The race between Joan Laporta and Victor Font is getting heated. After many political stunts from the former, the latter showed his project on Wednesday.
Font talked about his board of directors, with icons such as Jordi Cruyff and Xavi included. Johann Cruyff’s son then took the matter to Twitter by stating that he still has a contract with Shenzen FC. Moreover, the presidential candidate announced that Ronald Koeman would probably stay as a coach.
Laporta, on the other hand, told Cat Radio that ‘he will not give names’. The former Blaugrana president took a jab at Font:
“I’m not going to give names because I have been a president, and I know that it detabilizes the situation a lot. I have 3 names for the future sporting director, and all three are very interesting. I have the name of the technical secretary.”Joan Laporta | Catalunya radio
Earlier, Laporta had stated that during his candidacy, he would not name any potential transfers either. He wants to take the world by the storm after he gets elected. Getting ahead of himself before the elections would only cause havoc in an already polluted environment. Moreover, Laporta is working behind the scenes, which seems like an astute political move.
Even though both Laporta and Font are seen as favourites to take over the presidential job at the Catalan club, it looks like Font is more transparent in his project plans, while Laporta is often putting forward his earlier success at Barcelona instead.
Both candidates would come with many positives, especially considering the current situation at Barcelona. We have to wait and see whether one of the two can bring back Barça on their feet.
Just in: Neymar’s entourage confirms renewal with PSG as he ‘likes the project’
Fabrizio Romano has broken huge news as part of Neymar’s contract situation with Paris Saint-Germain, which all but officially announces that the Brazilian will be staying in France, contrary to what has been reported recently. The report suggests that that he will sign his extension soon, which is bound to include a massive UCL bonus.
Neymar’s entourage have confirmed his decision to stay with the Paris outfit in conversation with France Football, saying, “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project.”
Neymar is expected to sign soon his new contract with Paris Saint-Germain until June 2026, huge UCL bonus confirmed too. His entourage just announced to France Football: “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project”. 🇧🇷 #PSG https://t.co/LMnrpctSkx— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 12, 2021
PSG have, in fact, actually enjoyed success in Europe in the recent past. They reached the Champions League final last season, crumbling only to the unstoppable Bayern Munich by a mere one goal to nil. Since then, they have fired Thomas Tuchel, and hired Mauricio Pochettino, who inspired an incredible victory against Bayern in this season’s Champions League quarters. Spearheaded by Neymar and Mbappe, the capital-side hit the defending champions for three goals, conceding two.
Despite their lead in the UCL, they do not have a stronghold on the trophy with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Real Madrid still in the running. It becomes a lot more problematic when you realise their situation in Ligue 1.
PSG look far from comfortable in the league, which is a shocker to say the least. As it stands, Pochettino’s mean are in second place with 66 points, three adrift of Lille who top the table with one of the most impressive defensive records in Europe.
A season without either of the big trophies might force Neymar to have a change of mind, with the Barcelona project looking much more comprehensive under Joan Laporta. In fact, the new President might look at the Brazilian as the key that will allow Lionel Messi to stay at the club. We do the same rumours annually, so it is only fair if any of these ‘confirmations’ are turned on their head in the coming weeks.