Takefusa Kubo Subject of Impending Transfer Battle Between Barcelona & Real Madrid

?Barcelona and Real Madrid are set to do battle in the race to sign Japanese prospect Takefusa Kubo from FC Tokyo.

The youngster was previously on the books in Catalonia and was one of the signings which Barca were punished by FIFA for over the transfers of underage players, as the player was not even a teenager at the time.

Takefusa Kubo

However, Kubo, who is known as ‘Take’, is set to turn 18 in June and that could pave the way for his return to Europe. As per ?Marca, ?Barcelona are already plotting his return to Camp Nou, though the La Liga champions with face competition for his signature from arch rivals ?Real Madrid.

It is said that PSG have also approached Take’s agent to register their interest in the attacker, who is able to play either as an attacking midfielder or as a forward.

However, after spending four years in Barcelona’s youth academy between 2011 and 2015, it is suggested that the Catalans hold an advantage over their rivals in a potential race to sign the youngster, as Take apparently has a ‘commitment’ to the Blaugrana should he return to Europe. 

Ernesto Valverde’s side are widely reported to be in the market for attacking reinforcements this summer, particularly with the need for a successor for 32-year-old ?Luis Suarez, though Take is recognised more as a playmaker than as a goalscorer.

Barcelona had recently believed that a deal to seal Take’s return to Catalonia had already been sealed, though certain ‘obstacles’ have since emerged which mean that there is still some work to be done.

Given that Take will only turn 18 in June, it is likely that he would be more closely involved with Barca’s youth setup should he complete his return to Spain, though Ernesto Valverde showed his willingness to integrate the club’s youngsters in Saturday’s game against SD Huesca.

Takefusa Kubo

The Spaniard handed academy graduate Riqui Puig among others his La Liga debut in the 0-0 draw, meaning that Take’s potential route into Barca’s first team may not prove too clouded.

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Ernesto Valverde Reveals How ‘Circumstances Around the Game’ Cost Barcelona in Huesca Draw

?Ernesto Valverde insisted that he was ‘happy’ with his side’s performance on Saturday despite Barcelona being held to a 0-0 draw away to SD Huesca in La Liga.

The champions went into the game 11 points clear at the top of the table against the league’s bottom side, and Valverde opted to field a heavily rotated side which showed ten changes from the team which recently earned a 1-0 win in the Champions League over Manchester United.


With the second leg looming next week, ?Barca were clearly more focused on seeing that job through in the quarter final as the Catalans were held in an uneventful draw on Saturday. After the game, Valverde said via ?Goal: “We’re happy because it was a difficult match for us.

“A lot of new people came in, but they understood what they had to do. I did not want to play [Nelson] Semedo or [Jordi] Alba because they played the full game the other day. Sergi Roberto had muscle discomfort, too. 

“We were forced to play with Malcom on one wing and Wague on the other. It cost us a little at the beginning, but we’re happy because the players went above and beyond, and we had our options. It was tough, but I thought that’s what we needed to do.

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“You have to understand the circumstances around the game. They were not normal debuts, like when a player debuts alongside the first-choice players.

“We changed a lot of players, the way to play and against a team that’s playing against relegation.”

Saturday’s draw saw the gap at the top of La Liga close to nine points after second-placed ?Atletico Madrid secured a 2-0 victory over Celta Vigo later the same day.


However, Barca’s immediate attention will now turn to the second leg of their Champions League quarter final as the Blaugrana prepare to welcome Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to Camp Nou, aiming to build on their 1-0 advantage from the first leg.

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SD Huesca 0-0 Barcelona: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Blaugrana’s Second String Draw Blank

Barcelona’s second-string side were held to an uneventful 0-0 draw in La Liga by basement side SD Huesca on Saturday.

The visitors tested the home side early on as Ousmane Dembele’s effort was saved by Roberto Santamaria, before the Huesca goalkeeper was on hand once more to tip over a Jeison Murillo header from the resulting corner.


?Barcelona’s heavily rotated side dominated possession but looked almost content to hold out for a point which saw them move 12 points clear at the top of the table, as even the likes of Philippe Coutinho failed to have a telling influence after being brought on in the second half.

Here’s our breakdown of Saturday’s La Liga clash.


