Barcelona Confirm Ousmane Dembele Is Set for Five Weeks Out With Hamstring Strain

?Barcelona have revealed Ousmane Dembele will be out for around five weeks after the France international suffered a strain to his left hamstring.

Dembele played a full 90 minutes as Barca were beaten 1-0 by Athletic Club on Friday night, Aritz Aduriz scoring an overhead kick in the 89th minute to win it for the hosts.

In the same game Luis Suarez was withdrawn with a calf complaint, while Lionel Messi was unavailable, also with a calf complaint.

?Barca have now confirmed the timespan Dembele will be on the sidelines for, revealing in a ?statement: “A medical examination on Ousmane Dembélé has diagnosed a strain of his left hamstring. The Frenchman is set to be out for approximately five weeks as a result.”

This latest news puts an awful lot of responsibility on the shoulders of new signing Antoine Griezmann, who produced an uninspiring performance on his competitive debut for the La Liga champions.

Ousmane Dembele

Rafinha was brought on for Suarez after the Uruguayan fell to injury, but how Barca will line up for their first game at Camp Nou this season against Osasuna remains to be seen. 

Young midfielder Carles Alena could be pushed into a more attacking role, with ?Messi still not in full training. The Argentine was expected to be involved on Monday but instead trained on his own, with ?AS confirming the lack of involvement with his teammates was not down to a setback in his recovery.


Barcelona Reveal Details of Philippe Coutinho Deal – Despite Bayern Saying Details Won’t Be Revealed

?Bayern Munich were made to look foolish after Barcelona released details regarding Philippe Coutinho’s loan move to Bavaria – despite the Bundesliga champions saying the details wouldn’t be revealed.

The Brazilian completed a season-long switch to Die Roten on Monday, though the Bundesliga side will have the chance to purchase the midfielder for €120m at the end of the 2019/20 campaign. Bayern were evidently under the impression that no financial figures would be disclosed to the public, but Barça have made them available for all to see.


In a ?club statement following the capture of Coutinho, the German champions said: “?FC Bayern possess an option to buy the 27-year-old following the expiry of his loan contract on 30 June 2020. All parties have agreed not to disclose any financial details of the agreement.”

That seems straightforward enough. The only people who need to know how much money exchanged hands are those involved, right? Wrong! ?Barcelona want the world to hear how much they got out of Munich for the most frustrating member of their squad.

La Blaugrana paid ?Liverpool an eye-watering £140m to land Coutinho in January 2018 and it has looked like terrible business from the Catalans ever since. As a result, it’s understandable that Barça want people to see they’ve recouped a sizeable chunk of that fee.

Announcing the playmaker’s departure, their official w?ebs?ite read: “FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich have reached an agreement for the loan of the player Philippe Coutinho to the German club for the 2019/20 season.

“Bayern Munich will pay 8.5m and the player’s wages. The agreement also sees an option to buy for Bayern fixed at 120m.”

That looks a lot like someone disclosing the financial details of the agreement. The ?La Liga outfit don’t care; now everyone knows they’re not the only ones to pay over the odds for Coutinho!


Barcelona: Their 10 Worst Signings of the 21st Century

As one of the finest teams in the world, Barcelona have had more than their fair share of unreal talent. 

However, not all of their signings have been a success – evidenced recently by the dismal spell Philippe Coutinho has endured at the club. Expectations at Camp Nou are always high, but some have never looked capable of getting to grips with things from the moment they arrived.

Here, 90min look at Barcelona’s worst signings of the 21st century.

Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho

When you’re signed for around €142m, you’re supposed to deliver time and time again. Unfortunately for Philippe Coutinho, that just didn’t happen following his move from ?Liverpool in 2018.

The Brazilian instantly looked a shadow of his former self at Camp Nou, and regularly attracted the criticism of fans who felt he was only getting into the team because of his high price tag.

He managed 21 goals in 76 appearances, before being offloaded to ?Bayern Munich on loan with a view to a permanent move.

Alex Song

Alex Song

Nothing about Alex Song’s £15m move from ?Arsenal to ?Barcelona made sense in 2012, and it makes even less sense looking back on it today.

?Signed as a versatile midfielder who could fill in at centre-back, it quickly became apparent that Song wasn’t good enough in either position, and his lack of mobility and vision often dragged the rest of his teammates down as well.

