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Thursday’s transfer rumors – Four first-team Barcelona players may be forced out

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Four first-team Barcelona players may be forced out

Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, Franck Kessie, and Sergi Roberto may all have to leave Barcelona in the summer transfer window.

LaLiga’s financial fair play rules mean Barcelona need to cut their wage bill by €200 million. Busquets and Roberto are out of contract in June. Alba has another year left on his current deal, but he could still leave. Selling Kessie, who joined Barca for free last summer, would make the club a profit. [Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish]

Man City may pursue a deal for long-term target Chilwell

Manchester City have a long-standing interest in Chelsea full-back Ben Chilwell.

The Citizens need a new left-back. They have included Chilwell in a shortlist of several potential transfer targets. The club board will meet manager Pep Guardiola between May and June to decide how to proceed. [CaughtOffSide]

AS Roma confirm Nicolo Zaniolo’s €16.5m transfer to Galatasaray

Foster to join Tottenham?

Former Manchester United and England goalkeeper Ben Foster could come out of retirement to join Tottenham.

The 39-year-old hung up his gloves last September after leaving Watford at the end of his contract. However, with Hugo Lloris out for eight weeks with a knee injury, Tottenham may try to entice him back on a short-term deal. [Mirror]

Balogun was never going to return to Arsenal in January

Arsenal never considered recalling Folarin Balogun from Reims in the January transfer window.

While Gabriel Jesus’ injury has left Mikel Arteta’s side short of strikers, Balogun will remain in France. Arsenal are happy with the 21-year-old’s progress on loan at Reims. They want to protect him and will only decide on his future at the end of the season. [CaughtOffSide]

Aubameyang edges closer to MLS move

Chelsea have reportedly agreed to loan Aubameyang to MLS club Los Angeles FC for the rest of the season.

The two clubs are still working out the deal at this stage, while Aubameyang has not given his consent yet. The 33-year-old striker joined Chelsea last September from Barcelona for €12 million. In 17 appearances across all competitions, he has scored three goals. [Le10 Sport – in French]

Atlanta United sign Giorgios Giakoumakis from Celtic for £4.3m

Chelsea’s plan for Santos revealed

The Blues will loan Andrey Santos out to a Brazilian club should he not obtain a work permit.

The 18-year-old midfielder was one of eight recruits Chelsea made in the January transfer window. Santos signed up in a £16 million deal from Vasco da Gama. He failed his work permit application by one point. The Blues are already working on a second submission. [Evening Standard]