Barcelona news LIVE updates and gossip from the Nou Camp
Tuesday, March 31
- Lautaro Martinez’s agent has confirmed that he’s held transfer discussions
- Barcelona are considering Layvin Kurzawa to replace defender Junior Firpo
- Liverpool have shown interest in signing Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele
- However, the Spanish champions will need to lower their £93m valuation
Philippe Coutinho to Leicester
Leicester have entered the race to sign Philippe Coutinho, Sport claim.
Barcelona are prepared to offload the Brazilian playmaker in the upcoming transfer window to finance other incomings including PSG’s Neymar and Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.
Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and Premier League leaders Liverpool are unlikely to pursue the 27-year-old.
But Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester have registered their interest to bring Coutinho to the King Power on loan but face competition for his signature from Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United.
Lautaro Martinez talks
Lautaro Martinez’s agent has confirmed that he’s held talks with other clubs about his client’s future.
The Inter Milan striker, 22, is on the radar of La Liga heavyweights Barcelona and Real Madrid having enjoyed a strong campaign at the San Siro.
“It is said that Barcelona and Real Madrid want him, but it has no effect on him,” Yaque said about Lautaro to Radio La Plata. “We talked to many people, however, nothing more happened. For now, those who call me are not club leaders. There is nothing formal or serious.
“His constant growth has meant that the best teams in the world watch him carefully. We hope that his work will be rewarded as it deserves to be.”
Martinez has a £102million release clause in his contract but Inter are reportedly prepared to accept £71m providing it is paid in cash.
- Liverpool ready to launch shock move for Sterling to replace Mane
Junior Firpo replacement
Barcelona are considering Paris Saint-Germain’s Layvin Kurzawa to replace Junior Firpo.
Spanish newspaper Sport claim Nou Camp chiefs are ready to sell the Firpo just seven months after his arrival.
Firpo, 23, joined Barcelona from Real Betis for an initial £16million plus an additional £10m in performance-related add-ons but he’s failed to dislodge Jordi Alba from the starting XI.
Now, Sport claim the Spanish champions have their sights set on 27-year-old Kurzawa, who has only completed seven Ligue 1 fixtures this season.
The France international is out of contract this summer and has decided not to extend his stay at the Parc des Princes – making him eligible for a free transfer. Liverpool and Arsenal are also said to be interested.
- Chelsea contact agent of Barcelona star as transfer price tag revealed
Ousmane Dembele to Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp would be interested in signing Ousmane Dembele IF Barcelona lowered their asking price.
That’s according to Spanish journalist Francesc Aguilar, who also claims the Liverpool manager has zero interest in re-signing Philippe Coutinho despite being offered his signature.
“Philippe Coutinho is not included in Jurgen Klopp’s plans. The player’s agent has offered it to Liverpool, but the German coach is not for the job,” Aguilar tweeted. “He prefers one more player in the style of Ousmane Dembele or the Barca player himself if they lower their rating.”
Recent reports claim Barcelona are happy to offload the France international, but want to recoup most of their £93million investment.
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