Barcelona confusion over Messi deal and club to lose veteran midfielder
Barcelona transfer news
In this article we will bring you all of today’s Barcelona transfer news. Make sure to check back to the site for more daily transfer updates throughout the summer.
Confusion over Messi move
Barcelona shocked the footballing world last week when they announced that Lionel Messi would be leaving the club, after La Liga rules prevented them from re-signing the free agent.
He seemed, to all intents and purposes, to be set to join PSG on a free transfer. However, reports emerged last night suggesting that a last-minute contract renewal offer had been made to the Argentine, to keep him at Barcelona.
📰 Last night the Barcelona CEO contacted Jorge Messi to see if Lionel Messi’s Barca career could be saved
[via @gary_cotterill] pic.twitter.com/XiokoXDa15
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) August 10, 2021
Sadly for Barcelona fans, this appears to have been false, with transfer expert Fabrizio Romano confirming since that “no new bid” for Messi’s services have been made by the Spanish outfit.
‘Patience’. PSG totally confident and optimistic to sign Leo Messi soon. He’ll fly to Paris once the agreement will be completed in every detail. It’s an important contract officially received 48h ago – ‘normal’ timing. 🇦🇷🇫🇷 #Messi
There’s currently no new bid from Barcelona. 🚫
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 10, 2021
As a result, it looks as though Messi’s time in Barcelona may be over once and for all.
Moriba to head to Chelsea?
Ilaix Moriba is one of the most highly regarded Barcelona talents, but has turned down several contract offers, and is now expected to depart the club.
With one year left on his current contract at the Nou Camp, Chelsea are the latest club to have been linked with a move for his services.
Diario Sport and Mundo Deportivo have reported that Ilaix Moriba’s head has been turned by an offer from Chelsea, and he is now waiting to come to Stamford Bridge, either this year, or on a free transfer next summer.
– via @WAGNH_CFC pic.twitter.com/GtRwXpRhpy
— Simon Phillips (@siphillipssport) August 10, 2021
Although no fee is mentioned, it would certainly represent a coup for the Blues, with Moriba thought of very highly across Europe.
Pjanic nears Juve return
It seems as though Barcelona may finally have managed to shift one of their higher earners, in the shape of Miralem Pjanic. The Bosnia and Herzegovina midfielder joined Barcelona from Juventus last season, in a swap deal for Arthur.
Miralem Pjanić is set to resign for Juventus on a two-year loan deal from Barcelona. He has agreed to take a 20% pay cut. (Source: SPORT) pic.twitter.com/c7NOHqcya3
— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) August 10, 2021
After just one season, however, it appears that Pjanic will return to Turin, this time on loan, as per Spanish outlet Sport.es. Pjanic is ready to take a 20% wage cut on his 8.5 million euro salary in order to ensure that the deal goes through and that Juventus do not fall foul of financial fair play.
It has been a difficult time for Pjanic, who made 19 La Liga appearances last campaign, but racked up just 619 minutes (the equivalent of less than 7 ninety-minute matches), and failed to contribute a goal or assist in any competition.
With his salary high, and Barcelona in freefall, the move may be best for all parties.