Granada surprisingly beat Barcelona yesterday 1-0 at home in the Spanish league, and it was a goal from Newcastle attacking midfield target Yacine Brahimi, that won the game for Granada.
Yacine Brahimi on left scores only goal of the game
Yacine Brahimi scored what proved to be the only goal of the game in the 16th minute yesterday, and this is the second successive defeat for Barcelona.
Atletico Madrid beat them 1-0 in the Champions League quarter final tie in mid-week, to win by an aggregate score of 2-1 and Atletico play Chelsea in the semi-finals.
Barcelona are now on 78 points and one point behind both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in a tightly contested Spanish League this season – Granada are in 13th position with 37 points.
Here’s some information on 24 year-old Brahimi, and he has been linked with a possible Newcastle move by the Spanish press.
Brahimi is a very good technical player, and would fit in well at Newcastle with our other French-speaking players, and he only moved from Rennes last summer to Grenada.
He started his career through various clubs in the Île-de-France region of Paris, and finally joined Rennes back in 2006, after attending the famous Clairefontaine academy for three years.
He went on loan to second division side Clermont and played 34 times with 8 goals for them in the 2009-2010 season.
While at Rennes he played a total of 51 games with 9 goals, and Everton manager Roberto Martinez is also keen on the Algerian in the summer.
Brahimi would cost around £3.5M – something even Newcastle can afford..