Rumor ratings: Barca after striker; Hart seeks loan move

As we enter the last two weeks of the transfer window, which clubs will be looking to do some last minute business? Today, Barcelona are linked with a move for a striker from Premier League side West Brom, while Joe Hart could be set for a loan to either Everton or Sevilla.

Rondon to Barcelona

Barcelona are considering a swoop for West Brom striker Salomon Rondon as back-up for their star strikers, according to the Daily Mirror. Their superstar trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar remain their first choice but Barca want another forward to supplement what they already have.

The Venezuelan started off the new Premier League season with the only goal of the game to give the Baggies victory on the road at Crystal Palace. The Daily Mirror claims that the Spanish champions are monitoring Rondon’s situation at the Hawthorns and he is one of several strikers they are looking at. AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca, Newcastle’s Ayoze Perez and Atletico Madrid’s Luciano Vietto are all thought to be options for the La Liga side.

Rondon has previously enjoyed solid spells in Spain with Malaga and Las Palmas, while he scored nine Premier League goals last campaign.

Rumor rating: 3/10. He isn’t the type of player Barcelona normally goes for and Luis Enrique could potentially stick with the squad he already has.

Hart to Everton or Sevilla

Hart Caballero Manchester City

Joe Hart is ready to leave Manchester City on loan with Everton and Sevilla leading the race for his signature, according to reports. The Daily Mirror claims that the England goalkeeper has informed his City team-mates that he will be leaving the Etihad Stadium before the end of the transfer window.

It is understood that Guardiola has been honest with Hart by telling him he isn’t in his long-term plans at the club. The Spaniard started Willy Caballero – who was back-up to Hart for much of last season – in net for the Citizen’s first Premier League match against Sunderland and opted for him again in their Champions League qualifying match against Steaua Bucharest. The newspaper also says that Hart isn’t prepared to sit on the bench and wants to get first-team football in an effort to keep his place in Sam Allardyce’s new England squad.

Sevilla, one of the club’s linked with Hart, could offer the 29-year-old Champions League football but it’s thought that Everton hope to have the edge in the race for the player, with Ronald Koeman keen on bringing the keeper to Goodison Park.

Rumor rating: 9/10. Claudio Bravo looks likely to make the move to Manchester City from Barcelona and it’s become clear that Joe Hart doesn’t have a long-term future under Guardiola. English players rarely move abroad, so the Toffees seem like the obvious option.

Fonte to Man United or Arsenal

Jose Fonte Southampton

Manchester United and Arsenal have both approached Southampton over the possibility of buying defender Jose Fonte, according to reports. While the Red Devils’ interest in Fonte has been rumoured for a while, ESPN claims the Gunners have now made an offer to the Portugal international.

Arsene Wenger is looking to sign a central defender after having to start Calum Chambers and Rob Holding against Liverpool on Sunday. Per Mertesacker and Gabriel are long-term absentees, while Laurent Koscielny is struggling for match fitness after being given extra time off following Euro 2016. United on the other hand look set defensively for the new season but Mourinho is still keen to add an experienced central defender to his ranks.

Fonte, who would command a fee of around £10million, would prefer a transfer to Old Trafford over the Emirates, sources have told ESPN. The 32-year-old has two years left on his contract and has been a key part of Southampton’s rise up the Premier League table over the last few seasons.

Rumor rating: 7/10. Claude Puel remains confident that Fonte will stay at St Mary’s but we think there is a good chance he could make the move. Arsenal would be more likely than United, who have good cover in central defence.

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