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    Man Utd ‘make contact with Barcelona over Ousmane Dembele transfer as Solskjaer looks to add for Prem title push’

    MANCHESTER UNITED have reportedly opened talks over a transfer swoop for Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele.The 24-year-old has struggled to make an impact at the Nou Camp since his big-money arrival from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 due to injuries.
    Man Utd are plotting a swoop for Ousmane DembeleCredit: Getty
    The attacker’s contract expires at the Nou Camp in JuneCredit: Reuters
    But last season he did manage to find some form, and with 13 goals in 48 games, convinced the club to offer him a new contract.
    His current arrangement ends at the end of the campaign and he will be free to leave for nothing – although his team did meet Barca officials before the recent clash with Granada to begin talks over an extension.
    Spanish outlet El Nacional reports that contact has already been made by United with France international forward.
    The Red Devils have allegedly informed Dembele’s representatives of their desire to bring him to Old Trafford on a freebie in June.
    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have Cristiano Ronaldo back in his ranks but the midweek defeat to West Ham highlighted his lack of firepower elsewhere.
    United, who rested the Portuguese legend, were dumped out of the Carabao Cup thanks to a 1-0 home loss.

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    Anthony Martial failed to take his opportunity and he could be one of those sold to make room for Dembele within the attacking ranks.
    United are believed to be demanding around £40m for the French ace.

    Edinson Cavani also looks set to leave at the end of season and return to South America once his deal expires.
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    Barcelona ‘to make Raheem Sterling transfer move in January window after having bid turned down over summer’

    BARCELONA are keen to reignite their interest in Raheem Sterling when the transfer window re-opens in January.The Catalan club tried to sign the 26-year-old in the last transfer window according to Sport, but a deal never materialised.
    Sterling has scored one goal so far this seasonCredit: Getty
    But has found game time hard to come byCredit: Getty
    And now Nou Camp chiefs are ready to test Manchester City’s resolve once again in the New Year.
    Sterling has started just two out of City’s six games so far this season, with Sport naming Barcelona as an ‘ideal destination’ for the 70-cap England international.
    The winger has even given the thumbs up for a move to go ahead, according to reports.
    But any potential move won’t come cheap.
    Sterling is valued in excess of £80million and earns around £300,000-a-week at the Etihad.
    Cash-strapped Barca have more funds to play with than they did in the summer but money is still tight at the Nou Camp.

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    Despite the club’s dire financial situation the Spanish giants sent Director of Football Mateu Alemany to Manchester in the summer to discuss a possible transfer for Sterling.
    Barca’s summer proposal reportedly included a swap deal including Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele or Sergi Roberto.
    A loan move was also discussed between the clubs.
    Sterling has played 298 times for Manchester City since his move from Liverpool in 2015, scoring 115 times so far for the Cityzens.
    But he appears to have fallen out of favour under Pep Guardiola this season.

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    Barcelona’s ‘new Messi’ Ansu Fati offered to Man City and other European giants in shock transfer

    BARCELONA wonderkid Ansu Fati is reportedly being offered to several European giants, including Manchester City.It’s believed the player’s agent is in contact with several clubs to try and force Barca to offer their new No10 an improved contract.
    Barcelona star Ansu Fati might be up for grabs next summerCredit: Getty
    According to Spanish outlet ElNacional.cat, Fati’s agent Jorge Mendes wants Barcelona to give the 18-year-old a new deal.
    Fati has just one year remaining on his existing Barca contract and Mendes, who also represents Cristiano Ronaldo, wants his future resolved.
    Mendes is reportedly offering the forward to clubs around Europe to ‘scare’ the Catalan giants into giving him an extension on improved terms.
    City are thought to be one of those teams but manager Pep Guardiola is reluctant to take Barca’s best prospect from the cash-strapped club.
    The Catalan giants, who were forced to release Lionel Messi in the summer, are thought to be £1BILLION in debt after severe mismanagement.
    Guardiola has reportedly asked City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain not to enter negotiations with Mendes to help Barca.

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    But that won’t stop other big clubs from sneaking in and signing one of the hottest prospects in Europe, if the rumours are to be believed.
    Fati is widely regarded as the future of Barcelona and was recently given Messi’s famous No10 shirt by the club.
    The teenager broke into the team in August 2019 and went on to score seven goals in 24 LaLiga appearances during the 2019-20 campaign.
    Fati was subsequently handed his international debut by Spain manager Luis Enrique, picking up four senior caps to date.
    But a serious knee injury has kept him out of action since last November and it’s unclear when he will make his Barca return.
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    Man Utd face Youri Tielemans transfer battle with Real Madrid and Barcelona also ‘monitoring’ Leicester star

