According to totalBarça’s polls of this summer’s transfer window, Ivan Rakitić was the player who shined the most amongst the fans, winning in both the “Favourite Purchase” (52%) and “Best Bargain” (66%) categories with more votes than all the other candidates combined, including Luis Suarez.
You’ve got the people’s approval Raki, now show ‘em what you got!
Luis Enrique has not gotten to work with all three of his keepers to date, and that seems very unlikely to change over the next month. On a happy note, German goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen completed the entire training session at 100%, and was thus given medical clearance to play, after two weeks on the sidelines nursing a lumbar injury. On the other hand, Jordi Masip suffered a fracture in the fifth finger of his right hand, and has been therefore ruled out for about four weeks.
With the transfer window officially concluded, director of football Andoni Zubiarreta and vice-president Jordi Mestre gave a press conference today in which they discussed Barcelona’s dealings over the summer. In a surprise move, Mestre and Zubizarreta disclosed detailed transfer fees for each of their acquisitions this summer while discussing the state of the current team. This has been a monumental transfer window for Barcelona, as with the transfer ban in effect in 2015, the current crop of first-team and youth players will have to last the club the next 16 months. Unsurprisingly, there was much to discuss. Read on to see what the club officials had to say.
It has been confirmed that both Lionel Messi and Andrés Iniesta will not participate in the upcoming international week with their respective national sides. The Argentine Football Association (AFA) announced that in Monday’s friendly against Germany, Messi will not play as a “precaution”. Iniesta had been called up by Vicente del Bosque but the midfielder yesterday communicated with the federation to tell them his knee is not in condition for action.
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