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12 Jan 2020 18:34:18
Question for Ed002, would you be able to give a list of ins and outs/ outlined plans at Barcelona please?

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{Ed002's Note - Barcelona have to resolve a financial issue before anything of note happens:
Lukas Klostermann (RB) keen to take him
Emerson (LWB) looking unlikely but have enquired.
Virgil van Dijk (CB) will not be able to afford him.
Jan Vertonghen (CB) Free Agent – a Plan B.
N'Golo Kante (DM/CM) interest has likely gone die to the cost and serious interest from elsewhere.
Fabian Ruiz (CM) is seen as a replacement for Rakatic but also wanted by Real Madrid.
Blaise Matuidi (CM) Free Agent – a Plan B.
Angel Gomes (CM) Free Agent – a Plan C if required.
Donny van der Beek (CM) primary target of Real Madrid but they are concerned that the price is being pushed up by the interest of other clubs - which means Barcelona could turn to van der Beek if Real Madrid push for their other target, Ruiz.
Stefano Sensi (CM) Inter plan on taking up their option to buy but Barcelona have spoken with Sassuolo and want to buy out his loan in January and sign him in the summer. I would think unlikely.
Dani Olmo (AM/W) a primary target.
Bilel Hassaini (RW) a mess, I would forget it.
Isaac Lihadji (RW) kiddie from Marseille who is attracting interest of several leading sides – the lady from Marseille (who Barcelona also wish to employ) expects Barcelona to step back, but sadly not others.
Tahith Chong (RW) Free Agent – looking less likely
Mo Salah (RW/LW/F) is unlikely after kicking his agent out over ridiculous demands on more than one occasion - but player still feels that this might be his best chance to move to Real Madrid or other high profile side. - but talks have again happened with Barcelona. I would think no chance no.
Pedro (RW) Free Agent – could arrive as cover and the player wants it.
Willian (RW/LW) Free Agent but Barcelona want him in January – the player wants to stay at Chelsea.
Kylian Mbappe (RW/F) Barcelona will push but need to sell Dembele – very much desired to looks to be heading elsewhere.
Jadon Sancho (RW) down the list and too expensive for Barcelona. Would want assurances of game time and not first choice.
Victor Osimhen (S/F) One particular Liverpool scout is pressing for the club to sign him. Barcelona have also shown an interest but they have a financial issue to solve first - he only joined in the summer and Lille will resist any January bids - and it is hard to see why the player would consider a career on the bench. Spurs have looked at him and spoken with his agent. A senior Chelsea scout has also been watching the player who could be seen as an option to their primary striker targets - but their need is for January rather than the summer. There was serious interest from Arsenal when he was much younger but he opted for Wolfsburg. Wolves, Real Madrid, Valencia and Napoli also have a declared interest.
Neymar (LW/F) very much first choice.
Donyell Malen (F/W) rather raw Arsenal reject who has done well at PSV, is well liked if a little moody, but may not be able to make the step up. Rather unlikely if there is interest at the €50M asking price at all but Barcelona has asked about availability and have gone as far as asking if they can have a doctor take a look at his knee injury.
Dries Mertens (S/LW) Free Agent – makes no sense.
Lautaro Martinez (S) Inter will face serious interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona - who see him as a Suarez replacement
Kryzsztof Piatek (S) Barcelona will look to the Milan fire sale but I suspect he will head elsewhere.
Edison Cavani (S) Free Agent – a filler if needed but will take the coming months to organise a deal elsewhere

Outbound perhaps:
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (G)
Nelson Semedo (RB)
Moussa Wague (RB) Barcelona do not want to sell MW but need to do some work on their finances before June 30 and may listen to a good offer. Lille, Southampton, Bayer Leverkusen and probably others have declared an interest.}
Samuel Umtiti (CB) decision is that he is not up to scratch - to be sold
Jean-Clair Todibo (CB) will only be sold with a buy-back clause and €25M - plenty of interest but Barcelona do not see him as good enough - will be available in January and is being offered around to clubs including Everton, Inter, Manchester United. But Milan already in talks and interest from Bayer Leverkusen and Southampton.
Arturo Vidal (DM/CM)
Ivan Rakitic (CM)
Ousmane Dembele (LW/RW/F)
Antoine Griezmann (F/W) could be moved on if things don't improve
Lionel Messi (F) maybe 2021 - much will depend on offers
Luiz Suarez (F)


1.) 12 Jan 2020 22:23:48
Thanks Ed002, surprised to see Ter Stegen on the 'Outs' list.


