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Sunday’s transfer rumors – Barcelona shortlist ideal Dembele replacement

Ousmane Dembele, FC Barcelona
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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 shortlist ideal Dembele replacement

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The Blaugrana will target a transfer move for Wolves winger Adama Traore if Ousmane Dembele doesn’t stay.

Dembele, who is into the final six months of his contract, hasn’t signed an extension so far. If his final answer to Barca’s offer is no, the club management will turn their attention to Traore.

The 25-year-old, a product of Barcelona’s youth system, would be open to a return. He has a good relationship with the squad as well, having stayed in contact with the likes of Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets. [Diario Sport – in Spanish]

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Haaland expects Manchester City offer

Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland expects an offer from Manchester City after Manchester United reportedly pulled out of the race for his services.

The 21-year-old Norwegian is set to headline a major transfer battle this summer. His preference is a move to Real Madrid, but Man City could still try to sign him. [Mario Cortegana via Express]

Ainsley Maitland-Niles joins Roma on loan

The Arsenal midfielder has completed a loan move to Jose Mourinho’s Roma until the end of the season.

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Morata wants to leave Juventus for Barcelona

Alvaro Morata wants to end his loan deal with Juventus early so that he can join Barcelona.

As things stand, the 29-year-old Spaniard is going nowhere. Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri won’t sanction an exit for Morata unless the club can sign another striker.

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Blaugrana boss Xavi Hernandez called Morata last Tuesday, however, to assure him that Barca remain interested. All that’s needed is patience. The club must first create the right financial conditions to take on another new player and hope Juventus find a replacement. [AS – in Spanish]

Sarri eyes Kepa reunion at Lazio

Former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is interested in a reunion with Blues goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga at Lazio.

The Spain international’s £170,000-a-week wages, though, are a stumbling block. Chelsea are also unlikely to allow a January sale, as No.1 keeper Edouard Mendy is with the Senegal squad at the Africa Cup of Nations. [The Athletic – subscription required]

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Birmingham City lead race for Amad Diallo

Bailly could emerge as a transfer target for AC Milan

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly could emerge as a transfer target for AC Milan.

The Serie A giants are searching for a replacement for injured Danish center-back Simon Kjaer. [Sky Sports Italy, via Milan Live – in Italian]

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Marseille eye deals for Spartak Moscow & Arsenal stars

The Ligue 1 giants are chasing transfer deals for Spartak Moscow center-back Samuel Gigot and Arsenal full-back Sead Kolasinac.

Marseille manager Jorge Sampaoli is piling the pressure on president Pablo Longoria to bring in reinforcements, despite the club’s tight finances. [L’Equipe – in French]

Axel Tuanzebe completes loan move to Napoli

Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe has joined Napoli on loan until the end of the season, after ending his spell at Aston Villa.

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Insigne to join Toronto FC

Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne will become the highest-paid Major League Soccer player ever after agreeing to join Toronto FC on a free transfer.

The 30-year-old Italian will earn a reported $15 million per year.

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