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The reason why Barcelona didn’t sign Wijnaldum but could do so in January

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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Over the course of the summer, we kept hearing rumours about Georginio Wijnaldum potentially joining Barcelona and reuniting with Ronald Koeman at the Camp Nou. Of course, the Catalans couldn’t get the deal over the line and now we finally know why.

According to an older report from The Times, Liverpool had inserted a hefty clause into Philippe Coutinho’s contract when he was transferred to Barcelona a couple of years back. The said clause would force the Catalans to pay an additional sum of €100m in addition to any transfer fee should they try to sign another player from Anfield before 2020.

That means that Wijnaldum would make for a very expensive purchase if he was indeed bought last summer. However, this clause is set to expire for the upcoming transfer windows as we set foot into 2021.

This piece of information, ESPN claim, could prove vital in their chase of the Dutch midfielder and the Catalans could even pull the trigger before Wijnaldum’s contract officially expires.

The 30-year-old player’s deal will be through next June and that means he can be acquired for free in the summer or with a heavy discount in January already. But the main thing is the expiration of the huge premium clause that kept them from shopping on the Merseyside.

With that finally gone, Barcelona may return to the scene of the crime sooner rather than later.

I’ve been a Barcelona fan for more than half of my life. What started as blind love is slowly turning into professional writing. Now, I get to write about Barca, analyse them, and voice my opinions on them across platforms. I’m happy to be a part of this big project.

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Gerard Pique appoints Eder Sarabia as head coach for his team Andorra

Udhav Arora

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In an interesting turn of events, Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique has appointed Eder Sarabia as head coach for his team Andorra. Sarabia served as Quique Setien’s assistant during the Spaniard’s six-month tenure at Barcelona ranging from January to August before the coaching staff was sacked for a humiliating exit at the hands of Bayern Munich.

Pique’s Kosmos Holding Group bought Andorra, who operated in the Tercera Division – the Spain’s fourth tier, in December 2018. After raising enough funds, and going on a 22 match unbeaten run, Andorra replaced CF Reus in the Segunda Division B.

After the dismissal of Gabri Garcia following a poor run of form, Nacho Castro was appointed as the head coach. After nearly a year in-charge, on January 18, Andorra announced through a press release that Castro would not be continuing at the club. Three hours later, Eder Sarabia was appointed.

This appointment has come as a surprise to Barcelona fans considering Sarabia’s controversial tenure with the club. The Spaniard had been on the end of several heated discussion with club captain Lionel Messi, with videos releasing of the assistant shouting and cursing at the players during a game against Celta Vigo last season.

Andorra currently sit second in Group III-A of the Segunda Division B, three points clear of Barcelona B. The two are set to meet on 7th February in Round 15 of the third division. The Encamp outfit won the last meeting, held in November 2020, between the two with a goal from Carlos Martinez Rodriguez enough to scrape a 1-0 win through.

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