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Cesar Azpilicueta Contract uncertainty not a "problem" for Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel isn't concerned about the uncertainty about Cesar Azpilicueta's future at Chelsea as the defender's contract expires at the end of the season. (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaThomas Tuchel isn't concerned about the uncertainty about Cesar Azpilicueta's future at Chelsea as the defender's contract expires at the end of the season. Thomas Tuchel isn't concerned about the uncertainty about Cesar Azpilicueta's future at Chelsea as the defender's contract expires at the end of the season. The 32-year-old will be leaving Stamford Bridge next summer when his contract expires as he does not yet require an extension in the capital. Clubs in Spain, including Barcelona, ​​are monitoring his situation while Azpilicueta has reportedly briefed his representatives in an attempt to find a new club that offers him the best chance of making the 2022 Spanish World Cup squad. Chelsea are expected to offer him a new deal, but talks about a new deal are still pending. Asked about the Spaniard's future in west London, Tuchel is not concerned about his contract situation which will allow him to sign a pre-contract with a foreign club from January 1st. Speaking to the official Chelsea website about his contract situation, Tuchel said: "I don't see a problem here. The situation between Azpi, me and the club is very clear. He's our captain. He's a fantastic captain and a fantastic player." Azpilicueta has made several appearances this season, moving from central defense to right full-back. "If there are weeks when he doesn't play as much as in the last few weeks, there are a few reasons," added Tuchel the team is very strong in his positions with Trevoh (Chalobah) and Andreas (Christensen) and as full-back with Reecey (James). If there's one player who knows it's Azpi. I don't see any signs that we should worry. "

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Real Madrid threaten to leave Chelsea with Rudiger

Antonio Rudiger approaches Chelsea's departure with reports that Madrid will step up talks this week. Transfer Talk has the latest. (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaAnd just because the window is closed until January doesn't mean the rumors are getting stuck. Antonio Rüdiger is approaching the Stamford Bridge exit with reports that Real Madrid will step up talks and finalize the 28-year-old center-back's signing over the next few weeks. According to Sport Italia, which writes that the LaLiga club is preparing a pre-contractual agreement that the German international will sign in the January transfer window before the move becomes official at the end of the season. The Blues have been interested in resolving Rüdiger's precarious contract position for a few months now, but with the terms not being agreed it now looks like he will be leaving London after more than three years in the Premier League. - ESPN FC 100: Ranking of the world's best players by position - David Moyes is ready to start talks with Jonathan David, according to Ekrem Konur. The 21-year-old forward has been on a number of clubs' radar for the last two seasons after showing strong form for Lille and West Ham are now poised to move ahead with negotiations on a possible deal in January. The Canadian international was in top form this season, scoring 14 goals in 20 starts. There are fears in San Siro that Barcelona could lure 25-year-old Onana to Camp Nou despite positive talks in recent months and that has prompted the Italian club to shortlist the Fiorentina goalkeeper. Dragowski, 24, has only played five Serie A games this season. - Youcef Belaili will continue to be offered to Ligue 1 clubs, according to Foot Mercato. The 29-year-old midfielder has reportedly been rejected by Marseille, Lyon and Stade Rennais but is currently in negotiations with Montpellier. The Algerian international recently left Qatar SC to join Europe, although he may have to lower his salary claims to get a deal. - Talksport write that Newcastle United will take over Kieran Trippier, making him their highest paid player in a £ 25m deal. The 31-year-old right-back has been linked with a return to England throughout the season with Manchester United interested in his signature as well, but now it looks like he's headed to St James' Park, with reports that the move is now "almost as good as finished". He played 13 times for Atletico Madrid this season. - Nicolo Schira writes that Amin Younes will leave Eintracht Frankfurt in January. The 28-year-old attacking midfielder has yet to start one game this season after making just one substitute appearance in August. And despite rumors of a return to Napoli, Genoa is said to have started loan negotiations with the option to make the move permanent.

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Man City takes advantage of slip-ups from Chelsea and Liverpool

LONDON (AP) - Chelsea complained about having to play with a coronavirus-exhausted squad in the Wolverhampton draw. And Manchester City only sauntered forward at the top of the Premier League. (Author: Gardener)

