Transfer Talk: Gabriel not out of reach for Barca
Xavi wants Arsenal defender Gabriel to form part of his Barcelona revolution this summer.
Gabriel has established himself as a key figure in the Gunners’ side since moving to the club at the start of last season — but now the North Londoners may face a battle to keep hold of him.
Barca have undergone a remarkable turnaround in form under their legendary midfielder and are expected to be busy in the transfer market again come the end of the campaign.
Andreas Christensen is likely to join on a free transfer from Chelsea — but he will not be the only signing.
Reports in Spain suggest the Catalan club believe Arsenal could be tempted into parting with their Brazilian centre-back for the right amount of cash.
Mikel Arteta needs to make several signings to improve his squad but will have to bring in funds first.
Whether Emirates chiefs would dispense with a 24-year-old who is quickly proving to be one of the brightest talents in Europe remains to be seen.
Memphis Depay could be used as a makeweight in a deal, though given the struggles the Dutch international endured in his previous Premier League stint, that appears unlikely.
Barca are also reportedly keen on Matthijs de Ligt, but Juventus would want £83million for the 22-year-old.
In other news
Sky Sports say Manchester United and Tottenham are both keen on signing goalkeeper Sam Johnstone when his contract at West Brom runs out at the end of the season.
Despite interest from Manchester United and Arsenal in Victor Osimhen, Napoli are determined to keep the star striker, according to TEAMtalk.
Juventus, Tottenham and West Ham have all been scouting Borussia Monchengladbach defender Matthias Ginter, but Sky Sports say only Aston Villa have expressed an interest.