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European Paper Talk: Barcelona confident of securing Samuel Umtiti contract

Barcelona's Samuel Umtiti
Image: Barcelona's Samuel Umtiti could be signing a new contract at the Nou Camp

Our friends at Football Whispers have scoured the continental press to bring you the latest transfer news from around Europe.


Barcelona are confident of tying down defender Samuel Umtiti, linked with a move to Manchester United, to a new contract and aim to agree the principles of the deal with the player's agent next week. (Mundo Deportivo)

Barcelona will trigger former Manchester United transfer target Antoine Griezmann's buyout clause after July 1 when it reduces from €200m (£176m) to €100m (£88m), and the Frenchman will be given the vacant No 7 shirt at the Nou Camp. (Mundo Deportivo)

Zinedine Zidane made Liverpool midfielder Emre Can, out of contract at the end of the season, one of his top transfer targets for this summer but the Germany international has rejected the chance to join Real Madrid for fear of a lack of playing time. (Don Balon)


Versatile Fiorentina forward Federico Chiesa, son of former Italy striker Enrico, has long been linked with a Premier League move, and Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea are believed to be monitoring the 20-year-old, but the Italian club are under no pressure to sell their prized asset this summer. (Calciomercato)

James Tarkowski challenges Federico Chiesa
Image: Federico Chiesa (right) has been linked with a move to the Premier League

Full-back Santiago Arias, 26, has impressed with Dutch champions PSV this season, and he is now being targeted by Italian giants Juventus. (Calciomercato)


Bayern Munich are among a host of clubs chasing 18-year-old Ajax centre-back Matthijs De Ligt, who has also been the subject of Spurs transfer rumours. (Kicker)

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Former Arsenal captains Patrick Vieira and Mikel Arteta have both been linked with replacing Arsene Wenger in the Emirates Stadium dugout this summer, but former Gunner Emmanuel Petit doesn't believe either man is ready for the job. (RMC)

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