Barcelona desperate to sell Dembele to avoid free move to Juventus


The January transfer window might seem like a distant memory, but that doesn’t mean the rumour mill has shut down! Speculation over summer moves is heating up, so check out the latest gossip below, and see all official deals here.

TOP STORY: Barcelona desperate to sell Dembele

Barcelona will look to sell Ousmane Dembele this summer for around €50 million if he doesn’t extend his contract at Camp Nou beyond 2022, according to Diario Sport.

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The report claims Barca offered Dembele a new deal two weeks but have still not received a response from his camp and fear he could leave for nothing next year.

Dembele, 23, was close to joining Manchester United last summer but Juventus are said to be leading the chase for the French forward this time, with negotiations supposedly already underway over a free transfer in 2022.

Therefore, Barca feel they could be forced to sell the former Borussia Dortmund player, who cost them an initial €105m in 2017, and will encourage offers between €50m and €60m. Dembele’s time with Barca to date has been hampered by fitness issues but he’s remained relatively injury-free this season and has scored 10 goals in 38 appearances for Ronald Koeman’s side.

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21.02 BST: Corriere dello Sport newspaper reports that Inter Milan are lining up a move for Ajax star Nicolas Tagliafico to replace Ashley Young.

Young, the former Manchester United full-back, is widely expected to leave the club this summer, with multiple outlets in Italy reporting he will not choose to extend his stay at the San Siro. And when he doesn’t, Corriere writes that the 28-year-old Tagliafico — who has also been linked to Atletico Madrid, Leeds and Manchester City — will be the first call Inter make, with Ajax wanting in the region of €15 million for his contract.

19.45 BST: The Mail reports Brighton are optimistic about keeping hold of midfielder Yves Bissouma despite interest from Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool.

The article says that Brighton boss Graham Potter is thrilled to have a talent like Bissouma in his squad. And although the club could recoup as much as £40 million should they sell his contract, he’s hopeful the prospect of gaining Premier League experience at American Express Community Stadium will trump a quick payday.

18.25 BST: Pablo Zabaleta says in The Times he could try to recruit exiting Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero to West Ham if the Hammers qualify for next season’s Champions League.

The retired defender has been encouraged watching West Ham’s rise this season and has backed them to finish in the top four. And Zabaleta, who spent six years at City with fellow Argentine Aguero, said he reached out to the City ace who is set to leave the club this summer.

“Sergio was very emotional,” Zabaleta said, “and I told him, ‘It is a sad day but you should feel very proud of what you did [at City].’ He has two years in him. Maybe if I speak to Sergio; maybe if West Ham get to the Champions League, the way they’re playing…”

Who knows?

17.30 BST: It looks like third-choice goalkeeper Lee Grant is on his way out of Manchester United at the end of the season, and he’s not happy about it! The Daily Mail reports that Grant thought he was going to be offered another 12-month deal, but that has now been rescinded.

Although he is 38, Grant has proved to be the perfect third choice goalkeeper and has only made two first-team appearances in almost three years.

16.41 BST: The Scottish Sun reports that Celtic could earn £5m from Patryk Klimala‘s move to New York Red Bulls. The Poland Under-21 international made the switch to Major League Soccer this week, after spending just 16 months at Parkhead.

Red Bulls sporting director Kevin Thelwell reckons he’s got a bargain.

“We’re delighted to complete this deal and welcome Patryk,” Thelwell said. “He is a talented young forward who has proven that he can score goals and create in a variety of ways. We believe he has the ability to impact games in MLS now, and the potential to grow and succeed in years to come.”

Klimala played 28 games for Celtic, scoring three goals.

15.55 BST: Barcelona will offer Ansu Fati a new contract in an attempt to tie him to the club until 2026, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Fati, 18, is out of contract in 2022 but there is an option to extend his deal by an additional two years. However, there are reportedly some discrepancies over whether the club can execute that extension unilaterally or not.

Therefore, to avoid any problems with the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, Barca are working on a completely new deal for the Spain international.

Barca plan to bump up the forward’s salary in accordance with his increased importance to the team in the hope that he will commit his long-term future to the club.

Fati has not played since November due to a knee injury and is unlikely to play again until next season now. In 10 appearances in the current campaign before getting injured, he scored five goals.

15.07 BST: Joe Willock was the hero for Newcastle at Liverpool on Saturday, scoring deep into stoppage time to earn a 1-1 draw. Magpies boss Steve Bruce is eager to sign the England Under-21 international permanently when his loan ends in the summer after scoring four goals in 10 appearances since moving from Arsenal in January. The Daily Telegraph reports that a fee of £20m should be enough to secure the midfielder, and the goals he’s scored to help keep Newcastle up would make that a bargain.

14.14 BST: Alessandro Florenzi will not be staying at Paris Saint-Germain next season, that’s according to L’Equipe. The report states that PSG and coach Mauricio Pochettino have not been convinced by the full-back’s defensive qualities, and he will return to AS Roma when his loan ends in the summer.

13.27 BST: Mundo Deportivo reports that there has been a breakthrough in talks for Manchester City‘s Eric Garcia to join Barcelona on a free transfer this summer.

