Barcelona January transfer news LIVE: Griezmann still a priority

Griezmann still a priority for Barca

Barcelona are to step up their efforts to land Antoine Griezmann after completing a deal for Philippe Coutinho, Guillem Balague has told Sky Sports.

The Catalan giants are said to be keen on adding two global superstars to their ranks, with the Atletico Madrid forward next in their sights.

Madrid would’ve paid €250m Messi release clause

Lionel Messi Barcelona

Real Madrid were willing to activate Lionel Messi’s release clause back in 2013, reports El Mundo.  

The Barcelona talisman has been linked with Manchester City in the past, but apparently the Catalan club’s fierce rivals were willing to pay the fee that would’ve allowed them to enter contract talks with the Argentine.

Arda set for return to Turkey

Arda Turan Barcelona

Arda Turan is on the verge of sealing a return to his native Turkey as he negotiates with Superlig leaders Basaksehir, according to Sport .

Frozen out of Ernesto Valverde’s plans at Barcelona, Arda is set for an 18-month loan back home.

Arsenal join chase for Rafinha

Rafinha Barcelona 2016-17

Arsenal have joined the likes of Inter and Celta in pursuing Barcelona midfielder Rafinha, according to Sport . 

Ravaged by injuries, Rafinha has been made available for transfer at Camp Nou as he seeks more playing minutes. 

Both Inter and Celta are keen to strike a loan deal in January, and with Arsenal now in the picture the player will have no lack of options.

Coutinho won’t kick me out of Barca – Iniesta

Andres Iniesta Barcelona

Andres Iniesta has rejected speculation that Philippe Coutinho’s arrival at Barcelona could push him into the shade.

Iniesta told Onda Cero on Coutinho’s arrival in Catalunya: “There will never be a player that can make me retire or kick me out of here. At 33 years of age, that isn’t the issue. Coutinho has come here to improve us.”

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Chelsea & Man Utd monitor Arthur

Arthur Gremio

Chelsea and Manchester United are monitoring Gremio midfielder Arthur as a potential move to Barcelona stalls, the Daily Mail reports.

Barca are interested in signing the 21-year-old over the summer, but recent moves for Philippe Coutinho and Yerry Mina mean the Catalans must sell players to balance the books first.

That development has apparently opened the door for the Blues or Red Devils to sign Arthur, who is valued between £30 million and £35 million.

Valverde wants to keep Gomes

Andre Gomes Barcelona

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is not looking to let Andre Gomes leave in the January transfer window, according to Mundo Deportivo .

Gomes reportedly wants a winter move to secure regular first-team football, and he has been linked with Manchester United and Tottenham.

However, Valverde is happy with the Portugal international and only a huge offer will persuade the club to change their mind.

Did Neymar take a step back?

Neymar, PSG

Neymar’s decision to swap La Liga giants Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain was a step backwards, according to Brazil legend Ronaldo.

The World Cup winner has said: “Sportingly, the decision is a step back. But there are challenges that everyone seeks.”

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Ox: Liverpool fine without Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Liverpool

Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain insisted the exit of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona should have no impact on his side. 

“The fact is he has gone now and we have to think about what we have got that is going to get the job done. I have every faith in the boys that we just move on now,” he said.

“I don’t think it should affect us at all.”

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Who is new signing Yerry Mina?

Yerry Mina

Goal’s South American expert Daniel Edwards has described how the man who can’t stop dancing, Yerry Mina, is no slouch on the pitch and an able successor for Javier Mascherano.

He writes: “Yerry Mina is as different to the midfielder-turned-defender as day is to night, but the Catalans believe he has the talent to bolster their backline for years to come.”

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