Barcelona News Roundup: Manchester City draw up new plan to sign Lionel Messi, Reason why Junior Firpo wasn’t sold in January revealed and more – 9 February 2021


Barcelona will need to fend off a handful of potential suitors if they’re to keep Lionel Messi. And it won’t be easy.It looks like Barcelona are going through a phase of revival under Ronald Koeman after a series of positive results. The club has a very important game coming up against Sevilla in the Copa Del Rey and there is a lot going on off the pitch as well with the presidential elections coming up.Without further ado, let’s take a look at the top stories involving Barcelona from 9 February 2021.Ivan Rakitic says he would never celebrate against Barcelona FC Barcelona v Sevilla FC – La Liga SantanderCroatian international Ivan Rakitic enjoyed a great spell at Barcelona before swapping the red and blue kit for the white one at Sevilla this past summer. In the buildup to the midweek Copa Del Rey semi-final game against Barcelona, the 32-year-old revealed in an interview with AS that he wouldn’t ever celebrate against his former side. Rakitic said:“I wouldn’t celebrate a goal against Barcelona. I will always carry them with me. “Things that were discussed were not fulfilled with me, but there I have lived many beautiful moments. My little daughter was born in Barcelona, I have many friends in the city and a lot of affection from the fans, which is mutual.”

Barcelona rejected AC Milan’s and Arsenal’s moves for Junior Firpo Cornella v FC Barcelona – Copa del ReyJunior Firpo was tipped to leave Barcelona in the January transfer window after he was gauged to not be up to the standards expected of someone who’s supposed to take over from Jordi Alba.But now Fabrizio Romano has revealed via Calciomercato.com that Barcelona rejected two offers for Junior Firpo this winter transfer window. Both Arsenal and AC Milan were interested in signing him on an initial loan deal with an obligation to buy.

However, Firpo did not want to leave the club in the winter for personal reasons and Barcelona could not afford to let him leave as they could not find a replacement.Manchester City draw up new plan to sign Lionel Messi Granada v Barcelona – Copa del ReyLionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain rumors have been gaining momentum but Manchester City are not ready to bow out of the race to secure the Argentine’s services just yet. According to ESPN, they are set to make a fresh attempt to convince the Argentine to join the Etihad outfit over the next couple of months.Manchester City have taken note of Barcelona’s frustration with Paris Saint-Germain’s public pursuit of Messi and are willing to go about their business in a more patient manner. Manchester City will take a much less aggressive approach and try to continue to maintain a good rapport with Lionel Messi’s camp.
Published 09 Feb 2021, 18:37 IST

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Twitter erupts as Alisson horror show sees Manchester City thrash Liverpool 4-1 at Anfield


Three minutes of nightmarish goalkeeping from Alisson Becker cost Liverpool all three points as Manchester City continue their dominance.Ilkay Gundogan had one too many chances to claim all three points and he took two of those to help Manchester City to a crucial win. Raheem Sterling nodded home to add cushion to their lead before Phil Foden belted home their fourth goal of the night.Both teams remained organized for the greater part of the game and it was Alisson’s consecutive errors that ultimately gifted City the advantage that they kept till the last.A set of awfully misplaced passes from Alisson Becker around the 75th minute gave Manchester City two chances and they took them both with open arms.10 minutes prior to that, Mohamed Salah had converted from the spot in the 63rd minute after Ilkay Gundogan had given Manchester City the lead.Gundogan made up for a first half penalty miss by poking home a parried shot early in the second to give open the scoring for the Cityzrns.Both teams looked well matched in the first half though Manchester City did look more threatening at times. The game ebbed and flowed but Pep Guardiola’s side should have scored first after Fabinho bundled Sterling inside the area and they were awarded a penalty.The Brazilian’s trailing leg caught Raheem Sterling and Michael Oliver pointed to the spot. However, the usually composed Gundogan took after Kevin De Bruyne and Riyadh Mahrez and sent the ball into the stands.Sadio Mane had missed a great chance earlier for Liverpool after running onto a cross from the right wing. Liverpool tried to claw their way back into the game and Curtis Jones came close with a low shot 10 minutes into the second half but Cancelo had it covered and deflected the ball away.

But Ruben Dias uncharacteristically misread a ball into the box and resorted to tugging Salah from behind and the Egyptian went down and won a penalty. He slotted it home without any hassle.At the end of the night, it was Alisson’s grave errors that cost Liverpool the game and the Brazilian is sure to come under severe criticism. After going 68 home games undefeated, Liverpool have now lost three games on the trot at Anfield.Twitter slams Liverpool’s Alisson and celebrates Manchester CityNever seen a player create more chances for the opponent than Alisson Becker— Hałe (@CFCHale) February 7, 2021Ouch, Liverpool!

