Barcelona news LIVE updates and transfer gossip from the Nou Camp
Thursday, February 27
- Real Madrid are ready to table an offer for Napoli star Fabian Ruiz
- Barcelona are focused on signing Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez
- The Spanish champions have two options to secure his signature
- Barcelona have submitted an offer to sign RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner
- What Liverpool target Timo Werner thinks of Man Utd or Barcelona move
Fabian Ruiz bid
Real Madrid are ready to beat Barcelona to the signing of Napoli star Fabian Ruiz.
The two LaLiga giants, along with Manchester United, are known to be interested in the Spanish midfielder.
But Zinedine Zidane wants to act quickly to secure his signature.
Italian publication Calciomercato claim Real Madrid will submit a £59million offer for the 23-year-old, whose price-tag is expected to increase during Euro 2020.
Lautaro Martinez to Barcelona
Barcelona are focused on signing Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez, Calciomercato say.
Martinez, 22, is enjoying a terrific season under Antonio Conte at the San Siro having scored 16 goals and provided four assists in 30 appearances.
And his exploits haven’t gone unnoticed with the Catalan giants desperate to bring him in to partner Lionel Messi at the Nou Camp.
Barcelona can’t afford to pay Martinez’s £94million release clause that MUST be activated July 1 and July 15 because of Financial Fair Play restrictions.
To navigate that, the Spanish champions will either include two players in an audacious swap deal or offer a figure higher than his release clause that’s paid in instalments.
- Messi joined by Barcelona stars in criticising chiefs over mistakes
Timo Werner offers
RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner is a wanted man.
That’s according to The Athletic, who claim Barcelona and Manchester United have submitted offers for the Germany international.
However, the Bundesliga star is waiting for Liverpool to make an approach.
It’s claimed Werner, 23, favours a summer switch to Anfield to link up with compatriot Jurgen Klopp.
Sunday’s ‘Clasico’ between Real Madrid and Barcelona may have huge ramifications on La Liga’s title race but poor showings in the Champions League mean the fixture is lacking its usual billing as a battle between the two best teams in the world.
Real Madrid lost 2-1 at home to Manchester City in their last-16 first leg while Barcelona drew 1-1 at Napoli, a result which masked a shaky performance and seemed to confirm Lionel Messi’s fears that they are not good enough to win the trophy.
Champions Barca take a two-point lead into the clash at the Santiago Bernabeu after cashing in on a wobble from Zinedine Zidane’s side, who drew 2-2 with Celta Vigo and lost to Levante in their last two league fixtures.
“This Clasico is like a race between two injured people, the reality is the two teams are doing very badly,” said former Real Madrid and Argentina forward Jorge Valdano.
“Barcelona’s recovery owes far more to Real’s decline than their own merits. Real’s slip ups have strengthened Barca, who put in an abysmal performance against Napoli.”
- Beckham confirms Inter Miami transfer interest in Messi and Ronaldo
Becks transfer plans
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are potential targets for Inter-Miami, co-owner David Beckham said, underscoring his team’s global ambition as they prepare to make their long-awaited MLS debut this weekend.
Seven years after a tortuous process began, Beckham’s “project” will finally take the field on Sunday when Inter-Miami travel to Los Angeles to face LAFC in their first MLS regular season game.
More than 13 years since he shocked the soccer world by turning his back on Real Madrid to sign with the Los Angeles Galaxy, Beckham remains the biggest name in Major League Soccer.
But maybe not for long, the former England and Manchester United captain hinting his club might take a page from the Galaxy playbook he helped write and go out and sign the game’s biggest stars.
“Every team in the world would want Messi and Ronaldo in their teams.
“But we always talked about us being different from any other team, which I am sure every other owner says exactly the same thing,” Beckham told Reuters.
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