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Breaking: Barcelona wants Salah

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The Blaugrana have made the Egyptian forward their top transfer target, according to the Express.

Salah and his Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mané have often been linked with moves to Barça’s rivals Real Madrid.

Since Ronald Koeman arrived to take charge at Camp Nou, Barça have been said to be interested to numerous forwards, including Lyon star Memphis Depay.


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Final Score: Barcelona 3-1 Gimnastic

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Game is over and the final score is Barcelona 3-1 Gimnàstic de Tarragona. Here is the match report.

2020 Club Friendlies
3-1
Dembele (6′)
Griezmann (17′ PEN)
Coutinho (51′ PEN)
Javier Bonilla (31′)


Line-ups


Barcelona XI: Messi, Pique, Alba, Busquets, Neto, Griezmann, Roberto, Lenglet, Alena, Dembele, Pedri

Subs: Coutinho, Braithwaite, Semedo, Firpo, Pena, De Jong, Trincão, R. Araújo, Jorge Cuenca, Juan Miranda, Arnau Tenas, Riqui Puig, Ilaix Moriba, K. De La Fuente

Gimnàstic de Tarragona XI: Jesús Rueda, Joan Oriol, Marc Trilles, Wilfred, Fausto Tienza, Gerard Oliva, Javier Bonilla, Carlos Albarrán, Javi Ribelles, T. Amang , Brugui

Subs: Fran Miranda, Pedro Martín, Fran Carbià, Gonzi, L. Prudhomme, Pol Ballesteros, Pol Prats, Firas Al-Ghamdi, Óscar Sanz, Joel Lasso, Bernat Guiu


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Shocking: Crisis Barca as they shall offload 12 players

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Luis Suarez, Martin Braithwaite and Samuel Umtiti could be part of a 12-man firesale at Barcelona, according to reports in Spain.

The Catalan giants are looking to add at least three names to their squad this summer – namely a left-footed centre-back, a physical midfielder and a forward – after resolving the transfer saga involving Lionel Messi last month.

But the club acknowledge they must address their overly-inflated wage bill and Mundo Deportivo claim 12 players are yet to clarify their future with the club.

Forward Suarez appeared set for a move to Juventus, with just a medical and bonuses to sort out, but the report claims Atletico Madrid have arrived on the scene and the Uruguayan’s openness to staying in Spain has changed the scenario.

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If and when the 33-year-old departs, Barcelona will be left with controversial January signing Martin Braithwaite as their only natural central striker.

But the Spanish outlet claims new boss Ronald Koeman is not totally convinced by the Dane and would like time to cast his eye over him, despite admiring his professionalism.

The 29-year-old’s agent has reportedly offered his client around in the transfer market but has not received any interest for the Denmark international.

Arturo Vidal could also be among the first to leave the club alongside Suarez, but the report admits the current financial slump is holding up his move to Inter Milan.

Centre-back Samuel Umtiti is also a player who Barcelona would like to sell, and although the France international initially refused to leave the Camp Nou he has been told by Koeman that his future lies elsewhere, with former club Lyon best placed to sign him.

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Fellow Frenchman Jean-Clair Todibo’s future also lies away from the club, who are demanding a £23million (€25m) fee for him amid Premier League interest from Everton and Leicester City.

Despite making him unavailable for transfer earlier in the summer, Nelson Semedo could also depart the Camp Nou if an offer that is impossible to reject arrives, with the club already seeking to strengthen in wide areas.

Rafinha Alcantara spent some of last season on loan at Celta Vigo, but with the Spanish side unable to make the move permanent due to his £15million (€16m) release clause, he has returned to the Camp Nou.

Koeman is reportedly happy with his performances, but Barcelona’s desperation to sell this summer may yet see him depart if a suitable offer arrives.

The list of potential departures is completed by left-backs Junior Firpo and Miranda, as well as youngsters Moussa Wague, Barcelona B central midfielder Monchu and defensive midfielder Oriol Busquets, with Watford said to be considering a loan with an option to buy for the latter.


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Barca starts Koeman era with ‘VICTORY”

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Barcelona won 3-1 in their first pre-season match of the summer, defeating Nastic de Tarragona at the Estadi Johan Cruyff.

This was the first look at how Ronald Koeman would set his side up and he played two completely different teams, one line-up for the first half and another for the second.

Lionel Messi started in the match, fitting in to a 4-2-3-1 system that saw Sergio Busquets and Carles Alena team up in the defensive midfield positions.

