Written By Onyeka Daniel
Barcelona, despite their off the field issues, are having no problem with attracting top level players and certainly not having problems with signing them either.
After signing Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich, they also snatched Raphinha and Jules Kounde from their respective clubs, after it seemed like Chelsea were close to signing them.
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Now, they’re after another high profile target, Manchester City midfielder, Bernardo Silva. With the club having issues registering the players that they’ve already signed, one would think that they would be focused on the problems at hand, but they’re still going after Silva, supposedly on the express request of their coach, Xavi Hernandez.
According to Spanish journalist, Gerard Romero, it is the player himself who is pushing for a move to the Camp Nou and this is evident in the recent interview granted by the player to ESPN.
“I have always been honest with City and they already know what I want. City are a big club and they don’t players who aren’t content at the club. They always say to everyone that if you are not happy, you can go.”
Manchester City coach, Pep Guardiola echoed the same sentiment as his player few weeks ago, but it’s going to be hard for the Blaugrana to complete this piece of business quickly enough before the start of the season.
But the transfer window doesn’t close until the 1st of September, which is like two weeks and some days away.
Atletico Madrid have reached an agreement with their defender, Santiago Arias over the termination of his contract with the club. With a contract that was set to expire in 2023, it was easy to reached a definite conclusion.
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Arias has struggled with injuries in his four years at the club, even going out on loan twice and with Daniel Wass making a full recovery from injury and the recent purchase of Nahuel Molina from Udinese, the Los Rojiblancos feel that they’re adequately covered in the right-back position, going into the new season.
Getting his salary off their books should help the club register their new signings as the player never fully earned the trust of his manager, Diego Simeone.
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(ESPN and Marca)