FC Barcelona’s Corner: 2010-11 Transfer Round-up

Finally the transfer season is over. Spanish Champions FC Barcelona has been fairly active in 2010 summer transfer window. Not only have they signed quite a few exceptional athletes, but also allowed some to leave the hallowed Nou Camp. The exodus includes one of FC Barcelona’s most expensive signings of recent times – Zlatan Ibrahimovic. While in our Transfer Watch article, we had covered all the initial summer transfers in details; here goes the final round-up involving all the late signings.

 

Confirmed Player Transfers:

ARRIVALS:

1. Javier Mascherano (From Liverpool):
The Argentine captain wasn’t as much in Liverpool’s plan of things, as he used to be, during Rafael Benitez’s tenure. Bought at €21 million, Mascha signed a 4-year contract for FC Barcelona with a buy-out clause of €90 million. After the departure of gigantic Ivorian – Yaya Toure, FC Barcelona lost some of their physical presence in the midfield. Mascha is probably the most suitable replacement, albeit both are quite different in their approach. With as many as three World Cup winners playing in his position, it’ll be a bit challenging for him to break into the starting XI. Nonetheless, a player of his quality will surely not be on bench for long. El Jefecito will don the number 14 for FC Barcelona after it was left vacant by Thierry Henry.

Argentine midfielder Javier Mascherano poses on his arrival at FC Barcelona's offices in Barcelona, August 28, 2010. REUTERS/Albert Gea (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

Javier Mascherano - A welcome addition

DEPARTURES:

1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (To AC Milan):
Undoubtedly this is one of the most significant transfers of 2010-11. The towering Swede came to Barcelona at the beginning of the 2009-10 season from Italian Champions Internazionale for a whopping €66 million. This deal actually included star striker Samuel Eto’o (valued at €20 million) + €46 million. Ibra began well and went on to score his first goal against Sporting Gijon. During the first half of the season the Swede did exceptionally well, but things started deteriorating during the second half. Yet the striker did manage to bag 20 goals in 41 appearances last season, but Zlatan and Pep Guardiola reportedly didn’t get along well. Finally Adriano Galliani managed to secure the unsettled Swede’s signature for a year-long loan deal with an option to purchase him from the Catalan club by the end of the year for €24 million.

Swedish soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic holds an AC Milan jersey during a presentation during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Lecce at the San Siro stadium in Milan August 29, 2010. AC Milan reached agreement with Barcelona on Saturday to bring former Inter Milan striker Ibrahimovic back to Italy in a move the club hope will ignite their title chances. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo (ITALY - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic - After signing for AC Milan

2. Alyaksandr Hleb (To Birmingham):
The Belarusian signed for the Spanish champions in 2008 for a transfer fee of around €17 million . Getting ahead of the Spanish duo – Xavi & Iniesta, proved to be an uphill task for the former Arsenal man. He managed 36 appearances for FC Barcelona in 2008-09 and was finally loaned out to German side VFB Stuttgart for the 2009-10 season. He returned back to Barcelona, where he was deemed surplus to current requirements and subsequently again loaned out to Premier League club Birmingham for the rest of the 2010-11 season. This move marks his return to England, where he was once an integral part of Arsen Wenger’s squad.

Alexander Hleb of Arsenal Photo via Newscom

Alyaksandr Hleb - Back to England

3. Martín Cáceres (To Sevilla):
The Uruguayan International was bought from Villareal in 2008 with a reported transfer fee of around €16.5 million. During his first season at FC Barcelona, Cáceres found it difficult to get into the first team – both due to injury and the availability of quality defenders in Carles Puyol, Marquez and Gerard Pique in his position. Although he was a part of the historic Treble Winning squad, still the Uruguayan could manage only 13 appearances. Later in 2009 he was loaned out to Italian powerhouse – Juventus, where he began well, but ended up with yet another injury which cut his season short. After a season-long loan with The Old Lady, Cáceres too was deemed surplus to requirements at Nou Camp despite the fact that there’s no Marquez this time. Argentine centre-half, Gaby Milito, has recuperated well from a long term injury. Subsequently, the Uruguayan World Cupper has moved to Sevilla on yet another year-long loan with an option to be purchased at €5 million.

Uruguay's Martin Caceres in action..FIFA World Cup 2010 Semi Final..Uruguay v Netherlands..6th July, 2010.

Martin Caceres - Now a Rojiblanco

4. Henrique Adriano Buss (To Racing Santander):
The promising Brazilian defender was bought from Palmeiras in 2008 for a transfer fee reported to be in the region of €8 million. No sooner did he arrive, than he was loaned out to Bayer Leverkusen to gain important first team experience. After his return to FC Barcelona he was again loaned out to Racing Santander on a two-year long loan deal.

Spanish shot-stopper Álex Sánchez Benítez & Nigerian forward Elvis Onyema Ogude also left the club. The former made a permanent move (free transfer) to Real Zaragoza and the latter is on loan to Spanish second division side Recreativo de Huelva.

