Friday, August 25, 2017

Barcelona Transfer News LIVE updates: Dembele deal agreed, Coutinho latest, Messi offer

Barcelona Transfer News: Lionel Messi says he was promised Paulo Dybala by Barca chiefsGETTY
Barcelona Transfer News: Lionel Messi says he was promised Paulo Dybala by Barca chiefs

BARCELONA TRANSFER NEWS LIVE UPDATES: Latest on Angel Di Maria, Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele and more…
Friday August 25

Dembele deal done

07.00: Ousmane Dembele is set to join Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund in a move that will make him the second most expensive player in the world.
Dembele will join for £138m (€150) on a five-year deal and will help to replace Neymar who moved to PSG this summer.
Barca look to have finally secured one of their top targets this summer after failing to sign Hector Bellerin, Marco Verratti and Philippe Coutinho.
And L’Equipe claim the deal is all but complete.

Barcelona Coutinho alternative

05:00: Barcelona are right to consider Chelsea’s Willian as an alternative transfer target to Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho, says Shay Given.
Barca are hoping one final offer can convince Liverpool to sell Coutinho, who has handed in a transfer request.
Sky Sports claim Willian could be targeted late in the transfer window if Barca give up on Coutinho.
And former Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given says Willian is the perfect playmaker to replace Neymar at the Nou Camp.
“Willian will be a good target for Barcelona,” Given said on Sky Sports.
“He’s a flair player who they’ve lost in Neymar of course.”

Crystal Palace fancy Barcelona forward

03:00: Crystal Palace want to sign Barcelona youngster Munir El Haddadi, reports claim.
Palace are keen to strengthen their squad before next Thursday’s deadline.
And according to Spanish paper Sport, their interest in El Haddadi is genuine.
The report says the Eagles want to kickstart negotiations over a deal.

Ardan Turan told he can leave

00:30: Arda Turan has reportedly been told by Barcelona he can leave on a free transfer.
Turan nearly left in January when he was the subject of a huge money offer from China.
And now the Catalan giants are ready to get rid of the 30-year-old midfielder.
Spanish paper Sport say he doesn’t feature in Ernesto Valverde’s long-term plans.
Thursday August 24

Klopp's Barca demands

23:15: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has requested Barcelona give him Sergi Roberto or Ivan Rakitic if they want to sign Philippe Coutinho.
And Spanish publication Diario Gol claim Jurgen Klopp will not give up his star man without getting a player in return.
The likes of Rafinha, Arda Turan and Andre Gomes are all said to have been offered to the Reds as part of a deal for Coutinho but the German boss is not interested.
Instead, Diario Gol claim Klopp wants Rakitic or Roberto.

AC Milan eye Rafinha

21:30: AC Milan are interested in making Rafinha their last major signing of the summer, according to Calciomercato. 
The Barcelona midfielder has been linked with a move to the Premier League in recent months.
The Brazilian wants regular football this term and is not guaranteed that at the Nou Camp.

Pique on Dembele and Coutinho

20:00: Gerard Pique believes Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho and Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele are both doing everything they can to join Barcelona.
“I think players still want to join Barcelona, and they are showing that as is the case with Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele,” Pique told the Daily Mail.
“One by putting in a transfer request and the other with his actions at Dortmund. 
“It suggests that they are both delighted about the idea of coming; they want to come.”
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Barcelona News: Gerard Pique says Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele want to join

Dembele for £138m

17:55: Barcelona have agreed a deal worth up to £138million with Borussia Dortmund for Ousmane Dembele.
Barca have been trying to convince Dortmund to sell Dembele for the past few weeks after losing Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for £200m.
According to beIN SPORTS, Barcelona have agreed a fee worth £110.6m (€120m) with Dortmund for the 20-year-old.
It is said the deal includes a possible £27.7m (€30m) in add-ons, taking the total transfer to £138.2m (€150m).

Rafinha to AC Milan

16:33: Rafinha has agreed to leave Barcelona and join AC Milan, according to reports.
Calciomercato claim Liverpool and Arsenal want to sign Rafinha.
But reports in Italy claim the player has agreed in principle to move to AC Milan.
Milan now have to work with Barcelona over a fee for the player.

Big spenders

14:00: Premier League spending in the current transfer window is already at an all-time record level, with a week remaining.
Figures released by Deloitte's Sports Business Group showed top-flight clubs had spent £1.17billion on players this summer by 9am on Thursday, breaking the record of £1.165m set last year.
That was already a 34 per cent rise on the previous record for a single window - and with time remaining this time around the numbers could rise to even more breathtaking levels.

Barca are buying the wrong player!

13:15: As Barcelona seek to prise Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho away from Liverpool ahead of the transfer deadline, fans of the Merseyside club may be relieved that at least the Spanish club are not bidding for Sadio Mane.
Another electric performance by the Senegal winger against Hoffenheim on Wednesday drew more rave reviews for a player who has become even more indispensable to Liverpool than the Brazilian.
Social media was full of jokes about whether Barcelona realise they are trying to buy the wrong player.
"If Coutinho's 100 and odd million, then Mane's 200 and odd million," said former England striker Ian Wright in a Twitter post that captured the mood on Merseyside.

