As Barcelona bids farewell to an icon of the team, the Premier League is preparing to welcome him with open arms.
It is the end of an era at the Camp Nou, the goodbye to a golden generation, one that Ernesto Valverde is being charged with ushering out with respect and transitioning into the next.
He’s started well. The La Liga title was won with ease, but work is still to be done in Europe as Barca were eliminated at the quarterfinals stage for the third consecutive season.
Xavi has gone and Andres Iniesta will be playing in another kit next season, but for who? That is where today’s transfer round-up begins.
According to Radio Marca, Iniesta has confirmed that he was contacted by Manchester City and former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola about a move to the Etihad Stadium. The 34-year-old has said that was never a possibility for him.
Guardiola may also be losing his number two at City, as Mikel Arteta has been strongly linked with becoming the next Arsenal manager. And, according to the Daily Mirror, he may already be given a £40 million midfielder as the Gunners are already in talks with Nice’s 26-year-old midfielder Jean-Michael Seri.
Down the road at White Hart Lane, Tottenham Hotspur are expected to sell Toby Alderweireld. According to the London Evening Standard, Manchester United are confident of signing the 29-year-old center-back in a deal expected to cost around £40 million.
Across London, at the London Stadium, West Ham United are considering their options for goalkeeper next season with Joe Hart’s disappointing loan spell from Manchester City ending. According to The Sun, the Hammers want to make Tom Heaton their number one but will struggle to take him away from Burnley.
And finally, Newcastle United are set to make their first signing of the summer less than a week after the season came to a finish, with on loan goalkeeper Martin Dubravka joining permanently, according to The Sun. The 29-year-old Slovakian was a key individual in Rafa Benitez’s team as it successfully avoided relegation.
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