The season’s ended for pretty much all the clubs. Not for Guardiola’s Barcelona, which has a chance to nab trophy no 14 on May 25. But the press has already moved on to more important matters in hand, which means only one thing – TRANSFER RUMOURS. Yes, if it was up to the press every bright star of a rival club could become a Barca player in the upcoming season. So it hardly comes as a surprise that the names of Gareth Bale, Iker Muniain, Robin Van Persie and Javi Martinez are being linked to Barca, given that all have played a vital role in the success of their respective teams this season.
After Wigan Athletic beat Arsenal at Emirates, the London club’s ace striker Robin van Persie didn’t go home and sulk. Instead the Dutch striker visited The Grosvenor House, where FC Barcelona players and technical staff are staying ahead of their UEFA Champions League semi-final match against Chelsea. Van Persie was seen meeting his compatriot Ibrahim Afellay (there is photo evidence of that) and perhaps even caught up with former teammate Cesc Fabregas, who did his best to lure Van Persie away from Arsenal. Kidding.
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.
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie is in doubt for Arsenal’s trip to the Camp Nou in just over a week’s time, as he hobbled off the field after 71 minutes in Sunday’s Carling Cup final defeat to Birmingham City with an apparent knee problem. Details on the injury have yet to be announced on the English club’s official site, but Arsenal’s French coach Arsene Wenger noted, “He is injured. I don’t know for how long.” Wenger added that the Dutch player sustained it while scoring Arsenal’s sole goal in the match.
We’re back with another edition of The Crossfire! This time we travel to London where Arsenal host Barça for the first leg of Champions league round of 16. We caught up with Chris of Gooner Talk, who shared his views with us. Representing Culés in this debate is Shekhu “the troll”. Let’s hit it!
totalBarca: How do you think your season has gone so far?
Shekhu: It has been a dream run for the club this season. It won’t be an exaggeration if we say that this team is defining a new era in football. A team with home-grown players, hitting five goals past other teams at will (*cough* Real Madrid *cough*). The intensity at which the team plays – both attacking and defending – on and off the ball – is unbelievable. Everything is just perfect. Having said that, it should be noted that a lot of hard work, risk and commitment has gone down in making this team.
Chris: Very well, indeed. We’re in the final of the Carling Cup and still challenging on three fronts. I wouldn’t say that we have set the league alight this season, I don’t think any team in particular has. Added to that, our luck with injuries has improved this season. Key players like Robin van Persie have managed to stay fit so far, giving us a much better chance of winning some silverware at the end of the season.
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Yup. The subject is being brought up yet again. This time it’s your turn to do the debating, state the facts, and argue your points. The question is: Who should be the left-winger for next season?
In this EXCLUSIVE totalBarça article you’ll find:
- a list of over 40 possible candidates for the left-wing position that have been linked to FC Barcelona
- a link to the players profiles on Wikipedia
- a video showcasing their talents and skills
- a poll of the top-10 realistic candidates
- a place to discuss and share your thoughts and ideas about this issue