MESSI READY TO TAKE PAY-CUT TO SIGN NEW DEAL

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi is reportedly considering his future at the club and may have decided he would fancy a contract extension instead of pushing for a move away from the club. Messi has been one of the major topics in world football since the closing stages of the last football season after announcing in an interview that he is tired at the Camp Nou and wants to leave Barcelona.

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Following the transfer saga that erupted last summer, many thought this season would be his last one at the club after they were finally able to convince him to stay behind for at least this season. After the interview, he was told that he can’t just leave the club and will have to play for at least one more season, as per the details contained in the last contract he sighed at the Spanish giants.
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POTENTIAL BARCELONA EXITS THIS SUMMER

The summer transfer window keeps approaching thick and fast, reminding clubs that they have to start getting ready to go about their transfer businesses as quickly as they can. The approaching transfer window is one that will give clubs the opportunity to complete or initiate the businesses they were unable to initiate or complete in January, and it’s also a great chance to let go of players who are no longer needed.

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One club that will definitely look forward to the summer transfer window is Barcelona, given how many reinforcements they need in their squad to be able to compete for major honors next season. However, while they are expected to make new signings, they are also expected to allow some players to leave the club. Here’s a list of the possible departures.
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Barcelona To Renew Contracts Of Certain Players Including Dembele

Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona are reportedly getting ready to offer a couple of players at the club contract renewals, according to MARCA. The club will move to handpick a couple of young players and hand them new deals to tie them to new contracts in the next couple of years as they plan for the future. The players that are said to be on the list of those who will extend their contracts include Ousmane Dembele, Oscar Mingueza, and Ilaix Moriba.

Renewing the contract deals of the three young players now appears to be a priority at the club and according to the report by MARCA, talks have started between the club and the agents of the three players. While talks have only commenced, it is believed that it will only take a couple of weeks to get get the deals over the line and delivered so the club can focus on other important businesses.
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Barcelona Closely Monitoring Agüero’s Situation At City

The news about Spanish La Liga giants being interested in signing Manchester City Striker Sergio Agüero continues to heat up with each passing day, and the rumors are beginning to get more concrete. According to Marca, Barcelona are highly interested in the forward and have continued to monitor his current situation at the Etihad club, amid reports that the Blaugrana will make a move for the Argentine superstar striker at the end of the current campaign.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is already preparing his squad for life after Agüero and has sidelined the legendary striker to just a few games this season. Although injuries and some quarantine moments have also played a role in Restricting Agüero to limited game time this season, when he has been fit and available to play, he has only ended up being an unused substitute a lot of those times.
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Barcelona Eyeing Transfer Of Manchester City Striker In The Summer

Spanish giants Barcelona have reportedly created a 5-man shortlist containing strikers that they are interested in signing ahead of the summer transfer window opening at the tail-end of the season, according to reports. That list contains Manchester City’s long-serving and legendary striker Sergio Agüero.

Argentina international striker Agüero will see his contract at Manchester City run out at the end of the summer if he does not renew, and has reportedly been linked with a move to Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona. As the situation stands currently, it is looking highly unlikely that the former Atletico Madrid man will be offered a new contract at the Etihad, as manager Pep Guardiola reportedly believes he is already aging and has his best years past him already.
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BARCELONA, TOP THREEWORST TRANSFER BALANCE

Spanish giants Barcelona have been ranked as one of the top three worst transfer balance dating back to five years ago, according to the report from CIES football observatory. The Catalans are one of the worst teams in European football with a negative transfer balance. This is coming on the back of the news that Barcelona are neck deep in debts of around $1.5bn. Since 2016, Barcelona have a transfer deficit of $571m. It was revealed that Barcelona splashed the sum of $1.42m on transfers within the period under review and recouped $849m in the sales of players to put the club in third place for transfer deficit behind the Manchester duo of Manchester United and Manchester City.


Premier League leaders Manchester City are the kings of transfer deficit as they have spent $765m more than the sales made from the transfers of their players. Manchester United are in second place with a negative transfer balance of $711m. Manchester City spent  $1.22bn on transfers within the period of the last five years, while the Red Devils spent $1.008bn under the same period. As observed by CIES, the debts incurred by Barcelona is not entirely due to the lucrative contract given to star player Lionel Messi in 2016. Continue reading

MESSI MAKES TEAM OF THE DECADE

Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi has been named on the list of CONMEBOL Team of the Decade joining the likes of former Barcelona teammates Neymar Jr and Javier Mascherano. The CONMEBOL Team of the Decade is for the period of the last ten years. The players were selected based on their performances from 2011 to 2020.


The list of the eleven players for the CONMEBOL Team of the Decade was compiled by the InternationalFederation of Football and Statistics (IFFHS). Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi is widely regarded by a lot of football stakeholders as the best player in the history of the game and it’s not surprising that the petite Argentine national team skipper has made the South American Team of the Decade. Continue reading

BARCA BOSS KOEMAN GIVES UPDATE ON RIQUI PUIG’S FUTURE

Barcelona superstar Riqui Puig has sparked a host of transfer rumours after being linked to so many clubs across Europe having been in fine form for his club so far this season. Premier League side Leeds United are one of the many clubs to have been interested in the young prolific star as they have been looking to make some key upgrades in the team, especially in the midfield area.


Marcel Bielsa has identified Puig as one of the very smart business deals out there talking about creative midfielders he could sign for Leeds. Two other names that were drawn up for a possible transfer to Leeds are Udinese superstar Rodrigo De Paul, as well as creative midfield genius Michael Cuisance right before he decided to move to French outfit Marseille instead.
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LA LIGA: BARCELONA STRUGGLES CONTINUE

 

Barcelona have struggled for form in the Spanish La Ligathis season and that continued into their latest league outing, an home clash with Eibar at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night. Barcelona were only able to secure an uninspiring draw against lowly Eibar as they failed to close the gap on the top two teams on the La Liga table. The Nou Camp giants were without talismanic player Lionel Messi for the week 16 league meeting with Eibar and his absence was felt as the other players failed to step up for the team.


Ahead of the game, Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman told reporters that Messi will miss the game because of a small injury problem. The said injury kept him out of the Eibar game though he’s likely to return to the team for the league trip to Huesca at the weekend. Without Messi, Barcelona lacked the required cutting edge in front of goaland this was evident when the team was awarded a first half penalty. Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi is the usual penalty taker but his absence meant that another player had to step up. Danish international Martin Braithwaite stepped up in the absence of Messi but he could not convert the spot kick. Continue reading

INIESTA FIRES VISSEL KOBE TO ACL QUARTERS

 

Just when some may think Andres Iniesta has gone past his best, he keeps reminding everyone that no matter what, class is always permanent, even though form may be temporary. The former Barcelona man has been keeping the Vissel Kobe fans since joining the club, getting loads of love and affection from everyone around the club.


He once again showed the stuff he is made of after scoring a goal and helping his team secure passage to the quarters of the Asian Champions League. Iniesta and his teammate Daigo Nishi were the players on the scoresheet, as either of them scored in either half of the 90 minutes on Monday to proceed to the next stage of the competition.
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