Tottenham linked with second Barcelona youngster in three days

Tottenham are again being linked with a move for a FC Barcelona youngster as Spanish outlet Sport are reporting the Premier League side could make a £7 million move for Marc Bartra this summer.

Tottenham have also been linked with Barca’s Sandro Ramirez this week as the club are clearly looking towards the newly crowned Spanish champions for young talent.

Bartra has previously been targeted by Spurs before he signed a new contract with Barcelona in March, but he now looks likely to leave at the end of the season.

The Sport report claims: “There are several teams willing to pay the €10 million needed to sign Bartra (his release clause). Many clubs have made contact but the player is focused on finishing the season.”

It goes on to suggest that Bartra will sit down with Barca chiefs after the Champions League final to discuss his future but it looks unlikely he will stay.

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The Spanish international has made just 13 league appearances this season and is not likely to see any more first team action next term unless something changes drastically.

Spurs look to have already wrapped up the signing of one young defender in the shape of Kevin Wimmer, and Marc Bartra could also join the Lilywhites in the coming months as Mauricio Pochettino looks to address the club’s defensive issues.

Spurs have conceded 53 goals in 37 league games this season, the sixth worst record in the top flight, and so defensive changes are to be expected.

Would Marc Bartra be a good signing for Tottenham? 

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Arsenal set to raid FC Barcelona for second successive summer

Arsenal could sign FC Barcelona‘s Pedro Rodriguez for as little as £10 million, according to Fichajes.net.

Last summer’s marquee signing of Alexis Sanchez has proved to be great business by Arsene Wenger and it looks as if he could be set to raid the Catalans for a second pre season in succession.

Pedro has seen his game time limited this season and a number of clubs are interested in signing the Spanish World Cup winner, but he could favour a move to link up with former teammate Sanchez.

The 27-year-old cannot be blamed for wanting a new challenge as he has played second fiddle to Barca’s deadly trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.

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At just £10 million, Pedro would be an absolute bargain for any potential new club and he will certainly be looking to move somewhere where he is guaranteed playing time and Champions League football.

The skilful winger boasts an impressive trophy cabinet, with the likes of the World Cup and Champions League winners medals, and he has a wealth of experience.

In 2010 he scored Barca’s opener against Manchester United in the Champions League final at Wembley and is still just as sharp and calm in front of goal.

Pedro has scored six times this season in 34 league appearances, 20 of which are from the bench and it looks likely that he will be moving on this summer for a new challenge at a cut-price.

Will Pedro leave FC Barcelona this summer and is Arsenal a possible destination?

West Ham dealt blow as AC Milan join chase for midfielder – report

West Ham loanee Alex Song has been linked with a summer move to AC Milan as they look to replace Nigel De Jong, who is expected to leave the Italian club in the summer.

Song, currently on loan from FC Barcelona, is with the Hammers for the season and the Premier League side are keen on making his move permanent.

However, AC Milan and Inter Milan are also interested in the Cameroon international, with Inter looking to Song as a potential backup option, should their pursuit of Yaya Toure fall short.

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Song is favourite to join AC Milan in the summer, according to the Daily Mail, as De Jong looks set to leave on a free after rejecting a new contract and is wanted by Manchester United.

Song, who joined Barcelona in the summer of 2012 for a reported fee of £15 million, has played 27 times for West Ham in the Premier League this season and has been a great asset to the side this campaign.

West Ham’s recent form has seen them drop out of the race for European football but they can still see their season as successful and signing Song on a permanent basis would also be huge for the East London club.

Should West Ham look to tie down Alex Song on a permanent basis? Would AC Milan be a better move for the former Arsenal man?

Tottenham favourites to sign Barca wonder kid – report

Tottenham are reported to be heading the list of suitors for Spanish Under 21 international Sandro Ramirez, although Newcastle United and Stoke City have also reportedly shown an interest, according to Sport.

Tottenham are believed to be leading the race for the striker, having previously purchased young talent from the Catalonian club.

