Barcelona news LIVE updates: All the latest news and gossip from the Nou Camp
Wednesday 5, September
- Barcelona are confident of signing of Paris St-Germain star Adrien Rabiot
- Liverpool have made contact with the mother and agent of the French midfielder
- Barcelona could send scouts to watch Poland forward Krzysztof Piatek
- Ivan Rakitic insist he was never close to leaving Barcelona this summer
Jordi Alba set for contract talks
Jordi Alba has finally received good news regarding his Barcelona future just days after losing his international spot in Luis Enrique’s Spain squad.
The 29-year-old is out of contract in 2020 but the La Liga leaders are keen to open contract talks over extending his stay.
According to Catalan daily Mundo Deportivo, Barca want a new agreement sealed in the New Year.
Early last season, Barca rubber stamped improved contracts for Lionel Messi, Sergi Roberto and Gerard Pique.
It’s suggested senior figures in the Nou Camp corridors of power want formalities wrapped up with Alba similarly swiftly.
Man Utd news: Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba have made a transfer decision
Pogba staying… for now
Paul Pogba has agreed to stay at Old Trafford in a massive boost for Jose Mourinho, reports claim.
It’s understood that Barcelona and Juventus are both keen to sign the France international, who has a strained relationship with his manager.
However, the Mirror claim Pogba and Mourinho have now reached a truce.
And the 25-year-old has supposedly agreed NOT to agitate for a move to either Barcelona or Juventus in January.
He will stay put until next summer at the earliest and examine his future then.
The Mirror say Pogba has reached an understanding with Mourinho where all talk of a transfer away will be delayed.
But he is still said to find the prospect of playing in Spain with Barcelona alluring.
Barcelona star Jordi Alba looks set for a new contract
Wanted: Adrien Rabiot
Barcelona are confident of signing of Paris St-Germain star Adrien Rabiot despite Liverpool making contact with the mother and agent of the French midfielder.
Rabiot has entered the final year of his PSG contract and has rejected multiple offers to extend his stay at the Parc des Princes.
The 23-year-old, who spent time at Manchester City as a teenager, will be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with any club outside of France in January.
But the battle for his signature will be fierce.
Barcelona were heavily linked with Rabiot during the transfer window but PSG refused to sell.
Now, Italian website Calciomercato claim that the Catalan giants are ‘confident’ Rabiot, who is reportedly demanding wages in excess of £138k per week, will be their first signing of next summer’s transfer window.
However, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have already made steps to secure the four-time Ligue 1 winner.
ESPN FC claim Klopp is a long-time admirer of Rabiot and attempted to sign him during his Borussia Dortmund days.
A source told the website that Klopp has spoken with Rabiot’s mother and agent on the phone about a move to Anfield next year.
Rabiot has made no secret of his desire to move abroad, and even revealed that he grew up loving Liverpool.
“I would love to play in the Premier League, not necessarily one club in particular, even though I was very fond of Liverpool when I was young,” he told French radio station RMC in October 2017.
Transfer News: Barcelona star Jordi Alba looks set for a new contract
Paul Pogba to Barcelona
Paul Pogba would like to be battling on more fronts than he currently does for Manchester United – and would be welcome at Barcelona, according to Luis Suarez.
Pogba has struggled at United since returning to Old Trafford from Juventus in 2016 with there being plenty of talk regarding his future over the summer.
Barca, Juventus and PSG were all believed to be interested but the midfielder stayed put and was even named captain by Jose Mourinho for the opening two games of the Premier League season.
United have already suffered two defeats this campaign and are not expected to fight for the title with Liverpool tipped to be Manchester City’s closest rivals.
United are also unlikely to be in the running for the Champions League crown and Suarez believes Pogba would want to be more competitive having won the World Cup this summer.
“Pogba is a part of the elite and has a lot of quality,” Suarez told RAC1. “I think he would like to compete for more than he is now. He is not a player that belongs to Barca, but quality players would always be welcome.”
Transfer News: Luis Suarez has said Barcelona would welcome Paul Pogba
The new Robert Lewandowski…
Barcelona could send scouts to watch Poland forward Krzysztof Piatek in action during the international break.
Barcelona are said to be on the trail of Piatek, who only joined Italian side Genoa in the summer.
The 23-year-old former KS Cracovia player is yet to make an appearance for Poland’s first team.
But Piatek could get a run-out during the international break.
And Italian newspaper Il Secolo XIX claim Barcelona may send scouts along to watch Piatek in action.
Piatek cost the Italian club £3.6m (€4m) this summer but already has suitors watching him.
SPORT reference a claim in Il Secolo XIX that Barcelona are on his trail, with Piatek being nicknamed the ‘new Lewandowski’ following his arrival on the European football scene.
Barcelona transfer news: Barcelona could send scouts to watch Poland forward Krzysztof Piatek
Ivan Rakitic rejects exit talk
Ivan Rakitic insist he was never close to leaving Barcelona this summer.
Manchester United, Paris St-Germain and Monaco were all linked with the Croatia international, but Rakitic says he’s happy and proud to be a Barcelona player.
“I read rumours about my transfer from Barcelona, there were offers, some big clubs wanted me but honestly, I spoke to my wife and we made a conclusion that I am happy here and proud to be part of this big club,” Rakitic told Novi list.
“I’ve been part of that nice story with Barcelona for some time and it is not time to leave yet. Well, who could find it easy to leave Barcelona?”
Lucas Hernandez contract talks
Atletico Madrid are set to offer centre-back Lucas Hernandez a new contract, reports claim.
Yesterday, TribalFootball via France Football claimed Manchester United wanted to bring the World Cup winner to Old Trafford by triggering a £72million release clause.
But apparently that’s spooked Atletico, who are now eager to initiate contract talks.
TribalFootball report that Hernandez’s deal will be extended a further year to 2024 with an increased £135m buy-out clause.
Transfer news: Which European teams have spent the most in fees since 2010?
CIES Football Observatory have been monitoring transactions across the big five European leagues since 2005, with their data now revealing which teams have spent the most on new signings over the past eight seasons.
Chelsea are near the top of the pile with their Abramovich-backed investment and have been rewarded with two FA Cups, the League Cup, the Champions League and the Europa League in addition to their league titles.
The Blues have shelled out more than Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain but still haven’t spent the most across Europe since 2010 and trail way behind one Premier League rival.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are well off the pace compared to their European counterparts following an era of steady if unspectacular growth under Arsene Wenger.
Liverpool have invested heavily in the past two seasons with Virgil van Dijk, Alisson and Naby Keita all costing upwards of £60m while Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane did not come cheap either.
Everton are 15th on the list, one spot ahead of Premier League rivals Tottenham, largely thanks to their summer of spending in 2017 where they forked out over £100m – although only Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane look like long-term prospects at Goodison Park.