Samuel Umtiti

Barcelona’s move for Matthijs de Ligt ‘hinges on Samuel Umtiti’

Barcelona will reportedly prioritise a move for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt if Samuel Umtiti requires knee surgery in the summer. Barcelona have reportedly decided to retain an interest in signing Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt. A report earlier this week suggested that Barcelona would prioritise other areas of the pitch with the club having already decided on their four centre-backs for next season. However, according to Mundo Deportivo, Barca may still look to sign De Ligt if they have concerns over the fitness of Samuel Umtiti. The Frenchman has missed the majority of the season with a knee injury, but an operation could help solve issues with his cartilage and is an option for both the player and club. Surgery would leave Umtiti facing at least four months on the sidelines, and it h...

How Barcelona could line up against Real Valladolid

Sports Mole looks at how Barcelona could line up in Saturday’s La Liga clash with Real Valladolid. Barcelona will be looking to return to winning ways following three successive draws when they welcome Real Valladolid to Camp Nou in La Liga on Saturday night. Ernesto Valverde‘s side are still top of the table, but are now just six points clear of second-placed Real Madrid, having drawn their last two league fixtures against Valencia and Athletic Bilbao. The Catalan giants have only lost two of their 23 league matches this season, though, and have had a free week to prepare for this match as they are not in Champions League last-16 action until February 19. Barcelona recorded a 1-0 win over Valladolid in the reverse fixture earlier this season, with Ousmane Dembele scoring the o...

Fenerbahce defender Martin Skrtel ‘turned down Barcelona move’

Fenerbahce defender Martin Skrtel allegedly turned down a move to Barcelona during the January transfer window. Fenerbahce defender Martin Skrtel has allegedly rejected the chance to sign for Barcelona. The 34-year-old – formerly of Liverpool – has spent the last two-and-a-half years in Turkey, but it has been suggested by a partner of his representatives that the Slovakia international was offered the opportunity to join Barcelona in January. However, it has been claimed that the centre-back is happy with life at Fenerbahce and did not want to be regarded as a backup option. Mithat Halis is quoted by AS as saying: “Barcelona wanted to sign him (Skrtel) and were insisting on him because they needed a central defender that was a reliable alternative, but the player didn...

How Barcelona could line up against Athletic Bilbao

Sports Mole looks at how Barcelona could line up in Sunday’s La Liga clash with Athletic Bilbao. Barcelona will be looking to return to winning ways when they travel to Athletic Bilbao in La Liga on Sunday night. Ernesto Valverde‘s side have drawn their last two against Valencia and Real Madrid in the league and Copa del Rey respectively, but will be confident of putting three points on the board when they visit Bilbao. Barcelona dropped points in La Liga for the first time since the end of November last weekend when Valencia claimed a 2-2 draw at Camp Nou. However, the table suggests that Valverde’s team are still in a strong position. Indeed, they have a six-point lead over second-placed Atletico Madrid, while Real Madrid are eight points behind in third ahead of the la...

Combined XI: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid

Sports Mole selects a combined XI ahead of Barcelona’s Copa del Rey clash with Real Madrid, using only players available for Wednesday’s clash. Barcelona will welcome Real Madrid to Camp Nou on Wednesday night for the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final. Barca have won the competition in each of the last four years and have been present in all but one of the last eight finals. The Spanish champions will enter the match off the back of a 2-2 draw with Valencia in the league on Saturday, while Madrid continued their impressive run of form with a 3-0 home success over Alaves. Both teams have some injury concerns heading into the match, but some of the world’s biggest stars will be on display at Camp Nou. Here, Sports Mole has selected the best team from both squads, u...

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