Borussia Dortmund Reportedly Considering a Late Move for Barcelona Striker as Deadline Day Looms

??Borussia Dortmund are said to be lining up a move for ?Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer before the end of the summer transfer window.

Alcacer is currently on the fringes of the first team at the Nou Camp and has fallen behind in the pecking order behind Munir. Since joining the Catalan giants during the summer of 2016, the 24-year-old has gone on to make 50 appearances in all competitions, scoring 15 goals and providing eight assists.

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With his time at Barcelona seemingly coming to an end, there have been plenty of rumours surrounding a potential exit this summer. According to L’Equipe, as per ?Marca, Borussia Dortmund have now emerged as an interested party as the German club are still looking to reinforce their attack.

BVB have yet to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after selling the striker to Arsenal in January and they are currently thin on the ground when it comes to striking options.

However, if they are to make an approach for Alcacer, they won’t be able to sign him on a permanent deal. Barcelona are reportedly only interested in sending the striker out on loan as no-one is willing to meet their current asking price.

This would mean that Alcacer would only be a short term solution for Dortmund’s attacking dilemma, just as Michy Batshuyai was during the second half of the 2017/18 season.

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The transfer window closes in Spain and Germany on the 31st of August, so if the two clubs are to come to an agreement over Alcacer, they may need to act fast before they ultimately run out of time.

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Report Claims Barcelona Unwilling to Spend More Than €50m on PSG Midfielder Adrien Rabiot

?Barcelona are reportedly unwilling to spend more than €50m on Paris Saint-Germain and France midfielder Adrien Rabiot, and will attempt to lower that asking fee if negotiations go well.

According to ?Mundo Deportivo, Rabiot is still the La Liga champions’ primary transfer target before the window closes in Spain at the end of the month, despite Barça recently signing Chile star Arturo Vidal from Bayern.

While Barcelona already have plenty of talented midfielders in Vidal, Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets, signing Rabiot would give the Catalan side significant strength in depth in a summer where they also brought in Malcom, Arthur Melo and Clement Lenglet.

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New AC Milan director Leonardo Araújo is reportedly eager for I Rossoneri to make a play for Rabiot in 2019, but the lack of Champions League football for the Serie A giants at San Siro may make it difficult to sign the 23-year-old.

PSG may be forced into selling one of their players in order to facilitate a move for either Atletico Madrid left back Filipe Luis or Bayern Munich defender Juan Bernat, with a deal of €14m plus variables reportedly agreed for the latter on Monday.

Rabiot could join Barcelona on a free transfer in 2019 once his contract expires but he would likely demand a higher wage and a healthy signing bonus.

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Barcelona got their La Liga campaign off to the perfect start on Saturday as they beat Alaves 3-0, with two goals from Lionel Messi and Philippe Coutinho’s strike earning all three points at the Nou Camp.

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Chelsea Set to Offer Eden Hazard Mammoth New Contract in Bid to Ward Off La Liga Interest

?Chelsea are set to offer star forward Eden Hazard a new contract in an effort to ward off interest from ?La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid. 

According to ?the Daily Mail, the Blues will attempt to persuade the Belgium international to put pen to paper on a new contract worth an eye-watering £300,000-a-week. 

Plans for extension talks were put on hold over the summer as Hazard starred for Belgium at the World Cup in Russia, helping the Red Devils finish third, and the 27-year-old was eager to see if any offers for his services would come in. 

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The forward has just under two years left on his current contract but plans to extend that deal will now be revisited as ‘a matter of urgency’, according to the Mail’s report. 

Hazard is understood to be keen on a move to either ?Barcelona or ?Real Madrid but ?Chelsea have made their intentions clear in attempting to keep the former Lille attacker, despite the current uncertainty around his contract situation. 

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Chelsea’s failure to secure Champions League football for the 2018/19 season leaves Hazard facing a campaign in the Europa League, and if the Blues fail to secure a top four spot again this term then he could start to angle for a move. 

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The Stamford Bridge-based club are also keen on extending N’Golo Kante’s current deal, with the Frenchman recently interesting Ligue 1 champions PSG, while Antonio Rudiger could also receive new terms, although a renewal for the Germany international is not currently considered a priority.

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Barcelona Weigh Up New Contract for Ivan Rakitic as PSG Consider Triggering Release Clause

Barcelona may offer Ivan Rakitic a new contract to ward off interest from Paris Saint-Germain, who are weighing up a move after learning of the Croatian’s surprisingly low release clause.

It was reported earlier this month that PSG and their French rivals Monaco were both taking an interest in Rakitic, but while Monaco’s interest has cooled, the French champions could be set to take their interest to the next level with a bid.

This is made possible by a release clause of 125m – out of reach for most clubs but more than possible for the side that have already paid two transfer fees in excess of that.

Neymar and Kylian Mbappe joined PSG last summer for €222m and €135m respectively, and Rakitic could be the latest nine-figure arrival.

?Mundo Deportivo claims that PSG are now considering whether to launch a bid, with 11 days left until the transfer window closes in France and Spain.

It was also reported that Les Parisiens were interested in Sergio Busquets, but the Spaniard is close to agreeing a new contract at the Nou Camp which would increase his release clause to an unattainable £500m.

The proposed Rakitic transfer makes some sense on paper, as ?Barcelona are keen to sign Adrien Rabiot from PSG and some sort of part-exchange deal could be arranged.

However, the word is that Barca don’t want to sell Rakitic at the moment, and he is in no hurry to leave either. A new contract reflecting his increased value, following his performances for Croatia at the World Cup, could be in the pipeline.

He featured in all of Croatia’s matches at the tournament, including the full 120 minutes in each of their gruelling knockout matches.

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Sergio Busquets Set to Become One of Barcelona’s Top Earners After ‘Agreeing’ New Camp Nou Contract

Sergio Busquets has been rewarded for his dedication to Barcelona after he signed a new contract with the club, according to reports. 

The 30-year-old midfielder only put pen to paper on a five-year extension at the Camp Nou in September 2016 and was not due to enter talks for some time. 

However, according to ?Marca, Barça were keen to reward one of their most valued assets with a pay rise, although the length of the Spaniard’s new deal will remain the same as previously. 

The report states that Busquets’ current agreement runs until 2021, although ?Barcelona have the power to increase that by an extra two years should they so wish. 

However, the midfield anchor’s contract improvement did not address the player’s buyout clause – a requirement by law for all players in Spain – which currently stands at €200m. 

Although still a significant sum, especially for a 30-year-old, it may come as a surprise the figure does not stand higher, especially considering team-mate Sergi Roberto’s activation clause stands at a whopping €500m.


However, it appears that the Blaugrana hierarchy are confident their man, who has been with the club for 13 years, will not push for an exit anytime soon – therefore, incorporating a larger fee would be unnecessary. 

Also, although no specific figures regarding Busquets’ new weekly wage have been released – an agreement that sees the players in Spain paid twice-a-year rather than monthly – it is thought that he now sits only below Lionel Messi in the club’s financial pecking order. 

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