The 22-year-old was heavily linked with a move to the Stamford Bridge outfit in the final days of the transfer window [Fichajes via Daily Express], but no move materialised. However, judging from his words here, that won’t be the end of speculation over the France international’s future in Turin.
However, to the disappointment of the Premier League trio there have been some rumours that the Blaugrana have negotiated a deal for the midfielder to join them once their transfer ban ends in January. Although if there has been an agreement, the player doesn’t know about it.
“Has a Barca deal been struck in January? I don’t know,” the midfielder said, “for now I’m at Juventus and I’m focused only on them because we haven’t started well. As for the rest, we’ll see.”
Whoever manages to sign the youngster will have to pay a high price.
Bianconeri director general Giuseppe Marotta has made it clear that it will take a bid of over €100 million to prise him away from the Serie A champions [Daily Mirror]. This is added to the £82.5 million five-year contract that the former Old Trafford man has demanded for a move to go through [Daily Express].
An image-rights issue that the player and his agent, Mino Raiola, are hoping to sort out before January could save the buying club some money [Daily Star]. A former representative is demanding £25 million for his share of the footballer’s rights, and they are now going to the French courts to resolve the potential stumbling block to any move.