Andres Iniesta headlines our rumour mill as Man City plan shock move for Barcelona star

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Though the winter transfer window just passed and the summer window is still months down the road, that hasn’t stopped the chatter of players potentially being on the move.

Across the world of football, there remains plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at five potential transfer candidates that could be heading elsewhere when the market reopens in June.

ANDRES INIESTA

Pep Guardiola is eyeing a summer move for Barcelona legend Iniesta, according to The Mirror .

Iniesta and Guardiola enjoyed huge success together at Barcelona and the Catalan coach is eager to arrange a career swansong for the 33-year-old in the Premier League.

Iniesta – who has made over 700 appearances for Barcelona – replaced Guardiola when he retired from the game in 2001.

While the Spaniard signed a life-long agreement at the Camp Nou in October, it is believed to be a non-binding agreement and could potentially pave the way for a move to England.

AARON RAMSEY

Arsenal will look to sell Ramsey at the end of the season, the Daily Mail suggests.

The Wales international has one year to run on his current deal at the Emirates Stadium, but the North London club may be forced to sell the 26-year-old if he refuses to sign a new contract.

Ramsey has made over 300 appearances for Arsenal since joining the club as a 17-year-old from Cardiff in 2008.

Ramsey came under criticism for his sub-par display against Man City in the Carabao Cup final last week, in what has been a mixed campaign overall for the midfielder.

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Ernesto Valverde hails Antoine Griezmann but refuses to comment on Barcelona's pursuit of him

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Antoine Griezmann

Ernesto Valverde has praised Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann and is wary of the threat he poses as Barcelona battle the Madridistas on Sunday.

“Well I’d rather he saved his goals for another time,” Valverde said in response at his pre-match news conference.

The Frenchman has been linked to a move to Barcelona at the end of the season but Valverde refused to comment on the speculation.

“As for his future, I can’t tell you but he’s a player who’s in excellent form at the moment.

“Tomorrow he’s one of the strengths of the Atleitco Madrid team. We’re going to have to look after him very closely.”

The Catalan coach was pressed on the issue but wouldn’t be drawn into commenting on the reports.

“Look, he’s a very good player. I have no doubt about that.

“He scored four goals the other day and three the time before.

“But I’m not going to talk about a player who plays for another team, especially one we are playing the next day. That would be improper.”

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Marc-Andre ter Stegen headlines our rumour mill as Man United plot bid for Barcelona goalkeeper

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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 on Saturday.

MARC-ANDRE TER STEGEN

Man United are set to launch an £89m offer for Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, according to the Daily Star.

With speculation continuing to mount that David de Gea could be heading to Real Madrid this summer, the Old Trafford hierarchy are putting plans in place to lure the German international to England’s north-west.

Jose Mourinho has put the 25-year-old at the top of his transfer wish list, with ter Stegen keeping 19 clean sheets in all competitions this term.

IVAN RAKITIC

Manchester United are eying a move for Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic this summer, according to the Mirror.

Although Rakitic is one of Ernesto Valverde’s most trusted lieutenants, there is no guarantee he will start since the arrival of talisman Philippe Coutinho last month.

If the Barca boss is to drop one of his midfielders, it is likelier to be the Croatian international over the likes of Andres Iniesta, Paulinho and Sergio Busquets.

After four seasons at the Camp Nou, the 29-year-old is believed to be exploring his options with Juventus, Arsenal and Liverpool also interested in securing his services.

WILLEM GEUBBELS

Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Arsenal and Barcelona are monitoring the progress of Lyon sensation Geubbels, Goal reports.

The 16-year-old has emerged as one of Europe’s most sought-after talents, with leading sides across the continent showing interest in the young attacker.

Geubbles, who has made four appearances for Bruno Genesio’s side this term, has reportedly snubbed a new contract at Groupama Stadium and is weighing up his options for next season.

Monaco are believed to be favourites to land the Frenchman’s signature.

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