Brazil soccer star Neymar

World-class soccer player Neymar leads the Brazil team at the Olympics.

<p>Tottenham striker Harry Kane is set to become the subject of a monster bid from Real Madrid as the reigning Spanish champions prepare to overhaul their struggling squad.</p><p>Los Blancos have been way off the pace this season and currently lie fifth in La Liga, a whopping 19 points behind leaders Barcelona.</p><p>They&#39;ll have the chance to cut that back down to 16 points with victory over Deportivo on Sunday, before Barca take to the field later in the day against Real Betis, but it is seeming like the chance of retaining their title has already gone.</p><p>Madrid have struggled particularly in attack this term, with Cristiano Ronaldo having had little influence on the side, Gareth Bale having again battled with injury and Karim Benzema playing poorly.</p><p>In recent years the trio have been on fire, but this season they have all looked a world away from where they should be, and the <a href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/tottenham-hotspur-fight-real-madrid-over-world-record-200m-bid-for-harry-kane-8hkl8f8lv" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sunday Times" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sunday Times</a> believe Spurs talisman Kane could be the prime target for the club to rebuild around.</p><p>Jonathan Norcroft reports that Real are willing to shell out £200m to sign Kane, which would trump the previous transfer world record set by Paris Saint-Germain when they signed Neymar for £198m last summer.</p><p>Tottenham&#39;s wage structure is well documented, and the Times make that the focus of their article, highlighting that Daniel Levy hasn&#39;t yet opened talks with Kane about the possibility of a new deal. The England striker takes home a relatively &#39;modest&#39; wage of around £100,000-a-week, which is less than new Chelsea signing Ross Barkley.</p><p>Real are understood to be keen to offer the superstar a weekly wage of around £200,000 to come to the Berbabeu, and <a href="http://www.90min.com/posts/5946387-real-madrid-put-psg-star-neymar-jr-top-of-their-wishlist-with-a-reported-357m-enough-to-secure-deal" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Neymar" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Neymar</a>, Eden Hazard and Robert Lewandowski have also been tipped to join the possible revolution.</p>
Report: Real Madrid Prepares Colossal Offer for Harry Kane

Tottenham striker Harry Kane is set to become the subject of a monster bid from Real Madrid as the reigning Spanish champions prepare to overhaul their struggling squad.

Los Blancos have been way off the pace this season and currently lie fifth in La Liga, a whopping 19 points behind leaders Barcelona.

They'll have the chance to cut that back down to 16 points with victory over Deportivo on Sunday, before Barca take to the field later in the day against Real Betis, but it is seeming like the chance of retaining their title has already gone.

Madrid have struggled particularly in attack this term, with Cristiano Ronaldo having had little influence on the side, Gareth Bale having again battled with injury and Karim Benzema playing poorly.

In recent years the trio have been on fire, but this season they have all looked a world away from where they should be, and the Sunday Times believe Spurs talisman Kane could be the prime target for the club to rebuild around.

Jonathan Norcroft reports that Real are willing to shell out £200m to sign Kane, which would trump the previous transfer world record set by Paris Saint-Germain when they signed Neymar for £198m last summer.

Tottenham's wage structure is well documented, and the Times make that the focus of their article, highlighting that Daniel Levy hasn't yet opened talks with Kane about the possibility of a new deal. The England striker takes home a relatively 'modest' wage of around £100,000-a-week, which is less than new Chelsea signing Ross Barkley.

Real are understood to be keen to offer the superstar a weekly wage of around £200,000 to come to the Berbabeu, and Neymar, Eden Hazard and Robert Lewandowski have also been tipped to join the possible revolution.

<p>Tottenham striker Harry Kane is set to become the subject of a monster bid from Real Madrid as the reigning Spanish champions prepare to overhaul their struggling squad.</p><p>Los Blancos have been way off the pace this season and currently lie fifth in La Liga, a whopping 19 points behind leaders Barcelona.</p><p>They&#39;ll have the chance to cut that back down to 16 points with victory over Deportivo on Sunday, before Barca take to the field later in the day against Real Betis, but it is seeming like the chance of retaining their title has already gone.</p><p>Madrid have struggled particularly in attack this term, with Cristiano Ronaldo having had little influence on the side, Gareth Bale having again battled with injury and Karim Benzema playing poorly.</p><p>In recent years the trio have been on fire, but this season they have all looked a world away from where they should be, and the <a href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/tottenham-hotspur-fight-real-madrid-over-world-record-200m-bid-for-harry-kane-8hkl8f8lv" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sunday Times" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sunday Times</a> believe Spurs talisman Kane could be the prime target for the club to rebuild around.</p><p>Jonathan Norcroft reports that Real are willing to shell out £200m to sign Kane, which would trump the previous transfer world record set by Paris Saint-Germain when they signed Neymar for £198m last summer.</p><p>Tottenham&#39;s wage structure is well documented, and the Times make that the focus of their article, highlighting that Daniel Levy hasn&#39;t yet opened talks with Kane about the possibility of a new deal. The England striker takes home a relatively &#39;modest&#39; wage of around £100,000-a-week, which is less than new Chelsea signing Ross Barkley.</p><p>Real are understood to be keen to offer the superstar a weekly wage of around £200,000 to come to the Berbabeu, and <a href="http://www.90min.com/posts/5946387-real-madrid-put-psg-star-neymar-jr-top-of-their-wishlist-with-a-reported-357m-enough-to-secure-deal" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Neymar" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Neymar</a>, Eden Hazard and Robert Lewandowski have also been tipped to join the possible revolution.</p>
Report: Real Madrid Prepares Colossal Offer for Harry Kane

Tottenham striker Harry Kane is set to become the subject of a monster bid from Real Madrid as the reigning Spanish champions prepare to overhaul their struggling squad.

