Barcelona secure verbal transfer agreement as midfielder rejects Man Utd offer

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Tuesday, May 12

  • Miralem Pjanic has a verbal agreement to join Barcelona
  • The Juventus star rejected an approach from Man Utd
  • Barcelona are considering an approach for Juan Foyth
  • Dortmund have expressed interest in teenager Ansu Fati

Miralem Pjanic snub

Midfielder Miralem Pjanic has a verbal agreement to join Barcelona.

That’s according to Spanish newspaper Sport, who claim the deal has reached the ‘very advanced’ stages with a resolution expected this week.

Barcelona have offered multiple players in exchange for the 30-year-old Bosnia-Herzegovina international, who also received offers from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.

But Pjanic prefers the Nou Camp with defender Jean-Clair Todibo and midfielder Ivan Rakitic potentially heading in the opposite direction.

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  • Barcelona submit £61m striker transfer bid and two-player swap

Wanted: Juan Foyth

Barcelona are considering an approach for Tottenham defender Juan Foyth, according to reports in Spain.

Foyth arrived at Spurs for £8million from Estudiantes during Mauricio Pochettino’s reign and has made 32 first-team appearances for the club.

Injury has hampered the 10-capped Argentina international, who managed just 65 minutes of Premier League action before the season was suspended.

But that hasn’t dampened Barcelona’s interest and Samuel Umtiti could be used in exchange for the 22-year-old.

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  • Man Utd ‘very close’ to £70m transfer agreement, announcement plan

Ansu Fati future

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been handed a boost in his pursuit of transfer target Jadon Sancho as Borussia Dortmund have identified Barcelona youngster Ansu Fati as his possible replacement.

The 17-year-old winger has been given a lot of opportunities by Barcelona this campaign and has performed well in his breakout season for the Catalan giants.

However, according to Spanish publication Okdiario, his position in the starting line-up isn’t guaranteed next season and the youngster could be sent out on loan.

And while there are numerous clubs across Europe interested in the youngster, with several Spanish teams, three Italian sides, two Premier League clubs and two Bundesliga outfits, Dortmund remain at the front of the pack.

Barcelona are open to sending Fati out on loan, they are unlikely to include an option to buy, as his current contract holds a release clause of £149million, and this is due to increase to £351m when he signs a new deal in the coming months.

Lautaro Martinez wages

Barcelona are a step closer to signing Argentina international Lautaro Martinez.

That’s according to Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport, who claim Inter Milan are unable to match Barcelona’s financial package.

The Spanish champions are reported to have offered the 22-year-old a long-term deal worth £8.75million (£170k-a-week).

But due to the financial impact of the Coronavirus, Antonio Conte’s side cannot match the offer Barcelona have made Martinez, who is currently paid £48,000-a-week at the San Siro.

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