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USMNT’s Dest admits to lack of confidence at Barcelona as Koeman backs him to shine
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USMNT’s Dest admits to lack of confidence at Barcelona as Koeman backs him to shine

The 20-year-old hasn't found his best form at Camp Nou since joining from Ajax in the summer but trusts in his own potential Sergino Dest admits his confidence has taken a hit since his summer move to Barcelona, but Ronald Koeman has backed him to find his feet at Camp Nou. The United States international joined from Ajax amid some fanfare in the last transfer window and has played in 15 of Barca’s 17 games in La Liga so far this season. Dest hasn’t always been at his best in Spain but he believes in his own potential to get over a tricky start to life at his new club.
Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena has joined Getafe on loan until the end of the season
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Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena has joined Getafe on loan until the end of the season

Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena has joined Getafe on loan until the end of the season, the clubs announced on Wednesday. Getafe, who have dropped to 16th in La Liga, will pay all of Alena’s wages as the 23-year-old looks to kickstart his career away from Camp Nou. “FC Barcelona and Getafe CF have reached an agreement for the loan of the player Carles Alena until the end of the 2020/21 season,” Barca said in a statement. Alena has long been circled as a potential star of the future after coming through at Barca’s La Masia youth academy but he has been unable to establish himself in the first team. He failed to make much of an impression during a loan spell at Real Betis last season and has made only five appearances for Barca this term under new coach Ronald Koeman. The...
Barcelona Would Be Less Valuable Without Messi – Fernandez
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Barcelona Would Be Less Valuable Without Messi – Fernandez

The Argentine seems set to leave Camp Nou at the end of 2020-21, with his future a hot topic for all of the club's presidential hopefuls Lionel Messi is the only player who can ensure Barcelona's value, according to presidential candidate Lluis Fernandez. Messi wanted to leave Barca last year, due to frustration with the club's board and then-president Josep Maria Bartomeu. The six-time Ballon d'Or winner ultimately elected to stay and see out his contract, which runs out at the end of the season, before Bartomeu and the entire Barca board resigned in October. There has been talk that Messi may choose to remain at the club he has been at since 2001, having helped them to 10 LaLiga titles and four Champions Leagues. However, Messi, who marked his 500th LaLiga appear...
Barcelona Players Set For €122 Million Salary Cut
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Barcelona Players Set For €122 Million Salary Cut

Barcelona were close to securing an agreement on Friday for a 122 million euros ($145 million) cut in players’ salaries this season to help offset the financial hole left by the coronavirus pandemic. The deal, announced in a statement by the club, must now be ratified by the players “in the coming days”. The reduction in their wage bill represents a welcome financial lifeline for Barca, hit hard by the loss of gate receipts at the Camp Nou and other effects of Covid-19 prevention measures. Barca’s acting president Carles Tusquets has described the financial situation as “not dramatic, but very worrying”. Tusquets assumed temporary control following Josep Maria Bartomeu’s resignation last month. Restoring Barca’s finances will be one of the items on the top of the new p...
“My period as Barcelona manager is over” – Pep Guardiola rules out possibility of linking up with Lionel Messi at Camp Nou
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“My period as Barcelona manager is over” – Pep Guardiola rules out possibility of linking up with Lionel Messi at Camp Nou

Guardiola is in the last six months of his current contract with Manchester City, and this week Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu announced he will be stepping down as president following the club's failures on and off the pitch last season.   Barca presidential candidate Victor Font also announced he wanted to bring Guardiola back so as to arrange a reunion between the 49-year-old and Lionel Messi. "It is our intention to build a very strong and competitive project and we are very lucky at Barca that we inherited a style of play that Johan Cruyff instilled throughout the organisation, and most of the best professionals who know about this style are also fans and love the club - like Pep Guardiola, Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta, [Carlos] Puyol," Font told Sky Sports earlier this we...
Griezmann ‘no longer knows how to play football with Barcelona’, says Lizarazu
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Griezmann ‘no longer knows how to play football with Barcelona’, says Lizarazu

The former France international has urged his fellow countryman to seek a transfer away from Camp Nou Antoine Griezmann "no longer knows how to play football" with Barcelona, according to Bixente Lizarazu. Griezmann's career trajectory has stalled since his €120 million (£109m/$142m) move to Barca from Atletico Madrid in July 2019. The Frenchman scored 133 goals in 257 games for Diego Simeone's side at Wanda Metropolitano, but has so far been unable to replicate that prolific form at Camp Nou.
‘We’re not here to shut them up’ – Zidane hits out at Real Madrid critics after Clasico win
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‘We’re not here to shut them up’ – Zidane hits out at Real Madrid critics after Clasico win

