Neymar, Carles Puyol, Lionel Messi, Denis Suarez, Martin Montoya | Barca Top 5


PSG will target Barcelona's Neymar in 2016, according to reports in France

In France there is speculation surrounding the future of Neymar. According to Le 10 Sport, French champions PSG are preparing a deal to take Neymar from Barcelona. This would occur in summer 2016, when PSG are free of Financial Fair Play and are able to make some big signings.

The speculation comes as a result of the belief that Neymar has had a disagreement with manager Luis Enrique, and therefore the Spaniard's recent contract extension could indicate that the Blaugrana are willing to negotiate with PSG.

Denis Suarez's Barcelona block could be a blessing in disguise

Though he signed for Barca two years ago now, Denis Suarez's relationship with his parent club has been a convoluted one. He joined from Manchester City on the understanding that after one season he would move up from Barca B to Barca proper, yet when contractually obliged to promote the midfielder to their first team last summer, the Catalans instead decided to use him as a makeweight in the negotiations that brought Ivan Rakitic to the Camp Nou, concocting what they believed to be a mutually beneficial two-year loan agreement.


'Unstoppable alien' Lionel Messi would humiliate me – Carles Puyol

Carles Puyol has revealed the humiliation he would suffer at the hands of an ‘unstoppable’ Lionel Messi during training sessions in their time at Barcelona. The former Barca captain retired from the game in 2014 after he and Messi shared six league titles and three Champions League crowns with the Catalan club.

"In a mini one-on-one match, I told myself: 'I'm going to see if I can stop him’. It was humiliating,” Puyol explained. Pep Guardiola told me: 'Carles, don't injure him’ I told Pep: ‘If you don't want anything to happen, stop the session.’ I tried everything but he always got past me at his own pace.”

Martin Montoya's agent confirms Barcelona right-back is off to Inter on two-year loan

Juan Carrasco explained that all that remains is for Barcelona to agree to the final details: "We can say that we are waiting for Barça to give the all clear for Montoya to Inter to become 100 percent. We already have an agreement. It's a matter of days. The initial deal will be a two-year loan, but I can not talk about numbers."


Xavi: "This year nobody believed in us Barcelona or Luis Enrique"

Xavi explained before joining the Qatari league: "I don't know if this year's treble is better than the first one, but it was harder to reach. For sure. Nobody believed in us or the coach. If in January we had been talking about the treble, we would have been called crazy. The way of playing football was different, but Messi, Neymar and Suarez make it work."

"Signings? I would sign Koke, he is a player who can be perfectly at the club because he has talent and organizes the game very well. In fact, I think that it will be very difficult to do it because he is deeply rooted at At. Madrid."

It's your turn

What do you think? Should Barcelona offer Neymar a new contract to avoid his departure? Do you agree with Xavi when he says Koke is his natural replacement at the Camp Nou? I'd love to hear your views. Share your thoughts with our fellow Blaugranas in the comment box below.

Arda Turan, Pedro, Marc Bartra, Jordi Alba, Martin Montoya | Barca Top 5


Arda Turan's agent in talks Barcelona, amongst others

Paul Pogba may not be Barcelona's only midfield target. Arda Turan has confirmed that he is on his way out of Atletico, telling followers on his official Twitter page: “The transfer rumors are not entirely correct. My agent is currently in touch with 3-4 clubs. I will update you all if a deal is made.”

Previously his agent Bulut told: “His intention is to leave Spain this summer. His will is to leave and to play in the Premier League, that is the path he would like to take to continue his career. We are currently in talks with three teams but I cannot reveal the names of the clubs. However, I can tell you that they are the best in England and in European football."


Marc Bartra posts enigmatic Twitter message ahead of talks over his future

Marc Bartra's professional future has still not been clarified, although recent developments indicate he is very likely to still be wearing the Blaugrana next season. The FC Barcelona defender, though, has taken to Twitter to post an enigmatic message. "No force will knock down your dreams, because they feed on your own light, your own passion...," he wrote. 

