Barcelona have been in touch with Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic to let him know he is their top target. Pjanic has become the priority for Barcelona after missing out on Antoine Griezmann and they want him to know he is wanted at the Camp Nou.
Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez is hoping Luis Suarez can get back in the goals against Saudi Arabia on Wednesday and defended his performance against Egypt. He said: ”Suarez, as you say, was not playing as well as he normally does, but he had three scoring opportunities. The goalkeeper saved a couple of them. That happens to strikers.”
Barcelona are expected to sign Clement Lenglet from Sevilla on July 1st but have also been offered Roma defender Kostas Manolas this summer. Apparently they have an option to land the centre-back but are unlikely to take it up.
Sergi Palencia is wanted by Sporting Gijon this summer and the full-back could go out on loan this summer. However, he will have the chance to enjoy pre-season with the first team which could offer him the opportunity to try and impress Ernesto Valverde.
New sporting director Eric Abidal has said it’s impossible for the club to replace Andres Iniesta. He explained: “We will make the decisions according to the needs of the team,” the former Monaco and Lyon defender said at his presentation to the media.But we cannot replace Iniesta with a player of the same quality, that’s impossible.”