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Did Barcelona goof? Man United handed major boost in pursuit of star forward

Timothy Aiyeku

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Antoine Griezmann

Barcelona might have done something they ought not to do in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann and that seemed to be a blessing in disguise for Man United.

The Red Devils are also in the race for the Spanish La Liga outfit player but they were well behind Barcelona in the chase. If the latest reports from Spain are to be believed, then it can be said that Man United will land the Star Player in the coming summer transfer window.

The emerging report claims that Antoine Griezmann is furious with Barcelona and Will no longer seek a move to the Camp Nou ahead of the coming season.

However, it is claimed that Man United are in advanced talks with Atletico Madrid and there are lots of positives so far to make the deal fall through.

Should the Red Devils land the signature of Antoine Griezmann he would come in as a perfect replacement for Belgium international Romelu Lukaku who is reportedly keen to leave Old Trafford.

One thing that is clear remains the fact that Antoine Griezmann would be leaving Atletico Madrid at the end of the season as he has already bid the club and their fans farewell.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.

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Man Utd Star Demands £350,000 Weekly, Amidst Madrid, Barcelona Interest

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Marcus Rashford

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has made a huge salary demand in his new contract talks with the club amidst the transfer rumors linking him with a move to the Spanish La Liga duo of Barcelona and Real Madrid.

According to the publication from The Sun, England international Rashford has asked for £350,000 on a weekly basis.

It was revealed that the Manchester United Academy player won’t sign a new contract at Old Trafford until his financial demands are met by senior club officials.

The demand from Marcus Rashford has been influenced by the £500,000 weekly wages to Manchester United flop Alexis Sanchez.

The Chilean international has had a torrid time as a Manchester United player since his transfer from Premier League rivals Arsenal in January 2018.

Alexis Sanchez joined the Red Devils in a swap deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan move in the other direction.

Alexis Sanchez scored just two goals for Manchester United in all competitions during the just concluded campaign.

Marcus Rashford has been attracting interest from two Spanish clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona as mentioned above.

He has one year left on his contract with the Red Devils.

The same situation applies to David De Gea and Manchester United who also find it difficult to meet his £500,000 wage demands.

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Any hope? Family drop major hint on De Ligt’s future

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It has been made to believe that English Premier League outfit Man United are desperate to secure the signature of Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt in this summer transfer window.

A number of teams have been linked with the young defender as Liverpool, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are also interested.

The 19-year-old had earlier given the hint that he would leave Ajax but failed to state where he would be heading to. He also stressed that he will not be in a rush to make a decision over his future.

However, his family seems to have dropped the bomb as they are speculated his destination by claiming that they are looking for a house in the French capital this week.

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported that they spent Wednesday in Paris and were taken to see properties in a vehicle with tinted windows provided by PSG.

This, therefore, means that an agreement might have been reached between both teams knowing that Matthijs de Ligt might not fancy England as he has never been away from home.

An announcement would be awaited to confirm the speculation or not but it is suggested Man United are not willing to give up in the chase of Matthijs de Ligt because of their bid to land a new and quality defender this summer window.

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Arsenal reject speaks, makes major confession after being shown exit door

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North London outfit Arsenal have been able to part ways with Spanish flop Denis Suarez at the end of the just concluded season but he still has a confession to make.

The Gunners had approached Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona for the signature of Denis Suarez in the last January winter transfer window on a loan deal but had the option of keeping him permanently should he perform at the club.

That did not happen eventually as the Spanish winger was a flop at the Emirates Stadium, failing to make the team in most of the games.

He was tipped to replace England international Danny Welbeck who is already on his way out but that will no longer happen as he has been sent back to Spain.

However, Denis Suarez has confessed that the reason why he failed to perform at the Emirates Stadium was because he had fitness issues. According to him, he was not even 50 percent fit when he turned up for his torrid loan spell at Arsenal.

The former Sevilla winger added that he is still recovering from the injury and he is yet to be fully recovered when he spoke to Spanish Radio station Cadena SER.

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Fianlly, Denis Suarez Wants Barcelona Exit

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Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez has expressed his desire to leave the Spanish champions this summer.

In a chat with El Larguero, Denis Suarez revealed that he wants to leave Barcelona ahead of the new campaign which starts in August.

Spanish international Denis Suarez spent the second half of last season on loan at Arsenal but he barely made any impact on the team.

He made six appearances for Arsenal in all competitions before an injury ended his season abruptly.

The Spaniard was absent as the Gunners failed to qualify for the Champions League either through the league route or through the Europa League route.

Arsenal finished in fifth place at the end of the latest Premier League season with only the first four teams qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

The Gunners went on to lose the Europa League final 4-1 to London rivals Chelsea when a win would have secured their place in the Champions League for next season.

Denis Suarez has gone back to Barcelona after his ill-fated spell with the Gunners and he’s still attracting interest especially from Spanish clubs.

Barcelona are reluctant to lower their asking price of £18m for the player who has two years left on his existing contract with the Spanish La Liga champions.

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€75m Defender Told To Sign For Man United This Summer

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Highly rated Ajax Amsterdam defender Matthijs De Ligt has been told to sign for Premier League club this summer ahead of Spanish champions Barcelona.

According to trusted Spanish publication Sport, the Dutch international centre back has been told by his advisers to join a club like Manchester United where he can get regular first-team football.

His advisers believe that Manchester United represent a good option for him to get regular football rather than join other interested clubs like Spanish champions Barcelona or French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG).

Manchester United are crying out for a quality central defender like Matthijs De Ligt and the 19-year-old would definitely be a starter at the club unlike what’s obtainable with Barcelona or PSG.

At PSG, the Dutch defender will have to fight for a centre back spot with the likes of Thiago Silva and Marquinhos (Brazil) as well as Presnel Kimpembe (France).