?SD HUESCA

Player Ratings

?Starting XI: Santamaria (7); Miramon (6), Etxeita (7), Pulido (7), Galan (6); Rivera (6); Avila (7), Juanpi (6), Gomez (7), Ferreiro (6); Gallego (6)

Substitutes: Melero (6), Hernandez (5)

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Key Talking Point

With only Marce-Andre ter Stegen keeping his place from Barcelona’s Champions League exploits in midweek, Ernesto Valverde’s heavily rotated team selection on Saturday was always going to be under scrutiny.

With an 11-point lead at the top of the league heading into the game, Barcelona made ten changes to their team from the 1-0 win over ?Manchester United on Wednesday, with stars including ?Lionel Messi and ?Luis Suarez left at home.


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??Rising star Riqui Puig and veteran campaigner Arturo Vidal ably replaced the likes of ?Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets in midfield as Barça dominated possession as usual, but ?Ousmane Dembele and Kevin-Prince Boateng fell some way short of Messi and Suarez’s standards.

The ball was fed forward to the front two at a plentiful rate, but Barca’s second-string attackers simply lacked the cutting edge, star quality and telepathic understanding which are usually provided by the more senior statesmen in attack. Malcom, too, was largely anonymous throughout the game.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Ter Stegen (6); Todibo (7), Murillo (6), Umtiti (6); Vidal (7); Wague (6), Alena (6), Puig (7), Malcom (5); Dembele (6), Boateng (5)

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Substitutes: Coutinho (5), Alba (5), Arthur (N/A)


STAR MAN – In amongst a heavily rotated side, in which some of Barca’s players struggled to replicate the quality of the players they replaced in Ernesto Valverde’s side, Riqui Puig was the star of the show.


??The young midfielder was full of invention and was composed on the ball, always looking for the incisive forward pass – showed glimpses of Andres Iniesta-esque qualites in his game. At just 19, Puig is clearly one for the future and he has already set about proving his quality.


Looking Ahead

Barcelona are likely to return with a more familiar look to their team as they host ?Manchester United in the second leg of their Champions League quarter final clash on Tuesday, before taking on Real Sociedad next time out in La Liga.

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Barcelona Preparing 5-Year Contract in Order to Wrap Up Signing of Ajax Sensation Matthijs de Ligt

?Barcelona are preparing to offer Matthijs de Ligt a contract until 2024 as the Blaugrana step up their efforts to secure the Ajax sensation’s signature this summer.

De Ligt has emerged as one of the hottest young properties in European football this season and is widely reported to have a host of top sides around the continent chasing his services, with Barcelona high among other potential suitors that include Juventus and Bayern Munich.

However, the La Liga champions have seemingly emerged as the front-runners to sign the Dutchman. According to Spanish publication ?AS, ?Barcelona have already started to draw up contract details in a bid to secure their man, and will offer De Ligt a deal until 2024.

It is said that Barcelona chiefs are preparing to present their offer to De Ligt’s agent, Mino Raiola, ‘shortly’, and De Ligt has already given his preliminary agreement to the five-year deal, which is apparently of similar parameters to that signed by Ajax teammate Frenkie de Jong.

De Jong has already sealed a £65m deal which will see him complete a move from Amsterdam to Camp Nou at the end of the season, and now looks increasingly likely to be followed to Catalonia by his Ajax teammate.

Matthijs de Ligt,Daley Blind,Frenkie de Jong

Barça have apparently made it clear to De Ligt that they view him as an important signing for their long-term plans, and the contract on offer to the defender promises further performance-based financial bonuses.

Once Barcelona have formal agreements on the contract from both De Ligt and Raiola, the club will then enter negotiations with Ajax which, assuming they already have a deal with the player, would seemingly be relatively straightforward.

It is claimed that contact channels between Barcelona and Ajax have remained open since the De Jong deal was agreed, and the Blaugrana have already indicated their will to lure De Ligt to Camp Nou.


Barcelona will hope that an offer of €60m plus bonuses will be enough to finalise the deal, and are said to be ‘optimistic’ over getting their man.

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Willian: Why Another Approach From Barcelona Would Further Illustrate Flawed Transfer Strategy

?All good things come to an end, not least in football, and the era of Barcelona’s golden generation of superstars from their own production line is now drawing to a close.

Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets are now all that remain of a previously formidable spine of generational talents which had come through the club’s world-famous La Masia academy and, in truth, the club have proved less than inspired in their bid to keep the conveyor belt moving.

Lionel Messi,Sergio Busquets

The departures of Victor Valdes, Carles Puyol, Xavi and Andres Iniesta paved the way for the next generation of young stars to emerge through the talent-laden youth ranks in Catalonia and succeed one generation of superstars with another through their own means.

