According to a report published by Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona have devised a special plan to help Pedri gain muscle mass.
Pedri, for all his technical genius on the ball, does not build of a top-flight footballer just yet. Which is understandable given his age, and his time playing professional football. That said, it is imperative that he focuses on those aspects immediately, otherwise it can prove to be a hinderance in the long run.
The report states that the club had already come up with a plan while Pedri was on loan to Las Palmas during the last six month of the 2019/20 season. This ‘plan’ was considered do be extra physical, consisting of three sessions in the gym in a week.
The report states that all his sessions happen under the supervision of a professional trainer who changes his routine each week depending on the demands of the team and the calendar. However, given the current schedule in the top-flight leagues, it is hardly possible for the youngster to spend that among of time in the gym, but it is considered to be a long-term plan that will help him grow as a professional.
Report: Barcelona accept defeat in pursuit of Inter Milan striker
According to reports from Corriere della Sera (relayed by SempreInter), Barcelona have now given up on their pursuit of Inter Milan striker, Lautaro Martinez. The 23-year-old has enjoyed a phenomenal season upfront with Romelu Lukaku, and he is a hot prospect in Europe. He has several skills that make him suited to a team like Barça, who have been chasing him for over a year now.
Inter were initially demanding northwards of €100m for the striker before the start of the 20/21 season. With their financial struggles, the Catalan club were unable to cope with their demands. However, the rumours linking Martinez to Barça did not die down in the months that followed. This is due to the Blaugrana’s dire need for a striker.
The Garnet and the Blue have been considering several options, with the Argentinian striker being only one out of a talented bunch including Aguero, Depay, Haaland, and more. Martinez was hotly tipped to join Barça, apparently wanting a union with his fellow Argentine teammate Lionel Messi.
However, with Inter’s meteoric rise to success, and Martinez’ key role in the team, it seems that he is no longer going to leave the club. The Milan based club is head and shoulders above all other teams in the Serie A, and look set to win their first title in eleven years.
The Argentine forward has played a huge part in Inter’s incredible campaign, scoring fifteen and assisting five in 30 matches this league campaign.
Antonio Conte has done a brilliant job with Inter, and he has also developed Martinez into a phenomenal striker; one who can both score goals as well as drop deep and create the play. With his immense pairing with Lukaku and the inevitable success of Inter, it seems impossible that a transfer is on the card for the young striker any time soon.