After settling for a goalless draw against Benfica in the middle of the week, Xavi’s Barcelona will face Villarreal in The Madrigal Saturday evening. The Catalans have a lot of work to do under the guidance of the new manager. aree club is also preparing ahead of the winter transfer window.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the best stories involving Barcelona from November 27, 2021.
Philippe Coutinho agrees to leave Barcelona
Philippe Coutinho is one of the biggest transfer flops in Barcelona history. The former Liverpool midfielder was signed in 2018 for € 135million. Poor form, injury issues and an inability to find a starting spot have forced the Brazilian to become a peripheral figure at the club.
According to El Nacional Catalunya, Xavi judged Coutinho to be surplus to Barcelona’s needs. He doesn’t see much value in the player and wants him to unload.
The player’s side are aware that he is no longer wanted at Barcelona. They are said to be on the lookout for potential destinations for the 29-year-old. The Catalans are looking to send him on a first loan deal with an obligation to buy. Indeed, no major club is interested in betting on Coutinho.
In 102 appearances in all competitions for Barcelona, he has scored 24 goals and provided 14 assists.
Barcelona want € 70m for Frenkie De Jong
Due to their financial woes, Barcelona are looking to get rid of Dutch midfielder Frenkie De Jong. They need to strengthen themselves in other positions and the midfield is a department where they are sufficiently well provided.
El Nacional claim Barcelona imposed a € 70million price tag on the midfielder which caught the attention of Manchester United and Manchester City. De Jong was an important player for Barcelona in the 2020-21 season.
However, his levels have gone down a bit in this tenure and club president Joan Laporta and much of the fanbase aren’t entirely convinced of his quality.
Ferran Torres ready to join Barcelona
According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Manchester City striker Ferran Torres’ agent was in Barcelona offices last Tuesday to discuss a move. It is further claimed that Barcelona manager Mateu Almeny visited Manchester last week in an attempt to secure a deal for the youngster.
According to the report, Ferran Torres has already agreed to join Barcelona. However, the clubs have yet to come to an agreement. The Catalans have reportedly promised Torres he will be an important player for the club. He failed to secure a starting place in Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City squad.
Despite their financial problems, Barcelona are hopeful that a deal can be reached in January. The 21-year-old is currently out with a foot injury. In 43 appearances in all competitions for Manchester City, Torres has scored 16 goals and provided four assists.
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