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Barcelona and Manchester United keen to sign Bayern Munich star Thiago Alcantara

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La Liga champions Barcelona and Premier League runners-up Manchester United are both keen to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara.

Alcantara has been at Munich for 5 seasons – after being sold to them by Barca – but has indicated that he wants to move on this summer.

United have a long-standing interest in the Spanish midfielder – he rejected them to join Bayern in 2013 – and are hopeful he will come to Old Trafford this time.

However, the lure of a move to his former club may prove too great – and the player has indicated that this would be his preference, according to Spanish newspaper AS.

But Bayern want a firm offer for Alcantara before they start negotiating any potential move. He is not likely to come cheaper, either: the player is aged 27 so is at the peak of his career, therefore Bayern will likely want north of £50 million, even though he only has a year left on his current deal.

Barcelona to offer Chelsea Ousmane Dembele in any deal to sign Eden Hazard

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La Liga champions are reportedly willing to offer striker Ousmane Dembele to Chelsea as part of a deal to take Eden Hazard to the Camp Nou.

Hazard has given hints that he is seeking to bring his 6-year stint at Chelsea to an end, and it is thought that Real Madrid is his preferred destination – and the Champions League holders are known to be interested in signing him too.

However, Madrid’s great rivals Barca have also entered the running and reports have claimed they have met with Hazard’s representatives.

But now Spanish radio station Onda Cero has claimed that Barca are willing to include Dembele in any deal. The French forward was only signed last summer in a deal that could reach £135 million, but he had a mixed season – not helped by injury – and has already been linked with a move away from the club. However, he was part of the France squad that lifted the World Cup earlier in the month.

It hasn’t been mentioned if the deal would be a straight swap or would be player-plus-cash, although the latter would seem more likely.

However, Chelsea do not want to sell one of their stars. New manager Maruzio Sarri has already said he wants to keep their biggest players and wants to meet them all to explain his strategy for the coming season. Hazard is currently on holiday having helped Belgium to third place at the World Cup in Russia.

Chelsea are also worried about losing goalkeeper Thibault Courtois to Real Madrid. He has also indicated he wants to leave, again with Madrid as a preferred destination. If they sell him to Madrid they are unlikely to let Hazard go there as well.

Eden Hazard drops huge hint over his future

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Chelsea playmaker has dropped a huge hint that his future could lie away from Stamford Bridge and that a transfer could be coming this summer.

The Belgian, speaking after his side secured third place at the World Cup, also said that he has a “preferred destination.”

Hazard said: “After six wonderful years at Chelsea it might be time to discover something different.

“I can decide if I want to stay or go. Chelsea will make the final decision – if they want to let me go.”

Real Madrid are known to have a long-standing interest in Hazard and this may be stepped up after they sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus earlier in the season.

However, their fierce La Liga rivals Barcelona have also recently been linked with a bid for him.

But Chelsea would want £150 million for the 27-year-Old who is at the peak of his career and also has two years left on his contract at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester City are also believed to be interested but that move would seem a non-starter as Chelsea wouldn’t want to sell to a Premier League rival and it is believed Hazard wants to move to Spain.

The news will come as a blow to new Blues manager Maurizio Sarri who was finally announced as manager earlier in the week. Where Hazard figures in his plans is not yet known.

Paul Pogba open to move to Barcelona – reports

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Barcelona have been offered the chance to sign Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba – and he is said to be open to such a move, according to reports from Spain.

The news has emerged after his agent, Mino Raiola, visited Barcelona’s training ground this week to discuss several of his clients this week.

Spanish news outlet Mundo Deportivo said that Pogba was also discussed at the meeting.

Barca have previously expressed an interest in Pogba, but that was back in 2015 when he was with Juventus. At the time, he elected to stay in Turin.

Pogba had an inconsistent season in 2017/18 as well as an apparent fractious relationship with manager Jose Mourinho.

This has fuelled speculation that he could be looking for a route out of Manchester. At the same time, Barcelona are looking for midfield reinforcements after Andres Iniesta departed for Japan.

However, it is not known if any bid from Barca will be forthcoming. If – and it’s a big if – there is one, it would likely be have to be well in excess of £100 million to tempt United into selling.

Paris St-Germain want Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho in world record move – reports

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French champions Paris St-Germain are reported to want to sign Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho for £240 million, according to reports in Spain.

Barcelona-based newspaper Mundo Deportivo has claimed that PSG are looming for reinforcements as they bid to finally win the Champions League and have Coutinho on their radar.

A move could unite Coutinho with his international team mate Neymar, who PSG are desperate to keep happy amid rumours he may want to leave the French capital.

Mundo Deportivo claim PSG have contacted Coutinho’s agent but not Barcelona.

However, there are several major stumbling blocks to be overcome if a deal were to happen. Firstly, Barca have no intention of selling a player they only bought from Liverpool in January for £142 million. There is also a release clause of £350 million in Coutinho’s contract.

Secondly, PSG are still under investigation for Financial Fair Play breaches after they bought Neymar and Kylian Mbappe last summer for about £366 million – although Mbappe was only brought in on loan initially, with the deal being completed this summer.

If found guilty, PSG may have to sell one of their striking stars.

There are also reports that Neymar wants to leave, with Real Madrid said to be interested in taking him to the Spanish capital.