The Frenchman remains focused on his job despite speculation that pressure on his position was mounting Zinedine Zidane insisted he was unfazed about silencing Real Madrid's critics after recording a 3-1 Clasico win over Barcelona. After Ansu Fati cancelled out Federico Valverde's opener, Sergio Ramos scored a 63rd-minute penalty and Luka Modric sealed Madrid's win at Camp Nou. Zidane was under pressure at the helm after back-to-back losses to Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk, but Madrid moved top of La Liga after Saturday's win.
Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid: Returning Ramos spot on in second straight Clasico success
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Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid: Returning Ramos spot on in second straight Clasico success

Real Madrid returned to winning ways with a vital victory at bitter rivals Barcelona in which Sergio Ramos netted from 12 yards. Sergio Ramos returned to win and score a game-turning penalty in Real Madrid's 3-1 Clasico victory at Barcelona on Saturday. Madrid captain Ramos was substituted in last week's home defeat to Cadiz and missed the subsequent shock reverse against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League as the Spanish champions crept towards a crisis ahead of their first meeting with Barca this season. But the centre-back was fit to start for the crunch LaLiga clash at Camp Nou and drew a second-half spot-kick from Clement Lenglet to restore Madrid's lead after Ansu Fati had cancelled out Federico Valverde's opener in a frantic start.
‘Messi’s reputation would be damaged if he left Barcelona’ – La Liga chief Tebas urges Argentine to stay
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‘Messi’s reputation would be damaged if he left Barcelona’ – La Liga chief Tebas urges Argentine to stay

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner pushed for the exits at Camp Nou over the summer, but has been talked into honouring his contract Lionel Messi’s reputation would be “very damaged” if he were to leave Barcelona, claims La Liga president Javier Tebas. The Argentine forward did push for the exits at Camp Nou over the summer. Having become disillusioned with life in Catalunya on the back of a disappointing end to the 2019-20 campaign, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner felt the time was right to take on a new challenge.
Griezmann Can’t Express Himself At Barcelona Because Of Messi, Claims Wenger
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Griezmann Can’t Express Himself At Barcelona Because Of Messi, Claims Wenger

The former Arsenal boss believes the France international forward is being held back by being played out of position at Camp Nou Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that Antoine Griezmann is unable to express himself with Barcelona because he is overshadowed by Lionel Messi. Griezmann joined Barca from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2019, having established himself as one of the world's best forwards while winning the World Cup with France. After firing at least 20 goals in each of the last six seasons, Griezmann scored just 15 times in 48 games in his first season for Barca, a disappointing haul given the €120m (£107m/$134m) fee required to bring him to the club. The forward has yet to score in four appearances for Barca this season, all in La Liga, but W...
Barcelona players backed by Spanish Footballers’ Association in pay cut showdown
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Barcelona players backed by Spanish Footballers’ Association in pay cut showdown

According to the union, the Camp Nou club could see themselves wrapped up in legal battles if they attempt to push through their current plans The Spanish Footballers' Association (AFE) has thrown its support behind Barcelona's playing staff, who were not present on Wednesday as club officials held a meeting to discuss a blanket wage reduction for all staff members. It is reported that those in charge of the Catalan side are looking to reduce all salaries, club-wide, by around 30 per cent, but players have made it known via burofax that they will reject any proposal made by the club as they have not been given the chance to sit in on discussions. The players want to be involved in the talks – which are set to culminate within 15 days – before any action is taken and will more th...
Almost More Tears Than Words – Luis Suarez’s Goodbye To Barcelona
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Almost More Tears Than Words – Luis Suarez’s Goodbye To Barcelona

Luis Suarez bid farewell to Barcelona on Thursday morning ahead of his move to Atletico Madrid. The Uruguayan has spent six years at the Camp Nou, winning numerous trophies, but will now head to Diego Simeone's side on a free transfer, albeit with six million euros in add-ons. As Suarez tried to say goodbye to Barcelona, there were a few occasions where he was clearly overcome with emotion as he struggled to get his words out amidst tears. "Apart from a player... a human being who has feelings goes," was one of Suarez's most emotional lines. https://youtu.be/YQh2mgHTaaU
Ronaldo didn’t try to talk Pjanic out of Barcelona move
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Ronaldo didn’t try to talk Pjanic out of Barcelona move

