Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Weekly Round-Up (20): Villa could be presented

Every week an overview of the posts from this blog, written by Xaviniesta, is published on Barcelona news site totalBarca.

Catalan media are abuzz with speculations that significant signings could take place ahead of the June 13 elections for Barcelona president.

More specifically, sources have claimed that Valencia star striker David Villa could be presented before the end of Barcelona president Joan Laporta’s term in June and that reportedly, a principal agreement (with a 30 million euro price tag) has been reached between Barcelona and Valencia representatives during a meeting held last week.

The move to get Villa (and Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas) to ink a deal before election day has been linked in recent weeks to Laporta’s alleged plan to block presidential candidate Sandro Rosell from announcing signings to boost his candidacy.

Rosell and bitter rival Laporta are also currently tangled up in controversy over former Barcelona player Ronaldinho after Laporta claimed in a recently published book that Rosell tried to convince him to sell the twice named World Player of the Year to English side Chelsea so they could cash in on a 10% commission that reportedly came with the 100 million deal. Both Rosell and Chelsea have denied the claims and are said to be preparing legal action against Laporta.

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