Adeu, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. We hardly knew ye.

I don’t have much to say about this one, yet. At least not any depth. Numbers aren’t available yet, but AC Milan and FC Barcelona have agreed to a one-year loan deal with an obligation to purchase at a number in the neighborhood of 40 million Euros.

I’m a little sad right now, not for the player and his gargantuan potential and never seeing it again in FCB colors, but for the way that this all transpired. In just a season, the man we labeled BANGS went from tens of thousands of fans swooning over him at the Camp Nou, to not good enough, to gone. And it was a mess. A big, fat mess that should have been handled better, irrespective of whose ultimate responsibility it was.

And the reputation of our club is a little …. no, a lot tarnished. At present, it is unknown whether we are going to replace him, or soldier on with what we have. While we’re figuring it all out, here’s a tip-top compilation of all of the goals of BANGS from this past season.

By Kxevin

In my fantasy life, I’m a Barca-crazed contributor over at Barcelona Football Blog. In my real life, I’m a full-time journalist at the Chicago Tribune, based in Chicago, Illinois.


  1. A WHAT?! A LOAN?! so we don’t have his services AND we’re still paying his wages!?

    wow. colossally, monumentally, mind-numbingly horrible management of this situation with the worst possible outcome for the club. when are the presidential elections again?

    1. Where does it say we’re paying for his wages if it’s an initial loan? BA you need to wait before you jump to conclusions. We’re not paying for Ibra to play in Milan so Milan can decide if they want to pull the trigger on Ibrahimovic in a year when he’s worth less. I can guarantee you that much.

  2. isnt it still silly season. youre probably right, but i wont believe it until it is on the FCB official site. right now, it isnt.

    1. what i mean is, i wont believe he is gone until it is on the official FCB website. someone cited as a (the?) source.

  3. Are you serious? Seriously? SERIOUSLY? Hey Kevin, you’re a little late for April Fool’s but nice try.

  4. One year on loan and then obligated to pay 40m over 4 years ??? NOOOOOOOOOO, this has to be the worst nightmare ever!
    If we still have to pay his salary, we sold him effectively for 28m, but the money is transferred over a period of 5(!) years!
    Worst day since a very long time as a Culé.
    I will sleep now and pray that tomorrow morning, all this will have been a VERY bad joke. Farewell

  5. My Hector pills are working quite nicely—Okay, what the hell?! A loan?! A freakin’ loan. Not a pile of dosh and then some?! Robinho HFH@#$@$AI3HA&&&^y#!@*!)@#&#—

    *quickly swallows a bottle and a half of Hector Pills and injects self with Ramzi anesthetic*

    What are we talkin’ about?

    Ah yes, Atleti winning and preserving our legacy. Yeah. Who’da thunk it? Watch them go and start match day 10 in the relegation zone. They live to defy.

  6. The loan aspect of this is most likely accounting. It’s just a way for both Barcelona and Milan to make their books look better and possibly to help pay off Ibra’s exit bonus.

    The reason why Barca doesn’t want to sell Ibra now is because if they did they would have to take a large loss on their accounting books. If they can book the sale next year then they won’t have to take as big of an accounting loss.

    Milan has 70M euro of wages coming off of their books next season. That’s a big part of this deal. Milan probably doesn’t have the cash flow to start paying out Ibra’s transfer fee and salary this year.

    So if Milan was adamant about not paying out on the transfer fee’s first installment until next year Barca probably figured that they’d just book the sale as actually taking place next year for accounting purposes.

    Milan will pay Ibra’s salary this upcoming year while he’s on loan. The entire deal would make no sense if they didn’t.

    The real financial issue that still is unclear is how big the exit bonus Ibra will get from this will be. It could be very large.

    1. So, does selling Ibra not make the finances look worse? After all, he was on the balance sheet as an asset, right? And they will be selling him at less than his listed value, even if they take the loss next year.

    2. I guess what I’m asking is whether from an accounting point of view does this deal help with the club’s financial situation?

  7. Wow, watching that video make me VERY angry he is leaving. So stupid how it all turned out. We lost out two tallest and most physical players this year…..

  8. Sky Italia is repoting that AC Milan will pull out the deal,they tried to reduce the fee from 40m to 30m but we refused,King Zlatan is stayiiiiiiiiing,Thanks god,I can bet on this.

