Barcelona have reportedly conceded defeat in trying to convince Thiago Alcantara to stay and shortly expect him to announce his intention to leave.
The 22-year-old has come on to the market this summer in light of seeing an appearance clause in his contract drop his buyout fee from €90m down to €18m.
Due to having not played a certain number of minutes in a percentage of games otherwise available for during last term, the midfielder has reportedly had his head turned by a €6m contract offer from Manchester United.
Barca have reportedly attempted to change the youngster’s mind and to ask for his patience in trying to displace Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta from the starting XI, but, United’s reported promise of first team football in the build-up to next year’s World Cup, apparently has the player convinced.
Marca report today that it is a scenario that has the Catalan club now anticipating his departure and are ready to have the player communicate as such to them.
AS, meanwhile, are running the line that United want to close the transfer this week in time for the start of preseason training in England next Monday.
The young winger is seen as likely to leave the Camp Nou for the 2013-14 campaign to gain experience elsewhere, with the Catalans reportedly keen to send him to a team that can give him European football too.
According to reports in England, Premier League duo Liverpool and Tottenham are both looking at the 19-year-old, who is currently on international duty with Spain at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey.
Previously, Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla, Real Sociedad and Valencia have all been linked with similar interest.
Kaka will reportedly only leave Real Madrid if they release him on a free transfer, due to his current cost to other clubs.
The Brazilian’s future will reportedly be determined by newly-appointed Coach Carlo Ancelotti’s final say, but it is seen that the former Ballon d’Or winner will be shipped out this summer, after struggling for form in recent seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu.
However, whilst there is understood to be interest from former side Milan, from a number of Brazilian sides and from the United States, where the player is believed also open to a move, Marca report that his wage demands will not shift.
Currently paid €10m a season on a deal running until June 2015, this salary combined with the 31-year-old’s valuation by Madrid reportedly has him priced out of a transfer.
Subsequently it is alleged that Kaka’s most likely route out of Madrid this summer is through a free transfer, should Los Blancos agree to that.
Barcelona are reportedly increasing their offer for Roma defender Marquinhos to cash plus Alexis Sanchez.
The Blaugrana have long been interested in the Brazilian centre-back, who is still only 19 years old.
According to Sky Sport Italia and El Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are stepping up the pressure on the Giallorossi.
Including Chilean international forward Alexis Sanchez as part of the move would tempt the Giallorossi into a sale.
However, Roma are said to have a €40m price-tag on Marquinhos, whereas Barcelona’s evaluation is closer to €25m.
Atletico Madrid are reportedly prepared to offer players to Sevilla in part exchange for Alvaro Negredo this summer.
Negredo has communicated to Sevilla that he wants to leave, with it heavily speculated that whilst there is interest from Napoli and previously from the Premier League, his preferred destination is Atleti.
However, Sevilla’s asking price of more than €20m is seen as beyond the capital club’s limit and so Los Colchoneros are reportedly considering including players in any offer made.
Specifically, sending out new signing Leo Baptistao for a two-year loan to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan is apparently being considered, alongside other possibilities including Pizzi, Javier Manquillo or Saul Niguez.
Atletico are also in talks with Roma about signing Italian international striker Pablo Daniel Osvaldo.
“There is a negotiation taking place,” FIFA agent Diego Tavano told Radio Manà Manà Sport on Wednesday. “It will be worth around €18m.
“The attacker is well liked in Spain and he just needs to find the right emotional balance because he has incredible qualities.”
Osvaldo, born in Argentina, is expected to be sold by the capital club given the doubts over his discipline.
The centre-forward, signed from Espanyol two years ago for an initial fee of €15m, has scored 27 goals in 55 League games since his arrival.
Osvaldo, however, has had his issues in the capital over the last 12 months.
He was also dropped by Italy boss Cesare Prandelli for the Confederations Cup after his actions following the Coppa Italia Final defeat to Lazio.
He insulted club Coach Aurelio Andreazzoli both on the field of play and via Twitter, while he also refused to pick up his runner-up medal post game.
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