Real Madrid to steal Barcelona's €90M target, Dutch teenager on Barca's radar and more LaLiga news: 12 February 2019
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Martin Skrtel rejected Barcelona move
Martin Skrtel's agent, Mithat Halis has revealed that the former Liverpool star rejected a move to Barcelona in January. The Slovak defender wanted to remain at Fenerbahce as he has an important and did not want to be a substitute at Camp Nou.
Halis said, “Barcelona insisted on signing Skrtel last month because they needed an alternative. They wanted somebody who can be a back-up for Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti, but Martin did not want to be in this position.”
“I think he is a better defender than Clement Lenglet is, but Martin is happy in Istanbul and at Fenerbahce, he has an important role at the club. He would prefer to be a key member of a first-team instead of being a substitute at Barcelona,” added the agent.
Real Madrid to steal De Ligt from Barcelona
Once Frenkie De Jong was signed, it looked like it was only a matter of time before they sealed the deal for Matthijs De Ligt too. However, things have not gone that way.
Reports suggest that PSG, Manchester City and Juventus were in constant touch with the Dutchman. However, reports in Spain now claim that Real Madrid are set to steal him.
Los Blancos are ready to make €90 million bid for the defender and sign him as the long-term replacement for Sergio Ramos.
Barcelona eye Mohammed Amine Ihattaren
Barcelona are looking to build a team for the future and are keen on signing young players. The Catalan side have already signed a couple of youngsters and have now set sights on another one.