Former Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has revealed that it remains a desire for Neymar to play with Lionel Messi, amid the Argentine superstar being linked with a move away from the Camp Nou. Lionel Messi may be triggering a bidding war amongst clubs if he chooses to quit Barcelona at the end of the season after he ended up remaining at the club following a failed attempt to leave the Catalan giants last summer.
Barcelona’s leading president candidate Victor Font says it is highly unlikely that Neymar will make the comeback to the Catalan giants. The Brazil international made the surprise move for Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record deal in the summer of 2017 with the view to enhancing his prospects of winning the Ballon d’Or.
So far, that has not been the case for the Brazilian and there has been the talk of him returning to the Camp Nou in the near future. Of late, a number of presidential candidates have talked about possible big-names signings for the Blaugrana, but Font believes the club should be realistic and look at signing young players, who can develop into world-beaters in the long run.
According to Spanish newspaper outlet Mundo Deportivo, Premier League club, West Ham United have begun talks and are ready to go all out to secure the signing of Barcelona defender Junior Firpo. The Hammers were said to be interested in the young defender even before the Winter transfer window opened but it's looking like they are intensifying their interest and want to pick up from where they left off.
They have now followed up by initiating talks with the 24-year-old who has been seen as a perfect buyable player in this window to provide squad depth and strength. West Ham coach David Moyes has given his defender Aaron Cresswell a new role in the team by slotting him into a three-man central defence system while also losing Arthur Masuaku to a long-term injury.
Steven Gerrard and Neil Lennon want to sign Manchester United player Jesse Lingard, per reports. The report claims that both the Rangers and Celtic managers want to add Lingard to their squads when the January transfer window opens for business next month.
Lingard has once been compared to Spanish legend Andres Iniesta by his former coach Rene Meulensteen. The former Manchester United coach said some years back that Lingard had top qualities and abilities that made him the English version of Barcelona's great Iniesta.
Spain is one of those countries that have produced lots of master class footballers in the world of football. Andres Iniesta is one such master in the game of football who has presented many moments of pride to his country and the world as well. He used to be the most important part of the trio in Barcelona and the three names used to be taken at the same time, Messi, Xavi, and Iniesta. They had performed exceptionally well for Barcelona and helped the club to be the best in the world.
They captured the seat of the world’s best football club for quite a long time. Andres Iniesta had helped Barcelona to win even without the service of Lionel Messi and made his team World Club Cup Champion along with all the major championships of the football world. Starting from LA Liga to the Champions League, there is no such trophy in Europe which he didn’t touch as a champion.
Sevilla sporting director Monchi has said that it would be impossible for Sevilla to land the services of Ivan Rakitic from Barcelona this summer. The Croatia international has only 11 months remaining on his contract with the Catalan giants and there have been no talks over a possible renewal beyond that period.
Former Chelsea defender Glen Johnson believes the club should consider the signing of Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona during this summer’s transfer window. The Brazil international is currently on a season-long loan at Bayern Munich, but he is expected to return to the Camp Nou this summer with the German club having decided against the buy option.
Barcelona is interested in selling off Jean Clair Todibo. The defender was transferred to Barcelona in 2019 where he has only played four matches on La Liga. He was given in loan to Schalke in 2020 where he spent the season before the suspension of football activity due to coronavirus. Barca is not interested in keeping him but many are of the opinion that the club will regret his decision.
Barcelona legend Rivaldo has said that his former club have yet to improve under the guidance of Quique Setien. The Blaugrana have won their last four La Liga games under their head coach but they were far from impressive against Napoli in the Champions League where they settled for a 1-1 draw on the road.
Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann has said that he is still trying to understand the style of play of some of his teammates. The Frenchman made the move to the Blaugrana from Atletico Madrid last summer but he has since struggled for consistency and managed just four goals in the Spanish top-flight.
With one-third of the season complete, Griezmann has struggled to make a similar impact from his Atleti days but the Frenchman remains optimistic that he can quickly adapt to the traits of his teammates upfront, he told: “I'm in the process of learning and understanding how my team-mates play as everything is new to me. I'm still trying to read the runs and off-the-ball movement from the likes of Luis Suarez, [Lionel] Messi and Ousmane Dembele along with the midfielders. It's my intention to get to grips with this as soon as possible so I can offer my all to the team, but at times, it's tricky.”