Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has reportedly emerged as a potential transfer target for Barcelona.
It has been claimed that the Catalan giants have identified Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho as a possible replacement for Neymar should be complete a world record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.However, the
Merseyside giants have no intention of parting ways with their best player, and it has left Barcelona needing to consider other options with just a month remaining of the transfer window.According to Don Balon,
Ozil is on the radar of new boss Ernesto Valverde and Barca feel that they will be able to sign the German international for £53m.Ozil has just a year remaining on his contract at the Emirates Stadium and although he is said to be happy with life in London, the former Real Madrid man is yet to agree new terms with the club.
The 28-year-old came in for criticism during parts of last season, but the playmaker still contributed eight goals and nine assists in 33 Premier League appearances.
Newcastle United to consider approach for Real Madrid forward Lucas Vazquez
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has identified Real Madrid forward Lucas Vazquez as a potential transfer target, according to Spanish journalist Pete Jenson.
The Magpies have made five signings ahead of their return to the Premier League, but Benitez remains in the market and is hoping to make more quality additions before the end of the summer window.
Jenson has suggested that Benitez may return to his homeland to bring in more players, with 26-year-old Vazquez a possible signing if he falls down the pecking order at the Bernabeu.
Tottenham miss out on latest right-back target as Manchester United swoop in to clinch deal
Tottenham’s attempts to replace Kyle Walker with a new right-back have taken a blow after reports in France claimed Manchester United have emerged as the principal suitors in the race to sign Serge Aurier from PSG.
Le Parisien yesterday reported Spurs had ramped up their interest but there was a disagreement in valuation between Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and the PSG board over a fee for Aurier, which has reportedly allowed United to swoop in to secure his signature.
The report claims Aurier has agreed terms with Manchester United after PSG gave him permission to talk to other clubs and will now have to wait to find out whether or not he can gain entry to the UK.
Spanish Liga to file a complaint against PSG over Neymar
In recent developments, Spain’s football league chief Javier Tebas has said that he will file a complaint with UEFA for financial fair play breaches against Paris Saint-Germain over their pursuit of Neymar.
“La Liga will file this complaint because it’s a problem for La Liga’s competitiveness. Today it’s happened to Barca, tomorrow it could happen to Real Madrid, it’s happened to Atletico Madrid,” Tebas, the La Liga chairman, saidIn case this deal materialises and PSG do in fact pay the £198.7m release clause to acquire the services of Neymar, they would struggle to meet UEFA’s financial fair play conditions that “limit a team to losses of no more than 30 million euros over a three-year cycle.”“PSG cannot have figures in which PSG’s commercial rights exceed those of Real Madrid and Barcelona,” said Tebas.
Pep Guardiola: ‘Kelechi Iheanacho close to Leicester City move
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed that forward Kelechi Iheanacho is close to completing a move to Leicester City.
With Sergio Aguero competing with Gabriel Jesus for a starting role at the Etihad Stadium, it has left Iheanacho down the pecking order and the Foxes have been in negotiations with City regarding his signature for a number of weeks.Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare has acknowledged that he is hopeful of signing the Nigerian before the start of the new season, and Guardiola has said that the transfer is likely to happen.
The Spaniard told reporters: “I think Kelechi leaves us in favor of Leicester. I think so, but I do not want to say anything wrong either. We will see. If that does not happen, he will be part of the group.”
Iheanacho has netted 21 goals in 64 appearances for City, but the 20-year-old made just five starts in the Premier League during the last campaign.
Report: Philippe Coutinho to plead for Barcelona move
Philippe Coutinho is desperate to join Barcelona this summer and is prepared to plead with Liverpool chiefs to let him leave, according to a report.The 25-year-old’s Anfield future has dominated the back pages in recent weeks, having supposedly been made the Catalan club’s top summer transfer target.
It is claimed by Spanish outlet Sport that Coutinho is willing to take a pay cut, and will even beg the Merseyside outfit to grant him his wish of departing should they play hardball over the transfer fee.Despite the intense speculation, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has refused to confirm whether an agreement has been reached with Liverpool.
Separate reports in the Spanish press suggest that last season’s second-placed side in La Liga could hand over as much as £100m to get their man in the remaining weeks of the window.
Chelsea to miss out on Renato Sanches as Bayern Munich teenager chooses AC Milan
The Premier League champions made a late move for the 19-year-old, who has also been tracked by Manchester United, in an effort to bolster their squad to cope with the added demands of European football next season.
Antonio Conte has made no secret of his desire to bring in new faces and avoid a repeat of their last, unsuccessful title defence, when they slumped to 10th place and Jose Mourinho lost his job.
The Italian wants at least four more signings before the window shuts, but Sanches will not be one of them, with The Mirror reporting that he has rejected a move to Stamford Bridge.The midfielder is looking to reignite his career after a poor campaign for Bayern Munich, which saw him lose his place in the Portugal senior squad and drop down to the Under-21s.
Sanches is unwilling to swap one bench for another at a critical stage in his career and development, and now looks set to move to big-spending Milan instead.It comes after Portugal team-mate Joao Mario, who plays for Inter Milan, revealed he advised Sanches to move to Italy.