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Ousmane Dembele was in the starting line-up too, returning after his long-term hamstring injury, and he scored just five minutes in as he was able to prod the ball through the goalkeeper’s legs.

Antoine Griezmann wasn’t as involved, but he did make it 2-0 by converting a penalty in the 17th minute.

After Javi Bonilla pulled one back for Nastic on the half hour mark, Barcelona restored their two-goal advantage when the alternate line-up took to the field in the second half.

Six minutes after the restart, there was another penalty and this time Philippe Coutinho scored.

Coutinho was good in that second half, while Trincao stood out for positive reasons too and Martin Braithwaite stood out for missing three chances.


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‘It a new Born Barcelona now and I’m happy – Ronald Koeman

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The new Dutch head coach admitted the 4-2-3-1 formation played on Saturday night is slightly more defensive, but insists “this team can do it”. “We’re happy,” Koeman said after the 3-1 win over Nàstic.


New Barcelona boss, Ronald Koeman, spoke on Barça TV after his first game in charge of the Catalan club. Barça defeated Nàstic 3-1 in a friendly held before they open their La Liga campaign.

“The most important thing is that fortunately there have been no injuries. Everyone has played 45 minutes. There were moments of good intensity. There are always things to improve on but we’re happy. We have been here for two weeks and we have two more to go.”

New system
Regarding the system and positioning, with the double pivot, Koeman said: “It may be different and somewhat more defensive than what has been seen in recent years, but the objective is to move the ball, hold on to it and find the spaces to play between the lines, and behind rival midfielders. I think this team can do it because we have midfielders to play like that.”

Short pre-season
Koeman assured that he was interested in seeing players even though they had only been training for a few days: “It is important that they already play because it is not a normal pre-season. We only have four weeks, not six. It is complicated. What we want to do now is physical work and in the next two weeks work on the tactical side more.”


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See the only two Barcelona youngstars Koeman adores

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Ronald Koeman was full of praise for Barcelona new boys Pedri and Trincao after they both played their first minutes for the club on Saturday.


The pair appeared in a 3-1 friendly win over Nastic de Tarragona, which brought some joy to the Dutchman.

“He’s a great talent,” Koeman said when asked about Pedri’s contribution.

“He’s 17 and such an important signing for our future.

“He has trained with us and has the quality to play, so we’ll see how much he can take part.

“I liked Trincao positionally, sometimes coming inside and sometimes going outside.

“He has quality and has to adapt to the speed and rhythm.

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“He’s a great signing.”

As is the norm early in pre-season, the Catalans have prioritised physical work so far.

Yet Koeman knows that they need to brush up on their tactics.

“We’ve done a lot of physical work in training,” he explained.

“We have to do more tactical work now.”

Lionel Messi got 45 minutes under his belt for the first time since his transfer saga.

“He’s shown the same spirit as in the first day,” the boss added.

“He’s training well and did the same on our day off.

“He knows that he has to improve physically, like everyone, but his quality speaks for itself.”


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Bye Juve: Pjanic arrives at Camp Nou

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The Bosnian midfielder will have to pass LaLiga’s mandatory PCR test in order to start training at the club’s training complex.

As the protocol dictates, Pjanic will have to train alone until he passes the second PCR test.

Lionel Messi and Philippe Coutinho also had to do this before they could join up with their team-mates.

Unfortunately for Pjanic, though, having to adhere to the protocol means that it’s unlikely that he plays against Girona in Barcelona’s pre-season opener.

The Catalan club plan to present Pjanic at the start of next week.


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Miralem Pjanic lands in Barcelona

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Miralem Pjanic arrived in Barcelona on Thursday night after taking a private flight from Turin, where he had been quarantining for the last two weeks after testing positive for COVID-19.

The Bosnian midfielder will have to pass LaLiga’s mandatory PCR test in order to start training at the club’s training complex.

As the protocol dictates, Pjanic will have to train alone until he passes the second PCR test.

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Lionel Messi and Philippe Coutinho also had to do this before they could join up with their team-mates.

Unfortunately for Pjanic, though, having to adhere to the protocol means that it’s unlikely that he plays against Girona in Barcelona’s pre-season opener.

The Catalan club plan to present Pjanic at the start of next week.


