Chelsea Reject Third Willian Bid as Barcelona Remain Far Short of Blues’ Asking Price

??Barcelona have had a third bid for ?Chelsea winger Willian rejected, with the Blues fervently sticking to their 80m valuation of the 29-year-old.

After Barca’s second bid of 59m was rejected, ?they returned with an offer of €61m. But this has also been turned down within hours, and it is threatening to become the new transfer saga of the summer.

?Sport claims that Manchester United are also interested in signing Willian, but Maurizio Sarri wants to keep him at Stamford Bridge and it seems that this story may have some way to go yet.

Barcelona felt that Chelsea were in a vulnerable state where they could be stripped of their best assets, due to missing out on a place in the 2018/19 Champions League.

Barça’s rivals Real Madrid are hoping to take advantage of this situation as well, as they have been heavily linked with a double move for the Belgian pair of Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois.

Chelsea, despite their damaged status, are in no mood to sell on the cheap, but they will consider selling Willian at the right price. He will turn 30 on the eve of the new season, so he may be entering the twilight years of his career.

Mundo Deportivo reports that Barcelona have offered Ousmane Dembele to Chelsea as a makeweight, but the Blaugrana vociferously deny these claims.

They claim that Dembele will not leave the Nou Camp under any circumstances, and his place in the squad will be unaffected even if Willian arrives as a rival on the right wing.


‘He Has Barça DNA’: Xavi Claims New Boy Arthur Can Be a ‘Great Player’ for Barcelona

?Barcelona legend Xavi has been gone from the Nou Camp for three years now, while the departure of his long-term midfield partner Andres Iniesta spells ?the end of an era for the Blaugrana.

?Barcelona have been eyeing Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot as their new midfield lynchpin, but Xavi believes that his old club have already signed a ready-made replacement in 21-year-old Brazilian Arthur.

“I’ve seen a few videos of him, and although I have not been able to see a full game, there are many Brazilians here at the Aspire academy who have spoken about him very well,” said Xavi, as quoted by ?Mundo Deportivo.

“I think he is a player who is perfectly adaptable to Barça, he has Barça DNA, has that technical quality, that necessary talent. 

“Then it depends on him, his mentality and if he is ready to play in a big team, but for conditions I have no doubt that he could be a great player for Barça. 

“It requires all the conditions to be one, then it depends on many things, on the first matches, on the confidence, on his environment.”

Any up and coming playmaker for Barcelona or Spain is inevitably described as ‘the new Xavi’, but the man himself insists that such comparisons are not helpful.


“I do not like that,” he said. “I did not like that I was compared with [Pep] Guardiola or anyone, it’s a weight you have on top of you and that’s not good. 

“[Arthur] has to make his career, show his personality, must show that he is a different player and if we let him be calm he will succeed. But it is very difficult in Barça, very difficult.”

Xavi has opted not to retire from football yet, as he about to enter his fourth season playing for Al Sadd in Qatar.


Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet Linked With Shock Move to European Giant This Summer

?Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet is among a host of other goalkeepers linked with a move to Barcelona, amid uncertainty regarding current backup keeper Jasper Cillessen’s future. 

The Dutch international has been linked with a move away from Catalonia over the course of the transfer window as he seeks regular first team football, with Spanish publication ?Marca 

reporting that Mignolet is on a five-man shortlist to replace him. 

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According to the media outlet, as many as five keepers including Mignolet have been mooted with joining last season’s ?La Liga and Copa Del Rey winners, including Geronimo Rulli and Marko Dmitrovic of Real Sociedad and Eibar respectively. 

Yann Sommer of Borussia Monchengladbach and Mignolet’s compatriot Koen Casteels of Wolfsburg are also reportedly on Barcelona’s radar should Cillessen seek pastures new, while an Anfield exit for Mignolet this window seems inevitable.

After losing his place to Loris Karius at the beginning of 2018, ?the arrival of Alisson for a world record £67m appears to have pushed the 30-year-old further down the pecking order at Anfield, as Jurgen Klopp builds towards the new season.

Mignolet, who was an unused for Belgium at the ?World Cup in Russia, has spent five seasons at Liverpool after moving from then ?Premier League side Sunderland for £9m in the summer of 2013 under Brendan Rogers, although the Belgian failed to make to the number one spot his own in that time.

A number of high profile errors always meant there was questions surrounding Mignolet as Liverpool’s first choice goalkeeper, and now looks set to be on the move once more.

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It’s been a busy time for Liverpool regarding goalkeepers of late, with the signing of Alisson signalling the end of Danny Ward’s time at Anfield, ?who has signed for Leicester in a deal worth £12.5m. 


Everton Make Bid of £22m for Unsettled Barcelona Full Back Lucas Digne

Everton have reportedly made a bid worth £22m for Barcelona left back Lucas Digne.

With Leighton Baines now aged 33 and approaching his 12th year on Merseyside, the Blues are understandably beginning to think of the future and it appears they’ve settled on French star Digne as the preferred successor to the left back spot that Baines has made his own.


Digne’s time at Barcelona hasn’t been the most consistent, with the Frenchman only appearing 12 times for the club in La Liga last season. It’s this lack of playing time that is understood to be frustrating Digne, who missed out on a spot in France’s World Cup winning squad.

According to The Mirror, Everton are looking to take advantage of Digne’s discontent at the Nou Camp, and have made a bid of £22m. It’s understood that new Everton boss Marco Silva views the former Paris Saint-Germain star as the perfect replacement for Baines going forward.

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However, the Merseyside club’s substantial bid may not be enough as it is reported that Barcelona have no wish to sell Digne – despite him being below Jordi Alba in the pecking order at the club.

It’s understood that Italian giants Juventus and Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have also shown interest in the full back, and Everton may have to up their offer if they wish to force a sale.


Report Claims Philippe Coutinho Has Convinced Chelsea Star to Join Him at Barcelona

??Barcelona are reportedly closing in on a move to sign Brazilian winger Willian from ?Chelsea.

There has been rumours of bids from Barcelona in recent days, while Willian’s Brazil teammate Philippe Coutinho has apparently helped convinced the Chelsea star to make the move during their time together at the World Cup in Russia over the summer.

According to Spanish outlet ?Sport, who cite ‘Brazilian media’ as their source, Coutinho has convinced Willian and has made the move even easier now that he has an EU passport, obtained through his marriage. He now frees up a non-EU space in the Barcelona squad for Willian to take.

Willian has been at Stamford Bridge for five years, during which time he has made 236 appearances for the Blues, scoring 44 goals in a Chelsea career that has seen him win the Premier League twice, as well as the FA Cup and the League Cup.

“Well, they are excellent players with a lot of quality,” Willian told the Evening Standard when asked about potentially linking up with Brazil teammates at Barcelona recently. “In addition to great players, they are very good friends.”


He also briefly touched on the rumours linking him with a move to Barcelona, whilst also insisting that it was ‘not the time’ to address them properly.

“People speculate a lot. We see a lot of things on the internet, but this is not the time to talk about this. I’ve not received any information about that. I’m trying to focus on my performance, playing for Brazil.”