The 21-year-old has been struggling for playing time in the Premier League this season, but he impressed on his debut with a goal and an assist against Arsenal. He was recalled to the starting XI for Saturday’s clash versus Crystal Palace and produced another solid performance.
Barcelona are monitoring Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford. They will be looking to take advantage of any mistakes that the young star makes.
09:58 UTC: After being given the option to acquire Inter Milan star Alexis Sanchez, Barcelona’s return is not a priority, according to various sources who spoke to ESPN’s Adriana Garcia and Moises Llorens.
Following Sergio Aguero’s early retirement, Barcelona are aiming to bolster their attack in the January transfer window, but club insiders claim that other contenders are ahead of Sanchez, with Manchester City’s Ferran Torres and Manchester United’s Edinson Cavani the key objectives.
“Many things would have to happen for Alexis to return to Barcelona,” a club insider told ESPN, amid rumors that a preliminary agreement had been reached for the Chilean to return to Barca in exchange for Luuk de Jong joining Inter.
Before joining Arsenal in 2014, Sanchez spent three seasons at the Camp Nou, scoring 37 goals in 141 games. Barca are not contemplating re-signing him just yet since Torres and Cavani are better choices, according to insiders, but the LaLiga club is aware that a move for Torres in January is very improbable due to budgetary restrictions. Cavani’s signing would be a cheaper option since his United contract expires in the summer, but sources claim the Premier League club is hesitant to allow a move next month.
Meanwhile, Barca is still attempting to reduce its wage cost. Salary and amortisation payments still account for about 80% of the season’s expected income of €765 million, according to President Laporta. LaLiga’s financial rules need a number of about 70%, however Barca’s is much lower this season as they try to make up for previous losses. Meanwhile, the country’s total debt is estimated to be over €1.4 billion.
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9:00 a.m. GMT: As the COVID-19 epidemic continues to affect the Premier League, Jurgen Klopp has said that Liverpool would be careful of recruiting unvaccinated players in the future.
After Aston Villa’s match against Burnley was put off on Saturday, there has been an increase in positive cases among Premier League teams spurred by the Omicron variant in the United Kingdom, with six games postponed this weekend.
The English Football League (EFL) has declared that 25% of its 72 teams’ players would refuse to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
“Yes, that will be relevant,” Klopp said at a press conference when asked whether a player’s vaccination status would impact the club’s decision to sign him.
“Take our situation: if a player is not fully immunized, he poses a continual danger to all of us.” Of course, he doesn’t want to be a danger, and it’s not as if he says to himself, “I don’t care about the others,” but he does.
“As a result, we’ll have to come up with a variety of situations.” He’ll have to change in a separate hotel, dine in a different restaurant, and ride in a different bus or automobile. It’s a complete disaster from the standpoint of an organization.
“It’s really tough to follow the guidelines if you truly want to.” If a person contracts COVID and has been in contact with him in the previous four days, he will be placed in isolation. If we have to fly to a place where we play international football and then return, he will have to self-isolate, which will, of course, have an impact.
“As a result, we’ll have to perform additional constructing for unvaccinated gamers, which ideally will not happen. Hopefully, this will not be required in the future.”
In mid-October, the Premier League’s most current statistics on player vaccination levels revealed that 81 percent of players had gotten at least one vaccine shot, with 68 percent having been twice vaccinated.
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GOSSIP ON PAPER (by Nick Judd)
– Leeds United have been plagued by injury issues and are in danger of relegation in 2022, which is why Marcelo Bielsa is eyeing Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie to help them avoid relegation. The Sun reports that the 23-year-old American star might be available for roughly £20 million, but that he would like to remain in Turin and battle for his spot. Since joining Juventus from Schalke, the American’s play has been up and down, but Leeds think he has the right traits to help them win points in the Premier League. He’s not just in their price range, but he’s also in it. Bielsa, on the other hand, will have to work his magic to convince him that a relegation struggle is more intriguing than a Serie A title fight.
– According to The Sun, Southampton are the surprise leaders in the battle for France wonderkid Mohamed Ali Cho. Cho, who is seventeen years old, has been one of Ligue 1’s breakthrough stars this season, with his performances for Angers propelling him into the eyes of some of Europe’s biggest teams, including Chelsea. Southampton, on the other hand, believes they can get ahead of the game by providing him first-team action right away. Cho is speedy and skilled, and he has previously played in the Everton and Paris Saint-Germain academies.
– According to Fabrizio Romano, Barcelona is confident in their ability to convince Gavi to extend his contract, and they want to keep any potential suitors at bay. Gavi was born the same year Lionel Messi made his Barcelona debut in Catalonia, and the 17-year-old has been a bright spot in a difficult season for the Catalan club. The club is even more keen to retain him and guide their future generation under Xavi after his latest miraculous goal in a 3-2 victory against Elche, and they will be aiming to sign a new five-year contract with him in the coming months.
– Liverpool are on the lookout for striker reinforcements in January, and Marca reports that FC Porto’s Luis Diaz is at the top of their want list. Jurgen Klopp is likely to lose Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah to the Africa Cup of Nations in 2022, and Diaz has delighted the German manager both domestically and in the Champions League this season, scoring 11 goals in 14 appearances. Liverpool might also be interested in Lille striker Jonathan David, according to L’Equipe, while the Daily Star reckons Klopp could make a bid for both if he can downsize his squad first.
– The Newcastle United fun is about to begin, according to The Sun, with Anthony Martial expected to be the first in a slew of January acquisitions. The Magpies might pay a £6 million loan fee to Manchester United to get the out-of-favour Frenchman until the end of the season, and then follow up with a bid for Edin Dzeko. Martial wants to leave to receive more first-team action, and despite Juventus’ interest, Newcastle are hoping that their £1 million-a-month offer would outshine the Italians.
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