Showing posts from May, 2019

Football transfer rumours: Roberto Martínez to take over at Barcelona?

Following Barcelona’s defeat at the hands of Valencia in last weekend’s Copa del Rey final, the future of Ernesto Valverde is in doubt – and Catalan radio station RAC1 have identified the Belgium manager, Roberto Martínez, as the favourite to succeed him. Signed for both Wigan and Everton by Martínez, jokes about James McCarthy replacing Sergio Busquets at the Camp Nou are already doing the rounds. The Everton midfielder might not get his dream move if one of Unai Emery, Ronald Koeman or Max Allegri, who are also believed to be on Barca’s four-man shortlist, get the job.

In other managerial news, the Mail report that Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has already agreed a deal with Juventus that would net him an added £1.2m per year and put an end to the thinly-veiled xenophobia he has to put up with from certain sections of the British media. Elsewhere, France Football claim André Villas-Boas, who was also much-maligned during his time in England, is on the verge of taking over at Marseill…

Barcelona could reportedly be prepared to sell Luis Suarez in this Summer

Barcelona could reportedly be prepared to sell Luis Suarez in this summer's transfer window.
Suarez joined the Catalan giants from Liverpool in 2014 and has scored 177 goals in 247 appearances in all competitions, winning four La Liga titles, four Copa del Rey crowns and one Champions League during his time at Camp Nou.

The 32-year-old contributed 25 goals in all competitions during the 2018-19 season but was forced to miss Barca's last three La Liga matches and the Copa del Rey final after undergoing knee surgery.

According to Sport, Suarez's decision to undergo an operation at that stage in order to potentially represent Uruguay at this summer's Copa America upset his club.

Meanwhile, the same report has claimed that the striker's performance against Liverpool in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final - which the Spanish side lost 4-0 - has made him 'transferable'.

The Spanish champions are widely expected to sign Antoine Griezmann from Atle…

9 Barcelona players to be sold after the Copa del Rey Final

As many as nine Barcelona players will not continue next season after wanting to leave or being deemed surplus to requirements.

Barcelona will be facing Valencia in the Copa del Rey Final on Saturday evening. The Catalans have a chance to wrap up their second trophy of the season- the Spanish Cup. Should they manage to achieve the feat, Ernesto Valverde’s men would have won five straight Copa del Rey titles and retained their domestic double from the 2017/18 season.

According to Sport, the last game of 2018/19 could well be the last outing for as many as nine Barcelona players. Jasper Cillessen will definitely be leaving the club to be a regular elsewhere. Juventus is the most sought after destination for him and the Catalans will not hesitate in selling him if they receive an offer in excess of 25 million euros.

Jeison Murillo would probably make the bench but will certainly not start against Valencia. There is an option of purchase in his loan deal, but Barcelona will surely not tr…

Dutch starlet has flown today to complete transfer to Barcelona – 5 year contract waiting for him

Ludovit Reis should be in Barcelona now, excited and ready to sign a contract with the Catalan club.

Dutch newspaper AD report the FC Groningen player was due to fly out this morning, having seen his club eliminated from the chase for European football.

That freed the 18 year old to travel, and he’s certainly not wasting any time.

Reis is expected to be part of Barcelona’s B team for next season, but of course his long term aim will be to impress manager Ernesto Valverde and whoever comes after the Spaniard in charge at the Camp Nou.

On May 4th, it was reported in the Netherlands that Reis would quickly be travelling to the La Liga club in order to complete his move, but it’s obviously taken a little longer.

Barcelona are expected to pay around €7.7m for the young midfielder, and hand him a five year contract with the club.

De Telegraaf previously reported the fee is ‘spectacular’ for the Dutch club.

Barcelona preparing shock move for out-of-favour Liverpool forward

Barcelona are planning a surprise move for Liverpool forward Divock Origi, just weeks after the Belgian’s brace helped dump the Spanish giants out of the Champions League.

According to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, relayed in an article by Sport Witness, Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde is keen on bringing in two strikers this summer.

One of the forwards expected to arrive at the Nou Camp is Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, with the Frenchman announcing he will leave Atletico last week.

However, according to the report, the second striker Barca are considering signing is either Origi or Tottenham Hotspur’s Fernando Llorente.

