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Barcelona eyeing defensive reinforcements worth €150 million and other transfer news and rumours of the day - 22nd September, 2017

Sumedh Pande
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FC Barcelona Unveil New Head Coach Ernesto Valverde
The Catalans are looking to bolster their defence

Hello and welcome to Sportskeeda's latest transfer news and rumours roundup. Today's stories feature the latest update on some of the major happenings in world football which may change the complexion of a few clubs. So let's head right in and take a look at the major happenings across Europe that made headlines on September 22, 2017: 

La Liga 

FC Barcelona eyeing defensive reinforcements worth €150 million 

According to Mundo Deportivo, FC Barcelona are looking to solidify their backline for the future by signing two highly rated teenage defenders. The youngsters which Barcelona are monitoring feature Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax and Dayot Upamecano of RB Leipzig. De Ligt is Ajax's youngest debutante since 1931 who also played in last season's Europa League final. Upamecano is another highly rated prospect from Germany who is has a release clause worth €100 million. 

Ernesto Valverde has an ageing defensive setup at his disposal with the likes of Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano and Thomas Vermaelen all being on the other side of 30. The boss believes that an injection of young blood in his back line is a must which is why Barcelona are ready to spend €150 on two 18-year-olds.

Real Madrid to renew shirt sponsorship deal 

Though the talks were scheduled for next year, Real Madrid are set to renew their shirt sponsorship deal with the Fly Emirates a year earlier. Marca reports that the airline brand are willing to pay €70 million per year to the European champions for a deal until 2022. Real Madrid also want to renew their kit deal with Adidas and are demanding a contract worth €105 million; a deal as big as FC Barcelona's. 

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Sumedh Pande
An avid Premier League watcher with specialization in transfer news and post match analysis. Follow European and Indian football with minute attention with one eye on the world of cricket.
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