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  • Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Asensi...

    Asensio going nowhere Marco Asensio will not be leaving Real Madrid this summer, according to AS.  The 22-year-old was not a full-time starter at the club last season, leading to rumours he could look to head elsewhere in search of regular starts.  But Asensio is only thin...

    Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Asensio going nowhere

    Asensio going nowhere Marco Asensio will not be leaving Real Madrid this summer, according to AS.  The 22-year-old was not a full-time starter at the club last season, leading to rumours he could look to head elsewhere in search of regular starts.  But Asensio is only thinking about continuing on with the Blancos, and the club have no plans to entertain offers for the Spain international.  Athletic bid €20m for Azpilicueta  Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta wants to move back to Spain, with Athletic offering €20 million (£18m/$23m) for the 28-year-old, reports El Gol Digital. Azpilicueta has become a fixture for the Blues since arriving in 2012 from Marseille, but is ready to return to his homeland.  And Chelsea are willing to let Azpilicueta go, should they secure the services of Joao Miranda from Inter.  Tottenham make €26m offer for Plea Tottenham have bid €26 million (£23m/$30m) for Nice striker Alassane Plea, according to RMC Sport. The 25-year-old has developed into one of the top strikers in Ligue 1, scoring 21 goals in all competitions last season.  Nice are preparing for Plea's departure, sounding out Las Palmas striker Loic Remy as a potential replacement.  Martial, Morata & Icardi on Juve wish-list Juventus have placed Anthony Martial, Alvaro Morata, and Mauro Icardi atop their summer wish-list, reports Tuttosport.  With Emre Can having arrived to reinforce the squad's central midfield, the Serie A champions have now turned their attention toward improving their attacking options.  Southampton agree £16m Elyounoussi fee Southampton have agreed a £16 million (€18m/$21m) fee for Basel forward Mohamed Elyounoussi, according to Sky Sports. The 23-year-old scored 14 goals in 45 appearances last season, and can play either as a winger or a striker. He will be expected to help fill the void left by Dusan Tadic, who is moving to Ajax.  Elyounoussi has been capped 16 times by Norway.  Everton & Southampton move for Vestergaard Everton and Southampton have both made bids for Borussia Monchengladbach defender Jannik Vestergaard, reports ESPN FC. The 25-year-old has become a fixture in Germany, having also represented Hoffenheim and Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga.  West Ham United and Watford are also looking into bidding for the Danish international, who made his country's World Cup squad but has yet to feature in Russia. Valencia interested in €30m Meunier Valencia are hoping to land Paris Saint-Germain right-back Thomas Meunier, according to Super Deporte. The Belgium international has hinted he is open to leaving the French champions after his playing time diminished in 2017-18.  The 26-year-old, who is currently starring for his country at the World Cup, would likely cost around €30 million (£27m/$35m).  Juventus willing to meet €20m Godin clause Juventus are looking for a new centre-back and are willing to meet Atletico Madrid star Diego Godin's €20 million (£18m/$23m) release clause, according to Calciomercato.com.   With Mehdi Benatia and Daniele Rugani potentially leaving the club, the Serie A champions have targeted the 32-year-old Uruguayan as a possible replacement.  Atletico won't let Godin leave without a fight, however, and are set to begin discussions over a new contact with the defender.   Bournemouth close in on £12m Brooks Bournemouth are nearing the £12 million (€14m/$16m) signing of Sheffield United midfielder David Brooks, claims the Daily Mail.   The 20-year old Wales international was a fixture for the Blades last season, scoring three goals and adding six assists in 33 appearances. Everton eyeing Rebic Everton are keeping an eye on Croatia star Ante Rebic, according to the Mirror.  The Eintracht Frankfurt man scored nine goals in 28 appearances last season, and has helped his country to a perfect start at the World Cup.  Rebic is also being watched by Tottenham.

  • Why Colombia’s World Cup hero Yerry Mina...

    Barcelona’s signing of Yerry Mina from Palmeiras in January for €11.8 million has proven to be a disaster so far and it already seems inevitable that he will have to move elsewhere, at least temporarily, in order to reach the levels required at the Catalan giants. However, the 2...

