Barcelona beat Villarreal 3-1 on Saturday to make them two consecutive La Liga wins for the first time in the 2021-22 season. A sense of optimism returned to the club following the appointment of Xavi Hernandez as manager. The club are also gearing up ahead of the January transfer window.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the best stories involving Barcelona from November 30, 2021.
Chelsea take an interest in Ronald Araujo
Chelsea have a “huge interest” in young Barcelona center-back Ronald Araujo, according to Sport (via Sports witness). Araujo is currently tied with Barcelona until summer 2023. Chelsea are reportedly making a move for him next summer as he enters the final year of his current contract with the Catalans.
Liverpool have also shown interest in the 22-year-old. The Uruguayan international has started eight La Liga and UEFA Champions League appearances so far this season. He is a good passer of the ball in addition to being a follower of tackles and aerial duels.
Ferran Torres reaches agreement in principle to join Barcelona
Manchester City striker Ferran Torres has been closely linked with Barcelona in recent weeks. The Spain international has been impressive for Manchester City since joining in 2020. In 43 appearances in all competitions, the 21-year-old has scored 16 goals and provided four assists.
sport claim Barcelona are actively seeking to sign Torres and are making a plan to secure his services. To this end, they would have already reached an agreement in principle with the player on one stroke.
Barcelona are weak in the attacking department following the departures of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann this summer. Martin Braithwaite and Sergio Aguero have been sidelined with illnesses and Ousmane Dembele is nearing the end of his contract.
Therefore, adding reinforcements to their depleted frontline is a priority for Xavi Hernandez.
Barcelona offer Philippe Coutinho in exchange for Manchester United star
Philippe Coutinho is one of the players Xavi would have deemed surplus to the club’s needs. Due to their financial difficulties, Barcelona are inclined to enter into swap deals for their transfer goals. Coutinho is someone they are prepared to use as a leverage in such transactions.
According to sport, Barcelona offered the Brazilian midfielder to Manchester United in exchange for Anthony Martial. The Catalans have been linked with the French striker who fell down the pecking order at Old Trafford.
However, Manchester United have rejected the possibility of signing Coutinho as he does not fit the profile of the midfielder they are looking to sign.
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