It goes without saying that the Catalans have suffered a lot in the market with numerous signings gone wrong. However, if some of the reports are to be believed, Barcelona will give their costly trident one last chance of redemption.
All three of Antoine Griezmann, Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembélé have a lot of making up to do. Of course, this will only be Griezou’s second season but the first one was unremarkable, to say the least.
As for the other two, the Brazilian has flopped massively, even spending time on loan at Bayern Munich. And as far as the young Frenchman is concerned, he has spent more time out in the stands than on the pitch, courtesy of constant injuries. Still, Ronald Koeman seems to like him so there’s hope.
But 2020/21 has to be their year to shine. Barcelona are ready to give the trident one last chance but it’s now or never. Should they fail once more, coming back would be incredibly difficult despite their quality and talent.
The situation is even worse when we consider they’ve cost the club around €400m in total – an extraordinary sum of money. And that’s without counting the wage bill, which is at the very heart of the problem.
All of them have been incredible for their former clubs and finding that form will be crucial moving forward. At the very moment, they are hindering Barcelona’s project and unless things change rapidly, they might become outcasts once more.
Let’s wait and see if they can turn their fortunes around.
David Beckham confirms Messi has been mentioned in MLS plans
During the presentation of the new Inter Miami kit, club owner and former football superstar David Beckham confirmed that he has big ambitions for his side. The Englishman has been making major headway since he founded the club, who began playing in Major League Soccer (MLS) last season.
The Miami based club unveiled their secondary jersey, named La Palma on Saturday. Beckham, during the ceremony spoke about his plans for the club, stating how important it is to attract the biggest names in football.
The former Real Madrid and Manchester United man addressed rumours about both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He said: “I know that in Miami our fans want to see great stars. Messi and Ronaldo have been mentioned, have been at the top of their game and have been the best for the last 15 years. We want to attract the best players.”
Speaking about the talent he has already managed to attract, Beckham added: “We already have players like Higuaín and Matuidi who already bring shine and glamour, but in the future we want to have the opportunity to bring big name signings.”
Back when Messi asked to leave Barcelona last summer, the Argentine was linked however briefly to a move to the MLS. Inter Miami, being the most possible suitors. However, Messi ended up staying in Spain after a complicated transfer saga.
There is no doubt that with Beckham at the helm, Inter Miami could attract a ton of big names in the future. However, a move to the States would most certainly be a step sideways for Messi, considering he still has years left at the top in Europe.