Arsenal Offer Reportedly Won’t Exceed €60m as Arsene Wenger Looks to Sign Barcelona Star in Summer

A lot was made about Ousmane Dembele and the fact that he could be the ‘new Thierry Henry’ when he sealed his big money move to Barcelona last summer. However, due to injury setbacks and with a regular starting spot not easy to come by, the starlet may now have to leave the Catalan club if he is to reach his potential.

It’s now being claimed (via ?Don Balon) that Antoine Griezmann’s potential arrival at Barcelona in the summer could see ?Dembele having to leave the Nou Camp. Reportedly Arsenal are the favourites to sign the forward, however their bid ‘won’t exceed €60m’ – which is a lot less than what ?Barcelona paid Dortmund last summer.

Dembele – who has only played five times for Barcelona in La Liga this season – is ?wanted by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to play with former Dortmund teammate Henrikh Mkhitaryan and new Arsenal striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The 20-year-old attacker has, despite only playing five times, assisted four goals for Barcelona in La Liga this season and looked in ?fine form before injuring his hamstring back in November

Dembele returned to the Barcelona starting XI in their second leg Champions League tie against Chelsea earlier in March, and scored the second of Barcelona’s three goals on the night.

Dembele, who looks set to be named in France’s squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup, could see his place at Barcelona being lost as the Catalan club look set to add Atletico Madrid frontman Antoine Griezmann to their books in the summer, after the Frenchman revealed? he wants his future sorted ‘befor?e the World Cup’


Only time will tell if this deal to bring the ‘new Thierry Henry’ to the Emirates will be completed, with ?Arsenal only looking to give Barcelona €60m for someone the Catalan club spent around 135m on last summer. 

The label of being the ‘new Thierry Henry’ could be a heavy one to carry and if Dembele is to live up to the extraordinary claims, he has to be a key part of a side – which is something Arsenal could give him – and which is something he currently isn’t at Barcelona, even with ?Griezmann still on Atletico Madrid’s books.




Barcelona Reportedly Begin Search for Samuel Umtiti Replacement as Man Utd Close in on Defender

?Barcelona are reportedly fearing the departure of Manchester United target Samuel Umtiti and have started their search for a replacement as a result. 

The 24-year-old defender has so far failed to agree a contract extension with La Blaugrana despite the club’s desperate attempts to tie him up to a new deal, consequently opening the door for the Red Devils to table a mammoth offer – as per ?Sport

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Jose Mourinho is expected to bolster his defensive ranks throughout the summer and Umtiti is one of the names at the top of his list. United are prepared to meet his £52m release clause and table a sizeable weekly contract to secure his signature. 

Although the Spanish outfit have not resigned to losing the defender, their ?unwillingness to meet his personal demands have led to the club drawing up a list of potential replacements as they fear an imminent departure

Barcelona have cast their eye towards the Bundesliga in search of a new defender who they hope will slot seamlessly into the club, have youth on their side and be eager to grow and develop with the Spanish giants.

RB Leipzig centre back Dayot Upamecano has emerged as a top target for the Catalans after impressing in Germany’s top flight, but his €100m buy-out clause is likely to be a stumbling block should any attempt be made to secure his services – with Leipzig proving to be strong negotiators. 

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Schalke starlet Thilo Kehrer also finds himself the subject of Barcelona’s interest and is likely to cost a third of Upamecano’s price tag.

The loss of Umtiti is a major concern for La Blaugrana as the 24-year-old has developed a strong relationship alongside Gerard Pique, and appeared to be the future of the club’s defensive brigade. 

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Atletico Push to Extend French Forward’s Contract & Raise Release Clause Amid Links With Barcelona

?Atletico Madrid are pushing for Antoine Griezmann to sign a new contract to earn more from his potential sale to Barcelona this summer.

Griezmann’s move to the Spanish league leaders has been looking increasingly likely this season, and he could be signed this summer for £87.5m – give that’s the active release clause in his contract. Manchester United also remain interested in the Frenchman. 

Reports from Spanish newspaper ?Mundo Deportivo claim that Atletico want to increase Griezmann’s release clause to €200m (£175m) or even €300 (£265m) to prevent Barcelona or any other club from getting a bargain. 

Atleti also want to remove another clause in Griezmann’s current contract which states that his former club Real Sociedad would receive 20 per cent of any future transfer fee. As things stand that would mean that Atleti would lose £17.5m of the fee they would receive for Griezmann. 

The 27-year-old has scored 23 goals for Atleti in all competitions this season and has become one of the most coveted strikers in Europe. Manchester United were said to be leading the race for the Atletico star, but Barcelona have emerged as the favourites. 

Earlier this month it was reported that ?Barcelona had made a gentleman’s agreement with Atletico where they said they would actively pursue Griezmann unless the striker himself put in a transfer request. 

Griezmann has stated that he wishes to resolve his future before the start of the World Cup this summer. This means that Atletico will need to hurry with tabling their contract or they risk losing their star striker for a much smaller price. 




‘He’ll Have to Settle for 3rd Place’: Brazil Legend Feels Neymar Can’t Compete With Ronaldo & Messi

?Real Madrid and Brazil legend Roberto Carlos has claimed that fellow countryman Neymar will never win the Ballon d’Or while Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are still ‘in form’. 

Carlos supported Neymar’s decision to leave Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain, but he does not believe the move improved his chances of winning the prestigious world’s best player award. 

Speaking to France Football, via ?EuroSport, Carlos stated: “I think he did well to sign at PSG. To be the best in the world he had to leave Barca because there is [Lionel] Messi. 

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“Even if he must be aware that, as long as Messi and Ronaldo are in form, he will have to settle for third place.”

Neymar has had an impressive start to his PSG career, scoring 28 goals and providing 16 assists in all competitions this season. However, due to his recent injury keeping him out of the rest of the season, it is unlikely that he will be in contention for the next Ballon d’Or, as Messi and Ronaldo have continue to impress. 

Messi has 37 goals in 43 games this season, and Ronaldo, despite beginning the season with poor scoring form, has 38 goals in 37. 

This sort of goalscoring prowess is difficult for anyone to compete with, and has led to the two dominating the Ballon d’Or award for the past decade.  




Barcelona Stars Reportedly Want Club to Sign Liverpool Forward Rather Than Atletico Madrid Star

Lionel Messi and other Barcelona stars reportedly want the club to sign Liverpool star Mohamed Salah rather than Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann.

Salah joined the Reds last summer in a £34m deal from Roma. He has had an excellent first campaign with Liverpool so far. The forward has made 40 appearances for the club this season and scored 36 times, including the four goals he netted in his last outing for Liverpool during their 5-0 win over Watford. 

The Egypt international’s form this season has seen him linked with Spanish side Real Madrid, however it has been ?claimed that they are prioritising the transfer of Eden Hazard this summer.

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It now seems like the players of one of Los Blancos’ rivals want the 25-year-old to join their club, instead of another one of their reported targets. According to ?Don BalonLionel Messi and other Barcelona stars want Salah rather than Griezmann because of comments he made previously about rivals Real Madrid.

The Barcelona players are less than impressed about Griezmann’s previous comments which revealed a fondness for Los Blancos, along with the alleged recordings which have recently emerged showing him discussing a transfer to Barcelona’s rivals during his time at Real Sociedad. 

Salah recently revealed his delight at playing for Liverpool. Speaking to ?FourFourTwo in the March 2018 issue, he said: “Ever since I was a kid, I had been a Liverpool fan – they were my favourite Premier League club. 

“I’ve loved the club since I was young and knew this was a team I wanted to play for. I knew the history that this club has and, as soon as I got the chance, I had to make it happen.”