    1. I saw something on Sky Italia about it being a loan and 30m, not 40, and no backing out of a deal.

  9. I am not sure about the source but he is staying,this post Adeu Zlatan makes no sense

  10. Shiiiiiit. Is this how I am going to have to live until Sep.1!? haha.
    I checked Sport, El Mundo Deportivo, and Sky Sports and they all, very surprisingly, have nothing posted regarding the deal. It must be true then, right????? fuuuuuuuu

  11. Given the way this deal is structured I would be very, very surprised if Barca got less than 40M. It wouldn’t really work for a host of reasons if they got less than that.

    Also, from Milan stand point even at 40M this is a very good deal for them. They got it done completely on their terms. Completely.

    They don’t have to pay out until next year. It’s in multiple installments. That decreases what it costs them in real dollars. On top of that structuring it as a loan could be extremely favorable to them depending on how they do their accounting.

  12. I’ll believe it when I see it officially posted, not before. Ugh. I just want it to be over, either way!

    I was never a huge fan of Ibra, but I didn’t really want him to go, either. I thought he brought something different to the team, another option for Pep to think about can only make us stronger….right?

    But, you know, I just watched this video. And what I saw….every single goal (aside from the penalty) was set up by someone else. They did all the running, the passing, the finessing, and he just booted or headed it in after someone passed it to him. Nothing wrong with that, exactly, but compare it to what David Villa has done already after playing less than 90 minutes. How many touches, how many passes has he already had?

    I think Barca will be fine without Ibra. I’m sad to see him go, and even sadder about the way he is going. But…I guess we don’t really need him anyway. Good luck, Ibra, I hope you find what you’re looking for!

    1. But Blitzen, recall Villa’s goal against Milan? He did exactly what you said Ibra did in the video.

      And regarding touches, against Sevilla, Villa played on the left wing, so he will always get more touches than Ibra did playing in the center. Even so, Ibra had more touches when he dropped deeper against Milan.

    2. Well of course, most goals are set up by someone else, including Villa’s against Milan. I guess what I meant is that Ibra just didn’t “click” with the Barcelona style the way Villa does–naturally, since Villa also plays with the Spanish NT. But I would have loved for him to have another season to “gel”.

      Honestly, I don’t even know what I’m feeling right now. Disappointed, mostly. I was really looking forward to seeing how a three-pronged Villa-Messi-Ibra attack might work. This whole thing is a mess, and I want someone to blame and I don’t know who. I can’t help feeling that if everyone had just communicated better this never would have happened.

  13. oh sorry,it was just a Milan fan in a Barca forum saying that and saying that it was on skysports italy and I got excited as I want him to stay,but still this post makes no sense even if his percent of staying is 10%,anyway by 1 semptember,Zlatan will be training with the Barca shirt and I will come here to tell you that.

  14. Hilal, Aug. 17, 2010: “Everyone is assuming that Villa will score a gazillion goals this season and not that I am doubting him or anything, but I wonder what the fans will say if he only scores 20 goals or so. Will he be deamed a failure like Ibra?

    What would be an acceptable number of goals for a 40m striker to score? 30? 40? Clearly 20 is not enough for some, so just wondering, what is the number that will make the Villa buy a success?”

    I would love to know what number would have been regarded by most as successful. If the answer is 30 goals, well then Ibra gave 9 assists, which is very high for a striker, so he did actually contribute to 30 goals. I guess it doesnt count for some unless he scores them. I just find it so weird.”

    1. its not about numbers,its about overall performance.Ibra had a very good year and he is called a flop because of his 70m tag,Barca fans are sick

    2. Someone who is on Hector Pills, same day: “In all honesty, when people dislike a player, they try to justify their dislike by pointing to anything and everything.

      “He affects our dynamic”. “He’s too static”. “Our football looks disjointed and doesn’t flow whenever he plays”. “His body language pisses me off”. “He looks like a gangster”. “His nose isn’t that magnificent”. “He’s not Eto’o”.

      Basically, people don’t understand what exactly Ibra offers. When they do understand, they don’t like it. Why? Because it’s different to what they’re used to (WHICH IS THE POINT!)

      So they think, “Man, I don’t like this guy. How much did he cost? Eto’o plus a pile of cash?! The hell?! Then how much did he score? Less than Messi? Damn him! And we play like that when he’s in the line-up?! Sell him. He’s crap.”

