Neymar bags brace amid continued PSG rumours

Neymar scored twice for Barcelona on Saturday as they beat Juventus 2-1 amid continued speculation that he is on the verge of a big-money move to Paris Saint-Germain.

ESPN reported that a source close to PSG said that Neymar had informed the French club that he wants the move and has already agreed personal terms.

Although the two clubs would still need to agree a transfer fee.

Despite the rumours, the Brazilian played for Barca in the International Champions Cup friendly against Juventus in New Jersey.

And he was in superb form, opening the scoring on 15 minutes after a smart one-two with Paco Alcacer.

Neymar then double Barca’s lead on 25 minutes with an even better goal, dancing through the Juventus defence as he beat several defenders before firing past Gianluigi Buffon in goal .

Neymar was then substituted at half time as Barcelona switched all 11 players.

Juventus pulled a goal back through defender Giorgio Chiellini in the 63rd-minute header, but Barcelona held on comfortably for the win.

After the game, Barca coach Ernesto Valverde said they wanted Neymar to stay.

"Barcelona will not do without Neymar," he told a news conference.

"We want him to be with us and we know the impact he has in our game. It's clear."

Conte: I almost quit

Antonio Conte has admitted that he considered quitting Chelsea this ­summer after the club’s title success left him shattered.

The Chelsea boss said that he needed to know if the Stamford Bridge club was on board with his long-term vision for the club before committing further.

After receiving assurances Conte last week signed an improved two-year deal and has now moved his family to London.

Conte said he was ultimately concerned that without more signings he would be unable to build a dynasty for further success at the club, but that happened and how he is happy to stay.

“My family is very ­important. It will show my ­commitment with the club, with this project as I try to build something important,” he said.

“I must be honest, last season was very tough, it was very strong for me and for my family. It wasn’t easy for me because sometimes when you win you think that everything is easy but it wasn’t to win and to have this type of season.

“Now I decided with the club to ­continue our path. I spoke with the club and we found the right view about the future. For every manager it is important to explain your idea.

“It’s very important that the club understand your idea and are ready to work together, to try together and to have this solid ­foundation.

“I can want this, but if I’m alone it’s very difficult to do this.

“My desire and the club’s was to continue this work and for this reason I ­renewed a new contract.

“I repeat, now it’s right to start to work together and it’s very important to know that there is a lot of work to do.

“The most important thing for our club, the players and fans, is that we are building something important. When you work in this way the present is very important but also the future.

“It’s important to be realistic and to understand where I stay now. I have the will to work so hard, to start from here, and to try to arrive there.”

Productive Botswana trip for Chiefs

Kaizer Chiefs enjoyed a productive trip to Botswana to face Township Rollers, where they performed some Community Service Initiatives and drew 1-1 with Popa.

Prior to Saturday's 1-1 draw in Francistown, the Glamour Boys visited the Tshimologo Stimulation Centre for the disabled, the Boitshoko Clinic and a satellite school. Amakhosi completed the three visits in 120 minutes to mark 120 years of existence of Francistown.

In the game itself against Rollers, Chiefs were 1-0 down till late after a strike from Boy Segolame. However, George Lebese found a late equaliser when he netted in the 84th minute.

Nonetheless, the club's defensive midfielder Willard Katsande believes the overall trip had a lot of value. He told the side's official website, "We are a big club with a big following. We must make a difference wherever we go.

"These young people rely on us for inspiration. I think this is a great initiative from the club to encourage and give hope to the kids and people having disabilities."

West Ham sign Arnautovic.on five-year deal

West Ham United have confirmed the signing of Stoke City and Austria forward, Marko Arnautovic, on a five-year deal.

The talented Arnautovic joins the Hammers from the Potters, and will no doubt add proven Premier League and international pedigree to Slaven Bilic's United attack.

The 28-year-old becomes West Ham's third signing of the off-season period, and he will join defender Pablo Zabaleta and goalkeeper Joe Hart in the side's squad.

The player revealed his delight at the move, telling the club's official website, "It feels special to me to be a West Ham player. Everyone knows that West Ham is a big Club, with big history and I'm happy to be a part of it now. I can't wait to get started. I played against West Ham at the old stadium.

"I didn't play last year at the new stadium because I was suspended – but I came to the game and I can only say it is a massive club with a lot of fans. They are crazy for football and this is what I like. The club is still growing, getting better and better and that's why I’m here."

Lozano settling in well at PSV

PSV forward Hirving Lozano says his arrival at the Eredivisie side since the Confederations Cup has been made easy by the welcoming response of his new teammates.

Lozano, 21, signed a six-year contract with Phillip Cocu's men after the Dutch side agreed a reported €8million transfer fee with Mexican side Pachuca.

And the 19-time capped Mexico international arrives with a massive reputation having made his first-team debut at 17. 

After graduating from Los Tuzos Academy in 2014, the fleet-footed winger went on to feature 136 times for the senior side, scoring 41 goals and registering 28 assists.

"This is very nice day for me," he said after being unveiled with the number 11 shirt. "I was well received at PSV and the squad is packed with big names. 

