Paris Saint-Germain are open to the idea of a loan deal for Neymar, with a subsequent obligation to buy, as the Brazilian continues to seek a way out of Parc des Princes.Neymar has been at the centre of one of the transfer window’s longest-running sagas after he failed to return for pre-season training with the club and indicated a desire to leave.Having been signed for a world-record fee of €222 million (£200m/$263m) two years ago, the Selecao star has helped the club to domestic glory but limited European success. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Suitors including former side Barcelona, along with La Liga heavyweights Real Madrid and Serie A champions Juventus, have looked to prise Neymar away from the French capital, but have found themselves stumbling over a hefty asking price as PSG look to recoup their costs.The Parisian outfit have also rebuffed any prospective cash-plus-players deal, refusing to swap Neymar for a financial sum along with opposition players.Now however, with the European transfer deadline looming and the prospect of an expensive player refusing to take to the field for the first half of the season, sporting director Leonardo Arajuo and coach Thomas Tuchel are expected to hold sit-down talks with the player over his future.PSG are receptive to the idea of loaning the 27-year-old out with a subsequent obligation to buy, which would carry a price tag roughly in the region of €220m (£201m/$244m) to €250m (£228m/$277m).Barca are widely considered to be the frontrunners to capture Neymar if he does depart Parc des Princes, with Ernesto Valverde’s side keen to bring their former player back to Camp Nou for a reunion with Lionel Messi.However, Madrid’s pursuit suggests that Los Blancos see the forward as key to dethroning their rivals’ stranglehold on the Liga title, while Juventus would be keen to pair him up with Cristiano Ronaldo in Turin.Since starting his career at Santos a decade ago, Neymar has won domestic crowns in three countries, gold at the Olympic Games and lifted both the Champions League and Club World Cup, though an ankle injury kept him out of Brazil’s Copa America success earlier this year.
Gareth Bale spared Real Madrid’s blushes as the winger ended a six-month goal drought to score twice and rescue a 2-2 draw at Villarreal on Sunday, only to then be sent off.The Yellow Submarine had seemingly sealed the three points when Moi Gomez netted 16 minutes from time, but Bale – who looked destined for the exit not long ago – doubled his tally for the day late on to prevent a first LaLiga defeat of the season.In a dramatic finale, he spoiled an otherwise fine individual outing by picking up two late bookings. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Villarreal’s dynamism on the front foot caused their visitors real issues, as evidenced by Gerard Moreno’s early goal, but Madrid showed flashes of excellence themselves and levelled just before the break through Bale after a sumptuous move.Zinedine Zidane’s men appeared to be hit by a sucker-punch towards the end when Gomez tapped in, but Bale’s undeniable quality told in the 86th minute with his equaliser, before the Wales star received his marching orders in stoppage time for a second bookable offence in two minutes.Bale rescues a point for @realmadriden at the Estadio de la Ceramica! #VillarrealRealMadrid 2-2 pic.twitter.com/lrxayebPWb— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) September 1, 2019Madrid were guilty of a stunted start and Villarreal made them pay 12 minutes in – Moreno robbing Sergio Ramos, feeding Samuel Chukwueze for a shot, and then the Spanish striker slammed home on the rebound.The away side responded well and finished the half on top, seeing Karim Benzema cut in from the left and rifle a low drive against the post from 20 yards.They levelled stylishly in stoppage time, as Luka Jovic’s brilliant flicked pass released Dani Carvajal into the right side of the box and he squared to Bale for a simple tap-in.Villarreal looked to have got the win when substitute Javi Ontiveros played a clever ball across the face of goal and Gomez nudged over the line.But Bale struck four minutes from time, drilling into the bottom-right corner from just inside the box to seal a draw.There was still time for him to pick up two yellow cards in stoppage time, however, the second for catching Xavier Quintilla late.What does it mean? Bale his own worst enemy this timeBale has had a miserable time of it in recent months at Madrid and some might even have a point when they say his treatment has been harsh and unwarranted.There is no doubt Bale proved a point on Sunday, with the winger proving decisive twice and ultimately sparing Madrid from defeat, but he was also his own worst enemy with the sending-off. Both challenges were