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Barcelona Sanction Midfielder’s transfer as player leaves training camp
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Barcelona Sanction Midfielder’s transfer as player leaves training camp

  Alex Collado has been given permission by Barcelona to leave the club’s training camp in Germany as he seeks to secure a move away from the Camp Nou this summer before the transfer window shuts later this month Barcelona confirmed that Collado was given the go-ahead to leave the camp to sort out his future in a post via their Twitter handle on Sunday following their pre-season 3-0 win over VfB Stuttgart on Saturday. “Alex Collado is leaving the team’s training camp, with permission from the club, pending a resolution over his future,” Barcelona tweeted. The attacking midfielder, who can also operate on the wings, made it clear to the Barcelona hierarchy that he had no interest in playing for Barcelona B squad this season. The 22-year-old was keen to get minutes wi...
Barcelona ban Lionel Messi
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Barcelona ban Lionel Messi

Barcelona have banned captain, Lionel Messi, from participating in the club’s training. AS reports that Messi will not be training at Barcelona until he signs a new contract with the Camp Nou club. The Argentina captain has been a free agent since July 1. Despite an announcement that the Barca number 10 would sign a five-year contract, the deal is yet to be signed. Due to Barcelona’s financial struggles, Messi has been forced to accept a pay cut in order to remain at the club. The deal will reportedly see Messi take a 50 per cent pay cut. Messi’s previous contract expired on June 30, meaning that he has been a free agent since July 1 but he is unlikely to agree terms elsewhere. Messi is currently enjoying an extended holiday after representing his country at the Copa A...
Super League: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus floor UEFA in court
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Super League: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus floor UEFA in court

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus will pursue their European Super League dream, after winning in court on Friday. The three clubs refused to pull out of plans for the breakaway league in April, after nine clubs withdrew following public outrage. In a statement on their respective websites, it read: “FC Barcelona, Juventus, and Real Madrid CF welcome today’s Court’s decision enforcing, with immediate effect, UEFA’s obligation to unwind the actions taken against all European Super League founding clubs, including terminating the disciplinary proceedings against the undersigning three clubs and removing the penalties and restrictions imposed on the remaining nine founding clubs for them to avoid UEFA’s disciplinary action. “The Court backs the request made by the promoters of th...
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Messi Returns to Barcelona to end Contract saga

Lionel Messi has arrived in Barcelona, as he prepares to pen a new five-year contract at Camp Nou, according to Sport. The deal is worth in the region of £250,000 a week. Messi is currently a free agent, as his old contract expired. The 34-year-old has been on holiday since helping Argentina win the Copa America earlier this month, but has returned to Barcelona on Wednesday. He already has a verbal agreement with the LaLiga giants over the new deal, which will see him take a 50% pay cut. Messi is expected to put pen to paper within the next week. The 10-time LaLiga winner has scored 672 goals in 778 appearances for Barca in all competitions, including 38 goals in 47 appearances during the 2020/2021 campaign.
LaLiga Could lock Messi from playing for Barcelona until January
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LaLiga Could lock Messi from playing for Barcelona until January

  Barcelona face the possibility of not being able to register Lionel Messi for play in LaLiga until January 2022, ESPN reports. The Catalans are looking for ways to reduce their wage bill, to align with LaLiga’s financial fair play rules. If they can’t, they risk not being able to register Messi’s new contract or new arrivals, Memphis Depay, Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia and Emerson Royal. Barca have until the end of the transfer window on August 31 to submit Messi’s deal and their new signings to LaLiga, but internally, the club wants everything resolved before August 15, when they kick off their league campaign at home to Real Sociedad. The League president, Javier Tebas, is adamant he will not relax the rules for Barcelona. A failure to get their finances in ord...
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Giovana Queiroz: Barcelona’s teen Olympian who opted for Brazil over the USWNT

Described as 'the future' of the Brazil women's national team, the 18-year-old is the second-youngest female footballer at the Games in Japan For many aspiring female footballers, Marta is their idol. For Giovana Queiroz, though, she has also become a team-mate and, upon receiving her first senior international call-up, a roommate. “On this list we have Marta and Giovana Queiroz. We have a famous and experienced player, and on the other side probably the future of the team,” Pia Sundhage, Brazil’s head coach, said in October, having called up teenager Gio for the first time.
Andre Ayew: Qatari side Al Sadd announce transfer agreement with Ghana and former Swansea City star
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Andre Ayew: Qatari side Al Sadd announce transfer agreement with Ghana and former Swansea City star