Despite having three teams ready and waiting to pay his release clause -- which is currently at 12 million euros until July -- and the fact he would get more minutes at those clubs to develop, his feelings are blaugrana. 

Barcelona's Martin Montoya in talks with Inter Milan - agent

A two-year loan deal -- after which they will have an option to buy him for €8 million -- is reportedly being discussed and Juan De Dios Carrasco has explained he is optimistic about an agreement being reached. 

"We're talking to Inter about Montoya," Carrasco said. "Let's hope there could be a good conclusion to these negotiations. We're working on it. Montoya feels that Inter are a great club and this would represent a great opportunity."

Manchester United and Arsenal join race for Pedro Rodriguez

Barcelona winger Pedro Rodriguez recently signed a new four-year contract extension but is still open to leaving should a inticing offer come along with Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool joining Inter Milan as clubs expressing interest in the treble-winner. 

Pedro signed his contract extension with the club and player fully aware that if his situation doesn’t change and a lucrative offer for both parties comes along, with a team meeting his €30 million release clause, he could leave the club this summer.


Louis van Gaal's Manchester United eye an unlikely move for Barcelona's Alba

Manchester United are keen on Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba. Louis van Gaal's side want to sign Alba this summer, according to reports in England, even though it is highly unlikely, even impossible, that the player from L'Hospitalet de Llobregat will leave the Catalan club. 

Jordi Alba, an undisputed starter on the left in Luis Enrique's treble winning team, is not thinking about leaving the club after an impressive season. He has only recently signed a new contract which keeps him at Barça until 2020.

It's your turn

What do you think? Would Arda Turan improve the current squad at Barcelona? Should Pedro leave to get more playing time elsewhere? I'd love to hear your views. Share your thoughts with our fellow Blaugranas in the comment box below.

Paul Pogba needed at Barcelona to boost weakened midfield


Barcelona have already shifted their focus toward finding ways to improve a squad already boasting quality players such as Lionel Messi, Neymar and Ivan Rakitic. Despite the Blaugranas' being banned from signing any players until January 2016, due to their breaching the rules on the transfer of U18 players, they are continuing as planned and treating the current period as an ordinary transfer window -- the only difference being newcomers won't be registered until the ban expires.

Paul Pogba is the chosen one -- and rightly so. Unsurprisingly, the Catalans' presidential candidates are competing against one another for a photograph of them shaking the hand of the 22-year-old while wearing the Blaugrana colours. For a team already boasting some of the most talented midfielders in football history, only the addition of a slightly different kind of player makes sense, especially given Luis Enrique's eagerness to make Barcelona's game more incisive, physical and direct.

READ my full column "Paul Pogba is Barcelona's most logical signing this transfer season" for ESPN here.

It's your turn

What do you think? Does treble-winning Barcelona need Paul Pogba? How much would you pay Juventus as a transfer fee? I'd love to hear your views. Share your thoughts with our fellow Blaugranas in the comment box below.

Six reasons why Lionel Messi is the world's best


Lionel Messi celebrated another milestone -- his 28th birthday -- on Wednesday. To mark the occasions, here are the six things that make the Barcelona and Argentina star the best player on the planet, by a long distance.

Messi is pretty much infallible in front of goal and even on the rare occasion when he is off his game, he isn't afraid to continue attempting shots until he finally gets his reward -- as proved by the 261 shots he needed to score his 56 goals last season.

READ my full ESPN column "Six reasons why Lionel Messi is the world's best" here.

It's your turn

What do you think? Is the Messi-Ronaldo comparison still worth considering given Leo's impressive year? Were Diego Maradona and Pele truly better than Messi? I'd love to hear your views. Share your thoughts with our fellow Blaugranas in the comment box below.