Unfortunately, he is remembered more for a video of Barcelona’s 2013 ?La Liga triumph, in which he thought he had been specifically chosen by captain Carles Puyol to lift the trophy, only to be brutally dismissed in favour of the legendary Eric Abidal. Ouch.

Emmanuel Petit

Arsenal v Barcelona

Emmanuel Petit spent three impressive years with Arsenal, so it was no surprise to see him make a £7m switch to Barcelona in 2000. However, what happened next certainly was surprising.

Manager Lorenzo Serra Ferrer seemingly felt that the midfielder was actually better suited to play in defence, which was just painfully wrong. Understandably, Petit looked out of his depth at the back, and a string of debilitating injuries only made things worse.

He was quickly shipped off to ?Chelsea after just one season, allowing everyone to move on from this nightmare as quickly as possible. ?

Alexander Hleb

Alexander Hleb,Razvan Rat

What is it about Arsenal players that just doesn’t work for Barcelona?? The next unlucky man was Alexander Hleb, who sealed a €17m move to the club in 2008. With a €90m buyout clause in his contract, Barcelona expected big things of Hleb.

The winger simply couldn’t get into the team, and was bitterly disappointing on the rare occasions that he did. He was part of their treble-winning season, but could have hardly played a smaller role if he tried.

He began openly flirting with Bayern Munich, before being loaned out to Stuttgart, ?Birmingham City and Wolfsburg. When none of them wanted him permanently, Barcelona decided to cancel his contract in 2012.

Dmytro Chygrynskiy

Barcelona's Ukrainian defender Dmytro Ch

?Poor Dmytro Chygrynskiy. Barcelona tried so very hard to sign him from Shakhtar Donetsk back in 2009, and it took weeks of failed bids and intense negotiations to convince the Ukrainian side to sell him for €25m. But then things went wrong. Really wrong.

Brought in for his supposed aerial prowess and ball-playing skills, Chygrynskiy never looked good enough to play for Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona, and the club decided to cut ties with him after just one season.

Guardiola actually wanted to keep him, but the club’s dire financial situation at the time saw Barcelona sell Chgrynskiy back to Shakhtar for just €15m.

Ibrahim Afellay

Ibrahim Afellay

Back in 2010, there were few young wingers who could generate excitement quite like Ibrahim Afellay. Almost certainly destined for greatness, the Dutchman sealed a €3m move to Barcelona, but that’s about as good as it got for him.

For reasons unknown, Afellay simply couldn’t force his way into the Barcelona side, and a number of injuries – including a serious ACL tear – prevented him from building up any momentum.

Loans with ?Schalke and Olympiacos followed, but Barcelona had already seen enough of Afellay. They released him in 2015, allowing him to seal a move to ?Stoke City – a real fall from grace.

Arda Turan

Arda Turan

Arda Turan’s €34m move from ?Atletico Madrid in 2015 could have hardly got off to a worse start. The Blaugrana were in the midst of a transfer ban, so Turan was not allowed to play for the club until January 2016.

Was he worth the wait? Not exactly. He was billed as the replacement for a declining Andres Iniesta, but the Spaniard decided he wasn’t ready to lie down just yet and actually outperformed Turan with ease. Imagine being replaced by the player you’re supposed to be replacing in the first place.

He’s still on the books at Camp Nou, but is out on a long-term loan with Istanbul Basaksehir, where he made his name by pushing an assistant referee and being hit with a huge ban. Something tells me his time at Barcelona is probably over.?

Andre Gomes

Andre Gomes

After realising Turan was not the man to replace Iniesta, Barcelona turned to Valencia playmaker ?Andre Gomes, shelling out around €35m to bring him to Camp Nou in 2016.

Yet again, it didn’t work out for the Portugal international, who was voted by ?Marca readers as the worst signing of the season.? In Gomes’ defence, he didn’t get too much time to prove himself, and he was even used as a right-back on occasion.

He managed two seasons at the club, before joining ?Everton on loan in the summer of 2018. He looked a completely different player at Goodison Park, and was recently rewarded with a permanent move.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Barcelona's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrah

?In 2009, Barcelona gave up everything to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic. They paid ?Inter £40m, on top of giving them Samuel Eto’o, so it’s safe to see that they were all-in on the nomadic Swede.

