Rumour Has It: Barca eyeing Haaland as Messi successor, Man City convinced De Bruyne will re-sign

By Sports Desk March 28, 2021

Another day, another Erling Haaland rumour.

Haaland's future is dominating headlines amid widespread interest in Europe.

Barcelona are reportedly interested in the Borussia Dortmund sensation.

 

TOP STORY – MESSI OUT, HAALAND IN?

Barcelona have identified Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland as a top transfer priority if Lionel Messi leaves at the end of the season, according to Diario AS.

Messi is out of contract at season's end and the superstar Barca captain has been tipped to join either Paris Saint-Germain or Manchester City.

Should Messi depart, Haaland is wanted by Barca and head coach Ronald Koeman, though all eyes will be on Lyon forward Memphis Depay if the former remains at Camp Nou.

Haaland has also been linked with Manchester United, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Juventus, PSG, Liverpool and City.

 

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- Fabrizio Romano claims City are convinced Kevin De Bruyne will sign a new contract with the club. Raheem Sterling's contract is also on the agenda, while soon-to-be free agent Sergio Aguero will decide his future in the coming weeks. Aguero has been linked with Inter, Barca and Chelsea.

United are set to challenge Madrid in the chase to sign Villarreal defender Pau Torres, reports The Mirror. United are keen to bolster their defence amid links with Madrid pair Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, Sevilla's Jules Kounde and RB Leipzig centre-back Ibrahima Konate.

- Calciomercato says Inter will reject any offers for star Romelu Lukaku. It comes as Chelsea and Barca reportedly eye the in-form Belgian.

Barca are monitoring the future of Valencia star Jose Luis Gaya, according to Diario AS. The captain is negotiating a new contract with Valencia.

- Napoli and Spain midfielder Fabian Ruiz is wanted by LaLiga trip Barca, Madrid and Atletico Madrid, claims Diario Sport.

- Mundo Deportivo reports Arsenal are considering a move for Real Betis star Nabil Fekir amid doubts over loanees Martin Odegaard and Dani Ceballos.

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    Mikel Arteta concedes Gabriel Martinelli deserves more game time than he is getting at Arsenal and says the forward is pushing hard to play a greater role for the Gunners.

    Martinelli was on target as Arsenal defeated Newcastle United 2-0 at Emirates Stadium on Saturday, just 93 seconds after replacing Bukayo Saka – who had opened the scoring.

    The Brazilian has played only 367 minutes across nine appearances in all competitions this season, with just four of those as part of the starting line-up.

    His goal against the Magpies was his first of the campaign, while he has yet to register an assist from the five chances he has created.

    But Arsenal boss Arteta believes the goal can act as a springboard for a player whose attitude continues to impress the Spaniard.

    "It is a big moment for him and I'm especially happy for him because how he behaves," Arteta told Arsenal's official website of Martinelli.

    "Some players are respectful when you make some decisions, and some players are very respectful, like he is.

    "He's patient, but at the same time he's really pushing and challenging and it makes every decision that you make even harder because he deserves more and I'm really pleased because he really helped the team to get the points."

    Martinelli's goal was his first Premier League home strike since January 2020, with 679 days having passed between the efforts.

    He has had fewer than 15 minutes of top-flight action since August, but Martinelli accepts there is a need to be patient.

    "Yeah I need to be patient as I always say, if I play 10 or 20 minutes, I have to play well and be ready to play," Martinelli said.

    "I love the fans, I'm so happy to be here, playing for this club and I'm so happy for the victory.

    "We knew that the game was going to be hard, but we came prepared to the game and I'm so happy.

    "To be fair I don't remember [the goal]. I think Martin [Odegaard] played it wide to Tomi [Takehiro Tomiyasu] and I just thought I'd go to the box and try to head it, and I finished the ball. I'm just happy to score the goal."

  • Rumour Has It: Man Utd hopeful of Rangnick edge in Haaland pursuit Rumour Has It: Man Utd hopeful of Rangnick edge in Haaland pursuit

    The race to sign Erling Haaland may have taken another turn.

    Norway forward Haaland is a hot property being pursued by a host of top clubs, with Manchester United among them.

    Borussia Dortmund retained his services at the start of this season but the race is expected to heat up in the off-season.

     

    TOP STORY – UNITED HOPEFUL OF HAALAND EDGE

    The Mirror reports that the imminent appointment of Ralf Rangnick at Manchester United can give them the edge in the race for Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland.

    Rangnick and Haaland worked together previously at Salzburg and United believe that relationship can propel them to the front of the queue.

    Manchester City, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are all in the race to sign the 21-year-old.

     

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    - PSG will not let head coach Mauricio Pochettino exit the club during the season amid links with Manchester United's vacant managerial role, reports Goal. The Argentine may be allowed to leave at the end of the season.

    - Marca report that Real Madrid will not be signing Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba in the off-season despite widespread speculation about a move.

    - Sevilla are leading the race to sign Blackburn's Chile international Ben Brereton, according to The Sun. Rovers want £20m for his services.

    - West Ham are set to launch a £7m bid to sign Burnley defender James Tarkowski,  report The Sun.

  • Juventus 'cooperating' with investigation into transfer business Juventus 'cooperating' with investigation into transfer business

    Juventus have confirmed they are cooperating with police as part of an investigation into the club's transfer business.

    The Bianconeri were already the subject of an inspection from Italian finance regulator Consob, and a widely released statement from the Turin Public Prosecutor's Office this weekend revealed searches of Juve's Turin and Milan offices.

    This related to "various transfer operations" between 2019 and 2021.

    Juve, who lost 1-0 to Atalanta on Saturday, released a statement that "acknowledges" an investigation into "the company and some of its current officers" – naming Andrea Agnelli, Pavel Nedved and Stefano Cerrato – regarding "revenues from players' registration rights".

    "The company is cooperating with the investigators and with Consob and trusts that it will clarify any aspect of interest to it," Juve said.

    The club added "it believes to have acted in compliance with the laws and regulations governing the preparation of financial reports, in accordance with accounting principles and in line with the international practice in the football industry and market conditions".

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