Origi netted twice at Anfield against Barcelona two weeks ago as Jurgen Klopp’s side booked their place in the Champions League final with a remarkable 4-0 victory.

Llorente has also scored a vital European goal for Spurs this season, with his bundled effort back in April enough for Mauricio Pochettino’s side to defeat Manchester City.

Origi’s current Reds d…

Matthijs De Ligt Set To Sign For Barcelona

Barcelona are set to sign youngster Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax, despite huge interest from Premier League clubs according to reports from England.

The highlight for many this season in the Champions League was the re-emergence of Ajax as a major player in European football, as they beat Real Madrid and Juventus on their way to the semi final.

Like with many clubs in recent times that have excited with their style of play and young up and coming players the fear has been that after one brilliant season the Dutch side would be split up.

Earlier this season Barcelona announced that they would sign midfielder Frenkie de Jong in the summer and many expect that more names will leave the Johan Cruyff arena.

It's been reported that Hakim Ziyech will follow De Jong to the exit door and Matthijs de Ligt has been rumoured to also be leaving in the summer.

Barcelona have been heavily linked whilst there's also been reports that Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United have all sh…

BARCELONA could be without five key players for the Copa del Rey final.. See List

The La Liga champions face Valencia in Seville on May 25 looking to end their stunning season on a high.

Barca are targeting their fifth consecutive Copa del Rey title.

But Ernesto Valverde may have to field a makeshift side against Valencia.

Luis Suarez is definitely out after undergoing minor knee surgery last week.

The striker will be sidelined for at least a few weeks but he’s hoping to be back in time to represent Uruguay at the Copa America next month.

Samuel Umtiti has also returned from a spell on the sidelines, as has keeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.

But Valverde has revealed the extent of his side’s injury woes.

"(Nelson) Semedo was taken to hospital during the game,” he said following Barcelona’s final-day draw with Eibar.

“But we are hopeful it is only a minor problem and he can return tomorrow.

"We think that Ter Stegen will be fit for the final, after the initial diagnosis was reassessed.

"With (Philippe) Coutinho, I do not know yet, but we allowed him an ad…

Barcelona and Lionel Messi agree on cheap replacement for Luis Suarez

Signing a replacement for Luis Suarez is on the top of Barcelona’s agenda and now the club as well as Lionel Messi have agreed on a cheap option.

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has started declining this season. In spite of having some lethal spells in front of goal, the overall season must not be considered to be a great one from his point of view and after five years of magnificent goal scoring prowess, the Uruguay international’s time at his prime may very well have come to an end.

The Catalans and in particular, Luis Suarez himself, have conceded to the fact that he needs a replacement and signing one is on the agenda for the summer. Luka Jovic of Eintracht Frankfurt is an option, but at 70 million euros, the club thinks that the Serbia international is very expensive and Antoine Griezmann, worth 120 million euros is not in the good books of Barcelona’s seniors.

As claimed by Fox Sports, the Spanish champions will now consider moving for Girona striker Christhian Stuani during the…

Barcelona Set Prices for Umtiti and two other first team players who as They Look to Raise €265m in Summer Overhaul

Barcelona are spending big this summer with €75m Frenkie de Jong already confirmed and Matthijs de Ligt and Antoine Griezmann likely on the way for even bigger fees.

However, the Spanish champions are looking to offset their outgoings with a number of sales this summer, which could total a massive €265m and see some very high-profile names put on the market.

​Marca claim that Philippe Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti, Ivan Rakitic, Malcom, Nelson Semedo, Rafinha and Jasper Cillessen will all be put up for sale by ​Barcelona as part of the shake-up, following another traumatic season in Europe.

In addition, Andre Gomes and Denis Suarez, who were both loaned out in 2018/19 also, are (less surprisingly) expected to leave, while Marc Cucurella will be re-signed from Eibar before being sold for profit.

Most intriguingly, Marca puts specific price tags against many of the players named as available for market.

Philippe Coutinho As previously speculated ​by other reports, Coutinho's tag is appar…

How Barcelona plan on upstaging Madrid to sign Pogba: report

Manchester United star Paul Pogba may have more suitors than initially anticipated with Barcelona reportedly planning on signing him too.

