Barcelona won’t meet transfer target’s release clause, Aubameyang advised against Arsenal exit and more


Barcelona reluctant to meet Lautaro Martinez's release clause

Barcelona won’t meet transfer target’s release clause
The Argentine has long been on Barcelona's transfer radar

After months of being declared as favorites to sign the Inter Milan striker, the Catalan giants are suddenly balking at his transfer valuation by the Serie A side.

Barcelona are reportedly reluctant to meet transfer target Lautaro Martinez’s £98million release clause, according to a report by Mundo Deportivo.

The Catalan giants are in the transfer market for a new striker who could give more competition to Luis Suarez and replace the formal Liverpool striker in the coming years.

However, while it was earlier reported that the Camp Nou outfit were on the verge of completing the move of Martinez, it is now being reported that instead of meeting the striker’s release clause, they want Inter to accept several of their own stars that the club is ready to offer in exchange for the 22-year-old.

Barcelona are aware that the Argentine striker would likely favor a transfer to the Catalan club to unite his forces with his national teammate Lionel Messi. But any negotiations for the player are unlikely to be straightforward now that they have reportedly indicated their unwillingness to meet his release clause.

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Dimitar Berbatov advises Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang against Arsenal exit

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The 30-year-old has scored 17 goals in 26 Premier League appearances so far this season. Copyright: imago images / Bildbyran

The former Manchester United central forward has warned the Gabonese striker of the perils of leaving the Emirates stadium for Real Madrid or Barcelona.

Aubameyang has been linked with a move to one of the two Spanish giants for the past few months, with his brilliant form for Arsenal combined with the club’s poor position in the Premier League table further giving credence to rumors that he might leave at the end of the current campaign.

However, Berbatov has advised the 30-year-old to think carefully before making any decision on his next career move: “Aubameyang needs to calculate his options to see if he’s going to benefit and be happy moving to these types of teams.

‘From his perspective, either of them is a good move because they are two of the best teams in the world, but then you have to look at their line-ups, which include Messi, Suarez, Griezmann, Dembele, Fati, Benzema, Bale, Hazard.

‘Would Aubameyang play much in either of those squads? He’s not getting any younger, he needs to be at a club where he is going to play and at Arsenal he is the captain. But the biggest factor in all of this is winning trophies,’ Berbatov told Betfair.

Ajax set price for Andre Onana

The 24-year-old Cameroon international is reportedly on the transfer radar of Premier League giants Chelsea as they look for the replacement of Kepa Arrizzabalaga .

The Telegraph reports that Ajax have told Chelsea they’d have to pay £ 35m to the Dutch giants if they want to lure Onana to Stamford Bridge in the summer transfer window.

Onana, 24, has emerged as the top candidate for the Blues in their search for the replacement of Kepa after the world’s most expensive goalkeeper fell out of favor with manager Frank Lampard.

The report further claims that Onana is weighing up his future options as he is yet to decide whether to extend his four-year stay in Eredivisie or move elsewhere.

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