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Thiago dines in Barcelona as he agrees personal terms with Liverpool

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Thiago Alcantara has reportedly agreed personal terms with Liverpool and the Bayern Munich midfielder is currently spending time on holiday in Barcelona.

The Spain international’s wife posted a photo of a relaxed looking Thiago with her and their children captioned: ‘The four of us,’ after he was given an extended break by the Bundesliga giants following the Nations League fixtures.

The Spaniard is reportedly desperate to seal a move to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and BILD maintain that terms have been agreed between the two parties.

The report however states that the club agreeing a transfer fee remains a stumbling block, with last season’s treble winners reticent to let him depart for anything less than £27.5million (€30m).

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Thiago’s Bayern Munich colleagues were back in training on Tuesday, including both Niklas Sule and new signing Leroy Sane who had featured for Germany in the past week.

But Spain international Thiago will not be joining them this week after being pictured having a relaxing time on a beach in Barcelona.

Bayern boss Hansi Flick offered very little update on the former Barcelona playmaker’s future, adding that he remains in his plans as long as he is part of his squad.

As stated by Sportsmail, Thiago’s future could hinge on the future of Georginio Wijnaldum, who is set for talks with Klopp upon his return.

Should Barcelona give Liverpool the chance to cash in on Wijnaldum, it would pave the way for Liverpool to move for Thiago.


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Ansu Fati’s client start discussions with Barca over contract

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Jorge Mendes was in Catalonia on Wednesday to meet with Barcelona directors.

There, he discussed his new client Ansu Fati’s contract, as well as the latest on the future of Nelson Semedo, another player represented by Mendes’ Gestifute agency.

Ansu Fati is a rising star of world football and Barcelona are keen to ensure he’ll spend his prime years at the Camp Nou.

The 17-year-old’s current contract runs until 2022 and has a release clause of 170 million euros, but Barcelona can increase that clause to 400m euros when they register him with their first team and that is expected to happen in the coming days.

Barcelona also have an option to extend the player’s contract to 2024, but this two-year add-on to his current deal currently poses some legal problems because minors cannot sign contracts that are longer than three years.

Ansu Fati is still only 17 and doesn’t turn 18 until October 31, in around seven weeks’ time.

In any case, there could be talks for a brand new contract that would allow the club the peace of mind of having Ansu Fati committed well beyond 2022 and one that would be even better for the player than the current agreement.

This is where Jorge Mendes comes in, as the forward signed with the powerful agent just a few weeks ago after having previously been managed by Lionel Messi’s brother Rodrigo Messi.

Given the potential Ansu Fati has demonstrated even since the latest update to his deal in December, there’s an understanding that new terms will have to be thrashed out.

Just In: Messi trains at Barcelona training day off

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Lionel Messi turned up at Barcelona’s training complex on Thursday for a workout, even as the rest of the squad enjoyed a day of holiday.

The Argentine has been well cocooned since reporting back for training on Monday as he looks to get back to fitness, having to train individually at first due to LaLiga’s coronavirus protocols and then not completing the double sessions held later in the week.

Keen to make up for lost time, Messi has often been the first player to arrive at the training ground and this Thursday he was there alone.

Friday will see the Catalan side train again as a group as they look ahead to Saturday’s friendly with Gimnastic de Tarragona, a game in which Messi could take part.


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Griezmann insists his future is only at Barcelona

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Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann continues to be linked with a move away but has stressed his desire to stay at the club.

Antoine Griezmann has questioned why he continues to be linked with a move away from Barcelona as he reiterated his desire to remain at the club.

The France international endured an underwhelming debut campaign with Barça after arriving from Atlético Madrid in a €120million transfer last year.

Struggled out of position
He registered 15 goals in all competitions but was often played out of position and struggled to earn a regular place in the side in the closing stages of the season.

Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and former club Atlético have all been tipped to move for Griezmann, but the forward has no desire to leave Barcelona.

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“Is my future is at Barça? Yes. I don’t know why people invent destinations to see if one day they will be right,” he told French outlet M6.

“I am very well there. I know I have the confidence of the club and the coach so I am well. It has been a very complicated season for all of us but now we start again.”

Contract runs until 2023-24 season
Griezmann, under contract with Barça until the end of the 2023-24 campaign, scored for France on Tuesday to draw level with Zinedine Zidane as the nation’s fifth all-time top scorer.

The 29-year-old has 31 goals for the world champions, putting him behind only David Trezeguet, Olivier Giroud, Michel Platini and Thierry Henry, who struck 51 times for Les Blues.


