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Man Utd Target Secures Transfer Move

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Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen has completed his move to fellow Spanish La Liga club Valencia in a swap deal.

This is according to trusted Spanish newspaper AS which revealed that the transfer won’t be announced until the 1st of July.

Jasper Cillessen is expected to move to Barcelona in a swap deal with Neto of Valencia with the transfer sum set at $34m.

The 30-year-old Dutch international shot stopper was previously linked with a move to Premier League giants Manchester United as a possible replacement for wantaway goalkeeper David De Gea, but it seems the Spaniard will be staying at Old Trafford beyond this summer.

David De Gea has one year left on his current deal with the Red Devils but recent reports claimed that he’s close to agreeing on a long-term deal to stay at the Theatre of Dreams beyond this summer.

Jasper Cillessen was an Ajax Amsterdam goalkeeper before his move to Barcelona in 2016 as a replacement for Claudio Bravo who joined Premier League champions Manchester City shortly after Pep Guardiola took over at the Etihad Stadium.

During his time with the Blaugrana, Jasper Cillessen won two Spanish La Liga titles and two Spanish Copa Del Rey titles.

The Dutchman played second fiddle to Marc Andre Ter Stegen during his time at the Nou Camp.

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EPL: Arsenal Eyeing ‘Late Loan Move’ For Barcelona Flop

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Philippe Coutinho

Arsenal are eyeing a late loan move for Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho according to the publication from Spanish outlet SPORT.

The Gunners had earlier weighed up the option of signing Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona at the start of the transfer window in July but it looks like new Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman wants to keep the 29-year-old at the Nou Camp.

The report mentioned earlier stated that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta could still make a move for the Brazilian international before the end of the transfer window.

The Barcelona player could boost the Brazilian contingent at Arsenal further this summer.

Arsenal signed Willian from Chelsea on a free transfer this summer to take the number of Brazilian players at Arsenal to three. The other Brazilian players at the club are David Luiz and Gabriel Martinelli.

Philippe Coutinho has not lived up to his hefty price tag at Barcelona following his £142m transfer from Liverpool in January 2018.

He left Barcelona to join German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich at the start of last season after a difficult 18-month period at the start of his Barcelona career.

Coutinho played his part in the treble-winning campaign of the Bavarian giants last season.

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Man United relegates Dembele on target list, picks this player ahead

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Ousmane Dembele

Spanish outlet, AS has reported that Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele is not considered as top on the plan for Manchester United for a winger this summer transfer window.

It is claimed that England international Jadon Sancho is top on the list, and he is followed by Gareth Bale. Barcelona starlet Ansu Fati is also next to the new Tottenham player before Ousmane Dembele who is plan D.

AS reports that the Catalans are not open to the option of giving out Ousmane Dembele on loan but will prefer to sell him on a permanent deal for £100 million, a fee the Red Devils will not be able to pay, even if he is top on the list.

With Jadon Sancho looking unlikely to join the Old Trafford this summer window and Gareth Bale already with North London outfit Tottenham, the next option for Man United, going by the report, ought to be Ansu Fati.

However, the player will not be leaving the Camp Nou as he has agreed on his first senior deal with the Spanish La Liga giants.

The 17-year-old was a revelation for the Catalans last season, scoring seven goals in 24 appearances in the La Liga which earned him the attention he now receives from suitors across Europe.

With his new deal, he will not be allowed to leave the club for anything less than £400 million while he was handed a No. 22 shirt.

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Ex-Liverpool Striker Joins Atletico Madrid After Bargain Transfer From Barcelona Agreed

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Atletico Madrid have confirmed that they have reached an agreement with Spanish La Liga rivals Barcelona for the transfer of Luis Suarez.

It was disclosed that the two clubs have agreed on a €6m (£5.5m) for the former Liverpool striker.

Luis Suarez had to leave Barcelona after new club manager Ronald Koeman deemed him to be surplus to requirements.

The €6m transfer fee for the 33-year-old will be paid instalmentally as per the announcement made by Barcelona.

He leaves Barcelona as the third highest goalscorer at the club behind Cesar and Lionel Messi.

The Uruguayan international netted 186 goals in 283 appearances during his six-year stay at the Nou Camp.

During that time, Luis Suarez won 13 trophies for the Catalans.

He won four league titles, four Copa Del Rey titles and one Champions League title which came under Luis Enrique during the 2014/15 season.

Suarez won the Champions League title in his first season at the club.

He came close to joining Italian Serie A champions Juventus earlier this month before the transfer fell through.

Earlier reports had said that Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu was not ready to sanction the sale of Luis Suarez to rival clubs like Atletico Madrid.

Suarez will replace Alvaro Morata at Atletico Madrid after the Spaniard signed for Juventus earlier this week.

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Report: Man United In Talks To Sign This Attacker

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Ousmane Dembele

Three-time European champions Manchester United are said to be in talks to sign Barcelona attacker Ousmane Dembele before this summer’s transfer market closes.

This is as per reports from various media outlets in the United Kingdom (UK).

