Midday Ticker: Barcelona hire Enrique amid flurry of moves; Conte stays at Juve and more

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Photo by FCBarcelona.com

By RYAN TOLMICH

Just one day after parting ways with Gerardo Martino, Barcelona have already found his replacement.

Former Barca midfielder Luis Enrique will take over at the Camp Nou, according to an announcement by the club, having signed a two year deal to manage the team he played with from 1996-2004.

Enrique began his managerial career in charge of Barcelona B, earning promotion in his second year in charge. His next move saw him take over Italian giants Roma before returning to his home country to manage La Liga side Celta Vigo. Enrique will join Pep Guardiola as the only men to captain Barcelona, manage the B team and take the reigns of the clubs’s first team.

Enrique’s time at the Camp Nou will begin with a new goalkeeper, Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Barcelona announced Monday that they have added the 22-year-old German keeper, who will join the Catalan club from Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach. With ter Stegen’s arrival, the club will not extend a new deal to backup keeper Jose Manuel Pinto, who will leave the club this summer.

Enrique and ter Stegen will also be joined by Gerard Deulofeu and Rafinha Alcantara, who will return from loan spells with Everton and Celta Vigo, respectively.

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CONTE TO REMAIN AT JUVENTUS

It may not have been the most official announcement in the club’s history, but Juventus found a way to get their message across nonetheless.

A tweet from the club’s official account reading, “2014-15 season: coach Antonio Conte,” ended speculation surrounding the departure of the Italian manager. Conte will remain in charge of the Serie A champions, who picked up their third consecutive Scudetto with a record-breaking 102 points this season.

Speculation regarding Conte’s departure stemmed from a meeting with president Andrea Agnelli on Monday. However, Conte will continue leading the club that he has managed since 2011.

NEUER, LAHM TO BE FIT FOR WORLD CUP

After picking up injuries in their club’s cup win over the weekend, Germany’s Manuel Neuer and Phillip Lahm have been declared fit for next month’s World Cup.

German champions Bayern Munich tweeted the news Monday that the two national team mainstays would be ready to join their compatriots in the next week.

Lahm will take a week off from training after injuring his ankle in Saturday’s DFB Pokal final against Borussia Dortmund. Neuer, meanwhile, picked up a small tear in his shoulder, but the club announced he would join his team for training camp after some time in a sling.

The addition of two probable starters comes as a big boost to Germany, which is grouped with Portugal, Ghana and the United States in Brazil.

FABREGAS COULD LEAVE BARCA FOR $75 MILLION 

With Financial Fair Play looming, Barcelona may be selling one of their biggest stars in an effort to comply with FIFA’s regulations.

Midfielder Cesc Fabregas may be on his way out of Spain, as Barcelona are prepared to sell the Spain international this summer. Both Arsenal and Manchester United have been told Fabregas could be available for the hefty price of $75 million.

Alexis Sanchez, Javier Mascherano, Christian Tello, Pedro, and Dani Alves could also move in the summer if the right offer comes in.

What do you think of Barcelona’s moves? Will Juventus complete the four-peat? How will Germany fare in Brazil? Which Barcelona players do you expect to leave the club?

Share your thoughts below.

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18 Responses to Midday Ticker: Barcelona hire Enrique amid flurry of moves; Conte stays at Juve and more

  1. Dinho says:

    $75 million? Really? Why would United want another overpriced Spaniard, they already have Mata… and they play basically the same role. No thanks.

  2. michael f. sbi mafia original says:

    Luis Enrique has been a loser everywhere he has coached. Just looked it up. How did he score this job?

    • Bach's Thumb says:

      What? Haha. Complete opposite.

      He took over for Pep and actually managed to get Barca B into promotion into the first division. They were blocked because they can’t play in the same division as their senior team.

      He then had a poor stint at a collapsing Roma team.

      He took over Celta and took them from 12th in the table to 6th the next season.

  3. michael f. sbi mafia original says:

    Fabergas is not the right fit for United. We need a young guy like Calsie.

  4. reignman says:

    Fabregas is not going to sell for anything near that price, Barca are having a laugh. That’s like 40 mil pounds right? Could see Arsenal trying to get him for 25ish

  5. "The TX 2 Stepper" says:

    Well, I hope that Arsen(al) will drop some coin to bring our boy home but anything over 25 Mil is ridiculous. I hope they will make a move for Alexis as well. We need a guy with his grit and determination (not to mention his skill) in the side.

  6. inkedAG says:

    Even though I am an Arsenal fan, I’ll pass on Cesc. Too soft of a player.

  7. A.S. says:

    Fabregas went from Arsenal to Barca for 35 million pounds, and now 3 years later they want to sell him back for 10 million MORE pounds? Really, they think he’s worth more now at age 28 than he was three years ago?

  8. atd says:

    All I know about ter Stegen is that he’s terrified of Jermaine Jones.

  9. beto says:

    I wouldnt want to loose Macharano or Fabergas if I was taking over Barça with Xavi getting up there

    They seem to be getting thin across defense.

    • Brad C says:

      Mascherano is horrible. Same thing every time, dive in, dribbler goes right around him…

    • Louis Z says:

      Why would you want to keep a 5’7 CB? They are way overdue to upgrade their back 4.

  10. Tony in Quakeland says:

    I’ve been hearing for some time that Arsenal has a buy back clause for Fabergas? There is no mention of that in the Mirror article.

  11. Lu says:

    Arsenal love putting buy back clauses lol. They can get Carlos Vela for £4 when he’s worth €25+

    • reignman says:

      There is no reason for them not to buy Vela back, and they should get Griezmann while they are at it honestly, his price could really go up after the WC

  12. Fredo says:

    Good Luck Luis!

  13. bryan says:

    Germany and Portugal are gonna be banged up either way. then there is Muntari who scored a ridiculous goal over the weekend. i really hope he doesn’t do that to the US…