The transfer window deadline is coming close, and Barcelona is at the edge of closing unfinished deals. One of them is Ousmane Dembélé‘s case, who is close to being a new Manchester United player. In the middle of the deadline day, Dembélé showed up for training with Barcelona at an early hour but left the facilities before the training session began.
Let’s remember that Barça still wants to close the signing of Memphis Depay, who has already agreed on personal terms with the Catalan club. However, the Blaugrana’s cannot make an official offer until Ousmane is sold.
So far, the Red Devils and the Azulgranas continue to negotiate for Dembélé. Manchester United wants a loan-deal, but Barcelona would only accept a permanent signing. In addition, the fact that Dembélé left training may be due to a meeting with his agent and with the directors of both clubs.
We will have to wait and see how the transfer saga ends, but it is clear that a lot of telephone traffic is currently ongoing between the players, agents, and clubs.
Source: Moisés Llorens (ESPN correspondent)
Official: Barcelona confirm Pedri muscular injury
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.