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Barcelona transfer news LIVE updates from the Nou Camp

Tuesday, January 14

  • New boss Quique Setien once blocked Barcelona’s approach for Fabian Ruiz
  • The Spanish champions offered £850k for the £86m-rated Napoli midfielder
  • Barcelona have three targets in mind to replace the injured Luis Suarez
  • Barcelona retain interest in Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar

Wanted: Isco

Chelsea are eager to sign Real Madrid star Isco.

Frank Lampard wants to add more creativity to his ranks and has a £150million budget to make additions in January.

Spanish website Eldesmarque claim a large chunk of that kitty could be splashed on Isco with the Blues prepared to pay £47million for his signature.

It’s reported that Frank Lampard’s side are ‘already in conversation’ with the player’s agent but Real president Florentino Perez is hesitant to sell.

Barcelona transfer news LIVE updates from the Nou Camp (Image: GETTY)

Ousmane Dembele raid off

Former Liverpool ace Luis Suarez may have scuppered the Reds’ chances of signing Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have been linked with a move for the winger, but Barca may now force Dembele to stay with Suarez having been ruled out for four months.

The Uruguayan forward underwent surgery on his knee with Barcelona confirming the ace would miss the majority of the rest of the season.

And that could mean Dembele stays at the Nou Camp despite El Desmarque previously linking him with a move to Anfield.

Dembele moved to the Nou Camp from Borussia Dortmund for £112.5m in August 2017 but has struggled with injury problems throughout.

Barcelona transfer news LIVE updates from the Nou Camp

Barcelona transfer news LIVE updates from the Nou Camp (Image: GETTY)

Barcelona draw Ibiza

Barcelona will make a winter sojourn to the favourite holiday destination of some of their players after being drawn against lower league side Ibiza in the last 32 of the Copa del Rey.

The Catalans, who have won the Copa del Rey a record 30 times, will visit the island side, who play in Spain’s fourth tier, on January 22.

Barca captain Lionel Messi, fellow striker Luis Suarez and others from the team are regular visitors to the Spanish party island in the close season.

Real Madrid will travel to Unionistas de Salamanca, the fan-owned club formed from the ashes of UD Salamanca, which folded in 2013.

Ernesto Valverde statement

Sacked Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has has said his goodbyes to the club in a lengthy stately on Barcelona’s official website.

“My time as FC Barcelona coach has come to an end. It has been an intense two and a half years right from the start. In that time I have enjoyed some joyful moments celebrating victories and trophies but also others that have been tough and difficult. However, above all I would like to highlight my experience with the fans and the affection showed towards me during my time as coach.

I would like to thank the president Josep Maria Bartomeu and the Board of Directors for giving me the opportunity to coach the first team and their confidence during all this time.

“I would also like to thank all the people I have worked with at the club for their support and how they treated me during the two and a half seasons, especially those who work in and around the first team and with whom I have shared so many moments at the Ciutat Esportiva and during away trips.

“Of course, I would like to thank the players for all their efforts that have allowed us to claim four trophies together. From this day, I wish them all the luck in the world and to the new coach Quique Setien also.

“All the best to everyone. Visca Barca and Visca Catalonia.”

Timo Werner to Real Madrid

Real Madrid will submit an offer for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.

That’s according to German Sky Sports reporter Marc Behrenbeck, who believes it’s only a matter of time before Zinedine Zidane’s side come knocking.

Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea have all been linked with the Germany international, whose contract reportedly contains a release clause between £23-£51million.

“He is currently being scouted very intensively. As we hear from Spain, it is only a matter of time before Real Madrid contact Werner and also makes an offer,” Behrenbeck told Sky Sports.

Barcelona transfer news LIVE updates from the Nou Camp

Barcelona transfer news LIVE updates from the Nou Camp (Image: GETTY)

Dani Olmo U-turn

Barcelona are no longer interested in signing Dinamo Zagreb winger Dani Olmo.

And that’s good news for Frank Lampard’s Chelsea, who are eager to sign the one-capped Spanish international.

The Catalan giants were leading Chelsea and Manchester United in the race to sign the 21-year-old attacking talent.

But Mundo Deportivo claim Barcelona have withdrawn their interest – handing the Premier League duo a free run at completing a deal for Olmo.

Barcelona transfer news LIVE updates from the Nou Camp

Barcelona transfer news LIVE updates from the Nou Camp (Image: GETTY)

Fabian Ruiz latest

New boss Quique Setien once blocked Barcelona’s approach for Fabian Ruiz, Mundo Deportivo report.

The Spanish champions, along with rivals Real Madrid and Manchester United, have been linked with £86million-rated Ruiz over the past several months.

