Transfer Talk: Barcelona players plead for Thiago homecoming

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Barca players want Thiago return

After five years apart, many of Barcelona’s senior players feel the time is right to be reunited with Thiago Alcantara, according to Catalan outlet Sport.

With Andres Iniesta having left the club, and the Blaugrana believing that Philippe Coutinho could be more dangerous as a forward than a midfielder, Thiago becomes an intriguing proposition for the Spanish champions.

The 27-year-old doesn’t stand to feature in incoming Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac’s plans, and the German champions reportedly will entertain offers this summer. The report states that they’ll expect to receive €80 million for the midfielder Pep Guardiola recruited when he moved to Bavaria in 2013, though that fee could well be negotiated down to €50 million.

Having spent more than eight years with Barcelona, Thiago remains close with several of the club’s biggest stars, including Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto. And it’s said that several of the Blaugrana‘s key figures have spoken to club president Josep Maria Bartomeu about bringing Thiago back.

Villa set £40m asking price for Grealish

With Aston Villa set for another season in the Championship following their promotion playoff final defeat to Fulham, owner Tony Xia has sanctioned the sale of 22-year-old Jack Grealish, the Star reports. But he won’t come cheap.

The report states that the England U21 international will cost interested clubs £40m. While that number may put some off, some of the Premier League’s more affluent clubs could be willing to do business at that price, especially if the Villans can be persuaded to come down from that number, if only slightly.

Thiago Alcantara looks on during the DFB-Cup final between Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt.
After five years away, Thiago Alcantara could return to Barcelona this summer.

The Star reports that Tottenham and West Ham are interested in bringing Grealish to London. And in recent days, Manchester United have also been credited with a desire to sign Villa’s No. 10.

Terry to join Lampard at Derby

Just a day after Frank Lampard was introduced as the new Derby County manager, the Star is reporting that former Chelsea teammate John Terry will leave Aston Villa for Championship rivals Rams.

The report states that the 37-year-old former Chelsea and England captain has already agreed to a deal to play for his former vice-captain with the Blues. And it’s expected he’ll take a wage cut to move to Pride Park.

Derby are looking to trim their wage bill this summer, and with the club’s highest earners making roughly half of the £60,000 a week Terry pulled down at Villa Park, he’s sure to earn less in his second season in England’s second division.


– Manchester United look to have wrapped up a deal for Fred, according to the Mail, who reports that the Red Devils have reached an agreement of £52.2m including add-ons, and that the Brazilian will undergo a medical next week.

– Sky Italia journalist Mario Giunta has tweeted that Juventus have wrapped up their deal to sign Emre Can on a free transfer, and that the former Liverpool midfielder will undergo a medical next week.

– Sporting are actively looking to sell midfielder William Carvalho, preferably to a Premier League club, and Sky Sports reports that Everton are interested in the 26-year-old Portugal international.

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