Category: La Liga

'Get rid of Origi & Solanke and get him' … These Liverpool fans keen on major attacker move

It is not the first time that Liverpool fans would have wondered what it would be like to have Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele in their ranks.

The 21-year-old was linked with a move away from the Camp Nou in the summer after he failed to find his feet during a debut season.

Disciplinary issues were also a concern, but he ended up staying with the Catalan giants.

This season Dembele has played in 10 La Liga matches, starting seven of them and has scored three goals and registered a single assist.

The winger has only played a full 90 minutes once, and was left on the bench in Barcelona’s last two Champions League matches.

According to Spanish radio station RAC 1, Barca are open to listening to offers for Dembele when the transfer window reopens in January.

Liverpool have plenty of attacking talent already, but some fans believe that the young winger would fit perfectly into Klopp’s system at Anfield.

'Please don't leave' – These Chelsea fans debate future of 24-year-old Sarri loves in big games

Mateo Kovacic was one of only a few signings that Chelsea made in the summer transfer window.

The midfielder was linked to a handful of Premier League clubs, but he ended up signing for the Blues on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.

Since moving to Stamford Bridge, the Croatian, who is valued at £27m by Transfermarkt, has played in 11 games in all competitions, starting nine of them – including twice against Liverpool and once against Manchester United.

At the weekend the midfielder was named on the bench for the Blues’ 4-0 rout over Burnley but he did not make an appearance.

Kovacic faces a battle to maintain a spot in Maurizio Sarri’s team as Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have begun to find form.

This could affect whether or not he joins Chelsea on a permanent deal or return to Madrid next summer.

As reported by the London Evening Standard, Kovacic was recently asked about his future by reporters, to which he replied:

“It’s too early for these questions, I am here and very happy. [Playing regularly] is good, I’m a little bit tired. I was not used to playing every three or four games and here it is very tough football.

“You can’t relax against anybody so it’s a little bit difficult but I really enjoy it. We have a great team, great fans and the city is nice. I like it a lot here.”

Chelsea fans have given their reactions to the midfielder’s remarks via Reddit.

Opinion: West Ham must make January move for Champions League winner to ease Yarmolenko blow

West Ham United should make an attempt to sign Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi on loan during the January transfer window.

What’s the word, then?

West Ham spent big in the summer, and despite an inconsistent start to the season, there is no question that the Hammers have shown signs of encouragement.

Andriy Yarmolenko was one of those who had just started to put together a good run of form, but the 28-year-old – a £17.5m arrival from Borussia Dortmund – picked up an Achilles injury against Tottenham Hotspur on October 20.

Yarmolenko is expected to be out of action for the next six months, and that might well force West Ham into the loan market at the start of 2019.

A number of players have been linked with moves to the London Stadium, but West Ham should consider an approach for Barcelona forward Munir.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Munir is close to signing a new long-term deal at Camp Nou, but he should be available on loan in January.

Why would Munir make a difference?

Munir made his first-team debut for Barcelona during the 2014-15 campaign, and has managed 11 goals and 10 assists in his 50 appearances for the Catalan giants.

The attacker has spent the last two seasons on loan with Valencia and Alaves, but stayed at Camp Nou during the recent window, and has made five appearances for the club this season.

Munir showed last season at Alaves that he is capable of producing on a consistent basis, having found the back of the net on 14 occasions in 37 appearances.

At 23, Munir is at the stage of his career where he will want to be playing regular football, and he is completely different to the options that West Ham currently have available.

It would be a relatively low-cost deal if terms could be agreed, and versatile Munir – a Champions League winner with Barcelona – is certainly capable of playing a key role at the London Stadium.

'More likely Hazard will want to leave' – Many Chelsea fans debate who could get Real Madrid job

Real Madrid made a major announcement on Monday, confirming that Julen Lopetegui had been sacked as manager.

One would not think that such news concerned Chelsea fans, but following reports that their former manager Antonio Conte is a contender, some have taken an interest in the developments.

The Italian has been favourite to take the hotseat at the Bernabeu for some time, but according to Marca, his appointment has stalled because the former Chelsea boss has demanded that the club make two new signings.

Castilla coach Santiago Solari has been put in interim charge of Los Blancos, but many Blues supporters are hoping that Conte takes the role.

Their main reason being that they do not think that Eden Hazard will move to Madrid with Conte at the helm.

In a discussion on Reddit, some Chelsea fans debated other possible targets for the role, with one urging Madrid to take Mauricio Pochettino from Tottenham Hotspur.

A few also spoke of the possibility of Belgium boss Roberto Martinez becoming the next head coach of the Spanish giants.

'Would take him back in a heartbeat' – These Liverpool fans react as former star shines

Every striker goes through a dry spell, but when that happens at a club like Barcelona, the scrutiny is much more intense.

Luis Suarez remains one of the Catalan giant’s top hitters, but his goalscoring prowess has not been seen on a consistent basis this season.

In fact, before last weekend, the forward had netted four goals in nine La Liga outings.

On Sunday, though, Suarez was one of the stars of the show as he scored a hat-trick against arch rivals Real Madrid in the first El Clasico of the season.

The Uruguayan contributed to a 5-1 thumping for Barcelona at the Camp Nou, and his performance attracted the attention of some Liverpool fans.

The majority of the Reds’ fanbase still have a place for Suarez in their hearts as he was a major figure at Anfield during his two-and-a-half-year spell between 2011 and 2014.

The 31-year-old scored 82 goals and registered 47 assists in 133 appearances in all competitions.

The attacking talent of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane means that Suarez’s absence is not as heavily felt as it used to be, but some fans would welcome him back.

Others, though, just wanted to praise the attacker for his goalscoring efforts against Los Blancos.