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De jong is not for sale despite Man Utd interest, says Barcelona president

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De jong is not for sale despite Man Utd interest, says Barcelona president

Barcelona have repeated their position that Manchester United target Frenkie de Jong isn’t available to be sold.

New United manager Erik ten Hag has made De Jong a key transfer target and the two clubs have been in talks for almost a month.

Reports arose last week that a fee was near being agreed for De Jong, in the district of £65million, just for Barca president Joan Laporte to insist: “We have no intention of selling him, he wants to stay

Asked at Franck Kessie’s unveiling for the latest on De Jong, Laporte said: “Frenkie is a Barcelona player. He is not for sale, we don’t want to transfer him.”

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United earlier this week confirmed their first signing of the Ten Hag era with Tyrell Malacia joining from PSV in a £14.7m move.

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Luis Enrique defends Barcelona duo after continued selection criticism

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Luis Enrique defended his continued selection of Barcelona duo Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba after Spain’s 1-1 draw with Germany in Group E.

34-year-old Busquets and 33-year-old Alba have been singled out for criticism by portions of the Spanish media, who have suggested that both are past their best and should be overlooked in favour of younger talent.

But they were again named in Spain’s starting XI for the clash with 2014 World Cup winners Germany, and Alba provided the assist for Alvaro Morata’s opening goal with a tantalising cross.

Busquets was not as convincing in midfield, but nevertheless held his own against a talented German midfield boasting the likes of Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka and Ilkay Gundogan.

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After the game, Enrique spoke to the media about what he perceives to be a ‘campaign’ against the pair, and suggested both remain vital components of an otherwise youthful Spain squad.

“Alba is a player at the highest level like Busquets, there is a campaign against them and that’s normal because people are tired of veterans.” Enrique explained.

Harry Symeou hosts Scott Saunders, Grizz Khan and Jack Gallagher to look back on France ’98 as part of the ‘Our World Cup’ series. We take a trip down memory lane – join us!

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“I bring them to the national team because they are amazing players. Alba is the best full-back in the world in the final third of the field,”

Enrique appreciates both players so much, in fact, that he admitted to trying to persuade both to stay on with Spain until the 2026 World Cup, to be held in the United States, Canad and Mexico.

“Alba is like Busquets, they’ve been trying to force him out for many years,” he added. “I hope we can convince him to continue and play another World Cup.”

Enrique’s plans may be a touch fanciful given Alba will be 37 by the time the next World Cup comes around, but he certainly showed against Germany that there’s still elements of his game that should worry top-tier opposition.

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As for Busquets, he appears to have taken on a mentorship role for young Barcelona pair Gavi and Pedri, developing a telepathic-like relationship similar to the one he enjoyed with Xavi and Andres Iniesta for many years.



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Lionel Scaloni provides update on Lionel Messi after missed training session

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Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni has stressed that Lionel Messi is ‘fine’ as he prepares to lead his country against Mexico on Saturday.

Messi failed to inspire victory over Saudi Arabia in the Albiceleste’s opener and sparked concerns among fans when he missed a training session on Friday in the build-up to the crucial clash with Mexico.

According to Globo, however, Messi’s absence was purely precautionary as he has been dealing with a minor calf injury, and after working with the physio in the morning, the Paris Saint-Germain star was involved in his team’s second session later that day.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Scaloni confirmed there is nothing for fans to worry about.

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“Messi trained and trained well,” Scaloni said. “Not everyone went to the field because it was a recovery session for those who played. [Messi] is fine.

“We need everyone and we certainly won’t have any physical casualties. They’re all fine.”

Harry Symeou hosts Scott Saunders, Grizz Khan and Jack Gallagher to look back on France ’98 as part of the ‘Our World Cup’ series. We take a trip down memory lane – join us!

If you can’t see the podcast embed, click here to download or listen to the episode in full!

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Scaloni went on to confess that he may look to change his starting lineup after his first group of players struggled against Saudi Arabia.

“The first game affected the team a lot, but the reaction was immediate,” he said. “The only thing we had to do was lift our heads. This group will do that.

“There is no doubt, we will look for alternatives in our game. We may have some changes. We will analyse the players after the recovery. We have everyone available so we can start defining the team.

“It’s normal that when you make your World Cup debut, you feel the pressure of representing a team like Argentina, which is different from many others. We know it’s different to be in a World Cup with the Argentina national team shirt.

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“Leo is fine, as are all his companions, and the younger ones know that these are the times when the cards go on the table and everyone needs everyone else.”



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Real Madrid plot Martinez bid; Gakpo’s new asking price

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90min rounds up the latest transfer news, rumours and gossip circulating around the world…

Real Madrid have been impressed by Lisandro Martinez following his move to Manchester United and are now considering a bid to land the Argentina international at the end of the current season. (Defensa Central)

As well as Martinez, Real have also sent scouts to watch Ajax and Netherlands star Jurrien Timber. (Fichajes)

Cody Gakpo‘s asking price has been raised to above €50m, with PSV now concerned they will not be able to keep the 23-year-old after the World Cup. (Eindhovens Dagblad)

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Indeed, PSV will demand €60m for Gakpo, who remains on the radar of Manchester United. (Foot Mercato)

Man Utd are also keen on Bayer Leverkusen’s Moussa Diaby, who is a long-time target of Newcastle United. (Fichajes)

Mason Mount rejected a new Chelsea contract worth around £200,000 per week before heading off to the World Cup. (Daily Mail)

Amid growing tension with Diego Simeone, Joao Felix has decided he wants to leave Atletico Madrid in January and has asked his agent, Jorge Mendes, to find him a new club. Paris Saint-Germain, Man Utd, Chelsea and Bayern Munich have all been contacted. (Marca)

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Scott Saunders hosts Graeme Bailey in the latest episode of Talking Transfers, discussing Cristiano Ronaldo’s interview and his future, Man Utd’s interest in Cody Gakpo, plus the latest on Endrick and Rafael Leao. Available on all audio platforms.

If you can’t see the podcast embed, click here to download the episode in full!

Liverpool have entered the race to sign Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, whose future at Camp Nou remains uncertain. (Fichajes)

Another Barcelona midfielder, Sergio Busquets, could be sticking around after Xavi asked the club to extend his contract for one further season. (Sport)

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Arsenal are looking to re-sign midfielder Ismael Bennacer from AC Milan in the summer of 2023 and will offer £17m plus Thomas Partey to land the 24-year-old’s signature. (Calciomercatoweb)

Manchester City are ready to battle Tottenham to sign Inter centre-back Alessandro Bastoni. (FCInterNews)

Having lost his regular starting spot at Arsenal, Takehiro Tomiyasu will be offered the chance to move to Juventus in 2023. (Calciomercatoweb)





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