Barcelona are facing a big challenge this January as they aim to put five or even six players on the market in an attempt to gather funds to further bolster the squad. The problem is, most of the unwanted players at the club may be a bit difficult to shift, making the whole operation shaky.
However, there has been some sort of movement at the Camp Nou in that regard. According to a new report from SPORT, Inter Milan want to sign Junior Firpo during the winter transfer window. Not only that but the Italians have already proposed their terms.
If the same source is to be believed, the Nerazzurri want a loan deal that would last either six months or a year and a half and would also include a purchase option. Inter want to strengthen the left side of the pitch and see Firpo as a good candidate.
A similar deal was pretty close in the summer but didn’t go through because Barça couldn’t sign Lautaro Martínez in the process as well.
The player himself would now, as opposed to the summer, be open to leaving the club. But there is a problem once again – the Catalans don’t want a loan but would rather sell Firpo for a figure north of 22 million euros, considering that Real Betis still get 10% from any future sale as well.
So for the moment, Barcelona don’t want to rush things, especially since they’re expecting more offers to arrive, more specifically from the Premier League.
One way or the other, Firpo is most likely leaving the Camp Nou this coming January.
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.