Former Barcelona head coach Quique Setien has put out a public statement out-lining his intention to sue the club over his dismissal. The Spanish manager was ousted from his role following Barcelona’s 8-2 evisceration at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League. However, Setien alleged that he had only received formal intimation of his sacking on mid September, almost a full month after his public dismissal.
In addition, he is also suing Barcelona to obtain the €4 million that is contractually owed to him through the 2020-21 season. [Eder Sarabia, Jon Pascua and Fran Soto], who worked as coaches during Setien’s tenure, are also suing the club. A statement put out through Setien’s Twitter handle reads:
“After a month of absolute silence from the FC Barcelona board of directors, and after various requests from us, it was not until this mid-week that we finally received the first official communications, via “buro-fax”. These communications reveal the clear intention of the directive not to comply with their employment contracts dated 01/14/2020.
“In my case, Quique Setien, it is public and well known that on August 17, both the Club and the President announced my dismissal with immediate effect. However, it was not until September 16 (a month later), that they sent me, for the first time, the written communication of said dismissal (without any settlement).
Bayern Munich have initiated contact with Ajax over a potential transfer of reported Barcelona target ‘Sergino Dest’ this summer, as per reports. The United States of America international has been tipped as one of the most exciting young players to have broken onto the scene in recent times. Dest has impressed profoundly with his performances in both, the Eredivisie and the UEFA Champions League, which helped him garner interest from several of Europe’s top clubs.
The Blaugrana have reportedly contacted the 19-year-old’s agents. As per reliable football insider Fabrizio Romano, Bayern Munich are better placed to land Ajax wonder kid Sergino Dest in comparison to Barcelona. The Catalans are also keen on signing the young star, but face a pressing issue that needs to be dealt with first.
Barcelona need to sell players before they can sign anyone, which is something that Bayern Munich hope to capitalise upon. The former La Liga champions will have to find a buyer for current right-back Nelson Semedo to facilitate a move for Dest.
The report claims that this is also the reason for the delay in Memphis Depay’s transfer to Barcelona. The Dutch forward is widely expected to move to the Nou Camp from Olympique Lyon this summer, and although Barcelona have a deal in place with Depay, Barcelona will have to off-load a few players first.
Luis Suarez is the man who could pave the way for the former Manchester United man at the Nou Camp. Meanwhile, Bayern Munich who are aware that Barcelona need to sell before recruiting new players, hope to find an agreement for Dest.
Reputed Dutch journalist “Mike Verweij” [via Fabrizio Romano] reported that the Bavarians’ representatives have already met with Dest’s agents in Amsterdam to negotiate a deal for the USA international. Should Bayern Munich complete the capture of Dest, he would be a direct replacement for Alvaro Odriozola, who returned to Real Madrid from his loan spell at the Allianz Arena. Dest would compete with the likes of Benjamin Pavard as well as Joshua Kimmich for a spot on the right-hand side of the treble-winners’ defence.
Barcelona, on the other hand, would hope to beat the Bavarians to Dest’s signature as it would solve a long-term issue for them. Right-back has been an issue for the Catalans since the departure of club legend Dani Alves, and the likes of Sergi Roberto and Semedo have failed to make the spot their own.
Ronald Koeman has been appointed as Barcelona’s manager, but he may not have received that position ‘officially’ as a report in Cadena Cope says that the club are yet to part ways with Quique Setien. The report also said that the former Barcelona manager is yet to receive his compensation package, and he is still waiting for it.
The report further said that Setien wants to be paid in full for the final year of his contract, but the club are yet to decide or negotiate with him in this regard. Cadena Cope’s report suggests that Ronald Koeman will not be able to officially take charge of a Barcelona match unless the Setien situation is resolved.
Ronald Koeman praises “Konrad de la Fuente”. Barcelona were involved in a pre-season friendly where they defeated Girona 3-1. The Catalan side were impressive in that fixture, and Ronald Koeman was full of praises for youngster Konrad de la Fuente. Talking to the media after the pre-season friendly, Koeman said:
“We know we have really good young players here. The important thing is being involved in training at a good level and then taking that into these friendly games. If I had to high-light one of the youngsters, I would say Konrad, I am really happy with him. But we also have Pedri, Riqui. We have a great future ahead of us.”
Barcelona were linked with a stunning move for Lautato Martinez this summer, but a fresh report suggests that Romelu Lukaku was their top target. The report says that Ronald Koeman was keen on signing the Belgian striker this summer, but the club could not fund the move.
The former Chelsea and Manchester United striker was reportedly seen by the new Barcelona manager as the ideal replacement for Luis Suarez.
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