Man CityLONDON (AP) - Chelsea complained about having to play with a coronavirus-exhausted squad in the Wolverhampton draw. Liverpool grumbled at the referees being held by Tottenham. And Manchester City only sauntered forward at the top of the Premier League. Pep Guardiola's side advanced three points ahead of Liverpool, who drew 2-2 at Tottenham after defender Andrew Robertson was sent off and angry that opposing striker Harry Kane didn't see red. Liverpool had already conceded the last time - Son Heung-min's equalizer in the 74th minute - when Robertson was sent off three minutes later for a wild kick against Emerson Royal. Kane had already put Tottenham ahead - after hooking into Tanguy Ndombele's through pass - for only the striker's second league goal of the season in his 15th game. "We can give Robbo a red card, it's not the smartest challenge of his life, but that (from Kane) is definitely a red card," said Klopp. Harry can't tell, if Robbo's leg is on the floor it's a broken leg. ”Liverpool took the lead, with Diogo Jota equalizing in the 35th and Robertson napping in the 69th from close range. However, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker missed an attempt to clear Harry Winks' long ball, which gave Son the opportunity to grab the ball and put it in an empty net. "It was an exciting game and we created many, many opportunities," said Tottenham coach Antonio Conte. But Liverpool are losing ground to City to recapture the trophy. City defender Ciaran Clark started their eighth league win in a row, enabling Ruben Dias to lead the opening game in Newcastle before Joao Cancelo struck powerfully. Riyad Mahrez's 50th league goal since joining City in 2018 scored the 63rd goal before Raheem Sterling scored a fourth in the 86th goal. It was City's 34th league win in 2021, beating the previous calendar year record in England set by Liverpool in 1982. Newcastle approached half-time penultimate, underscoring the need for the new Saudi ownership to put the squad in the January transfer window. Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel criticized the league for failing to postpone the Wolverhampton trip, which ended 0-0 on a weekend, when six of the 10 games were canceled due to coronavirus cases. Chelsea were missing seven players with COVID-19 and Jorginho at Molineux was not risked after inconclusive test results. "We were exposed to an enormous health and safety risk for the players not only because of COVID, but also physically," said Tuchel. “I am not sure if I will get COVID. Chelsea fell to six points behind City.

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Player safety is at risk

Chelsea confirm that a request to postpone Sunday's game at Wolves has been denied by Premier League bosses. (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaChelsea coach Thomas Tuchel says player safety is at risk after his team had to play their Premier League game against Wolverhampton Wanders on Sunday despite a Covid-19 outbreak. Chelsea only had four outfield players on the bench in the 0-0 win against Wolves. "It's not safe," Tuchel told BBC Sport. He added: "We're talking about player protection and a safe environment but it's not safe. Six of the 10 Premier League weekend games have been postponed because of Covid. Aston Villa's game against Burnley on Saturday was canceled just two and a half hours earlier." the scheduled kick-off at 15:00 GMT. The top 20 clubs will meet on Monday at 1:00 p.m. GMT to discuss the escalating crisis surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. Managers and captains will also hold their own meetings after his team's 2-2 draw at Tottenham on Sunday, Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp outlined his own frustrations with the current schedule. "We are now playing on Wednesday, Sunday and Tuesday," said Klopp. We don't have the players. We might have another [Covid] case or two. "Take away the second semi-final first." -Final of the Carabao Cup. Just play once, wherever you play it, I don't care. December 26th and 28th is really not possible. We'd rather play, but we need some help. "If we stop playing and take a break, I'll be fine. When do you want to play the games? We said before the coronavirus it was a bit busy and now it's giving us a decent blow." Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said Saturday he wanted everyone "to play by the same rules" when it comes to deciding how things will go on. After the Premier League - and the UK government - emphasized the importance of the league finishing the season, they urged footballers to get vaccinated. Latest figures, released in October, said 68% of England's top tier players received two cans. If there is one lesson to be learned about football during the pandemic, it is that nobody wants to give away anything and everyone is taking care of themselves. The obvious point about the Premier League meeting is that nine games have been postponed in barely a week and all clubs are more or less grappling with the effects of Covid on their squad. Breaking a circuit - or moving fixtures - sounds good in theory. First, where are the substitute games being played? The season must end on May 22nd. Until then there are two free midweek without matches. Second, are the clubs willing to give a discount to any broadcaster that is in discomfort? Rescheduling games from December to later in the season would help clubs that have money to spend in the January transfer window. Clubs that are currently not in top form may also be open to the idea, while clubs in good form may be more interested in continuing to play.

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Man City takes advantage of slip-ups from Chelsea and Liverpool

Liverpool grumbled at the referees being held by Tottenham. And Manchester City only sauntered forward at the top of the Premier League. (Author: Gardener)

