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Barcelona rumors: Christensen wanted, Man City to make Umtiti offer and Real Madrid eye Oriol Busquets

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Barcelona eyeing Christensen

Today’s rumors start in west London and with Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen, who has apparently been catching Barcelona’s eye.

According to the Mirror, Barca are “long-time admirers” of the defender and are monitoring his progress as they seek to strengthen defensively.

Christensen has become a regular for the Blues in recent months, since replacing David Luis in Antonio Conte’s starting XI.

Barca to seal £125m Coutinho deal

Over at the Daily Express, they have a hot new ‘exclusive’ which tells us that Barcelona are hoping to finally land Philippe Coutinho next week for £125 million.

A meeting is set for Wednesday where the Catalans are hoping to reach agreement with Liverpool owners FSG.

Apparently both parties are now keen to get the deal done as soon as possible to prevent it dragging on throughout January.

Guardiola to offer £50m for Umtiti

Meanwhile, The Sun are reporting that Pep Guardiola is set to offer Barcelona £50 million for defender Samuel Umtiti.

Having missed out on Virgil van Dijk, Pep is ready to spring Umtiti’s release clause as he looks to add another defender to the ranks.

A centre-back is apparently a priority for City this winter as the club aim to continue their brilliant form and end the season with four trophies.

Mina offer rejected

Barcelona’s hopes of brining in Yerry Mina in January are the focus for Sport, who reckon that the club have offered Palmeiras an extra €2m to sign the defender this winter, but it’s been turned down.

Barca want to bring forward the defender’s move so he can cover for Javier Mascherano who is off to China.

Barca have already agreed a €9m deal and are willing to go up to €14m to get their man.

Real Madrid keen on Oriol Busquets

And finally today we end with news that Real Madrid quite like the look of Oriol Busquets, who is yet to renew with Barca.

According to AS, Barca have been in contract negotiations with the 18-year-old midfielder for some time but are yet to find an agreement.

Barcelona are said to be relaxed about the situation, despite interest from Madrid, but need to get a move on if they are to avoid losing another promising talent.