Barcelona Snap Up Talented Montreal Impact Starlet Ballou Tabla on 3-Year Deal

?Barcelona have completed the capture of talented Montreal Impact youngster Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla on a three-year contract.

The 18-year-old was announced via the club’s ?website on Thursday and will immediately take up a place in the club’s B team ahead of a potential first-team breakthrough in the coming seasons.

Barcelona have the option to extend Tabla’s deal by a further two years if he impressed enough during his Camp Nou stay and, if La Blaugrana take up that option, he will see his buy-out clause increase from £22m to £65m.

Tabla completed his medical at the club’s training complex on Thursday morning and put pen to paper on the terms of his deal at the Ciutat Esportiva offices alongside Barca B director Silvio Elias and academy technical secretary Jose Mari Bakero.

The 18-year-old was originally born in Abidjan in the Ivory Coast, but moved to Canada with his family as a child.

He joined Montreal FC’s youth set up not long after and worked his way up through the age levels until he made his senior bow for the club in April 2016.

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Tabla went on to feature 21 times for the United States Soccer side before he was promoted into the Montreal Impact squad six months later and he went on to bag three goals and two assists in 24 outings for the Major League Soccer team.

Considered to be the hottest prospect in Canadian football, the Under-20 international was snapped up by Barcelona before other interested parties could lay claim to him.

Tabla is adept at playing on either wing, with the primarily right wideman also comfortable cutting inside from a left wing position.

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Barcelona Midfielder Paulinho Talks Long-Term Future at Club & Philippe Coutinho’s ‘Great Decision’

Barcelona midfielder Paulinho has insisted that he will to see out his four-year contract with the club, and has praised Philippe Coutinho for making the ‘great decision’ to leave Liverpool for La Liga.

In an interview with Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, the former Spurs flop spoke of his determination to build upon his impressive start to his career with the Catalan giants, after turning around his reputation as a laughing stock to that of a quality midfielder. Paulinho said:

“I have four years of contract in Barcelona, and at the end I’ll be 32 or 33. I want to take advantage of the years I have at Barcelona and I do not see another place where I can be better.”

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The powerful Brazilian also expressed his happiness with his international teammate Philippe Coutinho joining him at Barça – contending that the 25-year-old had made the right decision to leave his former club Liverpool.

“He (Coutinho) is very happy,” he said. “Many people asked me if I talked with him. We spoke a few times while he was deciding if he would join Barcelona. But we rarely messaged each-other as it is a very personal moment for him. Imagine how many people were talking to him, wondering if he would stay at Liverpool or leave.

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“I don’t like to bother people. In the end, it was a great decision and he will be very happy. First for the potential he has, and secondly for the great person he is.”

After recovering from a hamstring injury, Coutinho is in Ernesto Valverde’s squad to face Espanyol in the Copa del Rey quarter-final second-leg on Thursday evening. Barça won the first leg 1-0, and will be hopeful that Coutinho’s involvement in the game could be the extra boost they need to see them progress to the semi-final of the domestic cup competition.

I?t has also been revealed that Coutinho will wear the number 14 shirt for his new club – following in the footsteps of the likes of Johan Cruyff and Thierry Henry. The former Inter man will be eager to make an impact at the club, after finally getting his dream move to Barça.

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Barcelona Reportedly Agree New 3-Year Multi-Million Deal With Sponsor Beko

?Barcelona have agreed a new £16.5m three-year deal with sponsor Beko, according to reports in Spain.

?Mundo Deportivo has alleged that the Catalan giants will continue their longstanding partnership with the Turkish domestic appliance firm, with the latter set to appear on the club’s training kits and match day shirt sleeves.

Beko’s logo will also appear on advertising hoardings around Barca’s famous La Masia youth academy as they look to increase their global appeal as part of one of the world’s biggest clubs.

La Blaugrana and Beko also have a deal in place that would extend their partnership further if certain criteria are met, and the overall deal is expected to be officially confirmed by Barcelona in the second week of February.

Beko have been one of Barca’s main sponsors since 2014 and will officially become their third major sponsor behind kit manufacturers Nike and main shirt sponsors Rakuten, a Japanese electronics corporation who pay Barca around £47m-a-season to feature prominently on their kits.

Other premium partners of Barcelona’s include car manufacturers Audi, grooming company Gillette, Japanese camera specialists Canon and internet-based music streaming service Deezer.


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Beko’s agreement with Barcelona had been set to expire at the end of this season, but they will no continue their fruitful partnership with the current La Liga leaders for a further three years.

Beko were founded way back in 1969, and adorn the garb of other clubs such as Turkish giants Besiktas, as well as having a serious presence in other sports such as basketball in their homeland and Lithuania.

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New Signings Philippe Coutinho and Yerry Mina Included in Latest Barcelona Squad

Recent ?Barcelona signings Philippe Coutinho and Yerry Mina have been named in their latest squad to face RCD Espanyol in the Copa Del Rey quarter-final.

The game on Thursday night could see the eagerly anticipated debuts of the two as Barcelona look to progress to the semi-finals and defend the Copa Del Rey title they currently hold.

Barcelona are having yet another dominating season. The Catalan club have yet to lose a La Liga game and have comfortably qualified for the Champions League knockout phase. They are 11 points clear of second place Atletico Madrid in La Liga, and with the new additions, look to be an even bigger threat to opposing teams.

It was also revealed today that Coutinho would wear the number 14 shirt at the Nou Camp, the same number that Johan Cruyff, Thierry Henry and Javier Mascherano previously wore.

The Catalan giants signed Coutinho from Liverpool for a ?fee of £142m – the second highest transfer fee paid in the history of football – who they had been tracking since last summer. They hope he will act as a straight replacement for Neymar – who the club sold to PSG for £198m in the summer.

As for Mina, he was the first ever Colombian player to sign for Barcelona when he joined from Brazilian side Palmeiras for a fee of around £10m. He signed a five-and-a-half year deal and will wear the number 24 shirt, with fans eager to see what he can bring to the squad.

The pair will also be available to make their La Liga debuts on Sunday when Barcelona host Deportivo Alaves at Nou Camp.

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The New Cruyff? Philippe Coutinho’s Barcelona Squad Number Revealed

?Philippe Coutinho will wear the historic number 14 shirt for Barcelona, the club have revealed.

The Brazilian joined Barca for a world record fee of £142m from Liverpool earlier this month, though he has yet to feature for the Catalan club after a thigh injury was discovered during his medical.

The news, ?announced on the club’s website on Wednesday evening, that Coutinho’s squad number has now been assigned however, suggests that a first appearance in the famous red and blue shirts may not be far away.

In taking the number 14 shirt for Barca, Coutinho follows in the footsteps of the likes of Thierry Henry, Javier Mascherano and – most famously – Dutch legend Johan Cruyff.

The number was only vacated by Mascherano on when his move to Chinese Super League Hebei China Fortune was ?announced earlier on Wednesday, meaning it could be possible that Barca had the number earmarked for Coutinho in the knowledge that Mascherano departure after seven and a half years at the club was imminent.

Coutinho, whose departure from Liverpool left the number 10 shirt vacant at Anfield, has never previously worn the number 14 shirt in his career.

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