FC Barcelona Transfer News: Tracking Latest Rumors, News and Updates
Alright, it’s time to catch up on the latest FC Barcelona news and rumors from this past week.
Some of the topics include:
- Cristian Tello saying goodbye to Barcelona?
- Latest on the Jordi Alba saga
- Two Manchester City players targeted by El Blaugrana
- One player says he will stay with his club and not join FC Barcelona
- Real Madrid possibly going after a current Barça player
- Fox Sports tweets the death of Messi
- Congrats on La Copa
And much more!
Remember these are just rumors.
Cristian Tello heading to Atletico Madrid?
Tello had a breakout season with Barcelona and has caught the attention of Los Colchoneros. Tello made his Liga debut in the 75th minute of a 1-1 tie against Villarreal in January. Tello has shined the brightest out of the Barça youngsters this past season.
Atletico has been busy so far this transfer period, as the Europa League winners have already signed Emre Belozoglu (previously with Fenerbachçe) on a free transfer, as well as Cristian Rodriguez from FC Porto.
Tello went on TV3 (Catalunya) and said he wouldn’t mind a move to the Vicente Calderon.
"My dream is to be at Barça, at least for the final year of my contract," said Tello. “It would be a reward for me to go to Atletico. If I have to go, then I will go.”
Atletico have also been rumored to be interested in two other Barça youngsters: Sergi Roberto and Marc Muniesa.
To me, I’m not surprised that Tello may be sold. This Barcelona team has a good number of wingers and it wouldn’t surprise me to see Tello move to Atletico. It would be the best thing for his game, as he would undoubtedly become a starter. At Barcelona, Tello will still have to battle against Isaac Cuenca, Alexis Sanchez, David Villa and Pedro for playing time, not to mention some of the other youngsters from La Masia who will eventually come up.
Plus, this team can and will go after another winger by the name of Neymar next summer.
One reason Barcelona may move Tello is the fact that Ibrahim Afellay is back and can play winger. In my opinion, I’d rather keep Afellay over Tello. Yes, Tello was very impressive and it looks like he will have a bright future. But he needs to get more playing time and that may not happen at Barcelona.
I like Tello and I hope he stays, but if Atletico wants him, I think it wouldn’t be a bad thing to sell him for the right price.
Latest on Jordi Alba
The Daily Mail (UK) is reporting that Tottenham are winning the battle to keep Gareth Bale from FC Barcelona.
This has made Barcelona to go after Jordi Alba even more.
Many people in Barcelona wanted to see Bale come to the Camp Nou. But at £30 million, it is an unrealistic purchase for El Blaugrana.
Besides, Jordi Alba is a better fit and will cost dramatically less.
However, the purchase price is the final obstacle. Reports out of Spain say Valencia are looking for €15 million, but Barcelona is currently offering €10 million.
Valencia is determined to sell Alba, as his contract expires next season. Valencia has also been busy buying this summer, as they have signed Joao Pereira from Sporting Lisbon and Andres Guardado from Deportivo de la Coruña.
To me, it feels like they are already spending the money they will get for Alba.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Jordi Alba said his agents are taking care of the situation.
"Barça? My agents are taking care of those issues. I don't know anything at the moment. I'm happy at Valencia."
Barcelona wants to sign Jordi Alba before Euro 2012 begins.
With only €5 million separating Alba from Barcelona, I’m sure Sandro Rosell will reach a deal with Valencia sooner rather than later, and Jordi Alba will be the first signing in the Tito Vilanova era.
Manchester City's Zabaleta and Kompany Targeted by FCB
Barcelona needs help in the back line and two players the club has been looking at are from the Premier League champions.
Mirror (UK) has reported that Barcelona is interested in signing Pablo Zabaleta as a possible replacement for Dani Alves. There have been numerous reports that Alves may be on his way out this summer. Rumors have surfaced that Manchester City is considering an Alves for Zabaleta deal with Barcelona.
The deal would help Barcelona cut costs as club officials look to save money.
Do I think an Alves for Zabaleta deal is good? It’s not a bad deal, that’s all I’ll say.
Do I sell Dani Alves? No.
Do I think it’s a possibility? Of course, but I doubt it will happen.
Thiago Silva says he will stay with Milan
It’s no secret that Thiago Silva is wanted by Barcelona.
Last week, Sport.es reported that club officials spoke to Milan officials about a possible transfer. Milan was rumored to be asking for €30 million, plus Thiago Alcantara for Silva.
But now, Thiago Silva might have ended Barcelona’s attempts to sign him by telling the Gazzetta dello Sport (Italy, via ESPN.com) that he is staying at Milan.
“I have been told that for Milan I am a fundamental part of the team and non-transferable. Am I tempted to play in the Premier League or La Liga? Absolutely not. I am happy at Milan and I want to stay. I spoke with Adriano Galliani before I left for Hamburg [where Brazil played a friendly against Denmark], and he told me: 'You can stay calm because you are not leaving this club'.”
