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    BARCELONA presidential candidate Joan Laporta has reportedly targeted Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero as ‘a potential statement arrival’. Laporta, who is challenged by Victor Font and Antoni Freixa, will discover whether he is elected on Sunday amid a turbulent week at the Nou Camp. 2Sergio Aguero is reportedly being targeted by Barcelona this summerCredit: EPA 2Barcelona presidential candidate wants the Argentine as a bargain free transferCredit: EPA Former incumbent Josep Maria Bartomeu was sensationally arrested while his replacement will be left to address huge debts that are believed to be around £1.1billion. Knowing the financial difficulties the LaLiga giants face, Laporta knows he must be prudent in the transfer market. City's all-time top scorer Aguero, 32, is out of contract in the summer and available for free. And with talks over an extension yet to take place, the Argentine has stated he will wait until the end of the season...
    Lionel Messi, Joan Laporta. Getty/Quality Sport Images/NurPhoto Joan Laporta has warned that Lionel Messi will leave Barcelona unless he wins the upcoming presidential election. Laporta, who was the club's president between 2004 and 2010, will seek re-election on March 7. "If I don't win, I am sure that Leo will not stay at Barcelona," he said.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Joan Laporta has made a last ditch effort to boost his chances of winning the club's upcoming presidential election by warning that Lionel Messi will leave FC Barcelona this summer unless he wins. Laporta is seeking re-election having already enjoyed a successful period at the club's helm between 2004 and 2010, during which time Messi made his debut.  He will face off against Toni Freixa and Victor Font on March 7, when Barcelona members will choose a successor for Josep Maria Bartomeu.  Bartomeu stepped down...
    At least 13 people dead after SUV, semitruck collide in Southern California First Thing: Joe Bidens cabinet nominee bows out Mikel Arteta says he is fully focused on doing "much better" at Arsenal after he was linked with the Barcelona manager's job. © John Walton Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been linked with the Barcelona job Reports surfaced in Spain this week claiming presidential candidate Joan Laporta was eyeing a move for Gunners boss Arteta if he won the race to return to Barca. It was during his previous spell in the role that Laporta appointed Pep Guardiola as the head coach and ushered in an era of sustained success. Arteta went on to work under Guardiola at Manchester City and took over as Arsenal manager in December 2019. Having come through the famed La Masia academy at Barca, Arteta is now said to be on a managerial shortlist...
    BARCELONA presidential candidate Joan Laporta has warned fans: Vote me out and lose Lionel Messi. Over 110,000 clubs members will cast their votes for Barca's next president when elections commence on March 7. 3Joan Laporta has warned Barca will lose Messi if he loses presidential electionCredit: EPA Laporta is one of three names in the running for the role alongside Antoni Friexa and Victor Font. And he has ramped up the pressure on his rivals by claiming superstar Messi is ready to pack his bags unless he is voted in. The Argentine is out of contract in the summer and is set to leave having grown disillusioned with life on and off the field. Messi currently pockets around £500,000-a-week at Barca which have become unsustainable with the club's finances crippled from the coronavirus pandemic. However, Laporta insists his good relationship with Messi means he is confident...
    (CNN)Few people will envy the man elected to be the new president of FC Barcelona.The upcoming election -- to be held on Sunday, just days after four senior officials were arrested -- is arguably the most important in the club's history and comes at a time of crisis that appears to be deepening by the day.Historic debts, reported by Spanish newspaper El Mundo to be more than one billion dollars, forced Barcelona into a fire sale of some of the most important figures in its playing squad during the summer transfer window.The rebuilding of its decimated squad, proven once again in the recent 4-1 hammering against Paris Saint-Germain to be well below the standard of its European rivals, is one of just many headaches facing the incoming president.Top of the list, however, is the future of club talisman Lionel Messi. The Argentine made public his desire to leave Barcelona last...
    Laporta poses for the interview. Joan Laporta (Barcelona, ​​58 years old), president of FC Barcelona between 2003 and 2010, aspires to lead the Barça club again from Sunday. He had already tried in 2015, when he faced the candidacy of Josep Maria Bartomeu, then endorsed by the triplet of Luis Enrique’s team. Optimistic, seductive and charismatic, the lawyer is committed to recovering the club’s economy, a company that he claims to have achieved in his first stage at the Camp Nou. Ask. You, who have been a good center forward, are you playing central in these elections? Answer. Midfielder game. I don’t know how to play defense. P. How Busquets? R. Like Xavi [risas]… P. Do you have the feeling that you are competing against Victor Font [apuesta por Xavi como mánager general] and Toni Freixa, but also before Carles Tusquets, president of the management committee? A three...
