This is according to FCInterNews, a Spain-based outlet, which states that there is only one Nerazzurri primary player that the club is after and they may still have some involvement even if a deal cannot be finalized. However, a few other names also came up in the discussion from the Porto club and Kessie. Sport claims that the president of the Catalonia giants along with their director also traveled to Portugal earlier this week. There, a meeting was also arranged between the directors of the Italian club to watch the Nerazzurri play in the Champions League.
Barcelona is on a triumphant streak as they have won their way into the semi-finals of Copa de Rey. Gavi is now being considered for the first team. He would be wearing the No 6 shirt as Memphis Depay is departing from the team. A contract was signed with Gavi earlier on but it was assumed that he would have to wait till the campaign ends. Then only would he be signed on the senior team? Cope now reports that Barca is looking to sign him on earlier. They are simply awaiting a green light from the La Liga team.
Barca does have some room to wiggle since Memphis Depay is departing for Atletico. It is unlikely that a replacement for him will arrive soon. Hence, renewals need to be focused on now. Gavi in that list is a priority. There are other players as well. For instance, Barca is also waiting to sign up for Ronaldo Araujo would also play in the first team. Other players include Alejandro Balde. The Catalans are keen to sign a new agreement with him. However, they are awaiting a status report on their finances. It might be that Alejandro is signed on only in the summer of this year. Continue reading
With January 2023 transfer window still open, most of the news is that of possible transfers and re-assignments. For instance, Barcelona has been interested in taking up Bernardo Silva, a 28-year-old creative midfielder. He was currently being chased by Paris Saint-Germain, the Ligue 1 champions. However, the latest news is that Paris Saint-Germain is not considering signing him up this season. Hence, Barcelona is free to chase this player.
With Paris Saint-Germain opening up the field for Barcelona, they would want to sign him when the transfer window opens up in the summer. Bernardo is considered one of the most creative midfield players of the Premier League since he arrived in 2107 from AS Monaco. However, till now Pep Guardiola has not opted for him. The Portuguese international player is known for delivering results, especially when teams are in tight spots. Till now he has assisted in 56 goals for Manchester City. He has also scored as many as 50 goals. Now that Silva is open to moving, Paris Saint-Germain or Barcelona seem to be his possible options. Continue reading
Spanish La Liga giants Barcelonaare eyeing a fourth straight win in all competitions ahead of their home game against Czech side Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League.
Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa does not believe Antoine Griezmann will leave the club during the summer transfer window. Costa is said to have been lured back to Atleti owing to Griezmann’s attempts, and the 29-year-old believes it would be unfair, if the Frenchman left after convincing him to rejoin his former employers.
Speaking in a press conference, Costa said: “He knows that we want him, that he is a very important player. He is still with us and he has not told me he is going yet. I would be happy for him to stay, everyone has to look for the best for themselves but, in my opinion, the best for him is to stay. He called me every day to tell me to return to Atletico and now he’s not going to leave me. That cannot be, he is going to stay.”
Liverpool legend-turned-pundit Steven Gerrard spoke about the influence Sergio Busquets has at the heart of the Barcelona midfield. The likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have earned praise for their goalscoring exploits over the years, but Gerrard believes Busquets is equally influential in the Catalan ranks.
Speaking on BT Sport, Gerrard admitted that it was frustrating to find himself playing against Busquets with the Spaniard capable of maintain a tireless workrate over the course of 90 minutes, he said: “Having played against him, in the end you stop pressing him because it’s just so frustrating.
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has claimed that there was a possibility of his team trying to sign Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann in the coming transfer windows. The French superstar had been linked heavily with a move to Manchester United during the summer, but this did not materialise due to Atletico’s transfer ban. Since a departure for Griezmann in the summer would have left the club seriously short of options up front, they decided to persuade the Frenchman to stay at the club. However, Griezmann does not seem to be entirely happy at Atletico with the forward coming in with some poor performances.
Manchester United brought in Romelu Lukaku once they found out that they would not be able to bring in Griezmann in the summer. As a result, it is highly unlikely that the Red Devils will be in the market for the striker come the January transfer window or the summer. In this scenario, Barcelona are looking to take advantage of the situation by making an offer for the player. After having had a spectacular start to his life at Barcelona, manager Ernesto Valverde claims that Griezmann is a player who would fit in well at the Camp Nou. There have been previous transfers between Atletico and Barcelona with the recent high profile switch being Arda Turan.
Spain international Jordi Alba has said that he is enjoying himself at Barcelona following Neymar’s decision to join Paris Saint-Germain in the summer. The Brazil international made a shock choice to join the French giants in August after triggered the £198m release clause in his contract.
Initial suggestions were Barcelona would struggle in the absence of their key attack, but they have come out in flying colours in this season’s La Liga with Alba being one of their influential players. Alba is currently joint top of the assist charts with four alongside skipper Lionel Messi, and he appears to be enjoying life under new coach Ernesto Valverde.
Barcelona’s new signing Ousmane Dembele is excited to link up with his new teammates having been inspired by their performances over the years.
The 20-year-old sealed his move to Camp Nou for an initial fee of £97m, just weeks after Neymar’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain on a world-record sum.
Borussia Dortmund were initially reluctant to part ways with the former Rennes man, but the Frenchman took matters into his own hands by refusing to take part in training to push through his dream move. Speaking to Sport, the youngster has fond memories of Barcelona stalwarts Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi and takes them as his inspirations.
He told Sport: “I remember two games especially. One against Chelsea, when Iniesta scored the goal to qualify for the Champions League final. When I see Andres now I remember it. I can’t wait to tell him. And the other was a Champions League game against Arsenal. Barcelona had not done great in the first leg but in the second leg they produced a brilliant performance, with four goals from Messi. That’s when I realised Messi’s not from this world. It was incredible.” Continue reading
Lionel Messi has long been regarded as the best footballer on the planet, since bursting on to the scene for Barcelona’s first team back in 2004. It was former Catalans coach Frank Rijkaard that handed the Argentine his senior debut at the Nou Camp and kicked off what would become a truly illustrious career at the pinnacle of the sport.