Barcelona produced a good performance against Real Madrid but lost 2-3 in the semi-final of the Supercopa de Espana.
The Catalan team is currently ranked 6th on the La Liga table and Xavi Hernandez et al. there’s a lot of work to be done if they want to turn this season around. The club is also actively scouring the transfer market to find players who can improve the squad. They are also looking to remove some dead wood this month.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the top Barcelona related stories from January 17, 2022.
Xavi is disappointed with Ousmane Dembele
Xavi was frustrated with Ousmane Dembele’s refusal to sign a new contract at Barcelona. Follow Diario AS, the Frenchman has told Xavi that signing an extension with the club is his priority after he was told he would play an important role in the team.
Xavi now believes the best option is to sell Dembele in January. Barcelona are said to have withdrawn their contract offer for the 24-year-old. Xavi is said to have been hurt by Dembele’s actions.
The Barcelona coach believes Dembele’s toxic environment, including his agent, has led to the condition. Xavi believes Dembele’s agent is more concerned with money than career and player development.
Sergino Dest wants to leave the country in January
Barcelona have had a habit of signing players who don’t fit their philosophy in recent times. Sergino Dest is one such player. After a strong start at the club under former manager Ronald Koeman, Dest has become a peripheral figure under Xavi Hernandez.
The new manager does not believe the 21-year-old’s positional play is up to standard and wants to remove him as soon as possible. Based on Mundo Deportivo, international US is now ready to move this month.
Barcelona lead race to sign Andreas Christensen
Barcelona’s defensive weakness has been the talk of the town this term. They are looking to strengthen the backline and are looking for a central defender. Follow Fabrizio Romano, Barcelona are leading the race to sign Andreas Christensen on a free transfer this summer.
The Denmark international’s current contract with Chelsea is set to expire in the summer. He is currently free to enter into a pre-contract agreement with another club. Bayern Munich are also interested in securing the 25-year-old’s services.
Christensen has chosen to turn down contract offers from other Premier League clubs out of respect for Chelsea. Christensen is part of the defeated faction City of Manchester in the final of the UEFA Champions League 2020-21.
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