This summer transfer window was different in so many ways. Of course, for Barcelona and many of their legends, it signalled the end of the line. But given the dire financial situation of the club, the exits outnumbered the arrivals, at least the necessary ones.
It was no secret that the Catalans wanted more players to come in, players across different positions. Ronald Koeman talked about a new forward and a couple of defenders, potentially covering the full-back areas as well. And this is where David Alaba comes into play.
Even though he was with Bayern Munich since 2008, his contract is now running out and the talks are still not advancing. This means he could part ways with the Bavarians next year as a free agent and Barcelona are attentive to his situation.
There were previous reports of the Azulgrana wanting to sign him for his experience, flexibility and just pure skill. Alaba can cover multiple positions across the first two lines of the pitch and that’s an invaluable asset to have.
Even more so when we take into account how thin Barcelona are in that defensive line. Bayern have already lost Thiago to Liverpool and now, another huge player could sign a pre-contract this coming January.
We don’t know whether Barcelona will pull the trigger nor whether Alaba would even want to join. But this is certainly an avenue worth exploring.
And if previous reports are anything to go by, it won’t be a surprise if the Catalans try and get the Austrian next summer.
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’.