Los Blancos have been way off the pace this season and currently lie fifth in La Liga, a whopping 19 points behind leaders Barcelona.

They'll have the chance to cut that back down to 16 points with victory over Deportivo on Sunday, before Barca take to the field later in the day against Real Betis, but it is seeming like the chance of retaining their title has already gone.

Madrid have struggled particularly in attack this term, with Cristiano Ronaldo having had little influence on the side, Gareth Bale having again battled with injury and Karim Benzema playing poorly.

In recent years the trio have been on fire, but this season they have all looked a world away from where they should be, and the Sunday Times believe Spurs talisman Kane could be the prime target for the club to rebuild around.

Jonathan Norcroft reports that Real are willing to shell out £200m to sign Kane, which would trump the previous transfer world record set by Paris Saint-Germain when they signed Neymar for £198m last summer.

Tottenham's wage structure is well documented, and the Times make that the focus of their article, highlighting that Daniel Levy hasn't yet opened talks with Kane about the possibility of a new deal. The England striker takes home a relatively 'modest' wage of around £100,000-a-week, which is less than new Chelsea signing Ross Barkley.

Real are understood to be keen to offer the superstar a weekly wage of around £200,000 to come to the Berbabeu, and Neymar, Eden Hazard and Robert Lewandowski have also been tipped to join the possible revolution.

