ANTOINE Griezmann could become Barcelona’s ‘fifth fantastic’ with the Catalans lining up a big money move for the attacker, while Juventus have set a deadline on the signing of Emre Can from Liverpool.
That and more in a Euro edition of Rumour Mill!
BARCA TO MAKE GRIEZMANN ‘FIFTH FANTASTIC’
Barcelona players have approved plans for the club to sign Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann this summer according to Sport.
The Spanish giants are preparing an £88m (AU$157m) bid for the Frenchman, and are confident in securing his signature when the transfer window reopens in July.
The report backs Griezmann to become the Catalan side’s ‘fifth fantastic,’ joining attacking weapons Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele at the Camp Nou.
It is also pointed out that Griezmann’s favoured number 7 shirt has been left open at Barca.
Griezmann has scored 11 goals and registered seven assists for Atletico in La Liga this season.
JUVE SET CAN DEADLINE
Liverpool star Emre Can’s contract situation is set to finally be resolved, with Juventus setting a seven day deadline for the German star to agree to a move to Turin.
Gazetto dello Sport report that the Italian giants have grown frustrated in their pursuit of the midfielder and are ready to drop their interest if he can’t make up his mind in the next week.
Liverpool haven’t ruled out the option of Can staying at Anfield, but recent reports suggested that a move seemed imminent.
MEYER REJECTS NEW CONTRACT
Max Meyer could join Bayern-bound Leon Goretzka in leaving Schalke for free this summer after the 22-year-old turned down another contract offer.
Bild report that the Royal Blues are wary of losing the midfielder for nothing.
Meyer is reportedly an Arsenal target and has attracted interest from across Europe.
The playmaker has failed to register a goal or an assist this season in the Bundesliga.
Minamino curled home to double the Premier League champions’ lead before Curtis Jones struck twice in four minutes to make it 4-0 before half-time.
A minute into the second-half, Minamino had his second, but League One Lincoln responded to get two goals to remember the night by.Tayo Edun finished off a great team move and Lewis Montsma headed home a corner.
Liverpool slam 7 past minnows
But Liverpool continued to find the net at the other end as Marko Grujic briefly made it 6-1 before Divock Origi rounded off the scoring.
Bertrand Traore marked his Aston Villa debut with a stunning side-foot volley to score his side’s second goal in a comfortable 3-0 win at Bristol City.
Anwar El Ghazi opened the scoring 11 minutes in before Traore showed why Villa spent £17 million ($A31 million) to sign him from Lyon last week with a cute finish from a narrow angle.
Another Villa new boy Ollie Watkins then grabbed his first goal for the club 17 minutes from time as Dean Smith’s men set up a last 16 clash with Stoke.
Traore’s absurdly good volley
City have won the competition for the past three years, but Pep Guardiola admitted he had been forced to name a youthful side to prioritise their Premier League campaign due to a shortened pre-season and a series of positive coronavirus tests.
Liam Delap, son of former Stoke midfielder Rory Delap, took just 18 minutes to score on his City debut with a fine finish into the top corner from Foden’s pass.
However, the lead lasted just four minutes as Bournemouth’s Sam Sturridge spun inside the City box before firing into the far corner.
Guardiola introduced the artillery he had on the bench after half-time in Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling, but it was another first-team regular in Foden who made the breakthrough after Riyad Mahrez’s shot came back off the post. City will travel to Burnley in the last 16.
He fell out of favour last term after a series of high-profile errors before the lockdown.
And while the Spaniard regained his place at the outset of Project Restart, he lost it again to Willy Caballero for the FA Cup semi-final and final.
Chelsea spent much of the summer seeking to land Mendy and any chance of Arrizabalaga keeping his position as first choice evaporated with his performances in the club’s opening two Premier League games.
He was badly at fault for Brighton’s goal in the 3-1 defeat at the Amex before a disastrous blunder gifted Sadio Mane Liverpool’s killer second in Sunday’s win at the Bridge.
Mendy, who has signed a five-year deal, said: Mendy said: “I am so excited to be joining Chelsea.
“It’s a dream for me to be a part of this exciting squad. I can’t wait to get started.”