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Ligue 1: PSG Close In On Leonardo Bonucci

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SOLBIATE ARNO, ITALY - JULY 09: Leonardo Bonucci of AC Milan trains during the AC Milan training session at the club's training ground Milanello on July 9, 2018 in Solbiate Arno, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

Thomas Tuchel’s Paris Saint-Germain are close to landing another massive signing after bringing in Gianluigi Buffon on a one-year deal with an option to extend for a second. Leonardo Bonucci is leaving Serie A side AC Milan for greener pastures in the City of Light and his agent already has met with the brains trust in Paris to get this deal over the line.

The incoming triggerman from Italy means that a decision will need to be made between Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, specifically who will be sold off and who will stay. The logical decision, from this author’s perspective, is to sell Neymar off to Real Madrid and keep Mbappe as a player that Paris can focus its long-term goals on.

With Cristiano Ronaldo sold off to Juventus, Real Madrid owner Florentino Perez now has the money to get the deal done, especially with pressure mounting from the public and a sort of falling out between Neymar and PSG’s supporters who feel that his showmanship has well worn out its welcome. Eden Hazard is seen as another replacement but it would be a huge step down for the defending European and world champions.

The watchdogs around the world monitoring both sides are not going to be pleased with any tapping-up allegations and so both sides have been forced to keep their mouths shut and deny any collusion that would get them in trouble by the forces that be at UEFA. As for Mbappe, he has been given a mandated three weeks to rest recover from their World Cup adventures and will not be available for selection in the 2018 International Champions Cup but could be available for the Trophee des Champions test match against AS Monaco.

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The Paris Saint-Germain squad that will be in action include Thiago Silva, Edinson Cavani, Marco Verrati, Angel Di Maria and Dani Alves. Interestingly, due to the situation between PSG and Real Madrid, Neymar Jr. has been omitted from the lineup. Due to not seeing any action for France in Russia, Alphonse Areola and Presnel Kimpembe, who were both called up to France men’s national team, are available.

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Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola, Kevin Trapp, Rémy Descamps

Defenders: Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, Thomas Meunier, Marquinhos, Layvin Kurzawa, Presnel Kimpembe, Yuri Berchiche

Midfielders: Marco Verratti, Thiago Motta, Javier Pastore, Christopher Nkunku, Blaise Matuidi, Lucas, Giovani Lo Celso, Lorenzo Callegari, Adrien Rabiot

Forwards: Ángel Di María, Edinson Cavani, Jesé, Gonçalo Guedes, Odsonne Edouard, Antoine Bernede

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