A fresh face at Camp Nou claims a former team-mate at Juventus was pleased for him when the opportunity to head for Catalunya came about Cristiano Ronaldo did not try and talk Miralem Pjanic out of a move to Barcelona despite the Juventus superstar boasting strong ties to Real Madrid. A five-time Ballon d’Or winner spent two seasons playing alongside Pjanic in Turin. The Bosnian midfielder was, however, to become the subject of a trade agreement involving Brazil international Arthur.
“I am happy because my son Messi has stayed at his house – Samuel Eto’o delighted with Messi’s decision to stay at Barcelona
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“I am happy because my son Messi has stayed at his house – Samuel Eto’o delighted with Messi’s decision to stay at Barcelona

Former Barcelona and Cameroon striker, Samuel Eto’o, has stated that he is happy Lionel Messi has agreed to remain at Barcelona, but warned the club to sign more players so the club won't be reliant on Messi. Messi wanted to leave Camp Nou recently, but changed his mind after his father and agent, was warned by the club that he could face legal issues if he doesn't obey his contract. Eto’o who played for Barcelona between 2004 and 2009, scoring 130 goals and winning eight titles there, says he is happy that Messi is now settled for the season “I am happy because my son Messi has stayed at his house, but at Barca, we need other players with Blaugrana DNA. Messi alone is not enough,” Eto’o said at a La Liga event as reported by TuttoMercato. “You need to look for players on t...
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‘I know that there is interest’ – Depay confirms Barcelona are considering transfer

The 26-year-old could be set to reunite with Ronald Koeman at Camp Nou as reports in France say negotiations are already underway Memphis Depay has confirmed he is aware of interest from Barcelona but says he is unsure on the likelihood of a move this summer. The Lyon attacker has emerged as a top target for the Catalan side since former Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman took over at Camp Nou last month Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said on Sunday that Barca are not the only team trying to sign in him, however, with Serie A side Roma showing interest, too.
‘Griezmann can be La Liga top-scorer if Barcelona use him correctly’
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‘Griezmann can be La Liga top-scorer if Barcelona use him correctly’

The France international struggled for consistency during his first season at Camp Nou, scoring just 15 goals across all competitions Antoine Griezmann is capable of being La Liga's top goal-scorer next season if he is played in the correct position, according to ex-Barcelona defender Andrea Orlandi. Despite scoring 15 goals in all competitions last term, Griezmann underwhelmed for much of his first campaign at Camp Nou following his €120 million (£107m/$134m) move from Atletico Madrid. That was illustrated by Quique Setien's decision to leave him on the bench for the entirety of Barca's 8-2 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Messi Will Not Be Booed By Barcelona Fans If He Stays At Camp Nou – Rivaldo
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Messi Will Not Be Booed By Barcelona Fans If He Stays At Camp Nou – Rivaldo

Lionel Messi will not be booed by Barcelona supporters if he stays at Camp Nou and can still bow out of the club on a high, according to the club’s iconic former player Rivaldo. Talks between Barca and Messi’s agent and father Jorge are ongoing after the six-time Ballon d’Or winner last week informed the LaLiga giants of his desire to leave. Messi reportedly hoped to trigger a clause in his contract that allows him to leave for free, but Barca are of the opinion his €700million release clause still stands. Manchester City and Inter have been strongly linked, but Jorge Messi indicated on Thursday the forward is considering staying in Catalonia for another year. Should that prove to be the case, Rivaldo does not believe the Argentina international will be given a tough time b...
“Messi Could Stay” – His Father Says After Meeting Barcelona Board
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“Messi Could Stay” – His Father Says After Meeting Barcelona Board

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner has expressed a desire to leave Camp Nou, but discussions have been held with the Blaugrana board. Lionel Messi’s father and agent, Jorge, has hinted at a compromise being reached at Barcelona which allows his son to remain at Camp Nou until the summer of 2021. The Argentine forward’s representatives arrived in Catalunya on Wednesday for showdown talks with the Blaugrana board. Jorge Messi told reporters upon touching down that he did not “know anything” when it comes to his son’s future. He was, however, to discuss the matter with under-fire Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu amid mounting speculation suggesting that a stunning separation could be on the cards. Barca's dismissal of Suarez shows Messi is not their only problem. Messi has spent his...
‘Neymar has no reason to rejoin chaos at Barcelona’ – PSG stay is the right call, says Rivaldo
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‘Neymar has no reason to rejoin chaos at Barcelona’ – PSG stay is the right call, says Rivaldo

