Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona gave been handed a big injury boost ahead of their Champions League clash with German Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night.
Barcelona have been boosted by the return of star player Lionel Messi to the squad for the Borussia Dortmund game.
Lionel Messi has been plagued by a thigh injury at the start of the new season.
The Argentine international superstar missed the first four games of the new Spanish La Liga season.
He missed the league matches against Athletic Bilbao, Real Betis, newly promoted side Osasuna and Valencia.
Without Lionel Messi in the team, Barcelona have struggled to produce top performances.
Barcelona have seven points from their first four league games of the season without the input of their talismanic forward.
Messi is expected to feature against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League as Barcelona target a sixth European title.
Barcelona have missed on the Champions League title in each of the last two seasons after crashing out at the semifinal stage.
The Catalans lost to Italian Serie A giants AS Roma in the penultimate season at the last four stage before losing to reigning European champions Liverpool at the same stage last season.
Barcelona reject huge offer for Man United target
Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona are reported to have rejected an offer for their next rising star Ansu Fati from one of his suitors.
Ansu Fati is now the talk in the Catalan camp having impressed in the just-concluded season and has begun with his scoring in this new season, despite being 17-years-old.
Ansu Fati broke into Barcelona’s first team last season and scored eight goals in 33 appearances across all competition he participated in. He has been tipped to be the next big thing to happen to football for the next coming years.
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Marca via Sports Mole, reports that the Spanish La Liga outfit rejected an offer of about £137 million for the young winger but failed to mention any name with Man United known as suitors.
The Red Devils have identified Ansu Fati as a major target ahead of French star Ousmane Dembele in their search for a winger who will be an alternative to Jadon Sancho who has not been released by German Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund.
It is obvious that Ansu Fati is a prized asset for the Spanish outfit and will not accept any offer for the player as he has been tipped to step into the shoes of Lionel Messi at the club.
EPL: Aubameyang Admits He Turned Down Barcelona To Stay With Gunners
Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has admitted that he turned down a juicy offer from Spanish giants Barcelona to stay with the Gunners.
Auba has he’s fondly called made this known during an interview with Canal Football Club.
Arsenal fans were relieved after the club announced his new contract earlier this year.
The Gabonese international has been the major source of goals since his arrival. He signed for the Gunners almost three years ago.
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Auba became an Arsenal player in January 2018 following his multi-million pounds transfer from Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.
Arsenal spent a record fee of £57m to secure his signing but that has been eclipsed by fellow attacker Nicholas Pepe who joined the North London giants last summer in a £72m transfer.
Pepe left French club Lille to join the Gunners at the start of last season.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also gave two factors as being crucial behind his decision to stay at Arsenal.
The former AC Milan and Saint Etienne player had less than a year left on his existing Arsenal contract before he signed a two-year contract extension until 2023.
According to him, the love and affection of the Arsenal fans was a major factor in addition to the vision of manager Mikel Arteta for the club.
Inter Milan were also interested in his services.
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All hope is not lost for Arsenal in chase of Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho with reports that manager Mikel Arteta is still making moves to bring him to the Emirates Stadium on loan.
The Brazilian international spent last season on loan with German Bundesliga outfit Bayern Munich and he is now returned to Barcelona after being convinced by new manager Ronald Koeman.
However, there is expected to be some shake off in the Catalans team with a number of players including Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic while a number of names are still being mentioned.
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This development has not gone down with the club’s star player Lionel Messi who has spoken out and that is expected to cause a shaking in the club, a situation that could force some players out of the team.
The Gunners are reportedly hoping to take advantage of the situation and bring in Philippe Coutinho who could also be unsettled as his future at Camp Nou is still uncertain.
It is understood that manager Mikel Arteta is a big fan of Philippe Coutinho and he could take advantage of the club’s relationship with his agent to bring him to the Emirates Stadium this summer transfer window.
EPL: Man United to lose La Liga No.11 forward to Liverpool
The English Premier League defending champions Liverpool seem not to be done with the summer transfer window as they are reported to be planning to hijack Man United’s bid for the service of Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele.
Ousmane Dembele has continued to be linked away from the Spanish giants to the English Premier League but there are claims that Barcelona are not willing to let him go.
Both Man United and Arsenal have been linked with Ousmane Dembele in the past but none have been able to win his signature.
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Man United will hope to land Ousmane Dembele as a replacement for their top target Jadon Sancho as they cannot meet the fee for the Borussia Dortmund player.
However, the Red Devils could make a move for the Barcelona man who has struggled to make a mark at Camp Nou since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in 2017.
While the quality of the French forward is known to all clubs, but his injury situation that has been consistent and contributed to his inability to make a mark in Barcelona could scare suitors away.
Howbeit, Liverpool are reported to be in contact with Ousmane Dembele’s agent, according to Sport, and could strike a deal before the summer transfer window ends.
Barcelona Reject Huge Bid For Man United Target
According to reports, Spanish giants Barcelona have turned down a big offer for young attacker Ansu Fati.
The Nou Camp outfit rejected a lot of money for the 17-year-old La Masia Academy graduate as per the specific publication from Spanish newspaper Marca.
It was revealed that Barcelona turned down a €150m (£137m) offer from an unnamed club for Spanish international Ansu Fati.
The young attacker had a big break last season at Barcelona as he scored eight goals in 33 appearances.
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Ansu Fati recently penned a new contract at Barcelona to take his release clause at the club to the €400m mark.
He has been linked with a transfer to Manchester United who want to add a new winger to their squad between now and the rest of the transfer window.
Manchester United have tried to sign Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho since the start of this transfer market and have not been successful in their quest to secure the transfer of the 20-year-old.
The Red Devils have already lined up other winger targets in the event that they are unable to sign the aforementioned Sancho.
The likes of Watford player Ismaila Sarr, Juventus star Douglas Costa and Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic are alternative targets for Manchester United.
EPL: Man United Eyeing £13.7m Bargain Transfer For Barcelona Player
Barcelona defender Jean-Clair Todibo is the latest player to be linked with a move to Premier League giants Manchester United in this transfer window.
Manchester United found out that the centre back position could be a problematic one after their first league game ended in a disastrous manner.
Jean-Clair Todibo is a centre back by trade and can also feature in other defensive areas.
Mundo Deportivo stated that Manchester United won’t have to pay over the odds for the 20-year-old as Barcelona are only demanding for £13.7m.
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Manchester United lost their league opener last weekend as they were beaten 3-1 at home by Crystal Palace and Swedish international Victor Lindelof was at fault for the three goals conceded.
Lindelof partnered club-record signing Harry Maguire at the heart of the Manchester United defence during the Palace game.
Apart from Todibo, Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar, RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano etc. have all been mentioned as a possible centre back signing at Manchester United.
Jean-Clair Todibo has suffered from a lot of injury problems in recent seasons but his quality is not in doubt as he showed during his loan spell at Schalke 04 in the German top flight.
The injury ended his loan spell at Schalke 04 abruptly last season.
EPL: Arsenal Eyeing ‘Late Loan Move’ For Barcelona Flop
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.
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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.
Man United relegates Dembele on target list, picks this player ahead
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.
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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.