The number one goalkeeper of Athletic Bilbao, Gorka Iraizoz, will not be wearing the Barca jersey next season. According to the Basque club’s official site, the player and the club have reached an agreement for the goalkeeper’s contract extension. The new deal will keep him in Bilbao until 2015.
Spanish youth international striker and FC Barcelona forward Bojan Krkic believes that a possible defeat on Sunday to rivals Atletico Madrid would not necessarily mean the end of the world. As was reported by El Mundo Deportivo, the striker said that it “would not be a catastrophe” as the league started just a while ago.
Sweden international and Barca forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (28) who is on a loan deal with Milan was yet again the cause of a minor controversy after the Champions League game AC Milan played against AJ Auxerre this Wednesday. The player was first interviewed by a journalist in the stadium, and later on a commentator together with ex-coach of the Italian national team Arrigo Sacchi joined in. That’s when it all started…
Belarusian international Alexander Hleb (29) is on the move again as he is leaving FC Barcelona after the club agreed on a one year loan spell in England, as it was reported by Spanish newspaper AS. Lending players seems to be a new trend in Barcelona, when Hleb was loaned out after Keirrison, Henrique, Cáceres and Ibrahimovic (on loan to AC Milan before being bought).
Italian, English and Spanish media have been contemplating the future of Brazilian international striker Robinho (26) for a couple of months now. According to various sources, Barcelona was fascinated by the idea of Robinho joining the team. Some even claim, that Guardiola would have welcomed Robinho, but for some reason the deal fell through.
The new coach of arch-rival Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho, took a little time recently to analyze the situation between his own club and FC Barcelona before the start of the new season. Mourinho confessed that there is a major difference between the play of FC Barcelona and his new team. As reported by Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo, the 47-year-old coach believes that Barca has a great advantage when it comes to familiarity between the players and the team’s style of play.
Young Brazilian talent Keirrison da Souza Carneiro (21), according to Spanish newspaper Sport, is enjoying a good start at his new club Santos, where he was loaned out by FC Barcelona. Keirrison’s performance in the game against Atletico Mineiro was far from ideal, but he showed some good movement during the game.
According to Spanish newspaper Sport, Barcelona is monitoring the situation around the highly rated Venezuelan striker Josmar Zambrano (18). His performances for Tenerife B caught the eyes of Barcelona coaches, who are interested in signing the striker, especially after their last player from the Canary Islands, Pedro Rodriguez, developed into a world-class player himself.
Brazilian international and Barcelona defender Maxwell (28) is being investigated by UEFA on a suspicion of using a false passport, as was reported by news portal Globo Esporte. According to the newspaper, Maxwell will have to visit UEFA’s headquarters in Switzerland and explain the whole situation.
According to Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo, the negotiations between Barcelona and Liverpool over the signing of Javier Mascherano are in the final stages. The talks appear to be finally heading in the right direction, although the initial offer from the Blaugrana was rejected by Liverpool. According to sources close to the dealings, in recent hours the clubs came to a very close position and about 3 million are separating the two clubs of a definitive agreement. Liverpool however, is very reluctant to accept the inclusion of Aliaksandr Hleb or any another player in the operation as the English outfit urgently needs money, so they will demand to pay the full amount of the transfer fee in cash.
According to Spanish newspaper AS, Brazilian left back Filipe Luis (24) is from Friday afternoon officially an Atletico Madrid player. Luis signed a 5 year contract with the club after he successfully passed a medical examination at the clinic FREMAP Majadahonda which was supervised by Dr. Villalon.
“I think Pique is in line with the best (defenders) in the world. And he even may be the best.”
FC Barcelona defender Gabriel Milito praises his team-mate Gerard Pique, as quoted by Radio Catalunya.
Arsenal’s captain and Spanish international Cesc Fabregas (23) asked for a little understanding from Arsenal supporters after he was a victim of a prank organized by team-mates Pepe Reina, Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique. Cesc was called in front of the stage by Reina where he was dressed in a Barcelona jersey. According to Metro.co.uk’s information, the player himself explained that he had no idea what was about to happen.
According to the New York Times, France international and FC Barcelona striker Thierry Henry (32) is one step away from a transfer to the New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer. Speculation about Henry’s departure has been circulating in the media for several months now, but it could be confirmed as early as this Thursday. As the NY Times reported, the club management of the NY Red Bulls has decided to call a press conference in the Red Bull Arena when Thierry will be officially presented to media and fans.
Spanish international and Barcelona defensive midfielder Sergio Busquets (21) thinks that the Spanish midfield formation have what it takes to eliminate the danger represented by Wesley Sneijder (26) in Sunday’s World Cup final, as reported by British tabloid FourFourTwo. Spain will face Holland and the main danger will most likely come from the Oranjes creative midfielder Sneijder and winger Arjen Robben (26).
According to Spanish newspaper Sport, Keirrison da Souza Carneiro (21) is just a step away from completing a move to Brazilian team Santos. A final agreement can be sealed within the next few hours as Santos reportedly offered 2.8 million euros for the Brazilian striker, plus a purchase option for Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior (18).