Summer Transfers Update 1.0: Signing, Loans, & Youth

Like many of you, I love the summer transfer window. Not because it offers any concrete information on players, but because it is filled with rumor-mongering, lying, and general tomfoolery on account of clubs representatives, agents, and the players themselves. While some may despise it for this very reason (ahem, fearless leader Isaiah, ahem); the level of bluster fulfills some deep-seeded desire for gossip that I just need. As such, I am tasked with providing you with all the juiciest gossip on Barça players and possible transfers. I will update this periodically, and if I miss something, I am sure you will all make it painfully obvious to me in the comments. Please remember this is all based on rumors and speculation for the most part.

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Transfers

David Villa – Striker/Winger – FC Barcelona
Where We Stand: *CONFIRMED* Barcelona and Valencia agreed to this transfer at some point before the end of the Liga season and announced it momentarily thereafter for a €40M transfer and signed a 4-year contract.
Luke’s Entirely Too Early, Completely BS Prediction (LETECBSP): He’s going to sign with FCB! YES!

Cesc Fabregas – Midfielder – Arsenal
Where We Stand: Wild speculation abounds. It’s all Cesc, all the time everywhere. Depending on who you ask he’s either coming for sure (me) or he is not coming and the price is too damned high (Kevin). My theory is that the new president will want to make a big-name signing, and in Catalan-ville, they don’t get any bigger than the “prodigal son” (if you fancy ham-fisted biblical references). Also, I think he really wants to leave, I mean, really does. I know he loves Arsenal, but depending on what signings are made they are at best the 3rd best club in the EPL, and at worst somewhere around 7th, and he wants to win trophies. Further, a lot of rumors have him telling everyone privately he wants to leave.
LETECBSP: My opinion is that media scrutiny and Cesc’s admissions he wants to leave eventually cause Arsenal to cave on the purported $80M price tag and bring it somewhere in the €40-€50M range, and we sign him. Although that is too high, I’m just calling it how I see it.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Striker – FC Barcelona
Where We Stand: I hate to break it to the Eto’o apologists in the room, but this guy is not going anywhere. Despite outlandish rumors to the contrary (an $80M move to AC Milan, really?), Ibra’s agent has stated that he has no desire to move, especially to an EPL club, which seem to be the only ones who could afford the ransom it would require to buy him.
LETECBSP: He’s staying, I’m about 90% confident on it. Unless some team like Man City makes an outrageous offer above €40M or so. Laporta all but confirmed this today.

Thierry Henry – Striker/Winger – FC Barcelona
Where We Stand: All but signed, sealed, and delivered to the New York Red Bulls in the MLS, although for some reason he wants a free transfer, even though he has a year left on his contract. I’m not saying he’s gone for good, but…
LETECBSP: He’s gone for good. Some rumor had him to West Ham of the EPL, but my sights are squarely on the NY Red Bulls so Henry can finish out his career in his favorite non-French city. I doubt he leaves on a free.

Yaya Toure – Midfielder/Defenseman – FC Barcelona
Where We Stand: Well, his agent is an outright ass, so we know that much. Anyway, he’s probably gone for any number of reasons, not many I agree with. However, if some club offers anything north of €25M, we have to sell. No offense to the big guy, but he is in no way worth keeping with offers coming in at those numbers. While he may want to stay in Barcelona, he also wants time, and while the club may want to keep him around, other younger midfielders plus Pep’s preference for Biscuits may get in the way.
LETECBSP: 80% chance he leaves. I’ll move it higher if he has a great World Cup and a club like Man City offers us way too much money, but right now I’d say he leaves unless the market is dry or he just changes his mind.

Dymytro Chygrynskiy – Defender – FC Barcelona
Where We Stand: Chygy has been linked to at least 4 EPL clubs (including Arsenal and Manchester United), but the big new rumor is going to Bayern Munich because Van Gaal loves him in the same way Pep does.
LETECBSP: I think he stays because Pep will put some kind of huge price tag on him, like $30M or something because he likes what he has seen previously. But you never know.

Alberto Botia – Defender – Sporting Gijon
Where We Stand: *CONFIRMED* Botia has been on loan to Gijon all season from FCB and the youth team. It has been confirmed that he is leaving on a free to Gijon and signed a 4-year contract, although FCB does retain buyback rights during the first 3 years. We wish him luck, and hopefully he will be back.
LETECBSP: He’s leaving for Gijon. Just call me Nostradamus people.

