WEST HAM WANT TO SIGN DEFENDER WHO SHARES AGENTS WITH INIESTA

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.

CELTIC AND RANGERS BATTLE FOR INIESTA-LIKE PLAYER'S SIGNATURE

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.

Andres Iniesta Named in the Ballon d’Or Dream Team

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.

Monchi rules out Ivan Rakitic’s return to Sevilla this summer

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.

Glen Johnson believes Chelsea should sign Coutinho from Barcelona

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 may not sellJean Clair Todibo

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.

Rivaldo insists Barcelona have not improved under Quique Setien

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 attacker insists he is still learning to co-ordinate with his teammates

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.”

Ter Stegen says Suarez has answered his critics in the Champions League

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen has said that Luis Suarez has silenced his doubters after his man of the match performance against Inter Milan in the Champions League. The Blaugrana made the worst possible start to their Nerazzurri clash as they were 1-0 down within the second minute but they made a strong second half comeback with Suarez bagging a brace.

Arthur says Barcelona players and fans want Neymar back

Barcelona midfielder Arthur has said that the team and fans are open to the prospect of Neymar returning to the Camp Nou this summer. The Brazil international made the shock move to Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record £200m deal during the summer of 2017, but there have been numerous occasions where he has been linked with a potential return to the Blaugrana.

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