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Why Roberto Firmino to Barcelona would be a terrific move
Bojan Krkic has urged former club Barcelona to sign Liverpool star Roberto Firmino ahead of Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez in the summer, as per the Mirror.
Firmino, 29, came through the ranks of Figueirense’s youth system in Brazil. He was signed by Bundesliga side TSG Hoffenheim in January 2011. After a successful four and a half seasons in Germany, he moved to England with Liverpool.
After a slow start under Brendan Rodgers, he immediately established himself as the first-choice striker under Jurgen Klopp. Firmino has become one of the best strikers in Europe and was instrumental in Liverpool’s Champions League trophy-winning campaign. Thus, Barcelona should make a move for the Brazilian this summer.
The Catalan giants, meanwhile, have not been at their dominating best throughout the campaign. A string of inconsistent performances earlier in the campaign saw Ernesto Valverde lose his job and Quique Setien was appointed as manager.
Though the are currently atop the La Liga standings, 2 points ahead of rivals Real Madrid, Barcelona have faced certain limitations. They also could not retain their Spanish Super Cup title after losing to Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals and they seem far from their best.
Apart from Lionel Messi, none of the Barcelona players have come out with their individual best and the team has failed on several occasions.
The attacking unit has also not performed well despite signing Antoine Griezmann in the summer from Atletico Madrid. And the defence has also been shaky throughout the season. Thus, the manager needs to reinforce the squad with fresh faces in the summer to do better in the next campaign.
Man City news and transfers recap Pep Guardiola to Barcelona and Fernandinho latest
Manchester City could be back in Premier League action next month after the government confirmed that professional football will only be allowed to return after June 1, even behind closed doors.
That timeline would allow the Premier League's plan to resume the season in June to go ahead without fans and being screened live on TV, with City now given a potential timeframe for their return to action.
The government document outlines plans to ease the United Kingdom out of lockdown, including: "Permitting cultural and sporting events to take place behind closed-doors for broadcast, while avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact."
Meanwhile, City may have been given a transfer boost after Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas admitted that his club's star players may want to leave this summer.
City have also been repeatedly linked with one of Lyon's best players, the dynamic midfielder Houssem Aouar, a player who Pep Guardiola admitted his admiration of after his great performance against the Blues in the Champions League last season.
Pep Guardiola Could Return to Barcelona if Joan Laporta Re-Elected
Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta has set his sights firmly on bringing Pep Guardiola back to the Camp Nou, should his bid to be re-elected prove successful in 2021, according to a report by Reuters.
Guardiola and Laporta Have Worked Together Previously
Laporta who was club president of the Catalan side from 2003 to 2010, bore witness to Guardiola’s meteoric rise from youth team coach to the senior side’s manager in 2008.
Working closely together, Guardiola guided Barcelona to seven honours during Laporta’s final two years serving as president.
These triumphs include; the 08/09 UEFA Champions League, two La Liga titles, a Copa del Rey & Supercopa de España victory, the UEFA Super Cup and the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup.
With the 2021 FC Barcelona presidential election only a year away following current president Josep Bartomeu’s decision to step-down, Laporta declaring his aim to bring Guardiola back to the club should his bid be successful, will no doubt gain him some traction.
What Laporta Said About the Situation
Following an interview with Catalan station TV3, Laporta spoke on his devised plan stating,
“I’m working to introduce myself as a presidential candidate. I’ve been president before and I’m excited to be back,”
“I would very much like Guardiola to come back, but now he is at City and it is a decision that Pep should take. He is a benchmark for Barcelona and many Catalans would like him to coach Barca again.”
“At the right time, I will speak to the person we think should be a Barca coach from 2021.”
Guardiola May Well and Truly Make the Move
In light of Manchester City’s recent two-year European ban for breaking UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules, Guardiola’s future with the Citizens has been called into question.
With an appeal in place, Guardiola has vowed to stay at the club whilst backing their fight against this UEFA ban.
However, with just one year left on his contract, this scenario should not be ruled out.
Guardiola’s boyhood club has been in turmoil following the resignation of six directors in April stemming from how the club was being run.
The re-election of former president Laporta may well and truly put an end to this, as one of world football’s most powerful clubs seek to dominate once again.
Tottenham 'raid Serie A for Juventus left-back Alex Sandro and Atalanta's Timothy Castagne'
Tottenham are preparing a double raid on Serie A with moves for Juventus and Atalanta defenders Alex Sandro and Timothy Castagne, according to reports in Italy.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is keen to strengthen his full-back options, with Serge Aurier and Danny Rose's futures at the club both in doubt.
And according to Tuttomercatoweb, the Portuguese is searching for reinforcements in Italy and his club are reportedly offering Maurizio Sarri's side Aurier plus cash for the services of Sandro.
The report states that Juventus' asking price for the Brazilian is £44million (€50m), but they are hoping to lower the cost by offering the Ivorian as part of an exchange deal.
Sandro, 29, has made 31 appearances for the Serie A leaders this season, in which he has contributed four assists for the club.
The same source also claims Spurs are already in advanced talks with Atalanta for Castagne.
The 24-year-old Belgium international has scored twice and recorded two assists in 19 competitive games this season.
The report also believes another potential deal between Tottenham and Juventus could involve Mattia De Sciglio coming to north London in exchange for Rose, who is currently on loan at Newcastle United.
Italy international De Sciglio, who joined Juventus from AC Milan in 2017, is also interesting Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona.
The news regarding full-back additions at Spurs comes after reports last week that Manchester United and Chelsea had joined them in the race to sign PSG defender Thomas Meunier.
L'Equipe reported that Spurs remain the favourites for the Belgian's signature, but latest reports suggest Mourinho is scouring the European market for alternatives.
Liverpool encounter major Timo Werner transfer hurdle as Jurgen Klopp faced with dilemma
Liverpool are set to be rivalled by Barcelona for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner this summer after the La Liga side's efforts to capture Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez hit an impasse.
Barcelona are desperate to provide Luis Suarez with more competition for a starting spot next year.
Martinez, 22, is seen as the ideal candidate but he will likely cost in excess of £100million.
The summer transfer market is expected to be heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic so clubs will have less money to spend on acquisitions.
Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo claim the Catalan side will not have enough cash to fund a move for Martinez.
However, they report that Barcelona would be interested in activating Werner's £52m release clause.
Man Utd chiefs set deadline of next week for midfielder as Arsenal and Barcelona circle
Manchester United want to resolve the future of Angel Gomes by next week. The Red Devils have been speaking to the starlet for a year over a new contract but no agreement has been reached.
How Man Utd could line up after Ed Woodward sanctions three signings
Gomes will be able to leave United at the end of next month unless rules get changed because of the coronavirus crisis.
United are among those in the Premier League who make a final offer by the third week in May so they can agree new contracts or cut their losses with players.
The deadline they have set themselves is May 21 to make a last-ditch attempt to keep Gomes at the club, according to the Daily Mail.
The youngster has played six times for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this season but has struggled to make a real impact at Old Trafford.
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