Barcelona are set to beat Arsenal in the race for free transfer striker Alexandre Lacazette as he is ready to take a pay cut from his current £120,000-a-week salary. The Gunners have been struggling with their squad recently and could make room for him by letting Pierre Emerick Aubameyang leave.
Barcelona are set to sign Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette on a free transfer. The Gunners have already signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund for €60 million, and it is expected that the Frenchman will be offered an identical contract. Read more in detail here: barcelona transfer news.
The summer transfer season is nearing, and speculation about who will go where is rife. Transfer Talk provides you the most up-to-date news on speculations, arrivals and departures, and, of course, completed transactions!
TOP STORY: Barcelona wants Lacazette to join them on a free transfer.
Barcelona has already signed one striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, on a free transfer from Arsenal, but Sport reports that they are looking for another.
Alexandre Lacazette’s contract with the club ends at the conclusion of the season, and he seems to be on the move this summer, with previous club Lyon expressing interest in bringing him back to France.
Lacazette may be persuaded to rejoin his pal after Aubameyang’s success since going to Camp Nou in February.
Lacazette has six goals and eight assists in 29 appearances this season, but he has failed to make an impression at the Emirates, and manager Mikel Arteta is willing to let him leave.
Barca are looking for a new striker and have Erling Haaland, Robert Lewandowski, and Mohamed Salah on their radar, but all three would come with high salaries and a high transfer cost, so Lacazette might be a more affordable alternative for the club.
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Right-back Borussia Dortmund (11.18 BST) Thomas Meunier has disclosed that a January deal to Barcelona fell through because Bayern Munich refused to let him go in the middle of the season.
Barca were looking for a full-back, with Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico also on their radar, but were unable to secure anything other than Dani Alves’ return on a free transfer.
“It sounded amazing when Dortmund informed me Barca were interested,” Belgium international Meunier told HLN. “However, they stated right away, ‘Sorry, you won’t be able to leave.’
“These are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to which you cannot say no. It wasn’t easy, but I understood since the transfer window had only been open for approximately a week.”
Meunier claims to have spoken with Jordi Cruyff, Barca’s athletic advisor: “They offered to lend me money with the possibility to purchase it back or perhaps buy me outright. Dortmund is a fantastic club, but Barcelona is something else entirely.”
Sergino Dest’s situation would have been further complicated by the signing of Meunier, with sources telling ESPN in January that Barca were prepared to let the American international depart.
Dest, 21, has subsequently shined in Barca’s recent resurgence, assisting on their ascent to third place in LaLiga and into the Europa League quarterfinals, and might possibly have a future with the club beyond this summer.
10.31 BST: According to ESPN, Flamengo are in danger of losing out on a permanent contract for Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira because discussions have not to be completed.
Flamengo have negotiated a cost of roughly £10 million, which includes a provision for a portion of any future transfer for the 26-year-old midfielder, who has also agreed to a lesser income than he now receives at Old Trafford.
However, since Flamengo is unable to finalize the transaction due to financial instability, teams from Spain, the Netherlands, and England are circling.
09.36 BST: Barcelona president Joan Laporta says he’ll meet with Ousmane Dembele’s agent to re-open contract extension talks.
After Dembele turned down the club’s original offer, Laporta virtually ruled out granting him a new contract in January, with his current contract expiring in the summer.
Barca threatened to bench Dembele for the remainder of the season, but Xavi Hernandez decided to bring him back, and he has rewarded his coach with a string of brilliant performances.
“We have to get down and negotiate since he’s out of contract in the summer,” Laporta said TVE on Friday. “I’m sure he’ll be OK in Barcelona; we’ll see what happens.”
Laporta has often changed his mind over Dembele’s future. He’s gone from stating he’s “better than Kylian Mbappe” to attempting to compel Mbappe to sign with an English club in January in the past.
Meanwhile, Laporta underlined his position that the club would not overpay for Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland.
Laporta has been obliged to dramatically lower the salary bill since returning to the president, supervising the exits of high-paid players like as Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, and Philippe Coutinho.
When questioned about Haaland, Laporta responded, “We aren’t going to sign someone who changes the compensation scheme we have today.”
Barcelona is one of the teams interested in signing the Norway international, with Manchester City and Real Madrid also in the running.
9:00 a.m. BST According to ESPN’s Rob Dawson, Manchester City feels confident in their ability to beat out Real Madrid for striker Erling Haaland this summer.
City are looking for a striker and are convinced that they can put together a financial package that will cover the €75 million release clause in Haaland’s contract with Borussia Dortmund (which kicks in this year), the Norwegian’s salaries, and additional costs such as agent payments.
The exits of Angelino, Ferran Torres, and Jack Harrison (for a total cost of roughly €85 million) have placed City in a solid financial position ahead of the summer season, according to sources.
They also feel that the opportunity to work with Pep Guardiola and the club’s track record of success, which includes three Premier League championships in the previous four years, would persuade Haaland to spend the next part of his career at the Etihad Stadium.
Gab Marcotti and Stewart Robson argue whether Barcelona should prioritize Ousmane Dembele’s contract extension.
GOSSIP ON PAPER (by Adam Brown)
– According to Ekrem Konur, Internazionale is preparing to begin discussions with Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger. Despite reports of interest from Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, the 29-year-old has failed to sign fresh terms at Stamford Bridge as the final months of a contract that expires at the end of this season tick down, and the Germany international does not seem to have picked his future destination. Inter seems to have chosen the Premier League player as a long-term successor for Stefan De Vrij, who is set to leave the Italian club.
BBC Sport reports that Barcelona will keep an eye on Jules Kounde when they face Sevilla in LaLiga on Sunday (watch LIVE on ESPN+). While there is real interest in the 23-year-old, Barcelona may have to trade players to obtain him, with Sevilla demanding €70 million. Chelsea are also interested in the 23-year-old defender.
– According to Sport1, Borussia Dortmund has put off contract discussions with Dan-Axel Zagadou. Due to injuries, the 22-year-old has only made five Bundesliga starts this season, and the BVB leadership is hesitant to extend his contract. He joined the club from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017.
– According to Calciomercato, Carlo Ancelotti is lobbying for Real Madrid to sign Fabian Ruiz. Despite Napoli’s willingness to extend his contract, the 25-year-old midfielder has expressed his wish to return to Spain. Only a few months left till the end of his contract, which might push the Serie A club’s hand.
– According to the Daily Mail, Manchester City have overcome Barcelona and Arsenal to recruit outstanding youngster Henry Oware. The 18-year-old defender comes for £800,000 from Ghanaian side West Africa Football Academy, with Pep Guardiola reportedly planning to loan him to Troyes.
– According to Calciomercato, Milan have selected Porto attacker Mehdi Taremi as a possible Zlatan Ibrahimovic replacement. The 29-year-old has 18 goals in 39 outings for the Liga NOS side this season and is worth over €20 million. If no agreement can be reached for the Iran international, Divock Origi is an option.
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