González on loan to Valencia

    Coach Xavi can plan at FC Barcelona for the LaLiga opener on Saturday (9 p.m.) against Rayo Vallecano with most of the top-class newcomers. World footballer Robert Lewandowski (33), winger Raphinha (25), midfielder Franck Kessié (25) and central defender Andreas Christensen (26) were registered with the league association on Friday, as per the LaLiga website. Previously, this hadn’t been possible for a long time due to the Catalans’ financial situation.

    Of the newly signed players, only defender Jules Koundé (23), who was last brought from Seville for 50 million euros, is missing from the list. Also listed in the squad on the LaLiga website are Sergi Roberto (30) and Ousmane Dembélé (25), who renewed their expiring contracts after the end of last season and were recently classified as unregistered in various media reports.

    update la league:
    6/7 players have been successfully registered! lewandowski, kessie, christensen, raphinha, dembele and SR can be used immediately.
    only kounde is missing, the registration should be done with pique’s adjusted contract, but there are obviously problems shortly before the conclusion! the negotiations are said to be on hold. ohh! I would be very interested in what’s going on there.
    apart from that, it’s worth mentioning that we’re rid of the 1:3 rule in the league. we …


    FC Barcelona had previously announced that it had sold 24.5 percent of the shares in “Barça Studios” to the company “Orpheus Media” for 100 million euros in what was already the fourth campaign of this type. With this further cash injection, the Catalans made the breakthrough. Although the league has to ensure compliance with the rules on financial fair play, according to the Spanish media it was not interested in superstars ending up in the stands.

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    Tuchel confirms: Alonso moves to Barça – Depay before agreement with Juventus

    In terms of further arrivals and departures, there was more or less white smoke at Barça on Friday. With Marcos Alonso (31) from Chelsea comes the alternative to left-back Jordi Alba (33) demanded by Xavi – only a medical check and signature are missing, according to the newspaper “Sports” still. In front of media representatives, Blues coach Thomas Tuchel confirmed the upcoming deal on Friday: “Marcos Alonso is no longer training with the team because he is waiting for his transfer to be completed. Everything has been agreed with Barcelona for a week and now we are waiting for the club to finally make it official.”

    Alonso is set to sign with the Catalans for two years with an option for a third. According to “Sport”, the fee for the Spanish national player is just under 10 million euros. Real Madrid’s homegrown Stamford Bridge contract runs until 2023.

    On the other hand, striker Memphis Depay (28) will probably leave Barcelona after a year, as recently reported. According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano an agreement of the Dutchman with Juventus Turin on a two-year contract is getting closer. Depay will reportedly not bring any transfer fee to the Blaugrana, but the salary saved will provide sufficient financial relief.


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    Barça also took Depay on a free transfer a year ago after his contract with Olympique Lyon ended. The right-footed player, the dream player of the then coach Ronald Koeman, who knew him from “Elftal”, signed until 2023 and contributed 13 goals and two assists in 37 competitive games. After the top-class signings, however, he would probably only be number three in the storm center.

    FC Barcelona: Xavi is currently planning with Aubameyang, de Jong and Pjanic

    Xavi also spoke on Friday about three other players who have been repeatedly named as candidates for exit: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (33), Frenkie de Jong (25) and Miralem Pjanić (32). Aubameyang, like De Jong, was last linked with Chelsea. However, the Barcelona boss said: “I count on Aubameyang. I am very happy with him, he can help us. Those I’m not counting on already know, they know they won’t play. A lot can still happen between now and August 31.”

    His announcement regarding Pjanic was also clear, who was last loaned to Besiktas Istanbul: “Pjanic will stay here. He convinced me and he will stay with us.” With de Jong, on the other hand, Xavi left room for interpretation – the situation of the Dutchman and his highly paid contract has been the subject of discussions for weeks. At first, Manchester United was considered a promising candidate for a commitment, but no agreement was reached. That’s why Chelsea was last traded as an alternative.

    With Alcácer, Ronaldinho, Thiago & Co.: FC Barcelona’s most expensive sales

    19 Paco Alcácer – 2019/20 for €21m to BVB

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    Games for FC Barcelona: 50
    (Data as of July 29, 2022)

    18 Zlatan Ibrahimovic – €24m to AC Milan in 2011/12

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    Games for FC Barcelona: 46

    17 Ronaldinho – €24.15m to AC Milan in 2008/09

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    Games for FC Barcelona: 207

    14 Thiago – 2013/14 for €25m to FC Bayern

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    Games for FC Barcelona: 100

    14 Emerson Royal – 2021/22 for €25m to Tottenham

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    Matches for FC Barcelona: 3

    14 André Gomes – 2019/20 for €25m to Everton

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    Games for FC Barcelona: 78

    13 Ronaldo – 1997/98 for €26.5m to Inter

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    Games for FC Barcelona: 49

    12 Pedro – €27m to Chelsea in 2015/16

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    Games for FC Barcelona: 321

    11 Yaya Touré – 2010/11 for €30m to Man City

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    Games for FC Barcelona: 118

    10 Yerry Mina – 2018/19 for €30.25m to Everton

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    Games for FC Barcelona: 6

    9 Nélson Semedo – 2020/21 for €32m to Wolves

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    Games for FC Barcelona: 124

    8 Cesc Fàbregas – 2014/15 for €33m to Chelsea

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    Games for FC Barcelona: 151

    7 Jasper Cillessen – 2019/20 for €35m to Valencia

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    Games for FC Barcelona: 32

    6 Malcom – 2019/20 for €40m to Zenit

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    Games for FC Barcelona: 24

    5 Paulinho – 2018/19 for €42m to GZ Evergrande

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    Games for FC Barcelona: 49

    4 Alexis Sánchez – €42.5m to Arsenal in 2014/15

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    Games for FC Barcelona: 141

    3 Luís Figo – €60m to Real Madrid in 2000/01

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    Games for FC Barcelona: 248

    2 Arthur – 2020/21 for €76m to Juventus

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    Games for FC Barcelona: 72

    1 Neymar – 2017/18 for €222m to Paris SG

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    Games for FC Barcelona: 186

    Xavi said: “Frenkie is important to me, he’s in the squad and that’s all there is to say about it. We’ll see until August 31, because the market is still open until then. We don’t know what will happen to many players until the end of the transfer window.” The former Barcelona captain also confirmed Nico González (20)’s forthcoming loan move to Valencia CF. According to club information from Saturday, the midfield talent previously extended until 2026.

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