La Liga Transfer Rumors: Giuseppe Rossi Transfer To Barcelona "Definitely Off"

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Giuseppe Rossi Transfer To Barcelona "Definitely Off"

According to Giuseppe Rossi's agent the Villareal striker will not be moving to Barcelona despite rumors for weeks that the deal was nearly done. Villareal head coach Juan Carlos Garrido already admitted that they would have to sell Rossi if a good offer came in and it appeared as if it did from Barcelona, but the striker who scored 18 La Liga goals for the Yellow Submarine will not be moving to the defending league and UEFA Champions League champions.

"It's a deal that is definitely off," Rossi's agent, Federico Pastorello, told Sky Sport 24 on Thursday. "We are now evaluating a number of options for Rossi's future, but we can't rule out the possibility that he could remain at Villarreal. How much will he cost? His valuation is that of a top player."

What changed in recent weeks is still unclear. Villareal's valuation of Rossi might have been more than Barcelona thought he was worth or Barcelona may have allocated the money that would have gone in the Rossi deal to Alexis Sanchez, who it appears as if they are on the verge of signing from Udinese.

Rossi will not be short on options to move. He was coveted not just by Barcelona, but by Tottenham Hotspur and several clubs in Italy, the country for whom he plays internationally.

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Barcelona Transfer Rumors: Alexis Sanchez To Sign Barca Contract On Monday

Good news for Alexis Sanchez and Barcelona fans - bad news for Udinese and Real Madrid. Sanchez appears to have all but wrapped up a move to the La Liga and European champions after Udinese accepted a revised bid from the Catalans, with Manchesters City and United also meeting the Serie A club's (very steep) valuation of Sanchez.

Udinese attacker Alexis Sanchez (22) will on Monday travel to Barcelona to sign his contract as new Barcelona player. [canal 13]less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Apparently Barcelona offered Sanchez the least money out of the three teams Udinese were willing to deal with, but he opted to go with them anyway. And why not - it's not every day you get the opportunity to be a front-line starter for the best team in the world. Putting both Lionel Messi and Sanchez on one team seems almost unfair.

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Atletico Madrid Transfer Rumors: Sergio Aguero Not Heading To Juventus Just Yet

Despite rumours that Atletico Madrid forward Sergio Aguero was bound for Serie A side Juventus, it doesn't look like he's going anywhere quite yet. The 23-year-old isn't going anywhere until after the Copa America, but had been heavily linked to Juve - but his agents are now saying that they haven't met with anyone from Italy and aren't aware of any deals being particularly close:

Sergio has two agents and we have both been in Argentina, we have not met anyone. We have not been in Italy or anywhere, we are in Argentina working on his future. He is quiet, he has delegated this to us and is now focused on the Copa America.

It is clear that Kun is eager to play Champions League football next season. However, it will not be a decisive factor in the decision on his future. We are currently considering his options and many factors play a role in his decision.

Aguero is one of the top strikers available on the transfer market, so it's hardly a surprise that the rumours that he was heading to Juventus for roughly the price of Jordan Henderson have turned out to be untrue. The media, of course, are saying that this means Chelsea and Manchester City are once again on the lookout for a possible transfer for the highly-rated Argentinian, but one has to imagine that the purported interest from Juventus hadn't slowed them down on bit in their pursuit of Aguero.

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Rumors The Only Thing Moving In Spain For Now

There are plenty of transfer rumors flying around the Spanish media but despite a great deal of players being connected with a great number of clubs (and vice versa), we are still wearing for the first shoe to drop. Which is to say, waiting to see if Barcelona or Real Madrid make the first move in the transfer window.

Despite different denials and acknowledgements from agents and team owners, the Alexis Sanchez to Barcelona rumors keep moving right along. The latest bit of news come from Bojan Krkic's agent who claims that Barca is indeed in talks with Udinese and that his client is being offered as part of a potential deal to bring the Chilean winger to the Camp Nou. There's also been some buzz in the Italian media about Bojan moving to Roma with the appointment of former Barcelona B manager Luis Enrique as the club's new manager.

Giuseppe Rossi rumors have cooled considerably though the Villarreal's forward caused an unintentional stir by flying through the Barcelona airport on his way to New Jersey for vacation. You can imagine the nonsense that spread at the word Rossi was in Barcelona, though there was zero evidence that he was doing anything more than getting ready to catch a plane to the United States.