With the closure of this edition’s summer transfer window, the rumours will stop doing the rounds until the winter window opens. The Spanish league has already begun and FC Barcelona has done their job well away at El Sardinero. Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique (Barca B Coach) have a great understanding and it is expected that a few of the most talented La Masia products may be handed their first team debut this season.

Transfer Summary:

DateNameNationalityPositionValueFrom / To
IN
19-May-10David Villa SpanishStriker€40 millionValencia
16-Jul-10AdrianoBrazilianMidfielder€9.5 millionSevilla
30-Aug-10Javier MascheranoArgentineMidfielder€21 millionLiverpool
OUT
8-Jun-10Alberto BotiaSpanishDefenderFree TransferSporting de Gijon
1-Jul-10Gai AssulinIsraeliWingerFree Agent 
2-Jul-10Yaya Toure IvorianMidfielder€28.8 millionManchester City
6-Jul-10Dmytro ChygrynskiyUkranianDefender€15 millionShaktar Donetsk
12-Jul-10KeirrisonBrazilianStrikerLoanSantos FC
14-Jul-10Thierry HenryFrenchStrikerFree TransferNew York Red Bulls
17-Jul-10Miguel LuqueSpanishMidfielderFree TransferAlmeria
26-Jul-10HenriqueBrazilianDefenderLoanRacing Santander
2-Aug-10Rafael MarquezMexicanDefenderFree TransferNew York Red Bulls
8-Aug-10Álex Sánchez BenítezSpanishGoalkeeperFree TransferReal Zaragoza
20-Aug-10Elvis Onyema OgudeNigerianStrikerLoanRecreativo de Huelva
28-Aug-10Zlatan IbrahimovicSwedishStrikerLoanAC Milan
28-Aug-10Martín Cáceres UruguyanDefenderLoanSevilla
31-Aug-10Alyaksandr HlebBelarusian MidfielderLoanBirmingham

13 Responses to “FC Barcelona’s Corner: 2010-11 Transfer Round-up”

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  1. Jayant says:

    A couple of names missing: Adria Carmona to Milan and Victor Sanchez (loan) to Getafe.

  2. Jayant says:

    Oh plus Gio Chanturia left for Vitesse.

  3. redNblack_blood says:

    what was the management of Barca thinking.. u made sure that Inter celebrated Christmas in august last year with Ibra and Eto swap deal… (i still cant believe that happened) and then this year its a steal for Milan although with villa’s arrival he had to go but still IMO bad management.. you are undoubtedly the best club team in the world.. but a very weird management staff….

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  5. Arvind says:

    Just like Barcelona overpaid for Zlatan, Milan will criminally underpay for him. In short both Milanese clubs together have screwed the Catalans over one Swede :-). I guess whoever handles negotiations at Barcelona needs to sacked to start with.

  6. redNblack_blood says:

    well Mr. Arvind for d first time we both agree over something…
    BTW eagerly waiting for 14th Nov :)

  7. Howard Roark says:

    I think Milan managed to mug Barca only after their sporting director Txiki Begiristain left them.

  8. Dinar says:

    well, word was that Pep always favored those coming from the Barca Academy so guess Pedro over Zlatan so the later one had to leave. But on a bad note 😛
    Wonder where Mascherano will fit in that squad & what about Fabregas? Ohh wait… 😉

  9. redNblack_blood says:

    Mascherano will wash their match jerseys

  10. Anonymous says:

    IMO, Cesc missed the bus. He will stay @ The Emirates his entire career and not will a single silverware with Wenger’s kids…

  11. Jayant says:

    @Howard Roark: Actually we are paying for Txiki’s mistakes which is not to say that I am putting the complete blame on him. If we take a look at the transfers that have gone through during his time you’ll see that he has made a fair few mistakes. The Ibra deal was his doing. I thought somewhere in the vicinity of 30m was a fair price for Ibra. By paying 68m for him, we dug ourselves a big hole. So in essence Milan paid what I believe to be Ibra’s true value give or take a few million. We just overpaid plain and simple. In addition, the sporting staff never wanted Keirrison or Henrique. They were purely Laporta and Txiki’s doing. As for Chygrynskiy, Pep never wanted him to leave and he was sold for financial reasons and not sporting ones.

    Also looking at the deal from a larger view point, Villa was always Pep’s first choice but we had the added problem of selling Eto’o. Samuel’s wage demands left Barcelona with very few options. In hind sight, it’d have been cheaper to let Eto’o run out his contract at Barca and then buy Villa this season but then again we don’t really have the advantage of hindsight in the real world.

    The system is more about the team than the individual and Ibra never really got used to the fact that he is not the focal point of the team.Simply put, Pep took a gamble that didn’t pay off and it hurt us financially. Ideally I would’ve liked to see him get a second season but his reluctance to play as a sub and the statements made by Raiola made it almost impossible to keep him. I’m really interested in seeing how he settles down at Milan coz in Robinho and Gordinho he has two guys with egos as big as his.

    Oh and just to clarify the comment about Pep preferring Cantera players – statistically Busquets outperformed the Yaya last season. Sergio had the best ball winning ratio in the league and is a better passer of the ball so its not as if Pep played Sergio coz he is from the cantera. Busquets just outperformed the Yaya pure and simple.