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Bartomeu – We Wont Break The Bank For Van Persie or Bale

European giants Barcelona wont be breaking the bank to land Arsenal striker Robin van Persie or Tottenham midfielder Gareth Bale in the summer, according to ESPN

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Barcelona wont be breaking the bank to land North London pair Robin van Persie or Gareth Bale in the summer, according to ESPN.

The report claims that while van Persie and Bale have been linked with moves in the summer, neither Arsenal or Tottenham will let their player leave without a fight.

Arsenal’s situation with van Persie could be the most intriguing given that the striker will only have one year left on his contract come the summer and with the club struggling to compete for trophies once-again this season, the Dutchman may decide it’s time to move on.

However, the European Champions have no intention in spending over the odds to land their targets this summer, and when asked about their interest in Van Persie and Bale, Barca vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu is quoted by ESPN as saying:

“Those players are very good, but we always need common sense in any negotiations. We will not enter the madness market but it is impossible for Barcelona to pay 40 or 50 million Euros for any player.

“This is a decision of the club. We can’t fight against every club. But we have an advantage in that players want to come and play for Barcelona.”



  1. Tim

    February 21, 2012 at 11:44 am

    If Barca can’t afford players then they should stop talking about them. The arrogance of that club is astounding. Just because they stole Fabregas because he wanted to go there they think they can conduct all transfer negotiations the same way. I’m sure Van Persie or Bale would be just as happy to go to Real Madrid (a team that is going to beat Barca in the league this season). So put up or shut up!

    • karl

      February 21, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      agree, we can easy get more money other places. I hope that barcelona get reported one day for tapping up players,

  2. Benny

    February 21, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Once again Barcelona are tapping up ,”We won’t pay 40-50 m Euros” Well that’s good news because both Arsenal and Spurs would be talking £40-50m so that’s that over for another year …

  3. Will

    February 21, 2012 at 11:50 am

    What a total hypocrite!!!!

    Seems to think that being Barcelona makes them deserve a discount. It is becoming a little like MU in the PL where there are no bounds to their arrogance and where they expect plsyers to come on the cheap becasue they are barca. Once Messi slides the whole team will go with him. Guardiola knows this as it is why he is leaving before it hits the fan. Let’s see how well they go without him. Arrogant B+++++ds and even as THFC supporter I thought that their courting of fabregas was disgusting. La Liga is represented eternally by RM & Barca but both are real works of art when it comes to money & arrogance. I would love to see both of them flop and give the rest a well deserved chance. BTW watch Malaga do a MC in the near future..abouut time!!

  4. GoonerB

    February 21, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Wow. North London united against a common enemy. I don’t like the way Barca do business and agree with Will above. They are a classy football team but a classless club. Their motto of more than just a football club is quite correct. It is also an institution that conducts its business in an arrogant and underhand way with no respect for anyone or anything else. If it was just a football club then maybe I could have more respect for them. I don’t know why they don’t just instruct their P.R team, (oh sorry in case you were wondering I meant Marca, the independant unbiased newspaper), to produce a list of all the players that they are not interested in paying over the odds for come the summer. At least that way we could all put our minds at rest.

  5. Arselicked

    February 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    There we go again. “We won’t pay over the odds and the player wants to come…”. Why can’t Platini do something about this guy and why doesn’t someone tell him these players don’t have Barca DNA?

  6. Yidango

    February 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Has he not heard of Daniel Levy?????!!!!

  7. Will

    February 22, 2012 at 3:49 am

    Don’t worry guys: RM & Barca are already cr*pping themselves.

    Watch them both boggle as the Qatari Billions make Malaga do a MC and eat both of them. This has to be a first! I am actually proQatari for once.

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