At Barcelona, he will do battle with Gerard Pique (Spain) and the French duo of Samuel Umtiti and Christian Lenglet for a centre back spot.

€75m-rated De Ligt had a season of a lifetime during the just concluded campaign after leading Ajax Amsterdam to the domestic double for the first time in over a decade.

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Manchester United Open Talks For 5-Goal Midfield Maestro

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Ivan Rakitic

Three-time European champions Manchester United have reportedly opened talks to sign Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic.

This is according to Spanish media outlet Sport which claimed that the Red Devils have set their sights on signing the Barcelona player.

Ivan Rakitic didn’t have the best of seasons during the just concluded campaign.

The 31-year-old might have been affected by the exertions of last summer’s World Cup tournament in Russia.

Ivan Rakitic played a big part as his Croatia side stunned the world by reaching the finals of the tournament in Russia before they were beaten by eventual winners France via a 4-2 defeat.

The Croatian midfielder scored five goals and also provided eight assists in 54 games for Barcelona in all competitions during the just concluded season.

Rakitic scored three league goals and also weighed in with five assists in 34 games.

He also added one goal in 12 Champions League games plus one goal and three assists in seven games in the Spanish Copa Del Rey.

Ivan Rakitic has two years left on his contract at Barcelona amidst recent reports that he’s one of the players that could be sold this summer.

Apart from Manchester United and Inter Milan, Chelsea have also been linked with Ivan Rakitic.

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Manchester United storm Barcelona for star player

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Ivan Rakitic

English Premier League outfit Manchester United are reported to have approached Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona for the signature of Ivan Rakitic in this summer transfer window

Ivan Rakitic is already being linked away from the Camp Nou and the Red Devils have identified his exposure and experience as the qualities needed to help their team.

The Barcelona man has also been tipped to be a perfect replacement should France international Paul Pogba leave the club in this summer transfer window.

Also, Ander Herrera is on his way out after refusing to extend his contract with the club. Reports claim that he is heading to French Ligue 1 side PSG and will need to be replaced.

Sports report that the Red Devils have asked the Spanish champions to name their price for Ivan Rakitic and the Spanish club are open to selling the Croatia international.

It is now not clear if Ivan Rakitic will fancy a move to Old Trafford or not as Sport report that the decision on the deal lies on the World Cup runner up.

The Croatia international is also wanted by Italian Serie A outfit Inter Milan and other top European clubs but a deal is expected to fall through before the end of the transfer window.

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Man Utd Target To Take €6m Per Annum Pay Cut For Barcelona Transfer

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Antoine Griezmann

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann will take a big pay cut to complete his move to Spanish champions Barcelona this summer.

This is according to the report from SoccerLink which claimed that French World Cup winner will move to Barcelona this summer but he must take a salary slash for the move to happen.

Antoine Griezmann has already told the Atletico Madrid officials that he wants to leave the club this summer after five years with the Spanish capital outfit.

He has been linked with the likes of French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Premier League giants Manchester United apart from Barcelona.

The Catalan giants were overwhelming favourites for Antoine Griezmann only for them to be usurp by PSG in recent days but it seems like they are back in pole position for the French forward if the report from SoccerLink is anything to go by.

It was revealed that Antoine Griezmann will earn €17m on a yearly basis at Barcelona which is down by €6m from the salary he earns as an Atletico Madrid player.

His salary at Atletico Madrid is €23m per year.

Antoine Griezmann joined Atletico Madrid from fellow Spanish club Real Sociedad in the summer of 2014.

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Barcelona Eyeing Double Transfer For Man Utd Targets

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Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona are reportedly plotting summer transfers for two of the biggest players in world football.

This is according to widespread reports coming out of the media in Spain.

Barcelona are keen to sign both Antoine Griezmann and Neymar this summer.

French World Cup winner Griezmann plays his club football for Spanish La Liga club Atletico Madrid at the moment but the former Real Sociedad star has already told the club about his intention to leave this summer.

For Neymar, the Brazilian international joined French giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) two years ago after leaving Barcelona and he has been linked with a return to the club.

Neymar became the most expensive player in the world after PSG activated the €220m (£198m) release clause in his then contract at Barcelona.

Both Griezmann and Neymar are long-term transfer targets at Premier League giants Manchester United.

The specific report from Spanish news outlet Mundo Deportivo claimed that Barcelona is confident on the transfers of both Neymar and Griezmann from PSG and Atletico Madrid respectively this summer.

It was also revealed that they will fund the transfers with funds from the sale of Philippe Coutinho who’s expected to leave Barcelona this summer after a largely disappointing 18-month spell.

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Revealed: Man Utd Face Arsenal Threat For Andre Gomes

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Andre Gomes

Premier League giants Manchester United will have to fend off new competition in rivals Arsenal in their bid to sign Barcelona loanee Andre Gomes.

This is as a result of the report that the Gunners are interested in a deal for the player.

Andre Gomes spent the season on loan at Merseyside giants Everton from Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona with the option to sign a permanent deal at Goodison Park.

The Portuguese midfielder impressed a great deal during his loan spell with Everton and that led to the plethora of interests in him.

According to Spanish media outlet RAC1, Arsenal have joined North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Liverpool, West Ham United and Manchester United.

Manchester United are in the market for a new midfielder and Andre Gomes could be the man for the job.

The Red Devils want a midfield replacement for Ander Herrera who has left the club after the expiration of his contract.

Ander Herrera is expected to join French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) on a free transfer this summer.

West Ham United have made a concrete bid of around £18m for Andre Gomes but Barcelona are set to be holding out for between £25m-£35m according to Sky Sports.

The Hammers are the first club to make a bid for him.

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