Messi ‘closer to staying’ at Barcelona
Today’s rumors start with a report that Lionel Messi is still mulling over his future and is now closer to staying at Barcelona than he was a few months ago.
Deportes Cuatro reckon the Barca captain is starting to believe in Barca again and sees some ‘green shoots’ emerging at Camp Nou both in the team and at management level.
Messi is also growing increasingly aware that even if he does decide to call time on his Barca career there’s no guarantee he will win the Champions League elsewhere.
Todibo close to Nice
Jean-Clair Todibo’s move to Nice appears to be edging closer and should be completed before the transfer window shuts at the end of January.
ESPN report that the center-back will leave his loan spell with Portuguese side Benfica and head to France for the rest of the season.
His new loan deal with the Ligue 1 team will include a purchase option which is expected to be around €8 and 10 million.
Ramon Planes report leaked
Over at Catalunya Radio there is news that a report from sporting director Ramon Planes has been leaked which discusses Barca defenders.
The report recommends Barca sign Eric Garcia from Manchester City in the winter transfer window to help cover the team’s defensive shortcomings.
Planes claims Gerard Pique is still two months away from a return, Samuel Umtiti cannot be relied on because of injury and Oscar Mingueza isn’t ready for big games.
Emerson to PSG?
And today’s final rumor comes from Cadena COPE who reckon PSG are determined to land Barcelona/Real Betis defender Emerson.
Sporting director Leonardo has already met with the player’s representatives to talk about a possible move to the Ligue 1 side.
Emerson would rather go to Barca but is not ruling out PSG. The French club would be willing to pay Barca €25 million which may go down well due to their financial problems.