The summer transfer window is approaching and there’s a lot of gossip swirling about who’s going where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, whereabouts and, of course, deals!
TOP STORY: Barcelona aim to land Lacazette on a free transfer
Barcelona have already had the joy of bringing in a striker on a free transfer from Arsenal, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyangbut Sport say they are targeting another.
Alexandre Lacazette30, has a contract that expires at the end of the season and looks set to spend this summer with former club Lyon interested in bringing him back to France.
However, Aubameyang’s success since joining Camp Nou in February could persuade Lacazette to join his friend again.
Lacazette has scored six goals in 29 games this season, along with eight assists, but has struggled to make an impact in games at the Emirates and manager Mikel Arteta is ready to let him go.
Barca are looking for a new striker and have Erling Haaland, Robert Lewandowski and Mohammad Salah on their radar, but all three would demand big salaries and transfer fees, so Lacazette could be a cheaper option for the financially-struggling club.
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11.18 BST: Borussia Dortmund right-back Thomas Miller revealed that a January move to Barcelona fell through because the German club were unwilling to let him go mid-season.
Barca were on the hunt for full-backs, with Ajax left-back Nicholas Tagliafico also targeted, but couldn’t get anything other than the 38-year-old back Dani Alves on a free transfer.
“When Dortmund told me Barca were interested, it looked fantastic,” Belgian international Meunier told HLN. “However, they immediately said ‘Sorry, you can’t go.’
“Opportunities like these only come once and you can’t say no. It wasn’t easy, but I understood, there was only about a week left before the end of the transfer window. “
Meunier says he even spoke with Barca sporting adviser Jordi Cruyff: “They wanted to loan me out with a mandatory option to buy or even buy me outright. Dortmund are a big club, but Barca are something else.”
The arrival of Meunier would have raised new questions about the future of Sergino Destsources telling ESPN in January that Barca are ready to let the USA international go.
Dest, 21, has since impressed Barca’s recent return to form, helping them climb to third in La Liga and reach the Europa League quarter-finals, and could still have a future at the club beyond. this summer.
10:31 a.m. BST: Brazilian club Flamengo run the risk of missing out on a permanent deal for the Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira negotiations are still not finalized, sources told ESPN.
Flamengo have agreed a fee of around £10m, including a clause for a percentage of any future moves for the 26-year-old midfielder, who has also agreed to a lower wage than he receives at Old Trafford .
But with Flamengo unable to complete the deal yet due to uncertainty surrounding their finances, clubs in Spain, the Netherlands and England are in circles.
09:36 BST: Barcelona president Joan Laporta says he will sit down with Ousmane Dembelethe agent to reopen negotiations on a contract extension.
Laporta has effectively ruled out handing Dembele a new contract in January, with his current terms until the summer, after the French striker rejected the club’s initial proposal.
Barca threatened Dembele with spending the rest of the season in the stands, but Xavi Hernandez opted to put him back on the sidelines and he repaid his coach with a series of impressive performances.
“He’s out of contract this summer and we have to sit down and talk,” Laporta told TVE on Friday. “I know he’s comfortable at Barcelona, we’ll see what happens.”
Laporta has regularly reversed his position on Dembele’s future. In the past, he’s gone from saying he’s “better than Kylian Mbappe“to try to force him to sign with an English club in January.
Meanwhile, Laporta has once again reiterated his stance that the club will not break the bank to sign the forward from Borussia Dortmund. Erling Haland.
Since returning to the presidency, Laporta has been forced to drastically cut payrolls, overseeing the departures of big earners such as Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho.
“We’re not going to sign anyone who changes the salary system that we currently have in place,” Laporta said of Haaland.
Barca are one of the clubs keen on the Norway international, with Manchester City and Real Madrid also among the favorites to sign him this summer.
09:00 BST: Manchester City optimistic they can see competition from Real Madrid to sign striker Erling Haaland this summer, sources told ESPN’s Rob Dawson.
City are on the hunt for a striker and are confident they can put together a financial package to cover the €75m release clause in Haaland’s contract with Borussia Dortmund (which comes into effect this year). ), the Norwegian’s salaries and other associated costs, including payments to agents.
Sources say the departures of Angelino, Ferran Torres and Jack Harrison (for a combined fee of around €85m) have left City in a strong financial position ahead of the summer window.
They also believe the lure of working with Pep Guardiola and a track record of success which has seen the club win three of the last four Premier League titles may convince Haaland to take the next step in his career at the Etihad Stadium.
Gab Marcotti and Stewart Robson wonder if Barcelona should focus on extending Ousmane Dembele’s contract.
PAPER GOSSIP (by Adam Brown)
– Internazionale are set to start talks with Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudigeraccording to Ekrem Konour. The 29-year-old is yet to agree new terms at Stamford Bridge as the last few months go by on a contract which expires at the end of this season, and the Germany international does not appear to have decided on his next move. destination, despite the reported interest. Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. Inter potentially parting ways Stefan De Vrijit appears the Italian club have identified the Premier League star as a long-term replacement.
– Barcelona will be watching closely Jules Kounde when they meet Sevilla in La Liga on Sunday (LIVE stream on ESPN+), writes Sports. However, while the interest is believed to be real, Barca may have to offload players to secure the 23-year-old, with Sevilla looking for €70m. The 23-year-old defender is also on Chelsea’s radar.
– Borussia Dortmund suspended contract negotiations with Dan-Axel Zagadou, according to Sport1. Injuries have limited the defender to just five Bundesliga starts this season, and the BVB hierarchy are reluctant to offer new terms to the 22-year-old, who joined the club from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017.
– Carlo Ancelotti is pushing for Real Madrid to sign Fabien Ruiz, reports Calciomercato. Although Napoli are open to extending the 25-year-old midfielder’s tenure, he has declared his desire to return to Spain. There are only a few months left before he enters the final year of his contract which could force the Serie A side’s hand.
– Manchester City beat Barcelona and Arsenal to secure the signing of a talented youngster Henry Oware, reveals the Daily Mail. The 18-year-old defender joins West Africa Football Academy from the Ghanaian side in a deal worth £800,000; Pep Guardiola has already planned to loan him to Troyes.
– Milan have identified the Porto striker Mehdi Taremi as a potential successor to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Calciomercato report. The 29-year-old has scored 18 times in 39 games for the La Liga NOS side this season and is valued at around €20m. Divock Origi is an alternative if no deal can be found for the Iran international.