Navigating the Transfer Market Madness: Arrivals and Departures makes a fleeting return during the final international break of 2013. As football shifts from club to country, papers shift from mostly reporting to mostly speculating. So, totalBarça returns to roundup all the stories over the past week and chart a path through the nonsense. Once again, agree or disagree, that’s what the comment section is for. (Remember all numbers in euros.)
Navigating the Transfer Market Madness: Arrivals and Departures is back for a guest appearance during the October international break. As football shifts from club to country, papers shift from reporting to speculating. As this is the final FIFA break before the January transfer window, it is always packed with transfer rumors. So totalBarça returns to roundup all the stories over the past months and navigate a path through the nonsense. Once again, agree or disagree, that’s what the comment section is for.
Midfielder Andrés Iniesta (29) is the centre of attention in the English press this Sunday. According to The Daily Star and various other British tabloids, both teams from Manchester are willing to make a big effort to sign the Spanish midfielder since he didn’t renew his contract with FC Barcelona yet.
If anyone has ever doubted the value of Víctor Valdés to this Barcelona team, the man’s performances over the last few weeks will have shut them up conclusively. However, with Valdés’ sparkling form comes the depressing realization that this is his last season with the squad. And despite periodic rumors that the club still has a hope of changing his mind, the man appears firm in his intention to leave Barcelona for a new challenge next season.
Gerardo Martino is being accompanied to his new job by key members of his Newell’s support staff, but he may come bearing other gifts of far greater value. A report in El Confidencial, now picked up by all sporting media in Spain, indicate that Martino would like to recruit his former central defender at Newell’s, Santiago Vergini (24), to shore up the leaky Barcelona defense.
Multiple sources – including Mundo Deportivo, Sport, Marca, and the very reliable Graham Hunter - are reporting that Gerardo “Tata” Martino is to be Barça’s new coach following Tito Vilanova’s resignation on Friday.
The decision was apparently between Luis Enrique and Martino, with sporting director Andoni Zubizaretta pushing for Martino. All sources agree that Martino will sign on for three seasons. Sport and MD add that Elvio Paolorroso and Jorge Pautasso, Martino’s physical trainer and assistant respectively, will also join. The official announcement could come as early as this evening.
According to a Saturday report in British paper The Mirror, English club Manchester United are willing to double Cesc Fabregas’ salary in an attempt to convince him to leave the Camp Nou. Despite the fact that FC Barcelona’s sporting vice president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, affirmed this past Friday that Cesc Fabregas is an “un-transferable” player, the rumours of the English club’s interests for the midfielder have not stopped leaking. And now with an emerging personnel crisis in Barcelona, the hopes of the English club have apparently surged as they move forward in their attempt to sign the Spanish international.
According to The Mirror, Manchester United’s new coach, David Moyes, has convinced the board to set their sights on the Spanish number 10. They are preparing an official bid of 30 million pounds [35 million Euros], in addition to a mega offer to Cesc himself. Under the terms of the contract, Fàbregas would earn 200.000 pounds per week (around 232.000 euros), double what he presently makes at the Camp Nou.
With the unsettling and tragic departure of Tito Vilanova, social networks and sports blogs have lit up with speculation about who the next Barça manager will be. The team at totalBarça weighs in on who might be the best man to fill the boots at our storied club. In this post, Eric makes the case for Marcelo Bielsa. Ànims, Tito.
With the unsettling and tragic departure of ex-Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova, social networks and sports blogs lit up with speculation about who the next Barça manager would be. The team at totalBarça weighs in on who might be the best man to fill the boots at our storied club. In this post, Jeffrey throws his hat in the ring to make a case for former Barça Dream Team player Ronald Koeman. Ànims, Tito.
With the unsettling and tragic departure of Tito Vilanova, social networks and sports blogs have lit up with speculation about who the next Barça manager will be. The team at totalBarça weighs in on who might be the best man to fill the boots at our storied club. In this post, Roberto Curtis makes the case for Tito’s last signing, Joan Francesc Ferrer, or Rubi. Anims, Tito.
With the unsettling and tragic departure of Tito Vilanova, social networks and sports blogs have lit up with speculation about who the next Barça manager will be. The team at totalBarça weighs in on who might be the best man to fill the boots at our storied club. In this post, Ramzi makes the case for former Roma manager Luciano Spalletti. Anims, Tito.
With the unsettling and tragic departure of Tito Vilanova, social networks and sports blogs have lit up with speculation about who the next Barça manager will be. The team at totalBarça weighs in on who might be the best man to fill the boots at our storied club. In this post, Stevenson makes the case for former Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes. Anims, Tito.
Jonathan dos Santos may be hours away from confirming a move to Real Sociedad, according to a report on Wednesday in Mundo Deportivo. Dos Santos, who has a contract until 2015, has been a peripheral figure in the first team for the last two seasons and now appears open to a move that will get him onto the playing field. At this point, it remains unclear whether this will be an outright sale, or simply a loan. Dos Santos is said to favor the Basque squad over other offers in Spain, England and Holland because of the ambition of the team, and also because he will be reunited with fellow Mexican Carlos Vela.
totalBarça will update you all as this deal unfolds.