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Barcelona to make final offer for Lautaro Martinez

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Barcelona are planning to make a final offer for Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez.

Recently-appointed Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has informed Luis Suarez that he isn’t in his plans, with Juventus looking to sign the Uruguayan.

As reported by goal, Martinez is at the top of Barcelona’s wishlist as they look to bring in a new striker, despite links with Lyon’s Memphis Depay.

Martinez has demonstrated his credentials for Inter, having scored 30 goals in 84 appearances since joining from Racing Club in 2018.

Crucially, Martinez is ten years younger than Suarez, with Barcelona looking to rebuild their squad.

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Suarez is in talks with Barcelona over the termination of his contract, which expires next year.

As reported by Marca, the striker has reportedly agreed a £9million-a-year salary with Juventus.

According to ESPN, Suarez is training away from the main group at Barcelona alongside Arturo Vidal until his future is sorted.

Barcelona have already brought in Miralem Pjanic, as well as having previously secured deals for Pedri and Francisco Trincao.

There is still much more work to do, however, as Koeman seeks to get Barcelona to bounce back following a hugely frustrating campaign.

Barcelona have also been linked with a move for Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, who Koeman knows well from his time in charge of the Dutch national team.

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Liverpool tells Barca they want £15M for Wijnaldum

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Liverpool have reportedly informed Barcelona that they want £15million for midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.

Recently-appointed Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman, who managed Wijnaldum when in charge of the Dutch national team, is eager to work with the 29-year-old again.

Barcelona had been hoping to sign Wijnaldum for £10million, but that doesn’t match Liverpool’s asking price, as reported by The mirror.

Wijnaldum is into the final year of his contract at Anfield and is open to a move to Barcelona.

Barcelona have already brought in Miralem Pjanic but are seeking further reinforcements in midfield.

Liverpool are interested in signing Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, but are reluctant to pay the Bundesliga side’s asking price of £30million.

Wijnaldum joined Liverpool from Newcastle in 2016 and has made 187 appearances for the Reds.

Last season Wijnaldum played a key part as Liverpool ended their lengthy wait to win the league title.

However, he has yet to be offered a new deal and there is a possibility that he could depart before the closure of the transfer window.

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‘Barcelona decisions are wierd but I went along with them’ – Rakitic

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Rakitic is officially a Sevilla player once again after his presentation on Thursday.

The Croatian midfielder spent six years at Barcelona – winning 13 trophies – after moving north from Andalusia in 2014.

“The time had come for me to leave Barcelona,” Rakitic told El Partidazo de COPE and Radio MARCA.

“I’m going back to Sevilla with excitement, and I’m looking forward to getting started and helping the team.

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“[Lionel] Messi and I were not best friends, but we always got along.

“He didn’t talk to me about his departure. I found out in the press.”

Rakitic was also asked if he felt Arturo Vidal had played more in his position because of his friendship with Messi.

“I don’t know,” he said.

“I was always available to play, and decisions were made that I didn’t understand.

“But I went along with them for the team.”

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Messi to continue at Barca, will fans boo him for trying to leave?

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Barcelona star Lionel Messi now looks set to stay at Camp Nou for another year and Rivaldo does not believe his reputation has been damaged.

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.

Messi to keep head held high
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 by the fanbase of a club he has represented since the age of 13.

“If Messi stays for at least one more season it won’t be a problem,” Rivaldo told Betfair.

“Blaugrana fans still have lots of love for him and know that he is a legendary player who made and can still make the difference at the club, so things can still end up nicely.

“A lot can happen in the next few weeks – he can leave, he can stay for one more season or even extend his contract, so we must wait.

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“But if he stays at the club I’m not imagining a scenario of fans booing him at the Camp Nou or anything similar, not at all.”

Barça finished the 2019-20 season trophyless and suffered a humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.

And Rivaldo, who left Barcelona on bad terms in 2002, feels the manner of Barca’s latest European capitulation proved to be the final straw for Messi.

“He may have decided to leave Barcelona after the humiliation against Bayern Munich in the Champions League,” he said.

“After a season of internal problems at Barça and losing the LaLiga title to Real Madrid, the 8-2 defeat was the last straw that made Messi want to leave.

“He has taken responsibility for the team for too long and is probably tired of the pressure.

“The club have signed many players in the last couple of seasons, but no one has stepped up to help him and relieve some of his burden.”

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