The Frenchman was originally linked with a move to Real Madrid, particularly after his positive comments and Zinedine Zidane’s return to the capital.

The midfielder’s high wages and likely high price-tag was believed to have put off most top European clubs from signing him but that’s rather proven to be false.

Along with the two Spanish giants, Juventus are also said to be keen on bring Pogba back to Italy to help them in their quest for the Champions League title.

United may have a real struggle on their hands if the pace continues to pick up as it was only Madrid who were attempting to sign him.

According to the Mirror, Tuttosport report that Barcelona will sell Ivan Rakitic in order to fund a £130m bid for Paul’s signature in an effort to beat their rivals to the transfer.

The figure mentioned above is believed to be the sum the Red Devils are l…

Internet glitch reveals Barcelona have signed Alexandre Lacazette

Antoine Griezmann is linked with an eye-catching move to Barcelona and for a moment on Wednesday, Arsenal fans feared his France team-mate Alexandre Lacazette was set to follow suit.

But while Atletico Madrid's Griezmann has declared he is on the move, Lacazette's dalliance with Barcelona owed to nothing more than an internet glitch.

Twitter erupted at the sight of the 27-year-old's name appearing among the player profiles available on Barcelona's official website.

To some fans, this was akin to images of your star striker posing in the strip of an interested party long before his move has been made official. Lacazette to Barcelona was on - how would Arsenal fill a 13-league goal hole in their front line?

"Why's Lacazette on the Barcelona website?" tweeted user @ClassyArsenal.

Suddenly, though, confusion reigned when it was pointed out that Cardiff City defender Sol Bamba was also listed. Perhaps Gerard Pique was set to have a new central defensive partn…

Barcelona president makes his decision: Griezmann is coming and more......

Antoine Griezmann has confirmed his exit from Atlético Madrid via a goodbye video, and Barcelona are considered favorites to land his signature.
.@AntoGriezmann: "Han sido cinco años increíbles; muchas gracias por todo, os llevo en el corazón". — Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) May 14, 2019
According to Mundo Deportivo’s Francesc Aguilar, it’s all about agreeing a deal, as Barcelona want to avoid paying his release clause.

While Griezmann has a release clause of 120 million euros, Barcelona may opt to reach an agreement with the club instead, to avoid having to go through the player himself having to deposit his clause. Barcelona reportedly will go for a 100 million fee plus 20 million in easily attainable add-ons.

The club is sure that Griezmann will not spurn them the way he did last summer, according to Aguilar. They reportedly have the player’s commitment, from the player himself as well as from his entourage, with Éric Abidal serving as a go-bet…

Barcelona striker agrees to join Leeds this summer

According to MARCA, Leeds United have already agreed a move to sign Barcelona forward Rafa Mujica this summer.

The Whites landed one former Barca kid in Kun Temenuzhkov back in 2017, and one of his former teammates appears to be joining him at Elland Road.

MARCA, through journalist Angel Garcia, claim that Leeds have already secured a deal to bring Mujica to West Yorkshire, and he will start his career with the club in June.

Mujica, 20, has been with Barcelona's B team this season, and has notched seven goals and one assist in 33 games over the course of the campaign.

The young Spaniard is mostly a striker, but he can also play out wide, giving the Leeds youth ranks another versatile forward to develop.

Formerly of Las Palmas, Mujica joined Barca in 2015 and has been coming up through the ranks with the Catalan giants, but will now leave after four years.

The young forward will now hope to become a first-team player with Leeds in the coming years, and this seems to be another dea…

Griezmann to Barcelona is a done deal?

Antoine Griezmann looks set to leave Atletico Madrid, according to reports in Spain.

Barcelona and Griezmann are closer than ever. They are convinced in Spain, especially Manu Carreno, an Iberian journalist from Mediaset Spain and Cadena Ser, who believes that the Frenchman has already agreed with the blaugrana club.

Yesterday the number 7 was among those in attendance of Diego Godin Farwell from the Wanda Metropolitano he soon could be the next of the Atletico side to leave as the Spanish champions are preparing to play the World Cup winners release clause.