    The Camp Nou registration which has led to the arrest of Josep Maria Bartomeu and three other directors of the FC Barcelona it has arrived on the first day of the week of the presidential elections. Whoever occupies it, one of his first functions will be to clean the prestige of the club from the institutional point of view and try to erase what happened, especially in Bartomeu’s last year at the head of the club. According to the news of the arrest of the former president, many glances have gone to the social networks of Víctor Font, Joan Laporta and Toni Freixa. Your opinion is not trivial in this matter and you can even change your voting intention if it is not what your potential voters expect. SportYou | Maria Carbajo The first to refer to what happened explicitly was Freixa, who was...
    ARSENAL star Hector Bellerin reportedly ‘has an agreement in place’ to join Barcelona if Joan Laporta becomes the club's new president. The full-back’s former club have frequently been linked with a move for him over recent years. 2Arsenal star Hector Bellerin reportedly 'has a transfer agreement to return to Barcelona if Joan Laporte becomes president'Credit: Getty Spaniard Bellerin, 25, is a graduate of Barca’s famous La Masia academy. The Daily Mirror claims Laporta has held talks and has an agreement with the Gunners defender’s representatives to try to negotiate a fee with Arsenal to bring him back. Bellerin, who is also of interest to Paris Saint-Germain, arrived in North London as a 16-year-old and has gone on to play over 200 times for the first team. He remains under contract until 2023, but today’s report states ‘he is open to rejoining his old club and returning to his home city’...
    MIKEL ARTETA is on a shortlist of candidates to replace Ronald Koeman as Barcelona boss, according to reports in Spain. The LaLiga giants look likely to miss out on silverware this season, which could cost the Dutch coach his job. 2Mikel Arteta has been linked to the Barcelona dugoutCredit: PA:Press Association Presidential elections taking place at the end of the week will play a huge role in the direction of the club. According to Catalan radio station RAC1, frontrunner Joan Laporta has added Arteta to his list of potential new coaches. Barcelona legend Xavi, currently managing Qatari league leaders Al Sadd, is thought to be the preferred option for the dugout. But Laporta is yet to decide whether or not to stick with Koeman, who will at least be given until the end of the season if the 58-year-old is elected. The lawyer and former Catalan parliament member held the...
    New York : The candidate for the presidency of FC Barcelona Joan Laporta will feature the former players Víctor Valdés, José Ramón Alexanco, Sergi Barjuán, Víctor Muñoz and Pichi Alonso and the former president of Mallorca Mateu alemany in case of winning the March 7 elections. “We will have all of them if we win the elections”, explained Rafael Yuste, who would be the sports vice president of Joan Laporta. He also had a few words for former captain Carles Puyol: “Carles, I would like very much that you can be with us if we win the elections”. ????️ Rafael Yuste: “We will love having Carles Puyol. He will help us a lot” pic.twitter.com/OxgUNzM1gw – Furia Culé (@ FuriaCule20) February 25, 2021 “We have the people that we consider that we can improve what we have, but out of respect for the professionals who are in the club, we...
    CHICAGO -- A $44.7 million judgment against the city of Chicago resulting from a shooting by an off-duty police officer of his friend, leaving the victim paralyzed, was tossed out Tuesday by the 7th U.S. Court of Appeals.The appeals court ruled the city can't be held liable for the shooting by Officer Patrick Kelly that left the officer's friend paralyzed. A jury in 2017 found the city repeatedly failed to identify Kelly as a problem before he shot Michael LaPorta in the head after a night of drinking.Chief Judge Diane Sykes wrote because none of LaPorta's federal rights were violated, the verdict against Chicago cannot stand.RELATED: COPA recommends firing of officer who shot friend in head in 2010"LaPorta's case is tragic," Sykes wrote in dismissing the jury's verdict. "His injuries are among the gravest imaginable. His life will never be the same."Kelly did not face criminal charges in connection with...
    CHICAGO -- A $44.7 million judgment against the city of Chicago resulting from a shooting by an off-duty police officer of his friend, leaving the victim paralyzed, was tossed out Tuesday by the 7th U.S. Court of Appeals.The appeals court ruled the city can't be held liable for the shooting by Officer Patrick Kelly that left the officer's friend paralyzed. A jury in 2017 found the city repeatedly failed to identify Kelly as a problem before he shot Michael LaPorta in the head after a night of drinking.Chief Judge Diane Sykes wrote because none of LaPorta's federal rights were violated, the verdict against Chicago cannot stand.RELATED: COPA recommends firing of officer who shot friend in head in 2010"LaPorta's case is tragic," Sykes wrote in dismissing the jury's verdict. "His injuries are among the gravest imaginable. His life will never be the same."Kelly did not face criminal charges in connection with...