    Why Colombia’s World Cup hero Yerry Mina has been a flop at Barcelona

    Barcelona’s signing of Yerry Mina from Palmeiras in January for €11.8 million has proven to be a disaster so far and it already seems inevitable that he will have to move elsewhere, at least temporarily, in order to reach the levels required at the Catalan giants. However, the 23-year-old has impressed with Colombia in this World Cup so far, proving pivotal in the 3-0 win over Poland in matchday two. He provided the breakthrough in the 40th minute of that game after meeting a perfect James Rodriguez cross. Thereafter he ensured that Poland’s Robert Lewandowski barely got a kick in attack. The pressure was on Colombia in that game after they lost to Japan on matchday one, but the man who was left out for the opener may have now earned a permanent spot in defence ahead of the crucial clash with Senegal on Thursday - a game the South Americans must win to guarantee qualification to the knockouts. His inclusion in the Colombia squad for the World Cup wasn't a certainty as he only played 377 minutes for Barcelona last season. Manager Ernesto Valverde didn't deem it worth the risk playing him more, with an already impressive defence underpinning the genius of Lionel Messi up front. Mina’s gigantic size at 6ft 5in means that he isn't the quickest and that leaves him unsuitable to Barcelona's approach, where they play a high defensive line. It is clear that Valverde still doesn't fancy the young defender and he is now set to move even further down the pecking order as Barca are close to announcing the signing of Sevilla defender Clement Lenglet. Lenglet will join Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen in Valverde's squad. With the Brazilian Arthur Melo also joining Barcelona, the club need to sell or loan one of their non-EU players as Arthur, Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho would occupy the four empty spots on the quota. Thus Mina could be sold, at the very least temporarily, despite only arriving six months ago. The player himself is keen to remain in Barcelona colours and he has a deal until 2023, but he is being advised to take a loan move with no chance of playing time at Camp Nou. This World Cup can become a shop window for Mina, just as it was for his national team-mate James Rodriguez four years ago in Brazil - with his performances earning him a move to Real Madrid. Mina’s display against Poland will have certainly done him the world of good in this regard. Not only did he get a goal and a clean sheet, but he also won 66.7 per cent of his duels, more than any other player. The defender also had the joint-most tackles, with three on Sunday, keeping a world class striker in Lewandowski quiet in the process. Barcelona’s general manager Pep Segura is thought to want to send him out on loan on a two-year deal to a club that will develop Mina. Fenerbahçe are understood to be most keen on signing the centre back, but Borussia Dortmund are also interested. Mina may be a 'small' fish in a big pond at Barcelona, but the giant defender is still young at 23 and could one day prove that the flop jibes are premature. His national team coach Jose Pekerman has sympathised with his plight at club level and insists the best is yet to come. "I have to say he's coming out of a hard season with Barcelona," Pekerman said in Samara Stadium, before referencing the notorious 5-4 defeat to Levante that Mina played in which ended Barca’s chances of going the whole La Liga season unbeaten. "That game looked easy but it was not because they had already won the Spanish league and there was pressure on them to continue that undefeated streak. He did not play well in that [Levante] match. "He didn't play at the usual level we have come to expect. I think he was affected by a poor match of the whole team, Barcelona conceded several times against a team that usually doesn't score so often. I'm sure that affected him and on top of that there are always other things on people's minds since he was a key player in Brazil. "He chose Barcelona thinking the situation would be different. I'm sure it was a hard time for him and that's how he reached us at the World Cup but we never doubted him or his talent. I do think he's going to be one of the greatest central defenders in the world, he has enormous potential. "Obviously he needs to feel the support of his club, his team-mates, he needs to adapt to Barcelona in an ongoing context and he'll play at the level he played at with the national team in the last game. I'm completely convinced of this, Yerry will go on to do great things." Colombia fans will be hoping that Mina continues to do great things at this World Cup and, in the process, perhaps Barcelona will be won over again by the player they had so much faith in just six months ago. With input from Ignasi Oliva, Goal's Barcelona correspondent.

  • Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Man Ut...

    Man Utd & Arsenal chase €70m Son Manchester United and Arsenal are both interested in Son Heung-Min, but the Tottenham forward would likely cost at least €70 million (£62m/$81m), claims Sport 1. The South Korea international has impressed during his time in the Premier ...

    Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Man Utd & Arsenal chase €70m Son Heung-Min