 

 

19 Dec 2019 12:52:38
Question for Ed002 if you're around, do Barcelona have any plans to replace Valverde in the near future? The football is miserable, tepid, uninspiring and boring to watch and the fans seem to have had enough aswell.

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{Ed002's Note - Yes, they will replace him at some point.}


1.) 19 Dec 2019 14:45:45
Any immediate plans? i. e. the coming weeks?

{Ed002's Note - I cannot sensibly answer such questions.)


 

 

 

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09 Jan 2020 23:58:02
Question for Ed001, what's gone wrong at Barcelona Ed? They are playing some awful football, dropping points for fun, it's horrendous compared to their usual standard. What's your opinion on Valverde as the coach? The miserable defence? The past it Rakitic and Busquets? When Messi doesn't perform, it seems as if the rest of the team are playing like they've never played with each other before.

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{Ed001's Note - Valverde is an awful coach and their recruitment is terrible. That is why they are struggling. They have been trying to replace Rakitic, Busquets and the defence for years, but they can't find an upgrade even though the players they have are so long in the tooth.

It doesn't help that Messi has too much power behind the scenes and they involve him in every decision on recruitment. By now they should have realised he hasn't a clue about that side of things, for all his ability on the pitch.

They need to rip it all apart and start again from the top. Their only real hope is that the rest of Spanish football is worse so they can win things, if they carry on like this. It doesn't matter how good Messi is, you can't just have a team which is him + 10 others. It needs to be 11 players working together towards the win. Instead everyone else on the pitch works, while Messi watches until the ball comes to him. That doesn't work long term as the other players eventually get fed up of having to do extra work to cover him, no matter how good he is. Then, the moment he has an off day, it all falls apart.

They are in danger of falling apart properly.}


1.) 10 Jan 2020 12:34:27
Surprised Valverde wasn't sacked after the Roma game in 2018, but remember Ed002 saying there was an issue in getting Quique Setien (correct me if i'm wrong) .

Completely agree with the recruitment, wasted money on Coutinho and Dembele, Griezmann is currently out of sorts on the LW, defensively they still play the hopeless Sergi Roberto, couple that with Pique who just isn't good enough anymore, injury prone Umtiti and Lenglet (why on earth did they buy him? He isn't good at anything), luckily they have Ter Stegen in goal, excellent goalkeeper.

Good point on the Messi +10 others Ed001, it was blindingly obvious at Anfield, pass it to Messi and if you can't do that, then we're in big trouble because the rest of the team struggle to play any other way. Remember you saying the Coutinho money should have been spent on Saul Niguez, a midfield three of Saul-Arthur-De Jong would definitely imrpove Barcelona, Busquets legs have given way, even more exposed now he isn't carried by Xavi and Iniesta, same for Rakitic who's also past it. Need a massive rebuild now, my preferred choice would be Ten Haag Ed001, agree?


2.) 10 Jan 2020 12:34:27
Surprised Valverde wasn't sacked after the Roma game in 2018, but remember Ed002 saying there was an issue in getting Quique Setien (correct me if i'm wrong) .

Completely agree with the recruitment, wasted money on Coutinho and Dembele, Griezmann is currently out of sorts on the LW, defensively they still play the hopeless Sergi Roberto, couple that with Pique who just isn't good enough anymore, injury prone Umtiti and Lenglet (why on earth did they buy him? He isn't good at anything), luckily they have Ter Stegen in goal, excellent goalkeeper.

Good point on the Messi +10 others Ed001, it was blindingly obvious at Anfield, pass it to Messi and if you can't do that, then we're in big trouble because the rest of the team struggle to play any other way. Remember you saying the Coutinho money should have been spent on Saul Niguez, a midfield three of Saul-Arthur-De Jong would definitely imrpove Barcelona, Busquets legs have given way, even more exposed now he isn't carried by Xavi and Iniesta, same for Rakitic who's also past it. Need a massive rebuild now, my preferred choice would be Ten Haag Ed001, agree?

{Ed001's Note - they should get Setien now. He plays fantastic footie. But Ten Hag would be an excellent alternative. Ten Hag would be a return to the Cruyff school there, which is the basis of their success so probably makes more sense.}


3.) 10 Jan 2020 13:26:33
Yes, either one of them would be excellent though with the way things are at Barcelona they'll end up getting someone like Koeman. Also, whilst we're on the topic of Spanish football, what's your opinion on Fede Valverde at Madrid? He looks unreal.

