Barcelona reveal Alexis Sanchez bids

The Chile star has reportedly attracted interest from the likes of Juventus and Liverpool and Barca president Maria Bartomeu admits they have received offers for the forward


Barcelona have confirmed they have received offers for Alexis Sanchez, but president Josep Maria Bartomeu says the club are not interested in selling the forward.

The 25-year-old impressed for Chile at the World Cup until they were eliminated by hosts Brazil in the last 16, following a season in which he scored 19 goals in 34 league appearances for Barca.

But despite his form, there has been persistent speculation that Alexis could depart Camp Nou, with reported interest from Serie A champions Juventus and Premier League club Arsenal.

“I can confirm we have received offers from several clubs for Alexis Sanchez,” he said at a press conference. “Not just for what he has done at the World Cup but for what he has done before.

“He’s a player there in the market that people have got an eye on but he’s our player for the moment and he’s a basic member of the way our team plays.

“He fits our system, he had a magnificent season last season. He scored a lot of goals, provided assists, had a lot of the ball.

“He’s a player we would like to have with us next season. But we are getting a lot of calls from clubs who are making offers to buy Alexis Sanchez.”

The Chilean has also been mentioned as part of a possible deal that could take Liverpool striker Luis Suarez to Spain.

Celtic closing in on Gordon deal

The former Sunderland goalkeeper has been without a club since May 2012 following his release from the Stadium of Light, but has been training with Rangers


Celtic manager Ronny Deila has confirmed the Scottish Premiership champions are closing in on a deal to sign free agent Craig Gordon.

The 31-year-old goalkeeper has been without a club since May 2012 when he was released by Premier League side Sunderland.

Gordon has been plagued with a number of injuries throughout his career, and spent time training with Celtic’s Glasgow rivals Rangers last season.

However, it appears the former Hearts shot-stopper is set to sign on at Celtic Park amid reports that England international Fraser Forster is set to be sold, with Atletico Madrid heavily linked with a move.

“We are getting closer with Craig Gordon, it is down to the small details. We can make this happen but it’s not confirmed yet,” Deila told The Daily Record.

“We need to have alternatives. You always make contingency plans.

“If you are going to bring in older players then they need to have the right mentality and Craig has that.”

Lallana thanks Southampton fans in newspaper ad

The England midfielder left St Mary’s to join Liverpool and has taken out an advert in the local newspaper to thank the club’s fans for their support


New Liverpool signing Adam Lallana has thanked the supporters of former club Southampton via an advert in a local newspaper.

The 26-year-old was captain at St Mary’s Stadium and rose through the youth ranks, helping the club return to the Premier League in 2012 after they had dropped as low as League One in 2009.

However, the England international brought an end to his lengthy association with Southampton on Tuesday when he completed a €31million switch to Anfield.

Lallana’s tenure is thought to have ended on somewhat of a sour note amid reports he threatened not to play for the club again if the move to Merseyside was blocked.

Despite those suggestions, Lallana issued a statement in The Daily Echo expressing his gratitude to the club’s supporters.

It read: “Thank you, 14 unforgettable years, the memories will last a lifetime. Thank you Saints fans for your endless support, a place in my heart forever.”

Lallana is the latest star name to depart Southampton. Striker Rickie Lambert also joined Liverpool, while full-back Luke Shaw transferred to Manchester United.

With manager Mauricio Pochettino having also left for Tottenham, there is also continued speculation surrounding centre-back Dejan Lovren while it has been reported that midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin is looking to leave the St Mary’s.

Tottenham resist renewed Sandro bid from Napoli

The Serie A club upped their offer to €12 million but have been met with resistance by Spurs, and talks are at an impasse with Rafa Benitez’s side so far unwilling to budge


By Marco Giordano

Tottenham have dismissed fresh attempts from Napoli to sign Brazilian midfielder Sandro, Goal has learned.

The Serie A club were hopeful that upping their bid to €12 million would be enough to seal the deal but Spurs are holding firm.

Even so, Rafael Benitez’s side are willing to match Sandro’s current wages and believe that offering nearer to €15m would prove successful, although talks are now at an impasse.

Sandro appeared close to the exit door after receiving strong criticism from former Spurs boss Tim Sherwood last season.

The Brazilian then predicted Sherwood’s departure at the start of May and insisted he was excited for a new beginning in north London.

Any particular move is complicated further by both clubs’ interest in Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin.

Spurs have shown an interest in the 24-year-old France international, who is keen to quit the club, with Mauricio Pochettino already having swapped St Mary’s for White Hart Lane to replace Sherwood.

But Napoli have already discussed personal terms with the player’s agent and are willing to up his annual salary from €600,000 to nearly €1m.

Napoli have also been alerted by Moussa Sissoko’s decision to leave Newcastle United this summer.

The Magpies sealed the signature of Siem de Jong on Tuesday evening and Napoli believe they could be content to recoup the fee paid for Sissoko to Toulouse in January 2013.

The Frenchman is keen to join a Champions League club and has privately made it known that he wants to move to a warmer climate than the north east of England. 

Southampton launch €7.5m bid for Feyenoord striker Pelle

The Dutch club want €12m for the 28-year-old striker, while Saints boss Ronald Koeman is also targeting Lex Immers and Twente forward Dusan Tadic


Southampton have launched a €7.5 million opening offer for Feyenoord striker Graziano Pelle, Goal understands.

New Saints boss Ronald Koeman is keen to raid the Dutch market this summer, with Pelle, his Feyenoord team-mate Lex Immers and Twente forward Dusan Tadic his three main targets.

A fee for Tadic has reportedly been agreedm but Southampton are already pressing ahead with their move for Pelle and have now opened talks with Feyenoord.

The Dutch club want at least €12m for Pelle and while the Saints’ opening bid is short of that, talks are continuing and a deal is expected to be completed.

Pelle, who speaks fluent English, has scored 50 goals in his last two seasons in the Eredivisie. The 28-year-old Italian joined Feyenoord on loan from Parma in 2012 before making his stay permanent a year later.

Southampton are prioritising deals for Pelle and Tadic, who would be seen as like-for-like replacements for Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana, ahead of Immers.