RUMOURS: Leicester City in £6.25m bid for Poland star Kapustka

The 19-year-old starred for his country at Euro 2016 but the Premier League champions face a fight to sign the midfielder amid competition from Everton and Southampton


Leicester City have launched a £6.25 million bid for Poland midfielder Bartosz Kapustka, according to the Daily Mail.

The report claims that the Premier League champions are keep to seal a deal this week, but they face competition from Everton and Southampton for the 19-year-old, who plays for Cracovia.

The midfielder made his debut for Poland’s senior national side last year and was one of their stars at Euro 2016 earlier this summer.



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Marseille sign Batshuayi's brother Leya Iseka

The 18-year-old followed in the footsteps of his brother by going from the Belgian top flight to Ligue 1, making a loan move from Anderlecht

Marseille have secured the services of Aaron Leya Iseka from Anderlecht on a one-year loan deal.

The Ligue 1 side were keen to sign a new attacker following the departure of Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea and they have opted for the Belgium international’s younger brother.

Leya Iseka, 18, came through the Anderlecht youth academy and made his first-team debut for the Brussels-based side in December 2014.

A serious knee injury halted his progress last term, though, and he will now be looking to take the next step in his career at Stade Velodrome.

[Vidéo] Aaron Leya Iseka est Olympien #MercatOM #Interview
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— Olympique Marseille (@OM_Officiel) July 23, 2016


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“I have chosen to join Marseille because it is a great club,” Leya Iseka told the team’s website.

“I have a lot of ambition. It is a dream for me to join OM and I want to make the most of it. “

Tres fier de rejoindre l’OM cette annee et de suivre les traces de mon frere j’espère vous faire honneur #TeamOM pic.twitter.com/GaldzvA0G7

— Aaron Leya Iseka (@IsekaLeya) July 23, 2016

Meanwhile, Marseille have appointed Gunter Jacob as their new sporting director.

The team’s former striker Eric Cantona had been tipped by some for the position, but Marseille have gone for the Belgian instead.

Jacob previously worked as sporting director at Genk, resigning in January 2015.

Pogba not worth £100m, says Scholes

The ex-Manchester United star believes only players like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are worthy of such a gigantic price-tag, insisting the midfielder is not at that level

Paul Scholes believes Manchester United will be paying over the odds if they sign Paul Pogba from Juventus for a world-record transfer fee.

Goal understands the 23-year-old is now close to joining United for €110m (£92m) from Juventus, who he joined on a free transfer in 2012.

Scholes is a fan of Pogba’s abilities but feels such a hefty price tag would suggest he is at the same level as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and he does not believe the France international can be considered as good as the Barcelona and Real Madrid stars just yet.

“He was a very talented player,” Scholes told reporters when discussing Pogba’s fledgling United days. “I played with him quite a lot. 

“If you ask me, at that time his agent was asking for a lot of money for a player who did not play first-team football except once or twice. 

“Okay, he has gone on to great things and there was a massive improvement in him. I just don’t think he is a player worth £100m-plus right now. 

“For that money, you would need a player who scores 50-plus goals a season, like Ronaldo or Messi. Pogba is not there yet.”

Jose Mourinho has added Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to his attacking options for the forthcoming season and Scholes feels both men will have points to prove.

“I haven’t seen much of Mkhitaryan but he seems to be a good player,” he said.

“With Ibrahimovic, he was playing at PSG and there were a lot of chances created and it was easy to score in that league. 


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“Is the United team as good as the PSG team? Not yet, maybe it will be. So in this league he will have to do a lot himself to score goals.”

Nevertheless, Scholes suggested rivals Manchester City might have snared the most impressive buy between the clubs so far this close season by persuading Ilkay Gundogan – the Germany international midfielder who is still recuperating from a knee injury – to join from Borussia Dortmund.

“He is a very good player if he can stay fit,” he added. “I have seen a lot of him with Dortmund. He has had a lot of injury problems but he can be fantastic if he can be fit. 

“[Buying Gundogan] for about €20m – that’s a steal, these days.”

Mahrez's agent was NOT at Arsenal game to discuss €50m transfer

The PFA Player of the Year is a reported target for Arsene Wenger but speculation a deal has been reached is wide of the mark, with the Algerian set to face Celtic on Saturday


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Riyad Mahrez’s agent did not meet Arsene Wenger in Lens ahead of a €50 million (£41.8m) transfer, Goal understands.

Mahrez has been heavily linked with a move away from Leicester City this summer after a title-winning season in which himself, Jamie Vardy and Chelsea new-boy N’Golo Kante played a significant part.

While a concrete offer from Arsenal was not enough to persuade Vardy to leave the King Power Stadium earlier in the summer, Mahrez has been touted as the missing piece in the Gunners’ front three alongside Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.

According to a report on Saturday, the 25-year-old’s agent met with Gunners boss Wenger before Lens’ 1-1 draw with Arsenal to discuss a potential transfer.

However, Goal understands that the representative of the PFA Player of the Year attended the pre-season friendly at Stade Bollaert-Delelis to watch his client Jean-Ricner Bellegarde, 18, in action against Arsenal.

Leicester boss Claudio Raineri had told Sky Sports earlier in the week: “It’s over, the market is over here, Mahrez wants to stay.”

Mahrez will be involved in the Foxes’ friendly match at Celtic on Saturday afternoon.

Janssen: Ajax and PSV were never going to pay as much as Tottenham

The Netherlands international feels the Eredivisie clubs never stood a chance in the race to sign him following AZ’s desire to get at least €20 million for him

New Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen has made it clear that a transfer to Ajax or PSV was never a realistic option due to AZ’s hefty asking price.

Tottenham paid in excess of €2million to secure the services of the Netherlands international and Janssen feels neither of the Eredivisie giants would have been willing to pay such a transfer fee.

“PSV and Ajax were never going to pay €20million,” the 22-year-old told De Volkskrant. “AZ made a move to one of those clubs impossible.

“Plus Ajax and PSV never made a formal approach.”

Janssen publicly voiced his dismay with AZ’s reluctance to sell after they turned down Tottenham’s initial bid, but he does not blame his former team for their stance during negotiations.

“Sometimes you have to stand up for yourself,” Janssen added.

“AZ refused to name an asking price and that annoyed me. They explained afterward that it was all part of the game, but I had to look after my own interests.

“AZ wanted to get as much money as possible out of the deal. But you can only say they did a good job there. There is no bad blood between us whatsoever. I owe a lot to AZ.”

The prolific attacker faces stiff competition from Harry Kane for the striker position at Tottenham, but he is confident he will get plenty of game time.

“Spurs will be playing about 60 games in 2016-17 in the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup,” Janssen stressed.

“That’s why they were so keen to bring in an extra striker. There will be plenty of games. And I think I could play alongside Kane as well.”

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