Eric Abidal, Angel Di Maria, Isco, Koke, Adriano | Barca Top 5

Joan Laporta launches Barcelona campaign with Eric Abidal as assistant

Abidal, 35, played for Barça between 2007 and 2013 and made a successful return after undergoing a liver transplant in 2012. “Barça is more than a club and I wanted to carry on working and maintain a link to that,” Abidal, who would help oversee their transfer market dealings, said. Another of his tasks would be to ensure Barça’s La Masia academy, which produced Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi, remained the centre of excellence.

Has Josep Maria Bartomeu agreed a deal to bring Isco to Barcelona?

Josep Maria Bartomeu insinuated that one of his trump cards in the election campaign was a top level Spanish midfielder, a player who is currently at a Spanish club in a transfer which would be announced in the run up to the Barcelona elections in July. Names quicky came out, with Koke, Vicente Iborra and Dani Parejo put on the table... but reports indicate Bartomeu is talking about none other than a player who plays for Barça's eternal rival: Real Madrid's Isco.

Barcelona could offer Manchester United's Angel Di Maria a return to La Liga

Angel Di Maria still doesn't know which shirt he will be wearing next season. Currently playing in the Copa America, the Argentine only knows two things. The first, is that he still has a contract with Manchester United. The second, is that he would like to leave Old Trafford as soon as possible. And in this scenario, both the player and his agent have spent weeks looking for clubs at the top level prepared to pay what it would cost to do a deal with United. Barça are one of the clubs interested in a possible deal, with the response from Di Maria and his agent positive.

Koke to stay at Atletico Madrid despite Barcelona link - agent

"We are not surprised but flattered," Koke's agent Inaki Espizua said. "It's great to hear these kinds of things, especially from a club like Barca, but right now the player's position is very clear. He feels he is a key part of Atletico de Madrid's plans for the future and I therefore have very little else to add."

Adriano could leave Barcelona, admits agent

Paulo Afonso, the Brazilian's representative, explained: "Adriano is very happy at Barcelona, he gets along well with everyone and has written true history there. But he wants to play, he wants more minutes, and that's the only thing that could see him leave Barca. We are listening to offers and, when we meet with the player, we will get together with the club and find the best solution for both parties. He wants to have more minutes and to play for a Champions League team."

It's your turn

What do you think? Would you welcome ex-Real Madrid winger Di Maria at Barcelona? Do you trust Abidal as Barca's new sporting director? I'd love to hear your views. Share your thoughts with our fellow Blaugranas in the comment box below.

Barcelona's balance, not only Messi, Neymar, Suarez trident, key to recent success


Pep Guardiola’s achievements as head coach at FC Barcelona were always bound to pile the pressure on any of his successors. How do you follow the man who assembled a squad which has been hailed, in some quarters, as the greatest club side that soccer has ever seen?

Luis Enrique is a former teammate of Guardiola’s at Barcelona and well versed in the history and traditions of the club. He took charge of the Barcelona “B” team from 2008 and also had stints as head coach in Italy with AS Roma and back in La Liga with Celta Vigo. Last summer, he became the latest man to try and follow in Pep’s footsteps.

By Christmas 2014, according to the Spanish media, Barcelona appeared to be in “crisis”.


That term is relative, of course. The Catalans are giants of the modern game. Playing to 100,000 at every home fixture—to take your seat among them, click here—the stakes are always bound to be high. Failure is not a word to be tolerated at Camp Nou.

Barca’s eternal battle with Real Madrid now extends beyond the boundaries of La Liga. Following their 2014 UEFA Champions League triumph, Madrid can now boast that they have been Champions of Europe ten times. That will bristle with the Barcelona elite. It may take some time to catch them, but you can be sure that the mission has been accepted.

It is therefore not beyond the realms of possibility that the 1-0 defeat to relegation-threatened Real Sociedad at the beginning of January pushed Luis Enrique right to the edge of the precipice. The sight of Lionel Messi warming the substitute’s bench while the team on the pitch stuttered cannot have been a welcome one.

