Barcelona are interested in signing Lyon forward Moussa Dembele, reports claim. The Spanish heavyweights are on the look-out for a replacement for veteran striker Luis Suarez.
Ronald Koeman is looking to make his mark at the Nou Camp and his first order of business was to inform Suarez that he’s surplus to requirements.
The 33-year-old has scored 196 goals and provided 109 assists in 281 appearances in all competitions for the Catalan giants.
The Uruguayan international is Barcelona’s second all-time top scorer behind only six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi, who boasts an outrageous 633 goals.
Spanish newspaper Sport claim Barca’s sporting director Ramon Planes and his colleagues are now on the look-out for Suarez’s replacement and have identified Dembele as a potential addition.
It’s thought Koeman’s assistant Henrik Larsson has already contacted the player’s representatives to gauge his interest.
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Meanwhile, former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon believes that Barcelona will reach a ‘friendly agreement’ with Lionel Messi as the Argentine superstar seeks a new challenge elsewhere.
The Argentina international, 33, told the Catalan side that he wishes to exercise a clause allowing him to leave for free.
Barcelona finished the season behind fierce rivals Real Madrid and without any silverware – leading to an unhappy Messi to request a departure.
But the Spanish heavyweights believe the clause has now expired and Messi is contracted to the club until 2021 with a €700m (£626.5million) buy-out clause.
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“I am pretty sure they will reach a friendly agreement,” Calderon told Stats Perform News. “They have had 20 years together.
“Messi has given his best for Barcelona, and Barcelona have given their all to Messi. They have won many titles together. He has won six Ballon d’Or.
“I am convinced they will not go for a legal fight and they will solve it in a friendly way. It would be what I would try, and I am sure Bartomeu will do the same.
“I know him. He is a calm man, and he will look for the best solution for both. There is no need to go for any legal fight or any controversy.”
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