Barcelona Transfer News: Madrid Won’t Accept Neymar Snub, Says Josep Bartomeu

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has implied that the ongoing investigation into Neymar’s transfer to Catalonia is being underscored by bitterness from Real Madrid that stems from the Brazilian choosing the Blaugrana over them.

As noted by Miles Chambers of Goal, Bartomeu is set to stand trial over allegations of tax evasion and fraud in regards to Neymar’s acquisition from Santos in the summer of 2013. And he’s hinted that Madrid are the ones forcing the issue because Neymar snubbed them two years ago.

“In Madrid they still don’t understand Neymar chose Barca and they are trying to create difficulties for the club and for him,” Bartomeu told RAC1, per Chambers’ piece. “Let’s see how the trial finishes, but I will never get tired of defending club and player interests.”

The cost of Neymar’s transfer to Barca has long been disputed. As Chambers reported, the original amount was believed to be €57 million, but a figure of €86.2 million has also been reported since then. The article also noted there were a lot of teams interested in signing Neymar, including Real, but Barcelona came up trumps.

In keeping with the investigation into the deal, Los Blancos and other sides were asked to reveal the value of unsuccessful bids made for Neymar to the Spanish Central Court. Madrid made offers on two separate occasions for the former Santos man, with a €43 million bid in 2011 and a €36 million offer in 2013, per SPORT.

As we can see here, the Brazil starlet has gone on to become one of the finest players in the world during his time in the iconic Blaugrana strip:

In the same interview, Bartomeu insisted he wants Neymar to commit his future to the club and stay there for the rest of his career. “He’s a key player for our team and is doing great work,” he told RAC1, per SPORT. “There’s no date for Neymar’s contract renovation, but equally, like all the fans, we want him to retire here at FC Barcelona.”

Spurning the chance to join Madrid and head for Catalonia made Neymar a popular figure with the Barcelona faithful before he had even kicked a ball for the team, but last season he etched his name into club folklore by helping bring three major titles to the Camp Nou. 

He has been linked with a move away from the club in recent weeks, with Manchester United reportedly proving to be a tantalising proposition, per Jamie Jackson of the Guardian. But given the effort Barcelona made to bring him to the club in the first place, they’ll be desperate to keep their No. 11 on board for a lot longer yet.

Tesco Picks MBK as Preferred Bidder in Up to $7 Billion South Korea Deal

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9/2 CBS2 Wednesday Morning Weather Headlines

By Giorgio Panetta
CBS2 Chief Meteorologist/Weather Producer

Good morning everyone,

It’s another warm one with temps hitting just about 90 degrees!

We will be close today with highs tipping the 90-degree mark. Those in Jersey will hit the 90s for sure. Living east of NYC, expect cooler temps.

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The humidity will be well felt this afternoon. Dew points are expected to hit the upper 60s and lower 70s which will make it feel like the lower 90s.

Thursday will be one of the mildest of the week with temps hitting the lower 90s.

A few thunderstorms are expected Thursday night into Friday morning. After that, highs will cool down quite a bit. Expect a high around 82°.

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The weekend is hotter and sunnier in the mid to upper 80s. Labor Day is looking great!

Check back in soon for an early luck at your holiday weekend.


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Seagate packs 2 TB of storage into 7 mm-thick laptop hard drive

Seagate has announced a 2 TB 2.5-inch HDD (not pictured) that is just 7 mm thick

When it comes to data storage capacity, too much is never enough. But Seagate is doing its best to sate people’s craving for gigabytes on the go by announcing the world’s highest capacity 2.5-inch hard drive. Equaling the 2 TB capacity of the Samsung Spinpoint M9T that the company unveiled back in 2013, the new drive is 2.5 mm thinner than that unit, stretching the calipers to just 7 mm.

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Delen Private Bank chooses ICTroom to design and build new Tier III corporate data centre in Antwerp

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands and DIEGEM, Belgium, 2 September 2015 – ICTroom, experts in the delivery of customised data centre solutions, today announced it has been selected by Delen Private Bank, one of the largest private banks in Belgium, to design and build a new Tier III corporate data centre in Antwerp. This contract comprises the full spectrum of data centre facilities and room infrastructure including power, cooling, security and racks. Part of a large campus renovation project at the bank’s Antwerp headquarters, the data centre building is due for completion by the end of this year and ICTroom’s installations will begin in early 2016.