    CHICAGO (AP) — A $44.7 million judgment against the city of Chicago resulting from a shooting by an off-duty police officer of his friend, leaving the victim paralyzed, was tossed out Tuesday by the 7th U.S. Court of Appeals. The appeals court ruled the city can’t be held liable for the shooting by Officer Patrick Kelly that left the officer’s friend paralyzed. A jury in 2017 found the city repeatedly failed to identify Kelly as a problem before he shot Michael LaPorta in the head after a night of drinking. Chief Judge Diane Sykes wrote because none of LaPorta’s federal rights were violated, the verdict against Chicago cannot stand. “LaPorta’s case is tragic,” Sykes wrote in dismissing the jury's verdict. “His injuries are among the gravest imaginable. His life will never be the same.” Kelly did not face criminal charges in connection with the shooting. Cook County prosecutors reviewed the...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A federal appeals court has thrown out a $44.7 million judgment against the city of Chicago, awarded by a jury more than three years ago over off-duty Officer Patrick Kelly’s shooting of his friend, Michael LaPorta, after a night of heavy drinking. In January of 2010, police were called to Kelly’s home and found LaPorta with a gunshot wound to the head. Kelly claimed LaPorta had shot himself with the officer’s gun in a suicide attempt. It wasn’t until 2017 that the case was revisited and investigators found that Kelly had pulled the trigger and then lied about it for nine years. READ MORE: Chicago Police Board Begins Hearings On Bid To Fire Officer Patrick Kelly For Shooting Friend And Lying About It That same year, a federal jury found the city liable for LaPorta’s injuries, which have left him permanently disabled, paralyzed on the left side....
    Getty Barcelona are one of several clubs being linked with Borussia Dortmund goal machine Erling Haaland currently, and coach Ronald Koeman was asked about the speculation at a news conference on Saturday. The Dutch coach is reportedly keen on Haaland but was giving little away about the possibility of bringing the striker to the Camp Nou, saying, “We’ll have to wait to see who is the president and sit down with him and see what signings we can make for the future of the club.” Haaland is one of Europe’s most desired players currently and has scored 31 goals in 29 appearances for club and country so far in 2020-21. Barca are due to elect a new president on March 7. Follow the Heavy on Barcelona Facebook page for the latest breaking news, rumors and content!Haaland Becomes Barca’s Top TargetBarcelona’s financial problems have been well-documented this season and...
    Getty Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta has claimed he could be able to bring Borussia Dortmund goal machine Erling Haaland to the club in the summer should the Catalan giants require a big-name signing. Laporta, who is the favorite to be named Barcelona president in the club’s elections in March, was asked about the possibility of signing Haaland despite the club’s financial difficulties, as reported by ESPN’s Jordi Blanco. The interviewer asked, “If the squad needs an upgrade, do you have cards ready to reinforce it? Can you think of a player like Haaland?” Laporta replied, “Yes. I have all the cards ready to face any situation and if we have to improve the football team I have the cards ready to play them.” The presidential favorite was also bullish on the future of captain Lionel Messi who is out of contract at the end of the season....
    BARCELONA presidential candidate Joan Laporta has spectacularly hinted he will try to sign Erling Haaland if he's voted in to bring back the glory days. The Borussia Dortmund star, 20, is quickly proving his hot start to life at Borussia Dortmund was no fluke, set to join Kylian Mbappe in becoming the 'new Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi'. 3Joan Laporta has promised Barcelona will move to sign Erling Haaland if he's elected presidentCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3Joan Laporta is keen to bring the glory days back to BarcelonaCredit: EPA Haaland has scored 18 Champions League goals in just 13 matches following his double in the 3-2 win over Sevilla in the last-16 first-leg on Wednesday. And Laporta has suggested he will go all-out to rival Real Madrid for Haaland's signature if he's voted in for a second crack at life as Barcelona president. The lawyer also served as club...
