“I don’t like VAR. There have been many moments of favoritism, especially at the end of last season.”Joan Laporta | Marca
Laporta is referring to the controversial calls towards Real Madrid last season. Ronald Koeman, the new Blaugrana manager, has also complained a lot about VAR. No one seems to like the new technology, but it is not a good look to complain about it right now.
“I’m not going to give any names during my entire campaign, because it would cause instability in the current team.”Joan Laporta | Marca
Laporta has the team’s interests at heart. While rumours surrounding Neymar, Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappé are emerging, he surely should not speak right now. These players might be world-class, but Barça also have a decent roster. Destabilising the squad before taking over would be shooting yourself in the foot.
“What I don’t want, is that the poor management of the economic situation and the corona crisis is paid by the players. There are contracts to be fulfilled.”Joan Laporta | Marca
Barça are on the verge of bankruptcy. The Blaugranas can only dream of the players mentioned above right now. What is more important today is that the players get their pay before another Quique Setién case happens. Laporta does well to remind everybody of the club’s economic situation.
“Koeman was brave with Oscar Mingueza. Braithwaite is doing a good job as well. We have to look at the players in hand.”Joan Laporta | Marca
Koeman did not really have the opportunity to overlook Oscar Mingueza after Gerard Piqué’s lengthy injury. However, credit where it is due. The Dutchman has unearthed one hell of a gem for the Catalans. The youngster will surely be in Laporta’s plans if he gets elected. As for the coach, his future is still unsure, but it is still early days for him.
Lautaro Martínez talks about the summer rumours of playing alongside Messi
It has been quite a while since we’ve last heard about any concrete rumours of Lautaro Martínez potentially joining Barcelona. The Argentine striker was previously a hot target for the Catalans but following a long hassling period with Inter, and some untimely financial issues, the Azulgranas had to abandon their quest.
Now, other players seem to take priority over the young star as Ronald Koeman looks to strengthen the squad even further. However, back in Italy where Martínez is currently playing, the media seem to still have some interest in that particular story.
Recently, the Argentine was asked about the summer rumours of him wanting to play alongside his compatriot, Lionel Messi. The quotes were given to Gazzetta dello Sport but were relayed by Calciomercato.
“It [playing with Messi] was a dream for me too, of course, because playing with him is fantastic. He is the best player in the world. I am lucky enough to play in the national team with him. We, young people, look up to him,” said Lautaro.
These statements don’t come as a particularly big surprise to many. As he mentions himself, young players look up to Leo and who wouldn’t want to share the pitch with him?
Seeing Martínez at the Camp Nou, however, would be extremely difficult given the club’s current circumstances and Inter’s unwillingness to lower their asking price. He is a talent, though, and that much has to be said.
Maybe the transfer can happen further down the line but at the moment, playing with Messi, apart from the national team, could remain a distant dream for the young Argentine star.