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Tuesday's La Liga transfer talk news roundup: Malang Sarr, Lionel Messi, Dayot Upamecano

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for La Liga on Tuesday, August 18.

Sports Mole rounds up all of the latest transfer news in La Liga on Tuesday, August 18.

Tuesday morning's La Liga transfer talk news roundup:

Barcelona 'make contact with free agent Malang Sarr'

Nice's Malang Sarr in action against Lille in February 2019© Reuters

Free agent Malang Sarr has allegedly emerged as a transfer target for Barcelona ahead of next season.

After a trophyless season and the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic, the Catalan giants are facing problems both on and off the pitch.

At a time when many of the first-team squad are available for transfer, club officials have been left to contemplate moving away from high-profile additions.

According to SPORT, Sarr has been identified as a potential signing after recently departing Nice on a free transfer.

The 21-year-old, who can play at centre-back or left-back, made 19 appearances in Ligue 1 during the most recent campaign.

The report claims that contact has already been made with the representatives of the player, who has previously been linked with Arsenal.

Real Madrid eye Dayot Upamecano as Sergio Ramos replacement?

RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano pictured on August 13, 2020© Reuters

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has reportedly identified Dayot Upamecano as a potential long-term replacement for talismanic captain Sergio Ramos.

Upamecano has emerged as one of the most coveted defenders in world football this season, with the 21-year-old starring to help RB Leipzig to the Champions League semi-finals.

The France Under-21 international recently signed a new contract to keep him at Leipzig until 2023, but that has not stopped speculation from swirling over his future.

Spanish outlet AS reports that Real Madrid have added their name to the list of interested parties and believe that Upamecano could become a key part of their defence as Ramos seemingly comes towards the end of his career.

However, Los Blancos are not planning a move this summer due to the financial implications of coronavirus, which puts his £41m release clause out of their reach.

The Spanish champions are likely to face stiff competition for his signature, though, with a host of other top clubs around Europe also thought to be interested in Upamecano.

More transfer news from La Liga:

Philippe Coutinho 'could still have Barcelona future after Setien sacking'
Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho could stay at Camp Nou provided he is given the chance to prove himself under La Blaugrana's new manager, according to a report. Read more.

Barcelona 'rekindle interest in Neymar'
Barcelona could reportedly look to bring Neymar back to Camp Nou this summer, and the Catalan giants are willing to throw in Antoine Griezmann as part of a deal. Read more.

Cristiano Ronaldo 'urges Juventus to sign Karim Benzema'
Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly asked the Juventus board to make a bid for Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema. Read more.

Lionel Messi 'has not asked to quit Barcelona'
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has reportedly not requested a move away from Camp Nou despite the crushing defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Read more.

Ajax line up move for Barcelona's Luis Suarez?
Barcelona forward Luis Suarez could reportedly be in line for a move back to former club Ajax during the summer transfer window. Read more.

David Silva joins Real Sociedad after Manchester City exit
David Silva made the last of his 436 appearances for City in Saturday's Champions League quarter-final defeat to Lyon in Lisbon. Read more.

Lionel Messi 'would only leave Barcelona for Champions League contenders'
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi will reportedly only leave Camp Nou in the quest for Champions League glory, but clubs will have to fork out €100m for the 33-year-old. Read more.

Lionel Messi: What does the future hold for Barcelona's talisman?
Lionel Messi has yet to agree a new contract with Barcelona, with one year remaining on his deal. Read more.


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