Manchester United have made an £80m transfer budget to sign Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz in the next transfer window as the Red Devils chief Ed Woodward is confident of bringing the German international to the Theatre of Dreams.
Unfortunately, latest reports have it that Barcelona are keenly interested in the player as they see him as the best replacement for out-of-favour Ivan Rakitic who is linked with a move to Manchester United.
According to reports making headline in Spain, the Blaugranas sent their scouts to run the rule over the player during Wednesday’s Champions League fixtures between Bayer Leverkusen and Atletico Madrid, and the were happy with his performances.
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This means that the two European giants are set for a crunch battle for the 20-year-old midfielder and Barcelona are ready to launch an eye-catching bid which will be too hard to turn down by the Bundesliga side.
It is believed that Ole Gunnar and his employers are in talks with Havartz’s representatives over the possibility of beating Barcelona to his signature but they will have to wait till the end of the campaign.
Bayern Munich are also in the race for the player as they want to add more quality to their midfield setup following their unimpressive start to the season.
Man United Begin Talks With Midfielder Ahead Of January Transfer
If reports from the Daily Star this morning reveals that, then, Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic could be the Red Devils first signing in January.
The British media claimed that the player’s agent is currently in talks with the club’s representative over his client’s proposed move to Old Trafford when the transfer window reopens.
The Croatian is no longer rated at Camp Nou following the arrival of younger players, including Frenkie De Jong, in the previous summer transfer window and coach Ernesto Valverde is ready to cash-in on his services.
Rakitic, 31, is obviously edging towards the end of his career and Barcelona won’t place a huge price tag on his services.
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Should he eventually join the Red Devils, the want-away midfielder is likely to feature as a fringe part Zidane Solskjaer’s team judging by his age and the physical nature of the Premier League.
Inter Milan and AC Milan, who are bothered credited with interests in the player, might need to look elsewhere for alternatives should negotiations between United and the player go on as planned.
Meanwhile, United star Matic has attracted a new suitor as West Ham are reportedly linked with the player service.
Matic is unhappy with his lack of game-time at Old Trafford and reports are tipping the Hammers to be his next possible destination.
Man Utd To Rival Barcelona, Real Madrid For Young Starlet
Former Premier League champions Manchester United will have to fend off the interest of the Spanish duo of Atletico Madrid and Barcelona in the bid to sign French teen sensation Eduardo Camavinga who plays his club football for Rennes FC of France.
Eduardo Camavinga is only 17 and he has already become a permanent fixture in the Rennes starting XI this season.
According to French publication L’Equipe, the trio of Atletico Madrid, Manchester United and Barcelona are all interested in signing Eduardo Camavinga.
He has made 17 appearances for Rennes in all competitions this term including 13 appearances in the French Ligue 1 this season.
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Eduardo Camavinga has one assist in 13 league games for Rennes since the start of the new French top flight league season.
The Manchester United midfield has come under the spotlight this season especially at the start of the campaign but it has improved in recent games.
Scott McTominay has been a shining light in the Manchester United midfield this season as the Red Devils try to replace both Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini who left the club earlier this year.
Scotland international McTominay has three goals and two assists in 12 league games this term.
The addition of Eduardo Camavinga will further boost the Manchester United midfield.
Messi Reveals Whom He Asked For His Shirt
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has revealed that he has requested for the short of the opposition once in his football career.
The Barcelona skipper made this known in an interview with Tyc Sports.
According to him, he has only asked French football legend Zinedine Zidane for his shirt during the early stages of his Barcelona career.
Lionel Messi had asked for the shirt of former Real Madrid playmaker Zinedine Zidane during the El Clasico.
The Argentine international has been at the top of the football chain for the better part of the last two decades.
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At Barcelona, Lionel Messi has won four Champions League titles as well as eight league titles.
He has been blighted by a thigh injury this season but the Argentine national team captain has recovered from that injury.
Messi scored a hattrick in the last game, a 4-1 win at home to Celta Vigo at the Nou Camp.
The treble took his league tally to eight goals which can only be bettered by Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema who has nine goals.
Lionel Messi and Barcelona were able to reclaim the summit in the Spanish La Liga after the thumping victory over Celta Vigo.
How Barcelona Plan To Sign Another Chelsea Star Revealed
Five-time European champions Barcelona are said to be interested in signing Chelsea winger Willian ahead of the transfer market next summer.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the Catalan giants are eyeing a free transfer for Willian whose Chelsea contract ends next summer.
His contract ends at Chelsea when the current season draws to a close and Barcelona want to swoop for him on a free transfer afterward.
Barcelona had previously tried to sign the Brazilian international especially earlier in the winter transfer window in January this year.
The Spanish champions and rivals Atletico Madrid were keen on signing Willian in January but Chelsea were adamant that he’s not for sale.
