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.
New Dutch national team manager Louis Van Gaal has won his first game in charge of the team after the emphatic win over Montenegro in a Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifier at the weekend. Van Gaal was appointed the Dutch manager for the third time in his career this summer following the disappointing campaign at Euro 2020. Frank De Boer was sacked shortly after the Dutch were eliminated in the round of 16 by the Czech Republic with Van Gaal named as his replacement.
Ex-Manchester United, Barcelona and Ajax Amsterdam boss Van Gaal didn’t have the best of starts after his team could only manage a 1-1 draw with hosts Norway last week Wednesday. Van Gaal’s team was much improved by the time Montenegro arrived in Amsterdam for their game.More Link
Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte has reportedly informed the English club that he wishes to leave the Etihad stadium in favor of a move to the Spanish La Liga, with the league’s giants Barcelona and Real Madrid said to he keen on snapping him up this summer. Laporte has had a mixed spell since leaving Athletic Bilbao to sign for City some years ago and has found it hard to cement a regular starting spot in Pep Guardiola’s team. Guardiola has had to rotate his defensive options and has switched between John Stones, Nathan Ake, Laporte, and now Ruben Dias after the Portugal international defender joined from Benfica last summer.
After the signing of Dias, the Portuguese central defender has walked straight into the starting eleven and has not looked back since. His fine performances earned him a starting spot in the Portugal national team at the Euros but he was unable to guide his country to win the title. His emergence as City’s best defender has cast doubts over the future of Laporte at the Etihad and there is now a growing belief that the former Bilbao man could be on his way out of Pep Guardiola’s team.
Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona have announced that forward OusmaneDembele will undergo a knee surgery after he picked up a serious knee injury while playing for France at the ongoing European Championship being hosted by 11 countries. Barcelona forward Dembele picked up the injury during the Group F clash between France and Hungary at the Puskas Arena in Budapest.
Barcelona have confirmed that the player will miss several months of football action as a result of the injury. To this effect, Dembele is not expected to return to action until the end of the year meaning that he will miss the start of the new season for his club.
Five-time European champions Barcelona missed another opportunity to take the lead in the Spanish La Liga after they could only play a goalless draw at home to title rivals and league leaders Atletico Madrid at the weekend.
Barcelona needed a win to upstage Atletico at the top of the table but they were unable to get that win. To this effect, the Catalan giants stay in third place in the title race behind the Madrid duo of Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
Spanish football giants Barcelona will turn their attention to league football after the Copa Del Rey final victory over Athletic Bilbao at the weekend.
Barcelona showed ruthlessness against Bilbao to win the Spanish Copa Del Rey and will need to replicate that form in each of their remaining eight matches in the league if they want to end the season with an unlikely double. The Catalan giants have been able to recover from a poor start to the season under new manager Ronald Koeman.