Thursday, July 30, 2009
Hleb was originally meant to be a part of the deal with Inter on Ibrahimovich. However, he suffered the same problem that he has at Barcelona all this time - he is too lazy to learn the language. Also, since he has played at Stuttgart for five years, he will be familiar with the surroundings.
Stuttgart will pay his entire salary for the duration of the loan, which is of one year.
Caceres meanwhile has joined Juventus on a year long deal which also includes a purchase clause of 10-12 million euros at the end. With central defenders of the calibre of Cannavaro and Chiellini in the Juventus squad, young Caceres could learn a lot.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Juan Oliver, who left Inter's offices after completing the deal told Sky Sport Italia, "The deal between both clubs is done. That goes for [Aliaksandr] Hleb too."
The Barcelona director has been thrashing out final details in Milan, and he will now return to the Spanish city in order to present Ibrahimovic with the transfer documents.
One final brick needs to be laid for the deal to become concrete and that is the signature block.
Barcelona's Txiki Begiristain has also confirmed the deal is in place and Ibrahimovic needs to put pen to paper.
"We have an agreement with the player and with Inter, and we are now preparing the documents," Begiristain told Sport.es.
"The transfer paper is in Milan as our directors there are negotiating it with Inter. We are trying to do things as fast as possible and he [Ibrahimovic] could be unveiled on Monday."
It is suggested both clubs will announce the deal as official once both men sign and rubber stamp their respective contracts.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
It has been speculated, however, that he will be immediately shipped out on loan, possibly to Benfica or Porto, in order to learn the ropes of European football. And the 20-year-old has confessed that he would have no objections, although he assured that he is ready to play for ‘El Tricampeon’ now.
“I’m happy to be part of Barca and I know I am at the right level to play for them,” he said in an interview with Sport prior to his flight to Catalunya.
“I am well prepared, although it is always necessary to refine your game because football is a dynamic sport. I know that once I leave my country, I will grow a lot.
“I think it will be good to go on loan to learn more about European football. I do not see any problems with this. I know that the club are only doing this to prepare me. I accept that just fine and I will be ready when that time comes,” he added.
K9, as he is affectionately known, is confident that it will not be too big a leap to go from Brazilian football to playing for the Blaugrana as he believes his style fits perfectly to the club’s footballing philosophies.
“Barca are the best team in the world. I know that I can contribute a lot with hard work,” he reasoned.
“It brings me immense joy just to be at a club with such greatness and with so many fantastic players, such as Lionel Messi. I have full admiration for him.
“Personally, I have many different styles and I can adapt to whatever the coach wants from me. And when you play alongside great players, it makes everything easier.”
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Eto’o talked with Inter technical director Marco Branca on the phone in the afternoon, saying he was enthusiastic about joining the Biscione. Indeed, Eto'o also reportedly stated that he is ready to bring the Champions League trophy back to the San Siro.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
- Very strong in the air, something Barcelona need badly.
- Technically very strong.
- Powerful and accurate shot.
- Can create chances for himself.
- Eager to win the Champions League, hence will be committed and driven.
- Supposedly egocentric.
- Not as fast as Eto'o.
Emili Vidal has laid out ambitious plans to build the European champions a new arena that would stun the world of football and change the face of the Blaugrana.
La Vanguardia report that the visionary came up with the plans because he feels that the model of renovation that the club has accepted from Sir Norman Foster for Camp Nou is not enough.
While access problems will remain if the club stayed at their current location, Vidal's proposal would see the number of seats rise by over half if he was able to build a new stadium.
Situated in front of the Forum at the Diagonal Mar end of the city, the structure would stand on a man-made island off the coast and be accessible via a bridge.
Vidal may recognise that his idea may never come to fruition, but it has stirred the debate about what steps to take with the current stadium once again.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Barcelona have reportedly agreed on the signing of Swedish frontman Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Inter Milan.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Inter Milan left wing-back Maxwell Scherer (28) has signed for Barcelona. This news has been confirmed by the official Barcelona website.
Barcelona have reached an agreement with the Catalan government to sell their Mini Estadi in order to see the land converted into flats, a hotel, a school and open spaces.
David Villa has been linked with football away from the Mestalla, with Barcelona now believed to be the only interested party after Real Madrid's signing of Karim Benzema.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Pep Guardiola has told David Villa that Barcelona will wait for him and will not seek to sign a new striker while talks at boardroom level continue with Valencia, according to a report.
Catalan paper Sport has revealed that Sporting have completed the signing of Barcelona Atletic central defender Alberto Botia.
Lionel Messi will once again be Barcelona’s leading star player for the 2009/10 campaign and if the club thought the Argentine had a hectic season last term, it could get even worse this time around, reports Goal.com.
All in all, ‘El Mesias’ made 51 competitive club appearances last campaign, scoring 38 goals and providing 18 assists, while he also played a handful of other matches with the Argentine national team, including a gruelling trip to Beijing for the Olympic Games.
For the new season, the Blaugrana will be fighting for six titles in total, which will include a trip to
According to Sport, Barca will closely monitor and supervise every expect of Messi’s life from his diet to his rest period to his training regimes as well as issue a long list of guidelines to prevent him from suffering physical and mental burn-outs.
It is also believed that he will have his own physiotherapist, Juanjo Brau, with him at all times, whether he’s in Catalunya or Bueno Aires, to keep him in optimal condition and avoid any niggling muscular injuries.
Barca are also somewhat concerned that Messi will become too obsessed with the Argentine national team, first and foremost to help them qualify for the 2010 World Cup and then to push himself to help the team win the tournament next summer.
But the club are confident that Los Albicelestes, and in particular his coach, Diego Maradona, will play their part to look after ‘Little Lionel’. The Blaugrana had already reportedly sent a note of gratitude to Maradona for collaborating with the Catalan side last season and taking an interest in Messi’s well-being.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Arch rivals Barcelona swept the board last term and sparked a major spending spree at Madrid that means that they must challenge for all three trophies this term.
"Barcelona proved to have a great team by winning three titles. They have a permanent philosophy and quality men," Pellegrini was quoted as saying to Marca.
"We will try to be better than Barcelona and the rest of the teams. You can't afford to disregard any side because there are always several strong contenders for the title.
"There will also be a great challenge for us in Europe."
The international players' union (FIFPro) has shown its support for the French international Franck Ribéry of Bayern Munich and has sent a protest to the European Commission and FIFA on the grounds that the club limits the free movement of the player.