Barcelona have been chasing their man for so long and now it seems that they have finally made a breakthrough as Junior Firpo has reportedly agreed to join Inter Milan in a deal that would see Lautaro Martínez go the other way.
The Argentine’s 111 million euros release clause cannot be met by the Catalans so instead, they will offer 70 million and a player on top of it to sweeten the deal. And their still fresh left-back seems to have accepted his fate and won’t mind moving away from the Camp Nou.
However, even though Firpo has agreed to join Inter and the Nerazzurri have reportedly accepted that deal, Barcelona still have a big task of trying to sell some players to gather the necessary funds to get the transfer over the line.
Yes, 70 million is a lot less than 111 but the Azulgranas are still not exactly in an ideal financial situation at the moment and there are plenty of players on the chopping block that could be sold sooner rather than later.
Firpo, even though he is still more or less a new signing, is clearly one of them but the likes of Samuel Umtiti, Ivan Rakitić, Arturo Vidal and Jean-Clair Todibo could follow suit as Barcelona start the exodus.
Whatever ends up happening, one thing is for sure – they want Lautaro and they will try everything to get him, even if that means selling a large portion of their current team. Will Inter finally budge?
Only time will tell.
Source: Cadena SER & Què T’hi Jugues
Dembélé is expected to start against Ferencváros after impressive Osasuna display
Ronald Koeman is well aware of the limitations concerning Ousmane Dembélé. The Frenchman is an incredible asset and a highly talented player. However, he is also injury prone and Barcelona can’t afford to use him relentlessly.
For that reason, the young winger has been on the bench for the last couple of games despite performing on a regularly high level whenever chosen to play. According to a new report from SPORT, however, Dembélé is expected to start Barcelona’s upcoming Champions League clash against Ferencváros.
This is a direct result of another encouraging performance just the other night against Osasuna. The Frenchman came off the bench and even scored a great goal before it was ruled offside. We’ve also seen him play at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium against Atlético Madrid but back then, he sprained his shoulder so Koeman had to be extra careful going into the next games.
But the main thing is that Dembélé is still very much an important part of the squad and offers a unique profile to the coach. For that reason, and seeing how he’s once again 100% fit, everything indicates he’ll be back in the gala XI on Wednesday, as SPORT suggest.
This, needless to say, is a rather encouraging sign for a player who was so close to leaving the club during the summer transfer window.
Long may it continue!