is refusing to play for the club.

Reports in Spain suggest Neymar has informed PSG he will not play any more matches in an attempt to force through a move to former side Barcelona.

The Brazil forward has been strongly linked with a return to Catalonia just two years on from swapping clubs for a world-record €222million fee.

He returned late for pre-season training with PSG and has yet to take part in any of their friendlies due to foot and ankle injury complaints.

The 27-year-old is also suspended for Saturday's Trophee des Champions clash with Rennes following his altercation with a fan after PSG's Coupe de France final defeat to the same opposition in April.

But Neymar was all smiles as he took part in training with his team-mates in China today and could be in contention for PSG's Ligue 1 opener with Nimes a week on Sunday. 

PSG beat Sydney FC 3-0 in the last of their pre-season friendlies to make it two wins from four matches during the close season.

AC Milan have finalised the signing of forward Rafael Leao from Lille in a deal reportedly worth €30million.

Leao, 20, has agreed a five-year contract to become Marco Giampaolo's third signing for the Rossoneri.

An announcement of Flamengo defender Leo Duarte as the fourth new addition at San Siro is expected soon.

Serie A giants Milan finalised the capture of Portugal Under-21 international Leao following Patrick Cutrone's move to Wolves on Tuesday.

Leao scored eight Ligue 1 goals for Lille last season after progressing through the youth system at Sporting CP.

A starting XI place appears up for grabs in Giampaolo's preferred 4-3-1-2 system, with Krzysztof Piatek and the seemingly unwanted Andre Silva the only other recognised strikers in the squad.

His departure from Lille comes as the French club brace for Nicolas Pepe's impending exit to Arsenal, although they added Nigeria forward Victor Osimhen from Sporting Charleroi on Thursday.

Brazilian centre-back Duarte, meanwhile, is said to be on the cusp of completing an €11m transfer to Milan.

Reports in Italy indicate the 23-year-old will join Leao in signing a five-year deal.

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