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Barcelona transfer news: Barca prioritize signing 21-year-old River Plate striker, Liverpool set to trigger Gavi’s release clause and more

Barcelona has been excluded from UEFA Champions League after losing to Bayern Munich in the middle of the week. Xavi Hernandez has his job cut as he tries to restore lost glory to the club. This is the first time in 20 years that the Catalan team failed to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League.

The club are looking to bring reinforcements into the squad during the January transfer window. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the top Barcelona related stories from December 10, 2021.


Memphis Depay comes off the field with a hamstring injury

Villarreal CF vs FC Barcelona - La Liga Santander
Villarreal CF vs FC Barcelona – La Liga Santander

Barcelona’s bad fortune with their front line will continue to play out. This is another big blow for the club, Memphis Depay will now be sidelined for a while after suffering a hamstring injury.

The club also confirmed that Jordi Alba, who was forced off the field against Bayern Munich, will not be available for the next few weeks. Official FC Barcelona The command reads like this:

“Jordi Alba has a problem with his right hamstring and will not be able to play until he recovers. He was replaced by Oscar Mingueza in the 31st minute of the 0-3 loss to Bayern Munich at Allianz Arena on Wednesday.

“Meanwhile, the Dutch striker injured his left biceps and thighs and has to stay out of the game until he recovers. Memphis started the game and played the full 90 minutes, but obviously had a fitness problem in the late stages.”

Liverpool set to activate Gavi’s €50m release clause

FC Barcelona v RCD Espanyol - La Liga Santander
FC Barcelona v RCD Espanyol – La Liga Santander

17-year-old Spanish midfielder Gavi is one of Barcelona’s most valuable assets. The diminutive youngster has been compared to the likes of Xavi and Andres Iniesta. He made a huge impression for Spain on his debut against Italy in the UEFA Nations League semi-final.

Gavi ran the show for La Roja from midfield and was one of the players with a standout performance beating the European champions. The 17-year-old has made 19 appearances for Barcelona this term.

Naturally, Gavi has attracted a lot of interest from countless European clubs. Based on El Nacional, Liverpool have kept an eye on the teenager and are ready to trigger a €50m release clause next summer.

While Barcelona are keen to extend his contract and raise his release clause to a terrible level, Gavi is reportedly not too keen on staying. He is unhappy with the current problems at Barcelona and would be open to a switch, according to reports.

Barcelona make Julian Alvarez their priority signing

River Plate v Racing Club - Torneo Liga Profesional 2021
River Plate v Racing Club – Torneo Liga Profesional 2021

Barcelona’s attack has been ravaged by injuries. Xavi is said to be keen to send reinforcements to his front lines. As reported in Spain and Italy (via Forbes), the Barcelona board have identified 21-year-old River Plate striker Julian Alvarez as their priority signing in January.

Alvarez is a technically proficient striker with excellent dribbling ability. He is nicknamed ‘Spider-Man’ because it seems ‘he has more than two legs’ when he dribbles.

Alvarez was part of the Argentina team that won the Copa America 2021 but his involvement was limited to one substitute appearance. But the 21-year-old is in superb form for River Plate this season, scoring 17 goals and assisting seven times in 20 league appearances so far.

River Plate won the championship and Alvarez was a standout performer for them.

❗️𝐑𝐄𝐏𝐎𝐑𝐓: Liverpool are ready to activate the £43m release clause of 17-year-old Barcelona idol Gavi. @elnacionalcaten 🇪🇸 https://t.co/2ZRTcnN7Yl



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