Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona failed in a winter move for ex-Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel according to his agent Mithat Halis.
Mithat Halis is a partner in the company that represents the former Reds centre back.
According to him, Barcelona wanted to sign the Slovakian international star as a backup option on the defensive front at the Nou Camp but that didn’t sit down well with his client.
The 34-year-old was not ready to leave the first team at struggling Turkish Super Lig giants Fenerbahce for the bench at the Nou Camp.
Halis revealed that Barcelona representatives were at the international clash between Slovakia and Ukraine to run the rule over the former Liverpool defender.
Barcelona scouts were said to have been impressed with his leadership qualities only for the player to turn down the transfer.
The Spaniards have since moved on with the signing of highly rated Colombian international defender Jeison Murillo.
Martin Skrtel spent eight years at Liverpool between 2008 and 2016 with the player netting 16 goals in 242 appearances in the Premier League.
The Fenerbahce hardman signed for the Turkish club in 2016 and his contract is expected to run out this summer.
He has netted six times in 103 caps for the Slovakian national team.
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Spanish La Liga leaders Barcelona would be hoping to right the wrongs of last season when they travel to France to take on in-form Lyon in the Champions League in what’s the first leg of their last 16 ties on Tuesday night.
Barcelona crashed out of last season’s competition in a disappointing manner to Italian Serie A giants AS Roma at the quarterfinal stage despite winning their first leg 4-1.
The Spaniards collapsed to a 3-0 defeat in the second leg played at the Stadio Olimpico to exit the competition on away goals.
Barcelona is unbeaten in this year’s competition alongside their opponents Lyon who won one and drew five of their six group stage games.
Bet365 is offering odds of 4.00 for the game to end in a stalemate.
Barcelona have won four and drawn two of the six games played before the Lyon game and they have been given the odds of 1.75 to emerge as winners by Bet365.
French Ligue 1 giants Lyon are also on a very good run after winning six of their last seven games in all competitions including a 2-1 comeback victory over Paris Saint Germain (PSG) in the league.
Lyon are at the odds of 4.20 to win the game against Barcelona according to Bet365.
Chelsea Join Bayern, Barcelona In De Ligt Race
Premier League giants Chelsea have joined the keenly contested race to sign highly rated Ajax Amsterdam defender Matthijs De Ligt, according to widespread reports coming out of the media in Spain.
Mundo Deportivo claim that the Blues are the latest team to show strong interest in Matthijs De Ligt.
It was revealed that German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona are at the forefront of the queue to sign the Ajax skipper.
Matthijs De Ligt became the youngest skipper in the rich history of Ajax Amsterdam at the age of 18 when he was named the club’s skipper last year.
The young Dutch international centre back has been turning heads with his performances in the colours of Ajax Amsterdam this season.
Other clubs like Arsenal, Liverpool, Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Juventus have all been strongly linked with De Ligt.
The player is expected to command a transfer fee of around £75m in the summer.
Apart from establishing himself as a key player for Ajax Amsterdam, Matthijs De Ligt is also an important player for the Dutch national team after forming a potent centre back partnership with Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk.
He was a part of the team that qualified for the UEFA Nations League semifinals.
No Chelsea Exit For Barcelona Target
Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has revealed that he won’t leave the club despite intense transfer rumours linking him with a Stamford Bridge exit this summer.
The 22-year-old talked about his Chelsea future in a chat with Danish Bold before adding that he won’t leave the club anymore.
Andreas Christensen had earlier talked about leaving the club in the recently concluded winter transfer window but Chelsea managed to keep him at Stamford Bridge despite the interest of European sides like Barcelona.
The Spanish champions were touted as a possible transfer destination for the Danish international player before Barcelona signed Colombian international Jeison Murillo from Valencia to solve their centre back need.
Andreas Christensen was also linked with a return to German Bundesliga club Borussia Moenchengladbach where he spent two seasons on loan.
The Danish centre back impressed a great deal at Borussia Moenchengladbach during his time there between 2015 and 2017.
He returned to Chelsea from his loan spell at Gladbach at the start of last season.