    REAL MADRID and Barcelona have joined Manchester United in the bidding war for Leicester star Youri Tielemans, reports suggest.Tielemans has impressed at King Power Stadium ever since the Foxes signed him on a club record £40million fee in 2019.
    Leicester star Youri Tielemans has been linked with a move to Manchester United, Barcelona and Real MadridCredit: AFP
    Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims that a host of top clubs are now keeping tabs on the midfielder ahead of the next summer transfer window.
    Romano reports that United, Real and Barca are among the Belgium international’s suitors.
    The Italian journalist added that that this could be one of the most prominent transfer sagas of the coming summer.
    United will reportedly make a move for the 24-year-old if they lose Paul Pogba next year.
    Pogba’s contract with the Red Devils runs out in June and he doesn’t look close to signing a new deal any time soon.
    The star midfielder has previously been linked with a move to Real, who are still keeping tabs on him.

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    Thus, a potential departure by the France international could clear the path for United to land Tielemans.
    According to ESPN, though, West Ham star Declan Rice will also be included on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s transfer list should the Old Trafford manager lose Pogba.
    Tielemans has amassed a total of 18 goals and 19 assists in 112 appearances for Leicester across all competitions.
    But none of his goals was more critical than his screamer during last season’s FA Cup final, which led to victory over Chelsea at Wembley.
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    Barcelona stars Sergio Busquets, Sergi Roberto and Jordi Alba all agree to pay-cuts to help financially-stricken club

    BARCELONA stars Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto have all reportedly agreed to take pay cuts to help the club stay afloat.The Catalan giants have come to an agreement with Busquets and Roberto’s agent Josep Maria Orobitg that will see both stars slash their wages to remain at the Nou Camp, according to Marca.
    The Barca trio of Busquets, Alba and Roberto have reportedly agreed to take pay cutsCredit: Getty
    Marca claim that Busquets will take a 25 per cent wage cut on his £13.4million yearly salary and give up one of his contract clauses.
    And Roberto’s £8.8m contract will most likely take the same cut, although the full-back will also be extending his Barca contract.
    However, Marca say Orobitg may propose a counter-offer to Barca’s Roberto offer.
    Despite Orobitg’s potential Roberto query, all parties seem happy to go ahead with the new deals that should be completed before the transfer window closes next week.
    Roberto and Busquets are joined by Barca pal Alba who will also take a 25 per cent hit to his £7.8m yearly salary, according to Barcablaugranes.
    And on top of that, the left-back will defer part of his wages until 2024, the publication claim.

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    The 32-year-old had previously alluded to the fact that he was willing to reduce his salary to stay at Barca until he retires.
    He said: “When the club talks with me, I am willing. I’m from here, spending my whole life in Barcelona. That my commitment is questioned hurts me a lot.
    “The lies annoy me, they tire me. I can put up with a lot, but I suffer for my family and the things they have to hear.”
    Last month, it was reported that Barca were considering taking their stars to court if they didn’t accept a pay cut.
    Club president Joan Laporta is said to have given his players until August 15 to agree to a reduction – or risk legal action being taken against them.

    And last week the Barca supremo revealed that the club are in £1.15billion of debt.
    The financial peril caused by the coronavirus pandemic of course saw them unable to offer club legend Lionel Messi a new contract.
    The 34 year old made a tearful exit to join Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year deal reportedly on £650,000-a-week.

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    Philippe Coutinho’s agent drops Liverpool return transfer hint and says Reds are ‘very deeply’ in Barcelona ace’s heart

    PHILIPPE COUTINHO’S agent has hinted at a return to Anfield after revealing his client still has Liverpool ‘very deeply’ in his heart.It comes amid speculation his former club are interested in re-signing the Brazilian.
    Philippe Coutinho still has Liverpool ‘very deeply’ in his heartCredit: Getty
    And Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian hinted the playmaker would not rule out returning to Liverpool, as he still values the club.
    Joorabchian told Sky Sports: “I think Liverpool lies very, very deeply in his heart, he was a big fan of them throughout the [last] campaign.
    “He was wishing for them to win the title and he has a very strong affinity there so I think it will be very difficult for him to go to a direct competitor of Liverpool from a personal standpoint.”
    Coutinho left for Barcelona in 2018 for a deal that totalled £145million.
    But the versatile forward has found life in Spain hard and in 2019 spent a year on loan with Bayern Munich.
    He then returned to the Nou Camp and is heading into his second season since returning from Germany.

