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Wednesday’s transfer rumors – Barcelona identify top targets to replace Sergio Busquets

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Barcelona identify top targets to replace Sergio Busquets

Real Sociedad’s Martin Zubimendi and Wolves’ Ruben Neves could replace Sergio Busquets as Barcelona eye up potential transfer targets.

Busquets may end a career-long association with Barca when his contract expires next summer by heading to the MLS. The club board, therefore, has shortlisted replacements.

Zubimendi is one option. The 23-year-old is rated highly, but has a €60 million release clause in his Real Sociedad contract. Next up is Neves, who probably won’t come much cheaper. The 25-year-old’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has an excellent relationship with Barcelona though, which could pave the way for negotiations. [Marca]

Arsenal linked with a move for Bundesliga youngster

Eintracht Frankfurt attacking midfielder Jesper Lindstrom is on Arsenal’s radar.

The 22-year-old German has stirred interest from clubs across Europe after a breakout 2021/22 campaign, where he helped Eintracht win the Europa League. He is under contract until 2026 and has no release clause. [SPORT1 – in German]

Marco Asensio responds to Barcelona transfer talk

Is Pochettino on his way back to Ligue 1?

OGC Nice hope to tempt Mauricio Pochettino back to Ligue 1 as a replacement for manager Lucien Favre.

Pochettino is a free agent after leaving Paris Saint-Germain in the summer. The former Tottenham and Southampton coach, however, would prefer a return to the Premier League. [ESPN]

Boehly frustrated Chelsea didn’t sign Tchouameni

Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly is ‘angry and perplexed’ over the previous club board’s refusal to make a move for Aurelien Tchouameni.

The 22-year-old midfielder left AS Monaco in the summer for an €80 million transfer to Real Madrid. He is under contract with the European and Spanish champions until June 2028. [Diario Sport – in Spanish]

Oliver Mintzlaff rules out Chelsea move

Leao seeks a new AC Milan contract

AC Milan forward Rafael Leao wants to sign a new contract amid interest from Chelsea.

The 23-year-old Portuguese’s current deal at San Siro runs until June 2024. Chelsea approached AC Milan in the summer, but the Rossoneri were quick to say no to the Premier League side.

AC Milan intend to tie Leao down to a new long-term contract, with a salary worth €6 million per season. The player, however, is looking for something near €7 million instead. [Gazzetta dello Sport – in Italian]