Eric Abidal Meets PSG President for Adrien Rabiot Talks as Barcelona Evaluate Midfield Options

Following the recent arrival of ?Malcom at the Camp Nou, ?Barcelona remain in the market for a new central midfielder this summer.

Clement Lenglet and Arthur have also arrived in Catalonia this summer from Sevilla and Gremio respectively, but the departure of club legend Andres Iniesta for pastures new in Japan has left Barcelona short of creativity in the middle of the park.

Paulinho has also departed, re-joining Guangzhou Evergrande just one year on from his switch from China to the La Liga champions last summer. Those departures have left something of a void in Barca’s midfield, and PSG’s ?Adrien Rabiot has emerged as a prime target.

That is according to Spanish publication ?Sport, who have reported that Barcelona’s recently appointed sporting director Eric Abidal has met with PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi to discuss a potential deal for Rabiot.

Also on the agenda during the discussions was an apparent will to improve relations between the two clubs following reported fallouts over various transfer dealings, namely the world-record move which saw ?Neymar switch from Catalonia to Paris last summer.


Barcelona’s interest in Rabiot was allegedly the hot topic of conversation between Al-Khelaifi, with whom Abidal is said to be friends, and the former Barcelona defender.

It is said that despite PSG’s lack of will to sell the Frenchman, Barca’s interest in signing the midfielder has persisted. There is an apparent ‘basis of a deal’ in place with the player, according to Sport, but Barca must now resolve their issues with PSG in order to seal the transfer.

The Parisians are seeking to tie Rabiot down to a new contract but have as yet failed to agree terms with the 23-year-old, and that could play in to Barcelona’s hands, as PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel has apparently stated that the final decision lies with Rabiot.?


Ajax Director Marc Overmars Tells Barcelona ‘No’ Over Move for Dutch Starlet Frenkie de Jong

?Barcelona have been hit with the latest ‘not for sale’ answer from Marc Overmars. The Catalan club have continued an aggressive push in trying to garner the signature of Frenkie de Jong, but Ajax refuse to be bullied into a transfer.

Sport report that De Godenzonen’s footballing director will not allow one of his club’s most promising assets to leave the Dutch capital this year. Coach Erik ten Hag has been given reassurances from Overmars that Ajax have no intention of selling the young midfielder.

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De Jong has admitted that an interest from Barca flatters him, but is currently focused on helping Ajax reach the Champions League group stage: “I noticed it. At the beginning it was nice, but now it doesn’t interest me.

“It’s fun to see yourself in Spanish newspapers but it doesn’t interest me now, I want to be 100% focused on my team…Simply speaking I’m an Ajax player so I can’t say much about that (Barça interest) at the moment out of respect for them,

“Of course there’s interest in me, everybody knows that. But as I said, I’m an Ajax player right now.”

With the midfield addition of Arthur Melo, the giants of ?La Liga are preparing for life without Andres Iniesta. It seems that they are still interested in adding another piece in the middle of the pitch though, with De Jong rumoured alongside the names of Adrien Rabiot and N’Golo Kante. 

The 21-year-old appeared in 22 Eredivisie matches last season, providing eight assists as Ajax finished runners-up to rivals PSV. 

If an incredible offer is to be made by Barca – possibly funded by the potential sales of Yerry Mina and Lucas Digne – it is likely to be after Ajax’s Champions League qualifying campaign. Rumours suggest that the Amsterdam side would be more flexible in negotiations if they were to make the group stage.

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With Overmars having played for La Blaugrana between 2000 and 2004, the former Netherlands international may see Barcelona as the best club for De Jong’s development. Nevertheless, he is still holding firm for the moment, with the youngster not for sale.


Barcelona Reportedly Open Talks Over Valencia Midfielder With Ernesto Valderde a ‘Huge Fan’

Barcelona are considering a move for Valencia midfielder Dani Parejo, according to Sport, who report that the Catalan side have made contact with the player’s representatives over a potential summer move.

