Barcelona target Philippe Coutinho

Fresh from selling Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for his £200m release clause, Barcelona want to bring Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho to the Nou Camp. Barca want the 25-year-old Brazil international to replace Neymar in attack, to partner Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. Barcelona will use the majority of the remaining cash to bring in Premier League target Ousmane Dembele for £70m from Borussia Dortmund.

Tottenham Hotspur's English midfielder Dele Alli celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane in London, on April 30, 2017

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Paper Round's view: Barcelona need to act quickly to replace Neymar, and only Coutinho is close to the kind of player who would fit into their system and be a big enough name to please Barcelona's fans. The other options are Antoine Griezmann, who is not yet available, and Kylian Mbappe, who may be better suited to a more direct approach.
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Barcelona consider Alli swoop

Barcelona are also considering a move for Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli. No fee is mentioned by the Express, but they believe that the Catalan club might be interested in the 21-year-old England international after tracking him for a year. Tottenham Hotspur have Alli well down the list on their top earners, so could prove it difficult to hold onto him, despite their wishes to prove they are no longer a selling club.
Paper Round's view: Alli is one of the few English players who could probably make a successful move to Spain. He has the inventiveness and technical ability to slot into a club with talents like Suarez and Messi. Barcelona would be taking a brave decision, though, to risk what would be a £100m+ transfer fee to take an English player abroad - nobody since David Beckham has made a success of player on the continent.
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Four way battle for Thomas Lemar

Arsenal had been in the front seat for £50m-rated Thomas Lemar, Monaco's forward. However, the 21-year-old France international was also wanted by Liverpool and Manchester City, who have yet to seriously reinforce their attacks in this transfer window. However, there's a problem, with Barcelona again being mentioned in the press as a potential buyer of Lemar now that they are trying to fill a Neymar-shaped void.

Monaco's French midfielder Monaco's French midfielder Thomas Lemar

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Paper Round's view: Lemar is part of a successful and promising Monaco team. At just 21, it makes little sense (except for a wage increase) to move to either Arsenal or Liverpool, given their usual struggles in the Premier League. Manchester City and Barcelona offer the chance to work with Pep Guardiola and Lionel Messi respectively, and would probably give Lemar a better chance of staying in the French squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
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Gatlin win an insult to Bolt

The Mail on Sunday argues that it was a night of shame for athletics as drugs cheat Justin Gatlin beat out retiring Usain Bolt on Saturday night for the 100m World Athletics Championships 100m gold. Noting the silence, then the boos, from the London crowd as they realised that Gatlin was victorious. The column also notes that Mo Farah has been "paranoid" in the face of questions over his own actions.
Paper Round's view: Athletics is undeniably tainted by its refusal to properly deal with the doping in the sport. The Russian federation have been banned for their state-sponsored doping system, but athletes like Gatlin are allowed to return despite being banned twice for transgressing. It is interesting to note that Farah is mentioned as someone with questions to answer, when the English crowd unambiguously supported him in stark contrast to their reaction to Gatlin.
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