Miralem Pjanić has already arrived at Barcelona and today, he’s the focus of the local papers. The Bosnian is now officially in Catalonia and should begin training with his new teammates shortly.
SPORT say he arrived yesterday and has also passed the PCR test so he’s eligible to train. Today, he should join Ronald Koeman and the others at Ciutat Esportiva.
The outlet also quote him saying: ‘I’m excited to meet my teammates. I’ve come to Barça to win‘. And the new coach has the exact same thing in mind as SPORT say he’s working hard on his tactics as well.
Mundo Deportivo are focusing on mostly the same things. They talk about ‘Arrivals and exits‘ on their cover.
Of course, Pjanić has already arrived at Barcelona so he is the one they’re welcoming to the Camp Nou. On the other hand, Luis Suárez and Arturo Vidal are the ones expected to leave in the immediate future.
All that remains now is to solve the remaining years of their contracts but that could also be easier said than done. It seems that Barcelona could indeed lose money in these operations as they try to set the players free.
But at the end of the day, that’s the price of poor planning. They will just have to deal with it.
Barcelona call up midfielder Matheus Fernandes for the first time
Barcelona confirmed the signing of Matheus Fernandes from Palmeiras for a fee of €7 million + €3 million in variables on the last day of the January transfer window on a four-year contract, with the release clause set at €300 million. The midfielder would join the Barcelona camp after the end of the 2019/20 season.
This transfer was regarded as a sketchy transfer as he was not touted as good enough for a club of the stature of Barcelona. In fact, the Brazilian was barely able to make it off the bench for Real Valladolid during his time with the club on six-month loan stretching from January to July this year.
During those six month, Matheus made only three appearances, registering a total of 166 minutes with starts against Atletico Madrid and Eibar, and a one-minute cameo against Real Betis. He also suffered a hamstring injury during this tenure, ruling him out for four games.
After his arrival to the Catalan capital, Matheus was not even presented as a Barcelona player unlike the signings of Pedri, Fransisco Trincão, Miralem Pjanic, and Sergino Dest. In fact, Matheus did not even participate in the pre-season friendlies as he was ruled out from a hamstring injury.
News surrounded his departure as early as January, without him even getting a chance to play for the club. However, against all odds, Matheus has been included in the squad that will take on Dynamo Kyiv in gameweek four of the UEFA Champions League. This, in all probability, stems from the exclusion of Sergio Busquets – who is injured, and Frenkie de Jong – who has been rested.
Ronald Koeman has named just four central midfielders for the trip to Ukraine, with Miralem Pjanic guaranteed a spot. However, with the lack of any natural defensive midfielders, Koeman might have to readjust his tactics, and field one of Riqui Puig and Carles Aleña in the centre of the pitch as part of the midfield.