Christensen was a regular fixture in the Chelsea team under Antonio Conte in the last campaign but he has played second fiddle at the club since Maurizio Sarri took the Blues manager’s job at the start of the current campaign.
Midfielder Snubs Chelsea For £170,000 p/w Deal At Barcelona
The search for a midfield signing continues for Chelsea after they were snubbed by Paris Saint Germain (PSG) midfielder Adrien Rabiot who is set to join Spanish champions Barcelona.
French media outlet Le Parisien claim that the young French international player will sign for Barcelona on a free transfer at the end of the season thereby ending the hopes of Chelsea and other interested teams.
It was revealed that he Adrien Rabiot will sign a five-year contract at Barcelona with a sign-on fee of £9m since he would be joining them as a free agent in the summer.
The proposed contract is worth £170,000 on a weekly basis.
Adrien Rabiot could be the second midfielder to join Barcelona this summer after Ajax Amsterdam star Frenkie De Jong.
Barcelona have already signed the Dutch international midfielder but he’s not expected to join his new teammates until the end of the season.
Rabiot was previously in the PSG first team until he was frozen out by senior club officials towards the end of last year as a result of his decision not to sign a new contract.
The ex-Manchester City Academy player had earlier told the French capital club that he wants to leave in the summer when his contract expires.
Why Barcelona Won’t Sign £75m Liverpool Target Revealed
Spanish La Liga Champions Barcelona have all but been ruled out of the race to sign highly rated Ajax Amsterdam defender Matthijs De Ligt.
De Ligt has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool and Reds centre back Virgil Van Dijk has already talked up the possibility of linking up with the 19-year-old at club level.
Both players feature together for the Dutch national team.
According to the publication from popular English media outlet Daily Mail, Barcelona won’t be able to follow up the signing of Ajax Amsterdam midfielder Frenkie De Jong with the transfer of his club and international teammate De Ligt.
Barcelona secured the transfer of De Jong last month in a deal worth £75m though the 21-year-old is not expected to join his new teammates until this summer.
Dutch international centre back De Ligt will likely command the same £75m transfer fee with several major European clubs keen to sign him.
Barcelona collected a £123m loan fee from two US investment firms and are said to be short of funds to sign a new centre back in the summer.
Barcelona have already signed young French defender Jean-Clair Todibo from Toulouse with the quartet of Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti, Christian Lenglet and Todibo seen as the four centre backs for next season.
The Catalan giants’ top priority in the summer is the signing of a long-term replacement for the ageing Luis Suarez.
Chelsea Face Spanish Threat For £80m-rated Brazilian Star
Five-time Premier League winners Chelsea have been rocked by the news that Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid are also keen on signing Everton player Richarlison.
This revelation was disclosed by the publication from Spanish media outlet AS.
It was revealed that the player’s representatives have met with Atletico Madrid to discuss a possible transfer for the Brazilian international star.
Richarlison has been attracting the interest from clubs like Atletico Madrid and Chelsea thereby leading to Everton slapping an £80m transfer valuation on the 21-year-old.
The Brazilian star signed for Everton at the start of this season in a £40m deal from fellow Premier League club Watford.
His transfer could reach the £50m mark including add-ons.
Richarlison has scored 11 goals for Everton in all competitions with 10 of those goals coming in the Premier League.
Earlier reports had claimed that Chelsea are considering a move for Richarlison as a possible replacement for wantaway Blues talisman Eden Hazard.
Belgian international star Hazard has less than 18 months left on his current deal with the Stamford Bridge outfit but the player has not minced words about his desire to join European champions Real Madrid.
Hazard could join Real Madrid in the summer when he has just one year left on his current Chelsea deal.
Barcelona Favourites For 19-Goal Liverpool Target
Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona have emerged as overwhelming favourites to secure the transfer of Serbian international striker Luka Jovic according to various media reports.
The latest development is a big blow to Liverpool who are long-term admirers of the attacker.
