Liverpool’s move for Thomas Lemar could be scuppered by late interest from Barcelona as they look to land a central midfielder, according to reports.
With the Reds reportedly making it tricky for Barca to tie up a deal for Philippe Coutinho, it looks as though the Catalans could be turning their attention to ‘Plan B’.
Deployed on the left of midfield in Leonardo Jardim’s ultra-attacking outfit, the 21-year-old has left so many defenders dazzled.
Lemar is so difficult to pin down, regularly darting infield, picking the ball up in space and driving forward into dangerous positions.
So all in all, it seems unlikely, but we are grateful to French publication Le 10 Sport (and Sport Witness for the translation) for this brand-new piece of transfer gossip. Well, the first part of that Lemar chain may well happen this week, with Neymar – according to Qatar’s Al-Watan newspaper – due to arrive in Qatar this week to meet PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and then undergo a medical ahead of his free transfer to the French club. No, we have not entirely lost our minds – it seems that PSG’s way to get around FFP could be for Qatar to pay Neymar 222 million euros to be a World Cup ambassador, though he will use that money to buy himself out of his Barcelona contract. SPURS RANKLED BY BARKLEY WAGES So this is back again.
So we can all clearly prepare for a £25m move on August 31.
The Daily Mirror say that ‘Tottenham target Ross Barkley will have to slash his wage demands or risk scuppering a move to Spurs’ as they will not offer him more than £100,000 a week.
After reports that Ross Barkley was demanding £150,000 a week at Tottenham a few weeks ago, the same stories emerge again but with the numbers changed to £120,000 a week.Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey appeared to be forming a solid partnership towards the end of the season, though with Santi Cazorla expected to return, the Spaniard is likely to replace the Welshman in the middle.There’s no space for Theo Walcott, Alex Iwobi or for Mesut Ozil.has claimed that Barca are interested in bringing Monaco midfielder Lemar to the Camp Nou with Juventus star Paulo Dybala and Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann also on their radar.Liverpool reportedly made a club-record offer worth £74million earlier this week for Lemar but it is heavily weighted towards performance-related add-ons.Following the sale of Neymar to PSG for £198million, the La Liga giants have the cash to pay the full asking price.