Sport report that Barcelona and Ronald Koeman are planning to bring in a new centre-back this winter. After Gerard Piqué’s and Ronald Araujo’s lengthy setbacks, Clément Lenglet suffered from an injury against Osasuna. While the Frenchman seems fine, it would still be smart to get a centre-back.
The central defender on the table is Melayro Bogarde. The Dutchman is an 18-year-old prospect currently plying his trade at Hoffenheim, with a market value of €2 million. Bogarde is quite versatile and can play in the right-back or as a central-defensive midfield as well. He has only one league game under his belt with Hoffenheim and Barça might want to monitor him more before pulling the trigger.
Besides that, he is the nephew of an ex-Barça player, Winston Bogarde. The former defender played two seasons at Camp Nou and was capped 20 times by the Netherlands.
Bringing in a new young centre-back could help the Catalans as they are in dire need of backups. Recently, Oscar Mingueza has stepped up, but there is still a lack of depth in the central area. Besides, Koeman must know a lot about Bogarde since the defender has played in almost every Netherlands team.
Financially speaking, the young Dutchman will be a cheap alternative for the targets Barça already have. However, does signing Bogarde mean Eric Garcia is discarded from the Barcelona recruitment plan? That, we will have to wait and see.
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’.