    As it progresses RAC1, Joan Laporta wants to Juan Carlos Navarro in the dome of the basketball section of the FC Barcelona. The former Barça player is one of the youth team coordinators, but the candidate wants him as one of the top managers of the basketball section. Navarro thus becomes another of the great bets of a Laporta that promises important changes in the club if he wins the elections on March 7. Both parties have established contacts three weeks ago, but it has not yet been announced whether the former player has accepted the candidate’s proposal. The position that Navarro would hold is also unclear, since the sports director Nacho Rodriguez He still has a contract in force and was one of the most responsible for the signing of the coach Sarunas Jasikevicius. Although precisely the good relationship between Navarro and the coach could be one of the...
    BARCELONA captain Lionel Messi is 'tired and frustrated' at links to Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports. The 33-year-old's contract at the Nou Camp expires at the end of the season. 2Messi, 33, is not interested in discussing his futureCredit: Getty Images - Getty He is expected to leave the club after 17 years of service, having previously pushed for an exit last summer before being forced to stay put. And Spanish newspaper Marca claim Messi is growing tired of the speculation surrounding his future, as he has already made it clear that no decision will be made until May. Messi - whose stunning £492million contract was leaked this month - tried to quit Barca before the start of the season after becoming disillusioned under former president Josep Maria Bartomeu. And the six-time Ballon d'Or winner is said to be waiting for the results of the upcoming Barcelona presidential election on...
    MANCHESTER CITY could face a fight to keep Sergio Aguero following reports of Barcelona presidential hopefuls contacting the striker. SunSport revealed last month that the LaLiga giants were tracking Aguero ahead of his contract expiring in June. 4Sergio Aguero is reportedly ready to hear out an offer from BarcelonaCredit: Reuters 4Presidential candidate Joan Laporta is one man rumoured to have contacted the striker's campCredit: EPA But it is understood that the 32-year-old would like to remain in Manchester. A new contract offer is not expected to arrive until he can prove his fitness, having made just nine appearances all season. Should Aguero become available, Barcelona are reportedly ready to snap him up. According to Cadena Ser, a number of presidential candidates have enquired about the striker coming to Spain. And they have reportedly been told that he is keen on the switch. Aguero is good pals with Lionel Messi and...
    LIONEL MESSI must 'integrate into Catalan society and culture' including by learning the language as part of his Barcelona contract. However, the Argentine has the ability to trigger a free transfer should the Catalonia region become independent of Spain. 5Lionel Messi must 'integrate into Catalan society and culture' including by learning the local language, his Barcelona contract statesCredit: Getty Images - Getty These are some of the bizarre clauses in his current deal at the Nou Camp, as leaked by El Mundo. The £492million contract - signed in 2017 and expiring this summer - was publicised at the weekend. It is worth up to £123m per year - or £2.4m per week - and includes a £102m renewal fee for signing on the dotted line as well as a loyalty bonus of £69m per year for staying. Now the Spanish newspaper, who obtained a copy of the 30-page confidential...
    LIONEL MESSI wants to stay at Barcelona next season, insists presidential candidate Joan Laporta. The club captain, 33, is out of contract at the end of the season. 3Lionel Messi wants to stay at Barcelona beyond this summer, according to Joan LaportaCredit: Rex Features Messi came close to quitting the club last summer when he handed in a transfer request before making a dramatic U-turn to honour the final year of his contract. He stated in December he still 'doesn't know' what he will do in the summer with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City battling to sign him on a free transfer. Laporta, though, reckons he will go nowhere and remain at the Nou Camp - and made it clear Barcelona's £1billion debt is not the Argentine's fault. The favourite to win the upcoming presidential election on March 7 said: "I have indications that he feels good at Barcelona and...
    BARCELONA presidential hopeful Joan Laporta has hit out at Paris Saint-Germain's 'disrespectful' pursuit of Lionel Messi. The Ligue 1 club have been linked with a move for the Argentine when his contract expires in June. 4Joan Laporta has slammed Paris Saint-Germain's chase of Barcelona's talismanCredit: EPA 4Lionel Messi is yet to sign a new contract at the Camp NouCredit: EPA Manchester City and Inter Miami are also thought to be interested following Messi's attempt to terminate his Barcelona deal last summer. But PSG sporting director Leonardo's comments on chasing the 33-year-old angered Laporta, who is competing to become Barcelona president in March's elections. The Catalan threatened to take the matter to Fifa and criticised Les Parisiens' links to the Qatari government. He told reporters: "[Barcelona] must be capable of making a good proposal that Messi is willing to accept, that depends on the club. "I would understand any answer [from...