According to reports in Spain, Griezmann has signed a five-year pre-contract with Barcelona, ​​ready to pay the 125 million in the rescission clause into the Colchoneros. Atletico's managers would already know about it, with Grizù ready to say goodbye to Madrid for Catalonia.

It is expected that should Greizmann join then Barcelona will have to make scarifies in order to accommodate him, former Liverpool star Coutinho could b…

De Ligt confirms Ajax exit as Barcelona directors are in Amsterdam to close the deal

Matthijs de Ligt’s time in the Dutch capital looks set to be coming to an end.

The Dutch defender and captain of Ajax spoke to Fox Sports after his side's victory yesterday over Utrecht, which practically hands them the title thanks to PSV’s defeat.

"My last [game at] Joahn Cruyff Arena? I don't know yet. There are negotiations, but there is still no agreement with whom? The newspapers write. Choose one of you."

Mundo Deportivo writes, that a delegation from Barcelona is in the Netherlands to speed up the negotiation to ensure that the Dutch central defender will end up in Catalonia.

However, Italian champions Juventus are also interested in the player, as the side look to replace Barzagli, who will retire at the end of the season. The player impressed with his two performances against the Italian’s when Ajax knocked them out of the Champions League.

Barcelona shortlist young Nigerian sensation as Philippe Coutinho replacement

Barcelona are looking to sell off Philippe Coutinho and affirm his replacement in a 19-year-old African starlet during this summer.

Barcelona signed Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool for a club record fee of 142 million euros back in January 2018. Despite paying through their nose for the Brazil international, the winger is still seemingly unsettled at the club. Philippe Coutinho has not managed to take his chances and he has always been in and out of the team.

Just 18 months since his purchase, the Catalans have now decided to cash in on him and claim at least some return from their investment, a year and a half later. With that said, they reportedly see him worth 100 million euros. Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are considered to be the two parties interested in him and his price tag is well within their affordability.

Ernesto Valverde’s side has now shortlisted a replacement for the inevitably outgoing former Liverpool winger in Villarreal sensation Samuel Chukwueze. The…

Barcelona and Ajax have reached an agreement for De ligt.. See what is delaying the deal

Matthijs De Ligt's probable move to Barcelona has been put on standby due to agent Mino Raiola's concerns about the commission he would receive as part of the deal.Neither Barcelona or Ajax are worried about this hold up because the two clubs have already agreed a fee in the region of 70 million euros.

The notorious agent is holding out for 20 percent of the transfer fee for himself, a figure of 14 million euros, which is incredibly high when you consider that agents usually receive between five and 10 percent.

With the defender already set on a move to the Camp Nou to follow teammate Frenkie De Jong, Ajax don't want to lose out on that 20 percent.

Due to Ajax's position, Raiola is hoping that another club comes in with a higher offer for his client so he can cash in the amount he desires.

The Dutch club are hoping to close out this deal quickly in order to reinvest in their current squad for next season.

"I think these will be De Ligt's final games with Ajax…

Barcelona eyeing second raid on Ajax with €135m duo in their sights this summer

Barcelona have already secured a deal to sign Frenkie de Jong from Ajax this summer, but they could reportedly return for two more star men.

As noted by BBC Sport, the Catalan giants have already sealed De Jong’s arrival in a €75m+ move, adding a key figure in midfield with a long-term vision in mind.

However, their spending spree this summer could continue at Ajax, as it’s now been suggested that two more of the Eredivisie outfit’s prized assets are on their radar.

As per Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona have pushed on with talks over Matthijs de Ligt, although it’s noted that it will likely cost a similar fee of around €75m to prise him away from Amsterdam this summer.

Nevertheless, with contacts continuing between the two clubs, that will surely put Barca in a strong position ahead of the mentioned competition to secure the 19-year-old’s signature, and he has been equally as impressive as De Jong this season in particular to warrant such a move.

That’s not the end of it though, as Mundo…

Messi approves Barcelona’s approach for Real Madrid’s prime midfield target... Guess who?

Barcelona’s approach for one of the world’s best midfielders, who is also a Real Madrid target, has been approved by Lionel Messi.

