Marquinhos urges Verratti to stay

Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos has urged Marco Verratti to stay in the French capital following reports linking him with a move to Barcelona.

Earlier this week, former PSG director of football Patrick Kluivert stated that Verratti is keen to join the Catalans but that PSG were determined to hold on to him.

Marquinhos is not aware whether or not the rumours are true, but is hopeful that the highly-rated Italian midfielder will stay committed to the cause in Paris.

"From a distance I have read a lot, but I don't know where the truth is," Marquinhos told L'Equipe.

"Marco has never told me he wants to leave PSG.

"He is a great player and an important part of PSG's project, so I wish for Marco to stay with us.

"I do not want him to go and, frankly, I don't think he will leave us.

"Many have said that the PSG project has been lost, but I don't agree – it is under control. It is not a straight line to the top, but we know where we want to go and how to get there."

Neymar dreams of Verratti at Barca

Barcelona forward Neymar dreams of playing alongside Paris St-Germain's Marco Verratti and insists that his club pay up for the midfield maestro. 
 
Speaking at a charity event in Brazil, Neymar told Sport: "Of course I would like him to come to Barcelona, I would love to [see him join]. 

"He is a great player, he is a player with an incredible technical quality. He has the profile and the right skills to play with us at Barca."
 
The Italian international has expressed his desire to leave the Ligue 1 runners-up, who are reluctant to let go of the talented playmaker.

PSG CEO Nasser El-Khelaifi has told Verratti that he will not be sold unless Barcelona meet their demands for the player.

Verratti is currently valued at around €45million.
 
Barca veteran Xavi recently named the 24-year-old as his successor, while hoping that the Catalan side make it a priority to sign him.

Messi avoids jail, pays fine for tax fraud

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi will not face time in prison for tax fraud but will instead pay a £221,000 fine, according to reports in Spain.

The Argentine and his father were found guilty of defrauding the Spanish tax authorities of £3.6million and Messi was hit with a suspended prison sentence.

However, under Spanish law he will not be required to serve any time because he does not have a criminal record. The fine will also see the jail term struck from Messi's records.

Numerous footballers have been involved in similar tax fraud cases in recent times, with Javier Mascherano also paying a fine last year after he was handed a six-month jail sentence.

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is currently battling the Spanish tax office for charges of tax fraud totalling a reported £13m.

Juve have "shown no interest" in N'Zonzi

According to Sevilla President Jose Castro, Juventus have not shown any interest in midfielder Steven N’Zonzi despite speculation that the Serie A giants are gunning for his signature.
 
“Sevilla have yet to receive a formal offer for N’Zonzi, neither from Juventus nor any other club,” Castro told Tuttosport.
 
N’Zonzi had a strong season with the Spanish side which saw him make 34 league starts, scoring twice and setting up a further three goals, to help Sevilla finish fourth in La Liga.
 
The 28-year-old signed a one-year extension to his contract in January that will keep him at the Sanchez Pizjuan until June 2020. 
 
The new deal saw the Frenchman's release clause increase from €30 million to a new figure that has not been revealed in order to reportedly fend off potential suitors.
 
“If there really is interest then we’ll evaluate it, but one thing must be clear to everyone. We have no intention of letting our best players leave and any talks must start from their release clauses,” President Castro concluded.
 
World-wide reports suggest that Sevilla will not sell N’Zonzi for less than €40m should he request a move away from the club. 

Sociedad close in on Januzaj

Real Sociedad are reportedly close to completing a deal to sign Adnan Januzaj from Manchester United.

The 22-year-old Belgium international, once the jewel of United’s youth team, spent last season on loan at now-relegated Sunderland, where he was unable to find the net in 25 Premier League appearances.

La Real president Jokin Aperribay admitted earlier this week that they were chasing the winger, and France Football now report that a deal is imminent.

"It's true that we are interested but we are not in talks with Manchester or with him," Aperribay had previously told El Mundo Deportivo. 

"We are waiting for the decision of Manchester United and then we will act. There are more teams interested in him and his signing won't be easy."

Agent: Dortmund in for Lee

Lee Seung-woo's agent claims to be in talks with Borussia Dortmund after they made an approach for the young Barcelona forward.