The ex-Blaugrana star is pleased to see his fellow Brazilian delivering on expectations in France after coming through a testing period in his career Neymar has no reason to rejoin the “chaos” at Barcelona, admits Rivaldo, with the Brazilian forward told he is making the right career call in sticking with Paris Saint-Germain. A possible return to Camp Nou for the South American superstar has been speculated on ever since he bid farewell to the Liga giants in 2017. At one stage, Neymar was very much open to the idea of heading back to familiar surroundings.
Messi will not show for Barcelona training amid exit reports
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Messi will not show for Barcelona training amid exit reports

The Argentina international believes his contract with the Camp Nou club is up and has distanced himself from the side further Lionel Messi is set to take another step away from Barcelona by not showing for training on Monday, with the Argentina international of the belief that his contract with the club is over, Goal can confirm. Messi stunned the footballing world when he presented the club’s board with a transfer request following the conclusion of what was a disappointing 2019-20 campaign for the Catalans, insistent that he had a clause in his deal that would allow him to leave the club on a free transfer. La Liga has quashed those hopes by siding with Barca, who claim that clause expired in June, on the issue, meaning that if he is to leave, any club will have to meet his b...
Lionel Messi To Report To Barcelona Training Tomorrow
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Lionel Messi To Report To Barcelona Training Tomorrow

Lionel Messi has reportedly been advised to continue attending Barcelona training for the foreseeable future. Earlier this week, Messi informed club officials that he wishes to leave Camp Nou this summer, allegedly citing a free transfer clause in his contract. However, with that option having expired on June 10, Barcelona will rebuff any attempts from the 33-year-old to depart the club without a fee being involved. Although negotiations regarding an exit are likely to be prolonged, TyC Sports suggests that Messi has been told to continue with business as normal. The Argentine's legal representatives are said to be wanting the forward to turn up at training on Monday in a bid to avoid handing Barcelona any leverage behind the scenes. Messi, who has less than 12 months on his...
Barcelona Must Pay €14 Million To Terminate Luis Suarez Contract
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Barcelona Must Pay €14 Million To Terminate Luis Suarez Contract

A new era is being ushered in at Camp Nou under Ronald Koeman, who replaced Quique Setien in the managerial hot seat following a humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in last season’s Champions League quarter-finals. The Dutchman has already started making plans for his first year at the helm, with wholesale changes to the squad expected after the club’s first trophyless season in 12 years. Lionel Messi could be the first out the door in the coming weeks, as the six-time Ballon d’Or winner has submitted a formal transfer request amid interest from Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. It was gathered that Suarez is also being touted for the exit, having been informed by Koeman over the phone that he does not feature in his plans for the upcoming campaign. The Uruguayan strike...
Luis Suarez Wants to Talk With Barcelona’s Bartomeu Over his Future at Camp Nou
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Luis Suarez Wants to Talk With Barcelona’s Bartomeu Over his Future at Camp Nou

Luis Suarez Barcelona striker, Luis Suarez, has called on the club’s president, Josep Bartomeu, to provide him clarity over his future at Camp Nou. Suarez’s future at Barcelona is uncertain, following the club’s disastrous 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League last week. Barcelona had put the Uruguay international up for sale with some other senior players after their exit from the Champions League. Speaking on the development, Suarez, who has just 12 months left on his current contract, demanded to speak with Bartomeu directly,adding that he has spent six years at Barca. “There is talk of some names that the president gave, of changes that can be made, but nobody told me that they want to do without me,” the 33-year-old was quoted by Metro UK as saying. ...
Messi Angry with Barcelona as Board Members Want him Sold
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Messi Angry with Barcelona as Board Members Want him Sold

Lionel Messi is angry with Barcelona, after details of his meeting with new manager Ronald Koeman was made public, Clarin reports. The 32-year-old cut short his holiday to meet with Koeman on Thursday. He is believed to have told the new boss that he is considering leaving the Camp Nou. But Messi is furious by the source of the leak, Catalan radio station RAC1, who have regularly backed under-fire president Josep Bartomeu. The claims coincide with reports that some Barcelona board want Messi to leave the club. It is understood that at least one high-ranking member thinks a a shock sale would be best for all involved. Koeman has already made it clear that he sees Messi as an integral part of his rebuilding project, which will start with several notable departures. ...
Barcelona Board Members Want Messi to leave after Koeman Meeting
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Barcelona Board Members Want Messi to leave after Koeman Meeting

