“Although last year we won LaLiga [Santander] and the Copa del Rey, we all got stung in the Champions League. We promise that we will do everything possible so that this beautiful cup returns to the Camp Nou again.”
Lionel Messi had some big words for the Catalan club supporters after several years of disappointment in Europe’s premier tournament. Their last win was in 2015.
After their shocking exit in the Champions League, Ernesto Valverde is keen to make major changes with the squad, but starting from the sale of some players to soften up the arrival of Frenkie De Jong from Ajax.
According to reports, Philippe Coutinho, Andre Gomes, Jasper Cillessen, Malcom, Denis Suarez, Rafinha and Marc Cucurella are all up for sale.
Coutinho was a transfer target for Barcelona for more than six months before they signed him in January 2018 from Liverpool but his time at Barcelona has been nothing short of disappointing.
He was reportedly offered back to Liverpool but it is certain that the Merseyside club has no intention of resigning him. Other clubs such as Manchester United and PSG are rumoured to be interested in his services.
The most advanced negotiations are for Andre Gomes, who is on loan at Everton. The Toffees understand Barcelona’s urgency to let him go and has already been in talks to sign the former Valencia midfielder permanently.
Cillessen is tricky as he is already 30, and has not seen much playing time with Marc-Andre Ter Stegen as Barcelona’s number one. The Dutchman has a release clause of €50 million which is unlikely to be met. Benfica and Valencia is rumoured to be interested in the custodian.
Malcom came from Bordeaux with high expectations but did not reach his potential playing alongside his Messi and Neymar previously. Despite struggling to cement a spot on the team, Malcom has eyes kept on him from Arsenal, Spurs and Everton. The 22-year-old has only made 15 appearances and scored one goal during his career at Barcelona.
Denis Suarez spent half a season on loan at Premier League side Arsenal but failed to showcase his talent which warranted his transfer to Barcelona. Competing with the likes of Arturo Vidal, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets and Arthur, Suarez has not seen much playing time and is expected to make a permanent transfer likely to another La Liga side.
Arsenal initially had a €22 million fee agreed but Valencia has now officially made interest on the player.
Rafinha has been plagued with injuries and has only made five appearances this season. He is expected to join Real Betis in a trade involving wing-back Junior Firpo.
And finally, Eibar have made Marc Cucurella’s loan from Barcelona permanent after triggering their purchase option following an impressive debut season in La Liga. It was said that Barcelona wanted to buy the left-back back for €4 million but Eibar has an option to make his move permanent for just €2 million.Leave a comment