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Playmaker set to leave Real Madrid amid interest from Arsenal

Real Madrid are looking to part ways with Spanish midfielder Isco this summer. According to news outlet ABC, the 29-year-old is surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu Stadium. Since Julen Lopetegui’s sacking, Isco has not been a mainstay in Madrid’s first team. Los Blancos are reportedly unwilling to pay over €13 million gross in wages to a substitute. The Spaniard is pushing for a move away from Madrid as he wants more game time. He was close to leaving the club in January before Martin Odegaard’s exit forced him to stay. Several Premier League clubs, including Arsenal, are interested in a deal but are unwilling to splurge massive amounts of money on Isco’s wages. At the age of 29, Isco is eyeing a challenge at a new club to revive his career. He is way down the pecking order at Madrid, ...

Chelsea need to pay close to €80m to sign one of their top targets – report

Sevilla are reluctant to sell Jules Kounde to Chelsea unless they pay a fee close to the €80m release clause, Goal reports. The Blues have agreed personal terms with Kounde, but they are now in negotiations with Sevilla over his potential transfer. The Premier League giants recently made a €35m offer for the central defender with Zouma acting as a makeweight. The offer has been snubbed by Sevilla, who are reluctant to lose the Frenchman unless they receive a sum close to the buy-out clause. The La Liga club bought Kounde from Bordeaux for €25m in 2019. The French outfit are owed 20 percent of the future sell-on fee. After the recent sale of Bryan Gil, Sevilla don’t face any financial pressure. They are firm on their valuation and prefer a straight cash deal. Sportslens view:...

Tottenham confirm €25m signing of 20yo Spain international

Tottenham Hotspur have announced the signing of Sevilla winger Bryan Gil. Gil has been at Sevilla since the age of 11, arriving in the academy in 2012. He spent six years in the youth teams and one season in the reserves before earning his first appearance for the senior team in January 2019. The 20-year-old has spent the majority of the last two seasons out on loan at Leganes and Eibar. It was at the latter where he caught the eye, scoring four and assisting three for the bottom-placed side. This form has earned him three caps for the Spain national team and a place in Luis Enrique’s preliminary squad for the European Championships. Now he has completed his much-anticipated move to Tottenham, as confirmed by the club on Twitter. The fee is believed to be worth €25 million, with winger Eri...

Atletico Madrid keen on signing Arsenal forward, could be available for just £15m – report

Atletico Madrid have revived their interest in signing Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette, Calciomercato reports. The La Liga giants are long-term admirers of the Frenchman, and they could lure him on a cut-price deal this summer. Lacazette recently entered the final year of his contract with the Gunners, and the club are prepared to sanction his sale. Sportslens view: Lacazette was the Gunners’ top-scorer last term with 17 goals in 43 games, but he could be on the move as he is no longer indispensable. The hierarchy have no plans of extending his deal, and it has been reported that he could be sold for a fee of around £15 million. The London club have their sights on landing Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham as his replacement but need to recoup funds first. Meanwhile, the interest from Diego...

Barcelona have put £212,000-a-week star on shop window, keen to offload him – report

Barcelona are putting Samuel Umtiti in the shop window by playing him regularly in pre-season, Spanish publication Sport claims. The France international has fallen down the pecking order over the past couple of seasons amid regular knee injury concerns. He is now deemed surplus to requirements by manager Ronald Koeman, and the club are keen to offload him in the coming weeks. Umtiti recently played 45 minutes of the club’s friendlies against Nastic and Girona. The club are hoping to attract transfer interest. They still have a major stumbling block as the defender’s hefty wages of £212,000-a-week could put off clubs from signing him. Sportslens view: It was recently revealed that the club need to slash their wage bill by a staggering £171 million to come within the La Liga salar...

€60m-rated star makes Barcelona transfer decision, prefers to join only one club – report

Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann only wants to join Atletico Madrid this summer, Spanish publication Sport claims. The Frenchman has been tipped to leave the Blaugrana as they look to reduce their surplus wage bill to meet the La Liga salary cap. They recently offered him in a swap deal for Atletico’s Saul Niguez, but the talks broke down after a disagreement over various reasons. The Blaugrana valued Griezmann higher than Saul. They wanted some cash included in the move that would see the Frenchman return to Atletico. While Griezmann was prepared to take a pay-cut, Saul wanted a hike on his current wages that did not seem feasible for the Catalan giants. It is now reported that the Blaugrana have not held talks with any foreign clubs for Griezmann as the forward is only focused on Atle...