The Brazil star has been linked with a move away from PSG after just six months in Ligue 1, but Zidane refused to comment on transfer rumours
'Everyone loves Neymar' - Zidane admits admiration for PSG star
The Brazil star has been linked with a move away from PSG after just six months in Ligue 1, but Zidane refused to comment on transfer rumours
The Brazil star has been linked with a move away from PSG after just six months in Ligue 1, but Zidane refused to comment on transfer rumours
'Everyone loves Neymar' - Zidane admits admiration for PSG star
The Brazil star has been linked with a move away from PSG after just six months in Ligue 1, but Zidane refused to comment on transfer rumours
After sitting out the victory over Nantes with a rib issue, the Brazilian superstar is set to miss Sunday&#39;s clash with Lyon with a fresh complaint
Neymar back on the sidelines at PSG with thigh injury
After sitting out the victory over Nantes with a rib issue, the Brazilian superstar is set to miss Sunday's clash with Lyon with a fresh complaint
Jean-Michel Aulas is famously outspoken in his critiquing of PSG and the Lyon president prefers Nabil Fekir to Brazil superstar Neymar.
'I prefer Fekir to Neymar' - Lyon president Aulas fires another pre-match barb at PSG
Jean-Michel Aulas is famously outspoken in his critiquing of PSG and the Lyon president prefers Nabil Fekir to Brazil superstar Neymar.
After sitting out the victory over Nantes with a rib issue, the Brazilian superstar is set to miss Sunday&#39;s clash with Lyon with a fresh complaint
Neymar back on the sidelines at PSG with thigh injury
After sitting out the victory over Nantes with a rib issue, the Brazilian superstar is set to miss Sunday's clash with Lyon with a fresh complaint
After sitting out the victory over Nantes with a rib issue, PSG star Neymar is set to miss another game due to injury.
Neymar misses Lyon clash with thigh injury
After sitting out the victory over Nantes with a rib issue, PSG star Neymar is set to miss another game due to injury.
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane admits he likes everything about PSG forward Neymar, with reports linking the Brazilian with a move to the Spanish capital.
I like everything about Neymar - Zidane
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane admits he likes everything about PSG forward Neymar, with reports linking the Brazilian with a move to the Spanish capital.
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane admits he likes everything about PSG forward Neymar, with reports linking the Brazilian with a move to the Spanish capital.
I like everything about Neymar - Zidane
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane admits he likes everything about PSG forward Neymar, with reports linking the Brazilian with a move to the Spanish capital.
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane admits he likes everything about PSG forward Neymar, with reports linking the Brazilian with a move to the Spanish capital.
I like everything about Neymar - Zidane
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane admits he likes everything about PSG forward Neymar, with reports linking the Brazilian with a move to the Spanish capital.
Real Madrid&#39;s links with Neymar do not interest Zinedine Zidane, who may field Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema
Zidane quiet on 'great' Neymar with BBC ready to return
Real Madrid's links with Neymar do not interest Zinedine Zidane, who may field Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema
The Brazil star has been linked with a move away from PSG after just six months in Ligue 1, but Zidane refused to comment on transfer rumours
'Everyone loves Neymar' - Zidane admits admiration for PSG star
The Brazil star has been linked with a move away from PSG after just six months in Ligue 1, but Zidane refused to comment on transfer rumours
The Brazil star has been linked with a move away from PSG after just six months in Ligue 1, but Zidane refused to comment on transfer rumours
'Everyone loves Neymar' - Zidane admits admiration for PSG star
The Brazil star has been linked with a move away from PSG after just six months in Ligue 1, but Zidane refused to comment on transfer rumours
Jean-Michel Aulas is famously outspoken in his critiquing of PSG and the Lyon president prefers Nabil Fekir to Brazil superstar Neymar.
'I prefer Fekir to Neymar' - Lyon president Aulas fires another pre-match barb at PSG
Jean-Michel Aulas is famously outspoken in his critiquing of PSG and the Lyon president prefers Nabil Fekir to Brazil superstar Neymar.
Jean-Michel Aulas is famously outspoken in his critiquing of PSG and the Lyon president prefers Nabil Fekir to Brazil superstar Neymar.
I prefer Fekir to Neymar - Lyon president Aulas fires another pre-match barb at PSG
Jean-Michel Aulas is famously outspoken in his critiquing of PSG and the Lyon president prefers Nabil Fekir to Brazil superstar Neymar.
Predrag Mijatovic talked up Neymar amid speculation linking the PSG forward with LaLiga giants Real Madrid.
Neymar can play with Ronaldo at Real Madrid – Mijatovic
Predrag Mijatovic talked up Neymar amid speculation linking the PSG forward with LaLiga giants Real Madrid.
PSG head coach Unai Emery says he is “clear” in deciding who will take penalties, but will not reveal whether he has chosen Edinson Cavani or Neymar.
Emery 'clear' on first-choice penalty taker
PSG head coach Unai Emery says he is “clear” in deciding who will take penalties, but will not reveal whether he has chosen Edinson Cavani or Neymar.
PSG head coach Unai Emery says he is “clear” in deciding who will take penalties, but will not reveal whether he has chosen Edinson Cavani or Neymar.
Emery 'clear' on first-choice penalty taker
PSG head coach Unai Emery says he is “clear” in deciding who will take penalties, but will not reveal whether he has chosen Edinson Cavani or Neymar.
PSG head coach Unai Emery says he is “clear” in deciding who will take penalties, but will not reveal whether he has chosen Edinson Cavani or Neymar.
Emery 'clear' on first-choice penalty taker
PSG head coach Unai Emery says he is “clear” in deciding who will take penalties, but will not reveal whether he has chosen Edinson Cavani or Neymar.
A current PSG star has met up with a former icon to have graced the books in the French capital, with the pair rubbing shoulders at Paris Fashion Week
Going for gold? Neymar meets Beckham in matching jackets
A current PSG star has met up with a former icon to have graced the books in the French capital, with the pair rubbing shoulders at Paris Fashion Week
Unai Emery will decide which of Neymar or Edinson Cavani takes Paris Saint-Germain&#39;s next penalty but is in no mood to make it public.
Emery refuses to indulge Neymar-Cavani penalty debate
Unai Emery will decide which of Neymar or Edinson Cavani takes Paris Saint-Germain's next penalty but is in no mood to make it public.
