Arthur set to snub Man United and Chelsea for Barcelona with medical pencilled in

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Arthur is close to sealing Barcelona move.

Spanish daily Sport is reporting that Gremio midfielder Arthur is due for a medical with Barcelona on Wednesday ahead of a transfer agreement between the two clubs.

Arthur has been a target for several Premier League clubs, most notably Manchester United and Chelsea, but Barcelona have moved quickly to seal the deal for the Brazilian.

The report suggests that Barcelona will pay a £26.5million transfer fee up front, with a further £8.8million in add-ons.

Arthur will only join the La Liga outfit in January 2019, as Gremio want to keep the midfielder for the rest of the Brazilian league season, which ends in December. However, the midfielder wants to a deal to be finalised as soon as possible as he hopes the endorsement of a Barcelona transfer aids his chances in making the Brazil squad for this year’s World Cup.

Barcelona are amenable to Arthur only arriving in January as it allows time for fellow Brazilian Philippe Coutinho to gain EU citizenship, freeing up a non-EU spot for the new arrival.

Arthur will reportedly have a meeting with Barcelona technical director Roberto Fernandez on Wednesday to agree a contract.

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Jorginho headlines our rumour mill as Manchester United chase Napoli star

David Cooper 21/02/2018
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The January transfer window may be shut but there’s still plenty of news from the rumour mill with several moves being put off until the summer.

Here, we round-up the transfer tales that have got everyone talking.

JORGINHO 

Napoli defensive midfielder Jorginho could be free to leave for Manchester United if the Serie A giants decide to “sacrifice” him to bring in new talent, the Sun reports his agent as saying. The 26-year-old’s representatives are said to have travelled to the north west in January, sparking speculation of a summer move to Old Trafford. The Brazil-born Italy international is said to be happy in Naples, however agent Joan Santos said the arrival of a younger player could see him let go. “That will require an important investment and Jorginho could be sacrificed to make way,” he said.

ORIOL ROMEU

Romeu has ruled out a return to his boyhood club Barcelona in favour of regular game-time at Premier League relegation-threatened Southampton, according to Marca. The 26-year-old is a product of the famed La Masia academy system, but made just two appearances for the Camp Nou side before signing for Chelsea in 2011. A lack of minutes led to the Spaniard joining the Saints, and he has gone on to make over 100 appearances for the south coast side. Quizzed on a return to Barcelona, Romeu said he would snub the Catalan giants in favour of staying at St. Mary’s.

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CLAUDIO MARCHISIO

Claudio Marchisio is set to leave Juventus for MLS or the Chinese Super League, according to Goal. The Italian midfielder has gone from future captain to benchwarmer, starting only four Serie A games this term. Although his contract does not expire until 2020, the 32-year-old could leave at the end of the season in favour of regular minutes abroad. Marchisio has previously stated that he could not play for another Italian side out of respect for Juve, so a move to America or China seems inevitable.

ABDOULAYE DOUCOURÉ

Watford’s French midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure has said he is being pursued by Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool, The Sun reports. The 25-year-old told French television programme Telefoot that his prime choice would be to play for Arsene Wenger. Such move would pay off handsomely for club and player – Doucoure arrived at Vicarage Road as part of an £8million deal in 2016 and is on £60,000-a-week, the paper says.

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Marco Asensio headlines our rumour mill as Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool battle it out for Real Madrid star

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The January transfer window may be shut but there’s still plenty of news from the rumour mill with several moves being put off until the summer.

Here, we round-up the transfer tales that have got everyone talking.

MARCO ASENSIO

Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal are keen to sign Real Madrid star Marco Asensio, according to the Sun. The 22-year-old is playing second fiddle to Cristiano Ronaldo this campaign and has started  only 11 La Liga matches. The Spaniard excelled as a substitute in the Champions League win over PSG and scored twice in the 5-3 win over Real Betis on Sunday. With game time mattering most for the ace attacker, Antonio Conte may succeed in bringing him to West London this summer.

CHRISTIAN PULISIC

Bayern Munich are ready to make a big money move for Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Christian Pulisic, the Daily Mail reports. Bayern are long-term admirers of the 19-year-old and would be willing to spend around €100 million to acquire his signature. The American winger has drawn interest from LiverpoolManchester United and Arsenal, and could be set to depart the Westfalenstadion this summer. If a move to the Allianz Arena was to materialise, Pulisic would be have the best platform to help him develop as a player on the European stage and win trophies.

AMADOU DIAWARA

Tottenham Hotspur are set to step up their interest in Napoli star Amadou Diawara, Tuttomercatoweb suggests. The 20-year-old Guinea international is rated as one of the most promising players in Serie A and has been linked with several top European sides. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has made Diawara a key target and is set to offer in the region of £33 million to secure his services this summer. The midfielder is viewed as a long-term replacement for Mousa Dembele, who has been curtailed with injuries over the last number of seasons.

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