Pedro! – Attacker/Winger – FC Barcelona
Where We Stand: *CONFIRMED* Pedro has signed an extension with FCB until 2015.
LETECBSP: He’s going to be here for a long time and we are making a huge investment in him.

Xavi – Midfielder – FC Barcelona
Where We Stand: *CONFIRMED* Xavi has signed an extension until 2016. After 2013, he must play in more than half of all games in order for his contract to be extended on a year-to-year basis.
LETECBSP: He’s going to finish out his playing career here.

Loaners

Is Hleb coming back?

Aleksandr Hleb – Midfielder – FC Barcelona/Stuttgart
Where We Stand: After spending a year in Barcelona, being unfairly derided, and playing sparingly, Hleb was sent on a 1-year loan to Stuttgart where he started most games in the midfield and showed himself nicely. Now it seems he is on his way back to Barcelona in order to add much-needed depth at mid and hopefully atone for some mistakes.
LETECBSP: He’s coming back, although if he plays poorly this year, he’s gone for good.

Keirrison – Striker – FC Barcelona/Florentina
Where We Stand: After spending the first part of the year on loan to Benfica and playing very little, K9 was shipped to Fiorentina, where he played much better, scoring 2 goals and providing good work rate on the attack. As of right now, his loan to Fiorentina extends until the end of the 2010-11 season with an option to buy at €14M after that.
LETECBSP: He’s in Fiorentina until June 2011, then we will see.

Victor Sanchez – Midfielder/Defender – FC Barcelona/Xerez
Where We Stand: He spent the past year on loan to Xerez and scored 2 goals, while getting some good experience. VicSan spent the year over there on a free and FCB can recall him should they so choose.
LETECBSP: Um, yeah… Your guess is as good as mine. I’d bet his stay is extended permanently, but who knows?

Martin Caceres – Defender – FC Barcelona/Juventus
Where We Stand: Juventus wanted Martin, and they got him. He played well early on and I thought for sure he would be back in the blaugrana until he injured himself and only ended up playing 15 games, although he did score 1 goal. Juventus has an option to buy him now and that is a likely option.
LETECBSP: Probably staying at Juve and will be a big part of their future, although rumors of Arsenal swooping in have popped up.

Henrique – Defender – FC Barcelona/Racing Santander
Where We Stand: Well, he was pissed when he was shipped to Santander last year, especially after the signing of Chygrynskiy. Although rumors have him moving to a more competitive side on another loan, it may also be likely he gets a shot if Rafa is gone, or he may well be sold elsewhere due to clogging at the position and the entrance of Bartra.
LETECBSP: Again, your guess is as good as mine, probably a loan.

Youth Players

Am I leaving?

Gai Assulin – Winger – FC Barcelona/Atletic
Where We Stand: Being as it is sometimes difficult to find English information for youth games, I can tell you that he has scored 2 goals on the year for Barça Atletic. Recently, rumors have that Arsenal and Chelsea are hot on his trail, wanting to find the next great young La Masia player.
LETECBSP: Um, probably staying. Maybe he will get some more time for the big team? I have no idea. If someone came in with a good offer, I’m sure we might listen.

Jonathan Dos Santos – Midfielder – FC Barcelona/Atletic
Where We Stand: *CONFIRMED* Re-signed for two years with the club. Huzzah!
LETECBSP: He’s here until at least 2012.

Thiago – Midfielder – FC Barcelona/Atletic
Where We Stand: *CONFIRMED* According to Sport, he’s coming back with the same deal as his BFF JDS, it will be signed next week.
LETECBSP: Not leaving.

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118 Comments

  1. Kari
    May 29, 2010

    Villa off; Fernando Llorente on

  2. May 29, 2010

    Love the idea of Benayoun, he would fit into our system really well and does not have an ego, he would be completely content as a role player. I also really like that Pjanic kid from Lyon, could add some serious young depth to our midfield, I know its blasphamous but I would give up either JDS or thiago plus Hlieb plus 15 mil for that kid (pjanic).

    • barca96
      May 29, 2010

      ur clueless on this one john :p

      first of all, i dont think pjanic would want to sit on the bench.
      and 2nd of all, why give away players who are tailor made for us?

