It’s Deadline Day, and we at Barça Buzz have a tradition: An article that will be updated during the day. Make sure you fasten your seatbelt, as this Deadline day should be especially ‘Hot’ for FC Barcelona. It looks like Cancelo and Felix are the possible arrivals. In the opposite direction, Lenglet, Ansu Fati will leave. Will there be more surprises, like a possible departure for Abde? Let’s wait and see. It’s going to be a LONG day.
23:59 – Abde leaves in the last minute
23:40 – Eric leaves, Balde and Martinez registered
- João Félix will wear #14.
- OFFICIAL: Alejandro Balde has been registered as a first team player.
- Iñigo Martínez has been registered, finally!
23:00 – Joao Cancelo Officially announced, both Joaos registered
OFFICIAL: Barcelona and Manchester City have reached an agreement for the loan of João Cancelo until 30 June 2024. There is no buy option. The club wishes to thank the player publicly for the financial effort made and his desire to wear the Barça shirt.
- Barcelona have not paid any loan fee to Atlético Madrid for João Félix. They are just paying his full salary.
OFFICIAL: Barcelona and Los Angeles FC have reached an agreement for the loan of Mamadou Fall for until June 30, 2024, with a purchase option for Barça. He will arrive in Barcelona in the coming days to undergo medicals and then join Barça Atlètic.
22:30 – Joao Felix is a FC Barcelona player!
Just a hour and a half left in the transfer window, and Barcelona announced the singing of Joao Felix. According to @MatteMoretto [relevo], Barça will pay João Félix’s full salary. Before leaving Atleti, he had renewed his contract until 2029 and lowered his salary.
- Mateu Alemany leaves the Barça offices with thumbs up. Probably for the last time.
BREAKING: Ez Abde sold to Real Betis for €7.5m with Barcelona reserving 50% rights of a future sale.
21:00 – Felix and Eric ‘Here We Go’
Barcelona’s expenditure in the summer would be only €3.4m if they don’t pay any loan fee for João Félix. The signings are Iñigo Martínez, İlkay Gündoğan, Oriol Romeu, João Cancelo and João Félix.
@FabrizioRomano: João Félix to Barcelona – Here We Go!
- @gerardromero: Cancelo and Félix are currently in the dressing room to meet their new teammates.
@FabrizioRomano: Eric García to Girona – Here We Go!
Both João Cancelo and João Félix will join Barcelona on a simple 1-year loan. No buy option included. The same has been confirmed by multiple journalists and outlets.
According to @tjuanmarti, Barcelona have reached an agreement to sign Mamadou Fall for Barça Atlètic. Everything indicates that it will be a loan with buy option of around €6m. If the documents are signed on him, he will arrive.
- @santiovalle: Marc Casado received an offer from Granada today. But Barça made it clear that he is in their plans and the player is determined to succeed at Barça.
20:00 – 4 hours to go
According to @HelenaCondis [cope], Ez Abde is not training today with permission from the club. They are trying to close his transfer to Real Betis. The President of Real Betis will present a personal bank guarantee to register Ez Abde.
Meanwhile, other reports say that Sevilla, Osasuna, Atlético Madrid and Aston Villa are entering the race to sign Abde.
- @tjuanmarti: Barça is working against the clock to sign Mamadou Fall – loan with purchase option. They trust that there is time.
18:30 – Cancelo and Felix in Barcelona, ready for medical tests
Ansu Fati is not expected to make his Brighton debut tomorrow against Newcastle United, as already said by coach de Zerbi. He is expected to make his debut against Manchester United at Old Trafford on 16th September after the international break.
Meanwhile, @Marta_Ramon reports that La Liga are currently reviewing the documents of the bank guarantee worth more than €10m which Barça have presented. It is a long process.
- @gerardromero: “The forecast right now is that Cancelo and Félix will go from the hotel to the Ciutat Esportiva for medicals.”
- @MatteMoretto: João Félix has renewed his contract with Atlético Madrid until 2028 before joining Barcelona on loan.
17:30: – Cancelo about to land, Eric close to Girona
According to @tjuanmarti, for Manchester City to accept João Cancelo’s loan, the condition was to give the approval to Eric García’s loan to Girona. City Football Group is the owner of both clubs.
Meanwhile, OFFICIAL: Iker Goujón has signed a 1 year contract with Barça Atlètic
17:00 – Felix is already in Barcelona
João Félix’s flight has landed in Barcelona. @gerardromero: “João Félix is taking photographs with the Barça shirt inside the airport.”
Meanwhile, @HelenaCondis [cope] confirms: Ez Abde is very close to joining Real Betis. However, Betis don’t have enough FFP margin at the moment.