Messi also missed a training session following the defeat—”gastroenteritis” was cited as the reason. Whispered rumours of unrest became a media frenzy.

The fact that it was mid-season, and that there were few alternatives available, probably saved him. Instead, one week into the new year and club legend Andoni Zubizarreta—the man who purportedly recommended Enrique for the job—was dismissed from his post as Sporting Director for “transfer mistakes”. His assistant, former club captain Carles Puyol, also left.

According to Spanish football expert Sid Lowe, writing in the Guardian, said that presidential elections were called, to “reduce the tension.” Luis Enrique, however, stated that it was more simple than that: “Victories are the only things that can calm this wave.”


Eventually, those victories came—and they kept on coming. Messi’s form blossomed again: the mutual understanding between the Argentine, Neymar and Luis Suarez improved and began to realize its potential.

By the end of the UCL final in Berlin—in which Barcelona defeated Juventus 3-1—they had managed to achieve what appeared to be unthinkable just six months earlier.

Barcelona’s recent “triplete” of UEFA Champions League, La Liga title, and Copa del Rey can be attributed to head coach Luis Enrique finding the right balance in his side, according to ex-blaugrana defender Lilian Thuram.

“Barça were fair winners because they outplayed their opponent. They are a more balanced team than they were before...They defend better and their attack is less predictable.”

If Barcelona can repeat their end of season performances from the beginning of next season, there will be no stopping them once again.

Guest post via Andre.

It's your turn

What do you think? Can Barca repeat their treble next season? Should Luis Enrique continue as coach even if a new president comes in? I'd love to hear your views. Share your thoughts with our fellow Blaugranas in the comment box below.

If Neymar deserves Copa America ban, Zuniga should follow


Neymar has been banned for the next four matches because of kicking a ball at a rival, getting sent off, then repeatedly insulting the referee while on international duty with Brazil during the Copa America tournament.

While I would always try to defend the actions of Barcelona players, trying to excuse such deplorable behaviour seems pretty much impossible on this occasion as, let's face it, the 23-year-old should definitely know better by now. Can anyone here imagine Lionel Messi reacting in such a reprehensible manner? No. Exactly my point.

Messi explained when questioned about the incident: "I would have liked Neymar to be in the Copa America final, he is my friend. I'm not going to comment on whether the four match ban is fair or not, but the final would have been better with a player of his calibre in it."

In other words, not even best buddy Messi is capable of understanding such an exaggerated reaction from his Brazilian teammate. However, I strongly believe Neymar should not be the only player walking away from the match against Colombia with an exemplary ban.

Juan Zuniga, who famously kneed Neymar's back in the World Cup last summer in what could have easily turned into a career-threatening injury, was back to his old tricks and kept pestering the Brazilian No.10 with a string of tackles, pushes and shoves which he should be ashamed of -- as should the referee, who managed to repeatedly ignore the Colombians' constant violent fouls on the Barcelona forward.


Personally, I really don't want to football to turn into a sport where creative players trying to attempt out-of-the-ordinary dribbles are faced with nasty tackles which go unpunished, or where the most spectacular players become increasingly reluctant to show their talents in fear of disproportionate retaliation.

If Neymar has been punished a four month ban, Zuniga's regrettable behaviour should also be given a serious consequence as, clearly, he is a threat to other player's well-being.

It's your turn

What do you think? Does Neymar deserve the four month ban? Should Zuniga be punished as well? I'd love to hear your views. Share your thoughts with our fellow Blaugranas in the comment box below.

Ivan Rakitic, the secret behind the Messi-Alves connection


Ivan Rakitic has excelled in his first season at the Camp Nou, with an impressive total of 50 appearances under his belt as he established himself as a key member of the starting XI. Like the rest of his teammates, Rakitic spent the first third of the season trying to work out what Luis Enrique expected from him. With the new manager fielding a different lineup every week, a general feeling of discomfort amongst his players was unavoidable.

Such confusion was never more obvious that when Barca travelled to the Santiago Bernabeu in late October to face Real Madrid. Despite having been trusted as a regular starter, Rakitic was relegated to the bench as Xavi started.

Read my full opinion column for ESPN "After Ivan Rakitic embraced his Barcelona role, success followed" here.

It's your turn

What do you think? How has Rakitic impacted Barcelona's game? Would you consider Rakitic a worthy replacement of Cesc Fabregas? I'd love to hear your views. Share your thoughts with our fellow Blaugranas in the comment box below.

Michael Laudrup is not wanted at Barcelona

Michael Laudrup has been linked to a return to Barcelona, which is hugely surprising considering the controversial way in which he decided to leave the Camp Nou to join historical rivals Real Madrid back in 1994.

Jordi Majo, who is one of the candidates to take over Josep Maria Bartomeu as Barca's president, explained: "Laudrup will become the club's sporting director if I get elected. With him, I've thought about the person, not the name. If I thought about the name, I would have asked someone more media-liked. Laudrup is intelligent, he has experience, the right age and he knows the Barça culture. He also has a good relationship with Johan Cruyff, which is important."

A huge mistake, if you ask me.

Laudrup left Barcelona at the peak of their forces back in the mid-1990s, following a season of ongoing disagreements with Cruyff due to his lack of playing time compared to Romario, Hristo Stoichkov and Ronald Koeman -- the only three foreigners which the rules allowed to play at the time.

While it is understandable that a player who wasn't granted regular appearances opted to move elsewhere, he certainly didn't have to choose Real Madrid as his next destination. After five years living in Catalunya, Culers were right to expect a bit more respect from their former player.

Although Laudrup denied looking for revenge with the move to the Spanish capital, it is little short of impossible to avoid thinking that joining Madrid was a way of getting back at Cruyff and, by extension, the Blaugrana faithful.

If Jordi Majo was already going to find it pretty much impossible to compete with Joan Laporta and Bartomeu to become president at Barcelona, his shocking decision to trust his hypothetical sporting project to a man who famously disrespected Culers by joining their historical rivals reduces his chances of success to zero.

It's your turn

What do you think? Would you welcome Laudrup back to Barcelona? Can his decision to join Real Madrid ever be forgiven? I'd love to hear your views. Share your thoughts with our fellow Blaugranas in the comment box below.

Paul Pogba should replace Andres Iniesta at Barcelona

After a campaign in which Barcelona won 50 games in a 60 game season, Barcelona executives are tasked with the challenge of improving a team which, quite frankly does not need much improvement.

Luis Enrique’s main priority this transfer window is to bring in a “Midfield Organizer”. The clubs first choice is Ilkay Gundogan. His contract is set to expire in 2016 with Borussia Dortmund, as a result his club is keen on finding a new home for the midfielder this summer in fear of losing him on a free transfer next year.

With the loss of Xavi to Al-Sadd SC, Barcelona is in search of that creative midfielder type of player. Gundogan slots in perfectly at that spot being characterized as the perfect midfielder with the hybrid of being a true number 10 and a deep-lying playmaker.

Despite reports saying that Gundogan has already completed medical tests for the Blaugrana, the only obstacle that I can see deterring this transfer would be the player’s distress in having to sit until January.

The most likely of things to happen this summer has to be the arrival of Paul Pogba, in my opinion. The 2013 Golden Boy award winner is being sought after by most of Europe’s super clubs, Manchester City, PSG, Real Madrid, and Barcelona.

Luis Enrique has authorized the move for the lanky midfielder as he has gone on record saying he is one of few players that can immediately improve the team.

Zinedine Zidane, currently coaching Real Madrid's B team, had a few choice words about his compatriot, “Maybe we are talking about Pogba a bit too much, but if he can keep up his current development he can become one of the best players ever.”

