Transfer News: Griezmann snubs Man United for Barcelona, Arsenal move for Fekir

David Cooper 14/11/2017
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Barcelona bound? Antoine Griezmann.

The transfer window may not open again until January 1, 2018 but that hasn’t put an end to plenty of speculation throughout Europe.

Here, we take a look at three big stories dominating the headlines on Tuesday.

Will any of the following deals happen?

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ANTOINE GRIEZMANN

According to French newspaper Le10Sport (h/t Calciomercato.com), Barcelona have agreed a deal in principle to sign Antoine Griezmann. The Atletico Madrid star is expected to join France team-mate Ousmane Dembele at the Nou Camp in the summer.

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Had the transfer ban not been imposed on Atletico, Griezmann could well be playing in a United shirt now. His release clause in his contract also suggested that he would be ready to be picked up by the Premier League outfit in the following year. It seemed like the two clubs and the player had come to an understanding.

But throw in Barcelona and their desperation to secure more attacking talent after Neymar left for PSG, Luis Suarez has struggled for form and Dembele has been hit by injury and all is not so certain anymore. Still expect him to wind up at Old Trafford though.

Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann

NABIL FEKIR

Arsenal could be set to bid £60 million for Nabil Fekir, according to the Mail. With both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil expected to let their contracts run out and leave the club as free agents in the summer, the Lyon attacker is seen as the perfect man to help fill the void but the Gunners will face stiff competition from Barcelona.

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What do you know? Barcelona in the mix again. The Catalans are casting a wide net at the moment and if they are serious in their pursuit of the Frenchman, that seriously hinders Arsenal’s hopes. However, the Gunners may just be even more desperate than the La Liga leaders to bolster their attack next summer and could pull out all the stops for Fekir while Barcelona may choose to focus their negotiations elsewhere.

Nabil Fekir

Nabil Fekir

RICHARLISON

Richarlison has taken the Premier League by storm since his arrival at Watford this season and Tottenham have apparently already seen enough to plot a move for the Brazilian, the Mirror report.

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It’s only taken three months for Richarlison to attract suitors and given his form in the Premier League, perhaps that shouldn’t be a surprise. Son Heung-Min offers Tottenham options with his ability to play upfront or out wide and the Watford attacker is very much in the same mould.

Apart from being one of the most threatening players in the league, Richarlison would most certainly give Mauricio Pochettino even more tactical options. If they move quickly, they may get him at a reasonable price.

Cue Daniel Levy’s entrance music…

Richarlison

Richarlison

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Man United join chase for Brazil U17 star, Madrid may have to sell Bale

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The transfer window may not open again until January 1, 2018 but that hasn’t put an end to plenty of speculation throughout Europe.

Here, we take a look at three big stories dominating the headlines on Monday.

Will any of the following deals happen?

Let us know your thoughts.

Get in touch via Twitter and Facebook.

MANCHESTER UNITED JOIN RACE FOR BRAZIL YOUNGSTER

Brazil U17 striker Lincoln, who impressed at the recent FIFA U17 World Cup in India, is on the radar of Manchester United, according to Calcio MercatoBarcelona, Real Madrid, and Juventus have all been linked with the young striker, and now United have joined the chase.

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It’s a fairly common story – a South American youngster makes headlines and suddenly all of Europe’s leading clubs seem poised to swoop in. But United haven’t signed a young player directly from the continent in quite a while now, and it’s a transfer market largely dominated by Real Madrid and Barcelona. United also aren’t short in the young, talented striker department, so this could be a battle the club won’t mind losing if push comes to shove for the Flamengo striker who’s rated at €30million.

Lincoln starred for Brazil at the recently-completed U17 World Cup in India.

Lincoln starred for Brazil at the recently-completed U17 World Cup in India.

DORTMUND THE LATEST SUITOR FOR CAN

With Emre Can’s Liverpool contract set to expire at the end of the season, clubs are now lining up to secure his signature, and Borussia Dortmund are the latest to be linked with the 23-year-old. Bild is reporting that the German club have joined the battle with Manchester City, Juventus, and Liverpool themselves in order to land Can’s signature.

