Barcelona want Joao Felix, passionate Real Madrid Lewandowski and more
The Hard Tackle takes a look at some of the latest transfer rumors surrounding La Liga bigwigs Barcelona and Real Madrid this summer.
The summer transfer window has been open for some time now, but things have been fairly calm at Barcelona and Real Madrid lately. While the Catalans had a flurry of signings last month, Lionel Messi’s contract situation is now the center of attention, with the club currently focusing on player exits as they seek to cut significantly its payroll.
As for Real Madrid, there have been no new arrivals after the signing of David Alaba’s free transfer, although new manager Carlo Ancelotti has a good overview of the players currently available to him in the pre-season. Exits, however, also look very likely at the Bernabeu, following the departure of club icon Sergio Ramos.
So, without further ado, let’s dive into the latest news and rumors regarding transfer activities at Barcelona and Real Madrid as we get closer and closer to the 2021/22 campaign.
Barcelona want Joao Felix in Antoine Griezmann swap deal
Even as speculation grows over Barcelona’s reported swap deal with Atletico Madrid involving Antoine Griezmann and Catalan publication Saul Niguez SPORT offers a different view of the situation, asserting that the Blaugrana would rather take Joao Felix as part of the swap deal rather than Saul.
This is because Barca believe that the Atléti The midfielder is worth less than Griezmann and therefore asks for an additional € 15-20million in cash, which the La Liga champions are reluctant to pay and are more inclined to a direct swap without a cash exchange. Therefore, Barcelona are insisting on Felix, who they believe has the same worth as the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner.
However, this represents a problem for the Blaugrana because the Portugal international earns a much higher salary than Saul, which means that his payroll would not be reduced much, while his arrival would also pose a problem from a sporting point of view, given that Barcelona already have a plethora of offensive options.
Robert Lewandowski dreams of trading with Real Madrid
Switching to Real Madrid, they may have received a boost in their pursuit of 2021 Ballon d’Or contender Robert Lewandowski. The 32-year-old man, according to Web transfer market, has always dreamed of a transfer to the team from the Spanish capital and also feels ready to leave Bayern Munich, having won everything with Die roten.
To that end Lewandowski is reportedly trying to lobby this summer, although a move to the Premier League is also on the cards, with Chelsea and Manchester City showing interest. The report further adds that the Polish captain’s agent Pini Zahavi has even spoken to some of England’s biggest clubs about a possible transfer.
Bayern Munich, however, are reluctant to part ways with their star man, knowing he has one of the best in the game and would find it difficult to replace that quality. An intriguing summer awaits Lewandowski.
Real Madrid prepare exceptional offer to sign Erling Haaland
From one Bundesliga forward on Real Madrid’s radar to another, Los Blancos are also attached to Erling Haaland and see him as the long-term heir to 33-year-old Karim Benzema. And, to bring him to the Bernabeu this summer, the club are set to make an exceptional offer of around € 175m, reports El Gol digital.
While Haaland is reportedly available for a much more affordable € 75million next summer when his release clause goes into effect, Real Madrid appear desperate to close a deal this year on their own. The player himself would be aware of the interest and hope that a deal will be reached before too long.
As for Borussia Dortmund, if they maintain that they are not for sale, a monster offer in the order of 170 million euros would certainly turn heads. However, given Real Madrid’s current financial situation, raising such an amount could be very tricky. A suggestion of an initial € 75million deal with rest consisting of bonuses and additional clauses is suggested in the report, but it is unlikely to work.
Barcelona utility Sergi Roberto on Inter Milan radar
Sergi Roberto faces an uncertain future at Barcelona. The 29-year-old has entered the final year of his contract with the Catalan giants, while the arrival of Emerson Royal is expected to rob him of minutes in the starting XI. And although reports have previously indicated it could be extended, the club’s financial woes mean an exit is still very much on the horizon.
While waiting to capitalize, according to Fichajes, are Serie A champions Inter Milan. the Nerazzurri are looking for a replacement for Achraf Hakimi, who was sold to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month. The Moroccan’s departure has left a gaping hole in the club’s wing department, and while Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin are seen as a direct replacement, Inter are keeping their options open.
And one of the alternatives considered is Roberto. A midfielder, who has turned into a right-back in recent years, the Spaniard definitely brings value in terms of his versatile nature and experience. It remains to be seen whether a movement will materialize.
Manchester United set to sign Raphaël Varane
We end the roundup with a potential exit from Real Madrid, because The sun reports star defender Raphael Varane is set to sign for Premier League giants Manchester United. It is claimed that the Red Devils will shell out a transfer fee of £ 50million for the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner, who only has one year left on his current contract with the Spanish giants.
Additionally, the report also adds that Varane has already struck personal terms on a five-year deal with Manchester United, with the announcement due next week. The Frenchman might not be the only La Liga-based defender the Red Devils sign next week, with Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier also reportedly close to a £ 18million transfer to Old Trafford.
An eventful week ahead for Manchester United as Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid look set to lose key players in their lineup.