There is a lot happening in the Premier League next season. From Guardiola’s arrival to West Ham’s move away from the Upton Park, a lot will change in the domestic league in England after the end of the season.
The Hammers who seem to have a grip on the Europa League spot will play their last game at Upton Park this season before they move the Olympic Stadium, their new home ground officially from the next season.
The 55,000 capacity stadium is one of its kind and is sure to provide the London franchise a boost going into the next season and reportedly offered a European team to play the first match at the new stadium.
Spanish media outlet, Mundo Deportivo claim that West Ham have offered Barcelona to play the first match at the Olympic stadium in a pre-season game to inaugurate the ground in grand fashion.
However, the Spanish giants have reportedly rejected the idea and have declined to travel to London for a friendly game.
It was also reported that they were given a lucrative offer to play at the King Power stadium as well before the start of the season but Barcelona rejected that offer as well for similar sporting reasons.
However, the reason for the rejection was also stated by the Spanish newspaper.
Barcelona are reportedly committed to play in the International Champions Cup tournament before the start of the next season. The reigning La Liga and European Champions will as a part of the Champions Cup play three games in three different European cities including the likes of Moscow and Dublin.
The Catalan giants are also understood to have foregone a sum of £1.5 million, a sum that was offered to them to play against the English clubs.
Though it would have made a great start to their new season, West Ham Untied will be hoping to get over the rejection and are expected to offer anther European team to come to the Olympic stadium in the pre-season friendlies in August.