Paris Saint-Germain&#39;s Neymar runs with the ball during their French Ligue 1 match against Dijon, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, on January 17, 2018 (AFP Photo/Christophe SIMON)
Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar runs with the ball during their French Ligue 1 match against Dijon, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, on January 17, 2018
Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar runs with the ball during their French Ligue 1 match against Dijon, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, on January 17, 2018 (AFP Photo/Christophe SIMON)
Amid reports that Real Madrid are keen on signing the world&#39;s most expensive player, Marcos Motta insists there is no buyout in his current deal
Neymar's PSG contract has no release clause, lawyer claims
Amid reports that Real Madrid are keen on signing the world's most expensive player, Marcos Motta insists there is no buyout in his current deal
Despite reports suggesting there is a release clause in Neymar&#39;s contract at Paris Saint-Germain the Brazilian&#39;s lawyer says that is untrue.
Neymar's PSG contract has no release clause, lawyer claims
Despite reports suggesting there is a release clause in Neymar's contract at Paris Saint-Germain the Brazilian's lawyer says that is untrue.
Paris Saint-Germain&#39;s Brazilian forward Neymar celebrates after scoring a goal against Dijon on January 17, 2018 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris (AFP Photo/CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT )
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar celebrates after scoring a goal against Dijon on January 17, 2018 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar celebrates after scoring a goal against Dijon on January 17, 2018 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris (AFP Photo/CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT )
Neymar produced one of the best performances of his career as PSG smashed Dijon in the midweek games. Mario Balotelli, Edinson Cavani, Falcao and Nabil Fekir were other stars also lighting up Ligue 1.
Neymar, Balotelli and Falcao on fire in matchday 21
Neymar produced one of the best performances of his career as PSG smashed Dijon in the midweek games. Mario Balotelli, Edinson Cavani, Falcao and Nabil Fekir were other stars also lighting up Ligue 1.
Neymar produced one of the best performances of his career as PSG smashed Dijon in the midweek games. Mario Balotelli, Edinson Cavani, Falcao and Nabil Fekir were other stars also lighting up Ligue 1.
Neymar, Balotelli and Falcao on fire in matchday 21
Neymar produced one of the best performances of his career as PSG smashed Dijon in the midweek games. Mario Balotelli, Edinson Cavani, Falcao and Nabil Fekir were other stars also lighting up Ligue 1.
Neymar produced one of the best performances of his career as PSG smashed Dijon in the midweek games. Mario Balotelli, Edinson Cavani, Falcao and Nabil Fekir were other stars also lighting up Ligue 1.
Neymar, Balotelli and Falcao on fire in matchday 21
Neymar produced one of the best performances of his career as PSG smashed Dijon in the midweek games. Mario Balotelli, Edinson Cavani, Falcao and Nabil Fekir were other stars also lighting up Ligue 1.
Here are five things you didn&#39;t know about Neymar&#39;s start to life at PSG.
5 things...Neymar off to a flyer with PSG
Here are five things you didn't know about Neymar's start to life at PSG.
Here are five things you didn&#39;t know about Neymar&#39;s start to life at PSG.
5 things...Neymar off to a flyer with PSG
Here are five things you didn't know about Neymar's start to life at PSG.
Here are five things you didn&#39;t know about Neymar&#39;s start to life at PSG.
5 things...Neymar off to a flyer with PSG
Here are five things you didn't know about Neymar's start to life at PSG.
Arsenal’s £60 million pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has descended into acrimony and anger after Borussia Dortmund dropped their star player and accused Arsene Wenger of disrespecting their club. Wenger had begun the day by largely dodging questions on the potential club record acquisition of Aubameyang before responding to an inquiry about his character and whether he would fit in at Arsenal. “Yes,” said Wenger, “because character can be a very positive note and it can be a very negative note. I believe overall you look at the achievements of a player during his career and usually, when a career has been very positive, the character has been used in a positive way.” Those comments soon prompted a furious reaction from Dortmund, who told Wenger to focus on his own struggling team and then left the 28-year-old Gabon striker out of the squad for Friday night&#39;s Bundesliga match against Hertha Berlin. Aubameyang was also excluded from last Sunday’s match against Wolfsburg after missing a team meeting and, while Arsenal are now closing on a deal that could also involve Olivier Giroud, Dortmund are deeply unhappy at how their player has become unsettled. Zorc isn&#39;t at all happy with Wenger Credit: Getty images “We find it disrespectful to speak about players of other clubs,” said Michael Zorc, Dortmund’s sporting director, in an official club statement. “We assumed that Arsene Wenger would have enough to do to take care of the performances of his own players.” Arsenal have won just one of their last six matches to fall eight points off even the top four and are ready to offer Aubameyang a contract until 2021. No fee has yet been agreed with Dortmund but, following the departures already this month of Francis Coquelin and Theo Walcott, as well Alexis Sanchez’s imminent move to Manchester United, Giroud could be the next major exit. Dortmund were also keen on Giroud last summer and Wenger noticeably refused to rule out his departure this month. “It can be many theories - at the moment I cannot tell you much more,” he said rather cryptically, when asked whether Giroud, who has scored 105 goals across six seasons at Arsenal, could leave if Aubameyang came in. Aubameyang has scored 141 goals for Dortmund in four-and-a-half seasons, including 21 this campaign, and has the additional endorsement of Sven Mislintat, Arsenal’s new head of recruitment. Mislintat moved from Dortmund to Arsenal in November and was previously instrumental in identifying Aubameyang when he moved to the Bundesliga from Saint-Etienne in 2013. