Samuel Umtiti's proposed move to Barcelona is a long way from completion, according to Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas. Aulas confirmed Barca made an approach for the 22-year-old, who they want to replace the Borussia Dortmund-bound Marc Bartra. He told Eurosport: "Barcelona have approached us about Umtiti about 10 days ago but there are no negotiations taking place yet. Samuel is not on the verge of leaving the club."
"I’m not sure I can say we have finalised the deal, but I am about to finalise it. What is certain is that I will not continue at Barcelona," the right-back told UOL. "I think in life we always have to leave the comfort zone. Barcelona is an amazing club, but it was just too comfortable. I am the kind of person who starts getting things wrong if I’m too comfortable.
The 2015/16 season has come to a close and the four players loaned out by FC Barcelona - Alen Halilović, Cristian Tello, Martin Montoya and Alex Song – have concluded their spells away from the club. The player who benefited the most from his loan was Croatian midfielder Halilović, who spent the last season under the guidance of former Barça man Abelardo at Sporting Gijón.
Manchester United are in talks with Villarreal to sign Ivory Coast international Eric Bailly, according to Sky sources. Sky Sports News HQ understands United are not the only club trying to sign Bailly, with Manchester City, Barcelona, and Paris St Germain all also in talks with the La Liga club.
And the Brazil right-back, who will leave Barcelona when his contract expires this summer, says Coutinho has the ability to thrive at the Nou Camp, alongside close friend Neymar and former Liverpool team-mate Luis Suarez. "Liverpool have history but you should consider playing for top UCL sides. He has the quality to play for Barcelona." .
Liverpool's showpiece pre-season clash with Barcelona has sold out Wembley Stadium - in under four hours. Jurgen Klopp's side take on Luis Enrique's Spanish champions on Saturday August 6, with tickets going on general sale Friday morning,