Garcia, 20, is out of contract in June and has already told City of his plans to leave the club at the end of the season. Barca tried to sign Garcia last summer and agreed personal terms with him but were unable to match City’s valuation of the centre-back.

Sources told ESPN recently that new president Joan Laporta had adjusted the terms agreed with Garcia by the previous board, which did not go down especially well with the player’s camp. However, this latest report suggests the two parties have ironed out their differences and that a deal for Garcia to return to Barca, who he left for City in 2017, is back on track.

12.40 BST: Sheffield United have already been consigned to the Championship for next season, but it seems like Sander Berge could be staying the in the Premier League. Berge, a £22m signing from Genk in January 2020, is reportedly a target for both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

But Blades interim boss Paul Heckingbottom is expecting the player to stay at Bramall Lane and help the club’s attempt to win an instant return to the top flight.

“Sander hasn’t spoken about the future,” Heckingbottom said of the Norwegian midfielder. “But I’m expecting him [to stay], yes. He’s contracted to us, don’t forget that, and what a player he would be to help us get back.

“It might not be up to us, what happens, and it might not even be up to him. What I do know, having worked with him, is that he’s a really top player and a very driven one too. Don’t be confused by his nice smile and personality. He wants to be the very best player he can be.”

11.56 BST: Arsenal saw widespread protests against the running of the club before Friday night’s 1-0 home loss to Everton, with fans furious at the club’s involvement in the formation of the European Super League. And now The Sun reports that the club’s decision to pull out of the new competition could scupper any hopes of signing midfielder Martin Odegaard on a permanent transfer.

Real Madrid were the main protagonists of the Super League and are furious that Arsenal, along with the other five English clubs, backed out. The report says that Los Blancos may now refuse to entertain a deal with the Gunners for Norway international Odegaard.

11.07 BST: Gianluigi Donnarumma has still not signed a contract to extend his stay at AC Milan, and Calciomercato reports they have started looking for a replacement.

The 22-year-old’s deal comes to an end this summer, meaning he’ll be able to leave for free if there isn’t a renewal, and the goalkeeper’s agent, Mino Raiola, has not yet accepted the terms of €8 million per season proposed by the Rossoneri.

While Milan have not yet given up on keeping the man who came through their academy, they have begun work on securing a replacement should he leave and Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan is on the shortlist.

Corriere dello Sport and Sportitalia report that Juventus are ready to offer the keeper wages of €10m per season net.

10.22 BST: Moise Kean says he regrets leaving Juventus for Everton two years ago as speculation mounts he could return to Turin. The 21-year-old cost Everton £25m ahead of the 2019-20 season, but he failed to find any form at Goodison Park. He has since shone on loan at Paris Saint-Germain, scoring 16 goals in all competitions, but it is far from certain he will be back at Everton next season.

“I will be honest, I was a bit disappointed to leave Juve,” the striker told Gazzetta dello Sport. “I grew up there, I don’t know where I’d be now without that club. Then I realised this is the life of a football player and had to accept it. Juve will always remain in my heart.

“I’m going to enjoy the Champions League semi-final and then we’ll see. Nobody knows what will happen tomorrow.”

09.30 BST: Last month, ESPN sources confirmed that RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate was edging closer to a move to Liverpool, with the 2019-20 Premier League champions ready to pay his €41.5m release clause.

Now transfer guru Fabrizio Romano says that the deal has moved a step closer with personal terms agreed on a five-year contract which will keep the player at Anfield until the summer of 2026.

PAPER GOSSIP

Sevilla FC are hoping to sign Lille right-back Zeki Celik as they look for a younger alternative to Jesus Navas and Aleix Vidal, reports AS. The 24-year-old’s market value is €20m, but it is suggested that he could be available for around €10m.

Andrea Belotti has earned hero status at Torino, but Calciomercato is suggesting that he may be allowed to leave this summer, with the Italian’s contract coming to an end in 2022. The 27-year-old won’t be short of options, with AS Roma and AC Milan both showing interest in him.

Manchester City may have already signed Kayky from Fluminense, and Fabrizio Romano has suggested the Premier League side aren’t stopping there. They will also move for Fluminense’s 18-year-old midfielder Metinho in a move worth €5m plus add-ons. He will sign a 5-year contract with the City Group before joining French club Troyes on loan.

Galatasaray have opened talks with Everton forward Joshua King about a move to Turkey in the summer, reports Football Insider. The Norwegian has been underwhelming since his winter move to Goodison Park, and it has already been confirmed that the 29-year-old will be allowed to leave for free when his contract ends.

– Everton are leading the race to sign Norwich City right-back Max Aarons, reports Fabrizio Romano, with advanced talks and negotiations progressing. There are various clubs interested, as the 21-year-old is set to leave Carrow Road in the summer, but the Toffees have been in contact since February and hope to secure a deal soon.

– Dean Smith has stated that Aston Villa will not sign Ross Barkley permanently when the midfielder’s loan from Chelsea ends in the summer, as has been reported by the Daily Mirror. Smith said: “No, Ross Barkley came in on loan at the start of the season. Obviously, Frank Lampard was the manager at the time we brokered a deal to bring him in on loan. That’s where it was. He’s got another two years left on his contract at Chelsea and that’s not been discussed at all.”





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