International

Valverde leaves door open to Barca signing a striker

2019-01-09 20:57
Ernesto Valverde (Getty Images)

Barcelona - Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde admitted on Wednesday the club could look to sign a new striker in January.

Valverde confirmed the Spanish-Moroccan forward Munir El-Haddadi would likely be sold this month, leaving Barca short of cover up front.

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez already have 28 goals between them this season but both will need to be rested.

Neither are expected to face Levante in the Copa del Rey on Thursday and Valverde refused to rule out the possibility of bolstering his options.

"It's something that we have to assess based on how we see it," Valverde said at a press conference.

"We always say that in the transfer windows we have to be attentive to everything, we do not know what can happen and we will see what solutions we can find."

Munir has only started only one game in La Liga this season and has rejected an offer to extend his contract, which expires in June.

Asked if Munir was no longer in his plans, Valverde said: "The club has made a decision in that sense, yes.

"He has made a decision, the club has made a decision, and what we want is a solution as soon as possible and if it can be in this window, even better."

Barca will be without Samuel Umtiti, Thomas Vermaelen and Rafinha for the round of 16 first leg away to Levante on Thursday, with the trio all out injured.

Youngsters such as Carles Alena, Oriol Busquets, Juan Miranda and Riqui Puig could all come in.

Read more on:    barcelona  |  ernesto valverde  |  soccer

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
Vote

After slow starts to their respective 2018/19 Absa Premiership campaigns, who will finish the season ranked higher?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.