Outlandish Report Claims Spurs Could Look to Sign Barcelona Superstar If Griezmann Moves to Camp Nou
Suarez enjoyed a stellar three years at Liverpool before joining Barcelona in 2014, where he continued to develop a reputation as one of the best strikers in world football.
Suarez has scored 130 goals and notched up 73 assists in 168 appearances for Barcelona, all helping them win two La Liga titles and a Champions League.
But with growing reports that Griezmann is set to join Barca in the summer, Suarez’s place in the team and subsequent future at the Catalan club are being thrown into doubt.
If Griezmann does end up making the move, Suarez could end up losing his untouchable status in the Barca team. And Tottenham are apparently looking to offer Suarez a fresh start in the Premier League.
Spanish outlet ?Don Balon are claiming that Spurs have made contact with Barca to make their interest in the Uruguayan officially known, ready to begin the transfer talks when the summer transfer window opens.
The report goes on further to state that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is concerned that striker Harry Kane will eventually be lured away from the club and has identified Suarez as his replacement.
However, Suarez is apparently not interested in the move as he’d rather stay and fight for his place with Griezmann than be forced out of the club.
It would certainly be a huge coup for Spurs if they did manage to pull this deal off, but considering Suarez left the Premier League citing the British press’ vindication of him as his main reason, a return may not be that likely.
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New Barcelona midfielder Paulinho has certainly changed the opinions surrounding his ability since making the switch from China to Spain.
The Brazilian, who failed to make an impact at Tottenham before heading to the Chinese Super League, is now a key player at the Camp Nou, having already scored six times and assisted two goals in 15 La Liga appearances.
He has had no difficulty adapting to the present Barca team and looks like he has been playing there for years. Speaking in an exclusive interview with ?Mundo Deportivo, the player admitted that it was easier to settle in because he had the help of his new teammates, particularly Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Sergio Busquets.
?“Since the first day I arrived, four months ago, many people helped me and my family,” he said. “All the players have been helping me, but I especially speak with three: Leo, Suárez, and Busquets. They are the ones who have helped me better understand the way Barça plays.
“People think I’ve been here for a year or two? That’s a good sign. It’s a sign that I’m doing my job well.”
The 29-year-old also revealed what has surprised him the most about the club since he joined.
“The trainings,” he replied after being asked what stood out most. “The fans only see the matches, but I have no explanation on the high quality things that happen in training.
“Many of my friends ask me how the quality of training is and I tell them: ‘It is better than you can imagine. It may seem easy, but it isn’t. You need to have some quality to play at Barça.”
There was also something to be said on the situation with Javier Mascherano. The Argentinian could be on his way to China pretty soon, having fallen down the pecking order at Barca. And Paulinho admits having spoken about the Chinese league with the 33-year-old utility man.
“I don’t know how is situation is going,” he said. “He’s a player who’s been here for seven seasons. He and other players have asked me how the league in China is and I tell them that I have a lot of respect for the Chinese League. My life was very good there.
“When I arrived, Mascherano asked me if my family adapted in China, how the training was, and if the food was good. I told him that football has evolved a lot in China. I gave him the best possible people to talk to if he was interested in going to China. If he goes, I’m sure that he’ll like it.”
?Spanish outlet ?Sport are reporting that Barcelona and Liverpool have agreed over a January move for Brazilian ace Philippe Coutinho after months of negotiations.
The La Liga supremos tried their very best to bring Coutinho to the Camp Nou over the summer after selling Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain. But the Reds refused to let their player go, rejecting all of Barca’s offers.
Sport, however, now claim that the Anfield side have given in and will accept the sum of £133m for the attacker, who is also reportedly set to sign a five-year deal that will see him earn £10.6m over the course of the aforementioned period.
Coutinho got off to a bit of a slow start this season, but looks to be his menacing self again after putting in some remarkable performances as of late.
This has resulted in the Catalan side renewing their interest in the player, and if the source mentioned above is to be believed, it appears that they will finally have their man in January.
Earlier this month, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted that he was unsure if the club would keep the playmaker at Anfield past the January window.
“Not for one second have I thought about that so far,” he said. “I am not unsure, I am not sure, I don’t think about it.
“I have a team to prepare and no one knows what will happen in the nice and calm January transfer window. It’s nice from an outside view but I have absolutely nothing to say.”
?Lionel Messi made a pair of Barcelona fans ecstatic last Sunday by providing them with his worn football boots. After Barcelona’s 4-0 demolition of Deportivo La Coruna, Messi was seen after the game taking off his boots in frustration, before throwing them into the crowd of euphoric Barcelona supporters.
However, Messi’s generous offering of his boots was fuelled by the player’s inability to score on the pitch. Messi currently sits level with Gerd Muller’s record of 525 goals for one single club, and during Barcelona’s victory over La Coruna the Argentine had a plethora of chances to eclipse the record.
Although assisting two of the four goals for Luis Suarez and Paulinho, Messi
It was the case of ‘forgetting your shooting boots at home’ for the Barcelona star, who lobbed his boots so high and far into the crowd after walking off empty handed. With Barcelona facing Real Madrid in the ‘El Clasico’ this weekend, Messi will be hoping to have his right shooting boots for the much anticipated game.
The ‘El Classico’ this time around will have a different tone to it than previous match-ups. The Catalan club currently top La Liga with an 11 point margin over their rivals Madrid, who occupy fourth.
Madrid will come into this game having been crowned the best team in the world after winning the Club World Cup. Thus, a win for Madrid in this game could spark a redemption in their underperforming season, which is why Messi will be hoping to have the right boots for the occasion.