Barca get serious about Lemar
We start today in France, with news that Barcelona are set to rival Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar, according to L’Equipe.
The 21-year-old reportedly quite fancies a move to Camp Nou and could be about to disappoint long-term admirers Arsenal.
Conte rules out Hazard move
No sooner had Neymar left Barca, than Eden Hazard’s name was being mentioned as a possible replacement, but Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has been quick to play down the rumors.
“We are trying to buy the players, not to sell them. Otherwise the number is always less and we are in trouble,” he said via the Independent.
“These are rumours. Eden is very happy to stay with us and to start the new season.”
Messi wants Dybala at Barcelona
Over in Italy, the talk is that Lionel Messi wants Paulo Dybala at Barcelona, well that’s according to the Corriere dello Sport at least.
The Blaugrana are willing to offer Juve €120m for the Argentine or €90m plus Andres Iniesta, but the message from Turin is simply that, he is not for sale.
Rafinha & Gomes offered for Dybala
Meanwhile, it’s a slightly different story at the Gazzetta dello Sport who report Barcelona are willing to offer both Rafinha and Andre Gomes as part of a deal to land Dybala.
The report also claims that Lionel Messi wants Angel Di Maria, but PSG will refuse to sell, and that Barca’s first choice is Philippe Coutinho, but they will turn to Dybala if they cannot persuade Liverpool to sell.
Barca to sign Coutinho, Dembele & Martinez
And finally, over at AS they report Barcelona are set for a spending spree and will capture Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele and Inigo Martinez.
Barca reportedly have verbal agreements with all three, but now have to agree deals with their clubs, and that’s the tricky bit.