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang | Why Arsenal want him He is understood to have reassured Arsenal over Aubameyang’s temperament, although the decision to leave him in Dortmund and away from the first-team squad was apparently taken in response to how poorly he had trained earlier in the day. “We felt that he is not at 100 per cent with his mind focused,” said Zorc. “We’ll see if this will help him. It’s a difficult situation.” Arsenal were also interested in the Bordeaux winger Malcom but Aubameyang is the transfer priority, with Wenger adamant that it is still possible for his squad to be strengthened by the end of this month, even amid the Sanchez departure. It is the first transfer window in which Wenger has worked directly with Mislintat and, while Arsenal now look likely to add two players in Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan who were also at Dortmund, he is adamant that he retains ultimate control over transfer policy. Arsenal are set to get Henrikh Mkhitaryan in exchange for Alexis Sanchez Credit: AFP “It is no different,” said Wenger. Asked if he still had final say over signings, Wenger added: “Yes.” He did, however, admit that the club must overhaul their strategy. “We have to revisit the way we structure our club, and our scouting policy,” said Wenger. “You look at world-class players now, you look at Ronaldo, Neymar, Sanchez, their level of financial demands and the level of their costs, you have to go younger and certainly these players are not affordable.” Wenger believes that Arsenal can compete by becoming an attractive destination for the very best emerging talent because of his willingness to play younger players. “What is important today is that we are the club that can maybe give them a chance, more than many other clubs,” he said. “Modern football has created a kind of game where the best players in the game are grouped to a various small number of clubs but that doesn’t mean that you cannot compete on the pitch.” Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere are also out of contract in the summer but Wenger remains hopeful that they will both still extend their contracts and is certain that they will not leave this month. “We have to very quickly get over this transfer period because for us especially it has been more disturbing than ever,” he said. “Why? Because we have such influential players close to the end of their contracts and it has been more destabilising than ever.”
Dortmund anger over Arsene Wenger's 'disrespectful' £60m pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Arsenal’s £60 million pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has descended into acrimony and anger after Borussia Dortmund dropped their star player and accused Arsene Wenger of disrespecting their club. Wenger had begun the day by largely dodging questions on the potential club record acquisition of Aubameyang before responding to an inquiry about his character and whether he would fit in at Arsenal. “Yes,” said Wenger, “because character can be a very positive note and it can be a very negative note. I believe overall you look at the achievements of a player during his career and usually, when a career has been very positive, the character has been used in a positive way.” Those comments soon prompted a furious reaction from Dortmund, who told Wenger to focus on his own struggling team and then left the 28-year-old Gabon striker out of the squad for Friday night's Bundesliga match against Hertha Berlin. Aubameyang was also excluded from last Sunday’s match against Wolfsburg after missing a team meeting and, while Arsenal are now closing on a deal that could also involve Olivier Giroud, Dortmund are deeply unhappy at how their player has become unsettled. Zorc isn't at all happy with Wenger Credit: Getty images “We find it disrespectful to speak about players of other clubs,” said Michael Zorc, Dortmund’s sporting director, in an official club statement. “We assumed that Arsene Wenger would have enough to do to take care of the performances of his own players.” Arsenal have won just one of their last six matches to fall eight points off even the top four and are ready to offer Aubameyang a contract until 2021. No fee has yet been agreed with Dortmund but, following the departures already this month of Francis Coquelin and Theo Walcott, as well Alexis Sanchez’s imminent move to Manchester United, Giroud could be the next major exit. Dortmund were also keen on Giroud last summer and Wenger noticeably refused to rule out his departure this month. “It can be many theories - at the moment I cannot tell you much more,” he said rather cryptically, when asked whether Giroud, who has scored 105 goals across six seasons at Arsenal, could leave if Aubameyang came in. Aubameyang has scored 141 goals for Dortmund in four-and-a-half seasons, including 21 this campaign, and has the additional endorsement of Sven Mislintat, Arsenal’s new head of recruitment. Mislintat moved from Dortmund to Arsenal in November and was previously instrumental in identifying Aubameyang when he moved to the Bundesliga from Saint-Etienne in 2013. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang | Why Arsenal want him He is understood to have reassured Arsenal over Aubameyang’s temperament, although the decision to leave him in Dortmund and away from the first-team squad was apparently taken in response to how poorly he had trained earlier in the day. “We felt that he is not at 100 per cent with his mind focused,” said Zorc. “We’ll see if this will help him. It’s a difficult situation.” Arsenal were also interested in the Bordeaux winger Malcom but Aubameyang is the transfer priority, with Wenger adamant that it is still possible for his squad to be strengthened by the end of this month, even amid the Sanchez departure. It is the first transfer window in which Wenger has worked directly with Mislintat and, while Arsenal now look likely to add two players in Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan who were also at Dortmund, he is adamant that he retains ultimate control over transfer policy. Arsenal are set to get Henrikh Mkhitaryan in exchange for Alexis Sanchez Credit: AFP “It is no different,” said Wenger. Asked if he still had final say over signings, Wenger added: “Yes.” He did, however, admit that the club must overhaul their strategy. “We have to revisit the way we structure our club, and our scouting policy,” said Wenger. “You look at world-class players now, you look at Ronaldo, Neymar, Sanchez, their level of financial demands and the level of their costs, you have to go younger and certainly these players are not affordable.” Wenger believes that Arsenal can compete by becoming an attractive destination for the very best emerging talent because of his willingness to play younger players. “What is important today is that we are the club that can maybe give them a chance, more than many other clubs,” he said. “Modern football has created a kind of game where the best players in the game are grouped to a various small number of clubs but that doesn’t mean that you cannot compete on the pitch.” Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere are also out of contract in the summer but Wenger remains hopeful that they will both still extend their contracts and is certain that they will not leave this month. “We have to very quickly get over this transfer period because for us especially it has been more disturbing than ever,” he said. “Why? Because we have such influential players close to the end of their contracts and it has been more destabilising than ever.”
