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Barcelona rumors: Rodrigo Bentancur, Federico Bernardeschi and a Boca bargain

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A look at the latest gossip

Rodrigo Bentancur of Juventus FC during the Serie A match... Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images

Barcelona like Bernardeschi...but not as much as they did

Today’s rumors start with news that Barcelona quite like Federico Bernardeschi and have actually been monitoring him for some time.

Apparently, they even discussed a move for him last summer. The club met with Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici to talk Ivan Rakitic and Bernadeschi’s name cropped up.

Mundo Deportivo reckon the two clubs could not agree a deal because Juve wanted €23m plus Rakitic for 25-year-old.

Barcelona are said to still be interested in Bernadeschi but he is no longer seen as a priority, while Juve are thinking about offering him a contract renewal.

Barca to replace Busquets with Bentancur

And Bernadeschi is not the only Juventus player being linked with a move to Barcelona, as Rodrigo Bentancur is also believed to be a target for the Spanish champions.

Sport have been checking out Gazzetta dello Sport who reckon that Barcelona could replace Sergio Busquets with Bentancur, although they will also face competition from Manchester City.

Bentancur seems to have fallen out of favour under Maurizio Sarri, starting just three of 10 Serie A games, and would cost around €40 million.

Barcelona keen on Boca Juniors defender

Barcelona are also said to be keen on landing Boca Juniors’ 17-year-old defender Santiago Ramos Mingo in a cut-price deal.

According to TyC Sports, the teenager is yet to sign a professional contract with Boca but will turn 18 in November and will be able to join a big European club.

Barcelona’s head of youth development, Jose Maria Bakero, has been in touch with the youngster’s representatives and is hopeful of snapping up the centre-back.