Transfer round-up August 2: Xavi confirms Ousmane Dembele's intention to join PSG, Real Sociedad sign Andre Silva

During the exciting 2023 summer transfer window, football fans around the globe are experiencing a mix of emotions as clubs reveal surprising and captivating news.

Andre Silva with Real Sociedad; Credit: Twitter@RealSociedadEN
By Animesh | Aug 2, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

During the exciting 2023 summer transfer window, football fans around the globe are experiencing a mix of emotions as clubs reveal surprising and captivating news. The unexpected update involves a notable departure or arrival of a player, adding to the emotions during this eventful period. Amongst all the latest news, one announcement has stood out as a remarkable highlight, capturing the attention of the entire football community. Paris Saint-Germain has reportedly secured Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona for €50 million. Dembele, who agreed on a private contract with PSG until 2028, will join after Barcelona’s pre-season friendly against AC Milan. This development disappointed Barcelona’s coach, Xavi, who tried persuading Dembele to stay. Now, Barcelona is seeking a replacement, with Vitor Roque being a potential option.

Inter Milan signed Romelu Lukaku and Juventus FC acquired Dusan Vlahovic to strengthen their attacking prowess. However, both players now desire to leave, leading to potential transfers. Chelsea is reportedly willing to sell Lukaku for €40 million, and Juventus is interested, but they must part ways with Vlahovic first. A swap deal involving Lukaku and Vlahovic is being explored by Chelsea and Juventus, with PSG also showing interest. Manchester City is reportedly eyeing Rennes player Jeremy Doku as a replacement for Riyad Mahrez, who recently moved to Al-Ahli. Doku’s impressive track record has caught the attention of Pep Guardiola’s team, alongside Crystal Palace’s Michael Olise.

Read more- Transfer round-up August 1: PSG set to sign Ousmane Dembele on private clause, Chelsea negotiating Lukaku-Vlahovic swap deal

Xavi confirms Ousmane Dembele’s intention to join PSG

Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez confirmed Ousmane Dembele’s imminent departure to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) after receiving an offer. Dembele, 26, remained on the bench during Barcelona’s 1-0 win over AC Milan in Las Vegas, marking the end of their North American pre-season tour. PSG failed to trigger his release clause but negotiations continue. Dembele agreed to personal terms with PSG, who will pay the reported 50 million euro La Liga release clause due to a private contract clause. He informed Barcelona of his decision to leave, despite their efforts to keep him content. The French winger has one year left on his contract with Barcelona.

Real Sociedad sign Andre Silva

Real Sociedad has signed Andre Silva on a season-long loan from RB Leipzig with an option to buy for €15 million, as per reports. Currently injured, he will miss the start of La Liga but aims to establish himself as the first-choice striker once fit. Silva had a remarkable stint at Eintracht Frankfurt, but struggled at Leipzig. He will compete with Umar Sadiq and Carlos Fernandez for the striker position. Sociedad missed out on Alexander Sorloth, who joined Villarreal permanently after a loan spell. Despite a disappointing previous spell with Sevilla in 2018, Silva has since developed his game, making his return to La Liga an interesting prospect.

Sadio Mane joins Al-Nassr

Sadio Mane has joined Saudi club Al Nassr from Bayern Munich in a high-profile transfer. The Senegalese striker will team up with Cristiano Ronaldo at the cash-rich Saudi league. The deal is reportedly valued at 50 million euros, with Mane set to earn an annual salary of 40 million euros plus 10 million in bonuses. Mane’s time at Bayern was affected by injuries and a physical altercation with a teammate. Al Nassr has been active in the transfer market, also signing Marcelo Brozovic, Alex Telles, and Seko Fofana. Mane, who won the Champions League and Premier League with Liverpool, aims to make an impact in the Saudi league and bolster Al Nassr’s squad.

More football news:

Transfer round-up August 1: PSG set to sign Ousmane Dembele on private clause, Chelsea negotiating Lukaku-Vlahovic swap deal

Transfer round-up July 31: Ousmane Dembele set to accept PSG’s proposal, Liverpool expected to make second bid for Romeo Lavia soon

Transfer round-up July 30: Bayern Munich out of David Raya race, Al Hilal eyeing Victor Osimhen

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