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Football transfer rumours: Harry Winks to Barcelona? Emre Can to Man City?

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Barcelona sent their sporting director, Robert Fernández, to Wembley to watch Spurs and Real Madrid last week – and what a time he had! His brief was to monitor Tottenham’s whispy creator Christian Eriksen who, presumably, the club see as a long-term replacement for Andrés Iniesta if they can’t lever Philippe Coutinho away from Liverpool. But his head was turned by the flashes of brilliance from the Hemel Hempstead Xavi, Harry Winks, whose pop-pop-pop passing and spritely energy would go down well at the Camp Nou. So as well as reporting back – perhaps in the medium of lols – on how Eriksen helped tear Real Madrid a new one, Fernández filed a glowing report on Winks too. The 21-year-old has recently been offered a new Spurs contract but is yet to sign it. The club may have to add another zero to his release clause.

Because they’re so original, Real Madrid are interested in Dele Alli and Harry Kane. Coutinho is now on their wish-list too, perhaps just to spite Barcelona. Another player who may be on his way out of Anfield is Emre Can. “We have to respect his contract is ending and that is how it is,” sniffed Jürgen Klopp over the weekend. The midfielder, whose deal ends in seven months, is reportedly not happy with the money he has been offered at Liverpool and is a long-term target for Juventus.

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