Spurs signed Giovanni Dos Santos in 2008 and Cristian Ceballos in 2011. However, neither of them have reached their potential at White Hart Lane, with Dos Santos currently playing for Villarreal in La Liga.

Ramirez has had a breakthrough season into the Barca first team as he has made ten appearances in La Liga and the Champions League, scoring three times with all those appearances coming from the bench.

Ramirez is set to have a bright future ahead of him, regardless if he stays at Barcelona or if he leaves in the summer.

Should he depart, it would seem a loan move would be most likely, as Barca are keen to keep the youngster long-term, but a temporary move could help his development.

It would seem the move would suit both parties, as Spurs are looking to offload Emmanuel Adebayor this summer and so a replacement will be needed, with a loan move financially better as no transfer fee would be required.

Would Sandro Ramirez be a good signing for Spurs?

City deal HUGE blow to United and Chelsea’s pursuit of €100m-rated star

Manchester City have held initial talks with Juventus over a possible move for €100 million-rated midfielder Paul Pogba, according to Sky Sports Italia.

It is understood that City’s representatives travelled to Turin to talk with Pogba over a move to the Etihad Stadium this summer.

Last season’s Premier League champions face a tough task to secure Pogba’s services as he is being chased by some of the biggest clubs in Europe, including the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain.

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Italian champions Juventus are hopeful of keeping their star man, who is contracted until 2019, and have set an asking price of €100 million in an attempt to fend off interest.

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City are understood to be the first club to make advances on the player by visiting Turin but PSG are reportedly ready to stump up the asking price to beat of competition for the French international.

Pogba could yet find himself playing in this season’s Champions League final as his Juventus side take a narrow 2-1 lead into their semi-final second leg against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night.

Yaya Toure is expected to leave City this summer and Pogba is viewed as the perfect replacement should he do so.

Will Paul Pogba leave Juventus this summer? Would Manchester City be his best option?

Chelsea, City and United handed HUGE boost in race for £58m-rated superstar

Premier League trio ChelseaManchester City and Manchester United have been handed a huge boost in their pursuit of Juventus superstar Paul Pogba as the Italian club are looking to rebuild this summer, according to the Daily Mail.

The 22-year-old midfielder has been on the radar of some of European football’s giants after yet another impressive season and Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain are said to be chasing his services.

It is reported that PSG made the Frenchman an astonishing £210,000-a-week offer, but Pogba’s representatives are looking for more as interest in the Frenchman is so high.

His services are going to set back any potential outfit around £58 million and with Financial Fair Play regulations, clubs will need to be selling at least one top player in order to fund any possible move.

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There has been previous talk of player-plus-cash deals, especially surrounding Chelsea with regards to Oscar heading to Juventus. But Jose Mourinho hasn’t given any indications that he plans to allow the Brazilian playmaker to depart and Oscar has claimed he is settled.

With Yaya Toure’s departure from Manchester City looking imminent that seems a more likely destination than Chelsea, but City will need to be working hard to meet the regulations of FFP.

The excitement around this deal is continually on the rise and it could be a summer-long saga for a club to secure his services in such a huge move, not too dissimilar to Gareth Bale’s move in 2013, as Pogba looks to be the number one target for club’s across Europe.

Will Paul Pogba leave Juventus this summer?

Wenger reveals REGRET over Fabregas ahead of his return on Sunday

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed his regret over Cesc Fabregas leaving the North London club to return to FC Barcelona in 2011.

Wenger, quoted by Sky Sports, has said a possible return for Fabregas to Arsenal was not as “clean” as it appeared but deflected talk over the terms ahead of the weekend fixture against Chelsea.

“I cannot speak to you about that now because that will not help us to win the game on Sunday,” Wenger said.

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“We will have to discuss that one day, with all the terms. It is not as clean as that.”

Wenger went on to highlight his regret over the former Arsenal captain’s departure.

“The regret I have is that he wanted to leave here. This club and myself had a very positive influence on Cesc’s life, so I would be a bit uncomfortable to have to justify today why he is not here.”

