According to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, Lazio is interested in the services of Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti.
Umtiti only featured in 18 games for Barcelona this season (all competitions) due to injury problems. The centre-back’s contract expires in 2023, but the Catalan club is not willing to keep the Frenchman on their shoulders until then. Earlier reports claimed that Umtiti will leave at the end of the season, and currently, the best solution seems that he will move to Serie A.
Lazio’s only fear is that Umtiti’s price tag could be around €20-€25 million, which they would be unable to pay currently due to the financial crisis caused by the Coronavirus. But if Lazio is unable to complete a transfer, Barça might even agree on a loan deal.
Ten Barça attackers are nominated for the Ballon d’Or Dream Team
The renowned magazine France Football has brought the nominees for the attacking positions for the Ballon d’Or Dream Team lineup to light. The line-up is structured as a 3-4-3, with left-wing, centre-forward, and right-wing positions in the attack. Of the 30 nominees for the offensive positions, ten players have had the opportunity to defend the Blaugranas colours.
List of the ten Barça attackers that are nominated for the Ballon d’Or Dream Team
- Rivaldo. Left-wing. 1989-2015.
- Thierry Henry. Left-wing. 1994-2014.
- Histro Stoichkov. Left-wing. 1982-2003.
- Ronaldinho. Left-wing. 1998-2015.
- Johan Cruyff. Centre-forward. 1964-1984.
- Romário. Centre-forward. 1985-2009.
- Ronaldo Nazario. 1993-2011.
- Samuel Eto’o. Right-wing. 1997-2019.
- Lionel Messi. Right-wing. 2003-2020.
- Luis Figo. Right-wing. 1990-2009.
Without a doubt, each of the players on the list has played an important role with different stories in the history of FC Barcelona, and all the nominees deserve a place in the team. However, it will be nearly impossible to have a front-three of Barça’s players due to the great competition in each position.
Even though France Football is recognizing the greatness of the aforementioned legends, the magazine has lost huge credibility for Culés, with players like Luis Suárez, Dani Alves, Carles Puyol, and Gerard Piqué failing to receive a nomination for the ‘Dream Team’.
Source: France Football