Barcelona transfer news: Update on Dybala's future, Catalans in a two-way battle for Ozil and more - 7th October 2017
Paulo Dybala wants a "lifetime" contract at Juventus
The Argentine has been heavily linked to Barcelona as a replacement for Neymar but the Italian side held on to the player last summer. The current Juventus no.10 signed a new contract in April and as per Mundo Deportivo, the forward has insisted on a first option for Barcelona in that contract.
The Catalans can acquire Dybala for €120 million as per the reported new contract. However, Juventus CEO, Giuseppe Marotta, poured cold water when he revealed the club's plans for the 23-year old to La Stampa:
"He is priceless, because we are not a selling club. That means we will make another big financial sacrifice to keep him. We will soon lock him down to a new contract - it's what he asked us for."
This spells bad news for Manchester United and Real Madrid as well if Dybala indeed is looking for a "lifetime" contract.
Barcelona fighting with Manchester United for Ozil
Goal reports that Barcelona are now interested in bringing Arsenal's Mesut Ozil to Camp Nou. The German is in the final year of his contract and has so far refused to renew it.
Thus, Ozil can talk to foreign clubs from January itself giving Barcelona an advantage over interested English clubs. Nevertheless, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho knows the player from their time together at Real Madrid and that can pose a threat to Ernesto Valverde's plans.
However, the lure to play for Barcelona and Lionel Messi might prove to be a crucial factor.
Barcelona secure first option for Colombian defender
As per Colombia, the Blaugrana have won the race for Palmeiras' Yerry Mina. The 23-year old is highly-rated and was wanted by clubs across Europe, including Inter Milan.
However, Barcelona are now set to sign the defender as they have secured first option for the defender. Mina is not expected to play till the end of the year though as he deals with an injury.
Thus, the Catalans are set to strengthen their defence further in the coming year as the Colombian is set to join the likes of Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti.