On today’s newspaper covers, it’s all about the upcoming summer transfer window and all about that big signing of a striker. Still, Lautaro Martínez might have to force his exit to Barça if things get tough. But even so, the Catalans first have to sell some players to gather the necessary funds.
And this is exactly what Sport are talking about in their paper. With the title ‘Umtiti’s exit‘, the outlet state Barcelona will try to offload the French centre-back this summer and then replace him with another top-class prospect.
But as we now already know, this could be easier said than done because of his constant injuries that have resulted in less interest from abroad. For that reason, the Azulgranas would even be open to a loan deal and the likes of Napoli, Roma, Lazio and Torino could come into play.
Mundo Deportivo, on the other hand, are focusing on El Toro and his potential arrival to the Camp Nou. The outlet says the Argentine remains Barcelona’s priority but also that Lautaro may have to force his exit to join the club of his dreams.
Either way, Barça will still have to sell some players first so they can even fund his transfer. Of course, the price has dipped a bit and now, they can get their man for around 70 million euros + a player, most likely Junior Firpo.
This, combined, gives the Catalans around the same value as Lautaro’s €111m release clause so Inter should be happy with the deal as well. But to get the money required, players like Jean-Clair Todibo, Ivan Rakitić, Arturo Vidal, Rafinha, Neto, Wague and Umtiti could get sold.
Official: Barcelona confirm Pedri muscular injury
All victories come with a cost and Barcelona’s great triumph over Sevilla is no exception. Sadly, the Catalans’ young prodigy, Pedri, had to leave the pitch in the second half of the clash and now, the club has officially confirmed that the 18-year-old had sustained a muscular injury.
As of right now, however, we still don’t know how serious it is and we’ll have to wait for further information, which is most likely to arrive tomorrow. Unfortunately, the early speculations are not good as it seems Pedri could indeed be out of commission for a couple of weeks at least.
Needless to say, that’s a huge hit for Barcelona since the schedule is unrelenting. Soon, it will be time to face Sevilla again in the Copa del Rey and also Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Doing so without Pedri could indeed be troublesome.
But we also have to wonder how did it come to this injury. The 18-year-old is a key member of the squad so it’s understandable Ronald Koeman would want him to play all the time.
However, that might be the very crux of the problem too. With so little rest in-between the games, it was just a matter of time before Pedri’s body could take no more.
Still, not all is lost and he should be back in time to help Barcelona finish the season strong. And besides, now the youngster can finally get some well-deserved rest.
Hopefully the team can manage without him for a short period of time.