London, June 22: Barcelona's much-publicised financial difficulties are creating unwanted kind of leverage in the transfer market.
The Blaugrana have been linked to the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Mohamed Salah, but via a free transfer, circumventing the need for an initial outlay.
Reports suggest one of their transfer targets this off-season appears to be unattainable, though.
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Barcelona's reported interest in Jules Kounde will face a stumbling block in the form of Sevilla, according to Marca.
The Andalusian club have set a €60million price for Kounde, reportedly knowing that interest from Premier League clubs will meet that benchmark and effectively price Barcelona out of the market.
In addition, Sevilla would want to close the deal quickly, forcing Barcelona into cash-flow difficulty if they were to meet the demands for Kounde.
Barcelona are unwilling to pay the €60m despite sourcing fresh funds, with a reported need to primarily balance this year's budget.
– Arsenal and Newcastle United are keen on Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz, whose contract runs out in 2023, according to Corriere dello Sport.
– Borussia Dortmund are set to sign Ajax striker Sebastian Haller, per ESPN.
– Real Madrid have stepped up their interest in Raheem Sterling with his future in Manchester City uncertain, the Mirror reports.
– Chelsea are considering signing 29-year-old Lens full-back Jonathan Clauss, Goal is reporting.