Barcelona, Tottenham make contact over Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne

Barcelona, Tottenham make contact over Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne

Lorenzo Insigne’s performances at Euro 2020 has the likes of Barcelona and Tottenham circling. Alex Grimm – UEFA

Amid all of the motion at Euro 2020 and the Copa America, the summer transfer window has opened, with Europe’s biggest clubs looking to make a splash in the transfer market. Check out the latest gossip below, and see all official deals here.

TOP STORY: Barca, Spurs make contact for Insigne

Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne is attracting interest from around Europe with Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur both keen on landing the Italian winger.

That’s according to the Sun, which reports that the Serie A star’s agent has already been contacted by both clubs over a potential deal.

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Insigne has been a stalwart for the Naples club with 383 appearances in all competitions for the Partenopei but, with just one year remaining on his current deal, his time could be coming to an end.

The Italy star has been a standout performer so far at Euro 2020 and is preparing for a semifinal on Tuesday against Spain (LIVE on Football4cast and Football4cast+ at 3 p.m. ET in the U.S.) but, after turning 30 last month, Insigne may need to leave Napoli if he is to begin a new challenge during his prime years.

The left-sided attacker remained one of Napoli’s key players last season, scoring 21 goals while registering 15 assists across the campaign.

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17.03 BST: Paris Saint-Germain are in talks with the representatives of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, according to French broadcaster RMC Sport. The 28-year-old France international has just a year remaining on his contract at Old Trafford, and is said to be “more and more open” to the idea of moving to Paris.

16.06 BST: Javier Tebas has hit back at Pep Guardiola after the Manchester City coach said the La Liga president needed to learn from the Premier League.

In a war of words regarding club spending, Guardiola said on Monday that “the Premier League is run better than La Liga” and stated that thanks to the investment of big clubs like City, “other clubs in other countries can keep doing things.”

Tebas, who has led criticism of City’s spending power and accused “state-owned football clubs” of breaching UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, wrote on Twitter: “I learn from the Premier League every day Pep, it would be good for someone to teach you a little bit of macroeconomics of football, of the effects of the state-owned clubs on wage inflation, of demographics of the diffusion of pay TV, of China….and of the CAS [Court of Arbitration for Sport] acquittal we will have some news.”

City were temporarily banned from the Champions League for breaching FFP regulations in 2020 but the punishment was overturned by CAS upon appeal.

15.24 BST: Barcelona will listen to offers for forward Antoine Griezmann as they look for ways to make cutbacks this summer, according to Diario SPORT.

Griezmann, 30, joined the club from Atletico Madrid for €120m in 2019 but the club would be prepared to let him leave for much less this summer if it helped balance the books.

Barca’s gross debt stands at over €1 billion and they need to reduce their wage bill to be able to register Lionel Messi’s proposed new contract with the Spanish league. They have already moved on Jean-Clair Todibo, Konrad de la Fuente, Junior Firpo and Francisco Trincao this summer, but they need to make further cutbacks. Samuel Umtiti and Miralem Pjanic are two of the more pressing cases, SPORT report, but Griezmann could provide the key to keeping hold of Messi.

The France international is one of the club’s biggest earners and his departure would create a lot of room within the league-imposed salary cap, while he could also command a fee, even if it’s much less than Barca paid for him.

Barca are well covered in attack having already signed Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay this summer and Griezmann, who was linked with Manchester City on Monday, could be deemed surplus to requirements.

14.19 BST: Cristiano Ronaldo‘s future at Juventus has been a big topic in this transfer window, but the Portugal superstar holds all the cards.

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13.28 BST: Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City are monitoring Lionel Messi‘s situation with the forward yet to sign a new deal with Barcelona, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Messi’s Barca contract expired on June 30 and he’s technically been a free agent since then. The Barca president Joan Laporta has said Messi wants to stay at Camp Nou but that the club must ensure the new deal fits within La Liga’s salary cap.

Meanwhile, reports are now emerging that PSG and City lead the race to sign Messi if Barca cannot make enough cutbacks to register the Argentina international’s new contract with the Spanish league.

City, according to Mundo Deportivo, will not be “proactive” in their pursuit of Messi but will make a move if he doesn’t end up penning new terms in Catalonia.

PSG have supposedly been trying to convince Messi to join them since last year, when Neymar first said he hoped to play with his former teammate again. The French club have been very active in the summer transfer window so far, with Georginio Wijnaldum arriving and deals in place for Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos and Achraf Hakimi.

