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..
Archive for the ‘Barcelona transfer rumours’
There is no doubt that the fans of FC Barcelona will look on the season just gone as a poor one, despite the fact that the players managed to send the outgoing manager Luis Enrique off with the Copa Del Rey to add to his list of trophy successes.
The fact that great rivals Real Madrid added a 12th Champions League to the rare La Liga title will really hurt and the new manager Ernesto Valverde is well aware of this having played for the club, so it is no surprise that he has begun with some strong words to declare his intention of winning everything next season.
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.
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.
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..
There was all sorts of transfer speculation in the summer concerning Barcelona and their need to sign a top quality centre back. Plenty of players were linked with a move to the Nou Camp, but apparently the club did not see the need as desperate, because nobody was signed.
The first choice was Thiago Silva of PSG, but the Brazilian international ended up signing a new contract with the mega rich French champions. The noises coming our of Barcelona after that was that they were not going to sign a player just for the sake of it.
Ever since he joined Barcelona from Arsenal in the Premier League over a year ago, there have been stories in the media, both English and Spanish, about Alex Song being unhappy and unsettled at his new La Liga club. And last week they surfaced again, with suggestions that the Cameroon international could be heading back to England in the January transfer window.
The reasons given are usually that he is not playing enough, and with Sergio Busquets in front of him for his favoured position, he did struggle to break into the first team under Tito Vilanova last season. But he did finish the season with 34 appearances, although many were as a sub.