Some members of the Barcelona board are not against Lionel Messi leaving the club, ESPN reports. Although some are hoping to persuade the 32-year-old to stay, others would not fight against Messi being sold under the right circumstances. Messi is believed to have met new manager, Ronald Koeman this week and admitted he sees himself more out than in at Camp Nou. Koeman himself is keen to keep the player and build his team around him. But the Argentine superstar is considering his future at the club, after a series of events in the last year, including bust-ups with former sporting director, Eric Abidal. On the pitch, Champions League exits against Roma and Liverpool have been followed by a first trophyless season since 2007/2008, with the shameful 8-2 defeat to Bayern Mu...
Lionel Messi Tells Ronald Koeman That He Does Not See His Future At Camp Nou
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Lionel Messi Tells Ronald Koeman That He Does Not See His Future At Camp Nou

Lionel Messi met with FC Barcelona’s new coach Ronald Koeman to discuss the new sporting project. The Argentine told Koeman that he does not see his future clearly at Barça and thinking of leaving more than staying, according to the reliable Rac1. However, Messi is aware that leaving this summer would be very difficult due to his contract. Barcelona knows Messi’s intention is to possibly leave, but they maintain he is still under contract until 2021 and will not consider what he said to Koeman. It turns out that the initial rumors about the Barcelona legend willing to leave his home club are true, and whether Barcelona is planning to keep him remains unknown.
Barcelona president Bartomeu opens door to Coutinho stay
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Barcelona president Bartomeu opens door to Coutinho stay

Though the Brazilian is expected to leave Camp Nou, he could stay in 2020-21 if the Blaugrana's new head coach wants him there Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has opened the door for Philippe Coutinho to play for the club next season. After a season on loan with Bayern Munich, Coutinho was tipped to be sold to the Premier League, with his agent Kia Joorabchian claiming his client is keen on a return to England. Bartomeu, though, has said that the 28-year-old could be at Camp Nou next season if incoming head coach Ronald Koeman desires. 
Under-fire Bartomeu insists Messi will end his career at Barcelona amid transfer talk
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Under-fire Bartomeu insists Messi will end his career at Barcelona amid transfer talk

The Argentine superstar has been tipped to leave Camp Nou after his side's destruction at the hands of Bayern Munich last week Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has insisted that star man Lionel Messi will end his career at Camp Nou as rumours of the Argentine's possible exit continue to swirl. Following Barca's 8-2 humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final last week, the Liga club has been plunged into crisis. Head coach Quique Setien and technical manager Eric Abidal have already departed, with Bartomeu confirming on Tuesday that Ronald Koeman will be named the club's next head coach.
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Barcelona Threaten Arsenal’s Three-year Deal for Aubameyang

Barcelona remain a threat to Arsenal keeping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang beyond this summer, the UK Sun reports. The Gunners’ hopes of getting Aubameyang to commit his future to the club depends on Barca’s transfer fans. Both parties have reached a verbal agreement over a new three-year deal, that will see the Gabon sign a £250,000-a-week deal. However, Aubameyang is yet to officially sign the contract extension. Barcelona would be in the market for a striker, especially if Luis Suarez leaves the Camp Nou this summer. Although their first choice to replace him would be Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez, the Catalans are keen admirers of Aubameyang. Chelsea were said to have made a move for Aubameyang in January, but have since added Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech to their s...
‘Coutinho wants Liverpool more than they need him’ – Reds ‘haven’t missed’ Barcelona flop, claims Mellor
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‘Coutinho wants Liverpool more than they need him’ – Reds ‘haven’t missed’ Barcelona flop, claims Mellor

The Brazil international is expected to depart Camp Nou again in the next transfer window, but a return to Anfield may not be offered to him Liverpool “haven’t missed” Philippe Coutinho since offloading him to Barcelona and the Brazil international now “wants” a return to the Reds “more than they need him”, says Neil Mellor. A potential retracing of the South American’s steps to Merseyside has been mooted ahead of the transfer window. With Coutinho having struggled for form at Camp Nou and during a loan spell at Bayern Munich, he is expected to be on the move again when the market opens. Many are expecting the 28-year-old to head back to England, with the Premier League having proved to be a happy hunting ground in the past. It does, however, remain to be seen whether Jurgen Klopp...
Patrice Evra Reveals what Rashford Told him About leaving Man Utd
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Patrice Evra Reveals what Rashford Told him About leaving Man Utd

Former Manchester United defender, Patrice Evra, has claimed that striker, Marcus Rashford, told him that he would never leave the Red Devils because it is the best club in the world. Rashford, 22, had drawn the interest of Barcelona in 2018 and 2019. He was among the four strikers shortlisted by Barcelona as a possible replacement for Luis Suarez at Camp Nou. “I had a chat with Marcus when he was playing under Jose Mourinho, and he did not have a good time,” Evra told Sky Sports. “A lot of clubs were coming and asking him to leave. “I remember he said, ‘Patrice, I will never leave Manchester United because it is the best club in the world’. “When I heard that as a United fan, I was so impressed and so happy.” Rashford has been one of Man United manager, Ol...
It Wouldn’t Be Fair If Barcelona Plays Napoli In An Empty Stadium – Quique Setien
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It Wouldn’t Be Fair If Barcelona Plays Napoli In An Empty Stadium – Quique Setien

