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Barcelona, News

Barca turned down €65 million offer for Sergi Roberto

It has been revealed that Barcelona turned down a €65 million offer for Sergi Roberto last summer and decided to keep hold of the player despite numerous interests in the services of the utility man from many clubs. Sergi Roberto, 28, had established himself as a key member of the squad at the time, with the club not willing to let him leave. However, according to Marca, this is no longer the case at the Camp Nou. READ: Neymar net worth – How much is the Brazilian worth in 2020? The Catalan giants are presently willing to listen to offers for the Spaniard, although the reports claimed that the player has not been informed of this development by the club. During the weekend, Sport claimed that Juventus are interested in Roberto and that he could also be used as a makeweight in ...
Barcelona, Manchester United, News

Man United open talks with Barcelona right back

Manchester United have reportedly opened talks with Barcelona to sign Nelson Semedo according to the Sun via Spanish publication Sport. The right-back was negotiating with the La Liga giants over a new contract but talks appear to have stalled as the star is now considered transferable. However, Man United will face competition for the Portuguese from the likes of Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur. Sport revealed that Semedo's release clause is €100m (£88m) but given his transferable status, Barca may accept a considerably lesser fee. READ: Thomas Partey’s agents deny ongoing talks with Arsenal Meanwhile, Semedo is open to an exit after losing his place as the club's first-choice right-back. Sergi Roberto has given the Portuguese some fight for the number one slot at right-bac...
Barcelona, Chelsea, News

Chelsea very close to completing deal for Coutinho

It appears that Chelsea are very close to signing Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona as there have been negotiations to bring the Brazil international to Stamford Bridge. According to Spanish news outlet, Sport (via Sports Witness), a deal is very close to completion although it's yet to be known of it will be a loan or permanent deal. Regardless, there are hints that it will be a permanent deal. READ: Roberto Martinez says Hazard has recovered from surgery Barcelona are keen to balance their books and want €90m for Coutinho. However, Chelsea are not willing to part with such an amount for the Brazilian. Coutinho is keen on s return to the Premier League and this could work to Chelsea's advantage. Chelsea will be taking a risk to sign Coutinho though, as he has not been in great ...
Barcelona, Chelsea, News

Ajax slap £35m price tag on Onana as Chelsea, others circle

Eredivisie giants Ajax have slapped a £35million price tag on goalkeeper Andre Onana as Chelsea and other European clubs consider a summer move. Onana has been the first-choice goalie at Ajax for the last four seasons and has garnered experience in Europa League and Champions League football. His consistency for the Eredivisie outfit has reportedly attracted interest from Chelsea, Barcelona, and Paris-Saint Germain. READ: Alisson recovers, returns to training According to The Telegraph, Chelsea are weighing up a £35m bid for Onana after concerns were raised over Kepa Arrizabalaga's run of inconsistencies between the goalposts. The Blues signed Kepa from Athletic Bilbao in a record deal worth £71.6million in 2018. It can be recalled that he lost his place to Willy Caballero aft...
Arsenal FC, News

Arteta eyeing Jovic as potential replacement for Aubameyang

Mikel Arteta is reportedly eyeing a move for Real Madrid forward Luka Jovic as a potential replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. There have been speculations about the Gabon international's future as he edges closer to the last 12 months of his contract with the club. Aubameyang has scored 61 goals and made 13 assists in 97 games for Arsenal and this is proof of how vital he has been to Arsenal. However, a report by the Metro, suggests that the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid are interested in the striker and could take advantage of his current situation. READ: Barcelona announce board changes amid crisis The 30-year-old has a £60m asking price and this could be enough to fend off any interest from other clubs. Regardless, a report by AS suggests that Arteta is already pla...
Barcelona, News

Barcelona announce board changes amid crisis

La Liga giants Barcelona have moved to restructure their board after last week's resignation of six directors in protest of how the club was being run. Two of the club's four vice presidents namely, Emili Rousaud and Enrique Tombas were among the lot that announced their resignation in a letter to fans that was published in Spanish media on Friday. The likes of directors Josep Pont, Jordi Calsamiglia, Silvio Elias and Maria Texidor also joined them. The departing directors criticized how a social media scandal was handled by the club and expressed doubts about the board's ability to handle the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic which has led to a 70% reduction pay cut for players. Meanwhile, Barcelona disclosed that the board had approved the appointment of Jordi Moix as vice pres...
Barcelona, News

Tebas – A Messi move to Serie A won’t solve the league’s problems

La Liga president Javier Tebas has insisted that Messi moving to the Serie A will not solve the problems in the Italian league after the severe hit they've suffered due to the coronavirus pandemic. A report by La Gazzetta dello Sport suggests that Serie A will lose around €700million due to the enforced break due to COVID-19, with suggestions that Messi's move to the league would be a massive financial boost. However, in a conference call with foreign journalists on Tuesday, Tebas said: "I don't know if Messi will continue or not in Spanish football. I think he isn't going to leave Spanish football, but what I can say is that he is not the solution for Italian football to get out of the crisis it is having. READ: FIFA approves extension of players’ contracts amid coronavirus crisi...
Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester United, News

Barca set Philippe Coutinho asking price

A report from the Evening Standard suggests that Barcelona will only discuss with teams who are willing to part with between £70 to 80 million ($85 to 98 million) for midfielder Philippe Coutinho. The two teams that have been linked with the Brazil international thus far are Manchester United and Chelsea.  It appears that the move is in preparation for the club's targeted signings such as Lautaro Martinez and former star Neymar. Regardless, Coutinho has not been that spectacular at Bayern where he is currently on loan as the Bundesliga giants will likely pass on the £105 million ($128 million) to make his deal permanent at the Allianz Arena. It can be recalled that Philippe Coutinho was signed from Liverpool in 2018 in a deal worth £142 million ($174 million). His current asking pric...
Barcelona, News

Barca reduce Rakitic asking price ahead of summer transfer window

Reports are rife that Barcelona have reduced the asking price for Ivan Rakitic to €20 million as his current contract will expire in a year. Therefore, the best time to sell him will be in this calendar and not waiting for the arrival of the winter transfer window. READ: Premier League and EFL talks on season resumption and player wages to continue According to the report, he wants to remain in Spain with a possible return to former club Sevilla a seeming possibility. However, the asking price of €20 million remains a turn-off for Sevilla, although the discussion between the player and the club have been going on smoothly. It is expected that a compromise will be reached between all parties involved as the summer transfer window approaches.
Arsenal FC, News

Arsenal furious with Barca for unsettling Aubameyang and opting for Lautaro Martinez

Arsenal FC chiefs are disappointed with Barcelona for their persistent attempts to unsettle Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang at the Emirates after turning their attention to Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez eventually. The Gabon international is set to enter the final year of his contract and has been repeatedly linked with a move to Barcelona, as they are in the market for a new striker. Therefore, the Gunners may have no choice but to cash in on the striker if he refuses to put pen to paper rather than losing him for free in a year. Barcelona's reported pursuit of the striker has unsettled him at Arsenal and the London club are unhappy with the La Liga giants, and more so after the Catalans are now pursuing Lautaro Martinez ahead of Aubameyang. READ: Spurs set to offer €40 million for Ed...