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Paul Pogba is one of the hottest star on the football market this summer.

The Juventus midfielder has been targeted by several top clubs around Europe, including Barcelona, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.

But in this moment, another team seems in pole position: in fact, Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola admitted they are in an ealry negotiaton with the Champions of Europe:

“We are in an early negotiation with Real Madrid: he likes the club and he likes the manager, Zinedine Zidane.”

This could be, anyway, also a way to provoke a reaction in the other sides interested in Pogba, so to trigger an “auction” to sign the player, that is valued € 120m, around £ 100m.

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Chelsea winger Pedro Rodriguez has admitted that he wants to return to Barcelona, after just one season at Stamford Bridge.

The 28-year-old, who is currently on international duty with Spain at the European Championship’s, joined Chelsea from Barcelona for £22m, but failed to make much of an impact last season.

Pedro told BeIN Sport that he hopes to return to Barca, but admits will be tough.

“Hopefully [I can return to Barcelona] but I know it’s hard.

“I have already spoken about it with the president [Josep Maria Bartomeu] when we [Barcelona] were in the [Cup] final [when Barcelona beat Sevilla 2-0 last month] and spoke to all the people who want me there.

“It’s complicated, but I’ve always said that I would like to retire at Barcelona. However, I know it’s difficult because the years go by and the club has the best players in the world, it is a very demanding club and to return is complicated. But I do not rule it out either.”

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Chelsea striker Pedro knows Pep Guardiola really well, having spent four years with him at Barcelona, winning many trophies together, including two Champions League.

The Blues forward, anyway, reckons it won’t be easy for his former manager in his new adventure in the Premier League, where he will take charge at Manchester City:

“Although we know he is a great coach, Pep is not going to have it easy,” Pedro said to Marca.

“It’s a difficult league, complicated. I don’t think he will be able to express his football.”

 

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According to the Daily Telegraph, Barcelona are looking to replace Dani Alves with Chelsea full-back Cesar Azpilicueta.

After Dani Alves chose to join Juventus, Luis Enrique is in the market for a right-back. Barcelona first made attempts to purchase Arsenal‘s Hector Bellerin, however, they have since turned their attention to Azpilicueta.

The 26-year-old still has 3-years left running on his contract with the Blues but lack of Champions League football and a move back to Spain could persuade the Spaniard into a move away from Stamford Bridge.

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Barcelona sport director Roberto Fernandez spoke about Arda Turan‘s situation.

The Turkish winger signed from Blaugrana last summer, but he couldn’t play until January for the FIFA embargo: anyway, he didn’t really impress in the months he was able to play and was not a regular in the Luis Enrique‘s side.

That is why he was linked with other European top clubs, among these we also got Chelsea and radio network TalkSport insists that the Blues are still keen on him.

But Barcelona’s sport director claimed the club still trust him:

“Arriving at Barça, even if you come from a big club, is not a simple process. You face [getting into a team] a team that is very strong,” Fernandez said in his press conference.
“But we expect a lot from him, we have total confidence in him and hopefully he will be decisive next season.”

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas admits that could leave London and return to Spain.

 

Fabregas ended a three-year spell with Barca in 2014 when he joined Chelsea, but after a Premier League title and League Cup triumph in his first season, an indifferent second year has fuelled speculation that he may abandon.

He said:

“Yes, why not?” he told Marca when asked if he could return to La Liga in the future.

“Still, I’m honestly not thinking about it because I have a lot of unfinished business at Chelsea after how this season went.

“I’m not really thinking of anything else, but in my opinion, the Spanish League is the strongest with the English.

“Returning to Barca would no longer be possible. It’s impossible, even if I wanted to.

“The Barcelona stage [in my career] is over, it’s a closed chapter.”

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Argentinian midfielder Mateo Musacchio could leave Villarreal Club de Fútbol.

According to Sport, Barcelona, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur would like to sign the player that was able to “steal” the role of Javier Mascherano in the Argentina national team.

Musacchio is under contract at Villarreal for two more years, and he could it bought for €50m.

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Thibaut Courtois could leave Chelsea for Barcelona next summer.

The Belgian goalkeeper recently went public with his distaste of life in England, moaning about the high intensity of each game, that he has to play almost every three days and that hotel overnight stays are a regular occurrence. He also claimed that he feels more comfortable when playing with Belgium defense instead of his Chelsea mates, all signs that he might want to leave next summer.

Courtois got three years more left on his deal with Chelsea, but with the Blues not taking part to next Champions League he’s tempted to go back to Spain, this time to join Barcelona.

The Blaugrana are ready to pay at least the half of his -huge- buyout clause to sign him: Chelsea fixed a £73m fee on him, and Barcelona can bid at least £40m to have Courtois in their next squad.

Antonio Conte won’t have an easy job this summer, with many of his stars ready to leave for chasing Champions League glory around Europe. For him it will be tough to keep all of them and Courtois seem one of the top players set to leave Chelsea.

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While a guest to Sky Sports program Monday Night Football Cesc Fabregas spoke also about his former boss Pep Guardiola, that next year will come to Premier League to manager Manchester City:

“What he [Guardiola] wanted to do is change formation,” said Fabregas about the Spanish coach playing style.

“I think after three years playing at a fantastic level and winning many things, he felt the other teams were catching the way of playing against Barcelona on a 4-3-3.

“He wanted to play a different system with three at the back, four in midfield plus Lionel Messi dropping deep – he wanted to dominate midfield more than anything – and to have two wide players always open and threatening to go in behind defenders.

“Yes, [I enjoyed it] because I had a lot of freedom. They tell you play wherever you feel you are dangerous and I love this kind of thing, because it’s like a number 10, but with the mentality of the goalscorer.”

Fabregas also revealed why he left Barcelona:

“There’s a little thing with Xavi in 2010 before the World Cup he told me ‘you have to come, my Achilles, I will not last too long’ – and then I came and he still played for five years and that didn’t help,” Fabregas said, joking.

“But 100 per cent it didn’t help there were so many midfielders and there was one less spot than when I came under Pep.”

Cesc also gave his opinion on Guardiola being next Manchester City boss:

“You always want to play against the best, 100 per cent Pep will bring new things to the Premier League, to Man City.

“They will be a force next year, they are already this season, you see they are in the semi-finals of Champions League and fighting to be in the top three. All the teams will have to be even stronger.”

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