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Barcelona rumor round-up: Coutinho, Umtiti, Griezmann and Jovic latest

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The latest gossip from around Europe

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Coutinho considering leaving Barcelona

Today’s rumors start with Philippe Coutinho and an ‘exclusive’ from Sport who reckon the Brazilian is considering leaving Barcelona.

Apparently he’s already spoken to team-mates about the possibility of moving on, as he thinks it could be the best thing for his career.

Coutinho’s had a really tough season at Barcelona and thinks he may need to move to get back to the sort of form he showed at Liverpool.

Umtiti a top summer target for Arsenal

Samuel Umtiti’s future at Barcelona continues to make headlines, and the latest comes from England and The Independent.

They report that Arsenal see Umtiti and Bayern Munich’s David Alaba as their top transfer targets for the summer.

Arsenal want to strengthen defensively and believe Barcelona need to “drastically reduce their wage bill” and could sell Umtiti, particularly with Matthijs de Ligt expected to arrive.

But....Umtiti has no intention of leaving

However, it’s a different story altogether in Marca, who report that Umtiti has absolutely no intention of leaving the Camp Nou this summer.

The Frenchman has enjoyed great success with Barcelona and believes he can now get his place in the starting XI back after returning to full fitness.

He enjoys living in Barcelona, has just bought a new house and thinks he can be the “main man” in defence once Gerard Pique retires.

Real Madrid in talks with Luka Jovic

Barcelona have been heavily linked with a move for Luka Jovic, and so it was only a matter of time before Real Madrid’s name entered the fray.

According to El Chiringuito (via AS), Jovic’s agent (who is also Miralem Pjanic’s agent) was at Real Madrid’s training ground this week to meet general manager Jose Angel Sanchez.

Pjanic is wanted at the Santiago Bernabeu by Zinedine Zidane, but Jovic was also discussed as the club do want to strengthen their attack.

Griezmann deal is done, says former PSG man

And finally today we end with news that a deal to take Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona has already been signed, sealed and delivered, according to Jerome Rothen.

The former PSG winger told RMC that “I can tell from a reliable source, Antoine Griezmann will go to FC Barcelona next summer.”

The Griezmann rumors have been picking up steam recently, although the Atletico star has said “he’s a little bit fed up” with the speculation. You and me both Antoine.