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Pogba update

Paul Pogba still reportedly wants to join Barcelona despite the Red Devils being unable to sign a replacement.

Manchester United star Pogba has emerged as a top Barcelona transfer target with the window for La Liga clubs shutting on August 31.

Reports have claimed Pogba wants to join Barcelona to team up with Lionel Messi and former Juventus team-mate Arturo Vidal.

And Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo say that, despite United being unable to sign a replacement, the 25-year-old still wants out.

Dembele bid

Arsenal reportedly submitted a late bid for Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele – but the Catalan giants refused to tell the 21-year-old.

Arsenal wanted Barcelona forward Dembele to be their sixth summer signing but, despite their interest, ultimately missed out on luring him to the Premier League.

Claims on deadline day emerged suggesting the Catalan giants had received a bid from the Premier League side.

This was rubbished by several journalists, with BBC Sport’s David Ornstein claiming Arsenal had chosen against pursuing a deadline day deal despite their interest in the forward.

But RAC1 say Arsenal DID try and lure Dembele to north London as the clock ticked down.

Messi announcement

Lionel Messi has been named Barcelona’s first captain following the departure of Andres Iniesta.

Messi will now wear the armband when he starts games for the La Liga champions.

Barcelona have named four captains in total with Messi No 1 and Sergio Busquets vice.

Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto are third and fourth captains at the Nou Camp.

Thiago to Real Madrid?

Real Madrid want to sign former Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich, according to reports in Germany.

Thiago has been at Bayern since 2013, joining when Pep Guardiola took over, but could be on the move this summer.

According to Sky Germany Real Madrid are interested in signing the Spain international.

Thiago is said to be the only player Julen Lopetegui requested when taking over as Real Madrid boss.

Lopetegui worked with Thiago with the Spanish team during his spell as international boss and at under 21 level.

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