However, with the club once again ?linked with a move to sign Chelsea forward Willian in the summer, there is arguably no greater example of how far ?Barcelona’s recruitment operations have fallen in recent years.

Whilst the other elite clubs around Europe traditionally scrambled around the transfer market and threw hundreds of millions at landing top talent, Barcelona simply produced their own superstars.

Willian,Gerard Pique,Sergi Roberto

However, not since the ?Messi-led generation emerged at Camp Nou have the club truly continued their admirable traditions of unearthing diamonds within their own ranks.

The signings of ?Neymar and ?Luis Suarez in 2013 and 2014 respectively represented a change in direction for Barcelona’s recruitment strategists, as the club began to match the financial outlays of their rivals in order to compete at the highest level.

The two South American superstars proved to be huge successes in Catalonia, but the approach has hardly proved inspired in the following years.

Troubled attempts at replacing Neymar following the Brazilian’s departure to PSG in 2017 have been emblematic of the decline in Barcelona’s dealings. 

Huge money has been invested in ?Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho, with both ultimately tasked with replacing Neymar, and neither have come close to replicating the electric impact of their superstar predecessor.

Then came the signing of Malcom from Bordeaux last summer. After having a £55m bid for ?Willian rejected by ?Chelsea, Barca opted to move for his compatriot in a £36.5m ‘plan B’ move.

Malcom has since made just 11 La Liga appearance this season, scoring only once.

Tellingly, just six months after arriving at Camp Nou from Ligue 1, the talented but inconsistent forward was offered as part of a player-plus-cash deal to Chelsea in a renewed effort to sign Willian in January. Once more, however, Barca’s efforts were rebuffed by the Blues.

With the summer transfer window now fast approaching and Chelsea facing a nightmarish transfer ban, Barcelona are once again said to be preparing yet another move for their elusive target at Stamford Bridge.

Malcom

As Willian’s contract enters its final 12 months, and with the Brazilian set to turn 31 in August, Barca are apparently hoping to snare their man in a ‘cut-price’ deal. There could surely be no clearer indicator of real decline in the Blaugrana’s transfer strategy.

Though the recently completed £65m signing of Ajax starlet Frenkie de Jong proved that Barcelona remain a dream destination for the top young players in Europe, it also proved that they are no longer the leading light in producing such prodigious talent.

Not only are they now on the same level as their Madrid counterparts in throwing huge sums at landing the calibre of player which they are no longer able to raise themselves, Barça have stooped to the even greater level of bargain hunting around the continent.

Dembele, Coutinho and Malcom set the club back a combined total of around £314m. 

Lionel Messi,Ernesto Valverde

With all three having failed to have the desired impact in Catalonia and their futures at Camp Nou far from certain, an opportunistic swoop for Willian to compensate for their attacking deficiencies represents yet another step backwards for a club that is simply running out of ideas.

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Huesca vs Barcelona: Ernesto Valverde’s Best Available Blaugrana Lineup

Barcelona take on Huesca on Saturday, the Catalans now within touching distance of a second consecutive La Liga title after dismissing closest rivals Atletico Madrid last weekend.

They defeated Manchester United 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter final clash on Wednesday, the scoreline failing to reflect the visitors’ dominance on proceedings at Old Trafford. That result followed the 2-0 victory over Los Rojiblancos, when Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez grabbed late goals to send their side 11 points clear at the top of the table.

Huesca are stranded in 20th position and have not won in five games, though they earned potentially vital draws against fellow strugglers Levante and Celta Vigo in their previous two fixtures.

Here’s the team Ernesto Valverde could field to face the relegation battlers.

3. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Sergi Roberto

Marc-André ter Stegen (GK) – The German has been excellent between the posts this season, fighting off the challenge of Jasper Cillessen, and will feature again on Saturday.

Sergi Roberto (RB) – Having progressed through the Barcelona ranks as a midfielder, Roberto has demonstrated his adaptability by becoming the side’s regular right back.

Clément Lenglet (CB) – The Frenchman has forged a solid partnership with Gerard Pique in the heart of Barça’s defence, dominating opposition forwards. The former Spain international is unavailable to play against Huesca due to suspension, though Lenglet should ensure things remain tight at the back.

Samuel Umtiti (CB) – Pique’s absence affords Umtiti the opportunity to prove his value having been ousted from the starting lineup this campaign. His athleticism and reading of the game will be useful in keeping Huesca well away from ter Stegen’s goal.