The attacker is closing in on a transfer to Xavi Hernandez’s outfit after leaving the Jack Army Ghana skipper is set to join Qatari side Al Sadd, the club have announced. The 31-year-old is expected to seal a transfer on Thursday, having become a free agent following his departure from English Championship fold Swansea City in June. According to media reports, the attacker will be paid around $220,000 [€186,514.39] a month by the Asian club, who are coached by Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez.
Barcelona Offer two Players to Man United
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Barcelona Offer two Players to Man United

  Barcelona have offered Manchester United the opportunity to sign two of their players this summer in an exchange deal for midfielder, Paul Pogba. According to the Daily Express, the two Barcelona players are Antoine Griezmann and Samuel Umtiti. Barcelona president, Joan Laporta is making it his personal mission to make a major signing this summer and is reported to have set his sights on a deal to bring in Man United midfielder, Paul Pogba to Camp Nou. Laporta is desperate to bring Pogba to Barcelona. Pogba’s future at Man United is unclear. He has appeared to be on the verge of leaving Old Trafford many times. Pogba currently has 12 months left on his current deal with Man United. Barcelona will have to battle Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Juventus f...
LaLiga: Why Barcelona has Cristiano Ronaldo’s Posters at Training ground
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LaLiga: Why Barcelona has Cristiano Ronaldo’s Posters at Training ground

Barcelona has pasted news reports about Cristiano Ronaldo’s positive COVID-19 test, as a warning to their players to stay in line, AS reports. Ronaldo was the most high-profile player to contract Coronavirus after he was infected while on international duty with Portugal last October. It caused Ronaldo to miss Juventus’ Champions League group stage game in Turin, a match the Barca won 2-0 thanks to goals from Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi. Although the walls of Barca’s training ground are covered with pictures of Messi, there is also a small dedication to his eternal rival. It is understood that in one of the dressing rooms at their Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper facility, a story relating to his positive test is pinned up. It is placed to serve as a warning to Ronald Koe...
Barcelona and Man Utd-linked Saul has ‘many options’, says Atletico Madrid midfielder’s agent
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Barcelona and Man Utd-linked Saul has ‘many options’, says Atletico Madrid midfielder’s agent

The Spain international has five years to go on his contract but is reported to be eager to leave the club this summer Atletico Madrid star Saul has not decided on his future and has offers from many clubs, according to his agent. The midfielder has been an integral part of Diego Simeone's team in recent years, making over 300 appearances in all competitions. The 26-year-old still has five years left on his contract at the capital side, but has reportedly told the club that he wants to leave.
Barcelona suspect Real Madrid are behind Moriba stalling on new contract
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Barcelona suspect Real Madrid are behind Moriba stalling on new contract

The Blaugrana are struggling to put fresh terms in place with a hot prospect, but contact with the Blancos is being denied Contract talks between Barcelona and Ilaix Moriba have come to a standstill, with Goal learning that the Blaugrana suspect Real Madrid may be behind a breakdown in discussions. The highly-rated 18-year-old is only tied to terms at Camp Nou until the summer of 2022, with another product of the famed La Masia academy system keeping everyone guessing on his future. The hope in Catalunya is that an agreement can still be found that keeps the hot prospect on their books, but uncertainty reigns for now.
Griezmann Set to leave Barcelona after new Messi contract
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Griezmann Set to leave Barcelona after new Messi contract

  Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are in talks over a swap deal involving Antoine Griezmann and Saul Niguez, ESPN reports. Griezmannleft Atletico for Barca in 2019 for a transfer fee of €120 million. But the casht-strapped Catalan club are willing to let him leave this summer. The 30-year-old hiimself is ready to leave if Barca no longer want him, despite having a contract at the club until 2024. Barcelona have reached an agreement with Lionel Messi to extend his contract, but still need to make cutbacks to be able to register their captain’s new deal with LaLiga. After Messi, Griezmann is the biggest earner at the club and his departure would create the most room on the wage bill. Losing Griezmann’s salary and replacing it with Saul’s would help Barca reduce th...
PSG Confirm Donnarumma Signing after Italy star’s AC Milan departure
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PSG Confirm Donnarumma Signing after Italy star’s AC Milan departure

Paris Saint-Germain have announced the signing of Italy's Euro 2020 hero Gianluigi Donnarumma on a five-year deal. The 22-year-old joins on a free transfer from AC Milan after he was unable to agree terms over an extension to his deal which ran out on June 30. PSG beat competition from Barcelona to land the highly-rated goalkeeper, who will earn around 12m Euros (£10.3m) per year plus add-ons in France. "I am delighted to be part of this huge club," Donnarumma told PSG's club website. "I feel ready to take on this new challenge and continue to grow here. With Paris, I want to win as much as possible and to bring joy to the supporters." Donnarumma flew into Paris on Wednesday for the first time to complete his move, days after helping Italy win Euro 2020, their first major t...
Barcelona Strikes new Contract Agreement with Messi
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Barcelona Strikes new Contract Agreement with Messi