Barcelona coach Quique Setien has said it will be unfair if his team have to play their Champions League second leg against Napoli at a neutral venue rather than Camp Nou. UEFA announced on Wednesday that a ‘final eight’ knock-out tournament will be held in Lisbon in August for clubs through to the quarter-finals but it is still to be decided how to resolve the four incomplete ties in the last 16. Barca drew 1-1 in their first leg away to Napoli in February before the coronavirus crisis meant they were unable to play the return leg at home. One possible solution would be to stage the outstanding second legs at neutral venues but Setien feels that would hand Napoli an advantage. “The match should be played in our stadium because otherwise we are giving the advantage to Napoli, ...
Barcelona To Offer Messi New Contract That Will Keep Him At The Club Till 2023
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Barcelona To Offer Messi New Contract That Will Keep Him At The Club Till 2023

Barcelona will offer Lionel Messi a new contract to keep him at the club until 2023, according to reports in Spain. The Argentina international has just a year left on his current deal at Camp Nou, with no formal negotiations taking place yet to due to the coronavirus crisis. A clause in his deal that would have meant he could walk away from Barca for free expired on June 10 and according to Mundo Deportivo, the club are now ready to offer fresh terms. The contract will be set until 2023, but the winger will have the option to terminate the contract a year before then. Barca are waiting for Messi’s father, Jorge, to return to Spain from Argentina so they can sit down for final talks. Both parties want to prioritise the Catalan side’s push for the La Liga title and Champ...
‘Cut-price Coutinho a no-brainer for Liverpool’ – Barcelona flop wanted back at Anfield by Nicol
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‘Cut-price Coutinho a no-brainer for Liverpool’ – Barcelona flop wanted back at Anfield by Nicol

The former Reds defender believes Jurgen Klopp should be looking to do a deal for the Brazilian playmaker if the price is right Landing Philippe Coutinho in a cut-price deal would be a no-brainer for Liverpool, says Steve Nicol. The Reds parted with the Brazil international when he completed a big-money move to Barcelona in the January window of 2018. The switch to Camp Nou was considered to be a dream for the South American playmaker, but it has quickly become a nightmare.
Rakitic wants ‘clarity’ over Barcelona future
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Rakitic wants ‘clarity’ over Barcelona future

The 32-year-old has been linked with a move to Italy, but he says he would prefer to remain at Camp Nou for the time being Ivan Rakitic is seeking clarity over his future at Barcelona amid ongoing rumours linking him with a summer move. The Croatian midfielder was reportedly offered the chance to join Paris Saint-Germain last summer as part of a deal that would have seen Neymar return to Spain, and he is said to be a potential target for Italian sides Inter and Juventus. The 32-year-old’s contract at Camp Nou expires in 2021 and he has lost his regular place in the first-team this season, having started just 10 of the 21 La Liga games in which he has featured. Although he would prefer to stay with the Spanish giants for at least another year, he says he is open to o...
Opportunity Widens for Chelsea as Barcelona Reduces Coutinho’s Price Tag
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Opportunity Widens for Chelsea as Barcelona Reduces Coutinho’s Price Tag

Barcelona has reduced the price tag on midfielder, Coutinho to £44.5 million amid interest from Chelsea, according to Spanish newspaper, Sport. DAILY POST recalls that Coutinho had drawn the interest of Chelsea in the past few weeks. The Brazilian international joined Barcelona from Liverpool in 2018 for £142 million. Coutinho is currently on loan at Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich until the end of the season. He is expected to leave Barcelona this summer after failing to find his top form at the Camp Nou for the past two years. Coutinho, who turns 28 tomorrow, was initially valued between £72million to £81million.
Silva unsure on talk of Barcelona bid for Richarlison but believes Brazilian is destined to reach the top
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Silva unsure on talk of Barcelona bid for Richarlison but believes Brazilian is destined to reach the top

The former Everton boss claims to be unaware of any offer from Camp Nou for the Toffees forward, but admits the South American can join the elite Marco Silva claims to be unaware of whether any bid from Barcelona for Richarlison was received during his spell as Everton boss, but he is tipping the Brazilian to reach the very top of the game. The Toffees spent big luring a South American forward away from Watford in the summer of 2018. That deal, which saw Silva reunited with a player he had previously worked with at Vicarage Road, could end up being worth as much as £50 million ($63m).
The Coutinho mystery – How ‘dream’ Barcelona transfer became a nightmare
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The Coutinho mystery – How ‘dream’ Barcelona transfer became a nightmare

