Football rumours from the media

Darmian, Navas and Fernandes make headlines on Friday.

By Press Association Published: 30 August 2019 - 9.03am

What the papers say

Matteo Darmian’s time at Old Trafford may be drawing to a close with Parma reportedly interested in bringing the defender back to his native Italy, according to the Daily Mail. The 29-year-old only started six games last season for the Red Devils and has not played since April and could be the latest departure from United after Ander Herrera, Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku have also left the side over the summer.

Real Madrid and Paris St Germain could be swapping their men between the sticks, according to the Sun. The Spanish giants are said to be prepared to allow Keylor Navas join the Ligue 1 outfit but would want to bring in Alphonse Areola in return.

Bruno Fernandes
Bruno Fernandes (Mike Egerton/PA)

Los Blancos are also said to have turned their interest to Bruno Fernandes after giving up hope of bringing in Paul Pogba from Manchester United, the Sun says. Fernandes, who has scored 32 goals in 69 appearances for Sporting, has been capped by Portugal 13 times.

Chris Smalling has been linked with a loan move to Roma after falling down the Manchester United pecking order after the signing of Harry Maguire, the Daily Mirror reports.

The on-off move of Neymar from Barcelona to Paris St Germain has taken a step closer with the two clubs agreeing a fee, reports the Daily Mirror.

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Paul Pogba: The Manchester United midfielder wants to join Real Madrid as soon as possible and will not renew his contract at Old Trafford, reports Marca.

Christian Eriksen: The Tottenham man will join Paris St Germain if the French side lose Neymar to Barcelona, according to Le Parisien.

Jan Vertonghen: Bayer Leverkusen are keen on bringing in the Tottenham man before the European transfer deadline, writes Kicker.