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Barcelona Mulling Martial Move Anthony Martial is hitting the headlines at the moment. Hot on the heels of reports that Arsenal will b…


Barcelona Mulling Martial Move

Anthony Martial is hitting the headlines at the moment. Hot on the heels of reports that Arsenal will be targeting the Manchester United forward, the Mail declares that Barcelona also have him in their sights.
Citing reports in Spain, it states they are eager to “take advantage of Jose Mourinho’s reluctance to hand Martial a starting spot” by bringing him to the Camp Nou.
The France international has started only once in the Premier League this season but has amassed five goals in all competitions, and the Mail reports that Barcelona “believe he is good enough” to succeed for them.
With Ousmane Dembele missing due to a long-term injury, Barca are eager to strengthen their attacking options as they look to continue the perfect start that has seen them win their first seven La Liga games.
And the Mail adds that, with Martial behind Marcus Rashford in the United pecking order and “unlikely to play down the middle given Romelu Lukaku’s hot start to life at the club,” Barcelona could make their move sooner rather than later.
Reports over the weekend suggested Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger sees the 21-year-old as an ideal fit either out wide or through the middle as he plans for life without Alexis Sanchez — but he could now miss out.
De Gea In PSG’s Sights?
Could Paris Saint-Germain’s megamoney take on the transfer world see them make a summer move for Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea?
The Express, citing French reports, suggests that is a possibility, with PSG coach Unai Emery uncertain about either Alphonse Areola and Kevin Trapp and already having been linked with Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak.
De Gea has long been a target for Real Madrid, but PSG have the means to match anything the Spanish club can offer and the Express writes that they are “likely to make more big deals.”
It adds that the chance of one of those being for the Spain international has increased, with PSG director of football Antero Henrique “said to have already talked to his agent Jorge Mendes.”
United, however, are keen to tie De Gea down to a new contract and were last month said to be confident that he would say yes to a long-term agreement.
Manchester City are ready to meet the 40m euros release clause for Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto, 25. (Don Balon, via Daily Mirror)

Former Italy international Andrea Pirlo, 38, has refused to rule out a coaching role with Antonio Conte at Chelsea after announcing he will retire at end of MLS season where he plays for New York City. (Daily Mirror)
Chelsea target Alex Sandro, 26, is set to be handed a new contract by Juventus. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Daily Star)
Paris St-Germain are interested in Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea. (Le10Sport, via Daily Express)
Former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna, 34, released by Manchester City in the summer and still without a club, is being linked with a move to Leicester. (Manchester Evening News)
West Brom are among a group of Premier League teams who are understood to have been offered former Portugal international Raul Meireles, 34. (Birmingham Mail)
Arsene Wenger has told Jack Wilshere he has until December to prove his fitness can cope with regular matches for Arsenal. (BeInSports, via The Sun)

Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy has visited a clinic in Barcelona for assessment on his four-month rehabilitation after suffering a blow to the knee and rupturing his cruciate ligament. (The Sun)