Joan Laporta spoke about the club’s operations during the summer transfer window

Joan Laporta spoke about the club’s operations during the summer transfer window

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07 Jul 2022
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At the press conference, one of the surprising names which came up was that of Cristiano Ronaldo. After the former Real Madrid star expressed his desire to leave Manchester United this summer, the Camp Nou has emerged as a rumoured possible destination.

Laporta admitted to having had dinner with Mendes recently but refused to comment on whether or not they had discussed Ronaldo

On Wednesday, Barcelona presented new signing Franck Kessie, and president Joan Laporta spoke about the club’s operations during the summer transfer window. At the press conference, one of the surprising names which came up was that of Cristiano Ronaldo. After the former Real Madrid star expressed his desire to leave Manchester United this summer, the Camp Nou has emerged as a rumoured possible destination. Ronaldo’s agent is Jorge Mendes, and Laporta admitted to having had dinner with him recently but refused to comment on whether or not they had discussed Ronaldo. “I’m not going to talk about the players we discussed at dinner,” said Laporta. “It’s always interesting to talk to him and find out about certain players on the market.”

Barca don’t want to sell Frenkie De Jong

Another rumour involving the Catalan club and Manchester United centres upon midfielder Frenkie De Jong, but Laporta suggested that the Dutchman is not for sale. Not this window, at any rate. “He’s a Barcelona player,” said Laporta. “And unless we are interested in selling him in the future, he’s a Barcelona player. We don’t want to sell him and we know he has offered. We don’t want to sell right now, but it could interest us.” In terms of the potential outgoings, Laporta wouldn’t be drawn too much either. One player who is half in and half out is Ousmane Dembele, who is technically a free agent but remains in discussions over a possible extension. “There’s no date set as a deadline,” Laporta said. “We’re uncertain because we’re trying to make signings, and we can’t.”

“We are working by talking to players who interest us, telling them to wait until we can sign. Dembele has an offer, they replied, and we’re still talking. And we’re prepared to keep talking as long as it interests us to do so.” Laporta insisted that there is no deadline for Dembele, but that time is a factor and that Barcelona will have to make other moves if he decides to move on. They may have to cut ties at a certain point, but they aren’t prepared to say when that might be. As for incomings, it all depends once more on juggling the club’s finances and securing new investments. Laporta is confident soon, they will be able to enter the market as a strong force, but right now, they have to lay the groundwork patiently and wait.

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