After selling Arthur for €72m and bringing Juventus midfielder Pjanic to the Camp Nou for €60m, Barcelona and the Italian giants continue to negotiate on new deals.
One of them could involve Antoine Griezmann. Talks are ongoing and Douglas Costa and Adrien Rabiot have options to enter a possible deal. Barça is interested in Costa because they believe he is a true winger, unlike Antoine Griezmann who is a striker and has been struggling at the club ever since his arrival.
Griezmann’s agent is planning a meeting with Barcelona to talk about his situation. The Frenchmen has been on the bench in 3 of the last 4 games for Barça.
Meanwhile, Griezmann is one goal away from equalling Neymar’s first season goal tally. The Frenchman has scored 13 goals, one goal less than the Brazilian.
Source: RAI Sport via Sport
Ousmane Dembélé talks Tuchel, Messi, Eto’o, Laporta
In an interview with BeIN Sports, Ousmane Dembele spilled beans on various topics ranging from football to personal life. The interview was conducted before yesterday’s Clásico.
The French winger is reportedly a player who the new president, Joan Laporta, admires a lot. Even during his campaign, the Catalan lawyer raised the issue of Dembele’s renewal. The club has invested heavily in Dembele and has finally started to reap results.
When asked the question about his contract renewal, Dembele explained: “My future? I still have a year left on my contract. There have been no discussions with the club, I’m happy and I feel good.
“A new president has arrived and I don’t really know him, but he is very close to the players. We’ll see how it goes.”
In all the reports that have come out and interviews given by the young players, all of them have mentioned that the club captain, Lionel Messi shares an exceptional with this new generation of players.
On the same lines the World Cup winner said: “Messi gives confidence to the young players in the team and helps us a lot. He gives me advice.”
Dembele is said to be liking his new role up top in the newly found 3-5-2 system by Koeman. He jokingly said in the interview that the dressing room now relates him to Samuel Eto’o, a former Barça legend: “As I now play up top, they call me Samuel Eto’o in the dressing room.”
The Barça winger had an excellent season at Dortmund which led to multiple European giants going into a bidding war for him.
His strike partner during his days in Germany was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whom the Frenchman regarded as `his favorite teammate’. He also said that `Thomas Tuchel is his favorite coach’.