Today’s newspaper covers are once again focused on transfers as we slowly but surely approach the most heated parts of the summer in the footballing world. Barcelona apparently want to extend Ansu Fati’s contract and are in the market for a potential defender as well.
Mundo Deportivo have given us a shortlist of three players that are of particular interest to the Catalans and that could be bought soon: David Alaba from Bayern Munich, Juan Bernat from Paris Saint-Germain and Eric García from Manchester City.
A keen eye could’ve noticed already that all three players have one thing in common: their contracts will end in 2021, making them a cheap option for this summer or even a free one in the following one.
Of course, it does seem like reinforcements in the backline are something of a priority for the club and we could very well see a new player arrive in one of those roles.
Sport, on the other hand, are focusing on the current team, saying Barcelona want to extend Fati’s contract and reward him for brilliant performances in his breakout season.
Naturally, this would also protect the player and the club from potential bidders who would love nothing more than take Fati away from Barcelona before he becomes a world-class superstar.
The board plan to meet with the youngster’s entourage soon and discuss a deal until 2024. Apart from that, it seems that the club is also willing to listen to offers for Ousmane Dembélé and apparently wouldn’t even hesitate to offload Antoine Griezmann if a good offer arrived.
Video: Barcelona vs Alavés — Match Preview
Barcelona take on Alavés in Matchday 6 of La Liga Santander, following a wonderful display and victory over Juventus midweek, in the Champions League. But Ronald Koeman’s side have already dropped big points in the league this season, and know that anything other than 3 points against the Basque outfit would be disastrous for our title aspirations.
This should be another good opportunity for Barça to showcase their abilities once more and build on that performance against Juventus, as Alavés are a considerably weaker side to the sort of opposition that the Catalans have had to face so far this campaign.
Having said that, Pablo Machín’s men will try and make life difficult for Barça, similar to what Getafe did, and Alavés will feel confident that with the right sort of game-plan, they can make Koeman’s side slip up in La Liga once more.