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.
Archive for the ‘Barcelona transfer rumours’
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.
Barcelona are reportedly still monitoring Liverpool defender Daniel Agger despite the Denmark international insisting he would be staying with the Premier League club. Despite Tata Martino’s men currently stand-out favourites for this season’s La Liga title, Barcelona are still believed to be determined to sign a defender when the January transfer window opens.
There is probably nothing in it, at least we hope not, but there are rumours going around that Barcelona could be in danger of losing the four time Ballon D’Or winner Lionel Messi. There is a report in the English media which claims that agents and people in the know have been talking about a possible move to the Premier League with Manchester City next summer.
It is almost 10 years since the magical number 10 made his debut for the Barcelona in a friendly before shooting up via the C and B sides to become the best player the club and probably the whole world has ever seen. His records and achievements have been mind boggling ever since and there are too many to mention.
There have been rumours and speculation in the Spanish and British press all season about the Barcelona midfield star Andres Iniesta. The fact that the man who scored the winning goal in the World Cup final for Spain is yet to put pen to paper on a new contract with the Catalan club has encouraged the interest and it seems that some of Europe’s top clubs are taking an interest in the situation.