Updates on a potential exit from and arrival at the Camp Nou this summer have been forthcoming online on Saturday afternoon.
The situation at La Liga giants Barcelona has of course taken centre stage across the European media over the last couple of weeks.
This comes on the back of yet another embarrassing exit from the Champions League, courtesy of an 8-2 drubbing at the hands of eventual champions Bayern Munich.
Grabbing the majority of the headlines over the time since has been Lionel Messi, who, up until this week, appeared almost certain to depart Catalunya, after making his intentions to seek out pastures new clear.
In the end, however, Barcelona essentially forced their captain’s arm, resulting in the Argentine begrudgingly confirming that he will in fact continue with the club until the expiration of his contract next summer:
🚨 WORLD EXCLUSIVE 🚨
Lionel Messi will NOT be leaving Barcelona, we can confirm.
We sat down with the man himself to clear up a few things 🐐
Here’s what he had to say: pic.twitter.com/NfnhGpZpXc
— Goal (@goal) September 4, 2020
Suarez out/Depay in
Whilst Messi is staying put, however, it is an altogether different story for a host of the Blaugrana’s other stars.
As reiterated in the media earlier today, Ronald Koeman has made clear to both Arturo Vidal and Luis Suarez that they do not feature in his plans for the season ahead.
As such, the veteran duo are expected to secure exits any day now.
And, if the latest word stemming from Spain is to be believed, then Suarez’s next destination appears all but decided.
According to Marca, the Uruguayan hitman has reached an agreement on the terms of a contract with Italian giants Juventus.
As such, all that remains is for Suarez to find a further agreement with Barcelona over the termination of his contract:
— MARCA (@marca) September 5, 2020
And, whilst one attacker prepares for an exit from the Camp Nou, another appears to be gearing up for an arrival.
The player in question? Memphis Depay.
As per a report from Barcelona-based outlet La Vanguardia, the Catalan giants have ‘finalised’ a €25 million deal, to secure the Dutch international’s signature.
This comes with Depay having just a solitary year remaining on his Lyon contract.
The 25-year-old’s addition comes at the request of fellow countryman Ronald Koeman, who helped to get the best out of Depay during the pair’s time together with the Dutch national team.
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This article was edited by Josh Barker.