Premier League giants Manchester United will reportedly miss out on Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann this summer.
This is according to the publication from the Daily Mirror which claimed that Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona will complete a deal worth £150m for French World Cup winner Griezmann.
The said fee includes the transfer fee and his wages.
It was also revealed that Barcelona skipper and talisman Lionel Messi personally put a call through to Antoine Griezmann to talk to him about moving to the Nou Camp.
Three-time European champions Manchester United and French giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) have also tried to sign Antoine Griezmann this summer but the two clubs will miss out on his signing to Barcelona.
Atletico Madrid star Griezmann came close to joining Barcelona last summer but he decided to stay with the Rojiblancos and also sign a new contract.
The Frenchman could have left Atletico Madrid for Barcelona shortly after he played a big role for France in their World Cup winning feat in Russia last summer.
French national team star Griezmann will finally get his wish to sign for Barcelona one year later thanks partly to the intervention of Lionel Messi as mentioned above.
Chelsea heads to Atletico Madrid for top United target
Should Chelsea listen to the words of former Tottenham and Man United striker Dimitar Berbatov, they will be moving to the Spanish La Liga club, Atletico Madrid for the signature of Jan Oblak this summer transfer window.
The West London outfit are no longer comfortable with the performance of Kepa Arrizabalaga with Frank Lampard considering another option for next season’s challenge.
The Blues have already secured the signatures of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech and are now focused on landing Bayern Leverkusen star Kai Havertz as their next target.
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Dimitar Berbatov has therefore stated that the Blues team should ensure the Atletico Madrid shot-stopper is made the next target to have a complete team for next season’s campaign.
According to him, the Frank Lampard team will surely struggle without a better goalkeeping option, stressing that they will have a great one in Jan Oblak.
Meanwhile, Man United have since indicated an interest in the signature of the Atletico Madrid player as they are also unsatisfied with the performance of Spanish goalkeeper, David De Gea.
However, the La Liga club values the Jan Oblak very high and are not interested in losing him despite making his £130 million price tag known to the suitors.
Atletico receive first swap offer from Arsenal
English Premier League club Arsenal are keen to land Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey and are reported to have submitted their first swap offer to the Spanish La Liga club ahead of the summer transfer window.
It is now obvious that Matteo Guendouzi does not have a future with the North London outfit anymore, the reason why he was involved in the deal to snap up Thomas Partey.
Matteo Guendouzi has fallen out of favour at the Emirates Stadium and has been sent away from the team to train alone by manager Mikel Arteta. It is very likely that he has already played his last game at the club.
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However, a report by AFC Bell claims that the Gunners have reached out to the Madrid club and have made a verbal offer, involving Matteo Guendouzi and a small fee.
From all calculations, Arsenal will still pay about £20 million, including Matteo Guendouzi to get the Star midfielder because he is being valued at £50 million and the Arsenal player at £30 million.
More development would be expected in the coming weeks on a deal for the two players as Mikel Arteta is keen to land Thomas Partey to help his team in the coming season.
Arsenal gets good news from Atletico Madrid, not Thomas Partey
English Premier League club Arsenal could be set to land their long-term target this summer window after reports from Atletico Madrid claims Thomas Lemar would be available.
It is reported that Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has given up on Thomas Lemar as the player did not reach the potential that is expected which means he would no longer be working with him in the coming season.
Thomas Lemar was given the opportunity by the Argentina manager for 22 games but he failed to register a single goal or assist and that means he has had enough of it.
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Despite the poor form, it is claimed that the Gunners are still interested in working with Thomas Lemar and could have him if they show seriousness in the deal.
It would be recalled that the Gunners made efforts to sign Thomas Lemar in 2017 but they were unable to agree with French Ligue 1 outfit Monaco, his former club before the La Liga club finally came to snap him up.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is keen to begin a rebuilding process at the Emirates Stadium and has made it clear that it will not happen by magic but with quality players, the reason why he has called for support from the club hierarchy in the summer window.
What Simeone said about Oblak Chelsea Rumour?
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has finally spoken up on the reported interest for his team’s captain Jan Oblak ahead of the summer transfer window.
Jan Oblak is being linked with a move to English Premier League outfit Chelsea with the Blues hoping to bring him to the Stamford Bridge as a replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga who is tipped to leave the club.
The report claims that the performance of Kepa is unacceptable and manager Frank Lampard is in search of an option as he looks to sell the club’s first choice.
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Chelsea have, therefore, reported to be offering a swap deal to the Spanish club that will have Jan Oblak join the club while Kepa Arrizabalaga goes the other direction.
Atletico Madrid are reported to be uninterested in Kepa Rrizabalaga and will not seek a swap deal as they value their goalkeeper.
Now, there is the latest reaction from Diego Simeone who claims not to be surprised by the interest in Jan Oblak, adding that he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world but stressed that he doesn’t hope to lose him because the shot-stopper has helped the stability of the team in their Champions League outings and they will not be ready to lose such an asset.
Which of these players would be sacrificed for Partey
The reports of Arsenal’s interest in Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey is unending with claims that the Gunners have stepped up their chase for the Ghana International midfielder.
A move for the midfielder is being threatened by funds and the North London outfit are busy with how to sanction the deal, according to The Mail.
While a swap deal is being considered, the names of Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi and Alexandre Lacazette have also continued to pop up.
