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Tuesday's Barcelona transfer talk news roundup: Lautaro Martinez, Jordi Alba, Luis Suarez

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for Barcelona on Tuesday, August 25.

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.

Tuesday morning's Barcelona transfer talk news roundup:


Ronald Koeman 'draws up three-man Barcelona wishlist'

Lautaro Martinez in action for Inter Milan on July 25, 2020© Reuters

New Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has reportedly identified Lautaro Martinez, Eric Garcia and Jose Gaya as three priority transfer targets during the summer window.

Koeman took over as Barca boss last week and is expected to oversee a period of change during his first transfer window as the club look to rebuild following their Champions League humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich.

A number of key players have been linked with moves away from the club, and Sport reports that offloading some of the higher earners remains Barcelona's first priority.

However, after that Koeman has reportedly targeted a new central defender, a new left-back and a new striker.

Inter Milan striker Martinez, who has been heavily linked with a move to Camp Nou for a number of months now, would be the most expensive of those with Barca hopeful of striking a deal worth €65m (£58.7m) with players included on top of that.

Manchester City's Eric Garcia, who came through the ranks at Barcelona's famed La Masia academy, is expected to be significantly cheaper having entered the final year of his contract at the Etihad Stadium and already indicated that he will not renew.

Koeman is also thought to want Valencia's Jose Gaya, although his €50m (£45.1m) release clause could prove to be a sticking point in negotiations.



Barcelona add Rayan Ait Nouri to list of targets?

Angers full-back Rayan Ait-Nouri pictured in October 2019© Reuters

Angers defender Rayan Ait Nouri has reportedly emerged as a potential transfer target for Barcelona.

While the Catalan giants are currently short of transfer funds, the majority of the first-team squad are said to be available during the summer window.

Despite the presence of Jordi Alba and Junior Firpo, Marca claims that Barcelona are eager to strengthen at left-back over the coming weeks.

Providing that one of those players depart Camp Nou, it is suggested that Ait Nouri could link up with the La Liga runners-up before the beginning of the new season.

The Frenchman, who only turned 19 years of age in June, has already made 20 appearances for his current club.

L'Equipe adds that Barcelona's former sporting director Eric Abidal reached out to the player's representatives before his departure from the Spanish side.


More transfer news from Barcelona:

Ronald Koeman 'to be handed total control of Barcelona transfers'
Barcelona chiefs will allow new head coach Ronald Koeman to have the final say on all incoming and outgoing activity in the transfer window, according to a report. Read more.

Ronald Koeman 'tells Luis Suarez he is not in Barcelona plans'
Newly-appointed Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman reportedly tells Luis Suarez that he is not in his plans for next season. Read more.

Philippe Coutinho remains uncertain over Barcelona future
Arsenal target Philippe Coutinho reiterates that he remains unsure over whether he will remain at Barcelona next season. Read more.

Manchester City 'assessing possibility of signing Lionel Messi'
Manchester City are reportedly looking at ways to table a bid for Barcelona captain Lionel Messi without violating any Financial Fair Play regulations. Read more.

Barcelona considering pursuit of Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico?
Barcelona are allegedly prepared to up their interest in Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico, who is also a target for Leicester City. Read more.

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