Such high regard for a player that is only 22 years old is why Barcelona should break the bank to acquire this phenomenon. Pogba’s rare physical gifts is one of the few things that make scouts jittery with excitement, pair his 6’2 frame along with his quickness and awe-inspiring dribbling movements Pogba is a talent that is hard to pass up.

The young Frenchman would fit perfectly in the Barcelona midfield. With Andres Iniesta getting up there in age, Pogba would be his ideal replacement. His uncanny ability to deliver glittering balls across the midfield while take long strides like a prancing gazelle will set up multiple opportunities to assist the MSN trident. You can’t forget the rocket of a shot this young man has either.

Pogba is a bullet ready to explode at any moment. To make matters even more interesting, he recently told the media "Playing with Messi would be a dream come true. He's the best player in the world. I love watching Barcelona play.”

If neither of these two players find themselves playing in front of 100,000 cules next January, Monaco midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia would be the third option at this moment in time. Kondogbia is the ideal plan B in the scenario that Barcelona gets out bid by billionaire owners such as Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan from Manchester City and Nasser Al-Khelaifi from PSG.

However, unless Kondogbia transforms his game into more of a true midfielder rather than a defensive midfielder I just don’t see how this transfer would make sense. Sergio Busquets has that position in a strangle hold for years to come and it would seem like Kondogbia would just be lost in the pecking order the same way Alexandre Song has.

Even though the transfer ban puts Barcelona behind the eight ball, the opportunity to be a part of one of the world’s biggest clubs and playing alongside Lionel Messi at the peak of his career should be motivation enough to join Barcelona.

Published by Alexander Del Valle. Follow him on Twitter @AlexanderDelV

Neymar excelling under the tutelage of Lionel Messi


Lionel Messi is, undoubtedly, the best footballer in the history of football. The way in which he has influenced the most successful European club in the past decade is little short of magical, as is his relentless desire to excel both on and off the pitch on a daily basis.

Messi has been fortunate enough to have been surrounded by world-class talent from the moment he made his professional debut at only 17 years of age. Having learned alongside teammates of the calibre of Ronaldinho, Samuel Eto'o or Thierry Henry definitely helped him become an unstoppable forward capable of terrorising rivals with ease.

READ my ESPN column "Neymar growing in skill and stature under the tutelage of Lionel Messi" here.

Sergio Ramos, Neymar, Johan Cruyff, Lionel Messi, La Masia | Barca Top 5


Neymar growing in skill and stature under the tutelage of Lionel Messi | FRANCESC TOMAS | ESPN

Now nearly 28 years old, the diminutive No. 10 is in a position to share the knowledge he has acquired by competing at the highest level over the past decade. No longer a silent teenager but an influential leader, La Pulga has reached a point of maturity, which puts him in a position to play a decisive role in the nurturing of others, a shoulder for aspiring youngsters to lean on while on the search for greatness. Need proof? Look no further than Neymar.

Sergio Ramos is wanted by one of the candidates to be Barcelona president | Sport

Sergio Ramos swapping Madrid for Barcelona is practically impossible, but the defender's representatives appear ready to be used by this pre-candidate during the elections (his name, for now, has to remain secret), so that they can put pressure on Perez to renew Ramos' deal. Ramos has two years to run on his contract, but has been negotiating new terms for a while.


Dunga, the Brazil coach, was probably right when he implied there had been a deliberate plan to wind Neymar up. Juan Cuadrado bundled him off the ball with a brusque shoulder charge early on, and Juan Camilo Zúñiga, whose challenge ended Neymar’s World Cup, seemed to take particular delight in sashaying past him after dispossessing him in the first half. By the end of the first half. Neymar seemed ready to snap: he had been booked for a handball, then grabbed the referee, Enrique Osses, by the shoulder, and then clouted Cuadrado before fisting the ball away in frustration. The whistle perhaps saved him then, but at the end of the second half he snapped.


