Rumors: Barcelona’s top five targets, Xavi rejects offer & Neymar’s tip to replace Luis Enrique


Neymar wants Unzue to replace Lucho

We are still absolutely no closer to knowing who will take charge of Barcelona next season but one man who knows who he wants to take charge is Neymar.

UOL Esporte claim the Brazilian wants Juan Carlos Unzue to be the club’s next manager and his father has already informed Barcelona of his son’s opinion.

But why I hear you ask? Well, apparently Neymar wants Unzue as he believes he can continue the work Luis Enrique has been doing for the last three years.

Xavi turns down Barca B job

Xavi has rejected the chance to return to Camp Nou and coach the club’s reserve side, preferring to remain instead in Qatar with Al-Saad, according to AS.

The report claims Luis Enrique had wanted Xavi back at the club and was happy for him to replace Gerard López but that he was unable to tempt the 37-year-old back to Spain.

Davinson Sanchez deal close?

Marc Overmars was in Barcelona today which can only mean one thing – he’s here to tie up a deal for Davinson Sanchez, so say Sport.

Having missed out on the Colombia defender last summer Barca are keen not to miss out again and could be set to splash out up to €30m on the 20-year-old.

Barca’s top five summer targets

Mundo Deportivo have revealed Barcelona’s top five summer targets, although they will come as a surprise to absolutely no-one with the club having been linked with all of the players for weeks now.

Hector Bellerin, Theo Hernandez, Marco Verratti, Philippe Coutinho and Gerard Deulofeu are the familiar names in the frame as Barca seek a minor rebuild this summer.

Neymar wants Juan Carlos Unzue to replace Luis Enrique as Barcelona boss

 

Barcelona’s Neymar shouts during the Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Barcelona and Juventus at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Neymar has told Barcelona that he wants Juan Carlos Unzue to replace Luis Enrique as head coach, according to reports in Brazil.

Luis Enrique has confirmed that he will step down at the end of the season, and the current favourite to replace him is Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde.

But UOL Esporte claim that Neymar has made his preference for Unzue, who is Luiz Enrique’s assistant, known to Barcelona via his father.

It’s claimed that Neymar wants continuity and believes Unzue would deliver that at Camp Nou.

Barcelona 7-1 Osasuna: Community Player Ratings

Marc-André ter Stegen

Was completely wrongfooted by Torres’ free kick but otherwise had very little to do in an extremely one-side 90 minutes at Camp Nou.

BB Readers say: 6

Gill says: 6

Javier Mascherano

What a night for Javier Mascherano who finally opened his account for Barcelona after seven years with an emphatic penalty. He might have had another too, Salvatore Sirigu pushing his header onto the post. Also delivered a delicious ball to an unmarked Paco Alcacer in the box, which he might have done better with, in an all-round superb display.

BB Readers say: 10

Gill says: 9

Gerard Piqué

Was a little unlucky not to find himself on the scoresheet too with a header that looked destined for the back of the net until Mondragon hooked it clear. Showed great technique to bring the ball down in the area before hitting the post, just seconds before Gomes picked up the loose ball and slotted home.

BB Readers say: 8

Gill says: 7

Lucas Digne

A rare start for Digne and a decent display at the back against a limited Osasauna side. Got forward a few times and picked up some promising attacking positions.

BB Readers say: 6

Gill says: 7

Sergio Busquets

Not his best display by all means and was also guilty of giving the free kick away from which Torres scored Osasuna’s goal.

BB Readers say: 8

Gill says: 6

Andre Gomes

Had a nervy start to the game but improved after he thumped the ball home just under the half hour mark with a simply superb finish. Added a second with another clinical finish after latching onto a loose ball in the box and looked to visibly gain in confidence from his goals.

BB Readers say: 8

Gill says: 8.5

Ivan Rakitic

Set up Gomes for his first goal with a lovely cross and also had a hand in Messi’s second. Was a little unlucky to be denied a penalty after being barged off the ball in the box but was frequently involved and provided good supply from the right.

BB readers say: 8

Gill says: 7.5

Denis Suarez

A quietly influential display for Barcelona. He won the penalty after being brought down by Fran Merida and also set up Paco Alcacer for his second goal of the night.

BB Readers say: 7

Gill says: 7

Arda Turan

Back in action after injury and was fairly quiet although did have some good moments. Might have scored but missed with a header but was involved in Messi’s second goal.

BB Readers say: 7

Gill says: 6

Lionel Messi

Another dazzling display by Messi who set Barcelona on their way after showing great anticipation to steal possession before dinking it perfectly over Sirigu. Added a second with a precision finish before being given a well-deserved rest in the second half.

BB Readers say: 10

Gill says: 9

Paco Alcacer

Made great runs all night long but found it tough going with the slow pace of the game in the first half. A more productive showing after the break and got the goals his hard work deserved.

BB readers say: 8

Gill says: 8

Carles Alena

Was handed half an hour of first-team football with the team in cruise control.

BB readers say: 7

Gill says: 6

Luis Enrique

Made five changes for the game and this time his rotation worked well with key players allowed a deserved rest and squad members given the chance to shine.

BB readers say: 10

Gill says: 9

The Team

Lionel Messi was fantastic once again, the squad players stepped up and there were confidence-boosting goals for Andre Gomes and Paco Alcacer. Seven goals scored, three points gained and plenty of positives after a strong performance against La Liga’s bottom side.

BB Readers say: 9

Gill says: 8

Man of the Match

BB Readers say: Messi

Gill says: Probably Messi but give it to Mascherano for the goal!