The transfer window is almost coning to an end, and well, the club hasn’t been sleeping either despite the cash crunch. Four new additions have been done as part of reinforcements for the future. But, what the Barca board is hoping for at the moment is more exits to free up funds.
There really hasn’t been much in the way of outgoings since Lionel Messi’s exit, but a lot of underground movements are being undertaken by both management and players that are reportedly marked for exit.
The news report on Miralem Pjanic at the moment is that there may be ongoing discussions with Napoli who seem to be interested in the player. Juventus and Fiorentina were previously rumored to be possible destinations due to previous ties. However, it would seem that the midfielder’s services are not required anymore at both clubs after each signed midfielders over the week.
Ilaix Moriba has been a constant feature in the transfer rumor mills, and there are reports Chelsea has increased their efforts to land the Barca prodigy at Stamford Bridge. According to a report by Mundo Deportivo, Barca may be willing to sell the young star if the buyers are willing to pay the stated transfer fee which is said to be around €20m. From what we have gathered so far, there’s been a stalemate in his renewal negotiations and the player is seriously considering exit.
On the Samuel Umtiti transfer saga, there are rumors he may be allowed to stay at the club after he allegedly approached the club’s management and reiterated his desire to stay at the club. From the report, the French star is said to have assured the club that his injury woes are behind him and that he is at his top level once again. Should this be the case, he may be required to take a wage cut to stay.
Braga is also looking the way of Alex Collado who impressed in the preseason matches. He reportedly left camp to finalize a deal earlier but it fell through and now the player may be closer to staying at the Nou Camp than he is nearer to leaving the Catalan based side.
According to recent reports, Barca has decided to make Yusuf Demir’s loan a permanent transfer at the end of the season by paying his €10m transfer fee. A clause in Demir’s contract stipulated that Barca is mandated to buy the player if he amasses 20 match games and at least 45 minutes game time in each of them. But, the Catalan giants have decided to sign the player nonetheless regardless of the clause.
Demir has been impressive since he made his debut in the preseason matches, earning the trust of the coach who offered the Austrian wonder kid his first La Liga appearance against Athletic Bilbao over the weekend. Although he was signed for the FC Barcelona B, he is reportedly going to be a main stay with the senior team.
Coutinho is expected to make the match day squad for Getafe this weekend, but his stay at the club continues to be up for debate. Although the club was trying hard to find a new home for the Brazilian, it appears La Blaugrana has relaxed a bit on that angle now that Messi is no longer at the club and are willing to give the former Liverpool player another shot this campaign. However, Barca fans can be rest assured that Coutinho will probably not leave for the Premier League after this comment from his agent –
“I think that Liverpool is deeply rooted in his heart. He was an avid follower during last season and he wanted them to win the title. He is a big fan of the club. Philippe would find it very difficult to play for one of Liverpool’s rivals,”
Let’s hope the real Coutinho will finally stand up.