Sounds like Thiago Silva is not going anywhere.
Of course, money talks and Silva could land in Barcelona. But he may become too expensive for El Blaugrana. There are also less expensive options like Alberto Botia of Sporting Gijon for Barça to look at.
Sport.es reported on Tuesday that Barcelona officials will head to Milan later this week to talk to Milan officials about Silva, who is apparently Tito Vilanova's number one target.
Who knows what will happen with Thiago Silva’s future. But one thing I do know is that Culés should be somewhat optimistic about the Brazilian coming to FC Barcelona. But I do hope Sandro Rosell has a Plan B ready, perhaps Javi Martinez of Athletic Bilbao (although very expensive), Mats Hummels of Borussia Dortmund or Jan Vertonghen of Ajax.
Real Madrid going after Martin Montoya?
According to EcoDiario (Spain), Real Madrid is interested in stealing Martin Montoya from FC Barcelona.
Montoya started in the Copa Del Rey final last week and is one of Barcelona’s future stars. Real are looking to add to their defense as Los Blancos are rumored to be interested in Athletic Bilbao’s Javi Martinez as well as Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.
Montoya has a €12 million buyout clause which will be raised to €20 million on July 1.
Don’t worry, Culés. Montoya will not be moving anywhere anytime soon. Barcelona will obviously not sell one of their future starters to their eternal rival. Plus, with Dani Alves more than likely done at the Camp Nou next season—maybe even this summer—Montoya will be the future RB.
This rumor sounds like Madrid media nonsense made up to worry the Catalan club and its fans.
Don’t buy into this nonsense.
Other Barça News
AS (Spain) is reporting Barcelona LB Andreu Fontas, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in January, will more than likely be sent on loan this summer. Real Betis are interested in Fontas' services.
Yahoo! Eurosport UK states that Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic is being followed by Barcelona officials as a possible signing this summer.
Barça winger Isaac Cuenca had surgery to repair a meniscus injury to his right knee, according to the club’s website. Cuenca is out 3 to 4 months.
Fox Sports Apologizes After Hackers Tweeted That Lionel Messi Died
If you follow Fox Sports Norte (@FoxSports_norte) on Twitter, you received terrible news on Saturday night as a tweet was sent that Barcelona star Lionel Messi had died of cardiac arrest during training.
“We must report the sad news that Leonel [sic] Messi died of cardiac arrest during training #RipMessi”
“Debemos anunciar la triste noticia que murio Leonel Messi por un paro cardiorespiratorio durante un entrenamiento #RipMessi”
Fox Sports Norte has over 250,000 followers on twitter.
While the tweet was quickly removed, several outlets including Sport.es, Mundo Deportivo and the rest of the Spanish media had already received word of the tweet and scrambled to try and confirm the news.
Fox Sports later released a statement apologizing for the tweet and stating hackers were the cause of the tweet.
“We regret the earlier tweet and offer our apologies to those that were offended. Clearly we were hacked.”
Messi is currently training with his Argentine national teammates, getting prepared for Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Ecuador.
Congrats on La Copa
I want to congratulate FC Barcelona on winning the Copa Del Rey with a 3-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao. All Culés were happy to see Pep Guardiola leave on a winning note, winning his 14th trophy in four years.
It was great to see Pedro get back to his old form, getting a brace in the game. Messi got a goal, ending his season total to 73 goals.
It was also great to see that the Barça players placed Eric Abidal’s jersey on the Copa and carried it around the stadium. Classy move by Puyol and others to carry the Basque Country flag and thank the Athletic fans as well.
While Barcelona did not win La Liga or the UEFA Champions League, FC Barcelona did win four titles for the 2011-12 season: UEFA Super Cup, Spanish Super Cup, 2011 FIFA Club World Cup and Copa Del Rey.
Visca el Barça!
7 Barça Players Selected for the Spanish National Team
Congratulations to the seven FC Barcelona players who were selected to be part of the Spanish National Team for Euro 2012.
Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Victor Valdes, Gerard Piqué, Sergio Busquets, Pedro and Cesc Fabregas.
¡Vamos Furia! ¡Vamos Roja!
Other Transfer News
Congrats to Chelsea for landing Eden Hazard. The soap opera is over. Now all of us in the football world can move on with our lives.
According to The Daily Mail (UK), Real Madrid is considering picking up former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba to reunite with Jose Mourinho. Mail is also reporting that the Shanghai Shenhua as potential suitors for Didi’s services.
ESPN.com as well as other outlets in Germany are reporting that Manchester United are very close to a €15 million signing of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa.
The Daily Mail (UK) claims Bayern Munich are preparing a £20 million bid for Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko. Juventus is another club interested in the striker. Bayern recently signed 33-year-old striker Claudio Pizarro from Werder Bremen on a free transfer.
Thanks for Reading
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Xoel, The Voice of FC Barcelona on Bleacher Report and Featured Columnist for Spain for Euro 2012.
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