It is clear from this season that Barcelona have some work to do strengthening the squad. The defensive side, especially, is in need of an overhaul, with Puyol now 34-years old and Abidal set to retire or move into coaching. There are young defenders like Bartra, while Alex Song and Adriano can play in central defence if necessary, but one or two top class defenders are needed to strengthen the spine of the team and avoid any repeat of the Champions League debacle against Bayern Munich.
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There were stories in the Spanish press today suggesting that Tito Vilanova may be about to resign as the manager of FC Barcelona. There has been nothing said by the club of the man himself about this, but it is the interpretation of events and Tito’s manner at the Nou Camp last night that have caused the stories.
After Barcelona beat Valladolid on a rain drenched night in Catalunya, they were presented with their 22nd La Liga trophy, which Vilanova and Abidal were handed by the club captain Carles Puyol to raise aloft. Puyol gave a little speech saying that the health of those two was more important than the trophy and Vilanova then said the line that has caused a stir of conjecture.
It is becoming clear that the transfer of Neymar to Barcelona is going to be far from simple. Representatives from the Nou Camp are in Brazil to meet with representatives of the striker and his club Santos, but their initial terms have been rejected, according to the Santos vice-president Odilio Rodrigues.
“There is no agreement for Neymar, there are talks. I met Rosell and Raul Snhelli last week,” Rodrigues explained on Radio A Xarxa.
“We had a very frank conversation. Talks need to continue because the offer was not good enough.
“We know Real Madrid will make an offer too.
Apart from the true stalwarts at Barcelona, every player will have a little concern over his future at the Nou Camp. The media are full of stories about the team being rebuilt and there are rumours of mass transfers in and out of the club.
One of the big names mentioned as coming into Barca is the Brazilian striker Neymar, so that means the other strikers, except Messi of course, may feel a little vulnerable. With just five league goals all season, the Spanish international Pedro must know that he could be one of the players at risk, but he insists that he is determined to fight for his place. His game time in La Liga has been limited to just 20 starts, because there are Alexis and Tello to consider as well.
As the transfer market draws ever closer, the number of stories, rumours and downright speculation will continue to grow. There are rebuilding plans at a number of big clubs around Europe, including Real Madrid from La Liga, PSG and Monaco in France and Chelsea, Manchester United and City in the English Premier League.
Barcelona are believed to be on the lookout for some new talent, but there will be some old faces on their way out of the Nou Camp as well. Three mentioned in the papers today are the striker David Villa, the keeper Victor Valdes and the right back Dani Alves.
It was reported in the Spanish media last week that the Brazilian striker Neymar’s move to FC Barcelona could be in jeopardy. It is thought that an agreement has been in place between the Spanish champions, Neymar and his current club Santos for some time, but representatives of Real Madrid went to Brazil offering ridiculous sums of money to try to hijack the transfer.
This appears to have sparked officials at Barca into action, according to Mundo Deportivo. They have apparently decided to push the transfer forward rather than wait until next summer and are already in Brazil to negotiate this, the paper reports.
Gerard Deulofeu will be putting pen to paper today on a new Barcelona contract that will keep him at the club until 2017. Eric Abidal is hoping for an extension to the his current contract which runs out this summer, while Victor Valdes still seems to be determined not to sign a new deal despite being offered one by officials at Barca.
There have been wild speculations in the Spanish press this week around a player who was previously believed to have agreed a deal with Barcelona. The young Brazilian star Neymar is one of the hottest properties in the sport and would interest any club in the world, but it was thought that Barca had sealed the deal. The Catalan club have, reportedly, already made a down payment to Santos and the player although the transfer was not expected to happen.