Barcelona are in a state of crisis. With the recent injuries to both Gerard Piqué and Sergi Roberto, Ronald Koeman is suddenly left without proper cover in the backline. Of course, Samuel Umtiti is not exactly the most reliable either so dipping their toes into the market might have to do.
According to a recent update from Sique Rodríguez, a reliable source from Carrusel Deportivo, the Catalans are studying the option of signing a low-cost centre-back in the winter to patch up the squad.
At the moment, Eric García from Manchester City is the obvious target and even though there’s no real mention of price right now, he seems to be their best bet.
Of course, this is not really the first time we hear this story but the situation has never been as complex and as serious as it is now. For that reason, Barcelona won’t exactly have a choice and will have to use the transfer market as the only possible solution.
But still, they also want to avoid signing someone purely as a stop-gap defender, meaning that yes, they will aim for a cheaper player but also someone that could actually play for the team. And needless to say, García fits the bill and is looking like someone for both the present and the future.
First, however, they will have to negotiate a fair deal with Man City and with the club once again being desperate to sign someone, the Citizens may have more negotiating power in their hands.
Griezmann jokes when asked about his future following Copa championship: “Ask the president”
After being starved of trophies for two years, Barcelona have won silverware, defeating Athletic Bilbao in the final of the Copa del Rey by four goals to nothing. Lionel Messi was on target twice, while Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann got a goal each as Barça cruise to victory.
Following the game, Griezmann, who opened the scoring for Barcelona, spoke to the media, including about his future. He jokingly replied to that question by saying, “Ask the president.”
He said that he was very proud of the team and how they have managed to turn around the season, “Proud of the team and the work. We know that the season is very long and there are good and bad times. Keep enjoying the team and in the end the reward will come.”
He ended the presser on a celebratory note, saying, “We have to celebrate this title and enjoy it as a result of the work we’ve done.”
The Frenchman has been in excellent form throughout the Copa del Rey campaign and spearheaded the comeback against Granada in the Quarter-finals. He also assisted Gerard Pique for a last minute equaliser against Sevilla when all seemed lost, and has now been rewarded with the first Copa del Rey win of his career. Onto bigger and better things, hopefully.