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Friday’s transfer rumors – Barcelona make a bid to sign three Chelsea players for FREE

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Barcelona make a bid to sign three Chelsea players for FREE

The Blaugrana have made an audacious transfer bid to sign Chelsea defenders Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, and Cesar Azpilicueta.

Because of sanctions placed on Roman Abramovich, Chelsea cannot offer the trio new contracts. Their current deals run out at the end of the season. Barcelona have, therefore, attempted to seize this opportunity. The LaLiga side have sent offers to sign all three players for free. [Telegraph – subscription required]

Shakhtar Donetsk winger Tete joins Lyon

The 22-year-old Brazilian midfielder has signed for Lyon until the end of the season.

Gareth Bale a summer target for Serie A giants

AC Milan are interested in signing Gareth Bale from Real Madrid on a free transfer.

The 32-year-old winger will leave Real Madrid at the end of his contract this summer. Therefore, AC Milan have approached his representatives to understand his plans and salary demands. [Rudy Galetti]

Spain make a shortlist of Enrique replacements

Spain manager Luis Enrique is a reported target for Manchester United.

The former Barcelona boss’ contract with the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) ends after the 2022 World Cup. He doesn’t want to leave before then.

Nonetheless, the RFF has drawn up a list of candidates to replace Enrique just in case. These include Athletic Club coach Marcelino Garcia and former Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde. [ESPN]

Real Madrid to sign Vinicius Tobias

Man City confident of beating Real Madrid to Haaland

Manchester City are confident of seeing off competition from Real Madrid to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland this summer.

The Premier League leaders feel they have the financial muscle to cover the €75 million release clause in Haaland’s contract at Dortmund, the Norwegian’s salary, and other associated fees.

Angelino, Ferran Torres, and Jack Harrison’s departures for a combined €85 million have left City in a strong financial position. [ESPN]

Liverpool seal deal for Celtic teenager

Liverpool have reportedly signed 16-year-old Celtic winger Ben Doak for a compensation fee of around £600,000 ($787k/€711k).

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