Unwanted at Camp Nou, the Brazilian star will be on the move again this summer but at 28 his options are severely limited “I would not have left for any other club, but Barcelona is something different. It is a dream, a place of magic for me.” That was Philippe Coutinho speaking in January 2018, having sealed his transfer to Camp Nou from Liverpool. Two-and-a-half years on, the dream has become a nightmare.
‘When Messi stops, De Jong will be Barcelona’s leader’ – Sneijder gives Dutch star big billing
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‘When Messi stops, De Jong will be Barcelona’s leader’ – Sneijder gives Dutch star big billing

The ex-Netherlands international expects a fellow countryman to fill big boots at Camp Nou, while Lautaro Martinez has been urged to head for Madrid When Lionel Messi decides his time at Barcelona is over, Wesley Sneijder says Frenkie de Jong will step up and become “even more of a leader” for the La Liga giants. The reigning La Liga champions invested heavily in a Netherlands international midfielder during the summer of 2019. De Jong’s current ability and future potential was noted during a productive spell at Ajax, with the 23-year-old proving himself on domestic and European stages.
‘Neymar can fill Messi’s boots at Barcelona’ – Brazilian billed by Mateu as ‘one of the best in the world’
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‘Neymar can fill Messi’s boots at Barcelona’ – Brazilian billed by Mateu as ‘one of the best in the world’

The former La Masia academy graduate admits he would prefer to see Kylian Mbappe at Camp Nou, but believes a returning star could also shine Neymar is capable of filling Lionel Messi’s boots at Barcelona when the day comes for a six-time Ballon d’Or winner to walk away from Camp Nou, says Jofre Mateu. Such a move will not be made any time soon, with an exit clause that exists in the Argentine’s contract having expired for 2020. A mercurial talent is, however, only tied to terms with the Blaugrana for another 12 months and is yet to commit to an extension beyond that point.
Rakitic says he will stay at Barcelona next season but admits it is ‘not nice’ to be out the team
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Rakitic says he will stay at Barcelona next season but admits it is ‘not nice’ to be out the team

The Croatian midfielder has no plans to walk out the Camp Nou exit door before his current contract expires next year Ivan Rakitic has attempted to quash speculation over his future by insisting he will stay at Barcelona next season but admits that he has found a lack of regular playing time frustrating in 2019-20. Rakitic completed a €18 million (£16m/$19m) move to Camp Nou from Sevilla in 2014 and has since racked up 299 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring 35 goals. The Croatia international has picked up four La Liga titles and a Champions League winners' medal during that period, establishing himself as one of Europe's top midfielders in the process.
I’d rather have Arthur than Pjanic’ – Barcelona exit talk surprises Gremio president Bolzan
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I’d rather have Arthur than Pjanic’ – Barcelona exit talk surprises Gremio president Bolzan

Speculation continues to suggest that a Brazil international midfielder could be allowed to leave Camp Nou, but he has been billed as a future leader Gremio president Romildo Bolzan admits to being left bemused by the transfer talk Arthur is generating at Barcelona, with a player he offloaded to Camp Nou considered to be a more preferable option in midfield than Miralem Pjanic. Speculation continues to suggest that the Brazil international will soon be deemed surplus to requirements in Catalunya. Despite having battled hard to win the race for Arthur’s signature in the summer of 2018, it could be that the 23-year-old’s time in La Liga is brought to a close after just 67 appearances.
Juventus ask Barcelona about raft of players
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Juventus ask Barcelona about raft of players

Juventus have sounded out Barcelona about the availability of a raft of players. Marca says Juventus are virtually resigned to the fact that Miralem Pjanic will move to Barcelona this summer. The two clubs are currently in talks as they hope to agree a deal worth around 60 million euros. Barcelona are looking to include players as part of the transfer and Juventus have asked about several members of Quique Setien's squad. The Italian club are most interested in Arturo Vidal, Ivan Rakitic and Arthur Melo. In Arthur's case, he's made it clear that he doesn't intend to leave the Camp Nou anytime soon and wants to stay on with Setien. Nelson Semedo and Ousmane Dembele are also being linked with a swap deal that could include Juventus right-back Mattia De Sciglio as well. T...
Suarez: Barcelona still looking to win everything, the ambition never changes
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Suarez: Barcelona still looking to win everything, the ambition never changes

