Perhaps the most intriguing transfer story of Wednesday concerned Barcelona central defender Gerard Pique and newly-promoted Premier League outfit, Fulham.
Barcelona set for big changes
Pique has, of course, been an absolutely integral figure for Barcelona over the last 12 or so years.
The La Masia youth product did originally depart the Camp Nou in 2004 for Manchester United.
But since returning in 2008, Pique has notched over 500 appearances for the Catalonian outfit, playing a key role in what was arguably Barca’s most dominant period in European football under Pep Guardiola and co.
Now, though, the glory days under Guardiola are very much a distant memory, with Barca instead on a rather big decline – as illustrated by their embarrassing 8-2 hammering at the hands of Bayern Munich recently.
Following such a dismal display, Quique Setien would lose his job with it claimed in the Spanish media that all but five of Barcelona’s players were available for transfer this summer.
Said report doesn’t appear to be 100 per cent accurate as when Josep Maria Bartomeu, Barca’s president, was recently discussing transfers, he would name seven players who would not be solid in the window:
Barça president ruled out the chance of opening talks with Man United to Ousmane Démbélé: “He’ll stay. Messi, Ter Stegen, Lenglet, Semedo, De Jong, Griezmann and Démbélé are not for sale”.
J. Bartomeu also added that “Coutinho can stay here, if Koeman want him”. #transfers
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 18, 2020
Pique was, obviously, not one of the seven players named by Bartomeu, with the stopper himself stating post-Bayern that he will leave if fresh blood is needed at Barcelona.
Pique to Fulham
Now, as mentioned above, one club looks to be trying to take advantage of the recent struggles at Barca.
The outfit in question is Fulham, who recently secured a swift return to the Premier League.
And now, as per Spanish outlet Sport citing Libero:
Fulham have offered Pique the chance to return to England.
Pique currently has just under two years left on his current Barcelona deal, but it doesn’t appear as though the club are that keen to maintain his services.
And whilst it is hard to see the actual transfer sum required to sign an ageing Pique being too high, could Fulham actually afford his wages?
The report from Sport also cast some doubt over Scott Parker’s side being able to land the decorated Spaniard:
The London based club are looking to add experience to the squad after returning to England’s top flight, although Pique may prove a little out of their reach.
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