Euro Papers: Everton target PSG's Edinson Cavani

But it seems not everyone at PSG was happy about Neymar joining the club. That might be a problem for them as the Champions League adds fatigue to these players.

The Group B game is on Wednesday September 27 at PSG's Parc des Princes stadium, with kick-off at 7.45pm. "I will be grateful for the rest of my life for the chance he has given me", the Italian global, nicknamed the "Little Owl", said at the time.

Reports of discontent in the PSG dressing room have emerged after Neymar, a world-record €222 million signing from Barcelona in August, argued with established centre-forward Cavani over who should take a spot-kick in the 2-0 victory at home to Lyon in Ligue 1.

"We need to send out a signal to ourselves", said PSG midfielder Marco Verratti on Tuesday when asked of the significance of the game, the first meeting of the sides in 17 years.

"There will be 20 players training later and if everything goes well, there will still be 20 tomorrow", Emery said.

PSG, and more specifically their vainglorious owners, deserve every bit of grief this sorry, childish palaver generates for them. "I want to do things as Joshua Kimmich".

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The game will also mark the return to Paris of Carlo Ancelotti, who coached PSG between 2011 and 2013, winning the French league title before he left.

The bonus is believed to be a clause in Cavani's contract which gives him a financial boost if he finishes the season as Ligue 1's top goalscorer, but the Uruguayan declined the offer.

The Pole also has one Champions League goal to his name as well in 2017/18.

The Edinson Cavani-Neymar soap opera appears to have taken another twist.

Murmurings in the French press this morning suggest that - shock horror - several PSG players aren't overly enamoured with Neymar and that the pedestal he's been thrust upon by the club's owners has caused an "atmosphere of tension" among the squad. "He offers versatility. He can help us by starting or by coming on".

  • Tabitha Byrd