Lionel Messi’s exit may have taken the headlines in the last few days across the football world, but FC Barcelona still has a season to plan for and has not been less busy in the transfer market.
Some of the players considered surplus to requirements at the Camp Nou continue to be linked in the transfer market, but so far, nothing has been concrete yet. Details are still sketchy on the destinations at the moment, and some of the deals are said to be reaching the final phases. However, reports from Spanish tabloids suggest that some first team players are definitely moving out this summer.
Reports suggest that Pjanic has taken a pay cut to facilitate a loan move to Juventus. He is expected to complete the transfer this week after reportedly taking a 20% pay cut off his wages.
The player has been out of favour since his arrival to the Catalan side. Ronald Koeman has also consistently showed that Pjanic is not in the future plans of his team. He came to Barca in a bizarre transfer that saw the club let go of Brazilian playmaker, Arthur Melo in a cross-transfer that saw him move to Juventus as part of the transfer.
The French star has really had it very rough at the Nou Camp in the past couple of days. The former Lyon star found himself at the hot end of whistling vitriol’s from some supporters hurting from Messi’s exit during the Gamper Trophy match against Juventus on Sunday. Apparently, they feel he should have left so that Barca could free up funds for Lionel Messi stay. As a result, he was booed when he replaced Araujo in the match.
He walked off immediately after the match and was not there when the trophy was presented to the team. In the transfer market however, Umtiti continues to be linked to numerous unmentioned clubs who are probably still taking their time to consider if the transfer is worth a push.
As at yesterday, the report from the player’s camp is that he wants to see out his contract at the club and wants to stay. His current commitment with the Catalan side is expected to expire two (2) years from now in 2023. However, reports suggest that Barca is threatening to drop him off the squad should he decide to stay. He is believed to be holding out for a top side capable of contesting for the title. Umtiti has been linked with Lyon and Atletico Madrid.
The Danish International is getting a lot of interests from English sides and has been heavily linked with West Ham and Tottenham. It is rumored that the East London side is already at an advanced stage in their negotiations for the striker.
However, there seems to be growing interest from Tottenham for the player as Harry Kane’s exit or stay is yet to be sorted out by the London side. Should Kane leave the club, Braithwaite is seen as a good alternative, especially after he impressed at the Euro’s.
There are reports that Barca is tabling a five  year contract offer for the player who plies his trade with Kayserispor in Turkey. His transfer fee is said to be cheap and would be a steal for the Spanish giants who are now looking towards a future without Lionel Messi.
NETO AND INAKI PENA
Neto has been heavily linked with a move in the transfer news mill as he is said to be looking for more playing times. This generated talks that Inaki Pena may become the second choice deputy for Ter Stegen, especially after his recent great performances in front of the post.
The injury to Marc Andre Ter Stegen means that Neto will be staying put in the meantime alongside third choice goalkeeper, Inaki Pena.
After a heartbreaking announcement by FC Barcelona that the Argentine will no longer be plying his trade with them, PSG immediately swooped in and signed a two (2) years contract with the six (6) times Balon D’Or winner in a history making move.
Messi has now arrived in Paris, done the medicals and presented to PSG fans that waited all day to see the former Barca superstar. The transfer completes a nightmare that started last year with the Burofax saga.
Griezmann has gotten his own share of the blame for Messi’s departure. However, he doesn’t seem to be bothered by it one bit as he continues to be a good sportsman. Now that Leo is no longer a Barca player, it is unlikely Barca will be inclined to consider selling the French forward at this point.
According to the coach, Griezmann is expected to fill in the role and step up his game to help mitigate Messi’s exit –
“Despite the farewell to Leo Messi, we are very excited about this new season. With the squad we have, the signings we have made and also young people have come up, which is always the future of this great club.
“We are convinced that we will give you many joys this season. With a lot of help, a lot of sacrifice and a very good job we will achieve the maximum. We know what it is to be from Barca and what this club represents.
“It is important to have the best, but we don’t change our ideas or the way we play either. Griezmann has played in his position and he has done well.”
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