Rumour Has It: Barcelona interested in Messi's Argentina teammate Martinez

We round up the front and back pages across Europe as Monday sees the transfer rumour mill crank into gear again.

Argentina striker Lautaro Martinez is on Barcelona's radar, according to reports.   -  Getty Images

Lautaro Martinez has impressed at the Copa America and the forward could end up being teammates with Lionel Messi at more than just international level.

Martinez, 21, has scored in back-to-back games to lead Argentina into a semifinal against rival and host Brazil at the Copa.

The Inter forward seems to have caught the eye of Barcelona, which has enquired about his services.


According to Radio La RedBarcelona has contacted Martinez's agent to express its interest. A move would see Martinez team up with Messi – who is yet to hit top form at the Copa America – at club level.

But Barca is also linked with moves for Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann and PSG forward Neymar, so Martinez may just be a back-up option.

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Neymar is heavily linked with a return to Barcelona, but it seems Paris Saint-Germain may not let the star go so easily. Telefoot reports PSG is still unwilling to let Neymar go. Meanwhile, Marca says Kylian Mbappe wants Neymar alongside him at the Parc des Princes.

Real Madrid is expected to sign another midfielder heading into 2019-20, with Paul Pogba and Christian Eriksen linked. But AS report Madrid has made an offer to Ajax star Donny van de Beek, who apparently has eight proposals from top European clubs.

Tottenham may finally get its man. The Daily Mail reports Spurs are close to an agreement to sign midfielder Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon in a deal worth up to £64million (€71.7m).

Manchester United appears to be leading the race for Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes. Liverpool and Spurs have distanced themselves from the Portugal international, according to the Daily Express, and La Gazzetta dello Sport says United has had a £35m (€39.2m) bid rejected.

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Leonardo Bonucci continues to be linked with a Juventus exit ahead of the Serie A champion's expected signing of Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt. An apparent target for PSG, Bonucci has also become an option for Manchester City, according to The Sun.

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