The January transfer window is just around the corner and Barcelona are yet to settle a small matter of dealing with Lionel Messi’s situation at the club. As we now know, the Argentine will be able to negotiate with other clubs in a month’s times since his contract is set to expire in the summer.
Of course, the biggest and probably the only real candidate for his coveted signature are Manchester City and according to the new updates coming from ESPN’s Rob Dawson, Leo is still very much on the Citizens’ radar.
At this very moment, however, we don’t know much more than that apart from the fact that City would not be willing to outright buy the player during the winter window but would rather simply officially acquire his services for the summer.
Interestingly, Moi Llorens’ report also suggested that Carles Tusquets, the temporary president, will not be in charge of negotiating a potential renewal with Messi. That obligation, the journalist states, will fall on the new board’s shoulders in January.
It seems like this could be the very first thing on the agenda once the new president is finally elected. In an ideal scenario, Messi would be tied down with a brand new deal once that happens but whoever wins the race better have a promising sporting project in tow if they are to convince Leo to stay.
One way or the other, Man City will surely be attentive to the whole situation, ready to pounce if things don’t go Barcelona’s way in the negotiations.
Ousmane Dembélé talks Tuchel, Messi, Eto’o, Laporta
In an interview with BeIN Sports, Ousmane Dembele spilled beans on various topics ranging from football to personal life. The interview was conducted before yesterday’s Clásico.
The French winger is reportedly a player who the new president, Joan Laporta, admires a lot. Even during his campaign, the Catalan lawyer raised the issue of Dembele’s renewal. The club has invested heavily in Dembele and has finally started to reap results.
When asked the question about his contract renewal, Dembele explained: “My future? I still have a year left on my contract. There have been no discussions with the club, I’m happy and I feel good.
“A new president has arrived and I don’t really know him, but he is very close to the players. We’ll see how it goes.”
In all the reports that have come out and interviews given by the young players, all of them have mentioned that the club captain, Lionel Messi shares an exceptional with this new generation of players.
On the same lines the World Cup winner said: “Messi gives confidence to the young players in the team and helps us a lot. He gives me advice.”
Dembele is said to be liking his new role up top in the newly found 3-5-2 system by Koeman. He jokingly said in the interview that the dressing room now relates him to Samuel Eto’o, a former Barça legend: “As I now play up top, they call me Samuel Eto’o in the dressing room.”
The Barça winger had an excellent season at Dortmund which led to multiple European giants going into a bidding war for him.
His strike partner during his days in Germany was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whom the Frenchman regarded as `his favorite teammate’. He also said that `Thomas Tuchel is his favorite coach’.