Barca enters the crucial stage of the season as the race for La Liga and the UEFA Champions League heats up. But no time is a bad time for transfer rumours, we have learned. This time around, Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie finds his name being linked to the club. And if you were to believe Daily Star, Barca’s trump card to seal the deal is not a briefcase with bundle of cash but the Dutch player’s former teammate, Cesc Fabregas. We can already see Fabregas sitting at the negotiation table with Rosell and co. trying to convince Van Persie to leave London and move into his apartment… sorry, to Barcelona. The club’s locker room , like the airport, has both arrivals and departures, and so there are two players who according to El Mundo Deportivo may be headed to Milan (Inter). Read a brief summary of all the transfer rumours after the jump.
Inter Milan interested in Afellay and Adriano
Catalan paper Mundo Deportivo has noted that reports in Italy insist that Inter Milan is interested in launching an offensive to gain the services of blaugrana players Ibrahim Afellay and Adriano Correia.
The signing of the Dutch international midfelder/winger, who is in the final stage of recovering from his serious left knee injury, cost Barça three million euros in the winter transfer period of the 2010-2011 season. According to ‘La Stampa’, Inter is preparing an offer of 8 million euros to convince the Catalan Club to part with the player.
The success of youth products such as Isaac Cuenca, Cristian Tello and especially Thiago Alcántara in Barça’s first team suggests that the club may consider the proposal.
Inter values Afellay’s versatility, as he can play as a winger or a midfielder. As for Adriano, Inter believes that the Brazilian full back could potentially take over for Maicon Douglas.
Cesc to aid Van Persie transfer
According to a report in the Daily Star, FC Barcelona are interested in signing Arsenal forward Robin van Persie (28) this summer and they hope that his former team-mate Cesc Fabregas will be able to persuade the Dutchman to make the switch to Catalunya.
The Barça midfielder’s most persuasive argument will most likely center around trophies, as Fabregas has already won three trophies since joining the blaugrana last summer. Arsenal have failed to win a trophy for the last five seasons. According to various reports in Spain, Cesc has already used his persuasive skills the other way, giving glowing reports to Barça about Van Persie as a player and a person.
Van Persie, with 37 goals to his name this season for Arsenal and the Netherlands, has called off all contract talks with Arsenal until the summer, with less than 18 months left to go on his current contract. Real Madrid and Manchester City are also reportedly interested in the striker’s services. The reported price for the player? 48 million euros, according to Sport.
If there is even an iota of truth in this rumour, we are certain that the summer showdown between the respective club’s fans will be a repetition of Barca’s pursuit of Cesc Fabregas.
Barca wants Sebastien Giovinco
Sky Sports states that Parma striker Sebastian Giovinco is being closely observed by Barca scouts as a potential summer transfer target. Their source: Claudio Pasqualin, who happens to be the player’s agent. According to Pasqualin, Barcelona is just one of the many leading clubs that desire his client. Sounds dirty? Apologies.
“I’m not surprised by the interest of Barcelona for Giovinco,” said Pasqualin. “It means he is doing well.” By well, he means scoring 10 goals in 28 games this season.
But Pasqualin didn’t want to piss off Parma, his player’s current employers. So he added, “All I can say is that it’s still too early to be talking about the summer transfer window and I won’t rule out the fact that Giovinco could stay in Parma. What is certain is that Giovinco is completely focused on helping Roberto Donadoni’s side because he wants to do well and is a serious professional.”
But there is a “serious” glitch in securing the services of the striker. The Italy international is part-owned by Juventus. The player’s representative, Andrea D’Amico, spoke to Sky Sports Italia about the issue and confirmed Barca’s interest in the 25-year-old player. “First of all, we need to resolve the ownership situation between Juventus and Parma,” said D’Amico. “However, Barcelona are following him closely which is a great pleasure because I think Sebastian deserves a big move.”
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Source: El Mundo Deportivo, Sky Sports and Daily Star; Photo credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images