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Can a young German midfielder go through a transfer saga without being linked to Dortmund? The Bundesliga outfit has been stockpiling young talent, German or otherwise, for quite some time now, so it’s no surprise that they’d be interested in Can.

However, unlike with most other young players Dortmund sign, there’s no clear sign that a move to the club would be beneficial to Can’s development. There are already plenty of midfielders at the club, and in any case Can has already done what most young players who move to Dortmund want to do: prove themselves on a big stage and catch the eye of some even bigger clubs. Man City and Juventus are more likely destinations for Can at this point, although that doesn’t mean Dortmund’s interest isn’t real.

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The suitors are lining up for Emre Can.

REAL MADRID WORRYING ABOUT BALE PRICE DROP

Gareth Bale‘s injury struggles since his move to Real Madrid have been well-documented and there has been plenty of chatter lately that the most recent setback could finally signal the end of his time at the Santiago Bernabeu. AS says Madrid have lost patience with Bale’s fitness issues and are ready to sell him next summer. However, the concern now is that his value has dropped – Manchester United were reportedly offering €120million this summer, but Madrid are worried that they won’t get offers above €80million next time around.

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At this point, Bale’s only hope of salvaging his Madrid career is to get fit quickly and then be brilliant for the rest of the season. Otherwise, he’s going to have a hard time convincing the Los Blancos hierarchy that they need him, with Isco and Marco Asensio already having usurped the Welshman over the last year.

The club’s concerns over his value are legitimate. Bale hasn’t played enough in recent times to justify the sort of money United were supposedly offering, and that sort of price tag could definitely cause potential suitors to walk away. Madrid have to seriously consider taking a loss on a player for whom they once broke the world transfer record.

Could Real Madrid be forced to sell Bale at a loss?

Could Real Madrid be forced to sell Bale at a loss?

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Torres eyeing Premier League return, Shaw set to be offloaded

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WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

FERNANDO TORRES is eyeing a return to the Premier League and could be interested in signing for Newcastle or Southampton, according to the Mirror. Representatives for the 33-year-old striker have let his desire to leave Atletico on loan in January be known to Magpies manager Rafa Benitez and Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino, the paper claims.

Borussia Dortmund have reportedly joined the race to sign Liverpool midfielder EMRE CAN. The Mirror reports that Germany star Can, who is out of contract at the end of the season, has already caught the eye of Italian giants Juventus, but the Serie A outfit could now face serious competition from Dortmund who are keen to get him on a free transfer next summer.

Manchester United want to sell England left-back LUKE SHAW for £20 million in January, the Times reports. Turkish side Fenerbahce have expressed an interest in taking the 22-year-old on loan, but United want to offload him on a permanent basis, preferably in January, the paper says.

Luke Shaw's United nightmare could be over after this season.

Luke Shaw’s United nightmare could be over after this season.

Manchester United defender MATTEO DARMIAN is being chased by three Italian clubs, according to reports in Italy. The Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper claims the Italy international, who has not managed to establish himself as a first-team regular at Old Trafford, is wanted by Juventus, Napoli and Roma.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has reportedly earmarked WILFRIED ZAHA as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez. The Sun reports that Wenger is ready to launch a £35 million bid for the Crystal Palace winger.

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MORGAN GIBBS-WHITE: Liverpool are ready to fork out £5 million for the 17-year-old Wolves midfielder, according to the Sun. The teenager, who was part of the England Under-17s team to be crowned world champions last month, has sparked interest from Tottenham and Arsenal too, the paper says.

NABIL FEKIR: Arsenal will face competition from Real Madrid to sign the France international, according to the Sun. Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane has reportedly been watching the 24-year-old, who plays for French giants Lyon, for some time. Barcelona and Juventus are also said to be interested in Fekir.

Nabil Fekir: Wanted by Arsenal, Real Madrid, Juventus, and Barcelona.

Nabil Fekir: Wanted by Arsenal, Real Madrid, Juventus, and Barcelona.

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