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Barcelona decide priority deal after economic approval for transfer window



Barcelona have prioritised the contract renewal of teenage midfield sensation Gavi after securing economic approval for the transfer window.

The 17-year-old enjoyed a remarkable breakthrough campaign with the Blaugrana this year, joining Pedri, 19, in helping to revolutionise the side’s midfield.

The talented teenager is however out of contract at the Camp Nou next summer and the club are keen to tie him down to a new long-term deal.

Widely regarded as one of the best young players in the world, Gavi made 47 appearances for Barca last season, scoring twice, and establishing himself as a regular starter in the midfield for Xavi Hernandez’s side.

The combative midfielder has also been capped 10 times for the Spanish national side.

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Barca’s well-documented financial problems have led to complications in tying down their star players to new contracts but the club’s members voting in favour of the sale of Barca’s future merchandising and television rights will help in the short-term.

The vote allows current club president Joan Laporta to sell 49.9% of the club’s official Barca Licensing and Merchandising subsidiary and a further 25% of its La Liga broadcasting rights over the coming seasons.

Whilst it remains to be seen what benefit specifically that will have on the future of the Spanish club, it is suggested that the sales could potentially bring in around £600million in the long-term – but hampering its potential for growth.

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A report from Diario AS now claims that the club’s priority after securing their new investment will be to renew the contract of Gavi.

It is stated that Gavi will sign a four-year contract extension with a release clause of €400million to ward off potential suitors, while he will be handed a salary on a par with the club’s central defender Ronald Araujo.

Club president Laporta said after the votes were passed: “Activating these levers will move us out of intensive care into a ward where we can receive more treatments, and soon leave the hospital.

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“We want a Barca that can compete head to head with those state-owned clubs, or those clubs owned by billionaires,” Laporta said in his address.

“We want to compete with the strength of our brand and the strength of our members. We don’t want to be held back by those who put obstacles in our way.”

Barcelona are planning to build their midfield around Gavi and Pedri, with Sergio Busquets likely to be phased out in the seasons to come with Franck Kessie signed this summer from Milan. Frenkie de Jong is currently in negotiations to join Manchester United.


Barcelona youngster in line to bench Jordi Alba for Real Sociedad clash – report



As Barcelona drew 0-0 against Rayo Vallecano for the season opener, Jordi Alba was among the five to be substituted off to make way for offensive depth. The Spaniard is usually among the brightest offensive outlets in the team, but failed to make an impact last week.

Alba also looked out of his depth during pre-season, and it was reported that people within Barcelona were surprised that he started over Alejandro Balde.

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The 18-year-old was impressive during the run-up to the league opener, and was expected to take Alba’s place in the lineup.

While that did not happen vs Rayo, Javi Miguel reports that he is in line to start against Real Sociedad as the left-back. Xavi has informed Balde about his decision, and has told him to train with high intensity leading up to the game.

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Balde has been linked with an exit from Barcelona, especially given Marcos Alonso’s imminent arrival. However, an impressive performance at Anoeta could open the doors for his continuity.

The Chelsea defender has reportedly completed his move to Barcelona, subject to registrations and signatures. The club plan to announce it in the coming days if they are able to register Jules Kounde in time for the game.

Balde played in every single one of Barça’s pre-season fixtures, even registering an assist — to Raphinha —, against Inter Miami.

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Barcelona fans will hope the gamble pays dues, especially because it will likely not go down well with Alba, who is one of the team captains

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Barcelona yet to receive any offers for exit-bound right back, price tag sits at €20m



Barcelona are said to be pushing Sergino Dest towards an exit, but a recent report from journalist Adria Albets has confirmed that the player does not have any offer at the moment.

Regardless of what has been said in the past, neither have Manchester United tabled any formal offer for the right-back, nor have they made contacts with the 21-year-old’s representative.

For the moment, Barcelona are clear pretty clear about offloading Dest but in order to fulfil the operation, they are demanding in excess of €20 million.

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For that particular reason, his agents are finding it hard to find a suitor as no club is willing to match the valuation for a player who is already fallen down the pecking order.

Xavi has so far preferred to use make-shift centre-back, Ronald Araujo, as a full-back. And while the Uruguayan has done well at times, it’s pretty clear that the team is looking to bring in a full-time right-back this summer.

For that, several players such as Hector Bellerin, Juan Foyth, Diogo Dalot, Thomas Meunier and Jeremie Frimpong have been considered, but there remain several complications in carrying out the operation

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To begin with, Villarreal’s valuation of €42 million for Juan Foyth is proving to be a hindrance.

Barcelona are finding themselves in this situation mostly because their attempt to sign a certain Cesar Azpilicueta failed.

Meanwhile, as far as Dest is concerned, he knows in order to get regular minutes, he needs to move away from Camp Nou, but Barcelona’s asking price of €20 million is putting a stop to his desire.

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Manchester United were thought to be weighing up a fresh move worth €20 million for the defender, but the Premier League side is yet to make any formal move. Hence, the Dutch-born American defender continues to train within the Barcelona ranks for the time being.

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Report: Chelsea prepared to listen to offers for their ‘huge talent’, will demand nearly £60m



Report: Chelsea prepared to listen to offers for their ‘huge talent’, will demand nearly £60m

Chelsea would reportedly prefer to sell Christian Pulisic rather than loan him out this summer.

According to The Sun, Manchester United are interested in signing the 23-year-old Blues attacker on loan

is understood that Chelsea would rather offload the American on a permanent basis, though.

The report says they’ll listen to offers for Pulisic during the next couple of weeks, but want to recuperate the full £58million they paid for him a few years ago.

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With Chelsea demanding nearly £60million for the forward, will any club step forward with a bid?

Chelsea prefer to sell Pulisic

It makes little sense doing Man United a favour by sending them Pulisic on loan, so you can fully understand why a permanent transfer would make much more sense.

Described as a “huge talent” earlier this year by Gary Neville, Pulisic is a player that frustrates supporters at Stamford Bridge.

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The winger can produce moments of brilliance in the final third, but there’s no major consistency in his game.

He finished last season with eight goals and five assists in 38 matches across all competitions, which wasn’t a bad return considering he missed a couple of months with an ankle problem

However, the United States international can’t seem to become a real favourite under Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.

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His 2019/20 campaign is proof of what a talented player he can be.

The forward had 21 direct goal contributions in 34 Blues appearances, but it was a familiar case of injuries interrupting him whenever he builds up some momentum.

It would be quite a surprise if a clubs willing to fork out a near-£60million sum for him.

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