Jorge Mendes’ plane also just landed in Barcelona. Cancelo is expected to land in Barcelona in the next hour.
16:30 – João Felix and Cancelo on their way
João Félix’s flight from Madrid to Barcelona is currently the most tracked flight in the world on flight radar 24. He is moments away from landing.
Meanwhile, @tjuanmarti reports that Ez Abde is one step away from joining Real Betis. The favourite option right now is Betis signing him for around €10m and Barça having 50% rights of a future sale, although confirmation on this is needed.
- @tjuanmarti: Sources close to Robert Lewandowski insist that Saudi Arabia’s approach came months ago and was rejected. They are not aware of anything else and emphasize that today Robert only thinks about Barça.
- BHA coach Roberto de Zerbi on Ansu Fati: “If you work with these talents you have more responsibility because it’s football heritage. We can’t make mistakes with this player because football needs his talent. You have to manage it in a different way.”
- @FCBRAC1: Eric García is getting closer to joining Girona. The player’s position has been key to reopening this possibility.
16:00 – Both João deals are close
- @gerardromero: “Manchester City have given the green light to the Cancelo deal. The effort that the player has put to arrive at Barça has been incredible. Laporta’s good relationship with the board has also helped.”
According to @JijantesFC, Sources from La Liga and also from Barcelona confirm that everything is OK for the arrival of the two Joãos – Cancelo and Félix. The two Portuguese players will join Barça, barring a radical turn of events that no one expects.
Meanwhile, according to @ffpolo & @martinezferran [md] Barcelona could still open the door for the possible exits of Eric García and Ez Abde to Girona and Real Betis respectively, due to the pressure exterted by them to leave and also to help with FFP to comfortably register other players. However, @Nilsola10 says Eric García will push until the end to go to Girona.
14:00 – Ansu’s loan deal announced
Brighton and Hove Albion announce the signing of Ansu Fati on loan from Barcelona. There is no buy option.
- @MatteMoretto [relevo]: Right now Ez Abde is close to signing for Real Betis.
According to @Plettigoal, Bayern Munich have indeed enquired about João Cancelo, who has a verbal agreement with Barcelona but the club cannot sign him as of now.
- @ffpolo & @martinezferran [md]: Barcelona say that they will be able to complete the four pending registrations today – Iñigo Martínez, Iñaki Peña, João Cancelo and João Félix.
- @JijantesFC: “João Cancelo will be a Barcelona player.” Cancelo will arrive in Barcelona today at 6pm CET on a private flight from Cascais.
13:00 – Lenglet officially leaves for Aston Villa
First official move of the day, and it’s Clement Lenglet. The French will move on loan to Aston Villa, and his big salary is officially of the books. However, he only moves on loan, so the club will have to deal with him again next summer. No buy option or anything like that.
- According to @santiovalle, João Cancelo has received a last-minute offer from a Champions League club.
- @albert_roge: Iker Goujon, has recently arrived at CE Joan Gamper to finalize his transfer to Barça Atlètic. The striker joins the team as a free agent after his tenure with Villarreal B came to an end.
12:00 CET – 12 Hours to go
- According to @AdriaSoldevila: The money from Libero will not be arriving today. They’ve requested for a few days of margin. The board will therefore provide a guarantee for the registrations and the signings of João Cancelo and João Félix.
- @Luis_F_Rojo: The agreement between Barcelona and Manchester City for João Cancelo is imminent. Agreement has been reached between Barcelona and Atletico for the loan of Joao Felix. Both Portuguese players will be Barca players, given their registration is assured.
- Meanwhile, @gerardromero: “Atletico Madrid deny that any agreement has been reached with Barcelona for Joao Felix.”
- According to @tjuanmarti, Abde’s move to Betis will gain momentum once Luiz Felipe’s departure is completed by Betis.
10:00 – Betis move unlikely
- According to @tjuanmarti, Barcelona have informed Ez Abde and his agents that the club will only let him leave in case of a permanent transfer. Real Betis are studying creative formulas but it appears to be a very likely destination for Abde at the moment.
- @victor_nahe: Joao Felix isnt training with Atletico today. The club states its because of “personal reasons”.
8:30 – Abde to stay?
Don’t forget about Abde. He might leave the club soon. Betis might be the destination. Stay tuned.
7:00 – Things that need to happen by tonight 23:59:59 CET else they will never happen.
- Signing João Cancelo and João Félix officially.
- Registering Iñigo and new signings.
- Fati to Brighton on loan.
- Lenglet to Aston Villa on loan.
- Possible exits of Abde and Eric.