    Man Utd & Arsenal chase €70m Son Manchester United and Arsenal are both interested in Son Heung-Min, but the Tottenham forward would likely cost at least €70 million (£62m/$81m), claims Sport 1. The South Korea international has impressed during his time in the Premier League and is now ready to take the next step in his career, with his contract at Spurs having two years left to run. United are currently viewed as the leading candidates to try to sign Son, with Spurs unlikely to be willing to sell to rivals Arsenal, while Liverpool are also keeping an eye on the situation. Koulibaly not distracted by €100m Chelsea links Kalidou Koulibaly is not letting talk regarding his future affect his preparations for Senegal's crucial Group H meeting against Colombia in Samara on Thursday. The Napoli centre-back held negotiations with Chelsea two years ago and, as former boss Maurizio Sarri continues to be linked with taking over from Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge, rumours around a possible Premier League switch for Koulibaly have begun to resurface. Koulibaly was asked how it felt to be regarded as a €100 million (£88m) player, and whether such transfer speculation was clouding his focus amid a World Cup campaign. Read the story in full on Goal! Juventus complete €40m deal for Joao Cancelo Joao Cancelo has completed his move from Valencia to Serie A champions Juventus, signing a five-year contract with the Bianconeri. The Portugal international, who can operate on the right of defence or midfield, underwent a medical on Wednesday after flying into Turin the previous day to complete the formalities of his €40 million (£35m/$46m) transfer. Cancelo returns to Italy after spending the 2017-18 season on loan at Inter, making 26 league appearances as the Nerazzurri secured a top-four finish and a return to the Champions League. Read the story in full on Goal! Rafinha has Premier League & La Liga options Barcelona midfielder Rafinha is weighing up his next move after the deadline on a potential deal with Inter passed, with Premier League, La Liga and Bundesliga clubs said to be interested. Inter agreed a loan deal for the 25-year-old in January, with the option to buy for €38 million (£33.5m/$44m), but his father and agent Mazinho said the club has not shown enough desire to secure a permanent deal for the Brazilian playmaker. Read the story in full on Goal! Southampton in for £15m Man City goalkeeper Southampton are in talks with Manchester City over a £15 million (€17m/$20m) move for young goalkeeper Angus Gunn. City are ready to cash in on Gunn, 22, who spent last season on loan at Norwich City, but the Premier League champions will insert a buy-back clause in any deal. Read the story, from Goal's Man City correspondent Sam Lee. Man City wanted Reus Manchester City showed interest in signing Marco Reus before the Borussia Dortmund star signed a new contract, according to Sport Bild. Reus has endured an injury-hit time of things in the past couple of years, but has remained a regular target for Premier League clubs, including the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United. However, before signing a new contract until 2023 with Dortmund in March, the Germany international forward was also wanted by City boss Pep Guardiola. West Ham rocked by £50m Felipe Anderson price West Ham have been put off by Lazio's £50 million ($66m) asking price for midfielder Felipe Anderson. The Hammers have already tabled a £31m ($40m) offer for the Brazilian, but have been told by the Serie A club they will have to pay a significantly higher fee to get their man. Read the full story on Goal! Chelsea make £35m Rugani bid Chelsea have made a £35 million (€40m/$46m) offer for Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, according to the Evening Standard. Incoming manager Maurizio Sarri managed Rugani during a loan spell at Empoli from 2013 to 2015, and now wants to make the Italy international his first signing at Chelsea. Chelsea are preparing to double Rugani's wages at Stamford Bridge in an effort to convince the 23-year-old to move to London.  Man Utd monitor Bonucci Manchester United are eyeing a possible move for AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci, reports Yahoo Sport UK. Bonucci only moved to Milan from Juventus last summer, but the San Siro club may be forced to sell a number of players this summer to comply with UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations. And Jose Mourinho could be set to swoop for the 31-year-old Italy international should his club be required to sell.  Barca interested in Gabriel Jesus Barcelona have interest in Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus, reports AS . The Catalans are looking to bring in two more signings before the new seasons begin, and the Brazil international is on their wish-list after Antoine Griezmann decided to stay at Atletico.  Though Barca would like to sign Jesus, they realise that prying the 21-year-old away from City will be an extremely difficult task.  Emery wants Vazquez at Arsenal Arsenal manager Unai Emery is looking to sign Real Madrid midfielder Lucas Vazquez, claims OK Diario. Vazquez has a contract at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2021, and the Champions League winners will likely do all they can to hold on to the Spain international. Lazio prepare Ramsey move Lazio are looking at Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey as a replacement for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to  Corriere dello Sport . The Serie A side are preparing to lose Milinkovic-Savic, who could be set for a big-money move to Manchester United or Real Madrid. With Ramsey out of contract next summer, Lazio will test Arsenal's resolve to hold on to the 27-year-old Wales international.  Napoli ready to bid for Luiz Napoli are preparing to make an offer for Chelsea centre-back David Luiz, claims Il Matino. The Brazilian fell out of favour at Stamford Bridge last season, and is reportedly interested in a move to Carlo Ancelotti's side.  Luiz, 31, has a contact with Chelsea until the end of the 2018-19 season.  Grealish decides to leave Aston Villa Jack Grealish has put Premier League clubs on notice by deciding to leave Aston Villa, reports the Mirror .  Tottenham are leading the chase for the 22-year-old, who impressed in the Championship with Villa last season. West Ham are also interested in Grealish, who has decided he must move to the Premier League to further his career.  Palace plan another Loftus-Cheek loan Crystal Palace want to sign Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan again next season, according to the Evening Standard. The England international impressed on loan at Selhurst Park last season, and could be set for a return in 2018-19.  Palace will face competition for the 22-year-old, with Everton and Newcastle also interested. City consider £20m Mooy buy-back Manchester City are considering activating Aaron Mooy's £20 million (€23m/$26m) buy-back clause from Huddersfield Town, reports ESPN FC.  City sold Mooy to Huddersfield last summer after he impressed on loan in 2016-17, and the Australia international turned in another strong season with in 2017-18.  That form has City thinking about returning for Mooy, who also has interest from Everton, West Ham United and Southampton. Juventus make €19m Golovin bid Juventus have made a bid of €19 million (£17m/$22m) for CSKA Moscow and Russia star Aleksandr Golovin, according to Calciomercato.com . The 22-year-old desires a move to Turin, but his current side aren't prepared to sell him for less than €25m (£22m/$29m).  Golovin's performances at the World Cup could drive his price up even higher than €25m, with interest from many clubs around Europe.  Gomes wants Valencia return Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes wants to return to Valencia, according to Sport .  After spending two seasons at the Camp Nou, the 24-year-old is not in Barca's plans going forward. Gomes would like to return to the club where he starred from 2014 to 2016, but a move could be complicated by Barca's desire to recoup a large portion of the fee they paid two years ago.  Darmian's agent in talks with Juventus Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian's agent has begun talks with Juventus over a transfer, claims Sky Italia. The 28-year-old's agent has met with Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici, with negotiations currently ongoing.  Darmian joined United from Torino in 2015, and saw his playing time decrease last season after playing a significant role in his first two campaigns at Old Trafford.  No bids for Alisson yet Roma sporting director Monchi has claimed that his club have yet to receive an offer for in-demand goalkeeper Alisson. Real Madrid and Liverpool have been heavily linked with a move for the Brazil international, who is currently representing his country at the World Cup. Monchi has also claimed that midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini, who has been linked with Arsenal, Manchester United and Juventus, is going nowhere.  Read the full story on Goal!

