Barcelona might well be a club on the brink of institutional crisis. The style of play in the first team under Luis Enrique betrays the principles that brought Barca widespread acclaim – and titles – under his predecessors. The transfer policy under sporting director Robert Fernandez is turning up more misses than hits, including signings such as Paco Alcacer, Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan.
You thought Real Salt Lake’s offseason acquisitions were done? Think again. RSL general manager Craig Waibel says he’s still in discussions with players. That came from an interview he did with ESPN700’s Bill Riley yesterday, and frankly, it’s enough to get us crawling across Google and Transfermarkt again. “Prior to opening day, we may have an announcement, but in terms of anyone we bring in now, it’s most likely a foreign player, so it will take a little bit of P-1 visa and all that good stuff,” he said in the interview on the club-owned station. “We’re in discussions with multiple players, a couple different positions. We’ll see if any of them come to fruition.” Waibel said that if the club
Moussa Dembele could snub Europe's biggest clubs and stay at Celtic for the duration of his four-year contract, according to his agent. Real Madrid are the latest top side to have been linked with Dembele, who has scored 27 goals in all competitions since joining from Fulham in June. The boy is doing well, Celtic are doing well and we as agents are doing the right things for everyone – but it's so important to focus on the right things.