Barcelona’s centre-back situation is quite peculiar to say the least. With numerous injuries and a general lack of personnel for the position, it’s safe to say that the backline is a very volatile area for the Catalans.
Of course, some arrivals are expected in the upcoming months to patch up the holes left by injuries and departures but if the media are to be believed, more defenders could still leave the club. According to L’Equipe, OGC Nice are watching both Samuel Umtiti and Jean-Clair Todibo.
The French club wants to strengthen their backline and the same source suggest an offer for Umtiti could come Barcelona’s way as soon as this January. It should be noted, however, that Barcelona seem willing to shift the Frenchman on but have been struggling to find suitors due to his fragile fitness situation.
If true, this transfer update could potentially come as a big relief for the Catalans, even though we still don’t know what kind of a deal do Nice have in mind.
Umtiti has only made three appearances for Barcelona this season and is currently unavailable once again due to an unexpected illness. Todibo, on the other hand, is also someone the club has been actively trying to sell.
The young talent still hasn’t made a single appearance for Benfica on his loan spell in Portugal and has even been criticised for his lack of ability and bad behaviour by their upper hierarchy.
Both centre-backs don’t seem to have a big future at Barcelona either, so a sale further down the line really does seem plausible.
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’.