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Friday’s transfer rumors – Barcelona to take Atletico to court over Griezmann

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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.

Barcelona to take Atletico to court over Griezmann

Atletico Madrid’s attempts to avoid paying a permanent transfer fee of €40 million for Antoine Griezmann could lead to a lawsuit from Barcelona.

Griezmann is in the second of a two-season loan at Atletico. The deal must be made permanent if the forward played in over half of the club’s matches in his first year.

Barcelona, however, believe Atletico are trying to avoid fulfilling the clause by restricting Griezmann’s game time for the current campaign. The Frenchman has only made substitute appearances at the hour-mark of every game so far. [Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish]

Diego Costa to Wolves is a done deal

Leicester block Soyuncu’s return to Turkey

Leicester City have blocked Caglar Soyuncu’s move back to Turkey.

The 26-year-old defender was a target for Besiktas and Galatasaray. The clubs sought a bid before the end of the Turkish transfer window.

But after losing Wesley Fofana to Chelsea, Leicester don’t want to lose another center-back. The message is clear, Soyuncu is going nowhere as things stand. [Football Insider]

Ben Arfa might be forced to retire

Former Paris Saint-Germain and Newcastle United star Hatem Ben Arfa is at risk of having no other choice than to retire from the game.

The 35-year-old midfielder is available on a free transfer after leaving Lille at the end of his contract in June. The Ligue 1 side was his sixth different club in as many years. [Media Foot – in French]

Juan Mata & Mauro Icardi complete Galatasaray moves

Mourinho shortlists three new defensive targets

AS Roma manager Jose Mourinho wants a new central defender following a bruising 4-0 defeat to Udinese last weekend.

Jason Denayer, Dan-Axel Zagadou, and Nikola Maksimovic are all up for consideration. The defenders are all available as free agents. For a more suitable player, however, Roma may have to wait until the January transfer window. [Rudy Galetti]

Tuchel rejected Barcelona & Man Utd moves

Thomas Tuchel turned down the chance to coach Barcelona and Manchester United last season.

Barcelona approached the former Chelsea manager to replace Ronald Koeman last November before Xavi Hernandez took charge. United, meanwhile, tried to hire him as a permanent replacement for interim coach Ralf Rangnick.

But Tuchel rejected their advances, choosing to remain at Chelsea during the uncertain times at Stamford Bridge last season. [Telegraph – subscription required]

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