The Cesc Fábregas to Barcelona talk is still around as well, though it's been much quieter thanks to the ruckus surrounding Sanchez and Rossi. Despite reports that Cesc would be willing to take lower wages to join the Catalan club, the announcement of Barca's €45 million war chest has allowed the English media to pour cold water on the rumors. It seems obvious to the BBC and many other outlets that this will not be enough to pry the midfielder away from Arsenal.

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Barcelona Transfer Rumors: Strict €45M Budget For Transfers This Summer

European champions FC Barcelona have revealed that Pep Guardiola has a €45M transfer budget to spend this summer unless he can raise additional funds with 'beneficial' player sales, says vice-president for economic affairs Javier Faus. The club is undertaking a concerted effort to cut the debt, and that means no more outlandish transfer sprees, at least for a little while:

[Barcelona have] €45m for transfers, plus the money that can be obtained from sales [of players] in the close-season. When we speak about sales we will only consider those that are beneficial to the club...

There has been a very significant effort, which will continue over the next two years, to cut [the] debt. For this board of directors, this milestone is unavoidable and cannot be waived. FC Barcelona lost €83m last year and €21m this year and it cannot allow itself to continue losing money.

While that might seem like a lot of money, most of it will be eaten up by the anticipated transfer of Alexis Sanchez, who's in line to cost as much as €35M by himself. Then again, one has to wonder just why Barcelona need much in the way of a transfer budget - they're the best team in the world and recruiting additional superstars seems rather silly at this point. They should probably just acquire a backup centre back and call it good.

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Barcelona Transfer Rumors: Buying Alexis Sanchez From Udinese For 30 Million

Alexis Sanchez, the hottest item on the football transfer market, the Udinese star that has been linked to every top club in Europe, may be about to end what could have been a summer's worth of speculation about his ultimate destination. That's right, Barcelona is about to put a ring on it, offering up 30 million Euros and Bojan to Udinese in return for El Niño Maravilla. That means Manchester City, Inter Milan, Chelsea, and whoever else was worshiping at the altar of Sanchez now needs to go have a good cry before picking a name out of a hat and paying an exorbitant fee.

Nothing is confirmed yet, of course, but the wires in Spain are buzzing about the inevitable acquisition. However, Udinese patron Gino Pozzo has said that no deal has been reached, either between Barcelona and Udinese or Barcelona and Sanchez.

Back to the newspaper sales, boys and girls!

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Udinese President Says Barcelona Are Favorites To Sign Alexis Sanchez

 22-year old Alexis Sanchez of Udinese is one of the most coveted young players in Europe at the moment and if comments made by club president Franco Soldati are to be believed, and why wouldn't they be, Sanchez could be on his way to the Camp Nou this summer.

Of course, this is the beginning of the silly season and many things can happen, but this isn't a one off post from The Sun so we have to consider the is a legit story. Soldati made his comments to Radio Sportiva today, stating that the Catalan club is at the head of a lengthy list of suitors for the Chilean winger that includes Manchester United, Manchester City, and fellow Serie A club Juventus.

It's not just Soldati making comments though, Sanchez himself expressed his interest in joining Barcelona to Futbol over the weekend.

Barcelona would be a splendid destination.The interest of great clubs makes me proud. It means I am doing well. I want to progress, play and win important trophies and to do this you need to play for the most prestigious clubs. Therefore I hope to have this chance.

Despite the fourth place finish in Serie A that has Udinese preparing for a Champions League qualifier, it appears they are willing to move Sanchez and reap the financial benefit now. Can't blame them I suppose, since they are likely to get enough money from Barcelona, or someone else, to buy two or three good players.

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Real Madrid Transfer Rumors: Fabio Coentrao On Verge Of €25M Move

Real Madrid are apparently on the verge of acquiring Benfica and Portugal left back Fabio Coentrao for a fee believed to around €25M, with Argentinian centre Ezequiel Garay also being sent to Lisbon as a makeweight. Coentrao, 23, is widely regarded as one of the top fullback prospects in the world and is the first major acquisition for Madrid this summer as they attempt to peg back a dominant Barcelona in La Liga and Europe.

