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Barcelona is interested in PSG’s fullback Juan Bernat

Aaryan Parasnis

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As per a recent report from Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are targeting Paris Saint Germain left-back Juan Bernat. The 27-year-old could be on his way to the Camp Nou very soon. With his contract running out soon, he could be a very viable option for the Catalans in the following summer transfer window.

Bernat arrived at PSG from Bayern Munich in the summer of 2018 following a successful stint with the Bavarians. He has since also become a mainstay for PSG at the left-back position. The Spaniard has made 76 appearances for the Parisiens since his arrival and has notched 6 goals and 10 assists. His contract with PSG ends on the 30th of June this year, making him a very tempting prospect, since his services can be secured for free.

FC Barcelona have had issues with depth and quality at the left-back position for quite a while now. With Jordi Alba ageing swiftly and struggling with form, there is no guaranteed starter in that area. Junior Firpo has also struggled to establish himself at the club and could be on his way out himself. Juan Bernat would therefore be a good option to bridge the gap.

The former Bayern Munich man, however, is currently recovering from a serious injury. Back in September 2020, he suffered considerable damage to his anterior cruciate ligament. The injury meant he had to get reconstructive surgery, following which he was required to go under the knife again due to an infection.

Bernat could perhaps be ruled out for the remainder of the campaign considering the gravity of his problem. But he is expected to make a full recovery by the summer. Barcelona have been linked to the Spaniard a few times prior to this year as well. With the current financial restrictions binding the club, they will monitor his situation keenly in order to launch a move in the summer if possible.

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Official: Barcelona confirm Pedri muscular injury

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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All victories come with a cost and Barcelona’s great triumph over Sevilla is no exception. Sadly, the Catalans’ young prodigy, Pedri, had to leave the pitch in the second half of the clash and now, the club has officially confirmed that the 18-year-old had sustained a muscular injury.

As of right now, however, we still don’t know how serious it is and we’ll have to wait for further information, which is most likely to arrive tomorrow. Unfortunately, the early speculations are not good as it seems Pedri could indeed be out of commission for a couple of weeks at least.

Needless to say, that’s a huge hit for Barcelona since the schedule is unrelenting. Soon, it will be time to face Sevilla again in the Copa del Rey and also Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Doing so without Pedri could indeed be troublesome.

But we also have to wonder how did it come to this injury. The 18-year-old is a key member of the squad so it’s understandable Ronald Koeman would want him to play all the time.

However, that might be the very crux of the problem too. With so little rest in-between the games, it was just a matter of time before Pedri’s body could take no more.

Still, not all is lost and he should be back in time to help Barcelona finish the season strong. And besides, now the youngster can finally get some well-deserved rest.

Hopefully the team can manage without him for a short period of time.

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