needless and signs of petulance. FT: @Eng_Villarreal 2-2 @realmadrid Gerard 12′, Moi Gomez 74′; @GarethBale11 45’+1′, 86’#Emirates | #RMLiga pic.twitter.com/f3S329f0m0— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) September 1, 2019Moreno runs Madrid raggedVillarreal striker Moreno looked in the mood. The former Espanyol talent’s pace, movement and ability on the ball kept Madrid’s defence guessing all game and he got a deserved goal.Ramos fails to lead by exampleIt was a day to forget for Real captain Ramos. He was culpable for Villarreal’s first goal and then failed to cut the ball out for the second. Luckily for him, Bale was there to at least seal a point.What’s next?After the international break, Real Madrid host Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu on September 14. Villarreal go to Leganes the same day. read more
Mauricio Pochettino has been warned off a Manchester United job that Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho could not do, with Harry Redknapp expecting the Tottenham head coach to hold out for Real Madrid.An Argentine tactician in north London continues to see his future called into question.A slow start to the 2019-20 campaign by Spurs has seen it suggested that Pochettino is losing interest in his current post and may be open to offers if long-standing suitors decide to make a move. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Redknapp is not expecting change to happen any time soon, regardless of what others might think, with there little reason for a top job to be vacated.The former Tottenham boss concedes that Madrid may appeal at some stage, but a man with vast Premier League experience to his name feels it would be “silly” for Pochettino to consider taking on a poisoned chalice at Old Trafford.Redknapp told The Mirror: “Listen, he’s the manager of a London club, a great place to live, I’m sure he’s earning an absolute fortune, they have a great training ground, they have a great stadium, and he has great players”Where does he go better than Tottenham? Liverpool don’t want him, they’ve got Jurgen Klopp. Pep [Guardiola] is at Manchester City, they don’t want him.”Where is he going to go with a better team than what Tottenham have got? There isn’t one around, with a better stadium, better training ground and in England.”OK, if Real Madrid comes up and he may fancy going to Spain, obviously being from Argentina. The language wouldn’t be a problem and living in Madrid would be very nice. Managing a club like Real Madrid, if that came up I’m sure it would be a difficult one for him to turn down.”But other than that, I don’t see where he goes. Manchester United? Maybe but Pochettino is not silly, he knows he’s got a massive rebuilding job there.”Manchester United gave it to David Moyes who did wonderful at Everton. Then they gave it to Louis van Gaal who is one of the world’s great managers. Then they gave it to Jose Mourinho who has won everything there is to win. They couldn’t turn it around.”Now Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] is struggling with it. Poch is not silly. He knows there is a long-term rebuilding process and that could take years.”Pochettino will be back in the Spurs dugout on Saturday when his side return to action after the international break with a home date against Watford.
MONTREAL — Management at Montreal’s La Presse news group informed unionized employees Thursday that efforts to cut costs will lead to the elimination of 37 jobs through voluntary buyouts. The media outlet has 230 journalists in its newsroom and a total of 550 employees. La Presse, formerly owned by a subsidiary of Power Corporation of Canada, officially adopted a not-for-profit structure last July. At the time, Power Corp. agreed to grant $50 million to the new venture. Torstar hires publisher, chief editor of Swedish daily to lead editorial strategyMontreal’s La Presse announces it’s officially a not-for-profit publicationTorstar cutting 11 full-time, 10 part-time staff at StarMetro in Toronto as it shifts production to Hamilton Last May, La Presse president Pierre-Elliott Levasseur said the business model conceived in 2010 did not conform to today’s media reality, in which Facebook and Google have eaten heavily into advertising revenue. Traditional media in the country are grappling with the loss of revenue, resulting in mass layoffs, publication closures and a shift to fewer print editions and more online publications. The 130-year-old La Presse ended its print edition in 2017 and publishes only on its website and tablet edition. Negotiations with the union for a new collective agreement are ongoing. —— A subsidiary of La Presse holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with the Toronto Star and a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail.