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Barcelona News Roundup: Joan Laporta to offer sensational new contract to Lionel Messi, Ronald Koeman wants to sell Barca defender this summer and more – 18 March 2021

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Barcelona president Joan Laporta is trying to do everything in his power to keep Lionel Messi in place.

Barcelona they have a new president in place and can finally start working on the transfer again. The club is in great debt, but Laporta and associates. they are preparing ahead of what is expected to be a hectic summer transition period, where we could see both a lot of spending and a few arrivals.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the best stories from Barcelona March 18, 2021


Jamie Carragher says Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane missed the opportunity to join Barcelona

Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur – Premier League

Renowned Sky Sports expert Jamie Carragher believes Premier League stars Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane have ‘missed the boat’ when it comes to big money transfers. He claims it Real Madrid and Barcelona will no longer be interested in allocating more than € 100 million to provide its services.

Salah is currently in contract with Liverpool until 2023, and Tottenham Hotspur have tied Harry Kane to a new contract that lasts until 2024. This puts Liverpool and the Spurs in good negotiating positions and The League the giants will not be willing to pay hefty sums to sign the duo because Salah and Kane are now 28 and 27 years old, respectively.

Speaking further Robbie Fowler’s podcast,, Carragher said:

“I think he (Salah) will be there for the next few years. I think he’s in a similar position to Harry Kane.

“I think they probably missed their boat if they ever wanted to go; be it Real Madrid or Barcelona. Whether Harry Kane goes to Manchester United or Man City.

“For both of those players, I think you’re talking more than £ 120 million, maybe more, and I just don’t think anyone is going to spend that much on players that age now.”

Ronald Koeman knocked out Junior Firpo

FC Barcelona v CA Osasuna - La Liga Santander
FC Barcelona v CA Osasuna – La Liga Santander

Junior Firpo is one of several Barcelona players who will almost certainly leave Camp Nou this summer, according to Sports. The 24-year-old left-back has barely played for Barcelona this season, and in that term he has only started two games in La Liga.

It is claimed that Firpo is not included in Ronald Koeman’s plans and that the Barcelona manager wants to land him for the summer. They put a price of 20 million euros on a player and a few premier league clubs are reportedly interested in signing it.

Joan Laporta wants to offer Lionel Messi a ‘life contract’

Joan Laporta and Lionel Messi
Joan Laporta and Lionel Messi

Barcelona’s new president Joan Laporta is working on a ‘life contract’ Lionel Messi. According to The Confidential, a ‘life contract’ will require Lionel Messi to cut salaries, but the club hopes the Argentine will understand the need for that.

The report adds that Barcelona wants Messi to reduce salaries by 30%, but in return for that concession, they will offer him a role at the club after his retirement. According to the report, this could be an ambassadorial role or even a coaching position.

Laporta has already promised to do everything to keep Lionel Messi in Barcelona.

“We’ll try everything because he’s the best player in history and forgive me for telling you this in front of everyone here, but you know how much I love you and how much we want you to stay.”

Posted March 18, 2021, 6:25 PM IST


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