12.57 BST: Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez has agreed to sign a one-year contract extension, according to Cadena SER.

Following the departure of veteran defender Sergio Ramos, who is predicted to affix PSG as a free agent, and with Raphael Varane anticipated to depart Madrid this summer time, Madrid are decided to not lose one other skilled defender.

The 31-year-old, who began preseason coaching with Madrid on Monday, turns into a free agent subsequent summer time and the brand new deal will see the Spaniard stay on the Bernabeu till June 2023.

Promoted to Madrid’s first team in 2013, Nacho has performed 33 video games in all competitions for Los Blancos final season.

12.14 BST: Matteo Guendouzi has joined French membership Marseille on a season-long mortgage from Arsenal.

The 22-year-old midfielder broke into the Arsenal first team throughout his first 12 months on the membership within the 2018-19 season, and went on the make 57 Premier League appearances for the Gunners.

Nevertheless, after it was made clear that he was not a part of supervisor Mikel Arteta’s plans, Guendouzi spent the 2020-21 season on mortgage at Hertha Berlin.

12.07 BST: Leeds United have accomplished the signing of Barcelona’s Junior Firpo, the Premier League facet have introduced.

Firpo, 24, has agreed a four-year deal at Elland Highway and can be a part of up with Marcelo Bielsa’s squad for preseason instantly. Sources have instructed Football4cast’s Sam Marsden that the transfer is for an preliminary price of €15m.

Southampton and West Ham United had proven an curiosity within the left-back as effectively, however sources instructed Football4cast he was initially reluctant to maneuver to England.

Italian facet AC Milan additionally held talks with Barca a couple of mortgage transfer, however the Catalan membership all the time made it clear they might prioritise a everlasting transfer.

11.46 BST: David De Gea will return to preseason with Manchester United decided to combat for his place at Outdated Trafford, sources have instructed Football4cast’s Rob Dawson.

De Gea competed with Dean Henderson for the No. 1 spot final season and with supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but to decide on who might be his first-choice goalkeeper, the Spain worldwide is eager to stake his declare for the gloves relatively than instantly search for a transfer away.

Sources have instructed Football4cast United have but to obtain any concrete curiosity within the 30-year-old, who nonetheless has two years and a 12-month choice on his £375,000-a-week contract.

De Gea is about to return late to preseason. He might be granted a vacation after being a part of Spain’s squad at Euro 2020. United kick off their Premier League marketing campaign in opposition to Leeds United at Outdated Trafford on Aug. 14.

11.07 BST: Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn is optimistic that contract talks with Leon Goretzka and Kingsley Coman will end result within the pair each signing new offers on the membership.

German midfielder Goretzka has one 12 months left on the contract he signed when he joined from Schalke in 2018, whereas France worldwide Coman’s present deal expires in 2023. Each have been linked with a few of Europe’s prime golf equipment this summer time, together with Manchester United and Liverpool respectively, however Kahn believes they are going to keep on the Allianz Enviornment.

“We’re in contract talks with Leon Goretzka and Kingsley Coman,” Kahn instructed a information convention. “High gamers wish to be paid accordingly. We’re not naive about that.

“We’re in very, superb talks and I am very optimistic. We at FC Bayern have an incredible package deal to supply. Right here you possibly can assist form an period. We’ve got absolute professionals in any respect ranges.”

10.22 BST: Sergio Ramos will bear a medical in Paris on Tuesday forward of becoming a member of Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent, sources have instructed Football4cast’s Rodrigo Faez and Adriana Garcia.

Sources added that the veteran defender agreed to affix the Ligue 1 giants on a two-year deal. Manchester Metropolis and Bayern Munich had proven an curiosity in buying the Spain worldwide, however the skilled centre-back most well-liked PSG’s undertaking.

Ramos did not strike an settlement with Madrid resulting from discrepancies over the size of the deal. Los Blancos have been solely prepared to supply one 12 months and by the point Ramos agreed to simply accept the membership’s proposal he was instructed the deadline had expired.

Ramos had needed a two-year deal. His wages at PSG are set to be decrease than what he was incomes in Spain and what he would have earned had he stayed on the Bernabeu.

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09.36 BST: Harry Kane has given Tottenham Hotspur followers hope that he may keep on the membership by describing new boss Nuno Espirito Santo as “an incredible supervisor.”

