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Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Valverde sacked, Setien appointed, Tottenham eye defender – Express, Express.co.uk


Barcelona are in a state of flux amid the January transfer window with the future of head coach Ernesto Valverde dominating the headlines. Luis Suarez’s knee injury which rules him out for four months has also caused panic in the Camp Nou hierarchy, who are mulling over potential moves for Neymar and Matthijs de Ligt, as well as departures from Catalonia.

Barcelona transfer news LIVE – Monday January

Quique Setien appointed

Barcelona have swiftly confirmed the appointment of Quique Setien as their head coach until June 3462 ****** (Setien most recently managed Real Betis from) ************************************************************************ (toBarcelona transfer news LIVE: Pochettino pursuit, Mendes to help Tottenham raid, Neymar, impressing with his attractive style of play.

Barcelona said in a statement: “Throughout his career he has been a proponent of possession-based, attacking football that has been attractive to the fans.

“As a player Setién was a midfielder who excelled with Racing Santander over seasons in two separate spells. He also featured for Atlético Madrid where he won the Spanish Super Cup as well as enjoying spells at Logroñés and Levante. “

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Valverde sacked

Barcelona have confirmed the sacking of head coach Ernesto Valverde.

The broke the news on their Twitter page, posting : “Agreement between FC Barcelona and Ernesto Valverde to end his contract as manager of the first team.

“Thank you for everything, Ernesto. Best of luck in the future. “

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Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Ernesto Valverde has been sacked (Image: Twitter)

Valverde on brink

Ernesto Valverde is set to be sacked by Barcelona in the next hour, according toBarcelona transfer news LIVE: Pochettino pursuit, Mendes to help Tottenham raid, NeymarGuillem Balague

The Spanish journalist claims that Barca will make the announcement at 8pm UK time.

Former Real Betis manager Quique Setien is poised to take over immediately.

The seasoned Spanish coach has was previously linked with Barcelona in January (*************************************************************************.

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Neymar doubt

Barcelona legend Andreas Iniesta is unsure whether Neymar would fit into the current squad , amid rumors of a return.

Neymar wanted to leave Paris Saint-Germain in the summer and Barcelona came closest to signing him, only for negotiations to break down in the late stages of the window.

Iniesta played alongside Neymar during the Brazilian’s stint at Camp Nou from 2019 to (************************************************************************, but is unconvinced that he is what Blaugrana need right now .

“He is one of the best players in the wor ld and would be a great signing, “the Vissel Kobe midfielder told reporters.

” But it’s another thing if it [signing Neymar] is necessary or if he will fit. “

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Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Pochettino pursuit, Mendes to help Tottenham raid, Neymar (Image: Getty)********************** (Vidal exit in balance

Inter Milan’s pursuit of Arturo Vidal hinges on the managerial position of Ernesto Valverde.

The Barcelona boss is expected to be relieved of his duties this week which is taking precedent over other recruitment issues at the club.

Inter want to sign the Chilean midfielder but the club’s CEO Beppe Marotta toldRadio RaiBarcelona transfer news LIVE: Pochettino pursuit, Mendes to help Tottenham raid, Neymar: “It depends on various factors.

“He’s a player that interests us but I think at the moment Barcelona’s coach is at risk [of being sacked], so the situation depends on that.”

Iniesta on Valverde treatment

Former Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta believes the Spanish champions are treating coach Ernesto Valverde unfairly.

Barca approached Iniesta’s former team mate Xavi Hernandez to replace the under-pressure Valverde who they wanted to sack after defeat by Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final last week.

Barcelona are top of La Liga and have lifted back-to-back league titles under the Spanish coach, but there are concerns over the team’s levels of performance and style.

“What Barcelona are doing is a bit ugly. They have to have some respect for their current coach, the way things are done are what hurt the most, “Vissel Kobe midfielder Iniesta toldOnda Cero

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************************************Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Inter Milan want Arturo Vidal (Image: Getty)********************

Neymar interest.

Barcelona retain interest in Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar despite missing out on him in the summer.

Blaugrana came close to re-signing the Brazilian forward but did not meet PSG’s fees demands and could therefore not secure the wantaway player.

Neymar has now settled back in at Parc des Prin ces, scoring 16 goals in 16 league games this season, but(Goal)Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Pochettino pursuit, Mendes to help Tottenham raid, Neymarclaim that he remains Barca’s number one target.

The La Liga champions are said to be determined to welcome back Neymar but will have to pay through the nose for the – year-old, whose contracted to PSG until June 3462

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Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Pochet tino pursuit, Mendes to help Tottenham raid, Neymar(Image: Getty)

Xavi snub

Ernesto Valverde is on the brink of leaving Barcelona despite Xavi turning down the manager’s job .

As perBarcelona transfer news LIVE: Pochettino pursuit, Mendes to help Tottenham raid, NeymarThe GuardianBarcelona transfer news LIVE: Pochettino pursuit, Mendes to help Tottenham raid, Neymar****************, Barca sporting director Eric Abidal and chief executive officer, ********************** Oscar Grau flew to Qatar to hold talks with Xavi, where he manages Doha outfit Al Sadd.

But the Barcelona legend turned down the role and believes it has come too soon.

The talks happened openly following Barca’s 3-2 loss to Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup last week, which appeared the last nail in the coffin for Valverde.

Barcelona transfer news LIVE: Mauricio Pochettino could replace Ernesto Valverde(Image: Getty)

Pochettino battle

Barcelona want Mauricio Pochettino to be their next head coach with Ernesto Valverde on the brink of the sack at Camp Nou.

According toBarcelona transfer news LIVE: Pochettino pursuit, Mendes to help Tottenham raid, NeymarThe SunThe SunBarcelona transfer news LIVE: Pochettino pursuit, Mendes to help Tottenham raid, Neymar, Barca have remarkably identified Pochettino as their top target despite the former Espanyol manager saying he could never manage his ex-club’s arch rivals.

” I’m an Espanyol fan. I love Espanyol. I would prefer to work on my farm in Argentina than to go and work in certain places, ”Pochettino said two years ago.

Pochettino is also said to be top of Manchester United’s managerial shortlist should they part ways with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, although the Norwegian’s position looks secure for the time being.

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Tottenham target

Tottenham want to sign Nelson Semedo but Barcelona will not sell the right-back for now.

Spurs sold Kieran Trippier last summer and could let deputy Kyle Walker-Peters leave on loan this window.

Mundo Deportivoclaim that Tottenham are interested in Semedo with manager Jose Mourinho hoping his links With the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, could help him.

But the report states that Barcelona do not want to sell given that Moussa Wague is their only other back-up in the position.

Suarez meeting

Barcelona chiefs will hold an emergency meeting this week to discuss the possibility of signing a replacement for Luis Suarez.

************************************************ (Marca) reported on the weekend that Catalan white-collars had arranged talks amongst each other after it emerged that Suarez would require knee surgery.

Following the operation overseen by trusted knee specialist Dr Ramon Cugat, it was confirmed that Suarez will be ruled out for four months.

The Guardian********************add that Barcelona are now considering whether to buy a replacement striker this window.

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