?Manchester City and Barcelona are ‘willing’ to stump up €50m for Joshua Kimmich as a two-way tussle for the defender emerges.
The European giants want to prise the Bayern Munich star away from Bavaria, according to SportBild (via ?Sport Witness), after Die Bayern’s sporting director Michael Reschke stated that it would take more than that amount of cash for his side to consider selling Kimmich.
If Kimmich opted to join City, he would be reunited with former boss Pep Guardiola at Etihad Stadium after the pair had worked together previously at the Allianz Arena.
Whether the Germany international would be open to a move to the Premier League is questionable. After all, Kimmich and Guardiola didn’t always see eye-to-eye over the latter’s tough love approach during his three-year tenure in the Bundesliga.
A possible switch to Barcelona is also up for discussion, and Kimmich’s versatility would enable him to play in a number of positions for either club if this rumour had any legs to it.
Kimmich has been linked with a transfer to Manchester in the past two summer transfer windows and, after appearing to earn less game time under former Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti before his sacking, had seemed to suggest that he could leave if first-team football was not in the offing.
In 3-4 years, who’s to say Joshua Kimmich won’t be one of the 5 best players in the world? Already such a complete player.
— Thomas Hautmann (@ThomasHautmann) October 18, 2017
With Ancelotti out of the picture now, Kimmich’s heart could be set on staying in his homeland and put the mockers on Barca or City swooping for him.
That is unlikely to stop the press in both Germany and England from touting either club as a potential destination for the right-back, so don’t expect this speculation to diminish any time in the future.
Kimmich has made 90 appearances for Bayern since he joined from Stuttgart in July 2015 for £7.65m.
?Liverpool have told Barcelona that they will have to stump up £135m if the Catalan giants wish to finally land Philippe Coutinho in January.
That is according to ?Mundo Deportivo, who have claimed that the Reds informed La Blaugrana of the eye watering sum necessary to complete a deal for their long-term transfer target.
Barcelona were continuously rebuffed in their attempts to lure the unsettled Coutinho to Catalonia in the summer window, but have not given up hope on capturing the Brazilian playmaker.
Barcelona representatives were present in London on Monday for FIFA’s ‘The Best’ awards ceremony, and are said to have met with one of Coutinho’s advisers – none other than Kia Joorabchian – to try and thrash out a fee for the 25-year-old.
Joorabchian is believed to be acting as a go-between for both clubs and told Barca’s team that Liverpool would not settle for less than £135m before entertaining the notion of meeting at the negotiating table.
Barcelona are still planning to pay for Coutinho’s fee in a variety of installments, but it remains to be seen whether the Reds would be willing to accept that structured deal after rejecting a similar one back in August.
Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group threw out Barcelona’s final bid of around £110m due to the vast majority of the fee coming in six-month installments.
Ernesto Valverde’s side, however, have not been put off attempting to put together a not-too-dissimilar package and know that the ball is in Liverpool’s court given Coutinho’s desire to move to Nou Camp.
French heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain are also thought to be interested in landing Coutinho, with the attacker’s agent pictured meeting the club’s sporting director Antero Henrique on Monday.
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However, with Coutinho’s heart set on a move to the north east of Spain, it would take an astronomical wage package and the potential intervention of international teammate Neymar to make him perform a massive U-turn on wanting to join Barcelona.
?Ander Herrera will not be leaving Manchester United for Barcelona, despite his limited playing time at Old Trafford this season.
That is the view of Spanish publication Sport, which has moved to quash the rumours. The Catalan-based newspaper is very insistent that the Blaugrana are not interested in the 28-year-old, and have branded the reports as ‘nonsense’.
Herrera has been demoted to the bench for most of this season so far by Jose Mourinho, with Nemanja Matic impressing since his £40m summer switch from Chelsea.
The Serb has made a seamless transition into the United midfield, and has featured in every single league match so far, as Herrera has watched on from the bench.
It has led to renewed stories that the club’s Player of the Season for 2016/17 could be about to swap Old Trafford for the Nou Camp, but that will not be the case according to Sport, via ?Sport Witness.
The report in Tuesday’s edition of Sport claims the former Athletic Bilbao star has no chance of joining Barca, and ‘is not on the wish list’. Sport goes on to claim Barca’s only true target for January is Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.
The is expectation that Barca, who still have cash to burn from the world record Neymar sale, will come back in for the Brazilian playmaker.
Mauro Icardi’s former agent has revealed that both Juventus and Napoli turned down the chance to sign the talented forward for just €400k, during his time in Barcelona’s youth academy.
The Argentine international is now a Serie A superstar, and has netted 80 goals in just 133 Serie A appearances for his current side Internazionale.
In an interview with Il Secolo XIX, via ItaSportPress, former agent Nunzio Marchione, revealed that the two Serie A giants turned up their noses at the opportunity to bag Icardi during his days as a bright prospect at Barcelona.
“Riccardo Pecini [Sampdoria’s youth academy chief] was very clever in getting him after both Juventus and Napoli, who had moved on him before, had rejected him,” Marchione said.
Icardi eventually left Catalonia for Sampdoria for just €400k, before switching to Inter after his first season in Italy.
Marchione also revealed that the then Barcelona starlet has always been an Nerazzurri at heart and actually cheered Inter’s famous victory over his employers on the way to a famous treble in 2010.
“He dreamt of playing for Inter because he had grown up with a Zanetti poster, and I remember how happy we were when we celebrated the semi-final win at the Camp Nou,” Marchione added. “[Gerard] Deulofeu was next to us, and he couldn’t understand why we were celebrating”.
Icardi has gone from strength to strength since leaving Sampdoria to join the club of his boyhood dreams in 2013, scoring over 20 goals in a season twice in his five year spell at San Siro.
Liverpool attacker Philippe Coutinho was a target for Barcelona throughout the summer transfer window, but the Spanish giants failed in their attempts to bring him to La Liga despite several bids.
After losing their gem of a forward in Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, Barca were desperate for a replacement, eyeing both Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele as talents who could come in to help fill the void. And having succeeded on the Dembele front, their joy was short-lived, as the French youngster found himself nursing a major injury quite early in the campaign.
It’s certainly looking like PSG are out to frustrate Barca once more, having set their sights on Coutinho themselves.
Earlier reports suggested as much, also claiming that the Brazilian was more keen to move to Spain. But more recently, outlets have reported that the French club have asked Coutinho’s agent,