Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Deal on Bruno Alves very close

Italian sports paper La Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Barcelona is very close to signing Porto central defender and Portuguese international Bruno Alves (27).

While Porto is asking a transfer fee of 25 million euro°, Barcelona would have offered 22 million euro° and everything indicates that a deal could be found soon. Inter Milan is also interested in Bruno Alves.

Asked about the rumours linking Alves with several European top clubs, his father Washington said in an interview with Portuguese sports paper A Bola that he will only leave for a top club: "Bruno has a contract until 2012 and he's only thinking about Porto. If you want to jump too high, you can hit your head. In terms of organization, structure, it's difficult to find a better place than Porto. So a transfer will only be possible if a very big clubs makes us an offer.

Read more:
Bruno Alves reveals transfer to Barcelona
Txiki talks about the summer transfer market
Possible pre-agreement with Bruno Alves

40 comments:

pep said...

22 million euro =

30,5 million us dollar
19 million british pound


25 million euro =

34,5 million us dollar
21,5 million british pound

James said...

22 million euro seems like a lot for a defender.

Forlan-Mascherano-Bruno Alves?

Ramzi said...

And the photo is him against Man Utd. One of the worst games he played in his life may be:)

Anonymous said...

stupid move if true. dont need him at all.

fcbee said...

He wasn't really bad, Ramzi, he just had that one terrible mistake... Porto as a whole had an impressive game at Old Trafford. Guess that was a first sign that Man United have their weaknesses.

R10FCB said...

dont know much about the guy, is he good? is he worth 20-30 mill?
we have pique, puyol, caceres, marquez, milito and henrique will probably come in next year, aswell as muniesa coming through the ranks. is it worth spending near 30 mill for a 27 year old defender when we already have plenty?

Messi108 said...

22 million euro??

Easy to guess....its just another Italian press rumor.
When Laporta said 4 STAR signings i dont think so he meant Forlan-Mascherano-Bruno Alves .....
But thats only my opinion.

NouBarca said...

add a lil more and try Vida- if we really need to buy a CB

Anonymous said...

while madrid are buying kaka, villa and other great players, we are linked with forlan, bruno alves for 22m which we dont need. Depressing stuff.

James said...

They're all quality players though :P

Look at who we signed last year. Alves, Caceres, Keita, Hleb, Pique. Alves was the big 'star' signing and he was a defender. Hardly a name on the scale of Ribery/Ibrahimovic/Villa.

R10 - Milito can't be counted on at this point, if he comes back great, but unlikely. Caceres isn't good enough. Henrique is a prospect, could turn out like Pique or Caceres.

The backline that can be counted on is Puyol, Pique and Marquez. The central defender rumor has been strong and frequent.

sashi said...

heard he is gud in the air in set pieces and also while defending. read from somewhere that its even tough for Crouch to get past B.Alves in the air and score. would be a gr8 acquisition to the squad but 22 mil is a bit costly i agree. but we could use him mroe than Marquez. i feel Bruno is more reliable than Marquez(other than the only instant where he gifted the goal to Rooney).

Anonymous said...

So we bought Caceres, Henrique and Milito for 50m euros, and we still need to buy another central defender because we can't count on any of those. Only Txiki can manage such a feat.

Anonymous said...

He was a big joke against Manure.

Leo10 said...

the 4 players will be, Ribery, Aguero, Fabregas, Zhirkov

Anonymous said...

@anonymous - you're right. maybe that's a good reason why we shouldn't spend 22 million on a central defender.

Anonymous said...

the players will be forlan, bruno alves for 30m euros, and some mediocre "proven" la liga player for 25m euros.

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Lawrenzo said...

I just can't understand what is going on with Barca. Whilst teams are signin great players,we are being linked with some jokes. Excuse me to say, he's not what we need. Whilst lamn or zhirkov or anyone else can fill Abidal's position.Why is Txiki so myopic he signed hleb when he had the chance to sign silva,also to offload gudjonsen and get hernanes nd he missed out. Just look at what we spent on carceres that could have been used to promote a youth product instead, if we don't get ribery then silva shd be a prime target.i hate the idea that eto'o may stay. I would have prefered Benzema or villa.oh my God what is happening?. Madrid is really poised for action next season nd we must put our acts well.If they get silva,ribery, ronaldo nd villa we may later bite our fingers. Let's face it.