LiverpoolLONDON (AP) - Chelsea complained about having to play with a coronavirus-exhausted squad in the Wolverhampton draw. Liverpool grumbled at the referees being held by Tottenham. And Manchester City only sauntered forward at the top of the Premier League. Pep Guardiola's side advanced three points ahead of Liverpool, who drew 2-2 at Tottenham after defender Andrew Robertson was sent off and angry that opposing striker Harry Kane didn't see red. Liverpool had already conceded the last time - Son Heung-min's equalizer in the 74th minute - when Robertson was sent off three minutes later for a wild kick against Emerson Royal. Kane had already put Tottenham ahead - after hooking into Tanguy Ndombele's through pass - for only the striker's second league goal of the season in his 15th game. "We can give Robbo a red card, it's not the smartest challenge of his life, but that (from Kane) is definitely a red card," said Klopp. Harry can't tell, if Robbo's leg is on the floor it's a broken leg. ”Liverpool took the lead, with Diogo Jota equalizing in the 35th and Robertson napping in the 69th from close range. However, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker missed an attempt to clear Harry Winks' long ball, which gave Son the opportunity to grab the ball and put it in an empty net. "It was an exciting game and we created many, many opportunities," said Tottenham coach Antonio Conte. But Liverpool are losing ground to City to recapture the trophy. City defender Ciaran Clark started their eighth league win in a row, enabling Ruben Dias to lead the opening game in Newcastle before Joao Cancelo struck powerfully. Riyad Mahrez's 50th league goal since joining City in 2018 scored the 63rd goal before Raheem Sterling scored a fourth in the 86th goal. It was City's 34th league win in 2021, beating the previous calendar year record in England set by Liverpool in 1982. Newcastle approached half-time penultimate, underscoring the need for the new Saudi ownership to put the squad in the January transfer window. Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel criticized the league for failing to postpone the Wolverhampton trip, which ended 0-0 on a weekend, when six of the 10 games were canceled due to coronavirus cases. Chelsea were missing seven players with COVID-19 and Jorginho at Molineux was not risked after inconclusive test results. "We were exposed to an enormous health and safety risk for the players not only because of COVID, but also physically," said Tuchel. “I am not sure if I will get COVID. Chelsea fell to six points behind City.

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Son takes Tottenham point in an exciting tie against 10-man Liverpool

Son Heung-min equalized Tottenham's 2-2 draw with Liverpool, whose Andy Robertson scored and was sent off (Author: Gardener)

TottenhamIn the midst of the mass shifts, fear and uncertainty about the inexorable spread of the latest Covid variant, a soccer game broke out that reminded us all of why this game cast its spell on us. There was drama from start to finish, controversial incidents - a case where Harry Kane was sent off for Tottenham in the 20th minute (he wasn't) and Andy Robertson who was in the 76th. There were goals, including one long overdue for Kane - only his second in the Premier League season - and missed, with Kane being the main culprit. There were outstanding actors - especially Son Heung-min for Spurs; Trent Alexander-Arnold for Liverpool - and there were glaring mistakes, especially that of Alisson, who equalized Son to 2-2, Liverpool had taken the lead thanks to headers from Diogo Jota and Robertson. The point felt better for the Spurs, even as they faced ten men in the closing stages - evidence is mounting that Antonio Conte is building something in north London. The manager is unbeaten after five league games, has won 11 points and God knows, after the fourteen days of Covid that he and the club have experienced, it was extremely impressive. Liverpool had seen leaders Manchester City win at Newcastle earlier in the day and they are now three points behind them. Their regrets focused on why Kane wasn't fired for a high challenge against Robertson - the game might have turned out differently had he seen red rather than yellow - but at the same time they might just be thinking about doing their part in the entertainment . It felt good to be putting something on, the stadium was full of emotion and most were delighted when Kane's first blood flowed. Conte had spun on his heel in frustration when Dele Alli narrowly missed a through pass, but his team was back in business quickly when Harry Winks jumped into a tack to get the ball back on high. Alli and Davison Sánchez played the ball to Tanguy Ndombele and he saw Kane flake off Ibrahima Konaté's shoulder. The pass was swung and weighted perfectly, and once Kane had his sights on the court and the back corner there was no doubt about the result. Moments earlier, after an Emerson Royal cross, Kane had taken a touch and turned to take aim, only for Konaté to step in and smuggle the ball to safety. Spurs smelled blood now, and they had a chance to taste it. Kane defeated 19-year-old Premier League debutant Tyler Morton to start on the right at break, with Son in the middle. The flank was just ahead of him, however, and Son twisted on the far post. Moments later, Son remained clear, only to avoid rounding Alisson in one-on-one. Liverpool had started brighter when Robertson loosened a gold-edged header after a cross from Alexander-Arnold and the latter extended Hugo Lloris with a left-footed first player from outside the box. Liverpool shimmered with threat, while Spurs repeatedly threatened to play or run through the dangerously high and not always well protected back line of the guests. Sometimes while Son was making hay it was easy to wonder what on earth was going on. There was plenty of that, and Kane was lucky enough to carry on after jumping into a tackle on Roberton, missing the ball - which the Liverpool left-back skilfully lifted over him - and then slamming his cleats into him. While Jürgen Klopp was raging, Kane got away with a booking. Emerson pushed Jota into the box in the 37th minute but there was no penalty and the Liverpool manager boiled over shortly after a more innocuous decision. Referee Paul Tierney showed him the yellow card, whereupon Klopp bowed rather theatrically. Robertson watched Ben Davies make a heavy touch before snatching the ball from him and sprinting to the byline to cross the flank. But shortly before that, Spurs had missed another chance to make it 2-0, Son serving Alli when Liverpool's defenders had all followed Kane's run. Alli was discharged for the first time; Alisson made a spectacular parade with his fingertip. Liverpool could also point to a 26th-minute save from Lloris from Naby Keïta and an increasingly better one from the Spurs goalkeeper to fend off a snarling Alexander Arnold half-volley shot at halftime. Virgil van Dijk was another Covid-positive absentee, while Conte also had his selection problems. Some players were not fit enough to start after recovering from Covid, while there was no sign of Pierre-Emile Højbjerg. The first half was always a difficult task, and yet there would be many more incidents after the break, first with two when Kane wasted a chance to put Spurs back into the lead. After Jota dragged a header wide, Eric Dier selected Alli from beyond a static Liverpool defensive line. His touch for Kane was a little weak, which allowed Alisson to come out to close the room. Spurs pushed. Kane couldn't react in time to take him home after a corner and then Liverpool took the lead seconds after Alli called for a penalty after feeling a kick from Alexander-Arnold in his back. The Liverpool goal came when Lloris shot away from Mohamed Salah and Robertson bent down to go home after Alexander-Arnold hit over the gate. Spores roared back. Alisson was the favorite to pass Winks down the left inner channel but inexplicably missed the ball after going down to clear the ball. Robertson's hack at Emerson was a clear red card - the only mystery was why Tierney needed VAR to point it out to him after first reaching for a yellow card - and the game was screaming at its end.

