Lionel Messi wants LaLiga striker at Barcelona, Neymar's dad reveals why he left Camp Nou and more: Barcelona Transfer Roundup, 25 February 2019
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Jordi Alba on the verge of signing a new contract with Barcelona
According to reports in Spain, Jordi Alba is all set to renew his contract at Barcelona. The report claims that the deal is all set to be made public in the coming hours.
Alba's contract situation had grown complicated and there were rumours suggesting that the Spaniard's future could lie away from the Camp Nou. The new deal will tie the 29-year-old to the club till 2024.
Alba has proven once again this season that he is an indispensable part of Barcelona's team. He has already notched up 7 assists in the league in addition to 3 more in the Champions League.
Neymar did not leave Barcelona to escape Messi's shadow, says Neymar Sr.
Neymar Jr. did not leave Barcelona to escape Lionel Messi's shadow says his father and agent Neymar Sr. Speaking to Marca, he said,
“It was not to get out of Messi’s shadow,
”It was a very complex situation.
”We were asked for help to give visibility to a league. If you look between the lines, it’s much greater than only Neymar’s ambition.”
Neymar Jr. who currently plies his trade in Ligue 1 with PSG has also been extensively linked with a move to Real Madrid and a return to Barcelona has also been rumoured. Neymar, alongside Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe form one of the most intimidating attacking trios in world football.
Lionel Messi wants Christian Stuani at Barcelona
Barcelona are definitely going into the market in the summer for a striker. However, they are not keen on signing any big names. As per reports in Spain, Barcelona are now looking at Girona striker Christian Stuani.
Stuani's release clause stands at an incredibly low €15 million. With Girona only 2 points clear of the drop zone in LaLiga, several top clubs are keeping tabs on him in a bid to offer him a chance to kick on in the top flight beyond the summer.
Lionel Messi sees the move as a good one as he rates Stuani to be a good experienced campaigner. The report further claims that Luis Suarez has also given the go-ahead to sign the 32-year-old with whom he can now share his goalscoring burden.