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Barcelona rumor round-up: Timo Werner, Carles Alena, Arthur and Riqui Puig latest

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A look at the latest gossip

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Timo Werner a real alternative to Lautaro

Today’s rumors start with news from Mundo Deportivo that Timo Werner is considered to be a real alternative to Lautaro Martinez for Barcelona.

The Spanish champions really want the Inter Milan man but will look to the RB Leipzig forward if they can’t manage to do a deal with the Nerazzurri.

Werner would be a far cheaper for Barca, at just €60 million, although the Catalan giants will also face competition from Liverpool and Bayern Munich.

Tottenham keen on Arthur and Emerson

Sticking with Mundo Deportivo, who also bring news that Tottenham are pretty keen on Arthur.

The Brazilian said ‘thanks but no thanks’ to Inter Milan over the weekend but those comments appear to have gone unnoticed by the north Londoners.

Apparently Jose Mourinho’s men have asked Barca about their midfielder, while the Catalans are said to be keen on Tanguy Ndombele.

Meanwhile, Emerson is also wanted by Spurs. MD reckon the Premier League club are monitoring the full-back who is due to move to Barcelona in 2021.

Alena wanted by several teams

Over at Marca the word is that Carles Alena’s future at Barcelona is uncertain and he could be on the move in the summer.

The midfielder is wanted by Inter Milan and several other teams and could be used in the deal to bring Lautaro Martinez to the Camp Nou.

Barca haven’t decided quite what to do with Alena yet, while it is thought that he remains determined to succeed at Barca.

Betis want Pedri and Puig

Real Betis signed Alena on loan from Barca in the winter and are now considering bringing in youngsters Pedri and Riqui Puig too.

Sport report that both players are wanted by the Verdiblancos as well as a number of other clubs.

Betis have spoken openly about their interest in Pedri, who is due to join Barcelona in July, but it’s not clear yet if he will stay or head straight out on loan again.