Saturday Ticker: Barry might still leave Villa, Toja off to Romania and Juve downs Arsenal

Saturday Ticker: Barry might still leave Villa, Toja off to Romania and Juve downs Arsenal

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Saturday Ticker: Barry might still leave Villa, Toja off to Romania and Juve downs Arsenal

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Just when you thought the Gareth Barry transfer talk was over, now comes word from Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill that Barry could still be sold to Liverpool.

Apparently Villa and Barry had a agreed on a deadline by which a transfer would have to be made by. That Wednesday deadline came and went but Barry still wants to leave and is still waiting for Liverpool to come calling with a bag of cash. Whether Liverpool has the money after buying Robbie Keane for $40.5 million remains to be seen.

With Barry still praying to leave Villa I can’t help but wonder what Villa will do once Barry does leave. With the close of the transfer window looming at the end of the month, the longer Barry-Liverpool transfer takes to happen the less time Villa will have to land a replacement.

Toja transfers to Steaua

FC Dallas midfielder Juan Toja finally made his highly-publicized move to Steaua Bucharest on Friday, ending weeks of speculation.

Before you go calling the move devastating, I would like to state that Toja hadn’t performed at a truly high level since about August of 2007 and his departure won’t be that detrimental to an FC Dallas squad with other options in the midfield (including newly-signed Viktor Sikora). With rookie Eric Avila showing the promise that had so many people high on him heading into the 2008 MLS draft, and newly-acquired Bruno Guarda expected to compete for time, FC Dallas has done a good job of stockpiling a boat-load of young talent.

Juventus tops Arsenal in Emirates Cup

David Trezeguet scored the lone goal in Juventus’ 1-0 victory against Arsenal in the Emirates Cup on Saturday. Earlier on Saturday, Real Madrid defeated Hamburg, 2-1, with teen standout Daniel Parejo scoring the winner for the Spaniards. Rafael Van Der Vaart, the Hamburg playmaker linked to a move to Real Madrid, did not play.

Share your thoughts on these, and any other stories from Saturday, in the comments section below.

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