Barcelona are preparing to face Galatasaray at the NEF Stadyumu on Thursday in the second leg of the UEFA Europa League round of 16. -finals.
Meanwhile, the La Liga giants had the chance to re-sign Neymar. Elsewhere, the Blaugrana are considering a move for a Bayern Munich striker.
On that note, here’s a rundown of Barcelona’s top transfer stories as of March 16, 2022:
Barcelona have the chance to sign Neymar
Barcelona were lucky enough to sign Neymar, according to Barca Universal via Foot Mercato. The Brazilian has blown hot and cold at the Parc des Princes this season. PSG have offered their services to several major European clubs, including the Blaugrana.
Neymar became a household name at Camp Nou before deciding to take on a new challenge in 2017. He secured a record transfer to Paris but failed to live up to his billing with the Ligue 1 giants.
The Parisians are planning big changes in their squad after the recent debacle against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League. The French giants have lost patience with Neymar and are ready to cash in on him this summer.
Barcelona have been sounded out but are unlikely to go that route. The Brazilian has been dealing with injuries and disciplinary issues recently. His €30m annual salary could also deter the Blaugrana.
Meanwhile, the La Liga giants are focusing on alternative targets this summer. As such, they should pass up the opportunity to sign their former star.
Blaugrana considering Robert Lewandowski move
Barcelona are considering a move for Robert Lewandowski, according to journalist Toni Juanmarti.
The Polish international has been one of the best strikers in the world in recent seasons. His current deal is due to expire in 2023. The Bayern Munich striker is unimpressed with the Bavarians’ reluctance to offer him a new contract. The 33-year-old is now looking for a new challenge away from the Allianz Arena.
Lewandowski is already wanted by players like Real Madrid, Manchester United and Manchester City. The Blaugrana have now entered the fray as they look to rebuild their attack this summer. The Polish striker could be an asset to Xavi next season so the Blaugrana consider replacing him.
Henrik Larsson slams former club for treatment of Ronald Koeman
Henrik Larsson has slammed Barcelona for their unceremonious sacking of Ronald Koeman. The Dutchman was sacked three months into the new season after a string of poor results. Larsson was among Koeman’s assistants at Camp Nou.
Speaking at Fotbollskanalen, the Swedish legend said the treatment given to Koeman was undeserved, especially as he caused several young players to bleed.
“Of course, it was eventful. In the first season everything went well until March when we lost to Granada at home. After that, we felt there was less support from above, after Laporta became president. And so it continued until the summer. We went on summer vacation, and I didn’t know if I was going to continue the following season. We made a decision on this very late. It’s a shame,” Larsson said.
“For me, it doesn’t matter too much, but to treat Ronald Koeman like that, he didn’t deserve it. After all the work we had done, the cleaning that Ronald had done to make things possible, so I don’t think he deserved not to be told (that he was going to be sacked). No one thought Messi would leave the club, and it affected the whole team. It was a tough time, but as a As a coach, you have to try to eliminate the outside noise and know that you are there to work.”
Koeman won the 2020-21 Copa Del Rey title during his short spell at Camp Nou.