Barcelona’s signing of Frenkie de Jong may mean that Ivan Rakitic might ask for a transfer despite his playing time not being affected too much, in all probability. Meanwhile, the Catalans are also considering his sale whilst his stock as well as age is high and replacing him with a younger player, thanks to slightly subpar performances of late.

The former Sevilla midfielder is on the radar of Inter Milan while a transfer to Paris Saint-Germain or Juventus could be on the cards as well. That said, his Catalan side is already bracing for his departure and looking for a fill-in. According to Diario GOL, Paul Pogba of Manchester United is the chosen man at Lionel Messi’s consent.

Eric Abidal, the Spanish champions’ sporting director believes that his common nationality with Paul Pogba can be used as bait in persuading the Manchester United midfielder to move…

Barcelona on the verge of completing major transfer deal for £100m superstar

Barcelona are close to completing the signing of Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Greizmann, who is willing to take a pay-cut to arrive at Camp Nou.

The World Cup winner has had another impressive season at Wanda Metropolitano, scoring 21 goals in 45 appearances across all competitions to help Atletico remain one of Spanish football’s strongest forces.

Barcelona are close to completing the signing of Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Greizmann, who is willing to take a pay-cut to arrive at Camp Nou.

The World Cup winner has had another impressive season at Wanda Metropolitano, scoring 21 goals in 45 appearances across all competitions to help Atletico remain one of Spanish football’s strongest forces.

Barcelona are close to completing the signing of Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Greizmann, who is willing to take a pay-cut to arrive at Camp Nou.

The World Cup winner has had another impressive season at Wanda Metropolitano, scoring 21 goals in 45 appearances across all competitions to h…

BREAKING!!! Luis Suarez Needs Arthroscopic Knee Surgery, a Doubt for Copa del Rey Final, Copa America

Luis Suárez to have arthroscopic surgery
More info 👉 — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) May 9, 2019
 Barcelona have revealed that striker Luis Suarez is set to undergo knee surgery after sustaining an issue in his meniscus.

Barça are fresh from their humiliating exit to Liverpool in the Champions League semifinals, and the news of Suarez's injury will do little to improve their mood, especially ahead of the Copa del Rey final with Valencia at the end of May.

In a statement on the club website, it was revealed that: "The first team player Luis Suárez has an medial meniscus injury in his right knee and surgeon Dr. Cugat will perform arthroscopic surgery on the Uruguayan under the supervision of the Club's medical staff.

"The outcome of the process and an estimate of how long the striker will be out will be announced following the surgery."

Reporting on the injury, Spanish football journalist Richard Ma…

Barcelona Could Be Ready To Sell Up To Ten First-Team Players This Summer.. See List

Barcelona are wasting no time in plans to overhaul their existing squad after reports suggest that they could sell up to ten first-team players this summer.

The La Liga champions have enjoyed domestic success this season and still have the chance to win the Copa del Rey later this month, but missing out on the Champions League crown has been a massive blow to them.

According to Diario AS, the Spanish club are getting ready for a summer clearout and three high-profile players feature on the list: Samuel Umtiti, Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitić.

Umtiti, who has been linked with Juventus, has fallen down the pecking order behind Clément Lenglet and Gerard Piqué and could find his playing time reduced even more next season should Barça snap up Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt.

Meanwhile, Coutinho has found himself on the criticism from fans a fair bit this season and has been linked with clubs like Manchester United.

Rakitić, on the other hand, has been heavily linked with a move to Inter…

Barcelona make three man shortlist of Ernesto Valverde’s replacements

With Ernesto Valverde facing the sack, Barcelona have made a three-man shortlist as they look to bring in a new man in the dugout for the upcoming season.

Barcelona’s hopes of a treble all but crumpled after Liverpool mounted a sensational comeback against them and won 4-0 to complete a turnaround from a 3-0 defeat in the first leg, thereby ensuring qualification into the final of the UEFA Champions League. Meanwhile, it was the same old story for the Catalans who bottled a first leg lead pathetically in the second.

They are very much on track to complete a domestic double for the second season running, but the players were even ready to die in order to bring the European Cup back to the Camp Nou. Lionel Messi led the ambitioned call in a speech at the Blaugrana’s stadium earlier this season and it was echoed all throughout the season by everyone at the club.

