At the end of a day in tribute to Johan Cruyff, the president of FC Barcelona Joan Laporta took the opportunity to take stock of the various transfer window rumors concerning the club. Raphinha, Koundé, Kessie, Christensen, Lewandowski, de Jong and Koulibaly, he spares no subject.
During a day of tribute to Johan Cruyff this Saturday, the president of FC Barcelona Joan Laporta took the opportunity to slip a few words on the next transfers and has already formalized the arrival of two future recruits.
Kessié and Christensen arrive this week, Raphinha “wants to come to Barça”
“We will present Kessié on Wednesday and Christensen on Thursday,” began the Catalan leader, before unpacking all the truths about the rest of the Barcelona summer transfer window. After giving news of Ousmane Dembélé, whose extension at Barça is about to be completed according to Sport, he mentioned the potential transfer of Raphinha.
“We spoke with Leeds, I think they won’t be offended that we spoke personally (with the player), he claims. We have communications. What happens is that there are other clubs who want Raphinha and make their proposals. What we also know is that he wants to come to Barça.”
“We have no intention of selling Frenkie de Jong”
Continuing his statements regarding the transfer window, Joan Laporta, president of FC Barcelona denied recent rumors of Frenkie de Jong’s transfer to Manchester United and said he wanted to do everything to keep him at the club. “Frenkie de Jong is one of the best midfielders in the world and is a Barça player, insists the manager. There are several clubs who want him, not just Manchester United, but we have no intention of sell him and the player also wants to stay. It is very important to consider the player’s opinion. He is very attached to the club, to Barcelona and I will do everything for him to stay, but it is also a question salary and it will have to be adjusted.”
The big file of this transfer window has made Joan Laporta doubt: will Robert Lewandowski arrive at Barça this summer? “Lewandowski is a Bayern player, replies the president after pausing before responding. Everyone knows he is a great player, but I prefer to remain discreet because he is a Bayern player. We know that he has said publicly that he wants to come to Barca and we are very flattered, but we have all the respect for Bayern Munich, who are one of the best clubs in the world. We respect each other between clubs.”
“A lot of players want to come to Barça”
Regarding the extension of Gavi, whose contract ends at the end of the next season, Laporta assures that “everything is going very very well”. “We are very satisfied with the way everything has developed with Iván De la Peña and with the player,” added the manager, while the opposite was leaked in the Catalan press.
The question of the central hinge was also raised, with in particular the potential transfer of Kalidou Koulibaly, defender of Napoli, who often comes up in the names followed by Barça. But the same response from Laporta as for Lewandowski, with a small spade to the other clubs: “Koulibaly? I don’t want to talk about other players, our advantage is that a lot of players want to come to Barça.”
“With these 15% of the rights, we would no longer need to sell”
Another player mentioned: Jules Koundé. While some media announced this week that Barça was now alone on the file, Joan Laporta does not want to get carried away: “Jules Koundé? We have to talk about it with Mateu Alemany (the club’s executive director), but we have a lot of cards, we will work a lot this week. There are a lot of obstacles and we hope to solve them.”
Evoking there the future inflows of money from the club which should arrive after the lifting of the second economic lever at the beginning of next week. “The first lever allowed us to close the year on a positive note, which helps us to be financially credible, continues the manager. Now we must activate the second and, if we succeed, which will not be easy, it will will allow each player to be signed 1 to 1. (…) With these 15% of the rights, we would no longer need to sell.”