Football transfer news and rumours: 'PSG confident of completing £198m Neymar deal'
Barcelona forward Neymar may well have played and scored in his last match for the Catalan club in their friendly against Manchester United overnight. The Brazilian's first-half strike was the difference in the 1-0 International Champions Cup win in Washington, and Neymar was seen chatting and embracing Paul Pogba in the tunnel before the match. What the pair were talking about is unclear, but reports in Paris suggest that Neymar's move to PSG is now not a matter of if he signs, but when he makes the move. With my bro @paulpogba #PogDance �������� DAB A post shared by Nj ���� �� neymarjr (@neymarjr) on Jul 26, 2017 at 7:57pm PDT Le Parisien claim PSG are confident of unveiling the 25-year-old in the next few days and that he has agreed a five-year deal in the French capital. Sports daily L'Equipe, meanwhile, say they will negotiate a fee for the player rather than simply lay out his buy-out. They also suggest that Barcelona target Marco Verratti could be included in a cash plus player deal. L'Equipe's front page which reads: Paris negotiate with Barcelona - PSG are trying to sign Neymar for less than his buy-out Rumours continued to gather pace that Neymar was nearing the end of his Barça career when his father posted a message on Instagram ahead of their win over United. Neymar Santos Sr posted an image which detailed his son's achievements in Spain, and many followers saw it as his moment of saying goodbye. Boa Sorte Filho ! Boa Sorte Barça ! Que Deus os Abençoem e Os Protejam !!! @neymarjr @rafaella @nadine.goncalves @jotaamancio @davilucca @candantas @institutoneymarjr A post shared by Neymar Pai (@neymarpai_) on Jul 26, 2017 at 2:22pm PDT Away from Neymar talk and the Independent reports that Real Madrid's £160m move for Kylian Mbappe could see Gareth Bale sold to Manchester United. Bale has made it known he is only interested in joining United if he leaves the Bernabeu but the move could yet be scuppered by United's cross-city rivals after Manchester City who were reported to also be in the race to sign Mbappe. The Daily Mirror says that Everton manager Ronald Koeman has not finished his recruitment drive as he is still keen on adding three more players to his squad. Koeman is keen to add a central defender, striker and Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson. Koeman confirmed Ross Barkley is on his way out of Goodison but he does not need to sell the England midfielder to fund the moves. 10 of the most lucrative football sell-on clauses Staying with Everton and they are set to join the race to sign West Ham defender James Collins, writes The Sun. The Toffees have been active in the transfer market this summer and will face competition from Crystal Palace and Stoke City for the 33-year-old. Collins has a year remaining on his contract with the Hammers but a fee in the region of £2m could be enough to pry him away from West Ham. And finally, the Evening Chronicle reports that Newcastle are on the brink of completing a deal for Dortmund midfielder Mikel Merino. Rafael Benitez sees the Spain Under-21 holding midfielder as an ideal partner in the middle of the park for Jonjo Shelvey. Merino is believed to be on Tyneside and putting the final touches to a move. Premier League done deals: each club's confirmed summer transfers Wish you were still here? It's hard to keep up with all the comings and goings in the transfer market, but feel for West Brom who appear not to have noticed that Darren Fletcher departed for Stoke last month. The Baggies are said to have sent out season tickets including the picture of their former captain. Oops. West Brom have sent their season tickets out with Stoke's Darren Fletcher on the cover �� pic.twitter.com/qXeGkKCg4z— Football Fours (@Football_Fours) July 26, 2017 I'm still here....just Lazar Markovic has been knocking around the corridors of Anfield recently, but it's an all to brief return to his club. The Serbia international has spent the last two seasons out on loan and now looks set to join Fiorentina. Markovic played 45 minutes in Liverpool's opening pre-season friendly at Tranmere but was left behind for the club's trip to Hong Kong to play in the Asia Trophy. Off to pastures new Despite being around for what seems an age, Stewart Downing is still only 33-years-old. Now he is on course to be set free by Middlesbrough and looks set to spread his wings with Harry Redknapp at Birmingham City. Stewart Downing looks set to join Birmingham £250,000 up for grabs: pick your Telegraph Fantasy Football team today >>