However, Ernesto Valverde’s horrible man management and tactical setup has cost Barcelona not once, but twice, and they will b…

Should Lionel Messi leave Barcelona for Man City to end Cristiano Ronaldo debate for good?

THE one regret to tarnish the euphoria at Anfield is that Barcelona’s 4-0 defeat means Lionel Messi will never match Cristiano Ronaldo’s tally of five Champions League medals.

Unless, perhaps, he moves to Manchester City.

It was strange to see the diminutive Argentinian stripped so bare of his immortality that even Giffnock’s finest Andrew Robertson saw fit to cuff him round the ear in the opening moments.

At his pomp, that would have provoked untold retribution, but power to mesmerise was snuffed out on Tuesday because of the lack of the players around Messi to help him.

32 next month, he cannot carry a waning Barcelona team on his own.

Tuesday was a night when he needed his old mucker Andres Iniesta alongside him instead of playing out his retirement in Japan.

Real Madrid’s turmoil this season has made La Liga little more than a gentle canter and offered Messi a comfortable platform on which to shine.

He scored his 600th Barcelona goal, 50th career hat-trick and in the Nou Camp jus…

Valverde to be SACKED because of Liverpool loss? Barcelona president drops hint

ERNESTO VALVERDE’s future as Barcelona boss may well be in major doubt if Josep Maria Bartomeu’s comments in the wake of their defeat to Liverpool are anything to go by.

Barcelona took a three-goal lead to Anfield for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final contest and were huge favourites to progress to the final in Madrid on June 1.

But Lionel Messi and co. blew a commanding advantage for the second successive season as they lost 4-0 to Liverpool on Merseyside.

Barca were only 1-0 down at half-time despite conceding on seven minutes to Divock Origi but a quick-fire brace from half-time substitute Gini Wijnaldum put the Reds level on aggregate by the hour mark.

And Origi fired in from a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner after Barca’s defence suffered a lapse of concentration in the game’s final stages as Liverpool secured one of the competition’s all-time famous triumphs.

Valverde and Barca were hoping to end a five-year wait to win the Champions League having watched Real M…

Zidane’s key target rejects Real Madrid to play with Messi at Barcelona

Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane’s transfer ambitions have taken a toll after their primary target has decided in favour of a move to Barcelona.

Zinedine Zidane has always been a big fan of Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah and has had ambitions of bringing him to Real Madrid. The Frenchman’s admiration has been backed by Madrid President Florentino Perez who does support Zidane’s idea of signing the Egypt international for the 13-time European champions.

Los Merengues are looking for better attacking prowess and Mohamed Salah would have definitely been a great addition to the Whites, but it has been claimed by Diario GOL that the former Roma winger prefers moving to Barcelona- who are also interested in him- over Real Madrid, a side that has undergone a horrible season.

The Catalans are heading for a treble and looking to knock Liverpool out in the process of winning the UEFA Champions League. However, their attacking options have not been very bright and only Lionel Messi and Luis Sua…

Lionel Messi wants Barcelona to raid Manchester City for Pep Guardiola’s midfield gem

Barcelona have been asked to plot a raid on ex-boss Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side during the summer, by Lionel Messi.

Lionel Messi has been having a big say in the transfer matters at Barcelona this season, and rightly so given that the club might not have been where it is now without his presence in the squad. The Argentina international has now asked the club to get to work once again on the transfer front and wants another surprise player to join the club.

Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva has been shortlisted as the one who has impressed Lionel Messi, as per Diario GOL. The Portugal international is enjoying a season to remember with the Citizens under Pep Guardiola and would be integral for them if they end up winning the domestic treble of the Carabao Cup, Premier League and FA Cup.

The Spanish giants look set to lose out on Ivan Rakitic for roughly 80 million euros now that Frenkie de Jong has been signed whereas even Rafinha Alcantara’s future at the club is lo…

Barcelona have reached an agreement for 18-year-old midfield sensation, Says agent

Barcelona have an agreement with Groningen to sign 18-year-old midfielder Ludovit Reis, according to the player’s agent Aleksandar Bursac.

The teenager will apparently head to Spain shortly to finalise the deal and also show manager Ernesto Valverde what he can do.

