Barcelona news LIVE: Lionel Messi to influence £102m striker transfer, Man Utd interest

Barcelona news LIVE updates and gossip from the Nou Camp

Tuesday, April 7

  • Ivan Rakitic is still expected to leave Barcelona in the upcoming transfer window
  • Barcelona are edging closer to the signing of Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez
  • AC Milan defender Theo Hernandez could be available this summer
  • Barcelona are leading the charge to sign Chelsea playmaker Willian

Ivan Rakitic sale

Ivan Rakitic is still expected to leave Barcelona in the upcoming transfer window.

Rakitic, 32, has spent six trophy-laden seasons at the Nou Camp and has helped the club land four Spanish league titles, four Copa del Rey trophies and the Champions League.

But having fallen down the pecking order and completed just four 90-minute top-flight fixtures this season – he’s set to leave.

Spanish publication Sport claim Barcelona have offers on the table for the Croatia international, who is valued at £17.5million.

Rakitic’s preference is to join Sevilla despite interest from Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan and PSG – but Sevilla are struggling to meet his valuation.


  • Chelsea to complete Coutinho deal from Barcelona on one condition

Wanted: Lautaro Martinez

Barcelona are edging closer to the signing of Lautaro Martinez.

That’s according to newspaper Marca, who claim the Argentine forward is reluctant to sign a new contract with Inter Milan despite their best efforts.

Martinez, who has a £102million release clause, is aware of Barcelona’s interest and would reportedly find it ‘enticing’ to play alongside Lionel Messi at the Nou Camp.

The Spanish champions haven’t lodged an official offer because they fear sparking a bidding war throughout Europe with Manchester United, Chelsea and PSG all monitoring his situation.

However, Barcelona believe interest from their two primary rivals Real Madrid and Manchester City has now ‘cooled’ with Zinedine Zidane’s side more interested in Erling Haaland.


  • Man Utd transfer blocked by club director, Liverpool open £65m talks

Theo Hernandez scrap

Defender Theo Hernandez could be available this summer.

Spanish newspaper Marca claim AC Milan are ‘preparing to receive’ offers for the talented left-back, who is attracting interest from across Europe.

The attacking Frenchman has enjoyed an excellent debut campaign with AC Milan having arrived from Real Madrid in July in a deal worth £17.5million – scoring six goals and providing two assists in 25 appearances.

Manchester United, Barcelona, Juventus and PSG are among the clubs that could be interested in the full-back.

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