Round Up On Transfer News
The world is catching its breath after the staggering £145million deal to take Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona was completed on Monday.
But Liverpool will have no time to rest as they search for a player capable of filling the Brazilian’s boots at Anfield.
Manchester City’s pursuit of Alexis Sanchez is also hotting up, while Celtic are battling to keep hold of Moussa Dembele and there are plenty more deals being cooked up around the globe.
Arsenal have made further enquiries over Boca Juniors forward Cristian Pavon.
The 21-year-old has been discussed amid Manchester City’s pressing interest in Alexis Sanchez.
Pavon is understood to have a £27million release clause and was originally considered by Arsenal as one for the summer.
Already capped by Argentina he is expected to be named in Jorge Sampaoli’s squad for the World Cup in Russia.
Similar in stature and style to Alexis Sanchez, Pavon can play on either wing and as a secondary striker.
Boca have been reluctant to let Pavon leave until they complete their Copa Libertadores campaign.
Liverpool, Manchester City, Paris St Germain and Inter Milan have all been following Pavon’s progress in recent months.
Ivan Rakitic has no wish to leave Barcelona following the arrival of Philippe Coutinho.
The Croatia midfielder has been linked with moves to Arsenal and Liverpool following the £145million signing of Coutinho but is one of coach Ernesto Valverde’s most trusted players.
The 29-year-old has figured in 28 games this season and is utilised in a different role to that of Coutinho who is seen as someone who will take over the roles of Neymar and ultimately Andres Iniesta.
Rakitic is under contract until 2021 and has recently moved into a new home. He is settled at Barcelona and wants to continue there as they chase La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League.
Staying at Barcelona is also pivotal to Rakitic remaining focused so that he can help Croatia in this summer’s World cup.
‘Every great player is welcome here,’ said Rakitic of Coutinho’s arrival. ‘He is one of the family now, we are going to enjoy him a lot, he’s now at the biggest club in the world.’
Weekend reports in China suggested Guangzhou had a £63.5million deal for Aubameyang ready to be completed at the end of the Bundesliga season after fighting off competition from league rivals Beijing Guoan.
Hans-Joachim Watzke, Dortmund’s chief executive, refused to comment on the speculation but Guangzhou have rejected claims they are close to signing the striker following the league’s threat to take action against clubs who try to sign Aubameyang.
But Jardim admits a big offer this month could mean Lemar makes a move to the Premier League before the current campaign is over.
MANCHESTER UNITED, MANCHESTER CITY AND CHELSEA IN RACE TO SIGN PELLEGRINI
Pellegrini has put his name on several clubs’ transfer radar by impressing for the Serie A giants in his 23 games for the Giallorossi.
Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin is in talks over a move to La Liga side Valencia.
Valencia wanted Coquelin last summer but he stayed as he hoped to cement a place in the Arsenal starting line-up.
Antonio Conte is looking to further bolster his squad after bringing in Ross Barkley last week for £15million with the Blues still fighting on four fronts.
They were encouraged by the fact that Sandro is looking to secure a move away from Conte’s former club, who are willing to let him go if the right offer comes in.
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