How Real Madrid players reacted to Messi exit talk; Why Mane rejected Man Utd before Liverpool move and more
How Real Madrid players reacted to Messi exit talk; Why Mane rejected Man Utd before Liverpool move and more news.
The Argentine’s departure from the scene would surely strengthen Los Blancos’ hand in La Liga and might allow them to win more titles in years to come.
The report further states that the Argentine’s transfer request at Barca sparked a wave of messages at Los Blancos’ squad’s WhatsApp group. It adds that Madrid’s players were ‘incredulous’ at reports Messi would be leaving La Liga after almost two decades at the Camp Nou.Such a response is expected given that no member of the current Real Madrid squad, including captain Sergio Ramos, were at the Santiago Bernabeu before Messi made his official debut for the Barca senior side in October 2004.
The 33-year-old Argentine’s presence in El Clasico has also been taken as a given – with Messi being the top-scorer in the iconic fixture with 26 goals to his name. His departure from the scene would have an indelible impact on not only the clash between the two sides but also on La Liga’s title race.Since arriving at the Merseyside in a £34m move from Southampton in 2016, the 28-year-old Senegal international has scored 81 goals in 170 appearances for the Reds.
Mane has emerged as one of the best players in Europe since securing a £34m move from Southampton to the Anfield outfit. His excellent form has also seen the Senegalese winger getting linked with Barcelona as a potential replacement for Lionel Messi.
ESPN reports that Mane was one of the top transfer targets of Van Gaal and United even started negotiations with Southampton to secure the winger’s services. But the transfer collapsed as Mane was unwilling to play under Van Gaal due to his reluctance to encourage flair players.
The Dutch manager was holding the reins at Old Trafford during his two-year managerial spell at the club between 2014 and 2016. United’s unimpressive performances under the Dutchman convinced the board to dispense with his services and appoint Jose Mourinho as manager.The Camp Nou giants are hopeful of trimming their wage bill to make financial room for new signings ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.
Barcelona are willing to let Samuel Umtiti leave the club on loan this summer after struggling to find a buyer for the French centre-back, as per Mundo Deportivo.
The Spanish giants return to training on Monday and are currently in the process of trying to get rid of players who new manager Ronald Koeman doesn’t want at the club. One of those players is Samuel Umtiti whose time at the Camp Nou has been marred with injuries.Barca initially wanted to permanently get rid of the Frenchman and use the funds generated by his signing to sign a direct replacement for the centre-back. Their failure to receive any solid offers for the Frenchman, however, has convinced Barca to put the 26-year-old up for loan.
What might make the situation difficult for the Camp Nou outfit is that Umtiti has no desire to leave the club shortly. The defender has a contract with Barcelona until 2023 and has reportedly made it clear to the club that he wants to honor it.