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Paris Saint Germain (PSG) were also interested in the Brazilian international in the summer but he opted to spend the season as part of the revolution at Chelsea.
Willian had a very good season as he was part of the Brazilian squad that won the 2019 COPA America tournament on home soil in the summer.
His summer went from good to better after new Chelsea manager Frank Lampard handed him the jersey number 10 on the back of Eden Hazard’s move to Real Madrid.
Willian has been able to repay the faith in him by former Blues teammate and new Chelsea manager Frank Lampard.
Star Player Still Eyeing Barcelona Return Ahead Of Man United
Paris Saint Germain (PSG) attacker Neymar is still eyeing a return to Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona.
This is according to the publication from Catalan news outlet Mundo Deportivo which revealed that Neymar is still interested in a move away from PSG despite his failure to achieve this target in the summer.
It was revealed that Neymar has already informed Barcelona officials about his quest to try to leave PSG for the Nou Camp again.
Barcelona tried to sign Neymar in the summer but failed as they were unable to meet up with the financial demands necessary to complete a deal for him.
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The Brazilian international has less than three years on his PSG deal at the moment and the French capital club are in a strong position of negotiation as a result.
PSG sporting director Leonardo had earlier confirmed the lone bid from Barcelona on August 27 and that it was turned down by the French champions because it didn’t match their evaluation of the player.
Neymar has had an injury-hit start to this season and has been restricted to just five league appearances.
The 27-year-old has still managed to score four goals from the aforementioned five French Ligue 1 games.
Ex-Arsenal Starlet On Barcelona Radar
PSV Eindhoven striker Donyell Malen has grown to become a key player for the former Dutch champions since he returned to the Netherlands two years ago.
The performance of the Ex-Arsenal starlet has attracted the interest of Spanish champions Barcelona who are looking for a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez.
According to Football Whispers, Barcelona want to sign Donyell Malen when the January transfer window reopens in the next few weeks.
Donyell Malen is a Dutch international and he came through the youth academy at Eredivisie champions Ajax Amsterdam before leaving for the Premier League.
The 20-year-old was at Arsenal until August 2017 when the young attacker returned to his native Netherlands.
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He has been in sensational form for PSV Eindhoven this term and it is not surprising that Barcelona are mentioned as potential suitors.
Malen has scored 16 goals in 19 games in all competitions for Europa League campaigners PSV Eindhoven.
He has 10 goals and one assist in 10 league games for PSV Eindhoven in this campaign.
Barcelona are on the search for the replacement for Luis Suarez who is gradually winding down on his career.
Luis Suarez would be 33 at the start of the New Year and the Uruguayan has scored six league goals this season.
What Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Thinks About Zlatan Ibrahimovich Revealed
Rumors have it that Manchester United could lure 38-year-old striker Zlatan Ibrahimovich back to Old Trafford in January as part of Solskjaer’s desire to upgrade his team at the final half of the pitch.
The Sweden international came to the end of his contract with MLS side LA Galaxy some weeks ago and is currently a free agent.
The Sun had earlier revealed that Solskjaer is willing to bring the proven striker back to the team due to his experience and quality, but the latest reports say that the manager seems to have changed his mind.
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According to Metro, the Norwegian boss is not seeking a short-term solution to his team’s attacking problems and he is not willing to sign the Swedish international on a short-term basis in January.
Zlatan Ibrahimovich managed to score 26 goals in his debut campaign at the Old Trafford Stadium during José Mourinho’s reign at the club but he couldn’t maintain such form in his second season due to injury.
Meanwhile, AC Milan and other highly rated clubs are monitoring the player’s situation with the hope of signing him as a free agent when the transfer window reopens next year.
Solskjaer is still very much involved in the deal to sign 33-year-old Mario Mandzukic from Juventus after pulling out of the race for Ibrahimovic.
Messi Equals Record After Hattrick Performance vs Celta Vigo
Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi was the star of the show as he led his team to the top of the table after his performance during the 4-1 win over Celta Vigo.
Messi scored a hattrick to propel Barcelona to a big win at home against a Celta Vigo side in the bottom three on the Spanish La Liga table.
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi scored the first goal of the game from the penalty spot midway into the first half of the game before Celta Vigo defender Lucas Olaza equalized for his team with four first-half minutes left on the clock.
Messi ensured that Barcelona didn’t go into the halftime break on level terms after scoring a well taken free-kick on the stroke of the interval to edge the Catalans to a 2-1 lead.
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He added another freekick goal just after the halftime interval to put daylight between Barcelona and their opponents thereby completing his hattrick.
He has now scored 34 hattricks in the colours of Barcelona to draw level with main rival and Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
Sergio Busquets made sure of the points with the fourth goal for Barcelona in the last ten minutes.
Messi and Ronaldo have scored the most hattricks with 34 goals in total.