23
Apr

Barcelona-themed candy confiscated because they’re full of drugs

A master candy maker was arrested along with eight other people as part of a big drug sting involving chocolates in the shape of the Barcelona shield.

But what do candy and drugs have in common? A whole lot:

The national police of Spain nabbed the makers of these treats in a an operation to take down a drug ring in Alicante and Valencia region. Not only did the bust find gourmet chocolates filled with weed and hallucinogenic mushrooms, but lots of cash, speed and cocaine as well. That’s quite the haul.

So, if you’re in Spain looking for Barca chocolates filled with drugs, you’re out of luck.

(H/T SB Nation, Story via The Local)

9
Apr

Ex-Valencia president arrested in plot to kidnap successor

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Trouble with the law: Former Valencia president Juan Soler (R) was arrested on Wednesday.

Former Valencia president Juan Soler has been arrested in connection with an attempt to kidnap his successor at the club, Vicente Soriano.

According to multiple reports from Spain, Soler spent the night in prison after facing magistrates over his alleged involvement in the plot, but was released on bail.

Under the terms of his bail, Soler, 58, cannot leave Spain while the investigation continues and must go to court every two weeks. He has also been issued a restraining order forbidding him from coming with 15 meters of Soriano.

Soler and Soriano’s contentious relationship escalated in 2009, when Soriano purchased Soler’s shares with the Spanish Primera Division side. Claiming he was still owed money in the transaction, Soler then took Soriano to court.

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In happier times: Vicente Soriano (L) purchased Juan Soler’s club shares in 2009.

Investigators believe the kidnapping plot, which Soler is suspected of hiring hit men to carry out, was an attempt to recover the funds in question. Police foiled the plot, however, and instructed Soriano to remain in his home.

Although both men are no longer associated with the Club — Amadeo Salvo is Valencia’s current president — it’s certainly a bizarre turn of events that we’ll be sure to monitor.

Images provided by Getty.

19
Feb

Arsenal look to hijack Newcastle’s bid for Remy

Loic Remy may have been pulling up trees at Newcastle but will he be there next season? Altough the QPR striker enjoying a loan spell at St James’ Park, the latest speculation is that Arsenal will make a move for the Frenchman in the summer. We’ve also got the latest on Liverpool’s hopes of signing a couple of players during the close season. Click here for more.

28
Dec

Edin out? Valencia plot raid for City striker Dzeko

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We’ve heard it once or twice before but Edin Dzeko remains a wanted man. Valencia could have between 30-40 million euros to spend should Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim complete his takeover of the Spanish club. Los Che are still struggling to replace Roberto Soldado and view Bosnia & Herzegovina striker Dzeko as the ideal man. We’ve got some interesting rumors on the future of Erik Lamela, plus the latest on the managerial searches at West Brom and Cardiff. Click here for more.  

2
Nov

Szczesny signs long-term Arsenal deal

Arsenal have spent the summer looking at every keeper in the world but now it seems they have finally one - luckily he is already their first choice! That’s right, Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has reportedly signed a four-year contract. We’ve also got the latest on Demba Ba and Manchester United target Leighton Baines. Click here for these and more rumors from the UK press.

27
Sep

Valencia want to re-sign Juan Mata

Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata seems to remain out of favor with the Blues hierarchy and could be set for a switch in January. Jose Mourinho believes the star is part of his plans, but how long will Mata put up with being on the bench or omitted from the squad entirely? He has been Chelsea’s leading player for the past two seasons and has rightly built up interest from elsewhere. Valencia have today been linked with an ambitious move to re-sign the Spanish International in January.

For this rumor and the rest of today’s transfer gossip, click here.

26
Sep

'Transfer-listed' Rami alerts Premier League giants

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Adil Rami’s future is uncertain following Valencia’s alleged decision to transfer-list the French defender in the wake of his criticism of coach Miroslav Djukic. Arsenal and Manchester City are thought to be monitoring events closely. We’ve also got the latest on Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata - as you can imagine there’s a lit of clubs as long as your arm waiting to ounce should the Spanish midfielder become available. Click here for these stories and more in today’s edition of Paper Chase. 

31
Jul

Homecoming? Torres linked with return to Spain

Valencia is supposedly on the look-out for a new striker with Roberto Soldado thought to be heading for Tottenham. With that in mind Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has emerged as a potential replacement for the Spain international. We’ve also got the latest on Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Luis Suarez, so just click here for gossip galore!