AS Roma has been reportedly caught in an unusual situation after its director and general manager were recorded discussing business after failing to hang up the phone following an interview with a radio station. Among other things, the two officials inadvertently revealed that if FC Barcelona’s offer for the 19-year-old Roma center-back Marquinhos reaches €25m (plus agent’s commission), the Brazilian prodigy would be sold instantly. While it may be argued whether €25m is worth the risk for a 19-year-old center-back with one year in Europe under his belt, this information still gives Barça an option and an important reference from which to weigh its other defensive options.
Mundo Deportivo are reporting that a deal for Borussia Mönchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-André Ter Stegen (21) is nearing conclusion and could be announced next week. The young German keeper would continue at his current club on loan for another year, while Victor Valdés sees out the remainder of his contract.
Éric Abidal addressed the public during a segment aired in France on weekly sports show Telefoot. In the interview he referred to the possibility of retirement: “It’s not my time yet. Everything has an end, I have to accept this. The most important thing is to have options, like Monaco for example, which would help me close the circle, because I started playing there.”
Reports this week in MundoDeportivo and Marca have asserted that La Masia product Thiago Alcántara is considering an exit from the squad, with both Manchester clubs being possible destinations. Alcántara was formally promoted to the senior team last season but saw limited playing time this year despite injuries and decline in the Barcelona midfield. Both Premiership outfits are said to be studying the fine print in Alcántara’s contract in order to sign the player without having to negotiate with Barcelona management. The contract, which carries a 90 million euro buyout clause, apparently has language which reduces the buyout threshold to only 18 million euros if the player fails to play a minimum number of minutes in the previous season.
Tell us what you think: can Barcelona afford to lose Thiago?
Both Sport and Mundo Deportivo are reporting on Tuesday that want-away goalkeeper Víctor Valdés has agreed in principle to a summer departure. This means that the club can try to sell the player before his contract expires in 2014; he is currently valued at 10-15 million euros. Óscar Zárate, writing in Mundo Deportivo, speculated that Valdés already had an offer from another team, and thought that Arsenal or Monaco were likely destinations.
It seems certain that Valdés will leave; where would you like to see him end up?
He’s been a fixture at the heart of the Manchester City defence, showing coolness under pressure and being a shining example to some of his more inconsistent teammates. Vincent Kompany has been the reigning Premier League champions’ best performer over the past couple of years, but could he be ready for a change of scenery this summer?
International breaks are always accompanied by two things: boredom and transfer rumors. Mundo Deportivo perpetuated the trend with an article outlining our choices for defensive reinforcement next season. And since we are all bored given the lack of Liga action, maybe we can indulge in a little transfer fantasy.
Following the news of Víctor Valdés’s decision to not renew, there has been speculation over who should fill the void once his contract expires. Madrid-based paper Marca has reported that Barcelona has reached a pre-agreement with German international and Borussia Mönchengladbach goalkeeper, Marc-André ter Stegen (20).
Rumours of Santos forward and Brazilian superstar Neymar (20) arriving in Barcelona this summer are growing more persistent. Catalan daily Sport reported recently that an FC Barcelona director and one of Neymar’s sponsors have both confirmed a deal in place for the 2013-14 season. The young Brazilian could arrive as early as July 2013, after the Confederations Cup has finished. for a transfer fee rumored to be between 30 and 40 million Euros. Read more about Barcelona’s potential next big signing after the break.
FC Barcelona winger Isaac Cuenca is close to a loan deal with Valencia that would see him wear white for the remainder of the season, according to a report in Sport. The player is finally recovering his fitness after tearing his meniscus way back in May, but it is unclear that there is room for him in the current Barcelona attack. The Valencia deal would give him valuable playing time, and help Los Che fill out their own strikeforce which will be depleted when Sofiane Feghouli leaves to play with Algeria in the African Cup of Nations in early 2013.
So tB readers, what say you: is there any chance we would need a player like Cuenca later this season? Would you favor a permanent sale to Valencia or only a loan? Sound off in the comments!
FC Barcelona starlet Marc Muniesa is on the verge of making a shock move to Holland champions Ajax, according to reports Friday in El Mundo Deportivo, although the player’s willingness to move away from Barcelona is still in question. Ajax have been pushing hard for the transfer, based apparently on the recommendation of Johan Cruyff, in a bid to replace Jan Vertonghen who was sold to Tottenham earlier this summer. Ajax Sporting Director Marc Overmars, himself a former blaugrana, confirmed the interest in the young defender: “The interest in Muniesa is correct, but nothing is yet decided.”
Whatever happens, it seems clear that FC Barcelona is not giving up their stake in the player and will likely configure the deal to be either a loan, or a sale with a guaranteed buyback option.