James said...

-Zhirkov doesn't want to play LB, in an interview he said he only wants to play left wing. He also might cost > 20 million.

-Valencia didn't want to sell Silva last year. I believe teams (possibly Barca) bid 25 million and were rejected. Hleb cost 15.

-We bid 11 million on Hernanes and his club wanted 25.

-A lot of people here praised the Caceres signing because he had a good year at Recre. Hindsight is 20/20, Caceres was probably a fine signing, just a bit too expensive for someone unproven.

And Madrid can't get Silva, Ribery & Ronaldo. Don't worry about that. Even if they do, they can't play them all. We still have a great team. What I'm saying is, don't freak out :)

Anonymous said...

According to the blog history we actually made an an improved bid of 15 million for Hernanes last year and it was also rejected as well.

Anonymous said...

Caceres was bought for 17m euros because he was proven in La Liga. Villarreal paid 1m euros for him and one year later they sold him for 17m euros to stupid Txiki. In reality he is a mediocre player with awful technique who doesn't fit in Barcelona.

Anonymous said...

why are we trying to get mascherano????????toure is very good. for the africa nations cup, busquets and torres can cover. we should go for filipe luis, silva or ribery, and keep eto or buy a new striker. my preference would be forlan and bojan can be his cover.

jordy said...

good player but totally unnecessary

if we get a good LB defender also abidal can cover the center..
so we have puyol, pique, marquez, henrique, abidal, milito (during the season he'll recover)
besides we have botia and muniesa who are very promising. even yaya can cover at center back as we've all seen. why the hell splash 22m?

I also saw caceres playing very well against brazil. when he had one to ones with kaka he always won! I think he's very promising.only a bit nervouw.but his speed tackling and strength is about the best i've seen.. Do you really think vidic is so much more comfortable with the ball? also puyol wasn't in his first years! but he learned, and well

Aussie Barca Fan said...

This is a real concern. The players we are looking at signing are hardly world class. Forlan come on - he has reached his peak and will be on the way down. I don't understand why we are not prepared to invest to world class players like Ribery to make the squad stronger. Bruno Alves come on. He was made to look stupid against Man Utd and goes missing in big games. What ever happened to left back - Felipe?? Give me a break. Barca need to spend money to win trophies next season. The key position areas must be improved. I am really concerned with these B and C grade players we are going after. Go for Benzema, Ribery, Rafinha, Javi Martinez, and a quality left back. What ever happened to Asenjo. We are going backwards the way the club is going in the tranfer market.

Hadi, Tehran said...

Benzema, Ribery, Ashly Cole/Zhirkov, Bruno Alves would be great addition to the team...B. Alves is a great defender with great free kick ability....his height with pique will make great defense both in the air and on the ground

tero said...

Another CB? It means that we are going to loan out or sell someone from that position(Milito,Marquez,Caceres?)I think Marquez is much better than B.alves,even Toure can play well as CB

Anonymous said...

We shouldn't be rushed in this market, renew what is necessary (Yaya, Puyol, Valdes and Eto'o or get good value for him at least).

Seems like we are working on that. Puyol, Valdes pretty sure to sign, Toure will do as well.

Buy good LB, apparently we are in negotiations with Filipe. So looks promising.

Bruno Alves story might be as true as the one linking us to (C)ashley Cole, or Luca Toni,... . It is all speculation. He is a fine defender, just wonder why we're not giving Caceres more time or Henrique. Even so we have enough experienced CB's.

If Hleb stays i'm fine, he has the skills but needs confidence and playing time, which I believe he can get next year.

Forlan is ok for me, as long as the price is reasonable under 25 mill.

If Villa is gone that would be bad, decreases our options and maybe it gives Moratti a better bargaining position for Ibra.

