By Tim Stannard
Eric Garcia may reinforce Barcelona's backline as beancounters look to balance the books on transfer deadline day
It's six-dimensional chess day at Barcelona.
Like the scene in Apollo 13 when the NASA scientists had to cobble together a contraption from spaceship parts to get Tom Hanks home, Barca's beancounters have a bunch of spreadsheets and bank accounts open trying to balance the books on the final day of the summer transfer window.
The number one target remains Memphis Depay with Ronald Koeman continuing to give his Barca team a Hollandaise sauce vibe. The Lyon forward played just 21 minutes of his side's 1-1 draw against Marseille on Monday ahead of a potential move on Monday.
The club's sporting director, Juninho, revealed that the player has an agreement with Barcelona but admitted that "It is possible that Memphis signs for Barcelona tomorrow, but it is not certain."
That deal hinges a great deal on what happens to French forward, Ousmane Dembele. Manchester United are reinforcing their attack - despite shipping in six against Tottenham on Sunday - and it looks like Dembele would need to go before Depay can come in to fund the move.
Barca are also making a final play for Manchester City defender, and former Barca youth-teamer, Eric Garcia. To make way for the Spanish stopper, Barca are trying to ease Jean-Clair Todibo to Fulham for a fee of around $22 million, which would be enough to bring in Garcia from the EPL.
The Sports Burst live show will bring y'all the latest from Barcelona at 12PM ET and Hope Solo will poke through some rather telling post-match comments from Ronald Koeman on Antoine Griezmann's performance in the 1-1 against Sevilla.
"Today, [Griezmann] had two opportunities [to score] and, for a player of his quality, he should've scored either of those two chances," huffed the Dutch boss.
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Juventus lands Chiesa as PSG boost midfield
Barcelona is one of just two transfer epicenters in Europe on Monday. The other is a Juventus side, fresh from winning 3-0 against a Napoli team that never arrived for Sunday's Serie A fixture due to COVID-19 concerns.
Federico Chiesa is due to be formally announced on Monday after undergoing a medical. The 22-year-old Fiorentina winger has been a long-standing target of the Old Lady and joins on loan with an option to buy. This move could see Douglas Costa returning to Bayern Munich.
PSG's summer moves may not be done and dusted just yet. Sunday saw Italian striker, Moise Kean joining on loan from Everton, but deadline day could see the arrival of Dele Alli from Tottenham on loan. The French club has already announced the loan signing of Portuguese international defensive midfielder, Danilo Pereira, from Porto.
Atletico's Torreira move jammed by midfield overbooking
Atletico Madrid are in a curious situation on Monday. With two goalless draws back to back in LaLiga, Diego Simeone is itching to add a tough-tackling defensive midfielder to really shore up the side.
That player is Arsenal's Uruguayan midfielder, Lucas Torreira. The footballer has completed a medical ahead of a loan move from the Gunners. The problem is that there is an overbooking with the Rojiblancos and Thomas Lemar, Hector Herrera or Thomas Partey reportedly needs to be moved on before Torreira can come in. This leaves the player on the sporting standby list before he can board at the Wanda.
Monday Night Soccer will bring the late transfer news and also reflect on a LaLiga table that sees Real Madrid once again at the top. Tune into beIN SPORTS at 9:30PM ET after a Viva La Liga at 8PM which breaks down the action from Spain live from Barcelona.