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23 August 2017

Barcelona eye shock move for West Ham star Manuel Lanzini as they grow frustrated with pursuit of Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele

BARCELONA are set to turn their attentions to West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini with the growing frustration at the lack of transfers, according to reports.

The Catalan club are facing a losing battle in their pursuit of Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele.

Barcelona are ready to swoop for West Ham ace Manuel Lanzini
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Barcelona are ready to give up their chase on Philippe Coutinho
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SunSport exclusively revealed that Barca are ready to launch a fourth and final bid of £136million to land Coutinho this summer. 

But the Reds still insist the Brazilian will stay at Anfield leaving Barcelona looking elsewhere to bolster their attacking options.

Likewise with Borussia Dortmund’s Dembele, the club are struggling to agree a fee with the Bundesliga outfit having had a £119m bid rejected.

And now it appears Ernesto Valverde’s side will target Argentine stars Lanzini and Angel Di Maria.

According to reports in Argentina, Lanzini’s versatility in attacking positions make him an attractive option for the manager.

But he is likely to make most of his impact from the substitute bench if he does agree to a move to the Nou Camp.

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Arsenal could be tempted to go back in for consistent West Ham playmaker Manuel Lanzini
West Ham playmaker Manuel Lanzini has impressed since arriving in the Premier League
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Barcelona's pursuit of Ousmane Dembele has hit a speed bump
Barcelona’s pursuit of Ousmane Dembele has hit a dead end
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Angel Di Maria may fancy another crack at La Liga after already playing for Real Madrid
Angel Di Maria could be tempted with a move to Barcelona
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Lanzini, 24, has been impressive in his two Premier League seasons scoring 14 over both campaigns.

He may have to play second fiddle to Di Maria if Barcelona get their way. 

The club have been tracking the Paris Saint-Germain forward throughout the summer and his place in the side is under threat especially as the French giants chase Kylian Mbappe.

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