Entertainment Pique, the betrayal?

18:40  21 october  2020
18:40  21 october  2020 Source:   sports.fr

Atlético tries to grab opportunity to sign Luis Suárez

  Atlético tries to grab opportunity to sign Luis Suárez MADRID (AP) — It had been a quiet transfer window for Atlético Madrid. The Spanish club didn’t plan on making any big signings or selling any of its top players from last season. After all, it had just gone through one of its biggest revamps under coach Diego Simeone following the departure of key players such as Antoine Griezmann, Diego Godín and Filipe Luis. Following a transitional year with a series of new players, including Portuguese forward João Félix, Simeone had his squad set and was celebrating the opportunity to enter the new season without major squad changes.

Gerard Piqué a reçu un carton rouge... avant de prolonger son contrat dans la foulée. © Supplied by Sports.fr Gerard Pique received a red card ... before extending his contract immediately. By agreeing to extend his contract with the Barcelona leaders, Gerard Piqué is at the origin of a division in the dressing room of FC Barcelona. It's an announcement that surprised everyone. Tuesday evening, after the victory of FC Barcelona against Ferencvaros (5-1) in the Champions League, the Blaugran leaders formalized the contract renewals of Marc-André Ter Stegen, Gerard Piqué, Clément Lenglet and Frenkie De Jong. This quadruple extension came at a time when the Catalan staff is in discussions with its players to modify the contracts of its players. The goal ? According to Marca , Josep Maria Bartomeu would like to reduce his players' salaries for the current season by 25%, spreading their income over the following years of their contracts. What many see as a poisoned gift for the one who will be his successor at the head of the club.

Umtiti, the transfer window of the last chance

 Umtiti, the transfer window of the last chance © Supplied by Sports.fr Panoramic In check for two years at FC Barcelona, ​​Samuel Umtiti is sharply pushed out by his management and the technical staff led by Ronald Koeman. Perpetually injured, the Blaugrana have used all their credit in Catalonia, but the contenders remain very cautious about him ... We must now go back to the 2015-2016 season to find traces of a truly full season of Samuel Umtiti , without lasting physical glitch or disabling injury.

Which camp is Pique in?

Several players have expressed their refusal to negotiate with their club, signing a letter addressed to their leaders. Including Pique . This is why it is very astonishing that the Catalan defender has agreed to discuss with his leaders to renew his lease with Barça, until 2021. Ter Stegen and De Jong, them, had not signed this letter which divides the Barcelona dressing room, so seeing them extend is a bit more consistent. Negotiations between Barça and its players officially started this Wednesday . By extending Ter Stegen, Piqué & Co, the Catalan leaders have secured a few allies. It remains to be seen in which camp Pique is really located ...

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Barcelona held by 10-man Alaves to extend winless streak in La Liga .
Barcelona made it four La Liga games without a win on Saturday after failing to beat 10-man Alaves, a 1-1 draw leaving Ronald Koeman's side sitting 12th in the table. Luis Rioja put Alaves in front at Mendizorrotza after an error from Barca goalkeeper Neto, with Antoine Griezmann equalising in the second half, a minute after Jota Peleteiro was sent off. But with almost half an hour left and an extra man, Barcelona were still unable to find a winner, instead settling for a draw to go with recent defeats by Getafe and Real Madrid, and another draw against Sevilla.

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