Neymar, Barcelona transfer news: Dembele, Dybala, Coutinho, Hazard, Griezmann, Mbap
August 5, 2017 - Written by editor
BARCELONA are looking for a new superstar after Neymar completed his world record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

The Brazil striker signed a five-year deal with the French club after paying 222 million euros ($330 million) to release himself from his contract at Barcelona.

With a hole left in Barca’s attack, the Catalan giants’ been linked with mega-money moves for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Dortussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele, Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe, and Juventus’Paulo Dybala.

Neymar trains with PSG

Neymar trains with PSG


Spanish outlet AS asked Barcelona fans who they wanted their club to recruit through a poll, a and Dybala won the most votes with 37 per cent..

The Argentine was followed by Griezmann and Mbappe, while Dembele the least popular option.

However, the Dortmund starlet has now reportedly become Barca’s top target.

Here are the latest rumours on each player’s potential move to the Catalan giant.

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OUSMANE DEMBELE: Barca make approach, set to agree personal terms

The 20-year-old striker has quickly become Barca’s top choice to replace Neymar, according to The Mail.

Additionally, French outlet L’Equipereported Dembele is close to agreeing personal terms with Barca over a transfer, which will see him snub interest from Arsenal in the process.

The Dortmund winger has already had contact with the La Liga club’s technical secretary Robert Fernandez when Barca made a move for the Frenchman last year.

At that point, he was valued at €15m (£13.5m).

But following his stellar 2016-17 season, Dembele’s price tag has increased to £90m ($150m).

With the money earned from the Neymar deal, that fee may not stop Barca making a move.

However, the bigger issue is that Dortmund may not want to sell the quick and talented forward.

The report suggested Gerard Deulofeucould be offered to the German club to sweeten a deal.

Dortmund's French midfielder Ousmane Dembele (L).
Dortmund’s French midfielder Ousmane Dembele (L).Source: AFP

ANTOINE GRIEZMANN: Get Di Maria now, Griezmann next summer

The Mail reported another option for Barca would be to buy Angel Di Maria from PSG, who will fall down the pecking order with Neymar’s arrival.

Then, the Catalan club could make a play for Antoine Griezmann next year.

The Frenchman’s buyout clause went up to €200m from €100m for the period where Atletico Madrid can’t register new players due to their transfer ban.

Barca could buy Di Maria, who they’ve been interest in before, for a relatively cheap price now, and then make a €100m play for Griezmann next summer.

Atletico Madrid's French striker Antoine Griezmann.
Atletico Madrid’s French striker Antoine Griezmann.Source: AFP

PHILIPPE COUTINHO: Left out of Liverool squad

Barca have been targeting Coutinho, but the Reds don’t want to sell their star playmaker.

The Brazilian;s compatriot Neymar is no longer at the Nou Camp to help convince him to move, but that doesn’t mean Barca will relinquish their in Coutinho.

Amid the rumours, the attacker has been left out of Liverpool’s squad to face Atletico Madrid due to a slight niggle.

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho.
Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.Source: AFP

KYLIAN MBAPPE: Open to Barca, but Barca not interested

Mbappe is reportedly open to the idea of joining Barcelona, and Monaco’s coach admitted he could leave.

However, the 18-year-old starlet remains Real Madrid’s top target, and is a big fan of Los Blancos.

According to reports, Zinedine Zidane wants to offload Gareth Bale before making a final move for the French attacker.

Monaco return to the top

Monaco return to the top



Dybala’s still a target for Barcelona, but so far Juve don’t seem interested in offloading him.

EDEN HAZARD: Forget it, says Conte

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has told Barcelona there is no chance he will allow Eden Hazard to join the Spanish club as a replacement for Neymar.

Asked on Friday how he would respond to a big-money offer for Hazard, Conte told reporters: “We are trying to buy the players, not to sell them. Otherwise the number is always less and we are in trouble.

“These are rumours. Eden is very happy to stay with us and to start the new season.”

Hazard is currently sidelined while he recovers from ankle surgery and the Belgian, who was injured on international duty at the end of last season, will miss the start of Chelsea’s Premier League title defence.

Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard.
Chelsea’s Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard.Source: AFP

Hazard’s absence and Diego Costa’s exile after his fall out with Conte leaves the Italian short of attacking options ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield clash with Arsenal.

Quizzed on whether he had expressed an interest in Neymar before PSG swooped, Conte said: “No, not true.

“It’s an impressive amount of money, £200 million. If PSG is able to do this why not?

“For a normal player now you must be ready to spend £40 million, £50 million. If you want to buy a top player, you must be ready to spend this money.”

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