CAT Radio have confirmed, that newly elected Barcelona president Joan Laporta will officially take over the office on Wednesday by 3 PM. After his inauguration is complete, he will then be able to tackle all the issues on the agenda.
Reports highlighting Laporta’s economic vice president Jaume Giro’s resignation could have caused more complications. The president had to submit a guarantee of 126 million euros to the LFP but Giro’s exit due to multiple disagreements with Laporta were a hindrance.
However, Laporta has seemingly found a replacement very quickly as the vice president of the company Audax Renovables, Eduard Romeu is set to join ‘Estimem el Barça’. After a final scare for the new management, things are seemingly finally back on track for Laporta’s initiation.
The 58-year-old returned to Barcelona as president after a long-drawn-out election saga, which saw him amass over 54% of the votes over his competitors Victor Font and Toni Freixa. With him, also came a newfound sense of optimism at the club which has endured crisis after crisis over the past few years.
Laporta’ second tenure, however, has already seen a rocky start. With Barcelona’s exit at the hands of PSG in the Champions League and now Giro’s resignation, the kind of problems he has inherited are also apparent.
But charismatic as ever, Laporta remained confident that he would be able to present a guarantee for 15% of Barcelona’s budget to the league on time, in order to be sworn into office. With Romeu’s entry as financial vice president, things should now move much more smoothly.
If there is anyone capable of digging Barcelona out of these burrows, it is definitely Joan Laporta. Despite the crises, the cause for optimism is high.
Barcelona wants to improve contract of ‘the new Iniesta’
RAC1 have confirmed that Barcelona are indeed working on offering Pedri Gonzalez a new and improved contract. The youngster has been an absolute revelation for the club, and in turn, they now want to reward his services further and ensure his continuity via a long-term deal.
Earlier reports in the Spanish newspapers also stated that Barcelona have already begun working on a contract extension for Pedri. Since his move from Las Palmas, the midfielder has established himself as a key cog in Ronald Koeman’s new-look Barcelona machine driven by youth.
Pedri’s current Barcelona contract expires in June 2022, but has a clause that would allow a two-year extension. The club are keen on improving the economic terms of his deal, which reportedly earns him 34,000 euros per week at the moment, and ensuring that he stays in Barcelona for years to come.
Barcelona also want to fend off interest from other clubs who have begun to take notice of the teenager’s incredible rise to prominence. The 18-year old has already been contacted by major clubs like Liverpool according to previous reports.
Since his arrival, Barcelona want to offer Pedri a deal that fairly reflects his invaluable contributions to the team. He has been instrumental in freshening up the Blaugrana midfield with his tremendous technical ability on the ball, range of passing, and work rate out of possession. His talents have thus drawn comparisons to the legendary Andres Iniesta.
As for the player himself, he has already stated on multiple occasions that he wants to succeed at Barcelona. Pedri aims to stay at the club for many years and win major titles.