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LIVE Transfer Talk – Xavi asks Gerard Piqué to leave Barcelona, ​​looks at Jules Kounde

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The summer transfer window is approaching and there is a lot of gossip about who is moving where. Transfer Talk brings you the latest news on rumours, comings and goings and of course closed deals!

TOP STORY: Xavi tells Pique his time with Barcelona is over

According to reports, Xavi Hernández has met with Gerard Piqué and told the central defender that he will not be summoned to Barcelona next season, according to Diario Sport.

While the manager does not question Pique’s ability, he cited physical problems and unprofessional behavior as reasons for the decision, the report said. The main problem is that Xavi says that Pique is not focused on football due to his many businesses and controversies off the pitch.

Piqué was reportedly told that the best solution would be to leave in the most dignified way possible, which would include giving up a large amount of the estimated €40m he is owed by the clubs.

Despite being told he won’t get many minutes, Pique is said to have refused to accept this and insisted he will train more than ever, a plan that includes abandoning his non-football commitments.

The Diario Sport report also mentions that Xavi sees Sevilla jules konde like the man who enters and plays in the center of the back, which was also reported by the medium. Chelsea are also interested in the Frenchman, whose contract could be worth €60m, but the hope is that Barcelona can afford to sign him once they have reduced their wage bill.

Although Andreas Christensen entering and eric garcia Also being in the team, it is said that Xavi dreams of a partnership formed by Kounde and Ronald Araujo.

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08:00 BST: Harry Kane has said that the additions of Erling Haland Y Darwin Nunez to the Premier League will push him to become a better player next season.

Manchester City officially announced the €60m signing of Haaland from Borussia Dortmund on Monday, just hours after Benfica announced they had reached an agreement with Liverpool to sign Nunez.

Kane had wanted to leave Spurs last summer to join eventual Premier League champions City, but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy rejected any interest from Pep Guardiola’s side, who opted not to match Spurs’ valuation. of 150 million pounds sterling (175 million euros). The 28-year-old is now expected to remain in north London as head coach Antonio Conte aims to turn Spurs into Premier League title contenders.

Kane won the Golden Boot as the division’s top scorer in three of the last seven years, but last season he finished behind Spurs team-mate Heung-Min Son, who drew with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah for the award with 23 goals.

Asked on Monday whether the arrival of Haaland and Nunez in England would make it difficult to lead the goalscoring charts, Kane told a news conference: “The battle for the Golden Boot is always tough. The Premier League has produced some of the best strikers in the world for a number of years now.

“You expect the best strikers to want to play in the Premier League and with those two new signings that will be the case. It helps. It helps me as a player to have good competition, it drives me to get better and get better. So for sure, I hope with you crave the challenge.

“For starters, I try to focus on myself. Going into any season, I have things I want to achieve and goals I want to achieve. I try not to focus too much on other players in that regard.”

“I can’t control what they do, but what I will do is keep working hard, get better and after this game have a good rest. But then I look forward to what will be a tough preseason, I’m sure, and get ready for the new season like I do.” I’ve done for the last seven or eight years.

PAPER GOSSIP

– RB Leipzig has set a price of £100m for christopher nkunkuservices of as his goal is to keep the Frenchman, reports The Independent, adding that the 24-year-old wants to stay on for another season. This comes with Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain all looking at signing him this summer.

– Together with Kalidou Koulibaly, Juventus hope to sign Fabian Ruiz from Napoli this summer, according to Tuttosport. Both the defender and midfielder have contracts ending in the summer of 2023, although a move for the Spaniard in this transfer window could depend on whether or not Arthur part, having disappointed by i bianconeri.

– With Marcos Alonso being heavily linked with a move to Barcelona, ​​The Sun have reported that Chelsea are considering a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers wing-back Rayan Ait Nouri. It is believed that it could provide good competition and coverage for ben chilwellwho missed much of the 2021-22 season with a cruciate ligament injury.

– Having secured the return of Alexander LacazetteOlympique Lyonnais now looking to bring corentin tolisso back from Bayern Munich, and Foot Mercato have reported that things are progressing positively. The midfielder is willing to listen to Lyon’s proposals and could be tempted despite the absence of European football for the Ligue 1 side next season.

-AZ Alkmaar’s Owen Wijndal is Juventus’ priority in the search for a left-back in the summer market, according to Calciomercato, which also mentioned Udinese’s fate udogie and the Hoffenheim David Raum as options. The Eredivisie side don’t want to drop their valuation below €15m, while Juventus have so far offered just over €10m with add-ons included.

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