Delen Private Bank, which has a long and solid reputation as a safe harbour and low risk banker, believes that advanced IT and computer technology are a fundamental basis for its success. The bank chose ICTroom as its data centre partner in line with this ethos, as ICTroom consistently optimises IT performance for customers by creating a data centre infrastructure in which maximum availability and security is guaranteed.

Johan Claes, sales & marketing manager at ICTroom BELUX, said, “We are delighted to be working with Delen Private Bank, who selected our complete data centre portfolio offering for their new corporate data centre, which is in the heart of the city of Antwerp. ICTroom tries to distinguish itself by completely aligning with a client’s underlying business case, providing deep technical expertise and an in-depth knowledge of data centre designs and technical regulations. In addition, we demonstrate a flexible approach to project rollout, coordination and system integration, as well as a thorough understanding of how the data centre will be used now and in the future.”

This contract win is a testimonial to the continuing growth strategy of ICTroom in Belgium and Luxembourg; Delen Private Bank is one of the largest independent private banks in Belgium and part of the Ackermans & van Haaren (AvH) group, a major Belgian investment company listed on the BEL-20 stock exchange and with a turnover of EUR 5.9 billion in 2014.

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Manchester United Transfer News: Anthony Martial Deal Expected to Upset Chelsea

Manchester United’s deadline-day capture of striker Anthony Martial may end as a bigger victory for Louis van Gaal’s side than first expected after it emerged Premier League rivals Chelsea will be angered by the deal.

The MailOnline’s Sunni Upal and Matt Barlow reported the Blues were one of the clubs said to have been turned down by Monaco prior to Martial’s £36 million move to Old Trafford:

“They (Monaco) also expect the other two big clubs to be unhappy, having been assured Martial would not be sold this summer. Chelsea are thought to be one—but one thing is clear—no other club was ready to bid anything like what United did for the 19-year-old.”

Earlier this summer, the Guardian‘s Ed Aarons denied Chelsea had launched a €55 million (£40.4 million) move of their own for the teenager:

It’s not the first time a transfer has erupted in controversy between the two clubs after BBC Sport reported John Obi Mikel’s 2005 move to Stamford Bridge resulted in a high-profile probe.

Upal and Barlow sourced French reports, claiming the deal could rise to cost United an eye-watering £58 million with add-ons, including the percentages Martial’s former clubs Lyon and CO Les Ulis will claim.

Les Gones will receive £7 million of the figure, according to the report, while Dan Levy of France24 proclaims CO Les Ulis can expect a €600,000 windfall, which is no small amount by their standards:

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho already made additions to his attack this summer after finalising deals to bring in Barcelona’s Pedro and Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan, also from Monaco.

However, Manchester United made the decision to fork out a sum Monaco “could not refuse,” according to their vice-president Vadim Vasilyev, per the Daily Star‘s Chisanga Malata:

We wished to keep him this season but Manchester United made an incredible offer that neither Anthony, nor AS Monaco, could refuse. Our project showcases many players and Anthony has proven his worth and potential on the pitch.

Though this move was not planned, it shows the quality of the work undertaken by the technical staff but also that we were right to recruit him two years ago. We wish Anthony the best for the next chapter in his career.

Sealing the services of a prospect as promising as Martial will be well received at Old Trafford, as will the notion United are still capable of trumping their Premier League peers in the hunt for Europe’s top talents.

Outlaying such an extravagant fee for the 19-year-old has produced a mixed reaction among the football community, but the Guardian‘s Daniel Harris hints it could be years before the “investment” can be judged properly:

United launched their mega-money move after scoring just three goals in the first four games of the Premier League season, with club captain Wayne Rooney yet to score domestically this term.

But even considering the desperation to improve matters up front, French football expert Julien Laurens told BT Sport there’s no way Martial was worth the £36 million figure:

A gamble though it may be, the Red Devils will boast bragging rights if Martial is able to revive the prolific form that once saw him score 32 goals in 21 games for Lyon’s under-17s.

Chelsea and Manchester United have exchanged blows as the Premier League’s two most successful sides over the past decade, and Martial’s potential in the years to come could ignite another bitter feud between the two titans of English football.

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