Freixa: "I'd like to bring Cruyff back to the club" | Marca

Toni Freixa: "I would like to get Cruyff involved in the club's affairs again. I'd like to bring him back to the club. I believe in setting up an expert committee to monitor the Barcelona model. We can't allow ourselves to spend €180 million on players every year."


Off-the-pitch developments made a repeat of last year’s legendary season – during which La Masia sides won 13 out of the 14 league titles they contested – a gargantuan task. By no means has there been a trophy drought though at La Masia, with 8 out of the 15 sides from the Juvenil A down to Prebenjamín crowned league champions in their respective age groups. That of course has to be balanced against how far La Masia actually went this season towards fulfilling its goal: providing youngsters with a footballing education that really goes beyond the basics of the sport.

Lionel Messi, Ronaldinho, Koke, Joan Laporta, Marc Bartra | Barca Top 5


The Inescapable Gravity of Lionel Messi | OZY

Lionel Messi did not have a single goal or assist in Barcelona’s 3-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League Final earlier this month. But the 27-year-old soccer star was behind each of Barca’s scores and more, his lurking presence on the field just as real, and potent, as gravity. And this particular sporting force, as those attempting to operate within his orbit can testify, is one that tends to suck in defenders and bend the fabric of space and time, including the ball, toward one ineluctable point in the universe: the goal.

Ronaldinho: Golden boy Neymar will continue to make history at Barça | Sport

Ronaldinho: "Neymar is on the way towards making history. When I arrived at Barcelona, the club hadn't won anything for a while. Barça wanted a change of fortunes and opened the doors to new success. Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Romario and already played for Barcelona and had left a gap for a Brazilian. Now I am sure that Neymar will continue this, and he will want to do it better than my generation."


Koke: "I'm proud that Barcelona thinks of me" | Weloba

Koke: "It is an honour Barcelona think I can replace Xavi. I try to work to do it as well as I can and, in any case, it means that I do things well in my club and for them to be very happy. I am under contract at Atletico Madrid, I'm very happy at home and I feel very well. We are growing and for the moment, I don't see the opportunity I go. You never know what might happen. You can be happy, in a good situation and suddenly it could come bad times and everything could change."


Can former Barcelona president Joan Laporta win back that prized position? | ESPN

Joan Laporta, who had been nothing more lofty than asocio-member himself seven years previously, won the Camp Nou presidency in 2003. People power? "Yes, please!" you might think. What became clear this week is that Laporta, who left the club in 2010 having used up the mandates permitted by Barcelona's statutes, will declare as a candidate to become president of the club again as of next month's elections. (He's statutorily able to do that having allowed another presidential mandate to pass.)


Tottenham and Liverpool target Marc Bartra ‘unavailable’ for transfer insists Barcelona chief | Standard

Ariedo Braida, a member of Barcelona’s Football Area Technical Commission, told fcinternews: “We have no intention of transferring him, therefore, I consider him to be a player who is unavailable.”

Joan Laporta, Paul Pogba, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Adriano, Martin Montoya | Barca Top 5

Joan Laporta will be in the FC Barcelona's elections on July 18 | Weloba

Joan Laporta is back. In fact, he will be on FC Barcelona elections on the next July 18. Laporta was the president of FC Barcelona from 2003-2010, and left the club for the elections that arrived in 2010. Now he will be in the next elections and he did it with this video that had this message.

Paul Pogba, Kondogbia, Gundogan: Luis Enrique asks Barcelona to get him a midfielder | Sport

Luis Enrique wants a midfield organiser for the month of January who is capable of filling a hole left by Xavi. The first candidate was Ilkay Gundogan, but with the alternatives available, the interest has fallen on that front. For 2016, Luis Enrique wants to add muscle to the middle of the pitch and is enthusiastic at the possibility of signing Paul Pogba (Juventus), with Geoffrey Kondogbia (Monaco) an option if the former proves impossible. 

