Sale a vie
Despite signing a contract extension just a few weeks ago it would appear that Pedro’s future is even more unclear than before. Barcelona’s new President Josep Maria Bartomeu recently said that the club has yet to receive a formal offer for him, whereas Luis Enrique stated that unless any suitor is prepared to trigger his release clause, the winger will stay put.
Now it seems that Manchester United have taken the first steps in securing his signature. While it should be pretty straight forward i.e. meet the €30 million buyout clause, but negotiations always point to a much more convoluted process.
On the other hand, Pedro’s teammate, Marc Bartra, vows to stay put for the time being. Even after the expiry of his lowered release clause, the La Masia product is happy in Barcelona.
Barcelona trusts that Pedro will continue
LLORENTE IN THE CHANGING ROOM
The Juventus player is liked a lot for his play with respect to his price
The cracks of Barcelona played basketball with Barnes, one of the stars of the Golden State Warriors
Bartomeu, in San Francisco: “The team is eager to win everything. He who wants a player will have to pay the release clause.”
Rafa: “Cristiano is one of the best in the world.”
AFTER CR7’S FIT OF RAGE-
Rafa (with pants off): “Cristiano is the best in the world.”
“This is the closest I can get without getting into a fight,” said Ivan Gomez of the Penya Barcelonista San Francisco. Rafinha Alcântara took some time for photos as he entered Cox Stadium for Thursday evening’s practice session.
Adriano sale imminent
In the first of today’s likely player departures, Adriano Correia’s agent had this to say about the player deciding about Rome being his next destination:
“It’s really tempting [the offer] and he thinks it is the right time for a change,” Paulo Affonso Neves said.
“Now is a good time to take on new challenges and to take advantage of being able to play for a big Italian team, which is Roma.”
He was quick to stress that the player, ever the professional, still maintained excellent relations with his teammates and coaches:
“He has a great relationship with everyone and they have behaved very well with us,” he continued.
“As professionals, the situation has been managed with intelligence and patience to reach this stage of the transfer.”
Sergi Samper delivered one of his best performances yet for the first team on Tuesday night against the L.A. Galaxy. He took Barça Twitter by storm with his immaculate touch, vision, and maturity on the ball. Samper is more than just a prospect – at age 20, he looks ready for the first team and a sure bet to be the next in an unbroken line of astonishing home-grown midfielders: Thiago Alcántara, Sergio Busquets, Andrés Iniesta, and of course, Xavi Hernandez. Interestingly, Thiago, Busquets, and Iniesta all made their major breakthroughs at Barcelona the season after their 20th birthday (Xavi had his a bit earlier, in the 1999-2000 season). The stage seems set for Samper to make his mark. Only one question stands in the way: is there room in the team?
Suárez scored the first goal of the season
Barcelona debuts with a victory and good sensations
93,226 spectators watched Barcelona in action
CLAUSE OR NOTHING
Luis Enrique does not want any departures, but advertises that for Pedro and Adriano, there will be no discounts
DEBUT WITH GOOD FOOTBALL
Luis Suárez and Sergi Roberto scored, and Douglas surprised
IS THIS THE YEAR OF DOUGLAS AND VERMAELEN?
Douglas: “Do you imagine that we end up being starters and triumphing in Barcelona?”
Vermaelen: “Sincerely, no.”