Barcelona duo could free up wage space but no signings expected
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.
Neto emerges as a target for Arsenal
With Barcelona clearly struggling financially, it is unsurprising that clubs have begun to circle for their assets, hoping for a cheap deal. Arsenal are one of those, with the Athletic reporting that the club will be looking at goalkeeper Neto as they search for a number 2 shot stopper.
The club had been thought to be close to a deal for Aaron Ramsdale, but reports last night revealed that talks had broken down due to their valuation being too far apart from Sheffield United’s. As a result, the Gunners have turned to the Barca no.2.
It’s time for another @TheAthleticUK Arsenal transfer update:
🚨 Odegaard remains top target
🚨 Aouar back in the frame as alternative
🚨 Maddison not under serious consideration at this time
🚨 Barca’s Neto is a target as GK2
🚨 Striker hopes dwindlinghttps://t.co/oJDUaX77wX
— gunnerblog (@gunnerblog) August 12, 2021
As per the report, “Arsenal may be hopeful of striking a loan agreement” for the 32 year old goalkeeper, who would be brought in solely to provide backup to Bernd Leno. With Barcelona in desperate need of trimming the wage bill, they may be forced to entertain the offer.
Benfica move for Umtiti
Another potential departure comes in the form of French centre-back Samuel Umtiti, who has been linked with a move to Portuguese side Benfica.
Benfica will pursue the signing of Samuel Umtiti after Jan Vertonghen’s injury, per @Record_Portugal. Barcelona’s financial crisis could facilitate him to move on a free transfer although his salary demands could pose an obstacle for them. pic.twitter.com/Qkeew1AVqc
— Zach Lowy (@ZachLowy) August 12, 2021
As per the Portuguese Record, injury to Jan Vertonghen has forced Benfica to dip into the transfer market for another defender, with Umtiti potentially available on a free transfer due to the Catalan club’s financial woes.
Umtiti has struggled in Barcelona since his 2018 move, and has seemingly lost the faith of his own fans, who booed him every time he touched the ball in their last fixture.
Samuel Umtiti was whistled at every time he got the ball during Barcelona’s game last night. (Related to not taking a wage cut for Messi)
He went straight to the locker-room after the game & wasn’t in the group picture when the Gamper trophy was awarded.
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) August 9, 2021
A move away may be the best outcome for all parties, but will Benfica be able to facilitate his hefty wage demands?
No more signings unless Braitwaite departs
Meanwhile, there is a clear issue with incomings. Toni Juanmarti, considered reliable for all things Barcelona, took to Twitter to explain the situation, saying that:
There will be no more signings. Koeman met yesterday with the technical secretariat and asked for a midfielder and a forward. The club told him that his request will not be possible. He would only go for a ‘9’ if Braithwaite left and at a good price.
No habrá más fichajes. Koeman se reunió ayer con la secretaría técnica y pidió un centrocampista y un delantero. El club le transmitió que su petición no va a ser posible. Solo se iría a por un ‘9’ si se fuera Braithwaite y a buen precio #fcblive pic.twitter.com/YqbGvbOtvy
— Toni Juanmartí (@tjuanmarti) August 12, 2021
With Braithwaite currently not attracting much interest, however, Koeman may be forced to work with what he has in the post-Messi era.