WILL BARCELONA SIGN HAALAND THIS SUMMER?

It is no longer news that Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona are highly interested in signing a new striker this summer and their major transfer target for that position is Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland. The young striker is currently the most sought-after player in the world right now and he is reportedly still thinking about where he will be at next season.

Wijnaldum's Imminent Transfer To Barcelona Takes New Twist

It was reported last season by several media outlets that Liverpool midfielder Georgio Wijnaldum will quit Anfield in favor of a move to Barcelona this summer as he looks to get a fresh challenge in a different country and a different league. He has so refused to sign a new contract despite Liverpool presenting up to two fresh deals that were said to be an upgrade to his current contract.

Barca Looking To Offload Some Players To Raise Haaland Transfer Fee

Barcelona are one of the top European clubs in Europe that have been heavily affected by the coronavirus pandemic outbreak financially and it hit them really hard. The Spanish La Liga giants have been thrown into a very deep financial hiatus that has seen them suffer some major setbacks both privately and on the public scene.

Barcelona Facing Strong Competition In Haaland Chase

According to a report which was released by the Daily Mail in the past week, Barcelona have strengthened their interest in Borussia Dortmund's prolific striker Erling Haaland as they look to bolster their attacking options after they allowed veteran striker Luis Suarez to leave the club in the past transfer window.

BARCELONA QUARTET OUT OF SEVILLA CLASH

Barcelona will be without four new players ahead of their Spanish Copa Del Rey semi-final first leg clash with Sevilla on Wednesday night as the club's injury crisis shows no signs of stopping in the nearest future. Barcelona have already missed some key players due to long-term injuries.


Star defender Gerard Pique has not played for Barcelona since suffering a serious knee injury during the La Liga defeat at the home of league leaders Atletico Madrid in November, while promising forward AnsuFati also succumbed to a long-term knee injury earlier this season on the back of his promising start to the season. The two players will definitely miss the Sevilla clash mentioned earlier in addition to the newly injured quartet of Ronald Araujo, Martin Braithwaite, SerginoDest and Miralem Pjanic. The club ruled out the four players namely Miralem Pjanic, SerginoDest, Martin Braithwaite and Ronald Araujo out of the Sevilla game on Wednesday night via a statement on the playing squad for the game.

ANSU FATI SET FOR BARCELONA COMEBACK

Barcelona youngster Ansu Fati is said to be closing in on a return to action after several months out with a serious knee injury. This is according to the report from Diario Sport which revealed that the hot prospect is making progress in his bid to return to full fitness. The report also said that the Barcelona attacker is not rushing his comeback from the knee injury that has kept him away from the Barcelona first team squadsince November 2020. The priority for him is to regain full fitness before returning to the pitch to help Barcelona ahead of the rest of their games this season.

AnsuFati was having a great season before the injury after emerging as a star for both Barcelona and his country, Spain. The 18-year-old had a return of five goals and four assists in the opening ten games of the season for Barcelona in all competitions before he tore the meniscus in his left knee.

TWO CANDIDATES VYING FOR BARCELONA PRESIDENCY POST DROP OUT OF RACE

Over the past few weeks, Barcelona news have been largely dominated by the Spanish club's imminent voting in of a new President. The elections, which will be held later this month has not even started yet and there are several stories about it that pop up each day.


The story that has surfaced this time around is that two of the candidates in the running to be the Catalan giant's new president in persons of Pere Riera and AgustiBenedito have dropped out of the race and are no longer in the running for the position. This now means that there are just five candidates left in the picture who are willing to battle it out to become the next president.

COUTINHO SET FOR SCAN ON INJURY

Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho is set to undergo scan on the knee injury that he picked up during the disappointing draw at home to Eibarin the Spanish La Liga. Philippe Coutinho sustained the knee injury after coming on as a second half substitute during the week 16 league game which ended in a 1-1 draw and the Brazilian international had to limp out of the match. He had come on for fellow midfielder Miralem Pjanic shortly before the midpoint of the second half.


Ronald Koeman had to turn to Philippe Coutinho with Barcelona trailing 1-0 at home to Eibar and his arrival coincided with the equaliser from another substitute, OusmaneDembele. Barcelona had themselves to blame for a poor performance in front of goal especially in the first half when they failed to capitalise on the award of a spot kick. Regular spot kick taker Lionel Messi missed the game with a small ankle issue and Martin Braithwaite had to step up to take the penalty in the first half. The Danish striker failed to convert the spot as Barcelona missed out on a fantastic opportunity to take the lead in the first half as both teams went into the break with no goals.

BARCELONA LOSE TOP SPOT TO JUVENTUS

Spanish giants Barcelona have lost top spot to Juventus at the end of Group G campaign in the Champions League this season after they were beaten at home by the Italians in their final group game at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night. Barcelona came into the matchday six clash at home to Juve with the only perfect record in the competition and the Spaniards needed at least a 2-0 loss or better to lose their place as the top team in the group.


Barcelona had a three-point lead over Juventus in second place ahead of their meeting in Catalonia. In the end, the Spanish team managed to lose its place at the top of Group G to Juventus after they were beaten 3-0 by their visitors with Cristiano Ronaldo getting a brace via two penalties in addition to a Weston McKennie strike. Juve scored two goals in seven minutes to take a 2-0 lead inside the first 20 minutes.

BOSTOCK: A STORY OF ‘ALMOST’

Not many would know John Bostock and quite fairly that’s because his story is one of almost. The current 28-year old, who has played for 13 different clubs is without one now. He almost joined FC Barcelona 14 years back but now it’s a case of unfulfilled potential.


Bostock is like several ‘wonderkids’ that caught the attention of the biggest clubs but eventually nothing came of it. The footballer said he got the attention of Barca, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Liverpool and other top sides, preferring to follow the route advertised at Camp Nou.
Bostock idolized Ronaldinho at the time so it was probably not so much of a decision for him then. Seeing how the Brazilian was enjoying his time in the La Liga, scoring and assisting goals, winning titles and winning the Ballon d’Or, Bostock was sold.

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