Should that be the case, one of them will be part of the swap deal for Arsenal to succeed in snapping up the player.
The question of who to sacrifice and unwanted at the club has been the bone of contention.
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Guendouzi at the moment is not finding life interesting at the Emirates Stadium as a result of the controversies he has been into, the reason why he has been left out of the squad for a couple of games. He is reported to have told the club hierarchy of his decision to leave the club.
Maybe he should pave way for the Ghana international since they play almost the same role on the pitch and Partey is a more preferred player.
Surprisingly, Alexandre Lacazette is always mentioned as names of those that should leave the club despite his quality and goal scoring ability. No doubt that most fans will not wish to see this happen.
Also, Lucas Torriera has been fantastic in his own right, despite battling with injuries but there are no doubts of his quality in the central midfield.
The decision would be left to the Arsenal management to make on who should be sacrificed.
The truth about Thomas Partey’s transfer speculations to Arsenal
Some weeks ago, Arsenal fans were filled with joy and its expression on the social media over the speculations that Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey will be switching to the Emirates Stadium this summer transfer window.
That has been on the low for the past days for reasons unknown but should Arsenal fans forget the possibility of the deal?
Reports from Spanish media claim the player is interested in the Premier League and Arsenal with a fee of £45 million.
Considering the issues at Arsenal; Granit Xhaka’s injury and the poor results, there is no doubt about an addition to the heart of the Arsenal team for Spanish manager Mikel Arteta to be able to deliver more wins.
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However, the defensive woes the Gunners have suffered in their last two games could change the priority in the summer transfer window, especially now that goalkeeper Bernd Leno is feared to be out for a longer period after his injury at Brighton.
In addition, Arsenal must be realistic about their financial strength in securing a deal for the young lad, knowing his price tag and other transfer needs.
It is feared that the report on Partey might just end as mere speculations because of the need for Arteta to equip his defence than any other position no wonder, Spanish manager Arteta is already considering Bukayo Saka for a role in the midfield because of the urgency and options available.
Tottenham are also in the chase of Partey but seem unconvinced about his worth for £45 million despite claims that Atletico are willing to let him go.
Why Manchester United Must Saul Niguez This Summer
One of the biggest transfer questions this summer is the future of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba at Old Trafford. The time might be right for the player to leave Manchester United finally.
Paul Pogba’s commitment to Manchester United has been heavily questioned in the past months especially after he publicly admitted that he wants to leave the club that trained him for the second time. The Manchester United Academy graduate left the club for Juventus when he was a teenager before returning four years later in 2016.
Two major C-factors have led to the general consensus that this summer is the best time for Pogba to leave. The first factor is his commitment to the Red Devils as pointed out earlier.
The second factor is his contract which will run out in 2022. Manchester United must sell him this summer if they want to receive more than the £89m paid to sign him from Juventus in 2016 since he’s unlikely to sign a new deal at the Theatre of Dreams.
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Manchester United don’t need to worry too much about a potential replacement for Paul Pogba with Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez available for a transfer as long as the club is willing to spend money amidst the financial uncertainties caused by COVID 19.
Saul Niguez has a release clause of £138m in his current Atletico Madrid contract and that’s the major requirement for Manchester United to sign him as long as they are able to convince the player about joining them.
The first main reason why Manchester United need to sign the 25-year-old Spanish international this summer is his quality. He has shown that he has the quality to replace a World Cup winner like Pogba via his performances for Atletico Madrid since making his debut for the club in 2012.
Another reason is his consistency. Unlike Paul Pogba who has battled with injuries in the last two years, Saul Niguez has hardly being injured over the course of his Atletico Madrid career.
Lastly, Saul Niguez is the most rated on the list of midfield targets being scrutinised by Manchester United this summer.
Transfer Ratings: Alexandre Lacazette To Atletico Madrid (Swap Deal)
Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has had to deny the transfer rumours linking him with a move to Spain this summer with La Liga giants Atletico Madrid said to be interested in him. According to the French international, his long-term future is at the Emirates Stadium but as we all know that the transfer market is fickle and anything could happen between now and next season.
Atletico Madrid have previously expressed public interest in the player especially when he was at Lyon. Lacazette could have signed for the Rojiblancos shortly before he joined Arsenal in 2017.
The latest interest in him from the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium is in the form a possible swap deal with Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey who is a serious person of interest to Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. Ghanaian international midfielder Partey is high on the list of targets for the Gunners as per the reports in the United Kingdom (UK) media.
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Arteta wants to rebuild his midfield ahead of next season and Lacazette could be sacrificed to get Partey to do the job needed in the Arsenal midfield. Partey has shone for his club this season and they have an able replacement for him in the shape of Marcos Llorente who was responsible for the downfall of Liverpool in their Champions League round of 16 tie. Llorente scored twice as a substitute in extra time to send Atletico Madrid through to the quarters at the expense of the defending champions.
Alexandre Lacazette has spent three seasons at Arsenal including the current one which has been his poorest. He lost his place to young strikers Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah at various points of the season.
His loss of form led to calls for his sale from some section of the Arsenal fanbase. Atletico Madrid are the overwhelming favourites to sign him if he becomes available and a swap deal with Thomas Partey makes the transfer doable amidst its complexity.
Transfer Ratings for Alexandre Lacazette to Atletico Madrid in a swap deal with Thomas Partey: 4/10.