Spain are through to the final phase of the UEFA Nations League this season after they usurped rivals Portugal at the top of Group A2. The 2010 World Cup winners travelled to Lisbon to take on hosts Portugal with the knowledge that only a win will take them to the final phase of the Nations League next summer and they were able to achieve the win thanks to the late goal from Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.
The Spaniards were in firm control of Group A2 ahead of the final two set of games in the group this month. The situation in the group changed when Spain were surprisingly beaten at home by Switzerland on Saturday. Spain lost 2-1 to Switzerland courtesy the winning goal from new AS Monaco attacker BreelEmboloas they suffered a first defeat at home in four years. The defeat paved the way for Portugal to take top spot in the group thanks to their 4-0 away win over Czech Republic.More Link
Five-time European champions Barcelona are eyeing a second successive win in the Spanish La Liga ahead of their home game with Real Valladolid who are one of the three newly promoted teams in the division this season.
The Spanish La Liga is in its third week this season and Barcelona are already playing catchup to arch rivals Real Madrid. To this effect, they can’t afford to lose more points when they take on Real Valladolid on Sunday evening. Barcelona and Real Madrid are the top two favourites in the race to win the Spanish La Liga this season and the Catalan giants are already playing second fiddle to reigning European champions Real Madrid. They are two points behind the La Liga holders after two games.More Link
Real Madrid attacker Marco Asensiohas emerged as a transfer target for the Premier League duo of Arsenal and Newcastle United. This is according tothe latest media reports which stated that the two teams want to sign the Spanish international. Asensiohas one year to run on his current deal at Real Madrid and he’s available for a transfer with contract extension unlikely for the player.
North London giants Arsenal are in the transfer market for a player who can feature efficiently and effectively on the left and right side of attack after they missed out on Brazilian star Raphinha. The Gunners were in for the Leeds United winger alongside Barcelona and Chelsea. It appears the player is on his way to join Barcelona despite the best efforts of both Arsenal and Chelsea to ensure that he stays in the Premier League. The incoming Barcelona player has been in the Premier League since Leeds United signed him from French club Rennes in the summer of 2020.More Link
According to reputed Spanish journalist Tot Costa, a new stumbling block has popped up in Barcelona’s way as they look to secure the services of Robert Lewandowski in the summer transfer window. Bayern Munich will demand €50 million for the Polish striker while asking the Blaugrana to pay the amount in one go. Robert Lewandowski is at a crossroads in his career despite going from strength to strength with every passing year in his professional career. The veteran attacker has carved a lasting legacy at Bayern Munich while establishing himself as the greatest striker of his generation.
The 33-year-old enjoyed an excellent 2021/22 campaign, amassing 50 goals and seven assists in 46 appearances across all competitions. But Lewandowski wants to leave Bayern Munich for one last adventure in his professional career, with Barcelona his preferred destination in the summer transfer window. The Catalan giants are determined to invest in a top-class striker in the summer transfer window as Martin Braithwaite could depart from Camp Nou. At the same time, Luuk de Jong has returned to Sevilla, with Barcelona not interested in signing the veteran Dutch striker in a permanent deal.More Link
As Barcelona look to strengthen their options on the right flank, a familiar face has been offered to the club. Indeed, as reported by SPORT, Barcelona have been offered the opportunity to secure the signing of former La Masia trainee Sergio Canós, who plays for Premier League club Brentford, in the summer transfer window.
Canós joined Barça’s famed La Masia youth setup in 2010 and spent three years at the club, before departing for Liverpool in 2013. However, things did not click for the Spaniard in Merseyside and after just one senior appearance, he signed for Brentford on loan in 2015.More Link
Manchester City may have stolen a march on the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid in the race for Erling Haaland with their latest bumper offer for the striker. The Borussia Dortmund hitman is one of the most in-demand commodities heading into the summer transfer window, thanks to his €75 million release clause which will become active.
Despite having had some issues with injuries, the 21-year-old has enjoyed a prolific goalscoring record. Barcelona have been long chasing the signing of the Norwegian international, with president Joan Laporta meeting his agent Mino Raiola multiple times.More Link
According to breaking news from Cataluyna Radio, Barcelona have decided to not raise their contract renewal terms for Ronald Araujo after offering him three times his current salary during the initial offer. The Uruguayan has reportedly turned down their initial offer, deeming the raise not substantial enough to continue. He wants a salary that reflects his performances, which according to him, are at the level of Pedri and Ansu Fati.
Barcelona recognises that there are a lot of suitors for Araujo, but are willing to run the risk by not revising their offer any further. They hope that he will eventually accept the offer since there is a possibility of him getting a substantial raise during future renewals.More Link
Ousmane Dembele has been at Barca since 2017. The ex-Dortmund man moved to the Bluagrana club in €105 million deal that also included over €40 million in add-ons if certain conditions were met. Consistent injuries to the player has made his time at Barca a disappointment, with just flashiest of his brilliance whenever he came on remnant of his time at the German club.
The relationship between Dembele, and the hierarchy at Barca has been damning in recent times, and the latest turn of event proves that there’s no way back for the player at Barcelona. The drama started when Barca’s coach Xavi Hernandez announced that the player had to sign an extension to his contract that expires in the summer or leaves.
Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona are reportedly eyeing a move for Juventus attacker Dejan Kulusevski ahead of the winter transfer window in January. This is according to the report from news outlet Fichajes which claimed that Swedish international Kulusevski has popped up on the radar of the Catalan giants.
Kulusevski had his big break at Juventus last season as he was a regular in thestarting XI under club legend Andrea Pirlo last season, but his playing time has suffered under new manager Maximiliano Allegri this season. Pirlo was sacked as the Juventus manager after one season and he was replaced by Allegri for his second managerial spell with the Old Lady.
Barcelona have been dealt a big blow ahead of their biggest game of the season following the news that young midfielder Pedri won’t be fit in time for the El Clasico this weekend. Barcelona host Real Madrid at the Nou Camp in the first of the two El Clasico meetings in the Spanish La Liga this season.
Spanish newspaper Marca revealed that Pedri won’t be in the Barcelona squad for the Real Madrid game due to the injury he sustained last month. Pedri has been a shining light for both club (Barcelona) and country (Spain). Spanish international Pedri is widely regarded as one of the best young players in the world. He was named the best young player at the Euro 2020 tournament this summer after helping Spain reach the last four stage of the tournament before they were beaten on penalties by eventual winners Italy after the two nations had played out a 1-1 draw at the end of both regulation time and extra time.