The 19-year-old has yet to make his first-team debut for the Catalan giants, but is highly regarded at the Camp Nou after featuring for their B team and Juvenil A side.

Schalke have been linked with a move for Lee, who is contracted to Barca until June 2019, although it appears that Dortmund have stolen a march on their Bundesliga rivals.

The South Korea youth international could be set to embark on a new adventure in Germany after BVB opened discussions, according to his representative, Pere Guardiola.

"Dortmund have enquired about Lee with Barcelona," Guardiola was quoted as saying by Bild. "Talks are ongoing."

The teenager had been prevented from playing competitive games for the Blaugrana until his 18th birthday after the La Liga club was found guilty of breaching FIFA rules on signing underage players.

Cuca: Barca move would benefit Vitinho

Palmeiras manager Cuca would love to see midfielder Vitinho join Barcelona's B side in order to secure some much-needed game time.

Vitinho is highly-rated within the Brasileiro Série A team but at 19 years old is not a regular feature in the side.

And with the no Brazilian reserve league to speak of, Cuca feels the young star would benefit from playing regular competitive football.

The manager said: "I've heard something about it. I think it's great for the player and the club.

"Here, we do not have B teams. He does not play here, but he has been training relatively well.

"If he leaves, if he stays, fine. If he does not stay, he will return much more prepared.

"A while back we had a B [team] to play. Tomorrow [Thursday] we have a [reserve] game against Sao Caetano and he is going to play."

Barcelona would reportedly need to spend €1.5million to sign the player on loan until June 2018.

Kluivert: PSG won't allow Verratti to join Barca

Former Paris Saint-Germain director of football Patrick Kluivert believes Marco Verratti wants to sign for Barcelona, but that the Parisians won't allow him.

Verratti has been linked with a move to the Catalans, with the Italian said to be their primary transfer target, but he still has four years left on his contract and PSG do not want to lose him.

"I know the president very well. Verratti renewed last year for four years and I know that Verratti wants to come to Barca but PSG will not let him," Kluivert told La Sexta.

"It's going to be very difficult [for Barca to sign him].

"If a player is not happy in the end the one that decides are PSG."

Reports have claimed that Barcelona are willing to splash between €70m and €80m for Verratti, but Kluivert reckons the midfielder is worth even more.

He added: "Verratti's worth more than that. I think he's worth more than €100m."

Mboula makes Monaco move

Jordi Mboula has opted to continue his development at Monaco after they signed the teenager from Barcelona on a five-year contract.

The 18-year-old winger was expected to extend his stay at the Camp Nou after coming up through the youth ranks at the famed La Masia academy.

But Mboula has decided to embark on a new adventure in France with the Ligue 1 champions, who have built their success on a youthful policy.

The Spain youth international becomes the fourth new arrival at Stade Louis II, with Youri Tielemans, Jordy Gaspar, Diego Benaglio and Soualiho Meite having already joined Leonardo Jardim's side.

Les Monegasques vice-president Vadim Vasilyev told the club's official website: "Jordi Mboula has shown very good things with the youth team of FC Barcelona and AS Monaco offers him an ideal environment to continue his progress.

"As we have done with players such as Bernardo Silva, Fabinho and Tiemoue Bakayoko, we will support him and help him grow in our team."

Mboula caught the eye earlier in the 2016/17 campaign when he scored a wonder solo goal for Barca in the UEFA Youth League against Borussia Dortmund.

Di Maria gets suspended jail term for tax fraud

Spanish tax authorities have hit former Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria with a £1.76 million fine and a suspended one-year jail sentence for tax fraud.

The Paris Saint-Germain star has admitted to two counts of tax evasion, related to his image rights during his time at Los Blancos, to the total of £1.16m.

It is, however, highly unlikely that Di Maria would have to serve time in prison. Sentences of under two years are suspended in Spain, if the person in question has no criminal record.

After his spell at the Santiago Bernabeu, the Argentina international signed for Manchester United in a £59.7m move, but he joined PSG after a frustrating season at Old Trafford.

Real superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and their former manager, Jose Mourinho, have also recently been investigated by Spanish tax authorities regarding fraud allegations.