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Official: Barcelona presidential elections will be held on January 24

Udhav Arora

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The sentence has fallen. Barcelona’s presidential elections will take place on January 24th, as confirmed by the very reliable Alfred Martinez. After several weeks of speculation, the temporary board, led by Carls Tusquets seems to have reached a conclusion about the date.

Earlier reports suggested that the elections would take place around the Christmas holidays, but this gives the candidates better time to prepare their campaigns and their board. On the contrary, this announcement may end up hurting Barcelona in the January transfer window.

The temporary board is allowed to make signings, and even sell players, but their decisions may not be accepted by the President that soon takes over the club. And secondly, their negotiations prowess may not be as good as a permanent board’s.

Eric Garcia and Memphis Depay are two names heavily talked about among fans and the coach alike, but they, along with the possible departures of several players like Junior Firpo, or Samuel Umtiti may not reach a concrete conclusion.

There are five names that have been come out as candidates, namely Jordi Farre, Toni Freixa, Lluis Fernandez, and of course the favourites Victor Font and Joan Laporta. The latter recently, officially announced his intention to run for Presidency, and given his success in that role in the past, will be ready to give Font a run for his money.

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David Beckham confirms Messi has been mentioned in MLS plans

Aaryan Parasnis

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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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