The Uruguayan striker claims to have fully recovered from injury and will be raring to go when the Liga champions resume their 2019-20 campaign Luis Suarez says an enforced break in Barcelona’s 2019-20 campaign has not impacted the club’s ambition, with the fit-again striker saying everyone at Camp Nou is looking to “win all we can”. Spanish football has, like many other nations across the world, been in a state of indefinite lockdown since the middle of March. Competitive action is returning, though, and La Liga chiefs have stated their intention to get seasons played to a finish from June 11.
Barcelona midfielder Vidal wants to play for Boca Juniors, claims Medel
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Barcelona midfielder Vidal wants to play for Boca Juniors, claims Medel

The Chilean has talked up a fellow countryman's love for the Argentine club amid speculation over his future at Camp Nou Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal "loves" Boca Juniors and is "dying" to play for the Argentine giants, according to Chile team-mate Gary Medel. Vidal continues to be linked with a Barca exit, having emerged as a reported target for Serie A side Inter ahead of the summer transfer window. The 33-year-old has insisted he is happy at Camp Nou, where he arrived from Bayern Munich in the summer of 2018.
Barcelona cannot afford Inter star Martinez, claims Zamorano
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Barcelona cannot afford Inter star Martinez, claims Zamorano

The forward has been strongly linked with a move to Camp Nou, but the ex-Nerazzurri star is certain the striker will remain in Italy Barcelona cannot afford to sign Inter star Lautaro Martinez, according to former Nerazzurri striker Ivan Zamorano Argentina international Martinez is reportedly a target for Barca and La Liga rivals Real Madrid after scoring 18 times in 33 appearances this campaign. Inter are rumoured to have already considered Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani as a replacement, but Zamorano "has no doubt" Martinez will still be at San Siro next season due to the financial constraints caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Joan Laporta Hopes To Bring Pep Guardiola Back To Barcelona
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Joan Laporta Hopes To Bring Pep Guardiola Back To Barcelona

The Manchester City manager has found success away from the Catalan club, but the man who initially hired him has his sights set on a reunion Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta says he hopes to bring Pep Guardiola back to the club as he prepares to run in the club’s presidential elections next year. Laporta was previously in charge at the Camp Nou from 2003-10, a period where Barca began their rise towards the Guardiola-led dynasty. It was during Guardiola's tenure as manager from 2008-12 that Barcelona arguably put together its most dominant team, claiming La Liga three times and the Champions League twice as part of a total haul of 14 major trophies.
Guardiola’s work at Barcelona was easy, the team was already complete, says former team-mate Stoichkov
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Guardiola’s work at Barcelona was easy, the team was already complete, says former team-mate Stoichkov

A Blaugrana legend has questioned the Spaniard's legacy at Camp Nou, insisting Frank Rijkaard was the man who assembled the star-studded 2008 squad Hristo Stoichkov has expressed his belief that Pep Guardiola's "work was easy" at Barcelona, with the team already complete when he was handed the managerial reins. Guardiola was given the top job at Camp Nou in 2008 after a successful spell in charge of the B team, replacing Frank Rijkaard in the hot seat. Barca won an unprecedented treble in Guardiola's first season in charge, with the likes of Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto'o, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Carlos Puyol all at the peak of the powers.
Luiz Felipe excited by Barcelona speculation but remains focused on targets at Lazio
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Luiz Felipe excited by Barcelona speculation but remains focused on targets at Lazio

The highly-rated Brazilian defender has seen a switch to Camp Nou mooted, but he is continuing to take transfer talk with a pinch of salt Napoli defender Luiz Felipe admits that speculation linking him with a possible move to Barcelona “excites me”. The 23-year-old is among those La Liga giants at Camp Nou are said to be considering as they piece together recruitment plans for the next transfer window. Felipe has proved himself in European football since arriving in Rome from Ituano in 2016.
Firmino would be a better Barcelona fit than Martinez, says Bojan
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Firmino would be a better Barcelona fit than Martinez, says Bojan

The Liverpool forward could slot more easily into the La Liga side' system than the Inter striker, according to the former Camp Nou front man Bojan Krkic believes Barcelona would be better off signing Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino than Argentinian target Lautaro Martinez. Inter striker Martinez has been strongly linked with a switch to Camp Nou at the end of the season, where he would team up with international colleague Lionel Messi, but former Barca star Bojan suspects Martinez does not have the qualities that Barca require, given their shape and playing style. He has warned signing another out-and-out striker could prove an error, after the difficulty Antoine Griezmann has encountered in settling following his move from Atletico Madrid.