PortuGOAL.net's Ben Shave gushed about Coentrao's potential to shine at Real Madrid, citing his incredible speed from deep as a major threat to the opposition:

Put simply, Fábio Coentrão has the potential to become one of the game's most accomplished left-backs for years to come. The 23-year-old from the northern fishing town of Vila do Conde has many of the characteristics most prized by José Mourinho: pace, technical ability and an unswerving commitment to the cause.

Though he has played further higher up the pitch at times during his fledgling career, Coentrão is at his most effective when operating from a deeper position: his pace and lung power make him a devastating proposition, particularly when arriving late on the overlap. Already colleagues at international level, Coentrão now looks set to link up with compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo in the white of Real Madrid, further increasing the Portuguese influence on Mourinho's merengues.

Although no formal announcement has been made, one is expected by the end of Tuesday. It sounds like a very good deal for both teams, but with the departure of David Luiz to Chelsea in January and Coentrao now, Benfica are going to have to do a little spending to make up for the gaping holes that have appeared in their defence. Don't worry, though - they have plenty of cash.

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Villarreal Will Sell Giuseppe Rossi For The Right Price

Villarreal manager Juan Carlos Garrido has admitted that should a good offer be presented for star forward Giuseppe Rossi, the team will likely sell the Italian. Garrido told AS that if the right off came along that his club would accept it and begin the process of finding replacement players.

Rossi has been repeatedly linked with Barcelona over the past couple weeks and negotiations between the clubs are believed to be well underway. Rossi's agent Federico Pastorello also spoke with AS yesterday and confirmed that negotiations are on-going between the two clubs, but as expected, Barcelona have remained quiet up to this point. Rossi has said publicly that he would love to play for the Catalan club.

Villarreal claims that no acceptable bid for Rossi has been received with seems to contradict Jaime Redknapp's tweet last week claiming that the Yellow Submarine had rejected a £27 million bid for the forward. Whatever the case, the price tag for Rossi is expected to fall somewhere between €25 to €30 million.

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Atletico Madrid Transfer Rumors: Diego Forlan Close To Dubai Move

United Arab Emirates Football League side Al Wasl raised some eyebrows when they announced the hiring of Diego Maradona as manager (for an absurd amount of money, of course), but they apparently weren't done making splashes. Now they're going after out-of-form Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan as well, and are apparently working on closing the deal, according to CEO Ashraf Ahmad Mohammad:

[Diego Forlan] is one of the big names on the line, I can't deny that but we still haven't closed this deal. We are working on it. We are certainly doing our best to bring top things to this country, because the UAE (United Arab Emirates) deserves it.

[Maradona] knows that we've signed Chilean midfielder Edson Puch, and he's seen Francisco Yeste and Mohammad Shaiba. He's now talking about a striker and I think that we've given him that opportunity

Diego Forlan became a household name after a strong 2010 World Cup that saw him voted player of the tournament, but has since struggled for form and has been linked with a move away from the club for months (Major League Soccer side Seattle Sounders FC reportedly expressed an interest during the January transfer window, but nothing materialised). While Forlan's been playing poorly in La Liga, he'd still be a top player in the UAE league, although the amount of money they'd have to pay him to bring him over would be staggering.

It's unclear how much the Sergio Aguero situation would effect any possible Forlan transfer. If Atletico do lose Aguero, which seems likely considering the comments the Argentinian made on Monday, they may be less inclined to lose one of their more established players, but that might not matter if Al Wasl throw enough money at them. And if the Dubai-based team have anything, it's money.

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La Liga Transfer Rumors: Giuseppe Rossi Comes With A Monster Price Tag

Any club going after Giuseppe Rossi in the summer transfer window is going to have to pay something approximating two arms and two legs. Giant arms and legs. And some money. According to Villarreal USA's translation of an article from El Periodico Mediterraneo, Villarreal rejected a bid for the American-born Italian forward from Tottenham Hotspur in the January transfer window - a bid that featured both €33M in cash and England striker Peter Crouch as a makeweight.

That package would probably be worth upwards of €40M, strongly implying that if Villarreal are to be persuaded to sell their prized asset during summertime it's going to cost whoever picks him up an awful lot of money indeed. We're starting to stray into Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez territory at that price, and it's difficult to envision anyone topping Tottenham's supposed offer. With Rossi signed through 2016, there's no pressing reason for the club to sell, so this might simply be a 'hands off' message to everyone else.

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