Arsenal’s £60 million pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has descended into acrimony and anger after Borussia Dortmund dropped their star player and accused Arsene Wenger of disrespecting their club. Wenger had begun the day by largely dodging questions on the potential club record acquisition of Aubameyang before responding to an inquiry about his character and whether he would fit in at Arsenal. “Yes,” said Wenger, “because character can be a very positive note and it can be a very negative note. I believe overall you look at the achievements of a player during his career and usually, when a career has been very positive, the character has been used in a positive way.” Those comments soon prompted a furious reaction from Dortmund, who told Wenger to focus on his own struggling team and then left the 28-year-old Gabon striker out of the squad for Friday night&#39;s Bundesliga match against Hertha Berlin. Aubameyang was also excluded from last Sunday’s match against Wolfsburg after missing a team meeting and, while Arsenal are now closing on a deal that could also involve Olivier Giroud, Dortmund are deeply unhappy at how their player has become unsettled. Zorc isn&#39;t at all happy with Wenger Credit: Getty images “We find it disrespectful to speak about players of other clubs,” said Michael Zorc, Dortmund’s sporting director, in an official club statement. “We assumed that Arsene Wenger would have enough to do to take care of the performances of his own players.” Arsenal have won just one of their last six matches to fall eight points off even the top four and are ready to offer Aubameyang a contract until 2021. No fee has yet been agreed with Dortmund but, following the departures already this month of Francis Coquelin and Theo Walcott, as well Alexis Sanchez’s imminent move to Manchester United, Giroud could be the next major exit. Dortmund were also keen on Giroud last summer and Wenger noticeably refused to rule out his departure this month. “It can be many theories - at the moment I cannot tell you much more,” he said rather cryptically, when asked whether Giroud, who has scored 105 goals across six seasons at Arsenal, could leave if Aubameyang came in. Aubameyang has scored 141 goals for Dortmund in four-and-a-half seasons, including 21 this campaign, and has the additional endorsement of Sven Mislintat, Arsenal’s new head of recruitment. Mislintat moved from Dortmund to Arsenal in November and was previously instrumental in identifying Aubameyang when he moved to the Bundesliga from Saint-Etienne in 2013. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang | Why Arsenal want him He is understood to have reassured Arsenal over Aubameyang’s temperament, although the decision to leave him in Dortmund and away from the first-team squad was apparently taken in response to how poorly he had trained earlier in the day. “We felt that he is not at 100 per cent with his mind focused,” said Zorc. “We’ll see if this will help him. It’s a difficult situation.” Arsenal were also interested in the Bordeaux winger Malcom but Aubameyang is the transfer priority, with Wenger adamant that it is still possible for his squad to be strengthened by the end of this month, even amid the Sanchez departure. It is the first transfer window in which Wenger has worked directly with Mislintat and, while Arsenal now look likely to add two players in Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan who were also at Dortmund, he is adamant that he retains ultimate control over transfer policy. Arsenal are set to get Henrikh Mkhitaryan in exchange for Alexis Sanchez Credit: AFP “It is no different,” said Wenger. Asked if he still had final say over signings, Wenger added: “Yes.” He did, however, admit that the club must overhaul their strategy. “We have to revisit the way we structure our club, and our scouting policy,” said Wenger. “You look at world-class players now, you look at Ronaldo, Neymar, Sanchez, their level of financial demands and the level of their costs, you have to go younger and certainly these players are not affordable.” Wenger believes that Arsenal can compete by becoming an attractive destination for the very best emerging talent because of his willingness to play younger players. “What is important today is that we are the club that can maybe give them a chance, more than many other clubs,” he said. “Modern football has created a kind of game where the best players in the game are grouped to a various small number of clubs but that doesn’t mean that you cannot compete on the pitch.” Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere are also out of contract in the summer but Wenger remains hopeful that they will both still extend their contracts and is certain that they will not leave this month. “We have to very quickly get over this transfer period because for us especially it has been more disturbing than ever,” he said. “Why? Because we have such influential players close to the end of their contracts and it has been more destabilising than ever.”
Dortmund anger over Arsene Wenger's 'disrespectful' £60m pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Arsenal’s £60 million pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has descended into acrimony and anger after Borussia Dortmund dropped their star player and accused Arsene Wenger of disrespecting their club. Wenger had begun the day by largely dodging questions on the potential club record acquisition of Aubameyang before responding to an inquiry about his character and whether he would fit in at Arsenal. “Yes,” said Wenger, “because character can be a very positive note and it can be a very negative note. I believe overall you look at the achievements of a player during his career and usually, when a career has been very positive, the character has been used in a positive way.” Those comments soon prompted a furious reaction from Dortmund, who told Wenger to focus on his own struggling team and then left the 28-year-old Gabon striker out of the squad for Friday night's Bundesliga match against Hertha Berlin. Aubameyang was also excluded from last Sunday’s match against Wolfsburg after missing a team meeting and, while Arsenal are now closing on a deal that could also involve Olivier Giroud, Dortmund are deeply unhappy at how their player has become unsettled. Zorc isn't at all happy with Wenger Credit: Getty images “We find it disrespectful to speak about players of other clubs,” said Michael Zorc, Dortmund’s sporting director, in an official club statement. “We assumed that Arsene Wenger would have enough to do to take care of the performances of his own players.” Arsenal have won just one of their last six matches to fall eight points off even the top four and are ready to offer Aubameyang a contract until 2021. No fee has yet been agreed with Dortmund but, following the departures already this month of Francis Coquelin and Theo Walcott, as well Alexis Sanchez’s imminent move to Manchester United, Giroud could be the next major exit. Dortmund were also keen on Giroud last summer and Wenger noticeably refused to rule out his departure this month. “It can be many theories - at the moment I cannot tell you much more,” he said rather cryptically, when asked whether Giroud, who has scored 105 goals across six seasons at Arsenal, could leave if Aubameyang came in. Aubameyang has scored 141 goals for Dortmund in four-and-a-half seasons, including 21 this campaign, and has the additional endorsement of Sven Mislintat, Arsenal’s new head of recruitment. Mislintat moved from Dortmund to Arsenal in November and was previously instrumental in identifying Aubameyang when he moved to the Bundesliga from Saint-Etienne in 2013. