USA About: Barcelona Publish: 12/19/2021 Edit: 12/19/2021 Author: Gardener
According to Sport, Barcelona have held talks about a possible move from Juventus winger Federico Bernardeschi. The new Barca boss Xavi Hernandez has the task of turning the team inside out and getting back on track. To achieve this, the club has been linked with several players fighting for minutes and also available for free transfer. The Italian international Bernardeschi no longer has a contract with Juve in the summer. Barca's football director Mateu Alemany reportedly had informal talks with the player's agent. Contact came on the same day that club president Joan Laporte traveled to Turin for the Golden Boy presentation for Barcelona midfielder Pedri, where he also met and discussed possible future deals with Agent Mino Raiola. Bernadeschi fits both of them in a way as his current contract is expiring and the winger has only made 13 Serie A appearances this season. The Catalan side have been linked to a number of players looking to strengthen their forward line after losing Sergio Aguero, who resigned on Wednesday due to a heart condition. 21:58 GMT: To keep up in the Scudetto race, Napoli are looking to sign a center-back in January and La Gazzetta dello Sport have offered a list of their options. Napoli hopes this will help lower the fee required, but continues to believe they need to loan him out with the option of a permanent contract. 21.25 GMT: The Ligue 1 teams want to sign Algerian international Youcef Belaili after his contract with Qatar SC has expired, Foot Mercato reported. Saint-Etienne has shown interest, but Montpellier is seen as the most likely able to afford the 29-year-old. The winger sees this as his time to play in Europe and is open to a move to France but would rather play in Spain. 20:52 GMT: West Ham United and Everton are both planning moves to sign Rubin Kazan's Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, as reported by Football Insider, with the player firmly on their radar before January. The 20-year-old Georgian has made an impressive impression for both the club and the country over the past 18 months, which has also attracted the attention of clubs like Tottenham Hotspur, AC Milan and Southampton. 20:19 GMT: A couple of MLS changes this Friday, with expansion team Charlotte FC announcing the signings of free agents Harrison Afful and Yordy Reyna. Afful, 35, arrives for the 2022 season with the option to stay for 2023 after spending the last seven seasons with Columbus Crew and winning the club's first MLS trophy since 2008 in 2020. The 28-year-old Peruvian international has spent the last six seasons in the MLS between the Vancouver Whitecaps and DC United. Reyna has played 100 regular season games, adding 24 goals and 19 assists. 7.46pm GMT: Internazionale is slated to have a meeting with Samir Handanovic in the coming days to see if he intends to stay beyond his current contract, which ends in summer 2022, Calciomercato said. Inter have already decided that they will sign Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana as a free agent if his contract ends at the same time. 19.13 GMT: Arsenal are considering loan options for Tunisian center-back Omar Rekik, as reported by The Athletic. The Gunners believe Rekik, who turns 20 later this month, needs first-team minutes to support his development after impressing for their U23s. 18.40 GMT: RB Leipzig are ready to loan Ilaix Moriba on loan for € 20m in January just months after signing the Barcelona midfielder, according to Mundo Deportivo. The 18-year-old Ilaix joined Leipzig in the summer after suggesting that he would not renew his contract with Barca. However, after stepping onto the stage at Camp Nou in the second half of last season, playing 18 games for Barca's first team, it has been difficult for him to get regular football in Germany. Mundo Deportivo therefore confirms reports that first appeared in Sport Bild and suggests that the new Leipzig trainer Domenico Tedesco is happy that Ilaix is leaving when the transfer window opens next month. 07/18 GMT: Alexis Sanchez's return isn't a priority for Barcelona, multiple sources said ESPN's Adriana Garcia and Moises Llorens after the club were offered the chance to sign the Internazionale striker. Barca are looking to step up their attack in the January transfer window following Sergio Aguero's early resignation, but club sources insist other candidates stand in front of Sanchez, with Manchester City's Ferran Torres and Manchester United's Edinson Cavani being their main targets. 