    Ronald Koeman has insisted that the Barcelona sign up Eric Garcia in this winter market. The Barça coach was present at the meeting called by Tusquets with Laporta, Font and Freixa, the three candidates for the elections of the Catalan group, to debate the new electoral calendar after the Generalitat approved the vote by mail. The Dutch coach has been accompanied by Henrik Larsson. In this meeting, the coach has made it clear to the three candidates that the arrival of Eric García before the end of January is vital, since Koeman considers that he cannot face the knockout round of the Champions League against PSG with only two centrals. However, the coach has not been able to convince the candidates and the Manchester City defender It will not arrive until the season ends at zero cost. Both the president of the manager and Laporta, Freixa and Font agreed that...
    Little by little more and more details are known of what could be in the near future, not too distant, the European Super League. Some details are already known but new approaches and notes are always welcome that give greater body to that idea of ​​super competition that is increasingly sounding with more force. This time, the speaker of these news is none other than Joan Laporta, currently candidate for the presidency of the Barcelona Soccer Club and, for many, the biggest favorite to take back the reins of the culé club, his second term. The lawyer went through the microphones of El Transistor de Onda Cero where he explained part of his current electoral career and where he also responded to questions about the Super League. Florentino Pérez and the Real Madrid are some of the main drivers of this new championship that will concentrate the best of Europe...
    He Barcelona It is going through a critical economic situation that its next president will have to face. Joan Laporta, Víctor Font and Toni Freixa, the candidates for the next elections now postponed, have developed their own models to try to get the Catalan club out of bankruptcy. This is the most important front, but not the only one to which whoever occupies the old office of Josep María Bartomeu will have to respond. Joan Laporta, Toni Freixa and Víctor Font are the candidates for the presidency of Barcelona in the next elections. The difficult economic situation the club is going through urges to take serious measures to clean up some depleted accounts. Each one of the candidates to occupy the presidency of the Barcelona entity has its own plan of action in the face of an unprecedented crisis in Barcelona. Laporta’s plan: sponsorships, bonuses and Espai Barça One of...
    From this Thursday, Victor Valdes stopped being coach of the UA Horta, With which he terminated his contract by mutual agreement after the dispute in his last game against the bottom of Group 5-B, UE Sants, 2-0. It was a decision that had already been made before and not consummated after the defeat of his team. Your announcement goes hand in hand with the more than possible return of Joan Laporta to the Barcelona Soccer Club, clear favorite to win the elections that, in principle, should take place next Sunday, January 24. ‼ ️ ‼ ️ # SomhiHorta⚪⚫ pic.twitter.com/HMCa3XA0Uy – Unió Atlètica d’Horta (@uahorta) January 15, 2021 “The UA Horta and Victor Valdes They have reached an agreement to terminate their contract. From the club we want to thank you for your effort, professionalism and commitment shown since your arrival. We wish you the best of luck in his new...
    Laporta, Font, Freixa and Rousaud (from top to bottom and left to right). Illustrated Service (Automatic) / Europa Press As if it were a football match, whose regulations require that all possible measures be hurried to avoid its suspension, FC Barcelona has tried to keep the date of Sunday, January 24, for the holding of the elections, a difficult objective to achieve. comply after the restrictive measures approved by the Generalitat to combat covid-19. The Government has decided to extend the municipal confinement for a week, and therefore extend it until the 24th, a circumstance that makes it difficult for the Barça members to go to the polls to decide the replacement of Josep Maria Bartomeu. The decision, in any case, still depends on Barcelona. The representatives of the Barça entity will meet this Friday with the members of the Procicat (Territorial Plan of Civil Protection of Catalonia) and the...
    CRISTIANO RONALDO and Lionel Messi are sworn rivals, destined to divide fans in their fight to be considered football's greatest of all time forever. But it could have been so different, with Barcelona REJECTING the chance to sign Ronaldo and pair him with Messi for just £15million in 2003. 3Barcelona rejected the chance to sign Ronaldo for £15m in 2003Credit: AFP 3Man Utd eventually signed Ronaldo in 2003 after Barcelona passed on the ex-Sporting starCredit: Getty Images - Getty That summer, the Portuguese star was on the brink of leaving Sporting Lisbon after a rapid rise to prominence. Of course, Ronaldo ultimately joined Manchester United and shot to superstardom before moving to Real Madrid six years later. But now, Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta has revealed he turned down the chance to bring Ronaldo to the Nou Camp in a deal that could have changed the face of sport forever....
