Barcelona Firpo is no longer needed
Barcelona are looking for another left-back after Junior Firpo was deemed surplus to requirements, Marca reports.
The League giants have already identified two leading candidates for Firpo’s role: José Gay, from Valencia, and Alfonso Pedraza, from Villarreal.
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Marca say Guy is preferred by Barcelona, but add that Valencia may not want to take the 25-year-old because of his interest in the club’s first team. Pedraza therefore appears to be the most financially viable option for Ronald Koeman’s team at this stage.
Angelino, from Manchester City, who is currently on loan to RB Leipzig, would also be of interest to the Catalans.
Error! The file name is not specified. Junior Firpo’s time at Barcelona is said to be over, with Jose Gaia and Alfonso Pedraza as replacements. Pedro Salado/Sports footage quality
Naples has set a high price for Coulibaly
Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis said with a laugh that his star centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly is for sale, reports Talksport.
Premier League giants Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United have all shown interest in the 29-year-old defender’s services, but De Laurentiis said he would only seriously consider selling the defender if an offer of £100m or more was made.
This means that it is unlikely that Koulibaly will leave Naples without becoming the most expensive defender in the world. It is clear that Liverpool are looking at Koulibaly amid a defensive injury crisis involving Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, but it is unclear if they are ready to meet Napoli’s exacting demands.
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Arsenal are reportedly looking at goalkeeping options and are considering buying Tom Heaton from Aston Villa to replace the struggling Alex Runarsson.
According to the Daily Mail, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta would like to loan Runarsson out after he failed to convince in Manchester City’s 4-1 Carabao Cup defeat.
Arteta sees Heaton as the ideal replacement for Icelandic striker Runarsson.
– Despite playing just 180 minutes of competitive football this season, Aston Villa defender Frederick Gilbert has turned down a transfer to Istanbul Basaksehir. According to Football Insider, the right-back has been given permission by manager Dean Smith to leave Villa Park for that transfer window.
– Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira could be in trouble at Atletico Madrid as up to four clubs would have their eyes on his talent. AS says Serie A giants Torino, Fiorentina and Lazio are interested in the 24-year-old’s signature, as is Valencia, who have signed Torreira their priority until the winter transfer window closes.