      I’ll be honest and say that I was majorly bummed when Villa didn’t come last season (Remember, Villa was Pep’s first choice. It was only when Valencia said he wasn’t for sale at the last moment that we went for Ibra. Eto’o was also being difficult and no-one wanted to buy him. But you know that). Now that we have both, why not play the both of them? That’s surely better than picking one or the other. Duh!”

    3. Correction:Villa was never Pep’s first choice,The reason behind Eto’o departure was Pep’s will to change our style,we became predictable,all of the teams knew the way we played,so if you look at the 2008-2009’s team and the 2009-2010’s team you will find 3 changes:Busquetes from a squad player to a starter,Pedro the same and Ibra,The Pedro and Busquetes thing was not planned because they earned their place because of hard work,yaya stated the season as our first choice but then Busquetes earned his spot and deserved to be our first choice,same with Pedro,Ibra:It was a very smart decision from Pep,Villa could have been only an upgrade to Eto’o as CF,being in the right time to finish providing the dimension of Pace but with Ibra,all of our game style would change,instead of using short passes to the pacy striker,we can use long balls to our striker,we can have a player who can hold the ball and allow the other players to move,a player who can give us a plan B because he has incredible technique and mad skills,so Pep’s choice was Ibra,we only went for Villa because we thought he would be cheap but when Valencia asked for 50m,we went for our top target with 20m higher,we were struggling to find a buyer for Eto’o also,but still the choice of Zlatan was brillian but paying 50m plus Eto’o was a bit too much

    4. I respectfully disagree, Mido.

      Eto’o was in the last year of his contract and was always going to leave at the end of the 08/09 season (really, he was meant to leave during to summer before that season, but didn’t want to leave and decided to buckle down and work hard). Otherwise, he’d have left after the end of the 09/10 season on a free.

      Problem was, no one wanted to buy him. He was being difficult, from dodging answers to ignoring calls to having excessively high wage demands.

      IMO, the “change in style” that was stated during and after the Ibra deal to appease the fans that were no doubt uncomfortable with selling Eto’o after such a successful season. It made sense and it was something they could say was an “failed experiment” if it didn’t work out. Lo and behold. And we get Villa the next season.

      I’m sure Pep would have liked to have the same kind of striker for 09/10 season because, while he likes to tamper, I honestly doubt Pep would have wanted to make such a radical change to something that was working really well. Eto’o had to leave and Villa, a similar player who we were chasing all last year and the year before, wasn’t able to come.

      Therefore, in my eyes, Ibra was second choice.

    5. Kari pep had been trying to sign a” big tall guy” since his 1st press conference saying samu wasnt welcome ,before he ended up staying of course.

      I remember because there was talk about adebayor (this struck me with fear) and mino was flirting was us even then but ibra was always a distant dream, impossible but a dream nonetheless.Then samu stayed scored and a hatfull of goals but remember how helpless we were against chelsea.

      Tito said pep looked at him and said he didnt know where the goal would come from but lucky for us andres had destiny in his boots.If pep was happy relying on one in a million shots we’d have shelled out on villa since hes basically a more clinical version of samu, it was only 5 million extra after all, but for that money and the possibility of signing a striker that potentially would give more options and different systems to play, with the same cash(45 million), they chose ibra.

      Theres no way you “settle” for ibrahimovic.Not after the hell we needed to go through just to pull it off. Note Txiki never ruled out signing villa along with ibra after we had signed him.They probably just didnt predict henry would decline so quickly.Had they known, i think their priorities would have shifted.Of course these are all just opinions and pep could well have wanted the best striker in the world Bendtner for all we know 😀

    6. I. remember. the. Adebayor. talk.


      Alright, alright. You guys win. I forgot about that press conference.

    7. Now, now, if there one thing you *can* say about Ibra, it is that he has a magnificent nose!!! 🙂

  15. Just makes you wonder what could have been…awsome wtf goals from could have been the best attacking 3 in the world. Bummed doesent describe it. Oh and btw Ibra was not a failure/

  16. If that loan thing happens, its an act of absolute charity. Thats the politest way I can put it. Hey does anyone know if Barca are gonna sign a cheap target man or will that be Pique??
    Barca trying to cut their losses but we’re at our midget limit

  17. As Euler notes, it’s a business thing. They are paying his salary, and it is functionally a transfer. Don’t get lost in the details. It will be announced tomorrow.

