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Monday’s transfer rumors – Arsenal plot to hijack Barcelona’s move for €80m La Liga star

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Arsenal plot to hijack Barcelona’s move for €80m La Liga star

The Gunners hope to beat Barcelona in the transfer race for Real Sociedad attacker Alexander Isak.

The 22-year-old Swede prefers a move to Camp Nou. Barcelona are interested, having listed him as an alternative to No.1 summer target Erling Haaland. However, Isak has an €80 million release clause in his Real Sociedad contract – which could be a problem for the Catalan club.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have approached Isak’s entourage but hope to convince La Real to lower the forward’s release clause first. [Diario Sport – in Spanish]

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Suarez set for Atletico Madrid exit

Luis Suarez is expected to leave Atletico Madrid at the end of his contract in the summer.

The 35-year-old striker has received no word from Atletico about a potential new contract. He could stay in La Liga, though, as Sevilla and some other unnamed Spanish clubs are interested.

Italian champions Inter Milan, former side Ajax, and some unnamed Brazilian clubs have also expressed an interest in Suarez. [Marca]

Laporta denies Haaland-Barcelona talks

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has denied the club has started transfer talks with Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland.

“I can deny that there has been any kind of negotiation over Haaland. Not a meeting, nor a conversation, nothing,” he told a supporters group at the weekend.

In response to an alleged between manager Xavi Hernandez and Haaland, Laporta added: “That’s none of my business, but two sportsmen can talk about football, I suppose. The first thing we’d do is contact Borussia Dortmund, his club.”

Real Madrid ‘more than happy’ with Eduardo Camavinga

Hazard won’t leave Real Madrid this summer

Eden Hazard has no plans to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season, according to his younger brother Kylian.

Speaking to Belgian outlet Het Laatste Nieuews, the RWD Molenbeek midfielder said: “He [Eden] is fine where he is, his family feels good there. He has a contract until 2024 and I think he will wait until then.

“Maybe he’s playing a little less now and the team is functioning without him, but everyone knows how good he is.”

Manchester United to decide new manager this month

The Red Devils plan to step up their search for a new permanent manager this month.

The board intend to make a final decision in the next few weeks, ideally before the end of the month. PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino and Ajax boss Erik ten Hag are the reported favorites. [The Athletic]