Report: Liverpool want ferociously quick £60m ace but Everton could move to sign him first

Jurgen Klopp wants to bring Samuel Chukwueze to Liverpool according to a report from La Razon but Everton could be the first club to make a move to sign the Villarreal ace. The 22-year-old Nigeria international is extremely highly rated and he won’t be avialble on the cheap. La Razon suggested that Chukwueze has an €80 million (£70 million) release clause. The Sun claims he could be available for around £60 million, however. Villarreal ace Chukwueze is allegedly a transfer target for north Liverpool and Everton – Copyright: xMagmax/xPRESSINPHOTOx PS_210415_453 The Villarreal man is clearly a player who could blow up into a superstar over the next few years. And he is a player highly in demand. Liverpool and Everton chasing Chukwueze La Razon claims that the Toffees boss Rafa Beni...

Barcelona outcast willing to take pay cut to return to former club

Barcelona midfielder Miralem Pjanic is willing to accept a pay cut in order to get a move back to Juventus, according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo. Pjanic enjoyed four strong seasons at Juventus from 2016 through to 2020. He made 178 appearances for the Old Lady, winning four Serie A titles, three Coppa Italia trophies, and finishing as runner up in the 2017 Champions League. Last summer, he made the switch to Barcelona, with Brazilian midfielder Arthur heading in the opposite direction. He made just six league starts last season, often finding himself stuck behind the likes of Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets, and Pedri. The midfielder is one of a few players that the Catalan giants are desperately looking to offload this transfer window in order to meet La Liga’s salary cap. As of n...

Barcelona and Real Madrid linked with promising Bundesliga defender – Report

Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Matthias Ginter is gathering interest among Europe’s top clubs. According to Sky Sports, the centre back is wanted by the top clubs in Spain, Italy and Germany. Ginter was one of the bright sparks in Germany’s European Championship 2020 campaign., with commanding performances alongside Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger. FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Athletico Madrid have all expressed their interest to sign the 26-year-old. “It’s true that it’s the turn of the top clubs,” said Sky reporter and transfer expert Marc Behrenbeck at the Transfer Update show and explained: “We already reported during the Euros that FC Barcelona had asked about him. “ Barcelona and Real Madrid are looking to replace Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos, respectively. Meanwhile...

Barcelona eyeing up sensational swap deal for Juventus forward

Barcelona are lining up a deal for Juventus forward Paulo Dybala with Antoine Griezmann heading in the opposite direction, reports the Daily Mail. Griezmann’s time at Camp Nou has not gone as planned. He joined in 2019 from Atletico Madrid for a nine-figure fee, with the intention of winning the biggest trophies. This hasn’t panned out, and he has only a Copa del Rey to his name since joining La Blaugrana. Meanwhile, his former club lifted the La Liga title last season. In addition, his performances have not lived up to the price tag. In 99 appearances for the Catalan giants, he has scored 35 goals in all competitions – an admirable return, but way off the 135 in 257 he got for Atletico Madrid. Barcelona are in a financial crisis right now and need to reduce their wage bill to meet La Liga...

Ronald Koeman set to introduce 19-year-old into the first team

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman is set to give youngster Nico Gonzalez his debut with the first team in a friendly against Segunda Division side Gimnastic de Tarragona, reports Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo. Despite Barcelona’s recent drop off, La Masia is still producing several talents that have made it into the first team. Ansu Fati was given his first team debut back in 2019 by Ernesto Valverde, and the likes of Riqui Puig, Oscar Mingueza, and Ilaix Moriba made an impact under Quique Setien and Koeman. Fati has shown incredible potential over the last couple of years However, Moriba appears to be falling out of favour with the Dutchman, despite impressing in the latter stages of last season. The teenager has just under a year left on his contract, and negotiations over a new deal are ...

Barcelona interested in 23yo Ligue 1 midfielder as Saul alternative – report

FC Barcelona are interested in signing Renato Sancho from Lille OSC. According to Spanish news outlet Diario AS, the Catalonian club is reportedly chasing the Portuguese’s signature to bolster their midfield. If the reported swap deal with Atletico Madrid for Saul Niguez and Antoine Griezmann doesn’t occur, manager Ronald Koeman is looking to bring in the 23-year-old who would be the perfect midfield recruit. Sanches is a versatile and dynamic midfielder who fits the bracket of what Koeman is looking for. The failure to land prime target Georginio Wijnaldum meant that the Spanish giants were forced to look elsewhere. Jorge Mendes, Sanches’ agent, could negotiate a loan deal with an obligation to buy next season, which would alleviate Barcelona’s economic situation. The Spanish club is in a...