  Barcelona has reached an agreement in principle with captain Lionel Messi for the renewal of a new contract. Diario Sport reports that the agreement between Barcelona and Messi includes a five-year contract. Messi also agreed to cut his salary by 50% in the new deal. The report added that money was never a problem in the negotiation, adding that it was the issue of taxation, a fragile matter because neither party wants to take the wrong step. The Argentina captain accepted the conditions that Barcelona has imposed because he understands that the economic situation of the Catalan club is very complicated and he must be the first to set an example. The announcement of Messi’s new contract with Barcelona is scheduled to take place at the end of July. Messi’s pr...
Messi contract talks ‘progressing adequately’
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Messi contract talks ‘progressing adequately’

TheLiga giants are still working on freeing up space in their salary cap that will allow a club icon to be tied down on fresh terms Contract talks with Lionel Messi are "progressing adequately", says Barcelona president Joan Laporta, with La Liga giants still hoping to get a talismanic presence tied to fresh terms. The Blaugrana are unable to put a deal in place at present as they have no room within their salary cap, meaning that costs need to be cut by sanctioning sales. Every effort is, however, being made to remain in close contact with a six-time Ballon d'Or winner that has dropped into free agency and just savoured long-awaited international glory with Argentina at the Copa America.
Hertha Berlin coach Pal Dardai working to get Kevin-Prince Boateng fit
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Hertha Berlin coach Pal Dardai working to get Kevin-Prince Boateng fit

The 34-year-old signed a one-year deal with the German outfit with an option to extend Hertha Berlin coach Pal Dardai believes ex-Ghana attacker Kevin-Prince Boateng will be valuable for the team once he completes his special training program. The midfielder completed his return to the Bundesliga outfit on June 23 after a season spent in Italy with Monza. The former Black Star began his career at the Olympiastadion before moving to Tottenham Hotspur on a four-year deal in July 2007 for a reported £5.4 million. Having left the Serie B side, the 34-year-old returned to familiar surroundings as a free agent after spells at Borussia Dortmund, Portsmouth, Genoa, AC Milan, Schalke 04, Las Palmas, Eintracht Frankfurt, Sassuolo, Barcelona, Fiorentina, and Besiktas.
Alena sold to Getafe as Barcelona continue Messi fundraising mission
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Alena sold to Getafe as Barcelona continue Messi fundraising mission

The Catalan giants desperately need to raise funds if they want to keep the Argentine superstar, who is officially a free agent Barcelona have agreed a deal to sell Carles Alena to Getafe as they continue their desperate cost-cutting exercise in order to ensure they can sign Lionel Messi up to a new contract. La Liga salary cap regulations mean Barca are currently unable to register any of their new signings or agree a new deal with Messi, whose previous contract expired at the end of last month. As a result the club are desperately looking to move players on to both raise funds and reduce the wage bill, with Alena the latest player out of the door.
Transfer: Barcelona sign ‘Austrian Messi’
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Transfer: Barcelona sign ‘Austrian Messi’

Barcelona have completed the signing of Yusuf Demir on loan from Rapid Vienna with an option to buy. The 18-year-old has been dubbed the ‘Austrian Messi’ for his style of play and stature. The winger has earned a fine reputation at home after breaking into the Rapid Vienna team so young. Demir will now hope to link up with Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi himself if the Argentina international does sign a new deal at Camp Nou. Barcelona disclosed this in a statement via their website on Friday evening. The statement partly read, “FC Barcelona and SK Rapid Vienna have reached an agreement on the loan of Yusuf Demir for the 2021/22 season. “Barça is paying 500,000 euros for the operation and holds a non-mandatory option to purchase for 10 million.”
Forbes Names shocking Barcelona’s second richest player after Lionel Messi
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Forbes Names shocking Barcelona’s second richest player after Lionel Messi