  • Lenglet to make decision on €35 million ...

    Barcelona target Clement Lenglet is set to decide his future this weekend. The Sevilla defender has long been linked with a move to Camp Nou, and Manchester United have also been credited with an interest in securing his signature. Barca, though, edged ahead of United in the ra...

    Lenglet to make decision on €35 million Barcelona move

    Barcelona target Clement Lenglet is set to decide his future this weekend. The Sevilla defender has long been linked with a move to Camp Nou, and Manchester United have also been credited with an interest in securing his signature. Barca, though, edged ahead of United in the race to acquire Lenglet, with a €35 million (£31m/$41m) move on the verge of completion. The fee matches his release clause. Sources have confirmed to Goal that no decision has yet been taken over Lenglet's future, but the 23-year-old is set to clarify his future at the end of the week. Sevilla return to pre-season training on Monday, and Lenglet is understood to be keen to make a decision swiftly. Sevilla have thus far failed to agree a new contract with their defender, and have started scouting potential replacements, including Florian Lejeune of Newcastle and Gianmarco Ferrari of Sampdoria. Barca have yet to secure their first signing of the summer under manager Ernesto Valverde, but hope that Lenglet will choose to move to Camp Nou. The club have been linked with a number of marquee players, including Tottenham's Christian Eriksen and Bayern Munich's Thiago Alcantara. Indeed, the Spain international has remained tight-lipped on his future amid swirling speculation regarding a bid from the Catalan giants.

  • Rafinha on hunt for new club amid Premie...

    Barcelona midfielder Rafinha will look to end his loan at Inter and "find a new team as soon as possible" following interest from "big teams" according to his father and agent, former Brazil international Mazinho. Inter agreed a loan deal for the 25-year-old in January, with the...

    Rafinha on hunt for new club amid Premier League, La Liga and Bundesliga offers

    Barcelona midfielder Rafinha will look to end his loan at Inter and "find a new team as soon as possible" following interest from "big teams" according to his father and agent, former Brazil international Mazinho. Inter agreed a loan deal for the 25-year-old in January, with the option to buy for €38 million (£33.5m/$44m), but Mazinho said the club has not shown enough desire to secure a permanent deal for the Brazilian playmaker. Rafinha scored twice in 17 appearances for Inter after falling out of favour at Camp Nou, but the arrival of Radja Nainggolan at San Siro indicated that he is not in head coach Luciano Spalletti's plans. "The agreement with the club expired on June 5," Mazinho told Gazzetta dello Sport. "Now it is right to look for other solutions. "If the people at Inter had strongly desired my son, they would have moved with more determination." Rafinha enjoyed three seasons in the first team at Barcelona, making 48 La Liga appearances for the Blaugrana between 2014 and 2017, but failed to reclaim his place in the team after undergoing surgery on a meniscus problem in April 2017. Mazinho gave no indication that his son would return to Camp Nou, saying: "We need to evaluate the best for him. Until now everything was still waiting for Inter, now it's time to find a new team as soon as possible. "La Liga, Premier League, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga clubs have come in. From Serie A, of course, some big teams have already contacted us. "The goal is to start the season with a new shirt. It does not depend only on us, but also on Barcelona."

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