Fabregas has played a hugely influential role in Chelsea’s quest to regain the Premier League title, scoring three goals, including the match winner against Queens Park Rangers two weeks ago, and racking up an astonishing 16 assists so far.

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If Chelsea are to win on Sunday at the Emirates, they will be just three points away from winning the title. Fabregas played a pivotal role in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Arsenal earlier in the season, assisting Diego Costa to put the game out of reach, and will hope to help the Blues to victory against his former side once again on Sunday.

Will Cesc Fabregas steal the show at the Emirates on Sunday?

Everton lining up summer move for former Arsenal star – report

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is looking to bolster his defence in the coming months and is lining up a move for former Arsenal and current FC Barcelona centre-back Thomas Vermaelen, according to Tuttomercatoweb.

The Belgian defender penned a five-year contract with the Catalan giants last summer but has yet to play a game for his new club after an injury-hit first season, and Barca could be willing to cash in on him if the right offer arrives.

They paid Arsenal £15 million last year but it is unlikely they will receive an offer near that amount after such a disappointing campaign.

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Vermaelen is rated at £5.2 million by transfermarkt.co.uk and an Everton bid could be on the way as Martinez looks to replace 37-year-old Frenchman Sylvain Distin, whose contract is up at the end of the season.

Vermaelen still has lots of football ahead of hims at 29 so long as he can regain his fitness and would be a good signing for a Toffees team that has underperformed this season.

Would Thomas Vermaelen be a good signing for Everton this summer?

Chelsea’s hopes of OUTRAGEOUS £200m transfer dead and buried

Chelsea‘s chances of completing the most outrageous transfer of all time are completely over as their reported £200 million transfer target, Lionel Messi, is fully focused on life with FC Barcelona.

The four-time Ballon d’Or winner had a slow start to the season after injuries affected his summer after his World Cup final disappointment in Brazil.

Chelsea came in as favourites to sign the 27-year-old striker, according to the Express, after his high-profile spat with Barcelona manager, Luis Enrique, but they stalled on a January offer due to UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rulings.

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Messi has now put uncertainty behind him and is happy with Barcelona in Spain, he told fcbarcelona.com. 

“I was inconsistent last season. I was out for a while due to injury, missing quite a few games,

“When I came back I didn’t feel right. It was a year that I have tried to quickly forget to try and get back to my best through hard work, smiling and effort, like I always have and now, fortunately, I feel very good.”

Messi has netted 34 league goals in 31 appearances so far this season and is on track to help Barca secure yet another league title.

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The Argentine superstar will be in action on Wednesday evening as he will be under the spotlight once again as Barcelona face Paris Saint-Germain in the first-leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash.

Any hopes of seeing Messi move to the Premier League with Chelsea look to be over as a move away from Camp Nou looks to be extremely unlikely.

Is a £200 million move for Lionel Messi too hard to believe?

Manchester United now favourites for Barca star with three-year deal on the table

Manchester United are now the favourites in the race to sign Barcelona right-back Dani Alves this summer, according to Fichajes.net, and the Red Devils are looking to offer the Brazilian a three-year deal if he agrees to move to the Premier League.

Alves is looking increasingly likely to leave Barcelona when his contract expires at the end of the season after refusing the negotiate a new deal with the Spanish giants in the last week.

Paris Saint-Germain have been heavily linked with a move for Alves, with some reports even suggesting that the player had already agreed to a move to Ligue 1, but the 31-year-old defender has confirmed that no deal has been reached with any other club yet.

“I am happy at Barça and I have not signed for another club,” Alves told beIN Sport.

“If clubs offer me an alternative or I am not at the level Barça want me to be at then I will contemplate other options. I will decide at the end of the season.”

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The Fichajes report suggests United are now favourites to land the two-time Champions League winner and will offer him a three-year contract at Old Trafford on similar wages to what he is currently on with Barcelona.

The report finishes by suggesting that the player could even sign a pre-contract agreement with United before the end of the season as a move for the Brazilian star looks to be just around the corner.

Would Dani Alves be a good signing for Manchester United?