The paper are also claiming that the feeling over the player isn’t unanimous in the boardroom, but manager Ernesto Valverde is believed to be a huge admirer of the player.

Parejo, 29, has been at Valencia for the past seven years and is a ?Real Madrid academy product, making a handful of appearances for Los Blancos during the 2008/09 season. He joined Los Che for just €6m from Getafe in 2011 and has since become an integral part in the setup at the Mestalla.

Sport are claiming that Valverde views the Spaniard as a great midfield option who is excellent on the ball and can pick out a pass, also stating that Barca have spoken to his camp in a bid to ascertain what it will take to get him on their books.

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However, the Primera Division title holders will be careful not to overspend, given past mistakes, and they will only look to bring Parejo to the Camp Nou if Valencia’s asking price is a reasonable one. His wages, though, aren’t thought to be a concern as they’re willing to match whatever he asks.

It is understood that the player will push for a move if Barca do make a bid. And with Valencia aiming to bring Andre Gomes back, it could work in their favour as Valverde’s side are looking to offload the Portuga international this summer.


Report Claims Everton Make £27m Bid for Yerry Mina as Toffees Step Up Chase for Barcelona Defender

??Everton are believed to be in pole position to sign ?Barcelona ace Yerry Mina this summer, after reportedly making a £27m bid for the central defender.

According to Goal, the Toffees have increased their efforts to sign the 23-year-old by making a formal offer. Fellow? Premier League side ?Wolves and Ligue 1 outfit Lyon were also believed to be in the running to sign the Colombian international, but Everton are now thought to be in the driving seat to seal the deal before the start of their 2018/19 Premier League campaign.

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Mina made a real name for himself at the 2018 ?World Cup where he starred for Colombia. Showcasing himself as a dominating centre-back, the former Palmeiras man also managed to score a goal against England in the last 16 which took his side to a penalty shoot-out against the Three Lions.

Everton are in dire need of some stability at the back, and have identified Mina as the ideal man to shore up their shaky defence. With Michael Keane enduring a tough first season at Goodison Park, and veteran duo Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka both in decline, new manager Marco Silva is desperate to find a new centre-back before the new season begins.

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Mina is likely to be deemed surplus to requirements at Camp Nou this summer, given the host of talented defenders the club already boasts. With Samuel Umtiti, Gerard Piqué, and Thomas Vermaelen for competition, it seems unlikely that Mina will be required next season, and Barça will look to cash in on the 6ft 4′ powerhouse while interest is high.

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??Meanwhile, reports have also suggested that ?Everton are moving in on signing another Barcelona defender – left-back Lucas Digne. Silva is eager to find a long-term replacement for club talisman Leighton Baines, and the French international is deemed as an affordable, attractive option for the club as they look to make big improvements in the upcoming season.


Everton Officials Travel to Barcelona to Finalise Deal for French Left Back Lucas Digne

?Everton officials are believed to have travelled to Barcelona in the hopes of finalising a deal for left back Lucas Digne.

The defender’s commitment to searching for increased game time has been well documented this summer, and ?Everton have long been at the front of the queue to acquire the Frenchman, previously rated at £22m. 

It’s understood that new Everton boss Marco Silva sees 25-year-old Digne as the successor to Leighton Baines as the Toffees long term left back.

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According to SPORT, officials from Everton are believed to have travelled to Barcelona in the hopes of closing a deal for the defender. 

Despite the Toffees’ initial bid being rejected due to it being below the asking price, negotiations are now understood to be underway after Barça made it clear that Digne would not be sold for less than €16m.

The move appears to make sense for both parties, with Marco Silva having already declared an interest in Digne, and the player himself confirming playing time was a priority for him.

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The signing of Digne will be yet another statement of intent from Everton, having already confirmed the signing of Brazilian attacker Richarlison for a fee believed to be in the region of £50m, considering add-ons