It is touch and go whether the new manager of FC Barcelona will get his wish and complete the capture of the player who was reported to be right at the top of his transfer wish list this summer, because the English Premier League club Arsenal are very keen to keep hold of their Spanish right back Hector Bellerin for at least one more season and although The Mirror is reporting that the Spanish press is confident it will happen I personally am not..
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With their two main La Liga rivals having a slow start, Barcelona were able to open up an early gap at the top of the Spanish league table. But it is very early days and nobody was getting too excited, because the performances were still a bit patchy and it was clear that the new manager Luis Enrique had plenty of work to do.
That was highlighted by the midweek game at Malaga. The Andalucians deserve a lot of credit for their draw, as they were very organised and worked tirelessly to close the Barca players down. And they forged the better chances, but the old Barcelona would have dominated the game more and created much more.
After a few weeks in which nothing has gone right for FC Barcelona, there was finally some good news for the cub and the fans. The transfer ban that had been imposed by FIFA for breaking the rules about underage players from non-EU countries has now been lifted. But it has only been suspended.
We still don’t know whether or not Barca will be allowed to sign players in January or next summer, so the club is planning to make hay while the sun shines. There is going to be a massive overhaul of the squad, from top to bottom.
The Dinamo Zagreb manager Zoran Mamic has revealed that talented youngster Alen Halilovic will still be joining Barcelona at the end of the season despite the Catalans’ transfer ban. Barca, still right in the La Liga title race with Betfair visitors, have been forced to rethink their transfer plans following their ban, but the deal to sign Halilovic will still go through.
The Croatian youngster, dubbed the ‘new Lionel Messi’, agreed a deal to move to Spain in February, but Barcelona’s transfer ban had cast doubt over the move, alerting the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea, both previously tipped by Betfair fans of having a long-running interest in the playmaker.
A lot of the press in Spain was suggesting that the Barcelona boss Tata Martino was on borrowed time and the only thing that would save him was a victory in El Clasico at the Bernabeu on Sunday. Others were saying that it was Tata Martino’s own decision to leave at the end of the season because of the immense pressure of the job, but both manager and club have rubbished these claims today, as reported by Mundo Deportivo.
It seems as though Barcelona are on the verge of finally capturing the replacement for current keeper Victor Valdes. The Ctalan club have given Valdes every chance to change his mind about leaving when his contract expires at the end of the season, but he has been open and honest and is set on moving on.
The president of Barcelona has sensationally resigned from his post today. Sandro Rosell made the announcement after calling an emergency meeting of the club. His role has been taken for now by Jose Maria Bartomeu, although it is not clear how long this will last and whether there are set to be new elections.
It seems like the case of the transfer of Neymar to Barcelona from Brazilian club Santos was the last straw for Sandro Rosell. There have been all sorts of claims and accusations in the Spanish media all week and, although there is a confidentiality clause in the contract which is supposed to stop details of it becoming public, someone managed to get hold of it and leak all the different factors to the press.
It seems as if FC Barcelona are under concerted attack at the minute. The latest comes under the guise of a suggestion that the Catalan club has falsified it’s accounts and misled it’s shareholders over the amount of money it cost to bring the Brazilian superstar Neymar to the Camp Nou last summer.
Spanish newspaper El Mundo has published the claims, seemingly gathered from leaked court documents given to the authorities by Barcelona executives. The paper claims that the real cost of Neymar’s transfer could be as high as 95 million euros, with some payments apparently hidden in things like payments for scouting work done by Neymar’s father, payments for friendlies between Santos and Barca and many other things that are not necessarily anything to do with the transfer..