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Friday's Barcelona transfer talk news roundup: N'Golo Kante, Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martinez

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for Barcelona on Friday, August 21.

The summer transfer window has now begun, with rumours and speculation continuing to swirl as Barcelona eye possible reinforcements.

The Spanish champions spent big on Antoine Griezmann last summer but missed out on a big-name striker in January and have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, meaning that selling players rather than buying could be their priority this summer.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer news from the Camp Nou.

Friday morning's Barcelona transfer talk news roundup:


Manchester United to sign N'Golo Kante this summer?

Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante pictured on July 4, 2020© Reuters

Manchester United can be backed at odds as short as 1/2 to sign France's World-Cup winning midfielder N'Golo Kante from Chelsea during this summer's transfer window.

Kante struggled to show his best form for the Blues during the 2019-20 campaign and was restricted to just 28 appearances in all competitions due to some injury problems.

The 29-year-old could allegedly be available for transfer this summer as Chelsea boss Frank Lampard considers moving the team in a new direction.

One bookmaker have placed United as the 1/2 favourites to sign him, with a spokesperson from Oddschecker claiming that the Frenchman could be on his way to Old Trafford before the transfer deadline at the start of October.

Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Real Madrid have also been mentioned as potential suitors, while a recent report claimed that Inter Milan were interested in his signature.

Kante helped Leicester City win the 2015-16 Premier League title before arriving at Stamford Bridge.



Owen Hargreaves urges Manchester City to sign Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez

Lautaro Martinez warms up for Inter on August 1, 2020© Reuters

Former Manchester City midfielder Owen Hargreaves has urged the club to sign Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez as a replacement for Sergio Aguero.

Martinez scored twice for Inter in their 5-0 semi-final thrashing of Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk in the Europa League on Monday night, increasing his goal tally to 21 for the current campaign.

Argentine compatriot Aguero, who has just one year left on his contract at City, has a desire to play in his native country again before hanging up his boots and Hargreaves insists that Martinez would be a perfect replacement for City's all-time leading scorer.

"I know Manchester City are looking for a replacement for Aguero, Martinez is your guy," Hargreaves told BT Sport.

"He's got everything. He's skilful, a lethal finisher. He's got everything – [he's just] 22 years old.

"He's the type of player whether at Barcelona or Manchester City they're going to get a really special player."

Martinez has been heavily linked with a move to Spanish giants Barcelona this summer, with several reports stating that he remains one of the Catalan club's primary transfer targets.


More transfer news from Barcelona:

Arsenal suffer blow in Joelson Fernandes pursuit?
Joelson Fernandes, who has been strongly linked with Arsenal, is on the verge of penning a new deal with Sporting Lisbon, according to a report. Read more.

Ronald Koeman 'wants to bring Georginio Wijnaldum to Barcelona'
New Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman wants to bring Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum to Camp Nou, according to a report. Read more.

Lionel Messi 'tells Ronald Koeman he has doubts over Barcelona stay'
Lionel Messi tells new Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman that he could leave the club this summer, according to a report. Read more.

Lionel Messi 'meets with Ronald Koeman to discuss Barcelona future'
Lionel Messi met with new Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman on Thursday, according to a report. Read more.

Barcelona to make shock move for Everton defender Michael Keane?
Everton centre-back Michael Keane emerges as a shock rumoured target for Barcelona, who are now under the management of former Toffees boss Ronald Koeman. Read more.

Report: Juventus to move for Barcelona striker Luis Suarez
A report claims that Luis Suarez could be on his way out of Barcelona this summer, with Italian champions Juventus showing an interest. Read more.

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Friday's key events


HOCKEY
· Great Britain's women aim to secure their place on the podium as they face India in the bronze medal match (2.30am)
· Netherlands - silver medallists five years ago - and Argentina battle for the gold medal in the women's final (11am)

BEACH VOLLEYBALL
· The women's gold medal will be decided as Australia and USA go head to head (3.30am)

BOXING
· Lauren Price will be looking to add to Team GB's success in the ring when she takes on Nouchka Fontijn of Netherlands in the women's middleweight semi-final (6am)

DIVING
· Tom Daley already has one Olympic gold to his name in Tokyo, and he begins his bid for second in the men's 10m platform. Teammate Noah Williams is also involved in the preliminary round (7am)

CYCLING
· Jason Kenny's reign as sprint king may be over, but Jack Carlin looked strong in his bid to succeed his compatriot. He takes on Harrie Lavreysen in his sprint semi-final (8.10am), with the final taking place later in the day (10.35am)
· The women's madison makes its Olympic debut at the velodrome as Team GB duo Katie Archibald and Laura Kenny look to add another medal to their collections (9.15am)

FOOTBALL
· Hosts Japan will look to get themselves on the podium as they face Mexico in the men's bronze medal match (10am)
· The women's champions will be crowned as both Sweden and Canada aim to win Olympic gold for the very first time (1pm)

ATHLETICS
· The men's 5000m final includes Great Britain's Andrew Butchart, but most eyes will be on Ugandan world record holder Joshua Cheptegei (1pm)
· Team GB's Jodie Williams will hope to get on the podium in the women's 400m final, but defending champ Shaunae Miller-Uibo is favourite for gold while Stephenie Ann McPherson should challenge and Allyson Felix is bidding to become the most decorated female track and field athlete of all time (1.35pm)
· Netherlands' Sifan Hassan takes on leg two of her ambitious attempt at a Tokyo treble in a women's 1500m final which also includes Great Britain's Laura Muir and Faith Kipyegon of Kenya (1.50pm)
· A star-studded women's 4x100m relay final will see a Team GB quartet including Dina Asher-Smith look to upset defending champions USA and favourites Jamaica, who boast Elaine Thompson-Herah as she goes for her third gold of the Games (2.30pm)
· Great Britain and Jamaica will also be going for gold in the men's 4x100m relay final, and their medal hopes have been boosted by USA's failure to qualify (2.50pm)

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