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Foreign Transfer Round-Up: Keita, Griezmann, Aurier

 • by Frank Smith
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Every day Football Whispers pore over Europe’s major news outlets in search of the latest transfer reports relating to your club.

We then, using our unique algorithm, assess the reliability of the rumours, determine the likelihood of the moves, and analyse where the potential signings would fit in.

Today we bring you the latest in Barcelona’s search for Neymar’s replacement, Liverpool’s pursuit of Naby Keïta and Manchester United’s move for Serge Aurier.


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LIVERPOOL TARGET SET FOR RB LEIPZIG STAY

One of the multiple transfer sagas involving Liverpool this summer relates to Keïta. The Guinean central midfielder has been persistently linked with a move to the Merseyside club, though as yet there is no sign of a deal going through.

And now it appears the 22-year-old, who was directly involved in 15 Bundesliga goals last term, could be set to stay at RB Leipzig for the 2017/18 campaign.

Liverpool had a sizeable bid of £67million turned for Keïta down by the German club in July. Since then, the player has attracted interest from a number of other potential suitors including Manchester United, Manchester City and Barcelona.

However, despite the chances of a move this summer decreasing, the midfielder will not sign a new deal with RB Leipzig per German outlet SportBild. As a result, due to a clause in his current contract, he would be available for £45million next summer.

With this possibility becoming perhaps more alarming to the Bundesliga outfit as the window rolls on, expect this transfer saga to pick up once again in a few weeks’ time, with Liverpool’s interest re-emerging as the deadline nears.

FORMER MANCHESTER UNITED TARGET ON BARCELONA’S RADAR

Earlier on this summer, Antoine Griezmann was reported to be a Manchester United target, but the Frenchman rejected the Premier League side’s interest following the decision that Atletico Madrid’s transfer ban would be upheld.

The Frenchman could still move on, however, if fresh rumours are to be believed.

Neymar is purportedly nearing a move away from Camp Nou, with Paris Saint-Germain close to securing the Brazilian forward’s signature. Griezmann is high on the list of candidates to take his place in the Catalan club’s attack.

Spanish outlet AS report that, with the money they could get from Neymar’s sale, Barcelona would be in a strong financial position to tempt Atletico Madrid to sell their star man.

Griezmann would be a coup for Ernesto Valverde’s side were they to capture him, though his arrival would necessitate a slight re-jig of their attacking shape. As a natural left-footer, the 26-year-old prefers playing towards the right flank, as opposed to the left.

Other possibilities that Barcelona are rumoured to be considering as Neymar’s successor are Borussia Dortmund trickster Ousmane Dembele, Juventus finisher Paulo Dybala and Liverpool creator Philippe Coutinho.

MANCHESTER UNITED STRIKE A DEAL FOR AURIER

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For several years, the full-back positions have been an issue for Manchester United. And, while Jose Mourinho brought the best out of Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian to help solve the problem last season, neither are long-term solutions.

One player who could be a more viable option for the future is Serge Aurier, and French outlet Le10Sport have reported that United have already agreed a deal with the Ivorian’s current club Paris Saint-Germain.

The 24-year-old is powerful, fast and loves to bomb down the right flank, traits which would no doubt be welcomed at Old Trafford. And, following the arrival of Dani Alves in Paris, he could be more than tempted by the prospect of a move away.

Aurier is now PSG’s third-choice right-back behind the Brazilian and Belgian international Thomas Meunier, who impressed last season. As such, the chance to play more regularly with Manchester United would undoubtedly appeal to the player.

Reportedly, Mourinho has agreed to a £27million transfer fee for the full-back’s services.

JUVENTUS LOOK TO BARCELONA FOR NEW MIDFIELDER

Italian champions Juventus are still on the hunt for a new midfielder having missed out on Corentin Tolisso’s signing to Bayern Munich.

Blaise Matuidi and Steven N’Zonzi are among their list of targets, though they could move for Barcelona’s André Gomes.

According to respect Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Portuguese – who has been targeted by Juve in the past – could be allowed to leave the Catalan club after failing to impress in his short stay so far.

Many of Juventus’ first-choice midfielders are nearing the latter stages of their careers – Claudio Marchisio is 31 and Sami Khedira is 30. As such, a move for the 24-year-old Gomes makes sense.

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