“The clubs have made an agreement,” he said. ”I don’t say what the amount is, it’s not up to me. For Ludovit this is of course very beautiful. A top transfer. This weekend or on Monday we will hear when we can fly to Barcelona to complete the transfer.
”We want the head coach [Ernesto Valverde] to see Ludovit in training, so he will get an impression of what he can do and if he is able to reach the level of Barcelona.”
The club’s CEO Hans Nijland has previously admitted the two clubs were in negotiations for the youngster, and it now seems as though he is on his way to the Camp Nou.

Fresh injury news before Liverpool clash

Liverpool have been handed a fresh piece of injury news for their Champions League game against Barcelona on Tuesday as Ousmane Dembélé has been ruled out.
Barca tweeted that the forward has suffered a hamstring injury in their 2-0 loss to Celta Vigo in news that may give the Reds hope.

The Catalan giants have already won the league and chose to field an entirely different side to the one that took on Liverpool last week.

Among the starters was Kevin-Prince Boateng, 21-year-old Carles Aleñá – who has only played 15 times this season and 33-year-old Thomas Vermaelen.

Alongside that motley crew of names were youngsters Moussa Wague and Rique Puig, so perhaps the defeat doesn’t really come as much surprise.

Dembélé may have torn his hammy, reported Goal, and was taken off after only six minutes. It’s not just fatigue, said manager Ernesto Valverde, because he hardly featured against Liverpool.

That means Philippe Coutinho may be forced to play the full 90 minutes against the Reds – and …

Messi wants Barcelona to sign 180 million Real Madrid target as his successor

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has asked Barcelona to sign one of Real Madrid’s hottest targets soon as they plan for life after him.

Barcelona are having to gradually prepare for life after Lionel Messi. The Spanish champions’ inarguably greatest player is nearing the twilight of his career and it is imminent that Barcelona would struggle for a few years without him. However, should they manage to replace him with a player of nearly the same calibre, they may not notice much of the transition.

As a result, Barcelona’s board wants the club’s all-time top goal scorer himself to come up with a name that can replace the Argentina international. Lionel Messi has apparently suggested that Josep Maria Bartomeu signs Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe as his replacement and Barcelona find the prospect attractive for the summer of 2021, according to Diario GOL.

The France international has already banged in over 100 goals in his career at the ripe age of 20 and is the epitome of a lethal sc…

Barcelona target Arsenal striker as alternative signing to Antoine Griezmann

Barcelona are considering a move for Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette, according to reports in Spain. The 27-year-old, who joined the Gunners in a £46.5 million deal from Lyon in the summer of 2017, has scored 18 goals in all competitions for Unai Emery’s side this season.

The France international has also formed a solid partnership with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has found the net 25 times this season. Barcelona, meanwhile, are in the market for a new forward and have reportedly been in talks to sign Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid.

But according to Mundo Deportivo, Barca view Lacazette as an alternative signing to Griezmann this summer.

The report claims that Lacazette is ‘very close’ with Barca’s technical secretary Eric Abidal but discussions over a potential move to Camp Nou have not yet taken place.

Lacazette is reportedly valued at €70m (£60m) but Barca could lower that by offering either Samuel Umtiti or Andre Gomes as part of the deal. Gomes, who has spent the …

Barcelona ready to return with fresh bid for Chelsea forward

Barcelona are preparing a £30million bid to finally secure the signature of Willian, according to The Sun.

It is understood the Spanish giants offered cash and winger Malcom in exchange for Willian in January, but will renew their interest in the summer.

Willian, 30, has one year left on his Stamford Bridge contract and Barca will look to test Chelsea's resolve with a substantial offer.

Barca realise Chelsea risk losing him for nothing in a year’s time when his deal expires as he can move on a free transfer.

The Catalan club are determined to add the Brazilian to their forward line as they look to replicate their La Liga and Champions League success of this season.

Barca’s bid of £50m in January was rejected but his market value has dropped because of his contract running down.

Chelsea were determined to retain their man last summer, though a variety of factors may come into play this time around.

