Funny Moment Barcelona Sporting Director Was Unaware of New Catalan Club Deadline Day Target, Video

Funny Moment Barcelona Sporting Director Was Unaware of New Catalan Club Deadline Day Target, Video

  • Barcelona’s sporting director Mateu Alemany had no idea who the club wanted
  • The Catalans turned to Julian Aruajo after failing in the bid for Sofyan Amrabat
  • The paperwork for the deal to sign the LA Galaxy defender arrived a minute late

How many times do you see a club director not have an idea of a player coming into his team? Well, welcome to Barcelona.

The Catalan giants put in a late move to sign LA Galaxy defender, Julian Aruajo on transfer deadline day, and it seemed the club’s sporting director, Mateu Alemany was unaware of the deal.

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Julian Araujo agreed to join Barcelona on transfer deadline day from MLS side LA Galaxy. Photo by Shaun Clark.
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According to Football Espana, Alemany was stopped by journalists while leaving Camp Nou on transfer deadline day and was asked about the progress of the deal.

The Barcelona sporting director seemed to need confirmation of Araujo’s name, before seemingly shrugging his shoulders in confusion and driving away from the area.

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Barcelona, who are hoping to strengthen their squad in January, had turned to the LA Galaxy defender after their failure to register Gavi and seal a deal for Sofyan Amrabat from Fiorentina.

Barcelona appeal transfer of Araujo

Meanwhile, Barcelona are expected to approach FIFA to urge the football body to approve the transfer of right-back Araujo, Barca Universal reports.

The club was unable to finalise the deal for the defender on deadline day, as paperwork was submitted a minute late even though all parties had reached an agreement over the move.

Araujo had agreed to a move to Camp Nou during the final hours of the transfer market, with the defender reportedly signing a permanent deal until 2026.

Barcelona takes league to court

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on the rift between Barcelona and La Liga reaching new lows, following the Catalan club’s decision to take the Spanish body to court.

Since the fallout of the European Super League, of which the club was a key founder, La Blaugrana has been at loggerheads with the league led by Javier Tebas.

Barcelona has lodged a case in a local commercial court against the Spanish league body, after being denied their privilege share from La Liga’s television deal.

Source: Sports Brief News