Barcelona Speeds up Signings, While Real Madrid Tries To Lock a Coach

Cristian SireraContributor IMay 18, 2010

LA CORUNA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 05:  David Villa of Spain celebrates with Cesc Fabregas (#10) after scoring Spain's fourth goal during the Group 5 FIFA2010 World Cup Qualifier match between Spain and Belgium at the Riazor stadium on September 5, 2009 in La Coruna, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Barcelona and Real Madrid continue to go opposite ways. While the Catalans could have two big signings by the end of the week, in the capital of Spain Real Madrid's president will have a meeting tomorrow with the rest of the board to begin the process of firing Manuel Pellegrini, then hoping Mourinho does not bail out last minute.

All news outlets in Spain are confirming the imminent signing of David Villa to Barcelona, with the offer to money-starved Valencia surpassing 30 million Euros.

Valencia is resigned to let Villa go to continue building the new stadium, while Valencia's fans see a much weaker team without him in next season's Champions League.

When it comes to Cesc Fabregas, things are a bit trickier. The midfielder is trying to put on pressure in London to leave, but Wenger is not about to let him go without fighting. There is some talk about a possible exchange between Ibrahimovic and Cesc; others say this is yet another rumor linking the Spaniard with a comeback to either Madrid or Barcelona.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid is still struggling to decide what to do with, well, the entire team. Manuel Pellegrini seems to be more out than in, but one would not be surprised if the Chilean simply stayed there through next season.

After the coach dilemma, Real Madrid will have to decide what to do with the players who are more likely to leave—Guti and Raul for example—with both of them heading most likely to a new country (Raul likes New York City).

After that, the signings will have to roll in if Real wants to compete once again with Barcelona for the Spanish crown—let alone doing something in Europe.

If Los Blancos do not wake up and start putting things together, we could see another scenario like the one we will see this Saturday: two last-minute, Real Madrid rejects like Arjen Robben and Sneijder, playing against one another for the Champions League trophy.

With the one difference that this Saturday, they will both play in the Santiago Bernabeu. Oh, the irony.