    Less than two weeks before the elections to the Barcelona presidency, as long as they are not canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Joan Laporta He is the great favorite to become the new boss of the Barça club. Not only because of the number of signatures obtained by the one who was president of the culé between 2003 and 2010, but also because of the fact that the bookmakers give him quite an advantage in the forecasts with respect to his three rivals. Something that has not always been the case since the beginning of the electoral campaign. In fact, Joan Laporta was quite far from the head last November in the forecasts, when the favorite was Víctor Font. The Granollers candidate led the forecasts with a share of 1.5 euros, more than one euro than a Laporta that had a 2.75 share per euro bet on Betfair. However,...
    One of the great effects of Joan Laporta During his campaign to return to the presidency of Barcelona, ​​he has been placing a giant canvas on a street near the Santiago Bernabeu. “You want to see you again” is the motto he chose, in a clear message to the great rival of the Blaugrana. That giant advertisement was praised, ‘memeed’ and the reason for many conversations among Barcelona fans, including the players themselves. Some, given their good relationship with Laporta in the past, sent him some messages. Including himself Leo Messi, whose future is up in the air and which will be the subject of negotiation for the next culé president. The content of the message was revealed in ‘The spar’ from Cadena SER, during an interview with the great favorite for the January 24 elections. According Manu Carreño, Messi said something like “Presi, the one you bundled”. Laporta tried...
    Víctor Font was a great favorite for the Barça presidential chair when the race to succeed Josep María Bartomeu began. Things, however, have not gone the way the candidate had thought. Joan Laporta has passed him on the right with a series of movements that have caused a change in the Font’s discourse. Of the “The sooner elections the better” supporting the motion of no confidence that overthrew the previous directive to “On January 24 elections cannot be held.” The candidate has seen how in recent weeks his promises have collapsed like a house of cards. First Xavi Hernández left him lying down, later Jordi Cruyff – running out of sports plan – and now he knows that he has it in Chinese after having achieved 4,713 signatures to support his candidacy for the more than 10,000 obtained by Laporta. The movement of the former president by placing a giant...
    Joan Laporta is convinced that elections for the presidency of the Barcelona safely on the scheduled date, and has indicated this in his appearance this Tuesday: “If exceptions are adopted to go to work, they can be adopted to go to vote. A country that can go to work can go to vote. You must make the exceptions that are necessary. There is the certificate of self-responsibility that, together with the Barça card, could be used to go. The elections can be held perfectly and with all the sanitary measures and promotion of participation. “He Barça can not wait any longer, we are losing gold opportunities such as the January market and begin to implement a shock plan to reverse the economic situation. Barça is without the accounts of the 19-20 approved and without a budget for the 20-21. This mismanagement cannot be allowed and we have to do everything...
    This same afternoon the term of the pre-candidacies for the presidency of the Barcelona Soccer Club to find, add and collect the 2,257 signatures necessary to become an official candidate for the Blaugrana throne. From today the countdown begins. The final stretch of who will be the new president of the Barça after the ruinous stage of Josep Maria Bartomeu at the head of the entity. From this Monday until next day 14 the counting and validation of the signatures will take place and it will be then when the finalists of this contest of which we already have some clues will be officially announced. There are many who already assure with guarantees and security that they have achieved the minimum necessary to be full candidates for the presidency of the Barça. Some of the candidates had quiet days after having made sure to pass the cut with some sufficiency....
    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Former Barcelona club president Joan Laporta has a simple pitch in his attempt to get reelected to the post. According to Laporta, he is the best chance Barcelona has of convincing Lionel Messi to stay put at Camp Nou. Laporta is one of a handful of candidates vying to become Barcelona’s next president in an election by club members called for Jan. 24. Besides having successfully led Barcelona a decade ago, Laporta’s strongest asset to win over voters is his relationship with Messi, whose future with the club is in serious doubt. “I hope to convince Messi to stay a few more years with us so that this beautiful story he has at Barça can continue,” Laporta told The Associated Press in a recent interview. “I have the honor to have the credibility of the player,” Laporta said. “When we meet, Messi always...
    Experts say this is what children need to survive the pandemic EU Calls On Member States to Reopen Transport Links to U.K. Lionel Messi has been repeatedly lied to by Barcelona, but wont leave Spain if he gets the right offer, the favorite to be the clubs next president says © Getty/Alex Caparros/NurPhoto Lionel Messi, Joan Laporta. Getty/Alex Caparros/NurPhoto FC Barcelona has "repeatedly lied" to Lionel Messi over the years. That's according to former and potential next president Joan Laporta, or also believes he is the only man who can convince the Argentine to stay at the Camp Nou. Laporta served as Barcelona's president between 2003 and 2010, and is running for re-election next month. "I am sure Messi wants to continue at Barca," Laporta told ESPN. "The priority is to make a proposal to Lionel that convinces him to stay. I hope I arrive in time. And I...
