Spanish press reports revealed, today, Tuesday, that the Barcelona club management met with the agents of the German international Ilkay Gundogan and the Algerian Riyad Mahrez, players of Manchester City.
And journalist Jose Alvarez confirmed, on the Spanish El Chiringuito TV program, that the Barcelona club management met with the agents of German international Ilkay Gundogan and Algerian Riyad Mahrez, players of Manchester City, to negotiate with them the possibility of including them during the current summer transfer period.
Barcelona is looking to strengthen its ranks this summer. It has already signed Spanish defender Eric Garcia and Argentine striker Sergio Aguero from Manchester City in free deals. They also signed Real Betis right-back Emerson for 9 million euros because he had part of his contract.
While the Catalan newspaper “Sport” confirmed that Barcelona is looking to contract with a big star, and his name has been associated with 52 players during the last period, including the Algerian international Riyad Mahrez, the Egyptian star Mohamed Salah, the Liverpool player, and the German Ilkay Gundogan.
Several reports indicate a possible exchange deal between Barcelona and Manchester City, which wants to sign Sergio Roberto at the request of Spanish coach Pep Guardiola, Barcelona is trying to choose a player between Frenchman Emeric Laporte, Algerian Riyad Mahrez, and German Ilkay Gundogan.
While journalist Jose Alvarez mentioned in the same program that the Manchester City administration contacted Jorge Messi, the father of Argentine star Lionel Messi and his agent, in an effort to contact him for free after the end of his contract.
Lionel Messi’s fate is still undecided in Barcelona, as his contract will expire at the end of this month.
Nasser Al-Khelaifi, president of Paris Saint-Germain, confirmed that he had informed Barcelona President Juan Laporta of the right of his team. In order to negotiate with the Argentine star for the end of his contract.