      • May 29, 2010

        Ur nuts if u think Pjanic is not on a different level than both of those guys. Thiago is 19 and JDS and Pjanic are both 20….only one of the three had an amazing Champions League campaign last year, scored against Fiorentina , scored again and assisted twice in their next game, OHHHH and then he knocked out Real Madrid, the kids a player period. Not so clueless bro. Any person that is a true FAN and not a cantera FAN BOY would rather have him over either of the 2 kids next year……

      • Jnice
        May 29, 2010

        He’s a self-proclaimed EE fan, so talent aside, I don’t really want him here. He obviously is more talented than JDS and Thiago and that’s in large part due to first team experience.

      • May 30, 2010

        Well that changes everything, but I stand by my assertion that he is a better player that either JDS or Thiago and just because he is not a cantera grad, should not exclude him from being considered. Being a EE fan does exclude him lol.

  3. jordi
    May 29, 2010

    Yes if only for his heading im glad llorente replaced Negredo who also has a penchant for reds.

  4. Kari
    May 29, 2010

    Umm, OT, but I’m confused.

    Villareal B is currently playing Real Sociedad (and losing 1-0) in the Segunda Division (i.e. Spanish version of the English Championship). Now, Villareal is still in the First Division and I believed that there had to be a division between the A and B teams as to avoid the possibility of the B team getting promoted and playing in the same league as the A team, so, Villareal B should be playing in Segunda Division B. Was there a change in the rules or something…?

    • Tim
      May 29, 2010

      Villareal B can play in the Segunda, but they cannot be promoted and my understanding is that if Villareal were to be relegated, Villareal B would be relegated as well.

      Barca Atletic is currently involved in the playoffs to be promoted to the Segunda. Their next match is tomorrow.

      • Kari
        May 29, 2010

        I see. Makes sense, I guess. Thanks Tim!

        And Go Barca Atletic! Luis Enrique’s doing great for the team!

  5. IS
    May 29, 2010

    Here’s something that hasn’t been discussed much (for some strange reason)… What happens if/when YAYA goes??

    Now we all know that Busi and Keita offer a different set of tools, so with that in mind, do we go for another DM? No other DM out there can provide what Yaya gives the team. Most DMs are hyperactive ‘tackle-and-passers’ (think Mascherano), so in that sense, losing Yaya will inevitably mean a certain loss of calm on the pitch when it’s needed. I don’t know about all of you, but personally, I do feel that a replacement would be necessary – preferably someone who won’t cost us too much (ie. not Mascherano – Messi won’t be too happy but oh well) and who plays at a Yaya-pace with the same attacking qualities.

    From what I’ve seen over the past year, I would say Toulalan could be a decent replacement. Any views on this matter?

    • Eklavya
      May 29, 2010

      well it has been discussed …

      we will definitely need a DM if yaya goes

  6. barca96
    May 29, 2010

    here’s the link to the mino’ interview regarding the mental hospital.
    http://www.elmundodeportivo.es/gen/20100529/53936045018/noticia/raiola-si-guardiola-no-quiere-ahora-a-ibrahimovic-deberia-ir-a-un-hospital-mental.html

    57% of over 60k people voted NO when asked if ibra should stay.
    and an overwhelming
    86% of nearly 29k people voted NO when asked if the ibra-etoo swap was good.
    so as you can see, its not only the papers that are unhappy with ibra, its the people in barcelona as well.

  7. Kxevin
    May 29, 2010

    Thanks to all for not rising to Auld Super’s bait. We’ve wasted enough bandwidth a player without whom we wouldn’t have won the Liga this season.

    Who is Luke? Luke is a lurker/commenter who has, distinguished himself and, frankly, meets a need with what he will be able to with World Cup coverage.

    If The Yaya leaves (and Fabregas comes) it will change the way we approach things at any rate since, for the price we are going to pay for him, no way does he sit.

    So if the Mascherano rumors have truth, it makes sense. You’ll need more of a destroyer back there. Have to wait and see on that one. Expect The Yaya to move (and not to Citeh) for 20-30m. He won’t go anywhere that isn’t going to Champions League.

    As an aside, talking about needing mental help, The Yaya wanting to leave the best club in the world is crazy.

    If Assulin hasn’t been re-signed, there’s a reason. Not worried about him. The JDS and Thiago news makes me very happy. Those two are the future, and may well be promoted next season.