Jordi Alba (LB) – The rapid left back has had the position on lockdown since his arrival from Valencia seven years ago. At Camp Nou he has flourished into one of La Liga’s prime attack-minded defenders.

2. Midfielders

Sergio Busquets

Sergio Busquets (CM) – The 30-year-old learned from the best, the masterful duo of Xavi and Andres Iniesta moulding him into a marvellous distributor at the base of the Catalans’ midfield.

Arthur (CM) – The Brazilian has performed admirably in his debut season with the Champions League quarter finalists, winning Valverde’s favour with a string of fine displays in blue and red.

Arturo Vidal (CM) – The fiery Chilean has found himself sitting on the bench for much of this year, but is likely to start on Saturday. Barcelona’s return leg against United comes just three days after the contest at Estadio El Alcoraz, meaning first choice stars like Ivan Rakitic may require a rest this weekend.

1. Forwards

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Ousmane Dembélé (RW) – At Borussia Dortmund, Dembele was a raw talent with huge potential. Since switching to Catalonia for £135m he has honed his skills, terrifying opposition defences with his dazzling dribbling abilities.

Malcom (ST) – Suarez’s suspension and the rest Valverde is expected to give Messi should see out of favour Malcom given rare minutes on the pitch. His tally of four goals in 18 appearances this campaign is a sub-par return for a player spearheading a rampant Barça frontline.

Philippe Coutinho (LW) – The former Liverpool playmaker is rumoured to be moving towards the exit door at the Nou Camp, with a Premier League return seemingly on the cards. Wherever he ends up next season, he is certain to electrify and enthral supporters with his mercurial talent. 

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90min’s Definitive European Power Rankings: Week 28

For a number of weeks ?Borussia Dortmund had been lauded for winning closely contested games ‘like champions’, scoring late goals and mounting astonishing comebacks.

Well, it turns out that BVB weren’t winning games ‘like champions’, they were merely scraping by. And last Saturday at the Allianz Arena, Lucien Favre’s men were found out by a rampant Bayern Munich.

Serge Gnabry,David Alaba,Thiago Alcantara,Robert Lewandowski

“‘The numbers all go to 11. Look, right across the board, 11, 11, 11 and…’

“‘Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?’

“‘Exactly.’

“‘Does that mean it’s louder? Is it any louder?’

“‘Well, it’s one louder, isn’t it? It’s not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You’re on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you’re on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?

“‘I don’t know.’

“‘Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?

“‘Put it up to 11.’

“’11. Exactly. One louder.”‘ (This Is Spinal Tap)

Last Saturday, ?Bayern Munich turned it up to 11. 

With the pressure on following a seemingly disastrous draw with Freiburg, FC Hollywood put on a blockbuster performance at the Allianz Arena, thumping BVB 5-0 and proving that they’re still the Bundesliga’s top dogs. 


6) Tottenham Hotspur (Up 5) 

Mauricio Pochettin

“I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realise you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” (When Harry Met Sally) 

Tuesday night was a perfect exemplification of why ?Tottenham Hotspur fans are head-over-heels in love with Mauricio Pochettino. 

Written off as no hopers against the ALL MIGHTY Manchester City, Pochettino’s tactical masterclass inspired Spurs to a famous 1-0 win at the ‘New White Hart Lane’. 

While the UEFA Champions League ties isn’t over – far from it in fact – Pochettino has given Spurs the opportunity to do something they’ve never done before: reach the competition’s semi finals. 

In Poch we trust. 


5) Manchester City (Down 4) 

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“Jesus H. bald-headed Christ!” (Stand By Me) 

He did again. 

Pep Guardiola did it again. 

?Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola decided to field a weakened team in his side’s biggest game of the season so far; and, of course, he paid for it. 

As mentioned previously, the tie is by no means over, but Tuesday night was yet another instance in which Pep Guardiola – in the Champions League at least – made life incredibly hard for himself…for no reason. 


4) Juventus (Up 1) 

Cristiano Ronaldo

“Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns.” (A Few Good Men) 

Wednesday night, without their best defender Giorgio Chiellini, Juventus put on a Catenaccio masterclass.

Penned in their defensive third for the majority of the game at the Johan Cruyff Arena, La Vecchia Signora miraculously kept Ajax at bay (for the most part) and even scored what could be a crucial away goal. 

