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Sunday's Barcelona transfer talk news roundup: Shkodran Mustafi, Lautaro Martinez, Gerard Pique

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for Barcelona on Sunday, August 23.

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.

Sunday morning's Barcelona transfer talk news roundup:


Napoli to move for Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi?

Arsenal's Shkodran Mustafi celebrates scoring their first goal against Vitoria on November 6, 2019© Reuters

Napoli have reportedly identified Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi as a potential transfer target.

With Kalidou Koulibaly being tipped to leave Stadio San Paolo this summer, Napoli are in need of a replacement for their star player at the back.

Although Gabriel Magalhaes has been heavily linked with a switch to Naples, it appears that the Brazilian will ultimately link up with Arsenal.

However, journalist Ciro Venerato suggests that Gennaro Gattuso views Mustafi as an ideal alternative if they lose out for the Lille man.

Speaking to Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli, Venerato said: "Until September 5, the French want to wait for the Azzurri, the price of the card is around €25m (£22.5m), everything could jump if the boy accepts another team.

"If Gabriel fades? At that point Napoli will turn to a plan B, in addition to Sokratis [Papastathopoulos], there is also talk of Mustafi, also coming out of Arsenal.

"Another name, an old scouting obsession would be [Jean-Clair] Todibo of Barcelona."

Arsenal and Barcelona are both open to offers for Sokratis and Todibo, likely for a lower fee than Mustafi.



Luis Suarez blasts Barcelona over sale claims

Barcelona's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring their first goal against Sevilla on October 6, 2019© Reuters

Barcelona forward Luis Suarez has hit out at the Catalan giants amid suggestions that he has been placed on the transfer list ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.

There are expected to be big changes at Camp Nou this summer, and a recent report claimed that Suarez was up for sale alongside a number of his teammates.

However, the Uruguay international has revealed that he is in the dark over his future and wants communication from the club over a possible exit in the current transfer window.

"There is talk of some names that the president gave, of changes that can be made, but nobody told me that they want to do without me," Suarez told El Pais.

"If this is the desire of the club, it would be good if the person in charge who chooses speaks directly to me. Better so than filter if I am one of those who want them to leave. It remains to be seen.

"I also want the best for the club and my idea today is to continue, but if the club decides that I am expendable, I have no problem talking to those who decide."

Suarez allegedly has no intention of leaving Camp Nou this summer, and he has just enjoyed another productive campaign despite some injury problems, scoring 21 times and registering 12 assists in 36 appearances.

The South American - out of contract next June - is said to be interesting Juventus, while Ajax and Al-Arabi have also recently been mentioned as potential suitors.


More transfer news from Barcelona:

Ronald Koeman 'makes decision over Gerard Pique future'
New Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman reportedly wants to keep hold of Gerard Pique for the 2020-21 campaign. Read more.

Tottenham Hotspur 'keen on summer deal for Ivan Rakitic'
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic is a summer transfer target for Tottenham Hotspur, according to a report. Read more.

PSG, Inter Milan, Juventus 'all ready to make Lionel Messi move'
Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan and Juventus are all reportedly prepared to make a bid for Barcelona forward Lionel Messi this summer. Read more.

Barcelona 'refusing to give up on Lautaro Martinez'
Barcelona still view Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez as their number one summer transfer target, according to a report. Read more.

Manchester City defender John Stones added to Barcelona shortlist?
Barcelona will reportedly contemplate an approach for Manchester City defender John Stones if they sell Gerard Pique this summer. Read more.

Barcelona interested in £26.5m deal for Manchester City's Angelino
City value the 23-year-old Spaniard at €30million (£26.5million). Read more.

Manchester United 'ready to delay Jadon Sancho move until 2021'
Manchester United could abandon their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund attacker Jadon Sancho until next summer, according to a report. Read more.

Manchester City 'ready to beat Barcelona to Lautaro Martinez'
Manchester City are reportedly ready to meet the release clause of Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez, providing that they can make player sales this summer. Read more.

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