Barcelona Transfer News Roundup: Russian prodigy to sue Real Madrid for Barca. Club interested in 20 year-old Uruguayan striker. 12 December 2021

After losing 3-0 to Bayern Munich midweek, Barcelona was eliminated from the UEFA Champions League. Xavi Hernandez will have to do a lot of work in trying to make the club great again. The Catalans are now out of the Champions League knockout stage for the first time in 20-years.

Barcelona Transfer News Roundup: Russian prodigy to sue Real Madrid for Barca. Club interested in 20 year-old Uruguayan striker. 12 December 2021

Let's now take a look at some of the most notable stories that have been published about Barcelona since 12 December 2021.

After his team crashed out of the UEFA Champions League finals, Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez identified the root cause. According to the club legend, psychological reasons are behind the team's troubles.

He stated that while his players are talented, they need to be more courageous to maximize their potential.

Xavi spoke to the media ahead of Osasuna's match with the Catalans.

It is more psychological than a football issue. It is their job to believe it. We encourage them to be bold and courageous. It's not worth it to play 6/10 or 7/10 in Barcelona. Excellence is what you must strive for. This is what's missing. Courage, ambition and not settling for less is what Barcelona does. We are close to what we want, if we can be brave and understand the game. The squad is able to compete and win titles. There was also a psychological element to the Bayern game, but it also showed that some habits had been lost. "Arsen Zakhaaryan wants Barcelona moveArsen Zakhaaryan in training (pic cred : WeAintGotNoHistory).

Arsen Zakharyan, an 18-year-old Russian prodigy, is widely regarded as the most promising young prospect in Russia. At the age of 17, he rose up the ranks at Dynamo Moscow, and made his senior debut.

This midfielder has been a key player in the senior team's senior side and has already put in impressive performances. In 17 appearances, he has contributed seven assists and scored four goals across all competitions.

Real Madrid and Barcelona are potential suitors to Zakharyan. El Nacional reports that Barcelona is poised to take a lead over their arch rivals. The 18-year old favors a move at the Camp Nou to replace Real Madrid.

Barcelona has been hit hard by the injuries to Martin Braithwaite and Sergio Aguero. The club is in dire need of a striker now that Memphis Depay has joined them at the treatment table.

Mundo Deportivo reports that Barcelona has their sights set on Agustin Alvarez, a 20-year old Uruguayan striker. Already, the youngster has been compared to legendary Urugayan marksmen such as Edinson Cavani or Luis Suarez.

Alvarez rose up the ranks at Uruguayan team Penarol, making his senior debut in September 2020. Alvarez scored an assist in Uruguay's 4-2 win over Bolivia in September 2020.

In 40 games across all competitions, he has provided five assists and scored 23 goals for Penarol. Alvarez is reportedly on the radar of many big clubs. Alvarez is looking to move up in his career and join one of the best European clubs.

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