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Barcelona News Roundup: Barca close to signing Premier League midfielder Joan Laporta lack € 70million on deposit to become president and more

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The latest reports claim that a deal for one of Barcelona’s main transfer targets is ‘95%’ done.

Barcelona recorded a landslide 4-1 win over Huesca to increase pressure on the league leaders Atletico Madrid. Lionel Messi put in another spectacular performance to keep the Catalans The league title hopes alive. There is a new twist in the presidential elections as the club prepare for a busy summer transfer window.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the main stories involving Barcelona from March 16, 2021.

Ronald Koeman praises Lionel Messi

FC Barcelona v SD Huesca - La Liga Santander
FC Barcelona v SD Huesca – La Liga Santander

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman was a happy man as his side beat Huesca 4-1 last night. It was a historic night for Lionel Messi as he tied Xavi’s record for most appearances for the club, making his 767th outing in a Barcelona shirt and he celebrated it with an inspiring performance.

Speaking to the press after the victory, Ronald Koeman praised Lionel Messi. He said:

“I think Messi has shown he is the best. The first goal was fantastic. He so deserves to be important for this team. Fortunately, he is still with us.

“It’s a very good result to keep growing. We had a good first half and we maintained the intensity in the second. We finally got a goal from a corner. People are working hard on stopped parts. A big goal for Oscar. “

Joan Laporta runs out of 70 million euros on deposit

Election of the new president of FC Barcelona
Election of the new president of FC Barcelona

Just when some stability seemed to have been restored at Barcelona, ​​things took a new turn. For a presidential winner to assume the role, he will have to deposit 15% of the club’s budget, which in this case is € 124m.

Now according to The newspaper, Newly elected Barcelona president Joan Laporta is missing € 70million on his deposit and the deadline for him to deposit the money is Wednesday. If he cannot provide the funds on time, the whole electoral process will have to be repeated.

Georginio Wijnaldum in Barcelona 95% complete

Sheffield United v Liverpool - Premier League
Sheffield United v Liverpool – Premier League

According to Football insider, Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is now closer than ever to joining Barcelona. The Dutchman’s contract with Liverpool runs out this summer and he has yet to sign an extension.

Ronald Koeman managed Wijnaldum for the Dutch international team and wants to find him at Camp Nou. Barcelona have been monitoring their situation for some time now and are now at 95%, according to the report.

Wijnaldum can play both as a no. 6 and a no. 9 and is a fairly experienced activist.

Posted on March 16, 2021 at 6:38 PM IST


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