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Barça are studying the option of signing a low-cost centre-back

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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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.

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Gerard Pique appoints Eder Sarabia as head coach for his team Andorra

Udhav Arora

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In an interesting turn of events, Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique has appointed Eder Sarabia as head coach for his team Andorra. Sarabia served as Quique Setien’s assistant during the Spaniard’s six-month tenure at Barcelona ranging from January to August before the coaching staff was sacked for a humiliating exit at the hands of Bayern Munich.

Pique’s Kosmos Holding Group bought Andorra, who operated in the Tercera Division – the Spain’s fourth tier, in December 2018. After raising enough funds, and going on a 22 match unbeaten run, Andorra replaced CF Reus in the Segunda Division B.

After the dismissal of Gabri Garcia following a poor run of form, Nacho Castro was appointed as the head coach. After nearly a year in-charge, on January 18, Andorra announced through a press release that Castro would not be continuing at the club. Three hours later, Eder Sarabia was appointed.

This appointment has come as a surprise to Barcelona fans considering Sarabia’s controversial tenure with the club. The Spaniard had been on the end of several heated discussion with club captain Lionel Messi, with videos releasing of the assistant shouting and cursing at the players during a game against Celta Vigo last season.

Andorra currently sit second in Group III-A of the Segunda Division B, three points clear of Barcelona B. The two are set to meet on 7th February in Round 15 of the third division. The Encamp outfit won the last meeting, held in November 2020, between the two with a goal from Carlos Martinez Rodriguez enough to scrape a 1-0 win through.

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