FC Barcelona to sign Turkish league’s youngest goalscorer Demir, as pressure piles on Koeman


FC Barcelona have reached an agreement with Turkish club, Kayserispor, to sign attacking midfielder, Emre Demir, on a five-year deal running to 2027.

The Catalan giants will pay an initial €2 million ($2.3 million) for the 17-year-old.

Demir will remain with Super Lig side, Kayserispor, for the remainder of 2021/2022 before linking up with Barcelona B from the start of next season.

He has already featured 31 times at senior level and made history in November 2019.

That was when he became the youngest scorer in the Turkish top-flight at 15 years, nine months and 25 days old.

The youngster, who previously had a trial at Barca’s La Masia academy in 2017, will become the third Turkish player to sign for the Catalans after Rustu Recber and Arda Turan.
Meanwhile, the pressure on Ronald Koeman intensified after his FC Barcelona side were held to a dire 0-0 draw by Cadiz at Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla on Thursday.

FC Barcelona to sign Turkish league’s youngest goalscorer Demir, as pressure piles on Koeman

Speculation about the Dutchman’s future has been rife following a slow start to the LaLiga campaign.

The sluggish start had seen Barca drop points to Athletic Bilbao and Granada in their opening four games, while also losing 0-3 to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League.

Things did not get much better for the Catalan giants in Andalusia as Cadiz comfortably kept them at bay.

Their misery was compounded midway through the second half when Frenkie de Jong bagged the red card for two bookable offences.

Koeman was also dismissed in the closing seconds for his protests during a frantic finish.

A point did at least move FC Barcelona up to seventh —- seven points behind leaders Real Madrid, who have played a game more —- while Cadiz climbed to 14th.

While Barca did most of the pressing in the early stages, they did not have a shot on target until the 30th minute.

That was when Memphis Depay’s weak effort was comfortably saved by Jeremias Ledesma.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen pawed away Alvaro Negredo’s audacious 25-yard effort immediately after half-time, while Depay miskicked with the goal at his mercy at the other end.

Ledesma pushed away Depay’s drive from outside the penalty area, before Barca’s hopes of getting a positive result were dealt a blow in the 65th minute.

De Jong received a second yellow card for following through on Alfonso Espino after initially winning the ball.

Salvi Sanchez squandered a glorious opportunity inside the final 10 minutes, firing against Ter Stegen after being played in by Espino, with the ball bouncing behind off Ruben Sobrino.

Depay then had an even better chance to steal all three points for the visitors deep into stoppage time.

But the Netherlands international clipped narrowly wide after a marauding Gerard Pique carried Barca forward.


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