BARCA MEET GRIEZMANN’S FAMILY
Barcelona are making major advances to sign Antoine Griezmann and met the Atletico Madrid forward’s family for dinner, according to Mundo Deportivo .
There were strong rumours linking Griezmann with an Old Trafford switch in the summer but a move fell through due to Atletico’s transfer plan that prevented them being able to replace the Frenchman.
However, a transfer will be back on the table in 2018 and Barcelona are desperate to lead the pack in the race for his signature after such stinging failures to sign their targets during the summer, such as Philippe Coutinho.
BARCA TO IMPOVE COUTINHO BID
Barcelona‘s main objective this winter will once again be the signing of Philippe Coutinho, with the Spanish side ready to come back in with an improved bid according to Mundo Deportivo .
While Liverpool turned down their star man’s transfer request this summer, it is thought they will be more open to his move during the January transfer window and Barcelona believe there is a price set around €145 million
BARCA PLOTTING BLIND BID
Barcelona are weighing up a January approach for versatile Manchester United defender Daley Blind, claims Marca .
The Catalan giants are also considering another Dutchman, Stefan de Vrij of Lazio, as they seek to bolster the ranks at Camp Nou.
BARCA TO COMPLETE €9M MINA DEAL
Barcelona will complete a deal to bring Palmeiras defender Yerry Mina to the club in the January transfer window, according to AS .
The Catalan side were previously planning to bring the Colombian to Camp Nou at the end of the season, but defensive concerns have prompted Barca to finalise the €9 million transfer in the New Year.
COUTINHO PREPARED TO SEE OUT SEASON
Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho is willing to wait until the end of the season to join Barcelona, the Daily Mirror reports.
The Brazil international is eager to move to Camp Nou to play alongside Lionel Messi, but has come to a compromise at Anfield which will see him turn down the chance to move in January if the transfer is agreed with Barcelona for a summer transfer.
This would give Coutinho the move he desires, but also give R boss Jurgen Klopp enough time to find an adequate replacement for the 25-year-old.
CHELSEA JOIN FIGHT TO SIGN ARTHUR
Chelsea have joined in the battle to sign Gremio’s midfield starlet Arthur Melo, claims the Mirror .
Arthur has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona, while Manchester United are also reported to be keeping tabs on his situation.
Now Chelsea are showing an interest amid suggestions the club view Arthur as a potential long-term replacement for Cesc Fabregas.
BARCELONA MAKE AOUAR CONTACT
Barcelona have initiated contact with Lyon teenager Hossem Aouar’s agent to register their interest in the midfielder, reports L’Equipe .
Aouar has been one of the stand-out performers in Ligue 1 this season and Barcelona view the 19-year-old as a medium-term target, rather than a signing for the January transfer window.
MAN CITY’S INCREDIBLE MESSI BID
Manchester City offered Lionel Messi a signing on fee of €100 million plus an annual salary of €50m to join up at the Eithad, Marca reports.
With the player’s future at Camp Nou up in the air with no contract signed until last week, the Argentine was offered incredible money to move to the Premier League.
Messi never had any intention of leaving Camp Nou, yet it stunned Barca into matching the deal proposed to him by City, making him the world‘s best paid player again ahead of Neymar and Ronaldo.
BARCA EYE KANE AND JESUS
Barcelona have put Tottenham striker Harry Kane and Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus on their list of targets to replace Luis Suarez, according to Don Balon .
Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann and Inter’s Mauro Icardi are also being considered as the Catalan giants prepare to move on from their out-of-sorts Uruguayan.
GORETZKA OFFERED RECORD €12M-A-YEAR DEAL
Schalke have made a final contract offer of €12 million per year in an attempt to keep Leon Goretzka at the club, claims Bild .
Goretzka is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with moves to Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham.
However, Schalke are hoping a new contract worth a minimum of €10m a year, with the option of bonuses taking it up to €12m, along with a set release clause somewhere between €40m-€60m, will persuade Goretzka to stay.