The latest reports from Nou Camp is that Ansu Fati is back in training and was giving a guard of honor after being absent since last year. There have been other recent developments at the Catalan side too, and here are some of them –
- ANSU FATI SET TO RETURN
The Spanish International has been a source of good news in recent days after information emerged that he has returned to training. According to reports, he is likely to feature in the game against Sevilla after the International break.
The Barca prodigy has been out of action after a devastating injury that left him on the sidelines since November last year. Although there are concerns of a relapse, it is believed the youngster will not be rushed back into the team but will be gradually eased in by Ronald Koeman until he regains his match rhythm.
- BARCA CLOSING ON CONTRACT REDUCTIONS WITH OTHER BARCA CAPTAINS
FC Barcelona has been in contract talks with Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto with a view to getting them reduce their wages in the interest of the club and for some percentages of their salaries deferred to later years.
It is believed that Jordi Alba has agreed to a 25% cut in that respect and Sergio Busquets is towing same path. Although Sergi Roberto’s contract is expected to expire next summer, the club is willing to extend it to two years with a 50% reduction if he reduces his current wage at the moment. According to reports, Sergi Roberto may soon agree to the proposition.
- BARCA GROWING IMPATIENCE WITH SAMUEL UMTITI
Umtiti seems to be an unwanted man at Nou Camp at the moment, but the French star is not making things easy for the Catalan giants. Umtiti is reportedly refusing to leave for just any team and has specific type of preference. With that in mind, he has refused to listen to offers and doesn’t want to leave the club.
On the other hand, Barca is growing impatience with him and may exploit other legal channels to facilitate his exit.
- BARCA LIKELY TO GET A GOOD DRAW IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP STAGES
The Champions League draws for the 2021/2022 season is around the corner and while the European Super League saga is still ongoing, the show must go on nonetheless.
The Catalans finished 3rd in La Liga last season and are therefore seeded in Pot 2 alongside Real Madrid, Juventus, Manchester United, PSG, Liverpool, Sevilla, and Borussia Dortmund. This automatically means they cannot be pitted against any of the teams here.
Meanwhile in Pot 1, there is Villarreal and Atletico Madrid. By UEFA rules, Barca will not face a Spanish side in the same group. The others in Pot 1 are Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Lille, Sporting Lisbon, and Manchester City.
Pots 3 and 4 are not yet complete, but Barca should easily qualify from any group looking at the quality within the team.