It's been a season to forget so far for Barcelona, particularly on the domestic front. Ronald Koeman's Blaugrana have already lost four of their opening eleven games making it their worst league start since 1987, and they're just two defeats away from registering as many losses as they did last year across 38 games.
Things aren't going to get any easier for them as they're set to play host to league leaders Real Sociedad in just a matter of hours. Ahead of the crucial game, here, we take a look at the latest Barcelona news.
Liverpool enter race for Eric Garcia
English champions Liverpool have reportedly entered the race to sign Manchester City starlet Eric Garcia. The Spanish defender has refused to extend his stay in Manchester and was said to have had his heart set on a return to his boyhood club, Barcelona. While he can sign a pre-contract agreement with the Blaugrana come January, there could be a new contender for his signature.
Liverpool have had an injury crisis of their own with the likes of Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk both ruled out of action for a considerable while. Garcia could prove to be a cheap alternative to the other expensive options considered by the club, such as Ben White. However, the 19-year-old is still 'expected' to join Barcelona despite the champions' interest, as per the report.
Leo Messi prefers PSG move over Manchester City
Barcelona skipper Leo Messi's future has been a topic of much debate ahead of the upcoming January transfer window. The Argentine's contract is set to come to an end at the end of the season and is yet to renew his deal with the club. While Manchester City came close to luring him away from the Nou Camp last summer, it now appears that PSG are in pole position to land his services as per widespread reports.
In fact, Robin Bairner of Football Transfers went so far as to claim that the club's stores in Paris have been told to "brace themselves for an influx of business based around shirt sales for the Argentina star," as per the report. His former Barcelona teammate Neymar also made a public plea for Messi to join PSG, saying that he wants to line up next to the Argentine next year. It appears that a move to the French capital is imminent should Messi fail to agree on a new deal at Barcelona.
Ivan Rakitic hopes Messi can stay at Barcelona for 'many more years'
Former Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic hopes that Leo Messi remains at the club for 'many more years'. As mentioned above, Messi looks almost certain to depart from the club to reunite with his ex-Barcelona teammate Neymar Jr. in Paris, but Rakitic hopes that the 33-year-old extends his stay in LaLiga Santander.
Speaking on Messi, Rakitic said;
"I hope that he [Lionel Messi] has a lot of years left and that he decides what is best for him and for FC Barcelona. I had six amazing years playing with him at FC Barcelona and it’s really amazing to have played with him and been on the same team, so hopefully he can stay many more years at FC Barcelona."
Rakitic had an immensely successful spell at Barcelona and helped them win a European treble under Luis Enrique. The Croat left the Nou Camp to return to his former club, Sevilla, last summer.
Published 16 Dec 2020, 22:40 IST