The winter transfer market is a couple of months away but Barcelona are already looking to secure January bargains. Today’s papers are all about the Catalans working to improve the team the best they can.
Granted, SPORT are focusing on Marc-André ter Stegen’s renovation. The German is close to extending his contract and Josep-Maria Bartomeu wants that to be his last act at the club.
Of course, not that managing to do that would somehow vindicate the president but he wants to try. Ter Stegen would sign until 2025 and is currently still on the path to recovery. But he is looking to get back to full fitness before the clash with Real Madrid on 24 October.
On the other side, Mundo Deportivo are saying that Barcelona want to secure January bargains during the winter.
The three objectives the Catalans are looking for are Eric García, Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum. All three will be out of contract in June and that means getting them for cheap in January is a real possibility.
Of course, this is if they don’t pen new deals with their respective clubs in the meantime. One thing is for sure, though. Barcelona will make more signings once the market opens and a defender and a striker are still priorities.
Official: Barcelona confirm Pedri muscular injury
All victories come with a cost and Barcelona’s great triumph over Sevilla is no exception. Sadly, the Catalans’ young prodigy, Pedri, had to leave the pitch in the second half of the clash and now, the club has officially confirmed that the 18-year-old had sustained a muscular injury.
As of right now, however, we still don’t know how serious it is and we’ll have to wait for further information, which is most likely to arrive tomorrow. Unfortunately, the early speculations are not good as it seems Pedri could indeed be out of commission for a couple of weeks at least.
Needless to say, that’s a huge hit for Barcelona since the schedule is unrelenting. Soon, it will be time to face Sevilla again in the Copa del Rey and also Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Doing so without Pedri could indeed be troublesome.
But we also have to wonder how did it come to this injury. The 18-year-old is a key member of the squad so it’s understandable Ronald Koeman would want him to play all the time.
However, that might be the very crux of the problem too. With so little rest in-between the games, it was just a matter of time before Pedri’s body could take no more.
Still, not all is lost and he should be back in time to help Barcelona finish the season strong. And besides, now the youngster can finally get some well-deserved rest.
Hopefully the team can manage without him for a short period of time.