Raphinha, De Jong, Lewandowski, Kessié… Laporta is very talkative about Barca’s transfer window

At the end of a day honoring Johan Cruyff, FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta took the opportunity to take stock of the various transfer window rumors about the club. Raphinha, Koundé, Kessie, Christensen, Lewandowski, de Jong and Koulibaly, he doesn’t skip a topic.

During a day of tributes to Johan Cruyff this Saturday, FC Barcelona President ​​Joan Laporta took the opportunity to say a few words about the next transfers and has already formalized the arrival of two future recruits.

Kessié and Christensen join this week, Raphinha ‘wants to come to Barça’

“We’re going to introduce Kessié on Wednesday and Christensen on Thursday,” the Catalan leaders began before unpacking all the truth about the rest of Barcelona’s summer transfer window. After giving news about Ousmane Dembélé, whose extension at Barça is nearing completion according to Sport, he mentioned Raphinha’s potential transfer.

“We spoke to Leeds, I think they will not be offended that we spoke personally (to the player), he claims. we have communication What happens is that there are other clubs that want Raphinha and make their suggestions. What we also know is that he wants to come to Barca.”

“We have no intention of selling Frenkie de Jong”

FC Barcelona President Joan Laporta continued his statements on the transfer window, denying recent rumors of Frenkie de Jong moving to Manchester United and saying he wants to do everything to keep him at the club. “Frenkie de Jong is one of the best midfielders in the world and a Barça player,” the leader insists. There are several clubs that want him, not just Manchester United, but we have no intention of selling him and the player wants it also.” stay. It is very important to take the player’s opinion into account. He’s very attached to the club, to Barcelona and I’ll do everything to make him stay, but it’s also a question of salary and it has to be adjusted.”

The big record of this transfer window has Joan Laporta in doubt: will Robert Lewandowski join Barça this summer? “Lewandowski is a Bayern player,” replies the president after a pause before answering. Everyone knows he’s a great player, but I prefer to be discreet because he’s a Bayern player. We know he has said publicly that he wants to join Barca and we’re very flattered, but we have every respect for Bayern Munich, who are one of the best clubs in the world. We respect each other between clubs.”

“Many players want to go to Barça”

Regarding the extension of Gavi, whose contract expires at the end of next season, Laporta assures that “everything is going very, very well”. “We are very happy with how everything has turned out with Iván De la Peña and with the player,” added the coach, while the Catalan press leaked the opposite.

The question of the central hinge was also raised, in particular the possible transfer of Kalidou Koulibaly, Napoli defender, who often appears in Barça’s names. But the same response from Laporta as from Lewandowski, with a small spade to the other clubs: “Koulibaly? I don’t want to talk about other players, our advantage is that many players want to come to Barça.”

“With these 15% of the rights we would no longer have to sell”

Another player mentions: Jules Koundé. While some media announced this week that Barça was now alone in the file, Joan Laporta refuses to get carried away: “Jules Koundé? We have to talk to Mateu Alemany (the club’s general manager) about it, but we have a lot of cards, we will work a lot this week. There are many obstacles and we hope to solve them.”

This is reflected in the club’s future cash inflows, which are expected to arrive after the second economic lever is lifted early next week. “The first lever allowed us to close the year on a positive note, which helps us to be financially credible,” the manager continues. Now we have to activate the second one and if we can do it, which won’t be easy, everyone will allow it.” Players will be committed 1 to 1. (…) With these 15% of the rights we would no longer have to sell.”

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