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Thursday's Barcelona transfer talk news roundup: Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for Barcelona on Thursday, August 20.

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.

Thursday morning's Barcelona transfer talk news roundup:


Fulham 'make offer for Barcelona's Gerard Pique'

Gerard Pique in action for Barcelona on March 1, 2020© Reuters

Fulham are reportedly in contact with Barcelona over a potential move for Gerard Pique.

The 33-year-old was again a key player for Barca during the 2019-20 campaign, making 45 appearances in all competitions, while he has now featured on 543 occasions for the Catalan giants in all competitions.

Pique is allegedly one of a number of players available for transfer this summer, though, as Ronald Koeman's side prepare to rebuild ahead of the 2020-21 season.

According to Libero, Fulham, who will be back in the Premier League next term, have made an offer for the experienced central defender with the hope of bringing him back to England.

The report claims that it is now up to Barca to decide whether to accept the bid, although it is unclear whether Pique would be interested in a move to Craven Cottage.

The Spaniard previously represented Manchester United between 2004 and 2008, although he only made 12 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils before returning to Camp Nou.



Josep Maria Bartomeu rules out "impossible" Neymar return to Barcelona

Neymar in action for PSG on July 31, 2020© Reuters

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has reiterated that it will be "impossible" to re-sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain.

Neymar swapped Camp Nou for the Parc des Princes three years ago in a record-breaking deal but has since been linked with a return.

The Brazil international was the subject of much interest from Barca last year, with a couple of bids rumoured to have been knocked back.

However, Bartomeu has ruled out making a fresh move for 28-year-old this summer as Champions League finalists PSG are unwilling to part ways with the forward.

"Going for a player when the club he is in doesn't want to sell him is impossible," he told Barca TV.

"Last summer we tried. He is a player who, with the pandemic situation, his club does not put him in the market. It is normal. The big clubs want great players."

Barcelona are expected to overhaul their squad on the back of a hugely disappointing campaign that saw them fail to win any silverware.

Quique Setien was sacked on Monday and Ronald Koeman is expected to be appointed as the Catalan giants' new head coach on Wednesday.


More transfer news from Barcelona:

Which Barcelona players could Ronald Koeman move on this summer?
Some of Barcelona's older players may find themselves under the spotlight. Read more.

Manchester United 'on verge of signing Barcelona teenager'
Manchester United will officially sign Barcelona teenager Marc Jurado 'in the coming days', according to a report. Read more.

Ronald Koeman responds to rumours surrounding Lionel Messi's future
Lionel Messi's future at Barca has been called into doubt this season. Read more.

Luis Suarez 'has no intention of leaving Barcelona'
Luis Suarez has no intention of leaving Barcelona during this summer's transfer window, according to a report. Read more.

Josep Maria Bartomeu rules out exits for Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann
Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann will not be sold by Barcelona this summer as part of the club's overhaul, according to president Josep Maria Bartomeu. Read more.

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