Barcelona transfer news: Alaba drops biggest hint yet, Dembele adds fuel to Arsenal rumours and more - 17th March 2018
All the transfer news related to Barcelona Football Club.
David Alaba drops a big transfer hint
The Bayern Munich full-back is touted to be one of the best full-backs in world football. His game intelligence allows him to play further up the field as well as in defence. Thus, his versatility makes him an ideal candidate for Barcelona and they have already tried to sign him in the past. Alaba spoke about his future recently to Austrian outlet, Kurier, and said:
I am aware that this decision (regarding future) will come to me. I still feel very comfortable here, but I can also imagine taking a different path, taking the next step or looking for a new challenge. But I leave that decision open. I have goals for this season that I want to achieve, so there's no room for that right now.
Thus, the 26-year old is open for a new challenge having played for Bayern since he was a teenager. Barcelona are looking for a quality full-back who can compete with Jordi Alba and Alaba definitely fits the bill. However, any deal involving the Austrian will not come cheap and Barcelona could have another transfer saga on their hands in the summer.
Ousmane Dembele gives Arsenal fans hope for a summer transfer
The Frenchman has largely struggled to replicate his last season's form and injuries have definitely not helped his cause. In recent weeks, he was linked with a move to Arsenal, and now the player himself has stoked the flames by speaking about his relationship with the Gunners' January signing, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Dembele said:
“Honestly, I had a beautiful relationship with Auba. Too bad it only lasted a year. For me, a guy coming from Evreux, meeting Aubameyang meant a lot. I was pretty good with him. It's easy to play with a guy like that, he goes fast, he is always well placed.”
Dembele definitely has fond memories of his time at Borussia Dortmund but he can be expected to stay put at Barcelona for now. The 20-year old is slowly rediscovering his form in recent games and has Ernesto Valverde's vote of confidence.
Nevertheless, things can change quickly in football and Arsenal will have a slight advantage over other suitors if Barcelona want to sell him in the coming months.
Pep Guardiola looking to sign Antoine Griezmann
The Frenchman has been linked with a move to Camp Nou for quite some time now with a deal already being agreed doing the rounds. However, the Catalan side could be in for a shock if Spanish news outlet, Diario Gol, is to be believed. Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, wants Harry Kane in the summer, however, it is his plan B which will worry the Blaugrana.
The former Barcelona boss wants Antoine Griezmann should a move for Kane fail, as per the report. Guardiola is willing to part with Sergio Aguero as a part of the deal. The latter has experience playing for Atletico and could very well agree to leave the Etihad, where he is a legend.
The report further states that the chances of Griezmann not going to Barcelona are minimal and that the forward has already rejected Florentino Perez's advances to join Real Madrid. Nevertheless, unless he signs over the dotted line, Barcelona need to be on their toes with Manchester City joining the race.