"I may need a few games to get used to the way football is played over here, but I do hope to be of added value in my stadium soon."

PSG resigned to losing Aurier

Manchester United have upped their pursuit for Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier, who's reportedly close friends with star midfielder Paul Pogba.

Last week, reports surfaced in France over the Red Devils reported interest in the Ivory Coast international and now Unai Emery confirmed that the right-back has asked to leave the Ligue 1 side.

The arrival of Dani Alves has pushed the 24-year-old down the pecking order and with United in the market for a new full-back, a deal looks set to be concluded within the coming weeks.

"I spoke with Serge to tell him that I wanted him to stay," Emery told L'Equipe after Aurier was left out of their pre-season squad to the United States. 

"He told me that he wants to leave and he preferred staying in Paris to prepare for his departure."

Since joining PSG from domestic rivals Toulouse in 2014, the attacking minded full-back has won eight major domestic titles.

Batshuayi brace sees Chelsea past Gunners

Chelsea defeated Arsenal 3-0 in Saturday's pre-season club friendly in China, with Willian getting the opening goal while Michy Batshuayi bagged a brace.

After controlling much of the first stanza, a couple of quick-fire goals from Willian and Batshuayi gave the Blues a two-goal advantage just before the break at the Beijing National Stadium.

Batashuayi grabbed his brace early in the second period to make the game safe for the Blues, as Arsenal struggled to get going throughout the contest. Willian's first goal crashed in off the post after good work from Batshuayi in the 40th minute.

The big striker grabbed his first goal soon after when he thumped in a left-footed shot from the edge of the area. After the break, the Belgium international made it 3-0 after being set up from Marco Alonso's cutback.

The Gunners were largely subdued and had to rely on efforts from distance to even threaten Chelsea's goal. The two sides will face off again in the Community Shield which is set to take place on 6 August at Wembley.

Reds crowned 2017 Asia Trophy Champions

Liverpool walked away with the 2017 Asia Trophy after coming from a goal down to beat Leicester City 2-1 in front of a packed crowd at the Hong Kong Stadium on Saturday.

The Foxes who beat West Bromwich Albion in the first fixture to qualify for the finals against the Reds took the lead in the 12th minute through Algeria international target-man Islam Slimani, to silence the Red sea of fans in Hong Kong.

However, the silence soon turned to ecstasy as new-boy Mohammed Salah scored his second goal for the club in as many games with a deft header - running onto a perfectly weighted Phillipe Coutinho pass.

And the in-demand Brazilian then got one of his own just before the break with a wonderfully taken goal. 

Cutting in from the left the playmaker smashed an unstoppable drive into the top corner of Kasper Schmeichel's net to put Jurgen Klopp's side ahead.

In the second-half, the blistering heat and humidity looked to have slowed down the tempo of the game and with player's looking weary, both Premier League side's made several changes to their personnel.

However, no goals were scored as Liverpool walked away with the 2017 crown of the Premier League Asia Trophy.

Bayern demolished by AC Milan

Bayern Munich were thrashed 4-0 by Italian giants AC Milan in Saturday's International Champions Cup encounter at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre in China.

Franck Kessie opened the scoring for Milan in the 14th minute, and Patrick Cutrone netted a brace before the half-time interval with strikes in the 25th and 43rd minutes.

After the restart the men from Munich were in control of possession for long periods but failed to find the back of the net. The Bavarians best chance of the game came when Robert Lewandowski set up Corentin Tolisso in the 70th minute, but the club's new signing hit the side-netting.

The bleeding continued for the German champions in the closing stages, when Hakan Calhanoglu added his name to the scoresheet with a crashing drive past Christian Fruchtl in the 85th minute.

Despite the humiliating defeat, which is the Carlo Ancelotti-coached team's second of the ICC after an earlier loss to Arsenal, Milan's pre-season preparations are at an advanced stage as they begin their Europa League campaign on 27 July against Romania's CS Universitatea Craiova.

Meanwhile, Bayern will take on English champions Chelsea in their next game in the tournament. The action will take place at the National Stadium in Singapore on 25 July.  

Kopo encouraged by Mohamme's rise

SuperSport United coach Kwanele Kopo feels their youth product Katlego Mohamme's move to Portugal can open doors for youngsters in the club's esteemed Academy.

Matsatsansa's development structures have improved immensely over the years, with the Tshwane based side boasting some of the most highly-rated players in the country.

South Africa's junior side's are often littered with plenty of SuperSport representitives and it was no surprise when U20 defender Mohamme earned a move to Portugese side Sertanense FC.

The left-footed central defender impressed for Amajita over the past 12 months and featured prominently in the club's MultiChoice Diski campaign last season - but will now continue his development with a season on loan at the third-tier side.

"I hope it goes well with the youngster as this is a good opportunity for him," Kopo told the club's official website. "He needs to stay focused and give it his best shot.

"I feel this is a big motivation to his teammates in the Reserve side and hopefully he opens the door for other players to join him overseas."