  Forbes has named Denmark striker Martin Braithwaite as the second richest player in Barcelona. The club’s captain, Lionel Messi Is the only player richer than Braithwaite among the Barcelona playing staff. Braithwaite was one of Barcelona’s most surprising signings in history and has now been named as one of the club’s richest players. The Dane, who was a flop at Middlesbrough moved to Barcelona as an emergency signing in February 2020, and has made 53 appearances for the club since. There’s been talk that the striker will leave the Catalans this summer after impressing throughout Euro 2020. Messi earns a reported €1,360,731-a-week at Barcelona so it’s no wonder he is the richest. However, Braithwaite’s riches come from some excellent investments, in 2017 he...
Koeman ‘concerned’ about Messi contract situation with Barcelona unable to do a deal
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Koeman ‘concerned’ about Messi contract situation with Barcelona unable to do a deal

With salary cap issues posing plenty of problems at Camp Nou, a talismanic presence has been allowed to drop into the free agent pool Ronald Koeman admits to being "concerned" by Lionel Messi's contract situation, with the Argentine superstar still a free agent at present as Barcelona cannot afford to put a new deal in place. Salary cap issues are posing plenty of problems at Camp Nou, with costs needing to be cut before summer signings and those waiting on fresh terms can officially put pen to paper. Barca have known for some time that they faced a sizeable headache with six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi, with no extension put in place with him on the back of a push for the exits in 2020.
Depay takes 30 per cent pay cut at Barcelona as La Liga giants struggle with salary cap
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Depay takes 30 per cent pay cut at Barcelona as La Liga giants struggle with salary cap

The Dutch forward is having to accept reduced terms at Camp Nou as the Blaugrana seek to balance their books Memphis Depay is set to earn 30 per cent less at Barcelona than was initially agreed, Goal has learned, with the Liga giants needing to cut costs in order to operate under a salary cap. The Netherlands international forward is among those to have made a move to Camp Nou this summer, along with Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia and Emerson Royal. Deals are, however, yet to be officially completed as the Blaugrana need to free up funds in order to get fresh faces on board and keep their books balanced.
Griezmann called CEO of Barcelona sponsor Rakuten to apologise over alleged racism
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Griezmann called CEO of Barcelona sponsor Rakuten to apologise over alleged racism

The France star has tried to heal the tension between the club and their shirt sponsors after videos emerged of him mocking Asian people Barcelona striker Antoine Griezmann has called the CEO of club sponsor Rakuten to offer his apologies after videos of him mocking Asian people surfaced online. The France international was recorded laughing as team-mate Ousmane Dembele insulted staff who were there to fix the television in their hotel room, and in another video Griezmann is heard saying: "Ching chong". The videos are from Barcelona's pre-season tour of Japan in 2019. Griezmann and Dembele responded to accusations of racism after the videos were shared across social media in recent days, with the former saying: "I firmly refute the accusations made against me and I am sorry if I...
Griezmann’s Contract Cancelled
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Griezmann’s Contract Cancelled

  France forward, Antoine Griezmann, has had his contract with Konami cancelled. This comes after a controversial video all the way from 2019 surfaced on social media this week. The footage, taken before a Barcelona pre-season friendly, shows Griezmann and teammate Ousmane Dembele mocking Japanese hotel staff who were fixing a TV. Both players have since released statements apologising and insisting any comments they made were not racist. However, Griezmann’s contract with the Japanese entertainment company has now been ripped up. “Konami Digital Entertainment believes, as is the philosophy of sports, that discrimination of any kind is unacceptable. “Previously we had announced Antoine Griezmann as our Yu-Gi-Oh! contents ambassador, however in light of recent ...
Leeds sign Junior Firpo in £13m deal from Barcelona
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Leeds sign Junior Firpo in £13m deal from Barcelona

The Whites have tied the highly-rated left-back to a four-year contract after luring him away from Camp Nou Leeds United have completed the £13 million ($18m) signing of Junior Firpo from Barcelona, with the defender signing a four-year contract at Elland Road. The highly-rated left-back joins the Premier League outfit in the wake of Ezgjan Alioski's departure, with the Whites moving quickly to fill a hole in their back four. Firpo has spent the last two seasons at Camp Nou, with 41 appearances taken in for the Liga giants.
Garcia hoping to share dressing room with Messi as he waits to be registered at Barcelona
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Garcia hoping to share dressing room with Messi as he waits to be registered at Barcelona

The highly-rated centre-half has left Manchester City to return to his roots in Catalunya, but financial issues are complicating matters Eric Garcia is hoping to share a dressing room with Lionel Messi at Barcelona, but financial issues at Camp Nou are preventing both men from committing to contracts at Camp Nou. The Liga giants have put agreements in place with a number of new additions, with deals lined up for Sergio Aguero, Emerson Royal and Memphis Depay. Salary caps in Spain are proving problematic, though, with six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi becoming a free agent as he waits on funds to be freed up for fresh terms.
Leeds sign Defender Firpo from Barcelona
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Leeds sign Defender Firpo from Barcelona