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Barca make overtures for Juves Bernardeschi

Barcelona have held talks about a possible move from Juventus winger Federico Bernardeschi. Transfer Talk is LIVE with the latest. (Author: Gardener)

BernardeschiAccording 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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Barcelona striker Ousmane Dembele transfer development in the course of Liverpool and interested parties

Barcelona director Mateu Alemany has provided an update on the transfer status of the French international and Liverpool goal Ousmane Dembele. (Author: Gardener)

Ousmane DembeleBarcelona director Mateu Alemany has provided an update on the transfer status of the French international and Liverpool goal Ousmane Dembele. The 24-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with a move from the club as it is claimed Liverpool made a huge offer to the player. Highly rated by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, the player excelled at Borussia Dortmund before being signed by Barcelona in 2017 for a reported fee of around £ 120m. In the past few months there have been several reports suggesting that Dembele was keen to go ahead and link him to a move from Nou Camp, but it appears that he is now about to extend his stay. As reported by Fabrizio Romano, Alemany have suggested that Dembele have announced their intention to stay in Spain and the club expect to tie the player by the end of the year. "Barcelona director Mateu Alemany:" Ousmane Dembélé always told us that he wanted to stay here. We are at a crucial moment - we expect the situation to be resolved before the end of the year, ”he told Movistar.

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Gavi scores a brilliant solo goal in the win against Barcelona

Watch the highlights as Gavi's solo appearance and a late goal from Nico Gonzalez beat Barcelona 3-2 in La Liga against Elche. (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaWatch the highlights as Gavi's solo appearance and a late goal from Nico Gonzalez beat Barcelona 3-2 in La Liga against Elche. Listen to the Euro Leagues podcast on BBC Sounds.

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Barcelona striker Ousmane Dembele transfer development in the course of Liverpool and interested parties

Barcelona director Mateu Alemany has provided an update on the transfer status of the French international and Liverpool goal Ousmane Dembele. (Author: Gardener)

Ousmane DembeleBarcelona director Mateu Alemany has provided an update on the transfer status of the French international and Liverpool goal Ousmane Dembele. Barcelona director Mateu Alemany has provided an update on the transfer status of the French international and Liverpool goal Ousmane Dembele. The 24-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with a move from the club as it is claimed Liverpool made a huge offer to the player. Highly rated by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, the player excelled at Borussia Dortmund before being signed by Barcelona in 2017 for a reported £ 120m transfer, hampered by injury problems. In the past few months there have been several reports suggesting that Dembele was interested in moving on and linking him to moving from Nou Camp, but it appears that he is now about to extend his stay. As reported by Fabrizio Romano, Alemany have suggested that Dembele have announced their intention to stay in Spain and the club expect to tie the player by the end of the year. "Barcelona director Mateu Alemany:" Ousmane Dembélé always told us that he wanted to stay here. We are at a crucial moment - we expect the situation to be resolved before the end of the year, ”he told Movistar.

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