Barcelona: good and bad news in the culé team

By Mariano López V.

Moved day in Barcelona. Very moved. It all started early in the morning with the press conference of the new ‘jewel’ of the club, Ferran Torres. Joan Laporta president of the institution; Mateu Alemany, football director of the ‘Barza’; and the aforementioned Torres, who arrives at the Blaugrana team from Manchester City; they responded to the concerns of the media.

The 21-year-old attacker, the second hiring of the ‘culé’ winter market after the experienced Dani Alves could not hide the happiness of reaching the team he always dreamed of defending. He even said that the signing has been preparing since the semi-final of the Nations League. “A dream has come true. It’s hard to assimilate, but I’ve always said I wanted to come. In the national team I played a good game against Italy and Mateu called my representative. At that moment I told him that whatever it was, he had to get there ”, Torres stated. Xavi’s influence also influenced the final decision: “That the coach wants you to be in the project is the most important thing. When he called me, I wanted more to come, “he added. Then, the brand new reinforcement stepped onto the Camp Nou grass with the ‘Barza’ kit, to the applause of their new fans.

However, they were not all smiles. Hours after the day’s training (held open doors), Barcelona’s official networks were in charge of confirming that both Ferran Torres and Pedri had tested positive for COVID-19. For the concern of Xavi and his coaching staff, who come to plan the match against Mallorca with 17 casualties, said news leaves open the possibility that other members of the practice have also been infected. We will see.

And although the star of the day should be Ferran Torres, Joan Laporta took the vast majority of headlines. The boss of Barcelona was extremely enthusiastic about the sporting and economic “resurrection” of his institution, for which he decided to send a message to all his rivals. “We continue to be a reference in the soccer market. Everyone can prepare because we have returned. We are a reference, and the example is that Ferran is here. We will soon see the resurgence of the ‘Barza’ ”, he declared.

When asked about the possible hiring of Norwegian striker Erling Haaland Laporta, he assured that “everything is possible.” “All the great players contemplate the possibility of coming. We have to take into account many parameters, the sporty one and also the economic one. We are progressing well ”, he declared.

Mateu Alemany, Barcelona football director

“The arrival of signings will depend on the exits. We will decide with Xavi if it is necessary to give the green light to other incorporations. We have time”.