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Barcelona appoint Martino - Transfers LIVE

The Blaugrana have moved swiftly to replace Tito Vilanova following his exit on health grounds, by naming the Argentine as his replacement. Send us your thoughts on Facebook & Twitter.

22:47 IST


More from Martino-

On saying no to Malaga and Real Sociedad a month ago
"There are some situations that are difficult to explain. I was in Newell's and couldn't think on other things, After that I was just thinking on resting and this happened. "

Messi and Neymar:
"We have to adapt to every situation, reccognise it and then get used to it. We hope to understand from inside everything we have to do in Barcelona"

I want to thank Newell's and every person that has helped us to get here.
On how good  his team played in the last years.
"We always thought that was the way Newell's had to play thanks to the players we had. It went great and players really felt part of this. But besides this, Libertad, Cerro, Paraguay national team, their players, many of whon have contacted me, the different clubs managers, and other people in Paraguay who have supported us. We felt really great there. And Newell's is our house and we can say we've learnt a lot from the players,. We want to make them part of this."

On how much Messi and his father helped them to hire Martino:
"I don't know the details of how they chose me. But I have no doubts that Jorge and Lionel have influenced and gave their opinion to the club. How much they did I don't really know but I just want to thank them as much as every single person around football in Argentina"

22:45 IST


Here are some quotes from Gerardo Martino's press conference

"I'm really happy that Barcelona has thought about me and my way of working. I have the idea that everything will go perfect and with the expectations that everything will go great."

About Messi:
"For my career as a coach, with the players that Barcelona has, with Leo there, is exactly what every coach wants. I hope I can be as good as they are expecting and help them keep winning"

"My first goal is to get adapted to the club with my people the best way. Then, we have to fight for every competition we play."

On how he will travel

"We are defining how we will proceed. I guess in the next few hours I will prepare everything to fly as soon as possible. This afternoon we will define that."

"There are some things I prefer not to talk about. But I can´t stop saying how proud I was when I received the phone call and how proud I am to work in Barcelona. I wasn't really expecting this as some teams were already working and others being played. I wanted to rest and I can't say I was expecting this"

22:15 IST


Official: Ilicic joins Fiorentina
Fiorentina have confirmed the signing of Josip Ilicic from Palermo for an undisclosed fee believed to be €9 million plus add-ons.

21:50 IST


Luis Enrique: Barcelona talk just hearsay

Luis Enrique has insisted that any suggestion he held talks with Barcelona about replacing Tito Vilanova were just hearsay.

21:33 IST


Richards rejects Man City exit reports

Micah Richards has dismissed speculation that he is unsettled at Manchester City and insists he has "never considered" leaving Eastlands.

20:58 IST


The 18-year-old Chile Under-20 international, who can play either as a left-back or left-winger, has signed a contract keeping him at Stamford Bridge until the summer of 2018

20:42 IST


Antonio Di Natale has revealed that he turned down an approach from AC Milan to sign a new contract at Udinese after confirming reports that the Rossoneri made an offer but he instead opted to stay true to his vow to finish his career at the Stadio Friuli, putting pen to paper on an extension until 2015.

"I thank Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri and vice-president Adriano Galliani for the offer," he told the Messaggero Veneto.

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20:23 IST


With Chelsea having a bid for the England international rejected, the boss hinted a over-long transfer tussle may disrupt David Moyes' preparations

The Blues had an opening offer for the wantaway striker immediately rejected last Tuesday and are expected to return with an improved bid.

19:45 IST


Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has insisted Manchester United are "wasting their time" pursuing Cesc Fabregas.

The Premier League champions will make an improved third bid worth €41 million for the midfielder following the rejection of their latest offer.Read More

19:15 IST


BREAKING NEWS: Chelsea have completed the signing of Cristian Cuevas from Chilean club O'Higgins.

18:45 IST


Andres Iniesta has cast doubt on the chances of Cesc Fabregas choosing to leave Barcelona for Manchester United.

The former Arsenal captain will be subject to a final offer of €41 million from the Red Devils this week in an attempt to lure the midfielder from Camp Nou back to the Premier League, though Iniesta cannot see his Barca and Spain team-mate departing.Read More

18:30 IST


Time for some news from Indian football: Penn Orji and Luciano Sobrosa, the newly-signed foreigners of Mohammedan Sporting have arrived in Kolkata today.

Penn joins Mohammedan from East Bengal, while Luciano was a part of the Salgaocar squad.

17:45 IST


BIG BREAKING NEWS: Napoli have agreed a €37 million fee with Real Madrid for Gonzalo Higuain.

The Serie A club have had a fresh bid for the Argentine accepted by the Spanish club and Napoli are now trying to convince the player to move to the San Paolo.

Personal terms are yet to be agreed, with Higuain's insistence on retaining his image rights providing a something of a stumbling block.

Heartbreaking, Arsenal fans?

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17:30 IST


Goal brings you 10 things you need to know about Barcelona's new manager, Gerardo Martino.
A must read piece by Shikharr Chandra.Read More

17:15 IST


Valencia coach Miroslav Djukic is hopeful that Roberto Soldado will stay at the Primera Division side despite interest from Tottenham Hostpur.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas admitted earlier on Tuesday that the Premier League side are interested in signing the Spain international, but his current club are determined not to let go of the prolific striker on the cheap.Read More

16:49 IST


Villas-Boas confirms Tottenham interest in 'great' Soldado

Spurs have sent technical director Franco Baldini to Spain to negotiate a deal for the 28-year-old, but the manager stressed that any agreement was a long way from completion

16:22 IST


And while we are on the topic of Suarez, here is my editorial on why Liverpool fans must look at the positives of Luis Suarez's impending departure

In my view, with all the negative baggage that follows the Uruguayan and the possibility of him creating further instability in January, Liverpool would be wise to let him go for a good fee.

But do let me know your thoughts on the same on my twitter handle @ayush_sri. You are welcome to disagree, as I am not known to bite!

15:58 IST


Liverpool have final say on Suarez's future, insists Rodgers

With the striker making no attempt to hide his desire to leave the club, and Arsenal set to make a £40 million offer, the Anfield boss maintains the player cannot force an exit

15:21 IST


And as soon as I had posted it, Barcelona confirm Martino as their new coach.

A good appointment by the Catalans? Let us know on our twitter handle @Goal_India. Also feel free to get in touch with me on @ayush_sri as well. Always up for a debate!

15:16 IST


Barcelona seem set to anoint Gerardo Martino as their manager, in what might prove to be a busy day in the transfer window.

You don't need to worry though, as your host Ayush Srivastava is here to take you through the most important news and rumours of the day. Stay tuned!