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June 23, 2011

Luis Enrique agrees with Roma and takes Bojan Krkic along

Former Barcelona B coach has signed a two-year deal with the Italian squad that has just granted one of his wishes: Bojan Krkic’s trade.

By Andrew Hill

Luis Enrique was announced early in the week as the new Roma’s coach. The 41-year old Spaniard agreed on a two year deal with the Italian capital team after three seasons in charge of Barcelona B, which has played a great role in the success of the first team.

It is in their minor leagues that Barcelona’s key to success can be found, as eight of their starters grew up in La Masia, just as well as their coach Joseph Guardiola, under who’s command the club has won three consecutive La Liga championships and two UEFA Champions League with those “made in Barça“ players as stars.

It looks like these youngsters will also be vital in the recession that the club is going through right now, in an effort from President Sandro Rosell to reduce the debt that rises to € 483 millions. Under Rosell’s new policy only € 45 million are available for this summer transfer market, sum that would be insufficient to fulfill Guardiola’s requests of at least one player per line, considering that two of his wishes cost more than € 30 million each (Udinese’s Alexis Sanchez and Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas).

The catch is that those € 45 million could be increased from the revenue that comes in from transfers. Despite the hopes that they have placed in these youngsters for a near future, reality shows that an important source of revenue is needed in order to sign new players, and their only way to obtain more cash is by selling one or two of their players.

Barcelona’s budget for the summer trade market will receive an important revenue injection.

Aware of this and as a man of the house (played for Barcelona from 1996-2004 and coached the reserves from 2008-2011), Luis Enrique didn’t think it twice to go after players that met his coaching style, and after signing his contract with Roma, he went ahead and filled out a wish list that happened to have Barcelona striker Bojan Krkic’s name on it.

About to turn 21 in August, the Spanish striker arrived to the club in 1999, beginning a process that took him to the first team in 2007 under the orders from Dutch Frank Rijkaard. With 17 years Bojan made of his debut season an utter success, breaking Real Madrid Raul’s record of most goals in its rookie year. This gave fame to his name and expectations about him where set up high.

Unfortunately for Bojan, he was never going to have a season better than that one, despite playing a key role in 2010 with important goals that helped Barcelona clinch their second consecutive La Liga title. But unlike Messi, Pedro Rodriguez or Sergio Busquets, far from improving his game Bojan has been stuck.

But Luis Enrique feels that under his guidance he can get the best from a youngster that still has much to learn, and who could definitely improve the numbers from his debut season. His faith in Bojan has led Roma to pay Barcelona a € 10-15 million transfer fee, and sign a five year deal with him.

Now Barcelona’s budget for the summer trade market will receive an important revenue injection that will be vital to fulfill Guardiola’s needs.

About the Author
When it comes to sports, Andrew Hill is more than just a passionate fan. Despite being in the early years of his career as a journalist, which began in 2006, he has proven that he can translate that passion into truthful and objective information of interest for the sports betting industry. As of today he specializes in the coverage of European soccer and NCAA basketball for BetIAS’ website.