    If the rumors are true about Fontas and Muniesa are true, the squad players that we so desperately need could very well come from the cantera.

    Hleb, if he shows the right committment, will do just fine as a squad player. That will help his value, which will help us sell him next season.

    • May 29, 2010

      Ahhhh I love to see you defend our BIG ASS NINJA GANGSTER SWEDE!!!

      • Luke
        May 29, 2010

        Glad to know I fill a need Kevin. 🙂 I appreciate the kind words.

  8. Kxevin
    May 29, 2010

    And this, by the by, is where the nonsense comes in. Sport and EMD start the anti-Ibrahimovic campaign. . Raiola thinks there is some truth to it, and lashes out on behalf of his client.

    Recall the Guardiola vacation madness last season.

    • Jnice
      May 29, 2010

      Yup. It’s ridiculous.

      And by the way, is it only me who laughs when reading the conclusion of one of their “Only 10 million separates Barça from Cesc” articles? They ALWAYS end with some optimistic B.S.

      -Each day, the signing gets closer and Cesc will fulfill his dream of wearing the Blaugrana shirt.

      -His long awaited return becomes more of a reality each day.

      -His signing could be closed before the start of the World Cup and he will finally rejoin his family.

      Silly stuff.

  9. barca96
    May 30, 2010

    i know you guys like ibra, but why is my post still awaiting moderation.
    this is the 2nd time when i post a link regarding ibra.

    • Tim
      May 30, 2010

      If you want to post a link put a slash or something else before it like /http:// or *http://

      You bypass the need for the moderators to ok it.

      • barca96
        May 30, 2010

        ahhhhh no wonder i see people putting the slash..lol
        i was always cursing at those people! lol.

  10. barca96
    May 30, 2010

    Mino Raiola:”Pep should go to a mental hospital if he’s not playing Ibra”

    Mino Raiola, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent stated for ‘Com Radio’: “If after paying 75 million for Ibrahimovic, Guardiola does not want him, I would recommend to go to a mental hospital.”

    The agent insisted, and compared the player’s situation with that of a marriage: “A woman marriage renewed annually or speak when they want to divorce?” Said Raiola and said, “If you sign a player for 75 million each year do not speak , you talk when you do not want more. “

  11. Jim
    May 30, 2010

    Slight change of view from Ibra’s agent? If he’s really wanting to stay, Ibra needs to get a hold of what this guy’s saying. Pep may already be hacked off at the attempt to pressure him to play Ibra. In a way I feel sorry for Ibra. He’s always seemed to want to give this a real go but in this downtime before the WC he was always bound to be one of the topics for discussion. However, his big chance will come at the start of next season when our WC players will be needing careful handling and he should be raring to go after a full pre season.

    *http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=791254&sec=transfers&cc=5739&cc=5739

    Can’t see him going to either to be honest. City would be seen as a big step down and don’t think a tall CF would be top of Chelsea’s shopping list till they see if Mourinho will manage to lure either or both of Lampard and Ashley Cole as money would be needed for replacements.

  12. Jnice
    May 30, 2010

    That article didn’t use Raiola’s whole statement. After that he said,

    “He is happy in Barcelona and although he hoped that the end of his season would be different, he scored 22 goals and his first year has been quite positive. Also, [Joan] Laporta has said that he is not for sale.”

    • barca96
      May 30, 2010

      but there was no need to attack pep in the first place.

  13. Jim
    May 30, 2010

    Yeah but my point was that there was no need to say that at all and the extra bit is hardly a ringing endorsement of his intention to stay. Sounds to me like the start of a hedging of bets from the Ibra camp. I’ve no problem with him staying and fighting for a place but this smacks of a ” just in case they decide to sell me I’ll get the new challenge excuse in first”. It’s easily halted in its tracks by Ibra speaking to the press himself so there is no doubt.

    I say again players need to get a hold of what their agents say. How hard would it be to tell their agents they are history if they bad mouth the coach or suggest a move is possible? Otherwise, the obvious inference to be drawn is that the player tacitly supports what is being said which I doubt Ibra does.

  14. Bundy
    May 30, 2010

    If players are under so much pressure when it comes to these situations, why do they let their agents stir things up more and make things worse?

    It just baffles me, I understand agents work for their clients to get whats best for them. But wouldn’t things be easier if they tried to stay away from the media, then there may be more respect pointed in their direction.

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