Barcelona Transfer News Roundup: Catalans interested in Serie A midfielder, club prepares second offer for Argentine defender, and more

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Barcelona recorded an impressive 3-0 victory over VfB Stuttgart on Saturday in their second exhibition game of the summer.

The Catalans took the lead in the 21st minute via new boy Memphis Depay, who continued his brilliant start to life at the Camp Nou. Yusuf Demir doubled the lead in the 36th minute before Riqui Puig took the game away from the Bundesliga in the 73rd minute.

While Ronald Koeman will be happy with the performance, the Barcelona manager remains eager to add more quality to his roster before the end of August. The Blaugrana are looking to strengthen their midfield and defense before the start of the new campaign.

In that regard, let’s take a look at Barcelona’s key transfer stories from August 1, 2021.

Barcelona interested in Serie A midfielder

Manuel Locatelic
Manuel Locatelic

Barcelona are interested in Manuel Locatelli and have already applied for the player, according to The Hard Tackle via Mundo Deportivo.

The Catalan giants are eager to strengthen the midfield this summer after failing at the 11th hour with a transfer for Georginio Wijnaldum.

Miralem Pjanic has been a shadow of himself since moving to Camp Nou, while Philippe Coutinho is also redundant at the club. Sergio Busquets is entering the end of his career, so Ronald Koeman wants to bring Locatelli to Spain.

The Italian has developed into one of the best midfielders in Serie A since joining Sassuolo in 2018. His qualities came to the fore at Euro 2020, where Locatelli played a big part in crowning Italy champion.

His progress has brought quite a few top clubs in Europe up to date, with Juventus leading the race for his signature.

Barcelona also remain interested, as does Arsenal, and the Catalans hope to steal a march on the Bianconeri and secure the Italian’s signature. However, the La Liga giants will have to fire players before they can start a move.

Catalans prepare second offer for Argentine defender

christian romero
christian romero

Barcelona is preparing a second offer for Cristian Romero via Gianluigi Longari, according to The Hard Tackle.

The Camp Nou outfit has already made an initial offer, which is said to be an exchange deal. However, Atalanta has rejected their proposal, forcing the La Liga giants to rethink their approach.

Barcelona are now ready to test Serie A determination once again by offering the 23-year-old a loan with a commitment to buy next summer.

However, the Catalans could face competition from Tottenham Hotspur, who are also hot on the Argentine’s trails.

Barcelona lose patience with Ilaix Moriba

Ilaix Moriba
Ilaix Moriba

Barcelona is losing patience with Ilaix Moriba, according to Marca. The club is in negotiations with the player’s representatives as they try to tie him to a new contract.

Moriba’s current contract expires in a year, but talks about an extension have so far been unsuccessful.

Barcelona have put all their energy into negotiations and are now fed up with the player. The Catalans already have a contract on the table for the player and that is the best they can offer.

If Moriba continues to play hard, Barcelona will sell him this summer.

Edited by Arjun Panchadar


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