Transfer deadline day is one that usually has a lot of twists and turns, as well as a lot of drama as well and this summer’s version did not disappoint. People were already expecting a lot of activities as it is usually the tradition on the last day of every transfer window and of course, they were not made to wait in vain as there were so many reasons to have remained glued to transfer news and rumors during the final few hours of the last day of the summer transfer window. While a lot of clubs completed a number of transfers into their squads, some others completed a number of departures and one of those clubs is Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona.
The Catalan giants started their summer businesses quite early this summer after they completed the double signing of Netherlands international attacker Memphis Depay from Olympique Lyon and Argentina international striker Sergio Agüero from English Premier League club Manchester City (both coming in as free agents). The signing of the two players saw them make a huge statement of intent that they were ready to challenge for titles this season but their summer took a new twist after the departure of Lionel Messi. Continue reading
Barcelona’s new signing Memphis Depay is already off the mark for his new club and has opened his goal-scoring account even though it’s just in pre-season. The Netherlands international attacker joined the Catalan giants this summer as a free agent after seeing out his contract at French Ligue 1 club Lyon without agreeing to pen an extension. He decided against signing another contract at Lyon because he felt he was ready to play for a bigger club and he achieved his goal finally signing for Barcelona this summer, one of the biggest clubs in the world of football.
Depay’s move to Barca is seen as a massive upgrade in his career and all that now remains is for him to make a huge impact as a top signing that he already is. The Dutch forward has already impressed in pre-season after coming off the bench to score from the spot in Barcelona’s previous friendly match while he also netted another goal in their last match. He is already showing match sharpness and it would do him and the club a lot of good if he can maintain that fine form as the season is about to start so he can help the Catalan giants to fight for trophies next season.
Former Barcelona defender Dani Alves has hailed his former club’s transfer businesses and has tipped them to emerge as the winners of the UEFA Champions League title next season. The Spanish La Liga giants have been busy in the summer transfer window even before it officially opened and while they have completed a couple of transfers already, they are still on the lookout for more possible signings while also very close to completing the signing of free agent Memphis Depay.
After letting go of Uruguay international striker Luis Suarez two some months ago, they needed to sign a replacement for the veteran forward and they have done so by completing and announcing the arrival of Sergio Agüero after the Argentine striker left Manchester City after the expiration of his contract at the Etihad. The signing of Agüero sent a message to the other big clubs in the Spanish La Liga that the Camp Nou outfit are getting ready to win back the league crown, while it also sent a statement of intent that they want to compete for the Champions League title as well.
Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona have continued to show how serious they are about securing their transfer business activities as early as possible. The Catalan giants are reportedly keen to secure the signing of Memphis Depay as soon as they can so that they can continue looking for more players they want to sign in a bid to continue strengthening their squad. They have already shown a strong statement of intent after capturing the services of Sergio Agüero following the Argentine striker’s contract expiration at Manchester City at the end of the season.
Barca now want to continue making more additions to the squad and have already been in negotiations with Memphis Depay for the past couple of weeks as they continue to strike an agreement with the Netherlands international star. The Camp Nou club initially told the attacker that they are willing to offer him a three-year contract for him to join them but both parties have not been able to make conclusions and still need to iron out personal terms before any contract can be signed.
Lyon star Memphis Depay has continued to spark transfer rumors of his possible move to the Camp Nou after his latest activity. The Spanish La Liga giants have a long-standing interest in the Netherlands international and he is currently topping their striker shopping list as they wish to shuffle their attack this summer.
The striker has been on fire in the French Ligue 1 for Lyon this season and it is no surprise that he is a wanted man currently. He also has a close relationship with Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman, making it an even more likely transfer to happen this summer. According to reports from Spain, the Dutch forward is currently house-hunting in the country and would love to get a home in the city of Barcelona, fueling reports that he could be nearing a move to the club.
Barcelonaskipper Lionel Messi has reportedly asked for a reunion with outgoing Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero as one of the conditions for him to sign a new deal at the club.
Football Insider revealed that the signing of Aguero will go a long way to convince Barcelona talisman Messi that his long-term future lies at the Nou Camp. Messi and Aguero have played together in the Argentine national team for the better part of the last two decades and they could reunite at club level at Barcelona this summer.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp may have to face the tedious task of keeping hold of his star players in the summer if they continue to get linked with moves away from Anfield. The club’s poor form this season has raised questions as to whether they would still be able to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League this season since they are almost confirmed to be out of the title race.
Some Liverpool players have been touted to leave the club. With midfielder Georgia Wijnaldum already confirmed to be leaving the club at the end of the season, Attackers Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have also both been linked with potential exits from the Premier League Champions. While Mane has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, Salah has been linked to Madrid’s fierce rivals Barcelona and has been tipped to make the switch if the Reds do not turn their season around.
Barcelona are favourites to secure a place in the Copa Del Rey semi-finals ahead of the quarterfinal clash at the home of Granada tonight. The Copa Del Rey format has changed since last season from a two-legged format to a winner-takes-all one-leg clash due to the effects of the dreaded Coronavirus on the round leather game.
Barcelona will face a top flight team for the first time this season in the Copa Del Rey when they take on Granada but they can take solace from their league result in the same fixture. Some weeks ago, Barcelona thrashed Granada 4-0 away from home with a brace each from club skipper Lionel Messi and the in-form Antoine Griezmann. Continue reading
Spanish giants Barcelona will be looking to climb further up the table as they travel to Athletic Bilbao in a crunch La Liga tie. Athletic Bilbao welcome the Catalans to the San James on Wednesday night and will also be looking to have one over Ronald Koeman’s men.
The home side are currently sitting in 9th position in the standings but will be looking to use the home advantage to secure Bragging rights having dropped vital La Liga points in 11 out of the 17 games they have played so far in the league.
On Sunday night, Barcelona welcome Levante to the Camp Nou in a match that they must win if they want to be anywhere near the top 4 by the end of the day. They will be looking to snap up all three points and bounce back from the home defeat to a Cristiano Ronaldo-led Juventus in the UEFA Champions League in midweek.
Ronald Koeman’s men suffered two consecutive defeats both in the league against Cadiz and in Europe against Andrea Pirlo’s Juve. Koeman will then be looking forward to clinching a win at the weekend in a bid to lift the spirits in the dressing room.