Few days before the last match of the league, and getting closer to the cup final, and we can sure smell the end of the season. Barca are already the league champions, and might finish the season again with the domestic double. However, the massive loss against Liverpool affected the Barcelona fan base, and media buzz with news about big changes. Will Valverde stay as the coach? Who will arrive in order to bolster the team? we will see it all in the next weeks. However, the today’s Barcelona Buzz News article is here in order to recap the hottest topics right now. We would like to thank @blaugranagram for giving us the most reliable updates all the time.
The board calling for unity
The Club has released an official statement in which it congratulates the other Barcelona teams (Femeni and handball) for their efforts this season, thanks Barça’s fans for the support at Anfield and against Getafe, and asks for unity ahead of the Copa final against Valencia.
De Ligt to Barca – question of days
Barça met with De Ligt’s agent, Mino Raiola, on April 12th, in Montecarlo where there were agreements. However, they didn’t sign anything. Therefore, Barça assume he’ll join, and the player’s desire is huge. The announcement is only a matter of days away.
Last Friday, a prominent Barça delegation travelled to Holland in order to get to know Matthijs de Ligt’s exact demands, economically, with the intention of sealing the deal. However, Matthijs de Ligt has asked for some sporting guarantees, a salary in accordance with his potential & level. Wednesday, the Eredivisie will end, and everything will accelerate further. [MD]
Bartomeu got heavily involved in the deal recently, as he did with de Jong. Bayern, Juventus and Liverpool all wanted de Ligt, but the player had his heart set on Barcelona and his desire to wear the shirt is very big. [@orioldomenech]
Griezmann is getting closer
Internally, in Atléti, they believe that Griezmann wants to leave. They shouldn’t have accepted lowering his release clause. Barça are now back in charge, hence why he’ll meet today with the Atleti board trio. [@manucarreno]
However, in Barça’s board there are some who secretly doubt the incorporation of the Frenchman. But Bartomeu has said that the sport criterion (his quality as a player, work rate etc.) is what ultimately counts. [@SiqueRodriguez]
Cillessen to Benfica? not yet
Barça have rejected Benfica’s first offer for Cillessen. The offer was €10M-€15M. However, Barça considers the price too low and asks for €30M. He’s said yes on everything with Benfica and waits for an agreement between the two clubs. [@albert_roge]
However, Álex Grimaldo will NOT be part of the move, @albert_roge adds.
Starting to plan next year’s Barca B
Jokin Ezkieta will leave the B-team and could end up with Bilbao. Mateu Morey won’t be renewing and will leave for free. As could Dani Morer and Rafa Mujica. Merveil could be loaned out. [@gerardromero]