Kane has instructed Spurs that he desires to depart this summer time, though he’s laying aside any dialogue of his future till after he has completed captaining England for his or her Euro 2020 marketing campaign.

“Each time a brand new supervisor is available in, I assume there is a stage of pleasure across the membership,” Kane instructed talkSPORT. “Clearly, I’ve not been there and never had any contact with him. I am away with England now and my full focus is on right here. Hopefully, we have per week left.

“He is an incredible supervisor and did an incredible job at Wolves and obtained them taking part in a extremely great way. Let’s get again and I am positive we’ll keep up a correspondence after the event.”

Tottenham’s new managing director of football Fabio Paratici has mentioned the membership need Kane to remain. The striker, who’s valued at over £100m, has scored three objectives to steer England to the semifinals the place they are going to play Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday (LIVE on Football4cast and Football4cast+ at three p.m. ET within the U.S.). The 27-year-old has a contract with Spurs till 2024, however British media mentioned he’s eager to depart with a view to win main trophies and there aren’t any scarcity of events.

“Conserving him is not only my purpose, it is our purpose as a membership,” Paratici, who joined Tottenham final month, instructed Sky Sports activities. “I am unable to wait to look at him play stay … Proper now, he is top-of-the-line strikers on the earth. He is an entire participant, actually particular. “I have not heard from him but as a result of I do not wish to trouble the gamers who’re busy on the Euros, it does not appear truthful to me. They’re centered on their very own objectives with their nationwide teams.”

08.43 BST: AC Milan have rekindled their curiosity in signing Actual Madrid midfielder Isco, in accordance with Gazzetta Dello Sport.

Isco, 29, has one 12 months left on his contract with Los Blancos and has been a goal of the Rossoneri in earlier transfer home windows. He made 29 appearances, solely 10 as a starter, for Madrid final season and is predicted to depart the Bernabeu this summer time in quest of common taking part in time.

Actual Madrid could be open to a transfer Isco this summer time for €20m, a price that’s manageable for AC Milan. The Rossoneri need to strengthen their midfield line following the departure of Hakan Calhanoglu to Inter Milan.

08.00 BST: Eduardo Camavinga is open to a transfer to the Premier League this summer time amid curiosity from Manchester United, sources have instructed Football4cast’s Rob Dawson.

United are making checks on Camavinga having been alerted to his potential exit from Rennes throughout this transfer window. The 18-year-old midfielder has a 12 months left on his contract and if the French facet don’t comply with a departure, they danger dropping a star performer without spending a dime subsequent summer time.

Sources have instructed Football4cast that United consider they must battle Paris Saint-Germain and Actual for Camavinga’s signature, though his comparatively low valuation makes him a extra practical goal than West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice this summer time.

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PAPER GOSSIP

– The race for Miralem Pjanic is heating up with more clubs joining the race for the Barcelona midfielder, who could be available on a free transfer. Marca reports that Chelsea and Tottenham are the latest sides interested in landing the 31-year-old. The former Juventus star is currently on a contract worth €8 million per year but made just 13 starts for Barcelona last season.

– Aston Villa have received a boost in their pursuit of Axel Tuanzebe with reports that Manchester United would be willing to let the defender go. Football Insider writes that Dean Smith sees Tuanzebe as a first choice centre-back at Villa Park and wants to partner him alongside Tyrone Mings. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side would first need to find a replacement before sanctioning any potential deal.

Adrien Rabiot‘s time in Turin might be limited with Calciomercato reporting that Juventus want to move on the French midfielder this summer. The Serie A club are currently rebuilding after missing out on the league title last season, and it looks as though Rabiot is not in Massimiliano Allegri’s plans. The 26-year-old was a regular feature for the club in the last campaign, appearing in 47 fixtures across all competitions.

– Nuno Espirito Santo is continuing his recruitment process and it appears that Japanese star Takehiro Tomiyasu could soon be on the move to North London. Fabrizio Romano says that talks are at present ongoing between Bologna and Spurs over the signing of the 22-year-old. A deal is predicted to price within the area of €25m for the Serie A defender who can play each centrally or as a full-back.

– Italian ahead Sebastian Giovinco might be set for a transfer again to Serie A with newly promoted Venezia within the participant’s companies. That is in accordance with Di Marzio, who says the 34-year-old is reflecting on the potential for a return to Italy’s prime flight earlier than making a remaining determination. The attacker at present performs for Al-Hilal, however scored only a single purpose in 21 appearances final season.



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