Paul Pogba has talks with Barcelona presidential candidate Agusti Benedito | ESPN

"I made contact with Pogba," Benedito said. "First I spoke with Andrea Agnelli and then personally with the player. We were asked for €12 million net per season, and a transfer fee of €80 million." Benedito, a long-time critic of the previous Barcelona board, is currently an outsider in the upcoming poll, with outgoing president Josep Maria Bartomeu the most favoured candidate yet declared, and former club secretary Toni Freixa also a declared runner.

Martin Montoya, Adriano, Douglas, Jordi Masip: Time to leave Barcelona? | Sport

Barcelona will begin to lighten their squad in the next few weeks, with up to four players expected to leave the club after helping Luis Enrique's side win the treble. However, they will leave seeking more minutes then they were given at Camp Nou last season. 

Brand Barcelona: The numbers game | TotalBarca

We all love what we see on the pitch; Messi and Neymar wreaking havoc every week, oppositions being demolished with impunity and trophies celebrated at the end of the season. But have we ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes? Just how big is FC Barcelona? Does a person living in war-torn South Sudan have a chance of supporting this great club? Are we in a position to splash out on players? How does the club make money and how does it rank in a global context? Does the club function in a closed bubble, or has it really expanded its wings in the past few years?

Paul Pogba, Gerard Deulofeu, Gerson, Martin Montoya, Munir El Haddidi | Barca Top 5

Paul Pogba in, Gerard Deulofeu out - Barcelona's summer transfer plans | Goal

How to make the best even better. That is the challenge that awaits Luis Enrique and the Barcelona board this summer after the Catalan club claimed the treble of Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League titles in 2014-15. Barca held off the challenge of Real Madrid to win the Primera Division, beat Athletic Bilbao in the final of the Copa late last month and completed the set of three titles as they defeated Juventus 3-1 in the Champions League showpiece in Berlin on June 6.

Luis Enrique faces crucial decisions to extend Barcelona's winning cycle | Francesc Tomas | ESPN

Luis Enrique's first season at the Camp Nou will always be remembered as a rocky journey towards glory, a constant reminder that success comes to those who are prepared to persevere throughout difficulties, proof that remaining true to your ideas despite criticism can actually pay off if you are prepared to put the work in and pull through.

Barcelona considering signing Fluminense duo Gerson and Kenedy | ESPN

Barca has reportedly already offered €20 million for Gerson and, while Juventus had made a superior offer, the player would prefer a move to the Camp Nou. Members of the Fluminense hierarchy have informed that they are confident Barca will pay closer to €30 million for Gerson. Gerson's agent, Jorge Machado: "I never speak off the record, it's true that Barça have paid three million euros to have preferential rights to sign Gerson"

Andoni Zubizarreta: A salute to the forgotten man of this treble season | Barcelona Football Blog

But now, in the reality of a Triplete, it’s time to give credit where credit is due: Zubizarreta kicked ass. This will, of course, be the moment when people say “Oh, it wasn’t just him,” or “His other sins are why he deserves to be pilloried more than his work for the first team,” “What about that CB we needed,” etc, etc. Or the tried-and-true one, “Douglas.” ZubiZa even recommended the hiring of Luis Enrique as the first-team coach.

Braida: Montoya could leave Barça but Kovacic will not be arriving | Sport

Areido Braida: "In the coming days we are going to have a meeting with the agent of Martin Montoya in order to make a decision. What the decision is going to be, isn't clear."

Barca B: The Road to Relegation | TotalBarca

“New season, new beginning,” people like to say. For Barcelona B, the season’s curtain raiser in Pamplona was a new beginning, albeit not a very pleasant one. Rather a painful landing back on Earth. Fresh from a record-breaking third place finish in 13/14, Eusebio Sacristán was all smiles as he took his seat on the bench at El Sadar, with his team preparing to face one of the recently relegated sides from La Liga, Osasuna. Former Dream Team midfielder Eusebio surely must have thought that a winning formula must not be touched.

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