There's still not been any official confirmation from Barcelona (no press release, not even a line on their website), but on Wednesday, Monaco revealed they had completed the signing of 18-year-old Jordi Mboula from the Catalan club. It won't be one of the biggest transfers of the summer; it will, though, be one which should draw reflection at Barcelona. Why has the star of their Under-19 team's run to the UEFA Youth League semifinal this season decided his career is better served elsewhere?
Proving there's more to the Barcelona ethos than delicate tiki taka, the Under-12 side resorted to ruthlessly efficient route one tactics in their win over Villarreal on Sunday.
Coming directly from kick-off, the ball was laid back for Gerard Hernandez, who proceeded to smash the ball over the opposing goalkeeper from well inside his own half.
Two touches and in, all in the space of a couple of seconds. Football really doesn't get much more direct than that.
Hernandez's herculean strike helped Barca's...
With the locals obviously clamouring for football as the off-season chugs on, a huge mural of Lionel Messi has appeared in the centre of Barcelona.
Daubed on a wall in abstract hues, the brilliant painting has been unveiled in the Garden of the Three Chimneys in the Sants-Montjuic district of the Catalan city.
This is shaping up to be Barcelona's most important summer since 2014. That year they had ended the season trophyless -- excluding the Spanish Super Cup -- and were preparing for life under Luis Enrique, who had replaced Gerardo Martino. They also signed players in Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suarez who were capable of seizing an immediate first-team place.
It's all very similar this year. Barca did win the Copa del Rey this season but they still ended the campaign with a feeling of disappointment, preparing...
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Gunners eye blockbuster James deal
Arsenal are plotting a spectacular move for Real Madrid star James Rodriguez, with the Mirror claiming that the Gunners will have to pay £50 million for the Colombian.
The former Monaco and Porto attacking midfielder wants to play first-team football in the buildup to Russia 2018, after he failed...