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Valencia transfer news: Jose Bordalas’ side in talks to sign Oscar Mingueza on loan

Valencia are interested in signing Oscar Mingueza who is currently on the books of Barcelona, according to reports.  The 22-year-old has been struggling for game-time this season, having fallen down the pecking order at Camp Nou after the arrival of Xavi Hernandez as manager in November.  He has made only eight La Liga starts and played five times in the Champions League this term.  As  per Marca, Valencia are currently in talks with the Blaugrana over a possible loan move for the defender. It is said that the Spanish footballer is open to the move.   Oscar Mingueza has spent his entire career at Barcelona, joining the La Masia academy in 2007.  The 22-year-old impressed with his performances for the youth sides and earned his first team debut in November...

Barcelona news: France international Clement Lenglet wants to stay at Camp Nou

There has been speculation about the future of Clement Lenglet at Barcelona.  The 26-year-old has been on the books of the Catalans since 2018 when he joined them from Sevilla.  Since his arrival at Camp Nou, he has clocked up 146 appearances across all competitions, scoring seven goals and creating three assists (stats from Transfermarkt).  However, the France international struggled for minutes this season under former Blaugrana boss Ronald Koeman.  His situation has improved after the appointment of Xavi Hernandez as Barca’s new manager.  He has clocked up 13 appearances across all competitions this season, with four of them coming in the Champions League.  Now as per Marca, Clement Lenglet wants to stay at Camp Nou and is not thinking about moving to anoth...

Barcelona ready to take huge step to land Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling

Barcelona’s performances in La Liga this season have been terrible.  The Catalans are currently ninth in the league standings, having lost three matches and suffering five draws so far.  Ronald Koeman was fired from his position in October after the Spanish side suffered a series of disappointing results this campaign.  With Xavi Hernandez as their new manager, Barca will be looking to rebuild the team and sign some quality players in the January transfer window.  One of their prime targets is Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling but they reportedly don’t have the finances to sign him in January.  However, as per The Sun, the Catalans are thinking about selling Frenkie de Jong in the next window to fund a move for the England international.  De Jong was a t...

Barcelona deny Xavi agreement with Qatari side

Qatari side Al Sadd announced on Friday that they have reached an agreement with Barcelona to free Xavi Hernandez from his current contract at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium.  However, reports are now suggesting that the Catalans haven’t yet struck an agreement with the Qatari club regarding the 41-year-old’s transfer.  The Spanish giants recently sacked Ronaldo Koeman after he failed to deliver results at Camp Nou.  They wanted Xavi to be their new head coach way before they even sacked the Dutch manager.  Al Sadd confirmed that they had reached an agreement with the Blaugrana and that the Spaniard would return to Barca.  The club statement read: “The administration agreed on the transfer of Xavi to Barcelona after paying the penalty clause stipulated in the contract. W...

Barcelona willing to send £140m flop to Newcastle United on loan

Barcelona are prepared to offload Philippe Coutinho to Newcastle United in the January transfer window, according to reports.   The 29-year-old failed to live up to the expectations after his £140 million move to the Catalans from Liverpool in 2018.  Since his arrival in Spain, has made 101 appearances across all competitions for the La Liga side, scoring 24 goals and creating 14 assists in the process (stats from Transfermarkt).  Now he has been linked with a return to England, with the Magpies reportedly interested to secure his signature.  Newcastle underwent a £300m takeover from a Saudi-backed consortium and now they have the richest owners in the Premier League.  The Tyneside club are expected to make some heavy investments in the upcoming transfer windo...

Barcelona give €105m forward deadline to decide future

The Barcelona hierarchy have given winger Ousmane Dembele a month to decide his future, according to Calciomercato.   This decision comes just a day after they sacked Ronald Koeman as the Dutch football expert failed to deliver results at Camp Nou.  The current head coach of Barca B Sergi Barjuan has been named as the interim manager while Xavi Hernandez is expected to be given the permanent role.  Dembele’s current contract at the Spanish side is set to expire in the summer.  It is said that the 24-year-old is demanding an increase in his salary from €12 million to €20m.    The talented forward could decide to leave the Catalans, with a move to England as a probable option.  He has been linked with Premier League outfits Manchester United and L...

Xavi Hernandez accepts offer to become next Barcelona manager

Barcelona have dismissed Ronald Koeman as head coach after he failed to deliver results at Camp Nou.  The Dutch football expert was sacked after the recent 1-0 defeat at Rayo Vallecano left the Catalans in the ninth spot in the league standings.   According to a report from the Guardian, the Spanish side have now made an offer to Xavi Hernandez and he has accepted to take charge of the club.  It is said that the 41-year-old agreed to take the job after discussions with Barca’s president Joan Laporta.  However, it is uncertain whether the former Spain international will be appointed before their upcoming match against Alaves.  The current head coach of Barcelona B Sergi Barjuan has been named as the interim manager and so he could be in the dugout for Saturday’...

Manchester City legend Kun Aguero to play backup role at Barcelona

Manchester City legend Sergio Aguero will play a backup role at Barcelona next term. The striker spent 11 trophy-laden years in Manchester, winning the Premier League five times and the FA Cup once. He is fourth in the all-time Premier League goalscoring charts with 184 strikes in 275 appearances. The ‘perfect’ combined England and Italy Euro 2020 XI Despite his incredible record, Barca have warned Aguero that he could spend a significant amount of time on the bench next season. That’s according to Spanish outlet AS (via Daily Mail), who claim that the Argentinian has already accepted the role. Barca are worried about Aguero’s fitness after he was limited to 12 top flight appearances in 2020/21. He suffered with a knee injury at the start of the campaign, a hamstring problem in November an...

Xavi explains why he has snubbed Barcelona managerial job twice

Xavi has been explaining why two offers from Barcelona to become their next manager were snubbed. The Liga giants have sounded out a familiar face on a couple of occasions in recent years when finding themselves in need of inspiration from the dugout. Both approaches have been knocked back, with a club legend who continues to cut his coaching teeth in Qatar with Al Sadd not yet of the opinion that the time is right to retrace his steps to Camp Nou. Discussing his decision to reject two advances from Catalunya, Xavi has told La Vanguardia: “Fortunately or unfortunately I have said no to Barcelona twice, due to different circumstances, family, professional, contractual… “And of course it was very difficult because I am a Barcelona fan, but it was not the [right] time.” The World Cup winner a...

Report: Lionel Messi accepts new Barcelona deal

Lionel Messi will stay at Barcelona. The official announcement will be treated as Barca’s big signing of the summer and the latest important media outlet to confirm the news is ‘BeIN Sports’. Journalist Achraf Ben Ayad, who follows Barca news very closely, says that Leo Messi has decided to stay. The Argentine missed the final game of the La Liga season and he did not train on Friday either with the club’s permission. The striker has taken holiday before going to Argentina to play in the Copa America. It seems like Leo Messi wants to decide on his future before the Copa America starts in June so the Argentinian’s new deal could be confirmed in the next two weeks. Leo Messi will have to accept a contract with a lowe salary than his current one due to Barca’s complicated financial situation....

Tottenham speak to two Bundesliga managers as they hunt for new boss

Reuters Tottemham Hotspur have reportedly stepped up their search of finding a new manager by speaking to Hansi Flick and Ralf Rangnick. The North London side currently have former midfielder Ryan Mason at the helm on an interim basis following the sacking of Jose Mourinho last month. Mason has won three out of his four Premier League matches in charge – helping Spurs climb to sixth in the table. And with European football looking all-but secure for next season, Daniel Levy is now turning his attention to finding a permanent boss to take over in the summer. Tottenham were keen on luring Julian Nagelsmann away from RB Leipzig, but it has been confirmed that he will take over from Hansi Flick at Bayern Munich. According to the Guardian, Spurs have spoken to Flick about him potentially moving...

Who will be managing Real Madrid and Barcelona next season?

Real Madrid and Barcelona have had mixed campaigns by their high standards this season, and the latter are out of the La Liga title race ahead of the final matchday. Barcelona had the chance to overtake Atletico Madrid for the top spot this month, but they played out a disappointing goalless draw against Diego Simeone’s side. The result was followed by a draw and a defeat, which sees them four points adrift of Atletico ahead of the last matchday of the campaign. Madrid, on the other hand, have matched Atletico’s result over the past four games (three wins and one draw), but they lie two points adrift of their rivals. Atletico clinched a dramatic 2-1 comeback win at Osasuna last night, where they scored both of their goals after the 80th minute. They must win at Real Valladolid on matchday ...