    Lionel Messi, Joan Laporta. Getty/Alex Caparros/NurPhoto FC Barcelona has "repeatedly lied" to Lionel Messi over the years. That's according to former and potential next president Joan Laporta, or also believes he is the only man who can convince the Argentine to stay at the Camp Nou. Laporta served as Barcelona's president between 2003 and 2010, and is running for re-election next month. "I am sure Messi wants to continue at Barca," Laporta told ESPN. "The priority is to make a proposal to Lionel that convinces him to stay. I hope I arrive in time. And I have an advantage: Messi's trust." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. One of the top candidates to be FC Barcelona's next president, Joan Laporta, says the club has "repeatedly lied" to Lionel Messi over the years, but that he still believes he can convince the Argentine to stay at the Camp Nou....
    BARCELONA are plotting a reunion with former academy star Hector Bellerin, according to reports. The Arsenal right-back was part of La Masia academy for eight years before making the move to North London in 2011. 1Hector Bellerin is wanted by Barcelona in a £22m dealCredit: Getty Images - Getty Bellerin, 25, has struggled to impress this season despite being a regular in Mikel Arteta's side and was recently blasted by club legend Tony Adams. Arsenal would be open to letting him leave if they land a replacement and Bellerin is also interested in a return to his hometown. Joan Laporta, a presidential candidate at Barcelona, is the man driving the £22million deal. The elections will take place on January 24 and Laporta, who was president of the club from 2003 to 2010, is one of the favourites to land the post. According to the Mirror, sources...
    BAYERN MUNICH are monitoring Frenkie de Jong amid Barcelona's financial crisis, according to reports. The Dutchman caught the eye of the Bundesliga side during his rise at Ajax, which led to a £68million switch to the Camp Nou. 2Frenkie de Jong is seen as a major asset for Barcelona's short and long-term futureCredit: Reuters According to ESPN, a speculative offer of £65m was floated by Bayern during the summer, only to be rebuffed by Barcelona. The German giants were said to be testing the water during their rivals' economic turmoil. Stars including Luis Suarez and Arturo Vidal were sold as the coronavirus pandemic bit on a club with a notoriously high wage bill. Two round of pay cuts have been agreed in the past nine months, the latest coming in November and totalling £110m. De Jong signed a new contract a month earlier, extending his deal to 2026, which reportedly...
    Getty Barcelona duo Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho could be running out of time at the Camp Nou if Joan Laporta is elected as the new club’s president. Laporta is bidding for a second spell as the club’s president and is busy making plans should he take office. One such plan would see Griezmann and Coutinho sold to make way for Borussia Dortmund starlet Erling Braut Haaland, according to Deportes Cuatro. The presidential candidate counts Mino Raiola, Haaland’s agent, as a friend and thinks the prolific 20-year-old has a huge future ahead of him. Haaland would cost around €75 million and Laporta thinks he can fund the transfer by offloading Coutinho and Griezmann. Follow the Heavy on Barcelona Facebook page for the latest breaking news, rumors and content!Barca’s Big-Money Flops?Both Coutinho and Griezmann arrived at the Camp Nou for huge sums and have struggled to justify their price...
    BARCELONA'S transfer bid for David Beckham in 2003 was a bluff, according to former presidential candidate Lluis Bassat. The Spanish giants were heavily linked with a move for the England icon while he was playing for Manchester United. 1David Beckham left Manchester United for the Bernabeu in 2003Credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd Reports had claimed that Barcelona had agreed terms to bring Beckham to Spain. But the move fell through and he ended up joining their LaLiga rivals Real Madrid. Bassat, 79, has now claimed that Barcelona's interest in Becks was not legit. He has suggested that it was a bluff used to help Joan Laporta to win in the 2003 presidential elections. Speaking on Catalunya Radio in comments revealed by Mundo Deportivo, he said: “Something happened because a few days before the elections I had 42% in voting intention while Laporta had just 9%. “Then I called...
