08:30 11 Aug 2019
Dutch Eredivisie club PSV Eindhoven have been linked with a move for French free agent Franck Ribery.
The former Bayern Munich winger was on the verge of signing a deal with Saudi Arabian club Al Nasr, but according to a new report by Bild the deal has fallen through.
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The Saudis were offering the 26-year-old Ribery a two-year contract for €5 million net per year, but were unwilling guarantee the entire sum in advance. Hence Ribery ultimately refused to sign.
Now Mark van Bommel, Ribery’s former teammate at Bayern Munich, would like to sign the winger for PSV Eindhoven, but it is unclear whether the Dutch team can afford such a move.
PSV finished second behind AFC Ajax in the Eredivisie last season and will play in the UEFA Europa League this season after failing to advance in the UEFA Champions League preliminaries against FC Basel.
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Ribéry reportedly also has received inquiries from the Premier League, including Arsenal, Manchester United, and Aston Villa. He has declined offers from the Bundesliga so as not to have to play against Bayern, a team he represented from 2007 to 2019.
Any move from PSV for Ribery may depend on whether they sell Mexican winger Hirving Lozano, who has been the subject of major speculation through the European summer but remains on Eindhoven’s books.
However, Calciomercato reports this weekend that Italian giants Napoli are ready to try and push through a deal for the exciting attacker. Lozano’s release clause stands at €42million, a sum the Serie A club may look to pay up front in cash.