3 – Liverpool are the first side to lose three straight home league matches in the following campaign after winning the English top-flight since Chelsea did so almost 65 years ago back in March 1956. Throwback. #LIVMCI pic.twitter.com/UDJymBGlUV— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 7, 2021Big night and big win for Manchester City.⏱️ FT | Liverpool 1⃣-4⃣ Manchester City🔝 City secure their first league win at Anfield since 2003 to open up a five-point lead at the top of the table pic.twitter.com/4e8rvKB6eA— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) February 7, 2021Phil Foden was once again on fire for the Cityzens.Phil Foden’s game by numbers vs. Liverpool:6 ball recoveries 4 fouls suffered 3 interceptions 3 attempted take-ons 2 successful take-ons 2 tackles won 2 shots 1 assist1 goal Mesmerising. 🪄 pic.twitter.com/AO1dn81aZG— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) February 7, 2021📉 Alisson earned a WhoScored rating of just 3.73 in Liverpool’s 4-1 defeat to Manchester City, the lowest in a Premier League match this season pic.twitter.com/G7H3cpLS2d— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) February 7, 2021Meanwhile, Ilkay Gundogan has been a revelation.Most Premier League goals scored in 2021: ◉ Ilkay Gündogan (7)◎ Harry Kane (4)◎ Tomas Soucek (4) ◎ Matheus Pereira (4)◎ Ollie Watkins (4) Catch him if you can. pic.twitter.com/GnzkFRZsba— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 7, 20218 – Since netting his very first goal of the season on December 15th, Manchester City’s Ilkay Gündoğan has scored at least two more league goals than any other Premier League player over this period (8). Redeemed. pic.twitter.com/cirQlPjGHv— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 7, 2021Pep Guardiola now holds or shares the record for the longest winning run in:✅ LaLiga history✅ Bundesliga history✅ Premier League history🆕 English top-flight club history 14 Ws in a row across all competitions. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/vIVrLUIf9e— William Hill (@WilliamHill) February 7, 2021

5 teams are yet to win a Premier League home game in 2021:🔘 Liverpool 🔘 Fulham🔘 Leeds🔘 WBA🔘 EvertonWay off title-challenger pace. 🏠 pic.twitter.com/cxNu9x47OL— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) February 7, 2021Bad day for the cut.27 – After 23 games this season, Liverpool (40) now have 27 fewer points than they did at the same stage last season (67), the biggest drop by any reigning champion at this stage of a campaign in English top-flight history. Molehill. #LIVMCI pic.twitter.com/lrwiL8Ndko— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 7, 2021
Published 08 Feb 2021, 00:03 IST

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Manchester City suffer setback in race to sign Barcelona ace Lionel Messi – Reports


Manchester City were the favorites to sign Barcelona ace Lionel Messi once his current contract expires in the summer, but the Premier League side might no longer have a free run at the Argentinean.According to Mirror, Paris Saint-Germain have offered the Barcelona skipper a blockbuster contract, which could see the Ligue 1 side leapfrog Manchester City for the player’s signature. Lionel Messi looks certain to leave the Camp Nou in the upcoming summer.The six-time Ballon d’Or winner has been a revelation since breaking into the Barcelona first team as a teenager. Lionel Messi has become the epitome of excellence over the years and has set the benchmark in the beautiful game by consistently delivered the goods on the pitch. Even at 33 years of age, the Argentinean continues to churn up the impossible on regular basis. The Blaugrana owe their success in the last decade and a half to his genius, but it looks increasingly likely that their bond is coming to an end.However, few clubs can afford Lionel Messi astronomical wages, which gives him limited options to choose from for his next destination. Manchester City are among the ones with the financial muscle to host the Argentinean, and a reunion with Pep Guardiola was expected to be the cherry on the top for the Barcelona skipper. However, PSG are ready to pour water over the Premier League side’s dreams.🎯 Lionel Messi has scored more direct free-kicks (7) than the other 97 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺𝘀 in Europe’s top five leagues since the start of last season pic.twitter.com/Z20VY57Zzb— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) February 1, 2021The Ligue 1 giants have apparently tabled an offer that will be very hard for Lionel Messi to refuse. PSG are offering the Argentinean a weekly salary of £800,000 and will also give him a £40m signing-on bonus. Manchester City do not have the resources to compete with PSG’s offerings but will be hoping that the chance to link up with former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola will tilt the tide in their favor.Barcelona irritated with PSG’s open pursuit of Manchester City target Lionel Messi Lionel Messi

Barcelona are irritated with PSG’s open courting of Lionel Messi, so the latest reports will only add to their woes ahead of the upcoming UEFA Champions League clash between the two sides. It would now be interesting to see whether the Ligue 1 side’s efforts force Manchester City to table an offer of their own for the Argentinean.Manchester City’s links with MLS side New York City could also play a part in their pursuit of Lionel Messi, with the Barcelona skipper eager to finish his career in America.
Published 07 Feb 2021, 17:46 IST

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