Almost instantly, Ibrahimovic looked like an awkward fit in Guardiola’s side. He wasn’t mobile enough, and the emergence of ?Lionel Messi as a central striker saw Ibrahimovic regularly dropped from the team, which didn’t sit well with him.

A memorable bust-up with Guardiola followed, before Ibrahimovic was ultimately sent out on loan to ?AC Milan after just one year. 

Philippe Christanval

Philippe Christanval

During his time with Monaco, young centre-back Philippe Christanval played like one of the most exciting youngsters around. Barcelona liked what they saw, and struck a £6.5m deal to sign him in 2001.

On the flight over, it seemed like Christianval lost his consistency, and he looked nothing like the promising youngster who had broken through at Monaco. He looked awkward on the ball, found himself out of position far too often, and just looked out of his depth.

He was released just two years later, before failing a trial with Arsenal in 2005. A move to ?Fulham followed, but life wasn’t much better for him there, and he retired in 2009 after failing to find a new club.


Jordi Alba Hits Out at ‘Tiring’ Rumours Linking Neymar With Summer Camp Nou Return

?Barcelona full-back Jordi Alba described the never-ending transfer whirlwind surrounding former teammate Neymar as ‘tiring’, and wished Philippe Coutinho all the best ahead of his loan move to Bayern Munich. 

Neymar is determined to leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer, and a possible return to Barcelona has been the main talking point of this transfer window. 

Although both clubs and the player are open to the move, a deal has yet to be reached and the Brazilian star’s future remains up in the air. 


Speaking to ?Marca after his side’s surprise opening day defeat to Athletic Club, Jordi Alba gave his insight into the ?Neymar transfer saga, which continues to rumble on. 

“It’s already tiring,” he said. “We have to wait until the window closes. He’s a great player. It’s the club’s decision. If he comes, great, but we have to wait and everyday there’s talk of a different team.”

Whilst Neymar’s immediate future is still very uncertain, another Brazilian star has been shown the door from the Nou Camp following an underwhelming stint in Catalunya.

Coutinho has agreed to join German giants ?Bayern Munich on a season-long loan, with an option to buy at the end of the campaign. 


The 27-year-old joined la Blaugrana in January 2018 in a deal worth up to £142m from Premier League side ?Liverpool, but he has failed to perform to the levels expected of him by the demanding Barcelona supporters. 

Alba was full of praise for his teammate, saying: “He’s a great player. He’s one of the most talented players in the world and I wish him well.”


Philippe Coutinho Loan Fee Revealed as Brazil Star Is Pictured Arriving in Germany for Medical

Philippe Coutinho has been pictured in southern Germany ahead of his impending move to Bayern Munich, while the actual fee the club will pay for the Barcelona forward has also been revealed.

The Brazilian has been heavily linked with a move away from Barcelona this summer, with La Blaugrana desperate to rid themselves of the forward, who has failed miserably to justify his hefty price tag since moving to Catalonia from Liverpool for a fee that could have potentially risen to £142m.

With a whole host of clubs rejecting the chance to sign the 27-year-old this window, previously unlinked ?Bayern have swooped in to sign the ?Barcelona forward on an initial loan deal as they eyed replacements for the departed Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.

Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidži? has also confirmed the deal, stating as quoted by ?Calciomercato: “I can confirm that Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and I have been in Barcelona and we have reached an agreement with the club, the player and the agent. We are very happy to bring this player to Bayern.”

Philippe Coutinho

Images have also surfaced online of Coutinho arriving in Bavaria ahead of putting pen-to-paper on the one-year loan deal with an option to buy. However, ?Bild have dismissed suggestions that the loan fee would be as high as €20m, instead claiming it will be €8.5m.

Where the confusion may have arisen is over the player’s current salary, a staggering €13m per year. The German publication have revealed that Bayern will pay the entirety of his wages, however, the loan fee will stand at the aforementioned figure.

While the loan fee is less than previously touted, the option to purchase Coutinho will remain at €120m, an option Die Roten may or may not choose to take next summer. 

If Bayern do opt to make Coutinho’s move permanent next season, he will become the most expensive player in ?Bundesliga history, surpassing the €100m-mark for the first time in the competition’s existence.

It is becoming a case of two wingers out, two wingers in at the Allianz Arena after Bayern confirmed the signing of Ivan Perisic from Inter on a similar loan deal with an option to buy.