Shoutout to Daniele Rugani, in particular, for his ?fantastic performance (yes, this sentence was an excuse to plug another article). 


3) Liverpool (-) 

Mohamed Salah

“You can do anything you want, man.” (Stand By Me) 

On the brink of yet another UEFA Champions League semi final following their 2-0 win over Porto. 

On the brink of their first league title in nearly 30 years following their 3-1 win over Southampton. 

Jurgen Klopp’s ?Liverpool are on the brink of history. 


2) Barcelona (-) 

Luis Suarez,Lionel Messi

“We’re very lucky in the band in that we have two visionaries, David and Nigel, they’re like poets, like Shelley and Byron. They’re two distinct types of visionaries, it’s like fire and ice, basically.” (This Is Spinal Tap) 

Lionel Messi: 

Appearances – 42

Goals – 43

Assists – 15

Luis Suarez: 

Appearances – 43

Goals – 23

Assists – 9

As Manchester United and Atletico Madrid found out the hard way this past week, when Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are on top form, no one can stop them. 


1) Ajax (Up 5) 

David Neres

“This is my age! I’m in the prime of my youth, and I’ll only be young once!” (Stand By Me) 

FINALLY.

Manchester City have FINALLY been knocked off their perch atop 90min’s Definitive European Power rankings. 

Despite drawing their Champions League quarter final first leg meeting with Juventus, Ajax top the Definitive European Power Rankings this week for one simple reason: they were a joy to watch on Wednesday night.

Total Football is back. 


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Lionel Messi Available for Barcelona’s La Liga Clash With Huesca Despite Facial Injury

?Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi will not be forced to miss any games as a result of the heavy challenge from Manchester United defender Chris Smalling in the Champions League on Wednesday night and is available to face Huesca in La Liga on Saturday.

Messi was left with a bloody nose and a cut to his eyelid after being clattered by Smalling during Barça’s 1-0 win at Old Trafford, but Sergio Busquets reassured fans after the game that he didn’t think the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s nose had been broken.

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According to SPORT, Messi was checked over by Barça medical staff on Thursday and passed fit for the domestic clash with Huesca at the weekend.

Whether coach Ernesto Valverde chooses to rest key players and rotate his team against La Liga’s bottom club is another matter. Messi in particular has played 42 games for club and country so far this season and hasn’t missed league fixture since a broken arm in November.

That being said, Valverde almost paid the price for leaving his captain and talisman on the bench in the recent 4-4 draw against Villarreal – Messi came on to help spare the blushes.

Smalling has since revealed that there was no bad blood with Messi after Wednesday night.

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“We spoke afterwards. We had a brief chat and shook hands. He knew it was an accident. I didn’t realise at the time that I’d actually caught him like that,” the United player told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“Suarez [came up to me] after the game as well. We had a good tussle and he just shook my hands afterwards and said ‘good luck’. It’s nice when you can have that battle on the pitch and then there’s respect after the game because, ultimately, you are just trying to do your best.”

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Inter Willing to Sell Star Defender Milan Skriniar Despite Imminent New Contract

Inter have admitted they would be willing to sell Milan Skriniar for the right price this summer – despite the centre back looking set to sign a new deal at the club – putting Manchester City, Manchester United and Barcelona on red alert.

Skriniar has emerged as one of the top players in his position since joining from Sampdoria in 2017 for €28m, playing 39 times across competitions for Luciano Spalletti’s side this season.

Federico Chiesa,Milan Skriniar

However, according to ?Calciomercato, the Nerazzurri are still willing to sell the Serbian international this summer, provided they receive a fee of €100m or more. This is in spite of the fact that, according to Italian football journalist Fabrizio Romano, Skriniar is about to sign a new contract with the Serie A side that would extend his current deal by a further year.

In a tweet, Romano explained: “Milan Skriniar is ready to sign his new contract with Inter until June 2023. Agreement reached, here we go!”

Indeed, it is understood that this contract may be just a ploy to hike up this €100m evaluation even more.


The 24-year-old has earned himself plenty of worthwhile admirers in his ascent, but none appear to be more eager to land him than La Blaugrana and the Manchester clubs.

With Vincent Kompany’s future still up in the air, City are searching for a worthwhile replacement for the vociferous Belgian, while ?United have been desperate for defensive reinforcements pretty much since Nemanja Vidic left Old Trafford. As for ?Barca, Samuel Umtiti’s future looks cloudy at best, while Gerard Pique isn’t getting any younger. 