Bartomeu plots double talks

12:45: Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is planning to speak to his Liverpool counterparts over a deal for Philippe Coutinho when they meet for the Champions League draw in Monaco today.
Liverpool beat Hoffenheim 6-3 on aggregate to book their place in today’s 5pm group stage draw.
Delegates from all 24 Champions League clubs will descend on the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco and Bartomeu hopes he will be able to speak to officials from Liverpool as Barcelona wait to discover their opponents.
That is according to Barcelona-based newspaper Mundo Deportivo, who claim Bartomeu will also seek out Borussia Dortmund’s chiefs to discuss a deal for Ousmane Dembele.
Liverpool Transfer News: Barca will bid for Coutinho again - BalagueGETTY
Liverpool Transfer News: Barca will bid for Coutinho again - Balague

United fans are obsessed...

12:00: Manchester United fans are obsessing over whether Philippe Coutinho will leave Liverpool to join Barcelona.
A forum thread on popular United fans’ site has attracted nearly 3,000 posts and more than 270,000 views.
And it’s all over whether Coutinho will make a summer transfer to the Catalan giants.
Despite United doing their own impressive business - Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic appear on course to be two of the signings of the window - it appears the subject of Coutinho is too good to miss out on.
One fan taunted Liverpool and wrote: “What's hilarious about all this is he isn't all that. They'd be much better off taking the money and sorting their defence and getting some depth. They're going to have a s**te season.”
Another agreed and said: “Yes, I think they will come to regret it a lot if they don't take the offer and Barca spends that money on someone else.”

Barca will bid for Coutinho again

11:00: Barcelona feel morally obliged to make another bid for Philippe Coutinho despite knowing it will fail, according to Guillem Balague.
Barcelona are lining up a bid of £138m for the Liverpool star following his official transfer request.
Barca have already had three bids rejected, the last totalling £118m but being made up of a number of payments over time.
And Liverpool will not sell this close to the transfer deadline regardless of the figure Barca come up with.
“The offer FCB is preparing of €150 (110+40) for Coutinho is cause they feel morally obliged after his Transfer Request, but FCB pessimistic abt Couti/Dembl, looking for others,” Balague said on Twitter. 
“LFC insist they will reject fourth offer (if & when), their stance is "definitive”.
Barcelona transfer news: Angel Di MariaGETTY
Barcelona transfer news: Angel Di Maria could leave Paris Saint-Germain?

Wenger unsure whether Barca want Coutinho

10:00: Arsene Wenger isn’t sure whether Barcelona want Philippe Coutinho.
The Arsenal boss was asked about Coutinho’s situation today with Barca having had three bids rejected by Liverpool.
Coutinho has handed in a transfer request, which Liverpool have knocked back, and his future remains up in the air with seven days left until the end of the transfer window.
But Wenger said: “I don’t know where he stands with Liverpool or they stand with him.
“I’m not even sure Barcelona are in for him, I don’t know."

Messi to Man City

08:00: The Sun say Lionel Messi's dad is in talks with Manchester City over a move away from Barcelona.
Jorge Messi supposedly met with Txiki Begiristain and discussed a move to England.
Messi Jnr is considering his options with Barcelona struggling.
The Catalan giants have so far been thwarted in their bids to sign Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele.

Messi promised Dybala

07.20: Lionel Messi has reportedly been told the club will sign Juventus hitman Paulo Dybala if Joan Laporta succeeds Josep Maria Bartomeu as president.
Barcelona are aiming to wrap up signings with moves for Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele in the works.
However, the Catalan giants are struggling to lure names to the Nou Camp.
The money is there - they pocketed £198million from Neymar’s departure to Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain - but the La Liga giants have struggled to get their business over the line.
Lionel Messi looks visibly frustrated on the pitch, and reports in Spain have suggested the Argentina international may even quit if Barcelona fail to sign a Galactic name.
And Diario Gol say that the 29-year-old has been promised the signing of Dybala by Laporta if he becomes president again.

Coutinho statement

22:42: Philippe Coutinho could be prepared to make a statement in order to push through his move to Barcelona.
Coutinho is willing to say that Liverpool is making his life miserable and that he wants to leave,” a source told Yahoo Sport.
“He has been very patient, but at the end of the day it is his option as a player to leave the club – and he wants to do exactly that.”

Willian move

20:20: Barcelona have opened talks with Chelsea winger Willian.
France Football claim the club have turned their attention to the 29-year-old after failing to land Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho.
The report suggests Barca officials are in contact with Willian to discuss the possibility of a deal.

Di Maria deal agreed?

19:45: Barcelona have agreed a £46m deal with Paris Saint-Germain for Angel Di Maria, according to reports in Spain.
PSG lured Neymar away from the Nou Camp earlier this month for a world-record £200m.
And Spanish newspaper Sport say Barca have now agreed a deal with the player and had a £46m (€50m) offer accepted by PSG for the Argentina international.

Coutinho update

19:05: Sky Sports presenter Aidan Magee has offered an update on the Philippe Coutinho transfer saga.
“Barcelona refuse to give up on Philippe Coutinho,” he said.
“We understand they are prepared to make a fourth bid of up to £138m. That offer will consist of an initial payment of £101m up front with a further £37m in bonuses.
“Liverpool have rejected three bids already and insist they will keep him beyond next Thursday’s deadline.”

Dembele final bid

18:20: Barcelona are preparing a final bid for Borussia Dortmund star Ousmane Dembele.
The Mirror say Dortmund have given Barca a deadline of this Sunday to meet their £138.4m (€150m) valuation for the 20-year-old.
Dembele is currently suspended by Dortmund and has moved out of his home in Germany and returned to France