Btw: Guillem Balague suggested on his website that Florentino Perez would go over every Barca bid for Villa if its under 40 mill (or something like that).
If Villa wants to go to RM, let him, I want players choosing for us!!

Culer_Than_Thou said...

I'm with James. Chill people. Just assume the fact that Pep knows more about how Barca're gonna play next season than any of us.
A Bruno-Pique pairing at the centre against teams like Chelsea / L'pool is what we need to counter their aerial threat. Yaya won't be at CB each time to do the heading job. I think its a positive build up and a cover for one of Barca's traditional weaknesses. Not to mention the advantage during set pieces.

Culer_Than_Thou said...

And please, for heaven's sake... stop considering Yaya as a CB.
He is the best DMF in the world and should not be employed at CB unless in absolute emergencies. And recruiting Bruno Alves will decrease the chances of such tragic emergencies.

Anonymous said...

Yaya did well at CB and even managed to score a brilliant goal in the copa as a result of bringing the ball from the back. We have Pique, Marquez, Botia, Henrique, Milito, Muniesa, Puyol, Caceres and Abidal at CB as well so we are well covered I think.

Anurag said...

we dont need bruno alves. and pep is not stupid. so lets ignore rumours. last yrs posts tell us how many of these "Deals" actually come true. come august 31st, we will have a proper squad. i have faith in pep, and i think we all do

Marc4barca said...

it's funny how everyone gets so worked up over rumors. I'll like to see when something is actually made official... like toni signing a 5 year deal at 32yrs old lol that would surely put everyone on kill mode.

kaka signed for real but he will be injured in 4 games. ribery will join barca to link up with benzema when he signs for barcelona. zhirkov will go chelsea and flop like shevchenko. cesc will stay arsenal and fail to win anything again. zlatan will stay inter cause it's moratti's intentions from the start. ashley cole will stay chelsea cause he isn't getting a better deal anywhere else. vidic will stay at manu cause he is the man of the house so what his wife says falls on death ears. mascherano will join barca and win balls better than yaya but what about the other area's such as passing, heading, shot on goal?? yaya will leave cause he feels unappreciated and go wherever he wants to go. eto will leave cause he has won the treble and now wants to be a mercenary. messi will stay and not care who goes and comes cause he will forever be the heart of this team and he will bring everything to the club. dzeko will go milan and realize how much of a difference italy, spain and england leagues are from germany. barca will sign bruno so he wont join real madrid and batista beat randy orton for the title TOTAL BULLSHIT.

this was written and inspired by marc4barca, poetry at it's best although nothing rhymed.

Marc4barca said...

no names were illegally slandered in the making of this post.

Anonymous said...

Maybe we dont need bruno alves we need a more quality player for cb . but why you all say that forlan is bad for us. if etoo stay and we buy forlan it would be fantastic we can use forlan like we did with larsson. larsson was a really important player for our team. Visca el barça

Kxevin said...

Alves wasn't a joke against United. He had one bad moment. Everybody, even our lads, have them.

He's definite quality. As far as spending 22m for a defender, have we all forgotten the 35+ that was spent for Dani Alves?

We aren't the kind of club that does the Galactico thing. Even if the EE sign Ronaldo, Ribery and Villa to team up with Kaka, what does that really do for them?

Kaka could be man-marked in Serie A, Villa stands around waiting for service and Ronaldo can be vexed into disappearing. Puyol turned him into a crying, fouling machine. Ribery is the only world-changer that I see on that list.

And let's not forget that you can't beat us if you don't have the ball.

In Pep (Guardiola, that is) We Trust.

Anonymous said...

I'm going to refute this again.

We didn't spend 35+. We spent 29+6. Currently it's 31 and counting.

Barca nike said...

Agree with everything Marc4barca said

Kxevin said...

We signed Alves for 29m+6m in incentive bonuses.

http://fcbtransfers.blogspot.com/2008/07/official-daniel-alves.html

Kxevin said...

Just did some digging. Technically, "Anonymous" is correct, in that Alves' transfer fee is at 31+m and counting. The potential is for 35+, assuming all incentives are met.

LeónDragón said...

...have a very good eye for talent...but this guy made me blind...

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