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang | Why Arsenal want him He is understood to have reassured Arsenal over Aubameyang’s temperament, although the decision to leave him in Dortmund and away from the first-team squad was apparently taken in response to how poorly he had trained earlier in the day. “We felt that he is not at 100 per cent with his mind focused,” said Zorc. “We’ll see if this will help him. It’s a difficult situation.” Arsenal were also interested in the Bordeaux winger Malcom but Aubameyang is the transfer priority, with Wenger adamant that it is still possible for his squad to be strengthened by the end of this month, even amid the Sanchez departure. It is the first transfer window in which Wenger has worked directly with Mislintat and, while Arsenal now look likely to add two players in Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan who were also at Dortmund, he is adamant that he retains ultimate control over transfer policy. Arsenal are set to get Henrikh Mkhitaryan in exchange for Alexis Sanchez Credit: AFP “It is no different,” said Wenger. Asked if he still had final say over signings, Wenger added: “Yes.” He did, however, admit that the club must overhaul their strategy. “We have to revisit the way we structure our club, and our scouting policy,” said Wenger. “You look at world-class players now, you look at Ronaldo, Neymar, Sanchez, their level of financial demands and the level of their costs, you have to go younger and certainly these players are not affordable.” Wenger believes that Arsenal can compete by becoming an attractive destination for the very best emerging talent because of his willingness to play younger players. “What is important today is that we are the club that can maybe give them a chance, more than many other clubs,” he said. “Modern football has created a kind of game where the best players in the game are grouped to a various small number of clubs but that doesn’t mean that you cannot compete on the pitch.” Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere are also out of contract in the summer but Wenger remains hopeful that they will both still extend their contracts and is certain that they will not leave this month. “We have to very quickly get over this transfer period because for us especially it has been more disturbing than ever,” he said. “Why? Because we have such influential players close to the end of their contracts and it has been more destabilising than ever.”
Arsenal’s £60 million pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has descended into acrimony and anger after Borussia Dortmund dropped their star player and accused Arsene Wenger of disrespecting their club. Wenger had begun the day by largely dodging questions on the potential club record acquisition of Aubameyang before responding to an inquiry about his character and whether he would fit in at Arsenal. “Yes,” said Wenger, “because character can be a very positive note and it can be a very negative note. I believe overall you look at the achievements of a player during his career and usually, when a career has been very positive, the character has been used in a positive way.” Those comments soon prompted a furious reaction from Dortmund, who told Wenger to focus on his own struggling team and then left the 28-year-old Gabon striker out of the squad for Friday night&#39;s Bundesliga match against Hertha Berlin. Aubameyang was also excluded from last Sunday’s match against Wolfsburg after missing a team meeting and, while Arsenal are now closing on a deal that could also involve Olivier Giroud, Dortmund are deeply unhappy at how their player has become unsettled. Zorc isn&#39;t at all happy with Wenger Credit: Getty images “We find it disrespectful to speak about players of other clubs,” said Michael Zorc, Dortmund’s sporting director, in an official club statement. “We assumed that Arsene Wenger would have enough to do to take care of the performances of his own players.” Arsenal have won just one of their last six matches to fall eight points off even the top four and are ready to offer Aubameyang a contract until 2021. No fee has yet been agreed with Dortmund but, following the departures already this month of Francis Coquelin and Theo Walcott, as well Alexis Sanchez’s imminent move to Manchester United, Giroud could be the next major exit. Dortmund were also keen on Giroud last summer and Wenger noticeably refused to rule out his departure this month. “It can be many theories - at the moment I cannot tell you much more,” he said rather cryptically, when asked whether Giroud, who has scored 105 goals across six seasons at Arsenal, could leave if Aubameyang came in. Aubameyang has scored 141 goals for Dortmund in four-and-a-half seasons, including 21 this campaign, and has the additional endorsement of Sven Mislintat, Arsenal’s new head of recruitment. Mislintat moved from Dortmund to Arsenal in November and was previously instrumental in identifying Aubameyang when he moved to the Bundesliga from Saint-Etienne in 2013. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang | Why Arsenal want him He is understood to have reassured Arsenal over Aubameyang’s temperament, although the decision to leave him in Dortmund and away from the first-team squad was apparently taken in response to how poorly he had trained earlier in the day. “We felt that he is not at 100 per cent with his mind focused,” said Zorc. “We’ll see if this will help him. It’s a difficult situation.” Arsenal were also interested in the Bordeaux winger Malcom but Aubameyang is the transfer priority, with Wenger adamant that it is still possible for his squad to be strengthened by the end of this month, even amid the Sanchez departure. It is the first transfer window in which Wenger has worked directly with Mislintat and, while Arsenal now look likely to add two players in Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan who were also at Dortmund, he is adamant that he retains ultimate control over transfer policy. Arsenal are set to get Henrikh Mkhitaryan in exchange for Alexis Sanchez Credit: AFP “It is no different,” said Wenger. Asked if he still had final say over signings, Wenger added: “Yes.” He did, however, admit that the club must overhaul their strategy. “We have to revisit the way we structure our club, and our scouting policy,” said Wenger. “You look at world-class players now, you look at Ronaldo, Neymar, Sanchez, their level of financial demands and the level of their costs, you have to go younger and certainly these players are not affordable.” Wenger believes that Arsenal can compete by becoming an attractive destination for the very best emerging talent because of his willingness to play younger players. “What is important today is that we are the club that can maybe give them a chance, more than many other clubs,” he said. “Modern football has created a kind of game where the best players in the game are grouped to a various small number of clubs but that doesn’t mean that you cannot compete on the pitch.” Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere are also out of contract in the summer but Wenger remains hopeful that they will both still extend their contracts and is certain that they will not leave this month. “We have to very quickly get over this transfer period because for us especially it has been more disturbing than ever,” he said. “Why? Because we have such influential players close to the end of their contracts and it has been more destabilising than ever.”
Dortmund anger over Arsene Wenger's 'disrespectful' £60m pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Arsenal’s £60 million pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has descended into acrimony and anger after Borussia Dortmund dropped their star player and accused Arsene Wenger of disrespecting their club. Wenger had begun the day by largely dodging questions on the potential club record acquisition of Aubameyang before responding to an inquiry about his character and whether he would fit in at Arsenal. “Yes,” said Wenger, “because character can be a very positive note and it can be a very negative note. I believe overall you look at the achievements of a player during his career and usually, when a career has been very positive, the character has been used in a positive way.” Those comments soon prompted a furious reaction from Dortmund, who told Wenger to focus on his own struggling team and then left the 28-year-old Gabon striker out of the squad for Friday night's Bundesliga match against Hertha Berlin. Aubameyang was also excluded from last Sunday’s match against Wolfsburg after missing a team meeting and, while Arsenal are now closing on a deal that could also involve Olivier Giroud, Dortmund are deeply unhappy at how their player has become unsettled. Zorc isn't at all happy with Wenger Credit: Getty images “We find it disrespectful to speak about players of other clubs,” said Michael Zorc, Dortmund’s sporting director, in an official club statement. “We assumed that Arsene Wenger would have enough to do to take care of the performances of his own players.” Arsenal have won just one of their last six matches to fall eight points off even the top four and are ready to offer Aubameyang a contract until 2021. No fee has yet been agreed with Dortmund but, following the departures already this month of Francis Coquelin and Theo Walcott, as well Alexis Sanchez’s imminent move to Manchester United, Giroud could be the next major exit. Dortmund were also keen on Giroud last summer and Wenger noticeably refused to rule out his departure this month. “It can be many theories - at the moment I cannot tell you much more,” he said rather cryptically, when asked whether Giroud, who has scored 105 goals across six seasons at Arsenal, could leave if Aubameyang came in. Aubameyang has scored 141 goals for Dortmund in four-and-a-half seasons, including 21 this campaign, and has the additional endorsement of Sven Mislintat, Arsenal’s new head of recruitment. Mislintat moved from Dortmund to Arsenal in November and was previously instrumental in identifying Aubameyang when he moved to the Bundesliga from Saint-Etienne in 2013. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang | Why Arsenal want him He is understood to have reassured Arsenal over Aubameyang’s temperament, although the decision to leave him in Dortmund and away from the first-team squad was apparently taken in response to how poorly he had trained earlier in the day. “We felt that he is not at 100 per cent with his mind focused,” said Zorc. “We’ll see if this will help him. It’s a difficult situation.” Arsenal were also interested in the Bordeaux winger Malcom but Aubameyang is the transfer priority, with Wenger adamant that it is still possible for his squad to be strengthened by the end of this month, even amid the Sanchez departure. It is the first transfer window in which Wenger has worked directly with Mislintat and, while Arsenal now look likely to add two players in Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan who were also at Dortmund, he is adamant that he retains ultimate control over transfer policy. Arsenal are set to get Henrikh Mkhitaryan in exchange for Alexis Sanchez Credit: AFP “It is no different,” said Wenger. Asked if he still had final say over signings, Wenger added: “Yes.” He did, however, admit that the club must overhaul their strategy. “We have to revisit the way we structure our club, and our scouting policy,” said Wenger. “You look at world-class players now, you look at Ronaldo, Neymar, Sanchez, their level of financial demands and the level of their costs, you have to go younger and certainly these players are not affordable.” Wenger believes that Arsenal can compete by becoming an attractive destination for the very best emerging talent because of his willingness to play younger players. “What is important today is that we are the club that can maybe give them a chance, more than many other clubs,” he said. “Modern football has created a kind of game where the best players in the game are grouped to a various small number of clubs but that doesn’t mean that you cannot compete on the pitch.” Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere are also out of contract in the summer but Wenger remains hopeful that they will both still extend their contracts and is certain that they will not leave this month. “We have to very quickly get over this transfer period because for us especially it has been more disturbing than ever,” he said. “Why? Because we have such influential players close to the end of their contracts and it has been more destabilising than ever.”
Neymar scored four goals and Angel di Maria added two more as PSG recorded their biggest ever win at the Parc des Princes with an 8-0 drubbing of Dijon
PSG smash eight past Dijon for record home win
Neymar scored four goals and Angel di Maria added two more as PSG recorded their biggest ever win at the Parc des Princes with an 8-0 drubbing of Dijon
Neymar scored four goals and Angel di Maria added two more as PSG recorded their biggest ever win at the Parc des Princes with an 8-0 drubbing of Dijon
PSG smash eight past Dijon for record home win
Neymar scored four goals and Angel di Maria added two more as PSG recorded their biggest ever win at the Parc des Princes with an 8-0 drubbing of Dijon

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