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Rumor round-up: Juan Mata option, Todibo transfer, Malcom choices

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Juan Mata option rejected

Juan Mata’s agents were in Barcelona to offer the player on a free transfer next summer, according to Mundo Deportivo. The midfielder plays for Manchester United and some would see him as a cheap alternative if Philippe Coutinho left. The Brazilian is being linked with many clubs, the most recent one being Chelsea. However, the report goes on to say that Barcelona feel Coutinho will regain his form and for the moment the plan is to stick with him.

Todibo transfer hurried

Barça are keen on speeding up Jean-Clair Todibo’s transfer from Toulouse. The player has already agreed to join the Catalans next summer on a free transfer, but that choice has angered his current club. The French club is willing to make Todibo train with the youth team until the end of the season, meaning he’d join the blaugrana while lacking match rhythm and having missed an important period for development. The player could join Barcelona’s first team or be signed and loaned out. MD reports that Barcelona are willing to pay a small fee to speed up the transfer, but as of now, no agreement has been reached.

Malcom choices considered

Diario SPORT reports that Malcom has rejected the option of joining Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande because he thinks he is too young to leave Europe. However, there are a few teams such as AC Milan and Arsenal who are looking to get him on loan. SPORT reports that Barcelona will only loan him if there is a mandatory sell clause in the contract.

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