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Barcelona agree deal to sign Joao Felix for €50m

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Barcelona will sign Joao Felix from Atletico Madrid on a loan deal with the obligation to land him permanently next year.

According to Spanish journalist Marc Martinez, Joao Felix will join Barcelona on loan in the ongoing transfer window. Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have sealed an agreement over a deal for the Portuguese international. And the Blaugrana will pay a loan fee of €10 million, with Atletico Madrid footing 30 per cent of his wages. In addition, Barcelona will sign him permanently for €50 million.

Joao Felix has only made gradual progress since joining Atletico Madrid from Benfica four years ago. The 23-year-old arrived at the Spanish club in a nine-figure deal but has not justified the hype surrounding him thus far. And a loan stint with Chelsea in the second half of the 2022/23 season did not work either.

The Portuguese international has turned out 31 times thus far for his national side. Meanwhile, Felix managed only four goals in 20 appearances across all competitions for Chelsea. And after returning to Atletico Madrid, his future is uncertain, as he does not feature in Diego Simeone’s plans after a few run-ins. But the player might have a lifeline, with Barcelona eyeing his signature.

Barcelona reportedly ruled out a summer move for Felix earlier this year due to the finances involved in a deal. But they might not have envisioned the option of signing the youngster on loan for the 2023/24 season. And Atletico Madrid recently gave the green light to Barcelona to land the player in the ongoing transfer window.

The update came in the wake of Felix’s comments this week, as he revealed his dream club to be Barcelona. And while at first glance, it might not seem that the 31-cap Portuguese international is an ideal fit in the Barcelona attack, his versatility makes him an attractive prospect for Xavi Hernandez.

The 23-year-old can be an option for the right-wing berth. So it is hardly surprising why Barcelona might be keen on securing Felix’s services. And the Catalan giants have now agreed to a loan deal with Atletico Madrid for the player. The arrangement includes an obligation clause worth €50 million.

In addition, Barcelona will pay a loan fee of €10 million, with Atletico Madrid footing 30 per cent of Felix’s wages. Meanwhile, the reliable Manu Sainz has also suggested the 23-year-old is on the verge of moving to the Catalan club. So the Portuguese international will soon realise his dream of playing for Barcelona.

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Osimhen agrees terms with Chelsea, set to complete move

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ThePapers.ng can exclusively report that the reigning Africa footballer of the year, Victor Osimhen is already packing his bags for a

ThePapers.ng can exclusively report that the reigning Africa footballer of the year, Victor Osimhen is already packing his bags for a life in Stamford Bridge as both clubs and the player’s representative in advance talks.

The Nigerian striker has been one of Serie A’s most prolific goalscorers and star players for a few years now, and his 31-goal haul across all competitions in 22/23 helped Napoli to their first Scudetto in decades.

His contract includes a £110 million release clause, which clubs have been reluctant to meet thus far, but the forward isn’t exactly short of suitors.

According to ThePapers the Napoli striker is ready to accept Chelsea’s offer as the new club coach admires the talent of the former U-17 striker.

In an exclusive phone call with a source within Osimhen’s camp, confirmed the player will head to England any moment from now to complete the move.

“Victor is going to Chelsea,” our source revealed.

“He’s not going to Saudi even though the Saudi deal is too big to reject but he has made up his mind to keep shinning in Europe and with a competitive club but not PSG.”

Other reports have recently claimed that Osimhen sees Chelsea as his best possible option to leave Napoli in the coming weeks, so this is perhaps one to watch before deadline day on August 30.

 

 

 

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Leny Yoro set for Man United medical after £50m deal agreed

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Lille defender Leny Yoro is flying to the UK for a medical with Manchester United after a deal worth over £50m was agreed.

Lille defender Leny Yoro is flying to the UK for a medical with Manchester United after a deal worth over £50m was agreed.

Man Utd have agreed personal terms in principle with the 18-year-old.

It was thought Real Madrid were the Frenchman’s preference, but Man Utd have been working to convince him to join.

There is still work to do as a deal is not fully done, but Man Utd are now optimistic they can get it over the line.

Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite and Bayern Munich’s Matthijs de Ligt are players Man Utd still admire – and remain options, subject to having budget and squad space available as window evolves.

 

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Man City not ready to sell €90m-rated Barcelona target

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Julian Alvarez might be just 24 years old but has already completed football. A two-time Copa America champion, World Cup winner, Champions League winner, Premier League winner, and Club World Cup winner, the Argentinian has won almost every major trophy at both club and international levels.

Despite playing for one of the best teams in the world, Manchester City, Alvarez wants to leave this summer. Lack of game time has prompted the ex-River Plate striker to make this decision and look for a new challenge.

Not surprisingly, Alvarez is not short of suitors. European giants like PSG, Barcelona, and Atletico Madrid are interested in signing the Argentinian superstar with Los Colchoneros even approaching the player’s entourage regarding a deal.

Despite the player’s desire to leave, as per an exclusive report from CaughtOffside, Manchester City decided not to sell Julian Alvarez this summer. It’s quite a surprising decision from a club who are generally known not to hold a player against his will.

The report adds that the player is open to staying at City if it comes to it but is keen to have more playing time next season. Pep Guardiola rates the player highly and has assured him of being a key part of his plans for next season. In fact, the legendary Barcelona manager called Alvarez an ‘incredible, exceptional player’ last season.

The presence of a demigod-like figure in Erling Haaland has prevented Alvarez from having the game time he deserves as a striker at Man City. Pep used him to good effect as a #10 last season during Kevin de Bruyne’s injury absence.

With a contract until 2028, the Premier League defending champions are in no particular urgency to sell him. He has scored 36 goals and 18 assists in 103 appearances for Man City so far and will want to add to the tally next season.

Even if he was available, it’s unlikely that Barcelona will be able to sign him this summer due to the club’s financial predicament. The Catalan club has set their sights on Nico Williams which in itself would be a tough operation to pull off.

Thus, missing out on Alvarez is not something that is going to affect Barcelona’s plans this summer. It might be a blessing in disguise as the club might be in a better position to try and sign him next summer, should they decide to. For now, it seems like the Argentinian striker is set to stay put at Man City.

 

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