The Daily Record specifically stated that talks have progressed between Manchester United and Barcelona over the transfer of the French international to Old Trafford.

Ousmane Dembele has endured an injury-hit time at Barcelona following his costly move from Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga.

The 23-year-old signed for Barcelona in 2017 in a deal reported to be around £108m.

Constant injury issues limited his output to just 12 goals in 51 league outings and new Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman won’t mind his sale as he shapes his team for the new season.

Ronald Koeman has already sanctioned a big sale following the sale of Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid.

Manchester United want a new winger and Ousmane Dembele is available as a very good alternative to top target Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund as long as the Frenchman can maintain fitness.

The Red Devils have been very quiet in the present transfer window and that has left their fans frustrated.

They have made just one major signing since the start of the transfer window in July.

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Messi, Arsenal link talks emerge again

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If you have ever heard that Barcelona star Lionel Messi was linked with a move to the English Premier League outfit Arsenal in the past and doubt that it is true. It has been talked about again.

Lionel Messi’s former agent has recalled how the Argentina international came close to becoming a Gunner in 2003 with former manager Arsene Wenger making an attempt to snap him up.

Speaking to Marca, Fabian Soldini said Lionel Messi was close to joining Arsenal as he was tempted by the offers from the English Premier League side but he later opted not to go.

According to him, the North London outfit were only able to prise away Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas because he accepted to leave as both were asked by the Catalans to go.

Cesc Fabregas went ahead to develop at the North London club but Lionel Messi became a more prominent figure in the game, and all of the feats would have been achieved in an Arsenal shirt.

With the number of players reported to have been linked with Arsenal under former manager Arsene Wenger, there is no doubt that the Frenchman is one of the best scouts, even as a manager, having identified such talent from a very young age.

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Report: Everton Eyeing £22.5m Alternative For Fikayo Tomori

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Merseyside giants Everton have shifted their attention to £22.5m Barcelona defender Jean-Clair Todibo after the move to sign Fikayo Tomori from Chelsea stalled.

The Toffees were thought to be closing in on a loan deal for Chelsea centre back Tomori earlier this month but that transfer has stalled in the past days paving the way for the club to pursue other defensive targets.

Fikayo Tomori is now expected to stay at Chelsea to fight for his place in the team. The Nigerian-born England international came on as a second half substitute over the weekend as his team suffered their first league defeat of the season.

Tomori and Chelsea were beaten 2-0 at home by Liverpool who had a man advantage for the larger part of the game after Danish international Fikayo Tomori was sent off towards the end of the first half.

Kai Havertz was sacrificed as Fikayo Tomori replaced the new signing to fill the centre back vacuum left by Andreas Christensen.

Everton are desperate to sign a new central defender in this transfer window and 20-year-old Todibo is the new target though the Merseysiders will have to contend with Wolves who are also interested in the young French player.

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Barcelona Banned From Signing Liverpool Midfielder

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Spanish giants Barcelona have been banned the club from signing midfield target Georginio Wijnaldum from Premier League champions Liverpool this summer.

La Liga officials have implemented strict financial guidelines on clubs in the top division this summer due to the Coronavirus Pandemic thus affecting Barcelona and their plans to sign players.

New Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman had wanted to sign Georginio Wijnaldum from Liverpool and Memphis Depay from French giants Lyon this summer but the Dutch tactician is unlikely to get his targets.

Wijnaldum and Depay both have one year left on their respective deals at Liverpool and Lyon. The two players were instrumental to the successes recorded by Ronald Koeman during his time as the Dutch national team manager.

Koeman left the Dutch job to take the managerial position at the Nou Camp.

La Liga’s Communications Director Joris Evers recently said that the football body has a new financial model that goes beyond the financial fairplay previously implemented by European football body UEFA.

Under the new financial guidelines, Barcelona will have to sell players to sign new players as they are struggling with an annual wage bill of €510m.

In addition, Barcelona also have to pay the same amount as the transfer fee to the Spanish government as part of the financial assistance to clubs during this Coronavirus Pandemic era.

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The luring offer Barcelona is preparing for Arsenal star

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Spanish La Liga club Barcelona are reportedly making moves to return with another luring offer for the signature of Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin before the end of the summer transfer window.

The future of Hector Bellerin has been up in the air as a number of reports claim he would be shipped out of the club this summer window but it is evident that the North London club are yet to make any decision over his future.

French Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint Germain are reported to be keen on the signature of the Spanish international right-back and submitted a bid for the player but it has been rejected by the Gunners.

If Arsenal must sell, Hector Bellerin, it would happen for nothing less than £25 million, and that has informed the latest move by Barcelona on how to land him this summer window.

It is understood that the Catalans want to do a swap deal with a player plus cash for the signature of the Hector Bellerin and are considering to offer the likes of Jean-Clair Todibo, Martin Braithwaite, and Junior Firpo who are believed to be surplus to requirements by Barcelona.

Howbeit, the decision would be made by the Gunners as hector Bellerin is only keen on regular playing time, either at Arsenal or any other club.

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