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Barcelona’s hands are tied for the winter transfer window

Aaryan Parasnis

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In light of the recent meeting between FC Barcelona and the Catalan government, Barcelona will not be able to make any signings this January. The meeting took place on the 15th of January, where the club and government arrived at a verdict to postpone the presidential elections.

Originally, the elections were to take place on the 24th of January. Following the meeting, the new date has been set for the 7th of March.

In the context of the ongoing pandemic, movement across municipalities is not permissible. Hence, it is unsafe and unadvisable for socis to step out to vote. Additionally, setting up more polling stations will become challenging.

After agreeing on the new date and making the option of mail voting available, management committee president Carles Tusquets and the presidential candidates also discussed the possibilities of new signings.

Considering the club’s critical financial condition, there will be no signings this winter. Barcelona were heavily involved in the transfer market rumour mill, primarily linked to Manchester City and former La Masia defender Eric Garcia. CAT Radio also noted candidates Victor Font and Joan Laporta’s comments after the meeting.

Victor Font, appreciating the cordiality of the meeting, said the following:

“At the sporting level, we have not agreed on anything because we have been told that there is no money or room to do much.

Joan Laporta has been starkly against postponing the elections from the get go.

“Barcelona can’t wait any longer without a chairman and board of directors.”

The candidates and Tusquets agreed that Eric Garcia’s signing is not viable at the moment. Lyon’s Memphis Depay will also have to wait. Barcelona will now have to wait till the summer window to do business. Eric Garcia’s signing however seems imminent, since he will be a free agent in the summer.

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David Beckham confirms Messi has been mentioned in MLS plans

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During the presentation of the new Inter Miami kit, club owner and former football superstar David Beckham confirmed that he has big ambitions for his side. The Englishman has been making major headway since he founded the club, who began playing in Major League Soccer (MLS) last season.

The Miami based club unveiled their secondary jersey, named La Palma on Saturday. Beckham, during the ceremony spoke about his plans for the club, stating how important it is to attract the biggest names in football.

The former Real Madrid and Manchester United man addressed rumours about both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He said: “I know that in Miami our fans want to see great stars. Messi and Ronaldo have been mentioned, have been at the top of their game and have been the best for the last 15 years. We want to attract the best players.”

Speaking about the talent he has already managed to attract, Beckham added: “We already have players like Higuaín and Matuidi who already bring shine and glamour, but in the future we want to have the opportunity to bring big name signings.”

Back when Messi asked to leave Barcelona last summer, the Argentine was linked however briefly to a move to the MLS. Inter Miami, being the most possible suitors. However, Messi ended up staying in Spain after a complicated transfer saga.

There is no doubt that with Beckham at the helm, Inter Miami could attract a ton of big names in the future. However, a move to the States would most certainly be a step sideways for Messi, considering he still has years left at the top in Europe.

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