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Friday’s transfer rumors – Arsenal plot move for ‘Iranian Messi’

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The latest transfer rumors from around the footballing world, including Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, and much more.

Arsenal plot move for ‘Iranian Messi’

The Gunners are considering a transfer for Sardar Azmoun to replace Alexandre Lacazette, who is out of contract next summer.

Azmoun, dubbed as the ‘Iranian Messi’ by the media due to his similar finishing and movements to the Barcelona legend, has attracted interest following his prolific form for Zenit St Petersburg.

The striker scored 19 goals in 24 games to help Zenit win the Russian Premier League title last season. [Onze Mondial – subscription required]

Manchester United & Liverpool eye €50m Barcelona star

Barcelona midfielder Gavi has emerged as a potential transfer target for Liverpool, Manchester United, and Paris Saint-Germain.

The three clubs are on the alert as 17-year-old has a release clause worth just €50 million. The Spanish national team’s youngest-ever player is under contract at Camp Nou until June 2023. [El Nacional – in Catalan]

Unhappy Asensio on Liverpool’s radar

Liverpool could make an attempt to sign Marco Asensio from Real Madrid.

The 25-year-old winger has struggled to win favor under Carlo Ancelotti this season. The Real Madrid boss has started him just twice in La Liga, often preferring to use him as a substitute instead. [Mirror]

Barcelona to swap Dembele for Sterling?

The Raheem Sterling transfer saga takes a new twist as Manchester City eye an unexpected swap deal.

Apparently, the Premier League champions would ask for Ousmane Dembele in exchange for Sterling if Barcelona pursue their interest in the England international. [El Nacional – in Catalan]

Juventus name their price for McKennie

Amid interest from West Ham and Tottenham, Juventus have slapped a €30 million price tag on Weston McKennie.

The American midfielder only completed a permanent €20.5 million transfer to Juventus in July from Schalke following an impressive season on loan. [Calcio Mercato – in Italian]