And, it is understood that the Italian side have acquiesced to the pressure of selling Skriniar in order to pursue some long-standing targets of their own. 

?Inter have made no secret of their interest in Fiorentina’s Federico Chiesa, and with Diego Godin almost certain to reinforce the rearguard come the end of the season, they see Skriniar as the best avenue to attain these funds in order to land the precocious Italian.

And, should the Chiesa move fail, they have set their heart PSV Eindhoven’s Dutch international winger Steven Bergwijn as the next best thing.

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Transfer Rumours: Fenerbahce Want Marcos Rojo, Serge Aurier to Leave Spurs & More

Transfer rumours, baby.

Here’s a steaming hot pile of #thegoss? from across the Premier League and Europe regarding some transfers that probably won’t happen when the window reopens over the summer.

Let’s get stuck in to them. Enjoy.


Southampton Target £3m-Rated Former Burnley Man to Bolster Midfield Options

Scott Afrield

Best kick off with the biggest story.

Southampton want to sign Scott Arfield! From Rangers! He is 30 and used to play for Burnley, so that probably tells you all about how good of an idea this signing is. 

He’ll cost £3m-ish for Saints, but he’s banged 11 goals from midfield this season. The ?Mail are saying Southampton have “concrete interest”, so it might not be the last time you hear about this one.

I just asked a ?Southampton supporting work colleague how he felt about this happening, and he shrugged his shoulders and said ‘meh’. Please get in contact with us on Twitter at ?@90min_Football if you’re a fan of this happening. Sorry in advance Dan.


Inter Might Want Serge Aurier & That Is Definitely Exciting for Spurs Fans

Serge Aurier

There’s probably a large section of Tottenham supporters who want to get rid of serial foul-conceder ?Serge Aurier this summer, and you lot might actually be in luck.

The very good ?SportWitness have combed through Gazzetta dello Sport for this one, and tell us they’re in search of a new right back at some point because the loan signing of Cedric Soares is set to end in the summer. They’ve also got Sime Vrsaljko on loan, but will need to purchase him if they’re to keep him around.

If he doesn’t stay, they’ll need a new face. And Piero Ausilio, who works as Inter’s director of football, was present at Spurs’ New Glorious Stadium the other night…possibly (possibly, I am speculating) to watch him. Trouble was though that Aurier didn’t even feature, because of injury.

Maybe he was watching Christian Eriksen?! ?Because they can pull that one off for sure.


Ajax ‘Extremely Interested’ in Signing Barca Starlet on Loan

Carles Alena

Ajax are “extremely interested” in signing ?Barcelona’s Carles Aleña on loan next season, as the two clubs seek a mutually beneficial working relationship where Barça take Ajax’s best players for cut-priced fees while Ajax get their castoffs.

Aleña looks like he may have a promising future, to be fair (perhaps not a cast off, that was mean), and the move could be a smart one given he’ll be looking for playing time next season.

He’s probably not going to get much at Barcelona, given they’ve already signed Frenkie de Jong – from Ajax obviously – so it may be a smart way to ensure his development continues.

Thanks to ?SPORT for that one.


Report Reveals the Real Kicker That’ll Decide if Milan Sign Bakayoko Permanently

Tiemoue Bakayoko

Tiemoue Bakayoko is only set to stay with Milan into next season if they’re able to seal a place in next season’s Champions League, Tuttosport report.

The Rossoneri have the option to sign the Frenchman permanently for 38m, but in order to raise the money and not annoy the people who try to run FFP, they’ll need the financial reward that comes with playing in Europe’s top club competition. 

Milan are currently fourth in ?Serie A, but are in rotten form of late.


Fenerbahce Target Man Utd Defender as Replacement for Martin Sktrel, Because Fenerbahce

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Fenerbahce have shortlisted ?Marcos Rojo as a potential replacement for Martin Skrtel this summer, in potentially the most Fenerbahce transfer of all time.

Damien Comolli (remember him?!) works there now, and has held talks with the agent of Man Utd’s burnt toast lover – according to Turkish newspaper ?Takvim, at least. The problem for Rojo though is that he has stiff competition for the precious Skrtel’s replacement role…from Neven Subotic and Christian Zapata. Again, gloriously Fenerbahce.

Rojo has barely had a sniff at United over the last two seasons, mainly because he is actually a bit mad and not very good, and is expected to leave this summer despite being inexplicably given a new three-year contract in March 2018.

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