Maurizio Sarri's side are faced with a looming transfer ban, for which they are…

De Ligt negotiations may have become complicated for Barcelona

Juventus may have been sent a lifeline in their pursuit of Matthjis de Ligt. Barcelona still have the defender as a top priority, but the negotiations have stalled in recent weeks, as revealed by Spanish outlet Sport.

The Catalan club nearly had the basics of an agreement nailed down, but the spectacular performances of the defender in the Champions have only complicated the situation.

In other words, the price tag has risen and Ajax are in no rush to offload the player, taking their time to get the right offer. Given how many clubs are interested in the player, this strategy may be wise.

For Juventus, this may be a way in. Equally, it would be difficult for them to outbid Barcelona in a potential bidding war, making the deal complicated for the Bianconeri as well.

Video of all Lionel Messi's free-kicks shows there’s nobody better

You’ll all be shocked to hear that Lionel Messi was named the Champions League Player of the Week following his performance for Barcelona against Liverpool on Wednesday night.

The Argentine forward scored two second-half goals, including an extraordinary free-kick, to leave Barça on the brink of the Champions League final.

Messi walked in his first goal of the night following a fortuitous rebound, but there was nothing lucky about his second goal, which made it 3-0 to the hosts at Camp Nou.

The 31-year-old bent the ball beautifully around the Liverpool wall and watched as it flew past Alisson Becker from over 30 yards.

It may have taken a slight deflection off Joe Gomez but, regardless, it was a truly magnificent moment of magic from a player who always seems to deliver.

Messi’s odds of winning a record-breaking sixth Ballon d’Or award have shortened further following his latest heroics.

He is currently the overwhelming favourite to win the prestigious individual accolade.

And if Mes…

How Liverpool made Lionel Messi angry and paid the price

The best way to deal with Lionel Messi is to treat him like football's version of the Incredible Hulk: Don't make him angry and you might just be spared an ordeal of pain and humiliation.

Liverpool midfielder James Milner did not get the memo, judging by his crude first-half barge on the home side's No. 10 during Barcelona's 3-0 Champions League semifinal first-leg win Wednesday at the Nou Camp, and it is fair to say that the Premier League side went on to reap a whirlwind of two-goal Messi's annoyance.

"In these moments, he is unstoppable," Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said afterward of Messi. "My boys didn't show him too much respect or treat him harshly to try to stop him, but he is a world-class player and he showed that again tonight. What else can I say?"

For Milner, perhaps there was a sense of déjà vu. Back in March 2015, while playing for Manchester City, the former England international inadvertently became a YouTube sensation w…

'Don't compare Messi to Ronaldo anymore!' - Balotelli has a message for Ronaldo

The Italy international says that the Argentine is in a class of his own with a social media dig at the skill of the Portuguese superstar
Lionel Messi’s talent is a significant cut above that of Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Mario Balotelli, with the Marseille star stating that the two should not even be mentioned in the same breath.

Argentina international Messi came to the forefront for Barcelona once again on Wednesday when his late double helped them pick up a hefty 3-0 advantage over Liverpool in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

Until the forward’s characteristic pieces of individual excellence, the Blaugrana were finding it difficult to contend with Jurgen Klopp’s visiting Reds side, once again highlighting his importance to Ernesto Valverde’s side.

At 31, Messi has enjoyed another superlative season at the forefront of global football, bouncing back from both European and World Cup disappointment last season, with his performances firmly establishing him a…

Barcelona name Coutinho and Suarez in squad to face Liverpool - but there's one big absentee

The La Liga giants have revealed who will line-up in their Champions League semi-final tonight against the Reds

Barcelona have named their 18-man squad to face Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final first leg.

The Catalan giants have included former Reds stars Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez in the roster with both potentially being selected for the starting XI.

Jurgen Klopp's side travel to the Camp Nou on Wednesday night knowing that a win or score-draw would put them in a phenomenal position to qualify for the final after the return leg at Anfield next Tuesday.

Of course they will have to be wary of the threat of global superstar Lionel Messi - who has also been included in the squad - and Ousmane Dembele.

Meanwhile the five-time European champions will have to break down the midfield and defence with players such as Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique in the fold backed up by Marc Andre Ter Stegen in goal.

Ernesto Valverde's 18-man squad : Ter Stegen, N.…