Five-time European champions Barcelona began the new Spanish La Liga season with a win following the six-goal thriller with Real Sociedad. The Ronald Koeman-led team beat the Basque outfit 4-2 at home to start the new campaign on a winning note.
Barcelona have been the centre of attention for several days ahead of the new La Liga season following the exit of the great Lionel Messi who has been at the club throughout his professional career. The Catalan giants could not accommodate Messi and his salary on their wage bill due to the ongoing financial crisis at the club. French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) took full advantage of the financial situation at the Nou Camp by snapping up Messi on a free transfer with an annual salary worth €25m. Continue reading →
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has returned to the club after completing his holidays this summer. The star attacker is expected to join up with the rest of the Barca squad in their preparations as they continue their pre-season games ahead of the new La Liga season. Messi has been a center of so much speculation in recent times both on and off the pitch having already been linked with an exit from the Camp Nou. However, his return to the club is a huge relief to the fans who have always been urging him to not leave anytime soon.
Although he is currently a free agent, Messi is expected to sign a new contract extension at the club, as confirmed by President Joan Laporta some weeks ago. There have been talks regarding him signing a new deal but there have also been a few problems encountered as well. Messi’s recently-expired contract is a hefty one and Barcelona were told that they would need to cut down players’ wages if they want to sign the Argentina international superstar under another deal.
Barcelona fans won’t forget the Josep Maria Bartomeupresidentialera at the club in a hurry mainly due to the several bad financial decisions made by him and his board members. A lot of the big European clubs, Barcelona inclusive, are no stranger to little financial issues but the financial situation at the Nou Camp spiralled out of control under the watchful eyes of the aforementioned Bartomeu as big monies in transfer fees and wages were spent on flops like Philippe Coutinho and OusmaneDembele.
Bartomeu was the head of the basketball section at Barcelona during the first spell of Joan Laporta as president before he became the vice-president to SandroRosellbetween 2010 and 2014. He then became president after Rosell resigned due to the controversy over the transfer that took Brazilian superstar Neymar from Santos in his native Brazil to the Nou Camp. The Bartomeu presidential reign started well with Barcelona winning all the six trophies on offer under Luis Enrique in 2015 before things fell apart for him as the product of bad financial decisions and bad signings. His time as the Barcelona president promised much but delivered little eventually. Bartomeu and his board members resigned towards the end of last yearleaving the club in a pretty bad shape financially. New president Laporta has been forced to solve the bad financial situation at Barcelona at the start of his second spell as president.
Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona are said to be coming close to reaching an agreement with Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte and are willing to go all out to sign the player in the summer transfer window. Barcelona are reportedly working on a couple of summer deals as they continue their search for potential signings that will be capable of strengthening the squad and helping them fight for major titles next season.
The Spanish giants slipped up in the La Liga title race last season and lost the trophy to League rivals Atletico Madrid but are already looking ahead in their attempt to win the league crown next season. One of the areas they are said to be interested in adding new players is the defensive department, after of course, bolstering their attack.
Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona are currently going into a decline and are losing their status as one of the best teams in Europe. In the last few seasons, they have encountered a couple of difficulties that have affected them dearly both on and off the pitch, from internal crises to financial problems. However, they are hell-bent on staging a comeback and want to reinstate their status as one of the biggest names in the history of football.
They started the move by electing a new president in Juan Laporta and the club’s new president has pledged to make things right at the club by first convincing their star players, including Lionel Messi, to sign new contract extensions and then attracting some top players to the club in the next few transfer windows starting from this summer. Continue reading →
It continues to look very highly likely that Ronaldo Koeman will not be Barcelona’s manager for next season, according to several reports. The Dutch manager has come under intense pressure to perform at the Nou Camp this season but even though he has performed excellently at some points and in some areas, he still has a lot to do to earn the full trust, support, and backing of the club’s board. But as things stand, it looks like he has run out of time and the club no longer want to exercise patience with him.
Just last week, it was reported that the Spanish La Liga giants could be in the hunt for another manager as they no longer want to stick with Koeman, which is coming as a surprise because at the beginning of the season, Juan Laporta, the club’s new president, had already gon confirmed that the former Southampton manager had the full backing of the board. Continue reading →
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.
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. Continue reading →
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.
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. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →