The season is taking another bad turn for Barcelona and where there was optimism, now there’s less and less hope. Still, the papers this morning are taking somewhat differing approaches as one focuses on the club’s core and the other looks to the outside.
We all know the Catalans’ financial situation is quite bad and SPORT say that Barcelona could still collect about 11 million euros for Luis Suarez.
As a matter of fact, they also suggest the Azulgranas have already received five fixed millions from Atletico Madrid but the rest could be easily achievable. In case the Rojiblancos reach the next stage of the Champions League, they will get two more and another two for a certain number of games played.
Finally, the rest should come along if Suarez decides to play for the team next season as well. So on paper, all of these variables look decently achievable but at the end of the day, it’s still just 11 million euros for a player of Suarez’s calibre.
Mundo Deportivo, on the other hand, are looking at Barcelona’s future through the eyes of La Masia.
Despite the difficult situation the club finds itself in now, the future still looks bright. Ansu Fati will lead the revolution alongside the likes of Riqui Puig, Illaix Moriba and Oscar Mingueza, all of whom are blossoming nicely.
With all of that being said, Ronald Koeman won’t throw in the towel for this season either. The coach wants to fight on all fronts and maybe mount some comebacks in the next couple of weeks. Whether that’s possible or not, remains to be seen.
But it would be good to see the team show a fighting spirit and defend the badge. And the rest of us? We’ll be right behind them.
As we always are.
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.