FC Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta has labelled the recent bid to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus as foolish.   FC Barcelona’s pursuit of Paul Pogba was confirmed when Juventus chief Marota said the Italian giants had rejected an 80 million Euro offer from the Catalan giants. Joan Laporta, who has promised that he will sign Paul Pogba if he becomes the next FC Barcelona president citing his relationship with the player’s agent Mino Raiola as the key to the deal, launched another attack on the current FC Barcelona management. He said that the attempt to sign Paul Pogba left sporting director Ariedo Braida and director of sporting insitutional relations Albero Soler looking like “fools”. “The key is [agent] Mino Raiola,” Bartomeu told Catalunya Radio. “He is the one who will decide.” “They [Soler and Braida] preferred to go talk with Juventus but they didn’t know what to do and were made fools of.” “[Sporting director Ariedo] Braida’s meeting with Juventus and [director of […]

Former FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta has hit out at current incumbent Josep Maria Bartomeu and old rival Sandro Rosell for standing in this month’s elections despite facing criminal charges.   “We have two men, Mr Bartomeu and (his predecessor Sandro) Rosell, who are being pursued for corruption…if they had a minimum of decency they would not stand,” said Laporta at a press conference in Madrid to launch his own campaign for election. Laporta previously served as president at the Camp Nou from 2003 to 2010 before his mandate ended and Rosell was elected as his successor. But Rosell, a former ally of Laporta’s before the two fell out in 2005, resigned last year when investigations began into alleged misappropriation of funds in the signing of Brazilian star Neymar from Santos. Bartomeu, who had been the vice-president, stepped up to replace Rosell but in May a court ordered him to stand trial along with the club in the Neymar case. […]

FC Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff has thrown his support behind Joan Laporta’s presidential bid, blasting that the club has lost its values under the current presidency of Josep Maria Bartomeu.   Former FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta has confirmed he will run in next month’s presidential election, when he will be one of favourites to take the top job at the Spanish and European champions alongside Josep Maria Bartomeu. Laporta, who famously appointed Pep Guardiola as his manager in 2008, joins Josep Maria Bartomeu, Toni Freixa, Agustí Benedito, Jordi Majó and Jordi Farré as candidates for the election. Bartomeu resigned as president recently to declare his candidacy in the election which was called a year earlier with fans voicing their concerns on the way the club was being run following the departure of sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta. The former FC Barcelona and Spain goalkeeper paid the price for a FIFA ban on signings for two windows over a breach of rules on the transfer of foreign Under-18 players. Bartomeu stepped up from […]

FC Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta believes his positive relationship with Mino Raiola, the agent of Paul Pogba, will give the Catalan giants a better chance of securing the Juventus star ahead of Chelsea FC, Real Madrid, and Manchester City. The future of Paul Pogba has been the subject of intense speculation over the past few weeks, and there are no signs of the rumours abating any time soon, with the French midfielder continuing to be linked with some of Europe’s top clubs. Catalan newspaper Sport had earlier claimed that Juventus had the following three offers on the table for the former Manchester United youngster: €80m + €10m in add-ons from FC Barcelona to purchase in July 2016, €50m + Brazilian midfielder Oscar from Chelsea FC to purchase this summer, and a cash-only €100m offer from Manchester City to purchase the France international this summer. FC Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta has claimed that him and Eric Abidal, the contender for the position of Sporting […]

FC Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta has confirmed that he is in contact with Juventus who plan to sell Paul Pogba  Paul Pogba’s future at Juventus has been up for speculation this summer. The 22-year-old is one of the best central midfield player despite his tender age and has been linked with moves to Chelsea FC, Manchester City, and Real Madrid a number of times this season. The French international’s reputation has grown by leaps and bounds since he joined Juventus from Manchester United in 2012 and FC Barcelona have been in the forefront of the race to sign the player for some time now, with outgoing FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirming earlier that the club is looking to sign Paul Pogba with the asking price of Juventus of €80 Million not a problem for the Catalan giants. FC Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta has claimed that he will sign Paul Pogba from Juventus, if he wins the election on 18th of […]

Former FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta has confirmed he will run in next month’s presidential election, when he will be one of favourites to take the top job at the Spanish and European champions alongside Josep Maria Bartomeu. Laporta, who famously appointed Pep Guardiola as his manager in 2008, joins Josep Maria Bartomeu, Toni Freixa, Agustí Benedito, Jordi Majó and Jordi Farré as candidates for the election. Bartomeu resigned as president recently to declare his candidacy in the election which was called a year earlier with fans voicing their concerns on the way the club was being run following the departure of sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta. The former FC Barcelona and Spain goalkeeper paid the price for a FIFA ban on signings for two windows over a breach of rules on the transfer of foreign Under-18 players. Bartomeu stepped up from vice-presidency to take over from Sandro Rosell who had stepped down following accusation of tax frauds over the Neymar deal. Laporta had won 4 league titles […]