    ERLING HAALAND could make a sensational transfer to Barcelona if Joan Laporta becomes the president, claimed Paul Pogba's brother. The Borussia Dortmund striker, 20, is fast becoming one of the hottest properties in Europe with his stunning goalscoring form. 4Erling Haaland could be on his way to Barcelona if Joan Laporte wins the presidential election at the Nou CampCredit: Reuters He has 33 goals in 32 appearances for the German side since joining in January and has attracted plenty of attention from Real Madrid. But as reported by Le10 Sport, Mathias Pogba - three years older than Paul - revealed the Barca presidential candidate's plot to land Haaland. That is due to Laporta's close relationship with the Norwegian's agent Mino Raiola, who also looks after the £89million Manchester United midfielder. The 30-year-old older Pogba, a striker at Racing Murcia after spells in Britain, said: "Raiola leaves freedom to his players....
    Georgia runoff poll worker recruitment faces holiday and Covid challenges EU regulator to decide on Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 jab first FC Barcelona once rejected a $300 million bid for Lionel Messi from Inter Milan when he was just a teenager © Getty/Lluis Gene Messi playing for Barcelona in 2006. Getty/Lluis Gene The former president of FC Barcelona Joan Laporta has revealed the club rejected a $300 million bid from Inter Milan for Lionel Messi in 2006.  Laporta, who is running for president again in January, also believes he can convince Messi to stay at the club, despite the Argentine handing in a transfer request in the summer. "Messi loves Barca and I know that he will give us the chance to have a conversation to help him decide the best for him and for Barca," he said. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The former president of FC...
    BARCELONA turned down a £225million Inter Milan bid for Lionel Messi in 2006, according to their former club president Joan Laporta. The Catalan politician served as the club's chief between 2003 and 2010, and is currently in the running to return to the position following Josep Maria Bartomeu's resignation. 3Messi was already hot property back in 2006Credit: AFP - Getty 3Former chief Joan Laporta served as Barcelona's president between 2003 and 2010Credit: EPA And as Laporta, 58, steps up his campaign to return, he has inevitably been asked about talisman Lionel Messi - leading to a stunning admission. He told Radio Onda Cero: "Nobody who loves Barcelona can have doubts about Messi. "I hope I can be named president and then I’ll speak with him. “We rejected a €250m (£225m) offer coming from Inter in 2006. [Massimo] Moratti wanted to bring him to his club." The offer dwarfed what...
    FC Barcelona Everyone wants everyone in the elections The illustrious names of the next elections. Joan Laporta and Emili Rousaud have been the last names to join the list of candidates running for the Barcelona elections. In addition to those who had already announced it: Vctor Font, Toni Freixa, Agust Benedito, Jordi Farr, Xavi Vilajoana, Llus Fernndez Al and Pere Riera. The process of collecting signatures is expected to begin on Christmas Day and around January 10 they will have to present their support to the club (2,257 signatures are necessary) to be definitively candidates. The voting will be on January 24th. Vctor Font: “Xavi will be in charge of convincing Messi” ELPARTIZADODECOPE Until then everyone will be presenting their projects and also to the people who will come with them and who give them their support. There will be illustrious names with whom...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — He’s been in a wheelchair for nearly a decade, after being shot in the head by a now suspended Chicago police officer. But the city of Chicago has spent that time, and millions in taxpayer dollars fighting to disprove that. Now, the city wants his help proving the officer did in fact pull the trigger, and lied about it for years. It’s a story the CBS 2 Investigators have been on top of since the beginning. CBS 2 Investigator Megan Hickey reports on how the city of Chicago continues to pour money into this case. They city’s attorneys took this matter before a Cook County judge Wednesday, asking that Michael LaPorta be required to testify. But his family argues it will be mentally and physically difficult for Mikey, after being shot in the head. And it’s a waste of public resources. In January of 2010, police were...
    BARCELONA want to sell star man Lionel Messi this summer. That’s according to ex-president Joan Laporta, who has also branded the club’s axing of Luis Suarez as an “act of cowardice.” 4Ex-president Joan Laporta says Barcelona want to sell Lionel MessiCredit: AP:Associated Press Barcelona are in turmoil after sacking Quique Setien in the wake of their 8-2 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich. Ronald Koeman has been brought in to steady the ship. But it’s reckoned he’s ready to cut a number of big names aside in his quest to restore normality to the Nou Camp. TRANSFER NEWS LIVE: Breaking news, juicy gossip and the biggest deals Barcelona legend Messi, 33, has been tipped to move on after entering the final year of his contract. Manchester City are believed to be keen on the Argentine forward. And there is strong interest from Inter Milan as well. 4Laporta has slammed Barca's...
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