Barcelona are reportedly looking to offload some dead weight in the winter transfer window, shopping players like Javier Mascherano, Gerard Deulofeu, Aleix Vidal, Rafinha, and Arda Turan. Turan is, according to the Daily mail, in talks to join the Chicago Fire, after his move to Barcelona from Atletico Madrid has not panned out. Shockingly, the only competitive action Turan has been a part of is internationally with the Turkish National Team. Barcelona are looking to fund moves for Antoine Greizmann and Philippe Coutinho by shedding some unused players, and Turan might find himself out the door first.
Chelsea have officially signed midfielder Ross Barkley from Everton for £15 million. This comes off the backside of a move in the summer, for £35 million, which collapsed with Barkley reportedly walking out of the medical room at Chelsea. The 25-year-old signed a five-year-contract, and was out of contract at the end of the season for Sam Allardyce and Everton. He has also not played all season due to an injury suffered in the summer, so he will play for Chelsea only once he is healthy.
Seems like Jose Mourinho always has something to throw out to the press. This time, he dismissed rumors that he may resign from his position at Manchester United, and also said it was a difficult time to make history for one of the most storied clubs in England.
”The difference between Chelsea and United is that I really belong to Chelsea’s history because I won three Premier Leagues, I won cups, lots of things there -- the club won their first Premier League in 2004. So I have a history there and here my history is the history of somebody who works hard every day. We [United] won the only competition the club never won, but everybody knows the Europa League is not the El Dorado of football, and I come in a moment where it is more difficult to make history.”
A website called Soccerex has released a list of the 100 most valuable teams in the world. The report combines factors such as debt, potential owners have to invest, assets such as stadium and training grounds, value of the squad, and the amount of cash they have. It is an interesting list to say the least: The top five is composed of Manchester City, Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Guangzhou Evergrande, and Tottenham. Real Madrid, Manchester United, Juventus, Chelsea, and Bayern wrapped up the top ten. Barcelona is number 13, and LA Galaxy is 14, ahead of Liverpool, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. It’s worth checking out, if only to see how all the factors named add up for each team.
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