Another day, another transfer market update. And it seems that the papers are convinced Barcelona will sign Memphis Depay this coming January. Of course, they already tried doing it during the summer but the massive wage bill was the obvious obstacle.
SPORT go as far as saying that everything is already arranged and will be set in motion soon. First, however, they have to sort the wage bill either by cutting the salaries or selling the players.
Needless to say, that is easier said than done. At the moment, they are still working on finding a solution for Ousmane Dembélé, whose future at the Camp Nou is uncertain. The same goes for Martin Braithwaite.
Despite being the only out-and-out centre-forward at the club, the Blaugrana are still feeling the market for a potential sale. After all, Barcelona will reportedly sign Depay so the Dane will not be needed so badly anymore.
Mundo Deportivo went with Pedri’s interview for their cover. El Clásico is upon us in October and the youngster could make his grand debut in that historic clash.
The youngster assures the fans his pulse will not jump and is confident Barcelona can beat anyone. So far, he’s been a real gem for Ronald Koeman and there is a bright future ahead of him.
Of course, Barcelona have to be careful with such a young player. He has all the talent in the world but patience is needed for him to develop properly.
Ousmane Dembélé talks Tuchel, Messi, Eto’o, Laporta
In an interview with BeIN Sports, Ousmane Dembele spilled beans on various topics ranging from football to personal life. The interview was conducted before yesterday’s Clásico.
The French winger is reportedly a player who the new president, Joan Laporta, admires a lot. Even during his campaign, the Catalan lawyer raised the issue of Dembele’s renewal. The club has invested heavily in Dembele and has finally started to reap results.
When asked the question about his contract renewal, Dembele explained: “My future? I still have a year left on my contract. There have been no discussions with the club, I’m happy and I feel good.
“A new president has arrived and I don’t really know him, but he is very close to the players. We’ll see how it goes.”
In all the reports that have come out and interviews given by the young players, all of them have mentioned that the club captain, Lionel Messi shares an exceptional with this new generation of players.
On the same lines the World Cup winner said: “Messi gives confidence to the young players in the team and helps us a lot. He gives me advice.”
Dembele is said to be liking his new role up top in the newly found 3-5-2 system by Koeman. He jokingly said in the interview that the dressing room now relates him to Samuel Eto’o, a former Barça legend: “As I now play up top, they call me Samuel Eto’o in the dressing room.”
The Barça winger had an excellent season at Dortmund which led to multiple European giants going into a bidding war for him.
His strike partner during his days in Germany was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whom the Frenchman regarded as `his favorite teammate’. He also said that `Thomas Tuchel is his favorite coach’.