Barcelona continue their preparations to face Real Sociedad as they look to get back over Real Madrid, who won their away game at Celta Vigo by a score of 3-1. A victory against The truth would take the Blaugrana just one point behind league leaders Atletico Madrid, who have 63 points after 27 games.
Ahead of their next LaLiga Santander game, here’s a look at the latest Barcelona news.
Ronald Koeman responds to Erling Haaland rumors
Barcelona are unsurprisingly one of many top clubs vying for Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland this summer. The Norwegian is one of the most in-demand players in world football right now and is sought after by several clubs including Real Madrid, Manchester United and Manchester City, among others.
Ronald Koeman, however, declined to give much when asked if Barcelona could make a move for the coveted 20-year-old. He mentionned;
“[Erling] Haaland? I don’t think this is the time to talk about a player who is not from Barca. Out of respect for his club and for our players especially now with the new president, there is a lot of talk about next season and signings, but I don’t want to get into that conversation. ”
“I want to focus on the game, the players we have now, and we’ll see next season. We’ll see the areas we can improve. At the moment, I don’t want to talk about that.”
Haaland has racked up a stunning 21 Bundesliga goals so far this season in as many appearances, taking his overall record for Dortmund to 49 goals in his opening 49 games.
Barcelona draw up list of three candidates for alternatives to Sergio Aguero
Barcelona identified Alexandre lacazette of Arsenal, Andre Silva of Eintracht Frankfurt, and Memphis depay of Olympique de Lyon as the three alternatives for Sergio Aguero, according to reports. The Catalans have been linked with a move by the Argentinian, but his agent’s request for € 10million has complicated the situation, forcing them to keep alternatives on hand if the deal fails.
Lacazette, who has ten goals and two assists so far in his 24 Premier League games, is one of the achievable short-term alternatives for Aguero. The 29-year-old is not a guaranteed starter for Arsenal and could be drawn to Camp Nou. Silva has been in sublime form for Eintracht with 22 goals in 26 games, sparking interest from Manchester United and Atletico Madrid.
Depay has been an ‘obsession’ for Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman, who has requested his signing several times in the past. With his contract ending this summer, Depay is an achievable goal for the Catalans.
Neymar’s ex-agent makes huge claim over Nou’s return to camp
Paris Saint-Germain Superstar Neymar was approached to return to the Nou camp for a reunion with Leo messi by his former agent, André Cury. Neymar has long been linked with a return to Spain after his world record transfer to the French capital, but ended up staying with PSG.
Now, with Messi’s future in the air as well, there have been several rumors of a free transfer to PSG for the Argentine. Cury, former representative of Neymar, believes that a meeting could still be considered in Barcelona, not in Paris. He explained;
“I was in Barcelona for 10 years, I know every corner of the city, I would be very happy to see Neymar go to Barcelona. Neymar has an open door in Barcelona, their fans know he made a mistake and even he recognized it. Two years ago Neymar officially asked me to return to Barcelona. We tried and were very close to getting him out of Paris. But, due to some details, it didn’t happen. is not produced. “
“[Joan] Laporta is the only one who can bring them together again. Messi will not be leaving Barcelona – he has decided his story is in Barcelona and I am very clear about that. Neymar will play with Messi again, but in Barcelona. “
It could be shocking news for PSG who could not only miss the signing of Leo Messi but could also lose star striker Neymar. That being said, this claim contradicts previous reports that Neymar is expected to sign a new deal in Paris, so it remains to be seen whether the two will reunite in Barcelona.