17.34 GMT: Boca Juniors' hopes of signing Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani have been dashed. The Uruguayan international reportedly confirmed his wish to play for Barcelona in January, according to TyC Sports. Cavani will become a free agent this summer and will be able to negotiate with clubs outside of England for the next few weeks. Barca are looking to step up their attack in the winter transfer window following Sergio Aguero's sudden resignation and Cavani is one of the candidates for Camp Nou. 17.01 GMT: New York City FC striker Valentin Castellanos is being followed by a number of Premier League clubs including West Ham United, ESPN sources said Rob Dawson. Although the Argentina U23 international is an important part of NYCFC's MLS Cup success this season, sources told ESPN that City Football Group would hear offers of around £ 15m if the Argentina U23 international decides that the time has come for the next step in his career. 16:28 GMT: Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong is "no longer" untouchable "at Barcelona, according to Marca. De Jong, 24, joined Barca from Ajax for € 70m in 2019, but has recently been increasingly moving from Camp Nou to Linked while Xavi has declared Hernandez De Jong "not for sale", Barca's failure to switch high earners such as Philippe Coutinho and Samuel Umtiti could force them to let other players go to improve their financial situation and signings in others Funding positions Jong is one of the club's biggest players and with the rise of young midfielders Gavi and Nico Gonzalez, Barca may be tempted if a huge offer comes in for the former Ajax man.15.55 GMT: Inter Milan signed terminated by midfielder Christian Eriksen, the reigning Serie A champions. The 29-year-old has since collapsed on the turn His country’s opener against Finland on June 12th cannot rule out Joao Felix leaving Atletico Madrid in the January transfer window. The 22-year-old joined Benfica in 2019 on a € 126m deal - the second-highest fee ever paid for signing a teen - but has not had a consistent performance or a regular place in Simeone's starting XI since then. "I always understand everything, I am open to everything," said Simeone in a press conference on Friday when he was asked if he would understand Joao Felix, who asks to say goodbye. 14:22 GMT: Manchester United has yet to receive a serious request about Anthony Martial's availability in January, more than a week after the Frenchman’s agent announced that his client was leaving Old Trafford, ESPN sources said Rob Dawson. Philippe Lamboley went public with Martial's desire to leave the company, insisting that the 26-year-old would like to find a more regular first-team football. But sources told ESPN that it hasn't sparked a wave of interest and that United has doubts about which clubs could afford a fee for the striker plus a substantial wage. Martial has a contract until 2024 with an option for an additional year. According to sources, United is ready to consider offers for Martial, especially because interim coach Ralf Rangnick has made it clear that he only wants to work with players who are happy at the club. Following Lamboley's comments last week, Rangnick hit back by insisting that Martial had to inform the club himself if he wanted to leave. Martial has to play under Rangnick due to a knee problem and has played 10 games so far this season. 13.30 GMT: Barcelona are pushing ahead with plans to sign Manchester City and Spain striker Ferran Torres in January, according to the Catalan press. Both Diario Sport and Mundo Deportivo claim that Barca are increasingly optimistic about closing a deal with City next month. Mundo Deportivo say Barca have "put their foot on the accelerator" since leaving the Champions League, with Torres reportedly keen to return to Spain. Meanwhile, journalist Gerard Romero says there is now only "€ 5m between the two clubs", with Barca initially willing to pay € 45m and City demanding more than € 60m. City coach Pep Guardiola and football director Txiki Begiristain were in Barcelona this week to announce Sergio Agüero that he is retiring due to a heart condition. Mundo Deportivo said their visit pushed the negotiations forward. 12:39 GMT: Ukrainian international defender Vitaliy Mykolenko will join Everton in the January transfer window, according to his club manager at Dynamo Kiev. Sky reports that Mykolenko, who has also been linked to Roma interest, has been identified as the player replacing Lucas Digne. The French international has not played for Everton since losing to Liverpool on December 1 and is reported to have fallen out with coach Rafa Benitez. Dynamo boss Mircea Lucescu is quoted as saying, 22-year-old Mykolenko: "[He] goes to Everton. 