Barcelona news LIVE: £100m striker wants Lionel Messi partnership, Man Utd transfer plan

Barcelona news LIVE updates and transfer gossip from the Nou Camp

Monday, March 16

  • Barcelona are ready to part ways with France international Samuel Umtiti
  • Solskjaer’s Manchester United will make a ‘significant effort’ to sign him
  • The Catalan giants are ‘closer than ever’ to signing Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez
  • Barcelona are planning a flurry of signings this summer with four positions targeted

Samuel Umtiti available

Barcelona are ready to part ways with France international Samuel Umtiti.

And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United will make a ‘significant effort’ to bring the central defender to Old Trafford this upcoming summer.

Spanish publication Sport claim Barcelona wanted rid of Umtiti, 26, last summer but a serious knee injury saw him remain at the Nou Camp.

Quique Setien is a big fan of the player but Barcelona chiefs want to generate £118million in player sales this year and believe Umtiti’s departure could cover a large portion of that.

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Lautaro Martinez latest

Barcelona are ‘closer than ever’ to signing Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez.

That’s according to a report from Spanish publication Sport, who claim the club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu wants a superstar to revitalise the side with Neymar his only other alternative.

Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid are very interested in signing the Argentine striker, but his preference would be to join Barcelona to play alongside compatriot Lionel Messi.

However, Bartomeu and co. believe Chelsea and Manchester City are now their greatest dangers and are aware that Martinez rejected an approach from Manchester United.

Barcelona have been in talks with Martinez for months and are optimistic of securing his signature but they will NOT meet his £100million release clause.

Instead, Barca will look to drive the price down using players such as Arturo Vidal in exchange.

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Barcelona quartet

Barcelona are planning a flurry of signings this summer, Sport claim.

The Catalan giants want to bolster their ranks having failed to make the final of the Champions League since lifting the trophy in the 2014/2015 campaign.

Quique Setien wants to strengthen the spine of his side with a centre-back, central midfielder and centre-forward on the agenda.

The Spanish champions are also looking to bring another full-back to the Nou Camp when the transfer window opens later this year.

Wanted: Luiz Felipe

Barcelona have registered their interest in Lazio defender Luiz Felipe.

That’s according to Italian publication Corriere dello Sport, who claim Barcelona have dispatched scouts to watch him several times this season.

The Catalan currently have three central defenders in Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti – but they want a fourth.

Marca claim Sporting director Eric Abidal is particularly interested in the 22-year-old Brazilian talent, whose contract expires in June 2022.

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