    1. Kev, considering the nature of this transfer and the way in which it’s evolved – where the figures and options (ie. loan/sale/loan+sale) keep changing on an hourly basis – how come you think that this is the ‘real deal’? For all we know it could turn on it’s head again tomorrow… (as many eternal optimists would hope for..).. after all, the BANGS hasn’t come out and spoken yet..

      PS. The title of this post, the inclusion of that video, and the preemptive timing of the post are making me think that despite your recent “Let’s get this crap over with – if he wants to go, give us the cash and take him” attitude, your soft spot for BANGS remains…

  18. Wow, its bad enough that i gotta watch yaya spred mayhem for city, now ill be wincing every time Ibra shouts Vamos!! for Milan.

    All becoz our club is under some illusion that egos equals exit door.
    Just imagine the maltitude of World Class players running around on free contracts if all clubs adopted our approach.

    19 first team players.
    For a team of our ambition
    U gotta be sh***en me.

  19. Yeah its sad day- don’t think he was given a fair crack at it. That wage bill was always gonna make him an easy target.
    Anyway they need two players. Cheap cf – and a cb.
    What a rotten horrible feeling its left after the year.

  20. Wow. I am just disgusted. Not sure what to say.

    All i can do is pray that this whole mess is not Rosell’s doing and that Pep wanted Ibra out, that to me would be the only silver lining in this whole crapfest.

    My fear is the Rosell forced Ibra out and is now going to try and force Robinho into the team…. if that is the case we can say bye bye to Pep 🙁

  21. Rossell has some obsession with Brazilians-thou he isn’t associated with kerrison and henrique. We just can’t do proper exits at this club

  22. Well I don’t expect Pep to be manager forever-look at the stress on him as it is. And I don’t expect luis enrique to be coach of Barca b foever either.
    Thou if Pep goes I’m sure Rosell will give it to his man. nightmares about Koeman. Shakes.

  23. This is a huge fucking mess that could have been avoided. I’ll probably be accused of being a non-barca fan again for saying this, but Guardiola is far from perfect.

    I’m so disappointed.

  24. Is it me or did all of this crap start when Rosell took over as presi? I know there were some people yapping about Ibra’s departure before the elections, but they weren’t nearly as ridiculous as they are now.

    It’s only been a few months, but you can clearly tell the club has put out a much more negative vibe than positive, and as stated in the article, the image and reputation of the club has been severely damaged.

    I know you can’t put that all on Rosell, but I can’t find any coincidence that it got more intense since he took office, and now we have this mess. It’s not only frustrating, but dare I say, sickening, too.

  25. I just don’t understand how people are assigning blame at this point in time. I could play devil’s advocate and say it is Laporta’s fault for saddling us with a very expensive liability.

    The fact is we have no idea what happened, and so at times like this it is best to leave our pitchforks in the barn and practice being calm.

    1. Well said.

      Guess fans like myself are just too quick to find a scapegoat in a situation like this. It’s chaotic.

    2. Perhaps it’s better to spend our time sharpening our pitchforks so that when we do find out who’s to blame… 🙂

  26. good luck ibra!in sunday we have a match!i am tired with the negativity and the moanings here but ok,i guess for some of you some players are most important than the team.when eto left last summer i was pissed off but for me there is only the sad or whatever.the guy is a rich egomaniac bastard.i don.t give a shit about him.visca barca!

    1. Yes, but our team is becoming smaller, not only in actual average height but in its roster size! How are we supposed to compete on several fronts with such a small team?

  27. Piece of information coutesy of Graham Hunter
    ‘Zlatan, Hleb, Keirrison, Càceres, Henrique, Chygrinskiy.with wages, fees, and commission and we are touching €200m ill-invested.Take a bow.’
    Tikxi. thats depressing

    Devils Adovate;
    What about if Rossell is merely the whistle-blower at our catastrophic debt??
    God,I can just imagine Laporta literally rolling in the dosh.
    Actually I don’t know what to believe anymore. I’ll just wait for the book

  28. Every team in europe knows how we play, and make no mistake, we may no longer be european champions but our rivals know we remain the business.

    Problem is skill and technique can only take you so far, we have elevated the possession game to previously unimaginable standands.

    When ur fiercest rivals are in the mould of Inter, Chelsea, Man Utd and a Mourinho led Madrid, u dont sell off the little power and brute u have 4 wateva reason.
    This is why gettin mash is a step in the right direction

    How can you make changes to ur squad without factoring the demands and strategies of ur rivals, coz as far as i can see this is exactly wats happening.

