Barcelona have gone two seasons without signing a player who has made a difference at the Camp Nou.
The Catalans are in a transitional period this year, but the players they’ve brought in haven’t stepped up as they would have been expected to.
The Frenchman is probably the clearest example of their signings’ struggles. Griezmann arrived for 120 million euros in a controversial move, but he hasn’t shown his Atletico Madrid form since coming in. His on-field changes haven’t helped.
The Dutchman […] Barcelona are desperately waiting for their signings to appear
Leo Messi’s desire to leave Barcelona last summer received global attention and his most likely destination if he had got his way was Manchester City, yet it appears as though Pep Guardiola’s team will not be pursuing the Argentine star next year.
With his contract set to expire next summer and clearly disgruntled at the current state of the club, a reunion with his former Barcelona coach seemed likely, even after he decided to stay another season. Yet Sky Sports report that Manchester City […] Manchester City will not make an offer for Messi
The fact that Gerard Pique will be out for several months due to a knee injury has reopened the issue of potentially making a signing in the January transfer window. This possibility was already on the table after the injury suffered by Ansu Fati.
However, the two cases are different. Ronald Koeman has a lot more options to cover the loss of the 18-year-old, with Ousmane Dembele, Pedri, Francisco Trincao and Antoine Griezmann all able to fill in on the wing, while Lionel Messi, Griezmann and […] Meeting to decide if Barcelona should sign a replacement for Pique
The Blaugrana were incapable, depressed and depressing to watch, while their problems worsened when Gerard Pique was forced off with a knee injury. Barcelona aren’t just nine points behind Atletico, but they don’t look capable of closing that gap anytime soon, never mind overturning it completely.
Diego Simeone’s side were much the better team, they were hungrier and, most damningly, they played more football. At this rate, collecting fewer than half of the points on offer, Barcelona won’t […] At this rate, Barcelona won't even be in the Champions League next season
Ferran Torres was one of a number of players to star in Spain’s 6-0 win over Germany on Tuesday night. The 20-year-old, who moved from Valencia to Manchester City in the summer, scored the first hat-trick of his senior career.
He, like many others in that Spain line-up, could’ve ended up playing his football at the Camp Nou if things had gone differently. Barcelona have passed up opportunities to sign some of the top talent currently in Luis Enrique’s team.
The Catalan club have not had much […] Barcelona's missed opportunities: Ferran Torres, Fabian, Rodri…
Lyon coach Rudi Garcia has grown frustrated with the way in which Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has openly been discussing Memphis Depay, who captains Les Gones and will be a free agent next summer.
From January 1, Depay will be in a position to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with other clubs, and the continued rumours with Barcelona have clearly irked the Lyon boss.
“Remind me to trip Ronald Koeman up [the next time I see him],” Garcia said during Friday’s pre-match press conference.
“Now […] Rudi Garcia issues Depay warning to Koeman: My 18cm studs are in my boots
Ronald Koeman was clear when he first took over at Barcelona that he wouldn’t be needlessly changing his team.
Rotations weren’t something that he was planning on making regularly, or at least not without reason.
But football is unpredictable. Injuries and suspensions have forced some alterations, and after 10 games in charge there has already been noticeable change in the Catalans’ line-up, but you can see his favourite players and formations just as clearly.
Koeman has only repeated his […] Ronald Koeman's untouchables at Barcelona
Pep Guardiola has just signed a contract extension with Manchester City, giving plenty of rise once again to the rumours of Leo Messi possibly joining him in England after the Argentine declared his desire to leave the Blaugrana last summer.
Ahead of City’s Premier League clash with Tottenham, Guardiola was asked about the future of Messi, and although he insisted that he hopes he will remain at Barcelona until the end of his career, but admitted that his future was unclear given that he is in […] Guardiola: What I want is for Messi to finish his career at Barcelona, but…
While Lionel Messi looks angry as he approaches the exit at El Prat airport, Antoine Griezmann goes to bed with suspicions of protests against him within his surroundings, and Pep Guardiola signs a new contract at Manchester City, we still don’t know who they will support as Barcelona’s next president.
Guardiola’s career in the Premier League is striking. Not because of the titles or alleged sporting failures, but there’s a feeling that he, like other coaches, has lost a bit of his bite. He’s […] Guardiola, Messi and a vaccine against a virus of indifference