    Coutinho was given a second chance at Barca by new boss Ronald Koeman when the Dutchman arrived in 2020.
    But the former Liverpool star only managed 14 games amid ongoing injury problems which has seen him miss the start of this campaign.
    With Barca also heavily in debt – contributing to the loss of Lionel Messi to PSG on a free – Coutinho’s future continues to remain in doubt.
    Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham have all been linked with him before, but Jurgen Klopp has previously distanced himself from a move.
    Klopp told Pure Football Podcast last year: “Phil was our boy for a long time. We respect him a lot and wish him all the best.
    “That’s how football should be. That’s the most important thing the club showed in that moment.”
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    Barcelona FINALLY register Depay and Garcia after Pique agrees to take ‘significant’ pay cut to help cash crisis

    BARCELONA have FINALLY registered new signings Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia after Gerard Pique agreed to a ‘significant’ pay cut.The pair arrived on free transfers from Lyon and Manchester City respectively this summer.
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    But in order to be eligible to play, they needed to make huge further reductions to the wage bill to operate within LaLiga regulations.
    It was those rules – along with Spanish employment laws – that saw Lionel Messi forced out of the club.
    But Pique, a product of the famous La Masia academy, has repaid his club with a selfless gesture to help Barca.
    Boss Ronald Koeman paid tribute to the defender – and hopes other Barca legends will follow his lead to enable more signings to arrive at the Nou Camp, especially a forward.
    Koeman said: “We all know the situation that the club finds itself in and it needs help in any way possible.
    “Gerard, Sergio Roberto, [Jordi] Alba and Sergio Busquets have all been here for many years and they want to help and they have shown that.

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    “This is their club and that shows in this gesture.
    “It hurts all Barcelona supporters what Messi has done but we cannot live in the past.
    “The squad is short of forward players and we have spoken about signing a striker.
    “It would help us but let’s see if it can be possible.”
    Ex-Barcelona forward Gary Lineker tweeted: “The great @3gerardpique is to take a substantial pay cut to ease @FCBarcelona’s registration issues.
    “El Presidente del futuro. [The president of the future].”
    However, more sacrifices to the budget need to be made before injured Sergio Aguero – or any other arrivals – can be added.
    LaLiga set Barcelona an annual salary budget of £295million.
    But they are currently operating at £340m so still need to cut around £45m, even with Messi and his mammoth wages gone.

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    The Argentine icon joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer this week on an eye-watering £1m per week.
    To make matters worse for Barcelona, who are already in £1billion of debt, the Nou Camp club still owe Messi £44.2m in deferred wages from last season.
    Barca begin their new LaLiga campaign at home to Real Sociedad on Sunday.

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    Memphis Depay arrived from Lyon to join up with compatriot Ronald KoemanCredit: Getty
    Eric Garcia left Manchester City when his contract expired at the end of last seasonCredit: Getty
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    Arsenal weighing up transfer for Barcelona outcast Neto after £35m Aaron Ramsdale move collapses

    ARSENAL are weighing up a move for Barcelona keeper Neto after refusing to meet Sheffield United’s £35million asking price for Aaron Ramsdale.The Gunners’ offer of £20m plus add-ons for the England shot stopper was rejected after discussions took place on Wednesday, leading Arsenal to end their pursuit of the 23-year-old.
    Arsenal will look to Barca keeper Neto to provide competition for Bernd Leno after failing to sign Aaron RamsdaleCredit: Getty
    Arsenal’s pursuit of Ramsdale appears to be over after the two clubs could not agree a fee for the England keeperCredit: Getty
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    Arsenal will now reportedly turn their attention to Barca’s back-up keeper Neto, 32, who could be available on a cut-price transfer or loan deal as the Spanish giants seek to reduce their wage bill.
    The Brazilian, who still has two years left on his current deal, has made just nine appearances in LaLiga for Barca since joining for an initial £22m from Valencia in 2019.
    It is believed that Neto could be the perfect solution to Arsenal’s goalkeeper crisis, with the Gunners desperate to provide cover for Bernd Leno and competition for the number one spot.
    There is also a good feeling at Arsenal that the deal can be completed swiftly as the player is represented by Kia Joorabchian, who previously orchestrated moves to north London for Cedric, Willian and David Luiz.
    Neto was just one of a number of possible options that SunSport suggested Arsenal could turn to after failing to land Ramsdale, including PSG keeper Keylor Navas.
    The Costa Rican is set to be ousted as number one following the arrival of Gianluigi Donnarumma on a free transfer from AC Milan and would bring some much needed experience and pedigree to Mikel Arteta’s squad.

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    However, a deal for Neto looks far more likely and though Arsenal’s interest in Ramsdale appears to be shelved for now, they could come back in for him later on should Sheffield United’s position change.
    Arsenal get their Premier League campaign started tonight with a clash with newly promoted Brentford.
    Speaking ahead of the opener, Arteta revealed he was powerless to stop Amazon’s ‘All or Nothing’ cameras from filming behind the scenes.
    He also admitted they have a tough start to the season with games against Chelsea and Manchester City early on.
    But he urged fans to be “excited” about the season ahead.

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