Liga - Spanish transfer gossip: Barcelona to move for Porto duo

Reports in Marca suggest that Barcelona could make moves for Porto pair Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala.

Liga - Spanish transfer gossip: Barcelona to move for Porto duo

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Nicolas Otamendi

Stories emerged earlier this week that the Blaugrana had decided not to sign a centre-back this summer after having moves rejected for Daniel Agger and David Luiz.

But the Madrid-based newspaper has claimed that Tata Martino’s men have had second thoughts, and could offer for one of the Dragoes defenders.

Otamendi has become ever-present for the Portuguese side since his arrival from Velez Sarsfield in 2010.

22-year-old Mangala meanwhile, has made his debut for the France national team this year.

Atletico Madrid are reportedly willing to sell defender Martin Demichelis to Manchester City for €5m this summer.

The Argentine international arrived on a free transfer from Malaga just over a month ago, but former boss Manuel Pellegrini wants the 32-year-old to join him at City after having no luck so far in prising Pepe away from Real Madrid.

Atletico boss Diego Simeone does not want to lose the player so soon after signing him yet, according to Marca, but the club’s hierarchy may see it as a chance to cash in on a player they got for nothing.

Diego Godin and Joao Miranda are undisputed first-choice central defenders at the Vicente Calderon, but Simeone is aware he will need all the tools at his disposal as the club enters the Champions League next season.

Right now, it is believed the deal depends on how much Pellegrini wants Demichelis at the Etihad Stadium, given that City now know the price they will have to pay for the player.

Barcelona midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos says he intends to stay at the club with the change of coach giving him a fresh start.

The Mexican international had been linked with a move away from the Camp Nou during the close season, in particular to Real Sociedad, but the replacement of Tito Vilanova by Tata Martino has given him fresh hope he still has a future with the Catalans.

“This year I’m hoping to play more so I’m able to show what I can do. Last season I didn’t get the opportunity," he said.

“My decision to stay came after speaking to the new coach, who told me he has confidence in me, and now I don’t want to let him down. He didn’t know anything about my future and I’d received some serious offers, like the one from Real Sociedad, but after he spoke to me I decided to stay.

Cristiano Ronaldo claims he is "not worried" concerning talk of a potential contract renewal with Real Madrid.

Ronaldo has been repeatedly linked with a move away from the Bernabeu this summer with Manchester United rumoured to be keen to bring him back to the club.

But Ronaldo told AS: “I have several years ahead of me and the renewal is not something that worries me right now.

“Things happen naturally and sooner or later we will find out. It’s not worrying. Things are going well. I’m happy and I don’t consider it the end of the world.”

Espanyol are interested in taking former Barcelona winger Jeffren Suarez to Cornella El-Prat.

Jeffren, 25, joined Sporting Lisbon two years ago for a reported €3.75m plus add-ons but it is believed he is not part of boss Leonardo Jardim’s plans for the 2013-14 campaign.

As a result, the Venezuela-born player, who was brought up in Tenerife, is looking for an exit from the Estadio Jose Alvalade and cross-city rivals Espanyol could be ready to grant him his wish.

Los Periquitos’ boss Javier Aguirre has been searching for a wide player to complement his squad before the start of the new campaign, with Jeffren understood to look favourably on a return to Catalonia.

According to Sport, the player’s agent said some days ago that it was more than likely his client would seek a move away from Portugal, having also become aware of interest from both Elche and Granada.

Valencia are thought to be on the verge of signing striker Dorlan Pabon from Monterrey, claims ABC de Sevilla.

The Colombian international signed for the Mexican outfit from Parma in January this year and was subsequently loaned to Real Betis for the rest of the season.

Pabon, 25, had a short but successful time with Los Beticos, notching eight goals in 17 La Liga games, and Los Che are now believed to be in advanced negotiations to take him to Mestalla.

Betis boss Pepe Mel was understood to be keen to keep Pabon at the Benito Villamarin, but Monterrey’s demands were well in excess of what the Andalusians were willing to pay.

Now, however, a deal could be imminent as Valencia are reported to have offered around €7m for the player.

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