Arsenal’s young talent seems to be a hot prospect on the market and various European giants are reportedly lining up to acquire his service. However, if the latest updates are true, Barcelona are leading the chase for the 21-year-old midfielder Matteo Guendouzi.
The youngster has also had a falling out of sorts with his manager Mikel Arteta and has even been training away from the first team because of that. This, of course, has put a huge target on his back and even though the Gunners would surely hate to lose such a young gem, many teams are ready to bid for him, the Catalans included.
As per L’Equipe’s latest report (via the Sun), Barcelona very much lead the chase for Matteo Guendouzi and are even said to be in advanced talks with the youngster. Arsenal, on the other hand, are demanding around 40 million euros but would also be open for a loan deal.
Apart from the Catalan giant, teams such as Atlético Madrid and Inter have also registered their interest, although they seem to be behind in the pecking order as of right now.
But there’s an added caveat to the whole story for Barcelona as neither Arsenal nor the player are currently ready to accept any offers and they will only do so once the season ends.
Be that as it may, Guendouzi has failed to make a matchday squad ever since his fight with Arteta and his future at the Emirates looks quite uncertain. For that reason, a transfer away from London just might be on the cards.
Of course, that is by far not the only transfer rumour currently surrounding Barcelona as the summer market is once again looking likely to be a huge rollercoaster of emotions.
Source: L’Equipe (via the Sun)
Barcelona don’t lose comeback hope with Messi’s outrageous stats vs Sevilla
Later on tonight, Barcelona will do their best to mount another incredible comeback, this time against Sevilla. The Andalusians were the better team in the first leg of the Copa del Rey, winning 2-0 at their home ground. Today, however, they travel to the Camp Nou where they’ll try and keep their lead alive.
And even though we’re talking here about a very strong opponent, the Catalans have reasons to be optimistic. The first one is of course their recent result against that very same opponent. The two sides met in La Liga last weekend and Barcelona snatched up all three points in a convincing 2-0 victory.
This suggests they indeed do have what it takes to edge past Julen Lopetegui’s troops, especially since the game will be played in Catalonia. But there is also one other weapon Barcelona have at their disposal; one that is not exactly a big secret – Lionel Messi.
The little Argentine does feel like a cheat code at times but against Sevilla, that is even more true than usual. After all, Leo has already scored 38 goals and assisted further 19 in just 42 games played against this opposition.
That amounts to 57 goal contributions in 42 games. Even for Messi’s godly standards, that is just an unreal number. With such a player in your team, you can’t help but feel optimistic and hopeful regardless of the opposition.
Of course, we can’t expect Leo to solve games of this magnitude on his own so everyone will have to pull their weight. But even with that being said, if Messi can do what Messi usually does, Barcelona’s ultimate goal becomes that much easier to reach.
With morale high and players ready to tango, it should definitely be a thrilling contest to watch.
Let’s hope Ronald Koeman gets it right. And then, suddenly, the whole season can turn out that much sweeter.