Spanish transfer round-up: Barcelona 'agree terms with Thiago Silva'
Barcelona have reached a ‘tentative’ contract agreement with Brazil defender Thiago Silva, according to Catalan daily Sport.
The Paris Saint-Germain central defender has been on Barca boss Tito Vilanova’s radar for some time and, after several months of intense negotiation and contact in recent weeks, the report claims the player has agreed terms and now hopes his club will put a price on his head.
Although it is only a first step, the Catalans consider it essential before opening formal talks with the French outfit and, with the backing of the player, are now ready to make a formal offer for the Brazil star.
It is believed the Blaugrana have already put together a contract proposal for the 28-year-old, which would comprise of a five-year deal and inclusion on the second tier of Barca’s wage scale, alongside Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta.
There would also be allowances for bonuses to compensate for any loss of income with regard to the player’s wages at PSG, who have repeatedly made public their reluctance to part with one of their star players.
The new road map drawn up by the Barcelona hierarchy is designed to maintain friendly relations with the Ligue 1 club, although it is evident Thiago Silva must make some kind of gesture to show he sees his future as being away from the Parc des Princes and at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona director of football Andoni Zubizarreta and club President Sandro Rosell are understood to have told Vilanova they will do everything possible to bring Thiago Silva to the club.
Malaga defender Martin Demichelis looks set to sign for Atletico Madrid after rejecting a new contract at La Rosaleda.
According to Spanish radio station COPE, the Argentine international is poised to join Los Rojiblancos for one season in exchange for €1.5m, after which he will return to his native country to wind down his playing days with former club River Plate, where he began as a youngster.
Demichelis, who will turn 33 in December, spent eight years with Bayern Munich following his move from River in 2003, before falling out with boss Louis van Gaal when he was dropped for the 2010-11 season’s opening fixture with Wolfsburg.
However, he relaunched his career with the Costa del Sol outfit when he agreed a loan deal in December 2010, the Andalusians exercising their option to extend his contract for a further two seasons the following June.
Atleti boss Diego Simeone has been searching for another centre-back to provide competition for Miranda and Diego Godin in the middle of his defence.
Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo has made it clear he will only leave if it benefits the club and himself.
The Spanish international has been the subject of intense speculation that he could be on his way to Manchester City, although the Andalusians insist they have still not received any bids for the 27-year-old.
“Right now I’m at Sevilla and I like it very much. If I stay then that will be fine, but if I leave then it will be because it benefits both the club and myself,” he said in an interview at the Football & English summer camp for children and published on the club’s official website.
“I’m happy on a personal level but collectively we have not achieved the goals we wanted.
“In the end, no matter how well you do individually, if collectively you don’t achieve anything then the individual counts for nothing.”
“We are very happy with him, although that doesn’t mean his predecessor was any worse, because everyone is different.
“I was lucky enough to be with Emery at Almeria and it was him who gave me debut in La Primera, so I’m also lucky to be here with him now,” he declared.
Sevilla President Jose Maria Del Nido has admitted the sales of Jesus Navas and Negredo could prove ‘risky’.
Navas left to join Manchester City this summer in a deal reported to be worth between €23m and €28m.
Del Nido recognised it is a dangerous strategy to sell the club’s top players to service mounting debts, although he defended the decision.
“Yes it seems risky, but only when we have acted strongly in the past have we obtained economic and sporting success.
“Finishing ninth in two consecutive seasons is not cause for revolution, yet this year we’ve decided to do something about it and that’s where we stand,” he told a meeting of the Andalumedia digital group, before commenting on his long-running crusade for a fairer share of television rights.
“As for the distribution of TV rights it now seems [La Liga Vice-President] Javier Tebas is going to go for a more equal share from the 2015-16 season.
“Also, the Secretary of State for sport, in accordance with the new law he is committed to debate before the end of the year, will legislate about the compulsory selling of television rights.
“That means the sale of football as a whole package and not individually as happens at the moment.”
The latest club to be linked with Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu is Everton, reports Mundo Deportivo.
The youngster has been courted by several clubs in recent months, despite signing a new contract in May that would see him linked to the Catalans until June 2017.
However, Barca are prepared to let the 19-year-old go out on loan to gain some much-needed experience, but only to a club whose boss will look after the gifted Spanish Under-21 international.
Consequently, the list of clubs seeking Deulofeu’s services has shortened and according to sources inside Barcelona the main contenders appear to be Premier League outfits Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and now Everton.
The Toffees recently appointed Spaniard Roberto Martinez as their new manager following David Moyes’ departure to Manchester United, and Barca bosses see him as the ideal Coach to nurture Deulofeu’s blossoming talent.
Villarreal President Fernando Roig says there could be even more players arriving – including a “bombshell” – at El Madrigal before the start of next season.
Roig maintained he was looking forward to the new campaign and that the club’s spending has not stopped just yet.
“I think there could be another two or three more to arrive. One of them could be a bombshell,” he said.
“I think all the players who had to leave the club have gone. Those who have returned will need to go, but when we finally present everyone then all will have been resolved, or being resolved.”
“I hope we have a good season and are back in the draw for La Primera next year. However, we have to keep our feet on the ground.
“When we are up and running we still need to balance the budget, so we’ll see what we can do, but always from a balanced viewpoint,” asserted Roig, who went on to comment on Barcelona and Real Madrid’s continued dominance of the top flight.
“As the years go by things will get worse. I think the last time the La Liga runners-up were not Barca or Madrid was back in 2007, when it was Villarreal. That is not good.
“It can be solved with a better economic balance and with a better share of television rights. Things are more than clear.
“Those clubs that earn the most don’t want it but it raises the level of competition. If there’s no competition there is no level.
“This has to change in two or three years. In 2015 the majority of contracts end. If it remains the same as now then it’s going to be difficult.
“As for Villarreal we are going to stay on our own as we are happy with the agreement we have.
“If others don’t want to adjust to the reality then we will be giving it away again for free,” he warned.
Espanyol have turned down an offer of €4.5m for Ghanaian midfielder Wakaso Mubarak from an unnamed club.
The 22-year-old has become one of cash-strapped Espanyol’s most saleable assets after an impressive first season following his €300,000 capture from Villarreal in July 2012.
However, Espanyol’s financial Vice-President Jose Luis Morlanes disclosed to Radio Catalunya that the club have already refused to sell him for a fee it considers less than the player’s true value.
“We received an offer of €4.5m for him from a European club, but we are not going to sell him for that amount,” revealed Morlanes, although he did not say which team the bid had come from.
Both Swansea City and Juventus have recently shown interest in Wakaso and, regardless of whether he finally leaves or not, Espanyol still need to add another €4m to their coffers before the start of the season to balance the books.
So far this summer the only departure has been sale of Jordi Amat to Swansea City for €3m.