According to the report from Sportskeeda, the Catalan giants are closing in on a transfer for Luka Jovic who they have identified as a potential replacement for the ageing Luis Suarez.
Barcelona are ahead of both Liverpool and Champions League holders Real Madrid in the race to sign the 21-year-old.
Luka Jovic is on a season-long loan at German Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt from Portuguese giants Benfica having joined the German top flight club at the start of the season.
He could be the long-term replacement for Luis Suarez at Barcelona with the Uruguayan international star already entering the twilight of his football career.
The ex-Liverpool player has been a wonderful servant for Barcelona since he joined the Catalan giants from the Reds in the summer of 2014 in a deal worth at least £75m.
Luka Jovic has scored 19 goals in all competitions for Eintracht Frankfurt including 14 goals in the German Bundesliga.
The three-cap Serbian international is the leading goalscorer in the German top flight at the moment.
Barcelona Send Message To Chelsea Over Coutinho Transfer
Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona have sent a strong message to London club Chelsea and others over former Premier League player Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazilian international star was on the payroll of Premier League title challengers Liverpool before he left the Merseysiders to join Barcelona last year but he has endured a frustrating time in Spain.
His struggles with Barcelona has prompted talks of a possible move back to the Premier League with clubs like Chelsea and Manchester United.
French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) are also interested in the 26-year-old playmaker.
Barcelona, through club president Josep Maria Bartomeu, warned the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United, off Philippe Coutinho.
According to Bartomeu and Barcelona, Philippe Coutinho is not for sale.
Recent reports claim that Chelsea are targeting the former Inter Milan star as a possible replacement for wantaway Blues forward Eden Hazard.
Belgian international Hazard could join the Los Merengues this summer in a deal that could be worth as much as £100m and Chelsea have lined up Coutinho as his replacement.
The Brazilian international attacker has scored just four goals and provided two assists in the colours of Barcelona in the Spanish La Liga this term.
He has failed to live up to his hefty price tag (£142m) this season.
Barcelona Supremo Hints Transfer For €700m Liverpool Target
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has hinted that the club could make a move for one of the players on the books of arch rivals Real Madrid.
Bartomeu talked about a possible transfer for Real Madrid outcast Isco Alarcon while he was on Spanish radio station El Partidazo as he said that they are happy to sign players from their rivals (Real Madrid) if they want to come.
The last transfer between Real Madrid and Barcelona took place almost two decades ago when Portuguese football legend Luis Figo joined the Spanish capital club from the Catalans in 2000 in a then world-record deal.
Isco could break that 19-year-old jinx if he wants to join Barcelona.
The 26-year-old Spanish international has been attracting the interest of several European clubs in the wake of his struggles under Santiago Solari at Real Madrid.
Clubs like Liverpool, Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain (PSG) have all been touted as a potential transfer destination for the petite playmaker.
He previously spoke about the interest of Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona which dates back to the summer of 2017.
Isco Alcaron had an offer to join Barcelona but he turned it down in favour of signing a new deal at Real Madrid until 2022 with a €700m release clause.
Legend Wants Barcelona Stay For £142m-rated Ex-Liverpool Playmaker
Barcelona legend Histro Stoichkov has written an open letter to midfielder Philippe Coutinho urging him to snub offers from the Premier League and stay at the Nou Camp.
According to the report from Spanish media outlet Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho was advised to stay with his Spanish La Liga club rather than him leaving to return to the Premier League.
The Brazilian international has struggled to make a meaningful impact since joining Barcelona from Premier League table toppers Liverpool in January 2018.
Coutinho became the third most expensive player in the world after his transfer last year.
Barcelona paid a whopping sum of £142m for him but he has only scored four goals and provided two assists in the league.
His failure to adapt to the style employed by Ernesto Valverde has prompted talks of a return to the Premier League with clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea keen to sign the player.
A possible return to Liverpool has also been mooted in the British media but it’s highly unlikely that the Reds will be interested in bringing back Philippe Coutinho following the way he left the club in January 2018.
Apart from Liverpool and Manchester United, French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) also retain an interest in Coutinho.
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