    1. me too. this is his last training session w/barca, probably.


  29. While some rumors generate anger, others just force a smile on my face…

    I just google translated a section from Sky Italia’s report on the transfer saga and from what I could make of it, while they are claiming that the price is now one year loan + 30m, they’re also suggesting that Galliani (who according to them is one of the ‘superstars of the summer’ along with Raiola and apparently Rosell) will squeeze us even further and bring it down to 25m!

    (no comment)

  30. I am one of the people who has never been an admirer of Ibra. I saw him in the Gamper against Milan, and I knew has had to go. He has the same problems as he had last term. Dont want to go into all of them. Both Bojan and Villa has better movement with and without the ball, and his game has not improved from the last time I saw him play last season.
    I have to give credit to Rosell and Guardiola to come up with this decision. Trophies or not, I will enjoy the Barca games more this season with an attacking line not made of Ibra, aka Messi Iniesta Villa Bojan Pedro!. Amen

    1. Sorry, but that’s a contention that just isn’t supported by watching the match. Krkic moves well without the ball. So can I. Question is, what do you do when you GET the ball. This season as last, if you’re Krkic, you lose it to a grownup, then throw up your hands and smile cutely as if to say “Boy, that would have been a goal had I not been muscled off the ball!”

      I can’t give credit to anyone who is willing to essentially GIVE a player away, and 30m is giving a player away.

      As for your increased enjoyment of a front line that doesn’t feature Ibrahimovic, Messi and Villa, congratulations. That makes you essentially a planet of one. Nothing wrong with that. I’ve been a planet of one on things such as the value of Hleb to the club, etc. Being a planet of one gives you plenty of space to roam, etc. Rock on.

  31. Can’t we give The Guard at the gate of Santos 10 Dollars and He’ll look the other way while we Take Keirrison Back ?

  32. We also lost Adria Carmona to Milan yesterday on a free. He was highly rated at one time, I guess he wasn’t making the right progress with Juvenil A.

    I wonder how Iago Falque is doing at Juventus. Not too well I don’t think.

  33. “And the reputation of our club is a little …. no, a lot tarnished.”

    aehm, why?? I mean, we’re talking about Ibra and Mino Raiola. They are kind of known in the business, especially when it comes to Mino wanting an exit for Ibra. He did similar shenanigans at every station before. In fact, I got both texts from Ajax and Inter friends, and both were “that a##hole again”. So, the only reputation we have now is that we fall for agents with terrible reputations. Otherwise, what reputation should be tarnished?

    1. Because we don’t do business like this, with agents bleating, our coach lashing out, and official legal statements of intent posted at the club Web site, then blowing a world-class player out for a cut-rate price. What do we sell Messi for when he falls out with someone? “Give us a tenner and he’s yours.”

      I want my club to conduct its business with respect and calmness. This is a rushed deal, and rushed deals are only good for one party.

    2. But you’re not seriously blaming the club over their behavior in the Ibra case, after Raiola went public and said that Pep will leave Barca before Ibra does, do you? I mean, until then there was no real problem with Ibra staying, he just had to accept his new role.
      And what exactly did you expect the club to do after Raiola going public? To treat him with respect? Besides, the legal issue is just to get rid of further contracts the club signed with Raiola. Not exactly a bad thing.

      And Messi is apple-orange comparisons. Messi is to us what MJ is to Chicago. That is, as long as Messi performs like he does, he is untouchable, whether we like it or not.

  34. I’ll wait till this is official but this smacks of bad management.. Loan for the first year? Are we that broke that we can’t afford 12m? 40m stretching over four years? Why not 1m spread over 40 years? Will look great on the books..

  35. well today is a day of highs and lows…more low than anything else though perhaps.
    I’ll miss BANGS, his fist pump celebration at the camp nou against EE will live long in the memory, one of the truest strikes iv ever seen. always believed in him and thort people were way to harsh :(.

    BUT there is the new addition to the family. Mascerano is gona keep Thong Boy on a leash in El Classico, hes gona kick some serious ass this year. I cant get over the fact how determined he is to win every ball when ever iv watched him. His passion reminds me to Zlatan, *sigh* ohwell.

    Replacement for Zlatan? Theres no one really that comes to mind. Adebayor can keep pissing off arsenal supporters at City. If a deal is struck and we have to pick either Huntelaar or Boriellio? id pick Boriellio …hestantly. Llorente and Augero come to mind but theres no way there clubs will let them go.

