Rumour Has It: Real Madrid leads Barcelona in race for Neymar

We round up the front and back pages across Europe, as Monday sees the transfer rumour mill crank into gear once again.

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Real Madrid leads the race to sign Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar, while Barcelona is optimistic.

Neymar, 27, is set to leave Ligue 1 champion PSG before the transfer window closes on September 2, with either Barca or Madrid his likely destination.

It remains to be seen just where the Brazil forward ends up, but Madrid has apparently moved ahead of its rival in the race.

TOP STORY – REAL MADRID LEAD BARCELONA IN RACE FOR NEYMAR

Contacts intensified between the parties involved in getting Neymar from PSG to Real Madrid, according to AS.

However, the cover of Sport says Barcelona is "optimistic" about signing the star it sold to PSG for €222million two years ago.

It also reports that PSG is making constant calls to the LaLiga champion as it tries to find an agreement.

ROUND-UP

- Napoli appears to be growing tired of waiting for Mauro Icardi, who is unwanted at Inter. According to Corriere dello Sport, Napoli want an answer from the forward regarding a potential switch by Saturday.

- One more time? Real Madrid is set to make a final push to sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United, according to The Times, which says the Premier League club is expected to reject any offers for the France international.

Read: 'Pogba is staying at Manchester Utd'

- A player set for an exit from Old Trafford is Alexis Sanchez and more details are emerging about his move from Manchester United to Inter. Fabrizio Romano reports Inter are in talks with United to sign Sanchez on a season-long loan with an option to buy for €15m (£13.7m), with United to pay part of the Chilean's wages.

- Could Emre Can leave Juventus after just one season in Turin? Bayern Munich and PSG are interested in the former Liverpool star, according to Tuttosport, with the Serie A champion set to let a midfielder leave after the arrivals of Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot. PSG is also set to meet with Paulo Dybala's representatives on Tuesday, reports in Italy say.

- Amid fresh rumours PSG is chasing Gianluigi Donnarumma, the goalkeeper has reiterated his desire to stay at AC Milan, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

- Daniel Sturridge could be close to making a decision on his future. The Daily Express reports the former Liverpool forward is in talks with Turkish side Trabzonspor, while Ligue 1 outfit Monaco could also make Sturridge an offer if Radamel Falcao departs.