The 22-year-old is believed to have conveyed his request to the Barca hierarch on Friday evening, something they had been expecting 24 hours earlier after Bayern President Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admitted the Germans wanted to sign him following Guardiola’ Press conference.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the Germans are willing to pay the €18m release clause for the Spanish international midfielder and a deal could be agreed as early as Saturday, although La Blaugrana are understood to want more in the way of a transfer fee.
The player himself would like any agreement to be wrapped up as soon as possible, basically because he does not want to have to line up for next week’s Barca team photo alongside his present teammates and the coaching staff.
Daniel Alberto ‘Cata’ Diaz has admitted his time at Atletico Madrid is over after agreeing to join Boca Juniors.
The 34-year-old spent just one season at the Vicente Calderon following his move from Getafe 12 months ago, making just nine La Liga appearances, and confirmed he would be flying to Buenos Aires on Monday to complete the transfer.
The Catalans have been tracking the Brazilian international over the past few months, although the player recently claimed there was no agreement in place, but it now seems any deal could prove impossible after a statement on Friday night from the PSG President.
“He is one of our most important players and therefore will take the captain’s armband, both on and off the field. Last season he was extraordinary and the fans are crazy about him. Thiago Silva is priceless,” Globoesporte quotes him as saying.
Real Betis are close to completing the signing of Uruguayan striker Braian Rodriguez from Chilean outfit Huachipato.
Betis boss Pepe Mel has been searching for an attacker to add to his strike force of Ruben Castro, Jorge Molina and Chuli, and appears to have settled on Braian after losing out to Ajax for Barcelona’s Bojan.
Diario de Sevilla claims the 27-year-old has been on Betis’ radar for some time and in recent days the player’s agent is understood to have been at the Benito Villamarin putting the finishing touches to the transfer.
Betis’ coaches are believed to have been impressed with Rodriguez’s showing in the recent Copa Libertadores, where he scored five goals in six games and was one of the outstanding players of the tournament.
Paris Saint-Germain striker Kevin Gameiro has revealed he is involved in negotiating a move to Sevilla.
The French international scored eight times in 25 Ligue 1 appearances for PSG last term but told L’Equipe after PSG’s friendly with Rapid Vienna that he sees his future as being away from the Parc des Princes.
“Yes, I’m talking to Sevilla because I want to play more. I’m not going to deny it. If my role here is merely as a substitute then I need to make the decision to continue my career somewhere else,” admitted the 26-year-old.
“I want to play football, I need to score goals. It’s less than a year to the World Cup and that’s one of my aims."
Bayer Leverkusen are tracking Atletico Madrid defender Javi Manquillo as they look to reinforce their defence for next season.
The Germans see Manquillo as a direct replacement for Dani Carvajal, who has returned to Real Madrid after the buy-back clause in his contract was exercised, and had the 19-year-old watched last year as well as during the recent Under-20 World Cup in Israel.
According to AS, Leverkusen’s reading of the situation is similar to the one that saw Carvajal move to the Bay Arena 12 months ago – a young footballer of promise who is not getting the desired playing time at his parent club.
Speculation has increased that Roma defender Marquinhos could be on his way to Barcelona, according to Sky Sports.
The signing of a central defender has been a priority for the Catalans this summer, with Paris Saint-Germain’s Thiago Silva first choice, yet the difficulties of bringing the Brazilian international to the Camp Nou means boss Tito Vilanova now has his eyes on a much more feasible option.
Marquinhos is aged just 19, although he is already a regular in the Roma side having featured in 26 Serie A games last season, and his price is understood to be between €20m and €25m, a not very affordable price one for the Spanish giants.
Bojan has joined the Dutch club on loan following an unsuccessful spell in Serie A with Roma and Milan, a move he admits was a mistake, but claims he has not spoken to either since his return from a similar arrangement in Italy.
“I’ve not spoken to Zubizarreta or Tito,” Bojan told Cadena COPE’s Partido de las 12 programme, before claiming he would not have swapped his time at the Camp Nou for anything.
“I was very young when I started at Barcelona and everything went very quickly, but I’m proud of what I achieved and the times I had there. I’m only 22 so I’ve still got time to improve.
“Italy was a positive experience, although the football is very different and adapting wasn’t easy, but Ajax is a club that has always attracted me and I can identify with the mentality and football philosophy.”