But Barcelona could have snapped him up for a paltry £850,000 in 2017.

Setien was a big fan of Ruiz during their time together at Real Betis and personally blocked Barcelona’s approach for the midfielder before his £25m transfer to Napoli the following year.

Barcelona transfer news LIVE updates from the Nou Camp

Barcelona transfer news LIVE updates from the Nou Camp (Image: GETTY)

First signing?

Barcelona want to sign a replacement for the injured Luis Suarez.

The 32-year-old Uruguay international went under the knife on Sunday and is now facing a battle to play again this season.

And Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo claim Girona’s Cristhian Stuani, AC Milan forward Rafael Leao and Gabriel Barbosa of Inter Milan are all being considered.

Setien, 61, was named as Ernesto Valverde’s successor on Monday evening and it’s already been suggested that a transfer could be on the horizon.

Barcelona transfer news LIVE updates from the Nou Camp

Barcelona transfer news LIVE updates from the Nou Camp (Image: GETTY)

Neymar interest

Barcelona retain interest in Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar despite missing out on him in the summer.

Blaugrana came close to re-signing the Brazilian forward but did not meet PSG’s fee demands and could therefore not secure the wantaway player.

Neymar has now settled back in at Parc des Princes, scoring 10 goals in 11 league games this season, but Goal claim that he remains Barca’s number one target.

The La Liga champions are said to be determined to welcome back Neymar but will have to pay through the nose for the 27-year-old, whose contracted to PSG until June 2022.

Barcelona transfer news LIVE updates from the Nou Camp

Barcelona transfer news LIVE updates from the Nou Camp (Image: GETTY)

Ernesto Valverde sacked recap

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has been sacked and replaced by Quique Setien despite the club being top of the LaLiga table.

Valverde, 55, took training on Monday morning amid intense speculation his time as coach was about to come to an end and his fate was sealed later in the evening.

The former Athletic Bilbao and Espanyol manager has guided Barca to LaLiga titles in each of his two full seasons in charge, as well as winning the Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup in 2018.

Former Real Betis boss Setien was named as Valverde’s successor soon after, on a contract until June 2022.

Barcelona transfer news LIVE updates from the Nou Camp

Barcelona transfer news LIVE updates from the Nou Camp (Image: GETTY)

Antonio Conte double swoop

Antonio Conte has been given the green light to complete two Premier League signings.

That’s according to Italian website Calciomercato, who claim Inter Milan directors are ready give the manager exactly what he’s asked for.

It’s said Inter are putting together the finishing touches to a deal for Manchester United defender Ashley Young.

Directors are also reported to be close to completing a deal for Olivier Giroud after successfully lowering Chelsea’s valuation to £1.7million.

Barcelona transfer news LIVE updates from the Nou Camp

Barcelona transfer news LIVE updates from the Nou Camp (Image: GETTY)

Ambitious Newcastle swoop

Newcastle might scupper Chelsea’s hopes of signing Moussa Dembele this month if Steve Bruce gets his way and Mike Ashley stumps up the cash for the in-demand Lyon striker.

Express Sport understands Frank Lampard and Manchester United counterpart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are interested in bringing Dembele back to the UK, where he’s previously shone for Fulham and Celtic.

However, with Newcastle not yet clear of relegation danger, Bruce wants to add some fire-power to his Toon side and has got Dembele in his sights.

The Daily Star report St James’ Park boss Bruce would ‘love’ to compete for Dembele before the transfer window slams shut at the end of this month.

Barcelona transfer news LIVE updates from the Nou Camp

Barcelona transfer news LIVE updates from the Nou Camp (Image: GETTY)

Quique Setien facts

Setien started his playing career with hometown club Racing Santander and would go on to appear over 350 times for them during two stints.

A central midfielder with an eye for a goal, he would also begin management at El Sardinero too in 2001 when they were in the Segunda Division.

One of his best moments with Racing occurred when he returned there in 1992 and led them to promotion back to LaLiga as a player and he achieved the same feat during his first campaign as a manager there.

Barcelona transfer news LIVE updates from the Nou Camp

Barcelona transfer news LIVE updates from the Nou Camp (Image: GETTY)

Bruno Fernandes replacement

Sporting Lisbon have identified a replacement for Bruno Fernandes.

Fernandes, 25, appears destined to join Manchester United and the Portuguese side are looking to Slovakia for his successor.

Newspaper Record claim Sporting have their sights set on Slovan Bratislava striker Andraz Sporar.

Sporar, 25, has scored 60 goals and provided 17 assists in 78 appearances and has 19 caps for Slovakia.




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