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Papers: Barcelona negotiating for Eric García; Pjanić the wild card

The Catalans are negotiating with Manchester City to bring the former La Masia talent back home.

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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On today’s newspaper covers, Mundo Deportivo are praising Miralem Pjanić’s versatility, even calling him a wild card, while Sport say Barcelona are negotiating with Manchester City for Eric García.

The Bosnian has now officially been a Barcelona player for some days but we will have to wait until next season to see him play for the Azulgrana. Still, Mundo Deportivo are adamant that the midfielder can be a great asset to the team.

So much so that they claim he can even replace Sergio Busquets in the lineup if necessary and help free up Frenkie de Jong in the process as well. Either way, he’s a ‘joker‘ card that the Catalans can use in a plethora of different ways, all equally effective as well.

Sport have gone in a slightly different direction today, saying Barcelona are negotiating with Man City for Eric García as they want the youngster back at the Camp Nou.

His contract is set to expire in 2021 but Barcelona want him this summer and won’t wait until next year to potentially snatch him for free. But if they can’t succeed now, they will come back once his contract ends.

With Gerard Piqué getting older by the minute, Jean-Clair Todibo likely leaving for good soon and Samuel Umtiti once again plagued with injures, the former La Masia talent could be an excellent buy indeed.

Can they actually bring him back?

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Ansu Fati becomes El Clasico’s youngest-ever scorer

Alexandre Patanian

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Barcelona started El Clasico in the worst way possible after Federico Valverde opened the scoring at Camp Nou early on, but Ronald Koeman’s side knew how to reply almost instantly and made Culés breathe a bit. The scorer was Ansu Fati, who now breaks another record in his young career.

After his equaliser, Fati is now El Clasico’s youngest-ever scorer, scoring in the most important fixture of the year a week before his 18th birthday. After an ingenious pass from Leo Messi, Jordi Alba ran with the ball and gave the ball to Fati, who scored in Thibaut Courtois’s net. Koeman utilised Fati as a striker in El Clasico and his choice paid dividends as the teenager already opened his El Clasico account.

Barça fans began panicking after Valverde opened the scoring early on but the Culés, after a few minutes where they struggled, managed to get back into the game and level the scoring. Moreover, Ansu Fati isn’t the only teenager on the pitch as Koeman surprisingly started Sergiño Dest and Pedri for their first El Clasico. Dest is now the first American to appear in the prestigious fixture.

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