Rumeurs de foot: Cesar Azpilicueta edging closer to Barcelona move

Rumeurs de foot: Cesar Azpilicueta edging closer to Barcelona move
Barcelona manager Xavi is reportedly taking a leading role in ensuring a deal is done.

What the papers say

Défenseur de Chelsea César Azpilicueta is believed to be nearing his exit from Stamford Bridge. le Courrier quotidien, citing a report from Espanol publication El Nacional, says the 32-year-old is in advanced talks with Barcelone with manager Xavi reportedly taking a leading role in ensuring a deal is done.

Staying with Barcelona, les Daily Express, passant par Mundo Deportivo, dit Manchester United have joined Newcastle in the race for Ousmane Dembele. The 24-year-old winger is out of contract at the end of the season, with the Red Devils believed to be among a number of clubs to make the France international an offer.

Stoke City’s Tyrese Campbell is on Eddie Howe’s radar (Steven Paston/PA)

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe has marked Stoke striker Tyrese Campbell as the first signing of the new era at St James’ Park. le Sun rapporte le Magpies have £20m set aside to entice the 21-year-old to Tyneside once the transfer window opens.

Newcastle’s spending plans do not stop there however, avec le Daily Mirror reporting the club is willing to double the salaries of Burnley defenders Ben Mee et James Tarkowski in a bid to get them to quit the Clarets.

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Players to watch

Manchester United are keeping an eye on Frenkie de Jong (Mike Egerton/AP)

Frenkie de Jong: The Daily Star, via El Nacional, reports new Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick is eyeing a move for the Barcelona midfielder.

Folarin Balogun: Arsenal look set to agree to a January loan exit for the 20-year-old forward, according to the Daily Express.

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