Alaves forward Lucas Perez has emerged as the new favourite to be signed by Barcelona if the club are allowed to recruit outside of the transfer window. The RFEF will sanction a signing if Barca can prove Ousmane Dembele will be out for more than five months.
Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose is also a target and has reportedly been on Barca’s radar for some time. Quique Setien is a fan and previously tried to sign him when he was in charge of Real Betis.
Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has been asked about the possibility of Lionel Messi playing in the Premier League amid rumors of interest from Manchester City. He played it down by saying: “It would be fantastic for the Premier League. (But) I don’t think it’s possible. [He] is a Barcelona legend and I am sure that he wants to end his career there.”
Rivaldo reckons that Lionel Messi has every right to be angry with Barcelona sporting director Eric Abidal. He said: “Messi has every right in the world to be angry with Abidal about the way he complained about the professionalism of some players in training, especially when he did not cite any specific name. That questioned the entire workforce.”
Barcelona’s exit from the Copa del Rey is a blow for Quique Setien and his players but will allow the new manager more time to work with his players. The coach will have more time in midweek to work on specific tactics on the training ground and can focus solely on La Liga and the Champions League.
Real Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay has said he has not yet heard from Barcelona about Willian Jose. He said: “I don’t know if they’ll call us, but they haven’t done it yet. He’s an important player for us and we would surely miss him. We have many games left and we need everyone.”