Today’s newspapers are all about the upcoming summer transfer window. Philippe Coutinho reportedly has three major options from the Premier League that he’s considering while Barcelona are clear about their priorities – they want Eric García at all costs.
When it comes to the young centre-back, this is definitely not fresh news. We have known about the Catalans’ interest for quite some time now and Barça could have quite a fight with Pep Guardiola in front of them. But Mundo Deportivo state the transfer could happen either now or in January once the defender’s contract expires.
Of course, García is seen as the ideal replacement for the ageing Gerard Piqué but Manchester City surely won’t part with their gem so easily. Can Barcelona actually pull this transfer off?
Sport are focusing on Coutinho and his three options from the Premier League. If the outlet is to be believed, the Brazilian is contemplating joining one of the following three clubs: Arsenal, Leicester City or Tottenham Hotspur.
Either way, it seems that this is really the end of the road for the former Liverpool man at the Camp Nou. Barcelona want to sell him to accumulate funds they so desperately need and then embark into the market once more.
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.