Barcelona plotting shock move for Atletico Madrid star on a free transfer: Reports

Barcelona are reportedly aiming to snap up Atletico Madrid star Mario Hermoso on a free change forward of the upcoming 2024-25 marketing campaign.

Hermoso, 28, has established himself as a common starter for his facet since becoming a member of them for €25 million from RCD Espanyol in 2019. He has helped them elevate a La Liga title up to now, that includes in 153 matches up to now.

A left-footed ball-playing centre-back, the Spaniard’s present deal is about to run out in June 2024. He is but to signal an extension at his crew and could be accessible for a free switch on the finish of this ongoing month.

Now, based on Fichajes.internet, Barcelona have determined to signal a new defender to strengthen their defence within the upcoming summer season. They have earmarked Hermoso as a goal attributable to his contractual scenario.

Furthermore, Barcelona supervisor Xavi Hernandez is regarded as a huge admirer of the ex-Real Madrid youth participant. He is impressed with the defender’s skill to play at each centre-back and left-back if required.

So far this season, Hermoso has helped Atletico register seven clear sheets in 24 general appearances, bagging two targets within the course of.

Xavi apologises to Barcelona followers after 4-1 Supercopa last defeat towards Real Madrid

Earlier this Sunday (January 14), Barcelona slumped to a disappointing 4-1 defeat to Real Madrid of their Supercopa de Espana last contest in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Vinicius Jr. scored a hat-trick and Rodrygo netted as soon as, whereas Robert Lewandowski bagged one purpose for his membership.

After the tip of the ultimate on the Al-Awwal Stadium, Blaugrana boss Xavi Hernandez issued a number of apologies to his membership’s supporters for an underwhelming outing. He informed Movistar (h/t ESPN):

“It is a disgrace. We had a lot of hope going into the ultimate and we have produced our worst efficiency. We began badly, we had a likelihood to come back again, however the penalty killed the sport. We have been by no means comfy. Madrid did a lot of injury on the counter and in transition. We apologise to the followers, we did not compete, however I’ve skilled a lot of defeats with this membership. Barça will come again.”

Accepting duty for his facet’s below-par end result, Xavi concluded:

“It’s a second to express regret to the supporters and settle for the criticism that comes. We didn’t present the facet of the crew we must always have in a last, particularly towards Madrid. We have been at our worst right this moment within the worst situation attainable and it is a trophy misplaced. I’m accountable. I settle for the criticism and we are going to preserve working exhausting.”

Barcelona, who lifted the La Liga title by 10 factors final time period, are fourth within the 2023-24 league standings with 41 factors from 19 video games up to now.

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