Barcelona concerned Antoine Griezmann fee may rise to €140m

David Cooper 27/04/2018
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Though the summer transfer window is still a couple of months away, that hasn’t stopped the rumours 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 the latest transfer deals that could happen when the market reopens in June.

Get in touch with your thoughts too via Twitter and Facebook.

ANTOINE GRIEZMANN

According to Sport, Barcelona are concerned that they will have to pay more than expected to sign Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid.

Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United are also interested in the Frenchman but the Catalans are in pole position to land him.

However, while they expected to trigger his €100m release clause this summer, it has now emerged that another clause in his contract, based on the concept of a signing bonus, means the value may rise to €140m.

The player is determined to have his future decided before he boards the plane to Russia for the World Cup.

The chase continues: Griezmann and Barcelona.

The chase continues: Griezmann and Barcelona.

FEDERICO CHIESA

Fiorentina are willing to part ways with Federico Chiesa with Liverpool lodging an interest.

The Serie A outfit have gone as far as to state their asking price for the winger. Jurgen Klopp is known to be an admirer but may face competition from Chelsea who, like the Reds, have sent scouts to watch the 20-year-old in action.

Liverpool will need to stump up €50m to bring Chiesa to Anfield according to Corriere dello Sport in Italy.

Fiorentina are unlikely to consider anything below the asking price for the youngster after his impressive breakthrough season in Serie A.

Federico Chiesa.

Federico Chiesa.

RADJA NAINGGOLAN

Arsene Wenger’s reported successor at the Emirates Stadium Luis Enrique wants £200m to spend during the summer transfer window at Arsenal if he is to take over the north London club, The Sun reports.

The former Barcelona boss is one of the favourites for the job and Radja Nainggolan is at the top of his shopping list as is expected to overhaul the squad should he be appointed.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are understood to be safe from the chopping block along with a few other star names in Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey but much of the squad will come under scrutiny.

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Though the summer transfer window is still a couple of months away, that hasn’t stopped the rumours 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 the latest transfer deals that could happen when the market reopens in June.

Get in touch with your thoughts too via Twitter and Facebook.

JONNY EVANS

The West Brom centre-back could be in line for a sensational return to former club Manchester United this summer, according to The Sun.

Evans, who spent the best part of a decade at Old Trafford and won three Premier League titles, is set to leave the Baggies with relegation from the top-flight almost a certainty.

The Northern Irishman was linked with Arsenal in the January transfer window but decided to stay put, though he has a clause in his current deal allowing him to leave for just £3m (Dh15m) should the Hawthorns side go down.

Jose Mourinho is keen to bolster his options in defence with doubts over the long-term futures of Phil Jones and Daley Blind.

Jonny Evans is set to leave West Brom.

BERND LENO

The Bayer Leverkusen shot-stopper is likely to move on from the Bundesliga side at the end of the season, according to Bild.

Atletico Madrid are reportedly leading the chase to sign the 26-year-old Germany international, fuelling rumours current No.1 Jan Oblak, a target of Liverpool, will depart this summer.

Leverkusen are all but resigned to losing Leno – who has an option in his existing contract, which is set to expire in 2020, to leave the club once this campaign draws to a close.

Napoli and Arsenal are also in the mix to land the €20m-rated goalkeeper (Dh89m).

WOLFSBURG, GERMANY - MARCH 03: Goalkeeper Bernd Leno of Leverkusen looks on during the Bundesliga match between VfL Wolfsburg and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Volkswagen Arena on March 3, 2018 in Wolfsburg, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Leno is Mr Consistent between the sticks.

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Boateng has been linked with the Premier League and La Liga.

Though the summer transfer window is still a couple of months away, that hasn’t stopped the rumours 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 the latest transfer deals that could happen when the market reopens in June.

Get in touch with your thoughts too via Twitter and Facebook.

JEROME BOATENG

The defensive enforcer is set to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season and pursue a new challenge, according to sports magazine Socrates.

Boateng has been a stalwart in the Bavarians’ backline since 2011, winning six Bundesliga titles and a Champions League medal during that time, but has admitted he has accomplished everything with the German giants.

The 29-year-old is contracted to the Allianz Arena until 2021 but could try and force a move this summer, with there apparently being plenty of admirers from the Premier League.

On Wednesday night, Boateng limped off after just 33 minutes against Real Madrid – sparking fears his season has come to a premature end and World Cup participation could be in doubt.

Bayern Munich's German defender Jerome Boateng receives medical care after being injured during the UEFA Champions League semi-final first-leg football match FC Bayern Munich v Real Madrid CF in Munich, southern Germany on April 25, 2018. (Photo by GUENTER SCHIFFMANN / AFP) (Photo credit should read GUENTER SCHIFFMANN/AFP/Getty Images)

Boateng receives medical attention before going off injured.

FABIAN RUIZ

Barcelona are poised to table a summer bid for the Real Betis midfielder, reports Mundo Deportivo.

Blaugrana scouts have been running the rule over the 22-year-old talent, who has impressed for the Andalusian outfit in La Liga this term.

With Andres Iniesta departing, duo Sergio Busquets and Paulinho approaching their 30th birthdays and Ivan Rakitic turning 31 next year, the Catalan giants are slowly but surely rebuilding their engine room for the future.

Ruiz, who has a €30 million release clause and has missed just four matches all season, could be poised to join new recruit Arthur at the Camp Nou once the World Cup in Russia is done and dusted.

Real Betis' Spanish midfielder Fabian Ruiz (L) vies with Villarreal's Spanish midfielder Pablo Fornals (R) during the Spanish league football match between Levante UD and Real Madrid CF at the Ciutat de Valencia stadium in Valencia on February 03, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLER (Photo credit should read CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images)

Fabian Ruiz has earned recognition at under-21 level for Spain.

CEDRIC SOARES

The Portugal defender could lead a mass summer exodus from Southampton should the Red and Whites get relegated from the top-flight.

According to The Mirror, Tottenham are poised to sign the 26-year-old as he is just one of several of the South Coast club’s top stars who are seeking to stay at the highest level.

Spurs want to provide competition at right-back for Kieran Trippier and see Soares, who has been capped 26 times for his country and is World Cup-bound, as a perfect option.

Soares has two years remaining on his current deal at St Mary’s Stadium.

Southampton's German-born Portuguese defender Cedric Soares runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England on February 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Cedric Soares in action for the Saints.

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