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Barcelona transfer news: Ter Stegen snubs Chelsea, Garcia price set, Torres lined up

Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for Barcelona on Friday, August 7.

The 2019-20 campaign may still be ongoing for Barcelona, who take on Napoli in a huge Champions League last-16 tie on Saturday, but preparations for next season already appear to be underway.

Barca finished second in La Liga and suffered an earlier-than-expected exit from the Copa del Rey, meaning that plenty of changes can be expected at Camp Nou in the coming weeks regardless of their Champions League fate.

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

Friday morning's Barcelona transfer talk news roundup:


Marc-Andre ter Stegen 'snubs Chelsea to sign Barcelona deal'

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen pictured ahead of a La Liga match in September 2019© Reuters

For all the talk of incoming and outgoing activity at Camp Nou, tying Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Lionel Messi down to new contracts must be considered a priority for Barca.

The Catalan club have received a major boost in that regard as Ter Stegen, touted as a target for Chelsea, has reportedly indicated that he intends to pen fresh terms.

Chelsea were supposedly prepared to pay big for Ter Stegen as they seek a replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga, whose future at Stamford Bridge is in major doubt.

However, The Express claims that the Germany international now intends to stay put at Camp Nou for another five years.


Manchester City 'want £30m for Barcelona-linked Eric Garcia'

Eric Garcia in action during the EFL Cup semi-final game between Manchester City and Burton Albion on January 9, 2019© Reuters

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola revealed on Thursday that young defender Eric Garcia has turned down the offer of a new contract at the Etihad Stadium.

That has put a number of clubs on red alert, none more so than Garcia's former club Barcelona, who are said to be keen to bring him back this summer.

The 19-year-old's contract is due to expire at the end of next season, but BBC Sport suggests that City are still holding out for a fee of £30m.

Garcia came through the Spanish club's La Masia academy before moving to England in 2017.


Barcelona 'want Pau Torres if Eric Garcia bid fails'

Pau Torres in action for Villarreal on July 5, 2020© Reuters

Should a move for Garcia fail to materialise, Spanish outlet Marca reports that Villarreal's Pau Torres is next on Barcelona's list of defensive targets.

The Spain international enjoyed an impressive 2019-20 campaign for the Yellow Submarine, contributing two goals and two assists in 36 appearances in all competitions.

Torres is believed to have a €50m (£45.6m) release clause in his current deal, which is due to run until the summer of 2023.

However, Barca could face competition from Chelsea and, ironically enough, Man City for the 23-year-old's signature.

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