{Ed001's Note - very highly rated and is seen as the future. Not seen a lot of him to be honest.}


4.) 10 Jan 2020 15:20:47
He's like a hybrid, a cross between the guile and gliding-like ability of Modric and the calmness of Kroos in posession. Covers the ground easily with his long strides, good in the tackle and right now provides excellent balance in a midfield 3 for Madrid, who get overrun with just Kroos and Modric in midfield. His passing, from what i've seen looks very good aswell.

{Ed001's Note - btw, in answer to the earlier question Ed002 added his reply as well: "It is correct that they wanted Quique Setien but that is off the table. They would, if it were possible, take Pep Guardiola back - and maybe one day they will. So that brings it down to Gallardo (who River Plate will release if the opportunity arises that the coach wants) and Xavi - who I expect to be appointed (perhaps as soon as next week if Barcelona cannot hold out until the end of the season)."}


5.) 10 Jan 2020 16:57:24
Thanks Ed001 and Ed002, Xavi a good choice in your opinion Ed002?

{Ed002's Note - I have no idea as his experience is in the Middle East.}


6.) 10 Jan 2020 21:09:00
Thanks Ed002.


 

 

 

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12 Jan 2020 22:23:48
Thanks Ed002, surprised to see Ter Stegen on the 'Outs' list.

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19 Dec 2019 19:30:49
Not a problem, thanks Ed002.

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19 Dec 2019 14:45:45
Any immediate plans? i. e. the coming weeks?

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{Ed002's Note - I cannot sensibly answer such questions.)


 

 

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28 Dec 2018 14:05:36
Thanks Ed

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{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}


 

 

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28 Dec 2018 13:45:53
Wow Ed002, amazing as usual. Could i be greedy and ask where MDL is expected to be heading for now? Thanks

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{Ed002's Note - Bayern Munich or Juventus.}


 

 

 

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10 Jan 2020 21:09:00
Thanks Ed002.

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10 Jan 2020 16:57:24
Thanks Ed001 and Ed002, Xavi a good choice in your opinion Ed002?

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{Ed002's Note - I have no idea as his experience is in the Middle East.}


 

 

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10 Jan 2020 15:20:47
He's like a hybrid, a cross between the guile and gliding-like ability of Modric and the calmness of Kroos in posession. Covers the ground easily with his long strides, good in the tackle and right now provides excellent balance in a midfield 3 for Madrid, who get overrun with just Kroos and Modric in midfield. His passing, from what i've seen looks very good aswell.

scholes_18_18

{Ed001's Note - btw, in answer to the earlier question Ed002 added his reply as well: "It is correct that they wanted Quique Setien but that is off the table. They would, if it were possible, take Pep Guardiola back - and maybe one day they will. So that brings it down to Gallardo (who River Plate will release if the opportunity arises that the coach wants) and Xavi - who I expect to be appointed (perhaps as soon as next week if Barcelona cannot hold out until the end of the season)."}


 

 

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10 Jan 2020 13:26:33
Yes, either one of them would be excellent though with the way things are at Barcelona they'll end up getting someone like Koeman. Also, whilst we're on the topic of Spanish football, what's your opinion on Fede Valverde at Madrid? He looks unreal.

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{Ed001's Note - very highly rated and is seen as the future. Not seen a lot of him to be honest.}


 

 

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10 Jan 2020 12:34:27
Surprised Valverde wasn't sacked after the Roma game in 2018, but remember Ed002 saying there was an issue in getting Quique Setien (correct me if i'm wrong) .

Completely agree with the recruitment, wasted money on Coutinho and Dembele, Griezmann is currently out of sorts on the LW, defensively they still play the hopeless Sergi Roberto, couple that with Pique who just isn't good enough anymore, injury prone Umtiti and Lenglet (why on earth did they buy him? He isn't good at anything), luckily they have Ter Stegen in goal, excellent goalkeeper.

Good point on the Messi +10 others Ed001, it was blindingly obvious at Anfield, pass it to Messi and if you can't do that, then we're in big trouble because the rest of the team struggle to play any other way. Remember you saying the Coutinho money should have been spent on Saul Niguez, a midfield three of Saul-Arthur-De Jong would definitely imrpove Barcelona, Busquets legs have given way, even more exposed now he isn't carried by Xavi and Iniesta, same for Rakitic who's also past it. Need a massive rebuild now, my preferred choice would be Ten Haag Ed001, agree?

scholes_18_18

{Ed001's Note - they should get Setien now. He plays fantastic footie. But Ten Hag would be an excellent alternative. Ten Hag would be a return to the Cruyff school there, which is the basis of their success so probably makes more sense.}