    Time will tell. Teu mateix, bona sort Zlatan.

    1. Mario Gomez is a Barca fan, and though he didnt do great last season at Bayern, he was previously a sort of goal-machine for Stuttgart. Besides he is tall, kinda plan B.

      Another tall player who had a subpar last season is Dzeko, but i believe he could do great at Barca

    2. I would say Balotelli purely because hes got all the aspects of a great footballer…one thing that makes me say no though is his bloody ego and attitude. im just saying. Dzeko is interesting but he would be risky. I think were gona have to toughen it out untill winter.

  36. Lil Bojan’s 20 today 🙂
    i remember his debut like yesterday.
    and maxwell turns 29 aswell

    1. and list for santander : Valdés, Pinto, Abidal, Alves, Milito, Piqué, Puyol, Maxwell, Adriano, Sergio Busquets, Keita, Xavi, Iniesta, Jeffren, Bojan, Messi, Pedro y Villa.

  37. Maybe there is some good to come out of this. If we don’t sign anyone, at last we’ll be able to make up our mind about Bojan who will probably see a whack more playing time. He’s at an age where he knows the system inside out, we have genuine LW /RW threat, he seems to have bulked up a little and he’s seen Pedro grab his chance. If he doesn’t make this a genuine breakthrough season with a shedload of goals then it’ll be time to say thanks and cheerio.

    I’m totally torn over him. I’ve always thought he was unlikely to make it at Barca as I couldn’t see what he offered. He doesn’t have extra pace, he’s not a great dribbler, he’s small – yet he scores the sort of goals that I see a number 9 at Barca as scoring a bunch of. A quick diagonal movement losing the marker for a second and a scrappy poke into the corner. He did come onto a game when we needed him during Ibra’s end to the season and even against Inter the oft mentioned header he missed he was there, he found the space where nobody else did against them and his speed off the mark for the disallowed goal was breathtaking for me.

    I dunno – maybe I’m clutching at straws. I know he has flaws, maybe he won’t see much time of Pedro keeps the form of last year but there is a bit of me that sees his desire to play for us and wants to see him get a run to prove it one way or the other.

  38. I think we are seeing the death throws of Laporta’s “legacy”. It’s on him Ibra arrived at the club, (is it only me who thinks he was tranferred in simply because EE spent so much that summer resurrecting their Galactico spending?)

    Anyhow, whichever spin is put on it, the half a billion euros of debt the club has strapped on brings vast pressure, look at Man Utd for example. That pressure on the club what is playing out now.

    Cheers Joan!

    1. Yeah, thanks for bringing us out of a financial crisis to begin with, 4 Ligas, 2 CLs and an unmatchable squad..

    2. Dunno. It’d be difficult to think of a situation where there was less pressure on Laporta to spend than last summer after the season we had had.

    1. Let’s wait till 18:30 CET when the deal will be made public. I don’t believe this yet, Rossell is looking to reduce our debts, consequently he CANNOT accept a 30m for Ibra… that would be idiotic.

    2. Not as much of a joke as buying him for 42 million euros + wages + Eto’o and then getting shot after one (decent) season. And in the same tf, bringing Chygrynsky in (and out) for a loss of ten million.

      The euros may as well been piled high in the centre circle of the Camp Nou and set on fire, bonfire of the vanities style!

    1. It wouldn’t be a shocker at all. Relationship between Barca and Ibra-Riola has drastically deteriorated in the last few day, so Milan can easily come with “take it or leave it” offer of 25-30m. This whole affair is a complete disgrace.

  39. As much as it pains me to say this, we need to realize that when you’re the biggest, most expensive signing in club history (Ibra) we expect more from you, especially when you take home a monster salary to boot.

    I was really excited to see Ibra come to Barca and I thought he would be able to create goal scoring chances out of the most difficult situations. But the simple truth is that he is not built for Barca’s attack. He is too big, and too static.

    Pep won’t buy more player now but … we need a striker now that Ibra has gone, some one to come off the bench in Villa’s absence… any thoughts, guys?

  40. Side note, is anyone having trouble with the NewsNow stream? Mine hasnt opened in at least 3 days.

  41. Forget bout transfers, its too late
    We are laying seige on three competions with an army enough to win the battle but perhaps not the war.
    Hope i eat humble pie

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