11.46 GMT: Manchester United winger Anthony Elanga is about to sign a new long-term deal after impressing interim manager Ralf Rangnick . " , reported the Daily Telegraph that 19-year-old Elanga joined the first-team squad this season, starting last week in a 1-1 draw with Young Boys in the final group game of the Champions League and won the Jimmy Murphy Youth Team The club's Player of the Year award, didn't agree on his current contract until March, but has progressed so far that the club are looking to tie him to a bigger deal. 10:51 GMT: Barcelona are in contact with Real Betis defenders added Marc Bartra, according to Diario Sport, while the renovation continues under new coach Xavi Hernandez. Sources have told ESPN that Barca will be looking to reinforce their attacking target in January, but they are also scouring the market for a new center-back for next summer R. Bartra, 30, has just 18 months left with Betis and played with Barca -Trainer Xavi at Camp Nou before moving to Borussia Dortmund in 2016. After two years in Germany, he returned to Spain with Betis, where he later made over 100 appearances for the LaLiga side. Sport report that Xavi has remained a fan of his former teammate and Barca have tried to see if he would like to return to the club in the future. Barca hope to rebuild their defense next summer as Gerard Pique turns 35 in February, Samuel Umtiti exceeds requirements and the club open to offers for Clement Lenglet 05/10 GMT: Flamengo hopes to convince former coach Jorge Jesus to do so to return to the club. according to reports in Brazil. Flamengo's Vice President Marco Braz and club director Bruno Spindel travel to Portugal in search of a new coach for 2022. Their first meeting is Jorge Jesus, who returned to Benfica in summer 2020 after a successful time at Flamengo. However, the chances of Jorge Jesus returning to Flamengo next year are slim as Benfica have qualified for the Champions League round of 16 where they face Ajax. Ex-Roma coach Fonseca is a free agent while Sousa is currently running the Polish national team. 09.17 GMT: Chelsea are still following Seville's Jules Kounde, ESPN's Julien Laurens sources said, with the possibility of a move not off the table in January as the La Liga club stand ready to lower their € 80m valuation. Sources have told ESPN that Barcelona are monitoring the situation with Azpilicueta. While sources said Kounde's move is more likely in the summer, a move in January hasn't been ruled out. Tuchel is a great admirer of Kounde, sources said. His interest dates back to when he coached Paris Saint-Germain and Kounde at Bordeaux. Chelsea were in direct negotiations with Sevilla over Kounde's transfer last summer, but a move failed when neither side could agree on a transfer for the France international. The La Liga side wanted the full £ 80m release clause for the center-back but are now ready to negotiate a fee of between € 50m and € 60m for a player with a two and a half year contract. Sources told ESPN that Kounde is interested in moving to Stamford Bridge and the 23-year-old is believed to have agreed to the framework of a four- or five-year contract. Diario Sport report that Barca are working on the possibility of adding the Norwegian international as a top new signing next summer. Relations between Haaland's agent Mino Raiola and Barca executives are good but the 21-year-old will pick the best deal depending on the sporting project. Haaland is a target for all of Europe's top clubs and Raiola announced that the player could leave Dortmund next July. "A lot of circumstances would have to arise for them to sign [Barca] Haaland," said Tebas. "You're racing with other clubs and with Mino Raiola, his agent who doesn't sell candy but at a high price." Barca, who failed to register Lionel Messi's contract last summer and had to fire him, are still working to cut their wage bills. The club has to sell players in order to be able to afford signings in the winter transfer window. - Liverpool rates defender Nathaniel Phillips at 15m The Athletic says the Reds are holding more than the reported £ 10m in the past few days, with West Ham and Newcastle heavily linked to a potential transfer. - Mauro Icardi and Edinson Cavani top the list of potential strikers for Juventus in January, Tuttosport report. The Serie A side are said to be looking for a new striker with Alvaro Morata struggling during his loan period - Juve also have Anthony Martial and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as potential transfer targets, according to journalist Nicolo Schira. Martial hasn't made many appearances for Manchester United this season this season, while Aubameyang's future is in doubt after his captain's removal due to a disciplinary problem at Arsenal. However, according to Schira, the duo's salaries are very high and do not fit into the current structure at Juventus. - Paris Saint-Germain are ready to replace midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and are keen to sign Frenkie de Jong as a possible replacement, say journalist Ekrem Konur. Wijnaldum, 31, has been struggling for minutes since signing in the French capital this summer and could be left after just a few months at the club. - Barcelona and Manchester City are close to reaching an agreement on the transfer of Ferran Torres, Mundo Deportivo report. The report claims that club sources have said the valuation difference between clubs is only € 4-5 million.
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