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Barca are said to be digging into Dortmund star Thomas Meunier



BVB star Thomas Meunier is said to be an option at FC Barcelona.

FC Barcelona has apparently identified Thomas Meunier as a potential new signing for the defence. The Catalans have been after the BVB star before. Dortmund President Reinhard Rauball is optimistic about the new season. All the news and rumors are here.

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BVB, rumours: Are Barca digging again at Thomas Meunier?

After FC Barcelona got a basket from Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea FC), the Catalans already have an alternative in their sights: Thomas Meunier. According to information from the Spanish Sports an option for Barca coach Xavi.

According to the report, he would like a defender with international experience and Meunier fits the profile. Barca were already interested in a transfer of the 30-year-old Belgian in winter, but Dortmund put a stop to the exit as there was not enough time to find a replacement.

Meunier reported in the newspaper in April Newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws from being contacted by Jordi Cruyff, who works as an adviser to Barca management. “Dortmund are already a big club but Barca… that’s unique,” Meunier said at the time. BVB now has enough time in the transfer window to look for a replacement, speculates Sports, but Barca want to keep the transfer fee as low as possible. Sergino Dest is said to be sold for this, Manchester United are said to be interested.

Meunier made 26 competitive appearances for Borussia last season (two goals, five assists) before missing much of the second half of the season through injury. In the 3-0 win against 1860 Munich in the first round of the DFB Cup, he was back in the starting XI and played a total of 76 minutes.

BVB, News: Rauball is optimistic about the new season

BVB President Reinhard Rauball is full of confidence in the new Bundesliga season, thanks above all to Edin Terzic. The new coach of Borussia Dortmund “rightly carries the hopes of the fans,” said Rauball in the Ruhr news. “Not only because of sympathy, but because he has already proven with a title as BVB coach in a very short time that confidence is appropriate.”

Rauball also praised the transfers made in the summer before BVB started the Bundesliga against Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday (from 6.30 p.m. in LIVETICKER). “We brought valuable and necessary reinforcements into the team,” he said. “This and the good last season in the Bundesliga make me very optimistic.”

The fact that new signing Sebastien Haller will be absent for the time being after being diagnosed with testicular cancer “is primarily humanly tragic,” explained Rauball. “I’ll keep my fingers crossed for him that it will end well. Of course, such a diagnosis is a blow that’s hard to take at first. In terms of sport, an important piece of the puzzle has also been broken away for us.”

BVB, News: Terzic hopes for Moukoko extension

A potential replacement for Haller is Youssoufa Moukoko. BVB coach Terzic said before the start of the Bundesliga that he was “convinced of his qualities. His development is far from over. It would be nice and desirable if we could continue to accompany him in his development.”

He alluded to a potential contract extension for the 17-year-old storm talent. Moukoko’s current working paper expires in 2023, and Borussia should already have a ready-made contract offer. Terzic hopes for a contract extension, but the signature is still pending.

BVB: Overview of the summer timetable

date Opponent venue contest
Tuesday, July 5th Lüner SV (3:1) Schwansbell Arena, Lünen test match
Saturday July 9th Dynamo Dresden (2-0) Rudolf Harbig Stadium, Dresden test match
Thursday 14 July SC loss (5:0) Sports club arena, ext test match
Monday 18 July Valencia FC (1:3) Training camp in Altach test match
Friday 22 July Villarreal (0-2) Training camp in Altach test match
Friday 29th July TSV 1860 Munich (3:0) Stadium on Grünwalder Strasse, Munich DFB Cup, 1st round
Saturday July 30th Antalyaspor (1:1) BVB football park Hohenbuschei test match
Saturday August 6th Bayer 04 Leverkusen Westphalia Stadium, Dortmund Bundesliga, 1st matchday