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Papers: Barcelona have a reinforcement plan for January

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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It’s almost that time of the year once again. The winter transfer market is just around the corner and according to the papers, Barcelona are already planning ahead despite being in a financially difficult situation.

Mundo Deportivo talk about a ‘reinforcement plan‘ that includes free agents or simply easily attainable targets.

Of course, both names are not a surprise to the fans. Eric García and Memphis Depay are the two players Ronald Koeman would like to buy this January as both of their contracts are ending in the summer.

For that reason, Barcelona plan to either negotiate a favourable deal to bring them to the Camp Nou in the winter for a small fee or completely for free a couple of months later. On the other hand, the likes of Ousmane Dembélé, Carles Carles Aleñá, Martin Braithwaite and Junior Firpo could leave the club permanently.

SPORT are focusing on Marc-André ter Stegen, calling him ‘the best goalkeeper in the world‘.

After such a heroic display against Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League, there is no doubt that the German is at the very top of the food chain. But the most important thing is his willingness to renew the contract with Barça and start the rebuild process after the 8-2 humiliation against Bayern.

If the Catalans are to go farther in the competition this year, they will most certainly need him to be at his best.

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Koeman’s press conference ahead of Sevilla clash ends prematurely due to a nosebleed

Udhav Arora

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As Barcelona gear-up to take on Sevilla in gameweek 25 of La Liga, Ronald Koeman sat down to address the media as part of his pre-game press conference. However, his presser was interrupted, and consequently ended prematurely due to a nosebleed the Dutchman suffered while speaking. This is the second time this is happening this season, with the first incident occurring before the Athletic Bilbao game last month. It comes possibly as a result of the blood thinners he takes after suffering from heart problems last year, as has been reported by Javi Miguel.

Before the presser was halted, Koeman spoke about how the two consecutive games against Sevilla are different from one another, saying “There are two different games. Tomorrow we play for La Liga, and Wednesday for the Copa del Rey. We have to win both games and we hope to continue our unbeaten streak in the league tomorrow.”

As part of merry news, Ronald Araujo has entered the squad list for the first time in five games after suffering an ankle injury against Real Betis. Koeman addressed his inclusion in the presser, saying, “Araújo has entered the list and everyone who enters the list has options to play. We’ll decide our XI tomorrow.”

Koeman clearly holds the young defender in high praise, and complimented him in today’s presser as well, saying, “Araújo has had a very good season so far. He’s young, but he has learned and shown a lot. He has a great physique level, he’s strong and fast, and he brings us many things defensively.”

The topic surrounding Barcelona’s lack of leadership came up yet again, despite there being several veteran players in the side. Koeman singled out Lionel Messi again, while calling for contribution from others: “Veteran players have tried to take control, but they can’t do it alone either. Messi has 17-18 goals, the same as everyone else put together. Responsibility must be shared.”

“I know that being a Barça coach there is always a lot of pressure. If you don’t win, it’s the manager’s mistake. I don’t know what could happen in the future, there is time to talk about that, but I’m optimistic,” Koeman said in regards to how he feels about his future as a Barcelona coach with the elections nearby.

The last thing Koeman talked about was voting in the elections before rushing out of the room. He said, “The elections? I will not vote because I think I don’t have to vote. I have to wait, and the socios will decide.”

Source: BarçaTV+

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