Barca will sell Umtiti, Coutinho eyes move, Klopp message, Van Dijk praise, Zorc has Sancho message in Liverpool Man United Thursday
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Reports have claimed Barcelona are willing to sell Arsenal and Manchester United target Samuel Umtiti in the summer transfer window.
Umtiti signed for Barcelona way back in 2016 and has become an integral part of the Spaniards side over the past few seasons, but there has been a lot of speculation that he could be sold to help finance a move for Ajax superstar defender Matthijs De Ligt.
De Ligt is one of the most highly-regarded defenders in world football and has a number of top clubs chasing a possible deal, but it is believed that he would prefer a move to the Spanish Champions rather than a move to the Premier League or PSG.
And according to reports on the Calciomercato website, Barcelona are willing to cash in on the £21.4 million buy at the end of the season, with both the Gunners and United interested on trying to secure a deal.
Gunners boss Unai Emery will reportedly been given the funds to land a few ‘superstar’ names in the summer window, and is keen to add a defender of the quality and standing of Umtiti, while United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows that improving the back-line before the start of next season is a must if they are to challenge for the Premier League title once aganin.
Chelsea and Manchester United transfer target Philippe Coutinho has failed to rule out a summer move away from Barcelona.
Coutinho left Liverpool to join Barcelona just over a year ago, but so far has failed to replicate the form he produced at Anfield at the Nou Camp and there has been a lot of transfer speculation linking him with a move to Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester United.
Both United and Chelsea are in desperate need of adding to their squads, with the Blues keen to add a replacement for the departing Eden Hazard, while United are looking to add a few world class players to the side.
Several Barcelona stars have offered their backing to Coutinho over the months, but the playmaker fuelled speculation of a move away after Barcelona beat Lyon in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
He said on the TMW website: ‘In the last few weeks, months even, I’ve not been playing well. But I still want to improve.
‘I came to Barcelona to give my best. I live for the moment. You never know what the future holds. I am happy with my performance today.’
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for defender Virgil Van Dijk, who produced another commanding display against Bayern Munich.
With Liverpool heading to the Allianz Arena on the back of a 0-0 draw at Anfield, Klopp needed the back-line to produce a special performance to keep the Germans at bay, with Van Dijk at the heart of things in the back-line.
And the £75 million Dutchman once again showed his quality with another fine display which led to the Reds picking up a 3-1 victory and progressing into the quarter finals of the Champions League, with Van Dijk also picking up a goal in the process.
And Klopp has once again heaped praise on his big man after another commanding performance, telling the Sky Sports website: “I can write a book about his skills, his strengths, how much I like him, what a fantastic person he is. He’s so young and already so mature, so strong; all good.
“Virg knows that he can play better than he did tonight, we can play better than we did tonight. But especially in the second half we played as good as necessary and possible in a game like this.
“It’s so important to stay in the game and you are stable and have answers to the questions and can change things and use different tools.
“We had so many good football moments in the second half especially. It’s a difficult place to come and not a lot of teams have an away win at Munich on their cards. We have that now and that’s cool.”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has announce the club ‘are back where we belong’ after an impressive 3-1 win over German Champions Bayern Munich.
After a couple of seasons trying to prove that he would be capable of getting Liverpool back to the very top of the game, Klopp saw his side continue their chase for a Premier League and Champions League double by tearing apart Munich.
Sadio Mane picked up a double and Virgil Van Dijk netted in a comfortable 3-1 victory at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night to put the Reds through to the quarter finals for the second season in a row.
And Klopp has admitted his delight at the win, claiming that the side are now back where they belong.
“Scoring three here is really difficult, that’s massive, and a big step for us,” said Klopp on the Sky Sports news website.
“We will see what we can do with it, but it’s a fantastic sign. I love it. We set a mark for LFC with this wonderful club that we really are back on the landscape of top international football.
“We all think that’s where this club belongs and tonight we proved it at least a bit. I am really happy about the result and the fact we are through.
“There are some places in world football where whatever team comes, whether it’s Manchester City, Barcelona, Real Madrid, they know it is a very tough place. It’s not about playing your best free-flowing football, that’s not possible against this quality because you cannot use your speed really because the other team is quick as well. It’s not a massive advantage. You have to find different ways and tonight we found them.
“That makes me really proud and happy because I really think this club deserves the awareness again. We are back, it’s so good. We have a lot to improve and develop and a lot to learn but we are back and I like that fact.”
Manchester United and Liverpool transfer target Jadon Sancho will remain at Borussia Dortmund next season despite speculation linking him to a number of Europe’s top sides,
Sancho is now considered to be one of the most exciting talents in world football after a stunning season with Borussia Dortmund, in which the Englishman has netted nine goals, with the winger being involved in 22 goals for Dortmund this season.
United and Liverpool have been linked with a possible move for the winger as they seek to bolster their attacks, with reports suggesting that both are ready to splash the cash and spend upwards of £80 million to try and secure a transfer deal.
His impressive displays have also led to speculation that Sancho could leave Dortmund this summer, but Sporting Director Michael Zorc has dismissed those suggestions, insisting he will remain in Germany.
“Jadon will play for Borussia Dortmund next season and we are definitely planning with him,” Zorc told Sport Bild.
“I am far from putting a price tag on Jadon, but I maintain that his transfer would be hard to beat even for the biggest clubs in the world at the moment.”