BARCELONA STAR BEING EYED BY FELLOW LA LIGA RIVALS

It is pretty much known that despite positive words, Xavi does not really count on Riqui Puig. That, coupled with the arrival of Franck Kessie will only complicate matters for the youngster, and that is why Celta Vigo are currently trying to work on striking a deal in the summer.


As reported by Mundo Deportivo, the 22-year-old has not met his manager’s expectations and Barça will have no problems in parting ways at the end of the season. In fact, his departure will only help the team in freeing up space in an already clustered wage bill.

BARCELONA BEAT GALATASARAY, REACH EUROPA LEAGUE QUARTERS

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the winner as Barcelona fought back from a goal down to beat Galatasaray 2-1 on Thursday to book their spot in the Europa League quarter-finals, while Andriy Yarmolenko scored an extra-time winner as West Ham knocked out Sevilla.


After a goalless first leg at the Camp Nou last week, Xavi Hernandez’s Barca trailed on aggregate in the last 16 when Marcao headed Galatasaray into a 28th-minute lead on the night in Istanbul. But 19-year-old midfielder Pedri drew the visitors level before the break.

BARCELONA ASSEMBLING POSSIBLE SUMMER SIGNINGS

Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona are reportedly working really hard behind the scenes to assemble their future players as the summer transfer window continues to approach so fast. The Catalan giants have, according to reports, come close to completing the free transfer signing of Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen.


The 25-year-old is in the final few months of his contract at Stamford Bridge and having already completed part of his medical, he is expected to finalise a Bosman switch to Camp Nou imminently, before arriving at the club in the summer.
Now, Italian journalist and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano is claiming that the Catalan giants are far from done with their forays into the free-agent pool. Once the deal for Christensen is over the line, Barça will turn their focus on closing agreements to sign his Chelsea teammate and captain Cesar Azpilicueta, along with AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie and AFC Ajax right-back Noussair Mazraoui.

BARCA EYE POSSIBLE TRANSFER FOR PIQUE REPLACEMENT

Barca have been hailed for their transfer ambition of having enough attackers in their squad and they moved to achieve that goal by signing a couple of forwards in the January winter transfer window to that effect. However, in order to establish a balance in the squad, they would also have to sign defenders, an area where they are currently lagging behind. With Gerard Pique rapidly approaching the end of his career, and Eric Garcia also not yet reaching the expected heights, there is a need for Xavi to bring in at least one solid defender in the summer.

BARCELONA’S AWAY GAMES CONTINUES

Barcelona has played four games already in 2022, with two more games to go before January draws to a close. One thing that most people won’t have noticed is the fact that all five games have been away from Barca’s home ground. What’s more shocking is the fact that the remaining two games would also not be played in Camp Nou.

NETO ATTRACTING INTEREST FROM FLAMENGO - REPORT

Barcelona shot stopper Neto could return to his native Brazil on the back of his reports that Brazilian Serie A giants Flamengo want to sign him. The interest of Flamengo in the Barcelona goalkeeper was disclosed via a report from Diario Sport which stated that Flamengo have already held talks for Neto and that they want to sign him either in the winter transfer window which opened on Saturday or during the summer's transfer window.

BARCELONA NEED €10M MORE FOR TORRES

New Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez wants to bolster his attack in the upcoming winter transfer window and Manchester City forward Ferran Torres has been identified for the job.

Spanish attacker Torres has shown a good eye for goal plus versatility since Premier League champions Manchester City signed him from La Liga side Valencia. His experience of previously playing in the Spanish league is an added advantage in their pursuit of the player.

BARCELONA CONSIDERING TRINCAO RECALL

Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona are said to be considering whether to recall Francisco Trincao from his loan spell at Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers. MundoDeportivovia Daily Record claimed that new Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez is behind the idea on the possibility of Trincao returning to the club earlier than expected next year.

CITY, BAYERN EYEING DE JONG

Italian publication Calciomercatohas disclosed that English champions Manchester City and German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich are keeping tabs on Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong. It was revealed that the two clubs are still interested in the Dutch international despite his recent slump in form.


De Jong, 24, started this season well but he has suffered a dip in form in recent weeks. He produced an average performance in the El Clasico last weekend as Barcelona lost 2-1 at home to their arch rivals, Real Madrid. David Alaba and Lucas Vazquez scored for Madrid either side of the half-time interval, while summer signing Sergio Aguero came off the bench to score his first goal in a Barcelona shirt.

AJAX BOSS FAVOURITE FOR BARCELONA JOB

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Ajax Amsterdam manager Erik Ten Hag is the new favourite for the Barcelona job which is currently occupied by Dutch tactician Ronald Koeman. The new development involving Ten Hag was revealed by Catalonia Radio. It was stated that the Ajax boss is being considered as the man to replace Koeman in the Barcelona dugout.

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A lot of names have been linked with the Barcelona job in the past days and weeks including the usual suspects like club legend Xavi Hernandez and Roberto Martinez. Big names such as Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel, Liverpool boss JurgenKlopp and a few surprises such as Andrea Pirlo and Oscar Garcia have also been mentioned in the media as regards the Barcelona job.

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