"New year, new life" goes an old saying. And in Barcelona they could change the word "year" for "season" and it applies perfectly. Is that after a campaign in which they only won the Copa del Rey and were more frustrations than joys, President Joan Laporta is determined to put together a new great team with the sole objective of winning the Champions League.
In that sense, the contract renewal of Lionel Messi will be announced shortly, who will continue to be a player for the Catalans for the next two seasons. But that's not all, since in the last hours three players were announced as incorporations and it is presumed that there will be several new faces in the short term.
An intimate friend of Messi, he was the first reinforcement announced for Barcelona. After losing the Champions League final to Manchester City, Kun flew to Catalonia, underwent medical studies and was presented by the club on Monday. He signed a two-year contract and came free from the Citizens.
Another player who came to the institution without paying anything in return. The defender, who played in the training categories of Barcelona, was key in Pep Guardiola's City and returns to the club that formed him. He signed a contract for the next five seasons.
The operation to hire the 22-year-old Brazilian footballer had started in mid-2019 when both Blaugrana and Betis announced their arrival. The business was that both paid out six million euros to appropriate the entirety of their file, but the Andalusian team had it in their squad since Barça did not have a place for him. Emerson had a great adaptation to the Spanish League, accumulating 79 appearances as Verdiblanco and was the player with the most minutes on the court in that team this season.
Taking into account this purchase process, Barça exercised its "right to recover" the full-back who started at the Ponte Preta in Brazil but had a significant leap when he landed at Atlético Mineiro in the 2018 season. According to the Spanish media, the Catalan club will have to pay nine million to definitively appropriate the pass and Betis will keep 20% for a future sale.
In the absence of last-minute imponderables, the Dutch midfielder will be the Catalans' fourth reinforcement for next season. Key player in Liverpool, he will arrive in free condition.
The Dutch forward is to the liking of coach Ronald Koeman and is the great aim to reinforce the forward. Free of Olympique Lyon, the announcement of the hiring of him seems to be imminent.
Manchester City wants to take over Sergi Roberto. Barcelona is willing to get rid of the squad and would welcome a possible exchange for Aymeric Laporte.
Mino Raiola, representative of Gianluigi Donnarumma, has spoken in the last hours with FC Barcelona about the situation of the goalkeeper, as pointed out by journalist Fabrizio Romano. The azulgrana box will soon make a decision in this regard.
The Brazilian forward was one of the big disappointments when it came to passing transfer markets. Many injuries and few minutes played make him one of the players to transfer. Everton and Arsenal, both from the Premier League, want it.