Leeds have completed the signing of full-back Junior Firpo from Barcelona for a fee of £12.8m. Following a period of quarantine and completion of his medical, the full-back signed a four-year deal at Elland Road, running until the summer of 2025. Born in the Dominican Republic, Firpo moved to Spain at a young age and made his breakthrough at Real Betis. Making his first La Liga start in February 2018 in Betis' 1-0 victory over Deportivo La Coruna, the full-back went on to become a first team regular at the Estadio Benito Villamarin. In August 2019, he joined Barcelona, where made 41 appearances. Barca are looking to shift players as they try to reduce their huge wage bill, with the Spanish club reportedly keen to release Samuel Umtiti and Miralem Pjanic, and l...
LaLiga Bans Barcelona from registering Aguero, Depay, others
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LaLiga Bans Barcelona from registering Aguero, Depay, others

  LaLiga has barred Barcelona from registering new players, because of their financial troubles, Goal reports. Barca have exceeded LaLiga’s strict salary limit and until players leave the Nou Camp, new signings like Sergio Aguero, Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia cannot be officially registered with the league. Emerson Royal has also arrived this summer as the club chases mainly free transfers. Captain Lionel Messi is also currently a free agent after his deal expired on June 30. Although negotiations are ongoing with Messi, Barcelona need to clear salary space to re-register him. Players are being pushed to leave the club, some by choice and some out of sheer necessity for the urgent salary-cap situation.
Underestimated’ Kante, not Messi, deserves 2021 Ballon d’Or – Somalia’s Haibeh
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Underestimated’ Kante, not Messi, deserves 2021 Ballon d’Or – Somalia’s Haibeh

The French midfielder is more deserving of the individual accolade and not the Argentina and Barcelona captain, according to the Ocean Stars manager Somali national team manager Said Abdi Haibeh claims N’Golo Kante deserves to win the 2021 Ballon d’Or and not Lionel Messi. Messi, 34, has emerged as one of the leading contenders to win the individual diadem as various of his rivals have fallen by the wayside after their countries crashed out of Euro 2020. Although Barcelona endured a lacklustre 2020-21 campaign, the Argentina captain boasts of 33 goals and 13 assists in all competitions – which puts him in pole position to claim the prize for a record seventh time.
Busquets reacts to MLS move talk and Messi contract saga at Barcelona
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Busquets reacts to MLS move talk and Messi contract saga at Barcelona

The World Cup-winning midfielder claims to be fully focused on life at Camp Nou despite seeing a summer switch mooted Sergio Busquets claims to have received no offers to leave Barcelona for MLS and is still hoping to line up alongside Lionel Messi at Camp Nou in 2021-22. A long-serving part of the fold in Catalunya has seen a summer switch mooted as La Liga giants seek to generate funds and freshen up their ranks. He is tied to a contract through to 2023, but there has been talk of the World Cup winner being lured away from his roots by enticing offers from the United States.
‘We’ll have a look now’ – Gosens flattered by Barcelona transfer links
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‘We’ll have a look now’ – Gosens flattered by Barcelona transfer links

The left-back is willing to discuss a move this summer now that Germany have been knocked out of Euro 2020 Robin Gosens has suggested he is open to joining Barcelona after his impressive Euro 2020 performances with Germany. The Atalanta full-back became one of his country's heroes with a goal and two assists as they survived a group consisting of France, Portugal and Hungary. Barcelona are reportedly interested in signing him this summer and the 26-year-old says he will discuss his future with his dad, who is also his agent, now that Germany have been eliminated from the Euros.
Barcelona Relieves two players of their jobs
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Barcelona Relieves two players of their jobs

  Barcelona has offered to release Miralem Pjanic and Samuel Umtiti from their contracts, Goal reports. Manager Ronald Koeman has deemed the two as surplus to requirement ahead of the new season. Pjanic, 31, only arrived from Juventus last summer in a deal worth €60 million. However, he started only six of the 13 LaLiga matches in which he featured last season. Umtiti has failed to hold down a starting place since arriving from Lyon five years ago. The Frenchman also limited to just 13 league matches in 2020-21. The Spanish giants will have to pay both players off, given Pjanic has three years left on his contract and Umtiti’s runs for another two seasons. Barca will negotiate with them with the hope of convincing them to accept a compensation package. If they re...
Messi needs Barca and Barca need Messi’ – Xavi ‘would bet on’ Argentine signing new contract
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Messi needs Barca and Barca need Messi’ – Xavi ‘would bet on’ Argentine signing new contract

A former team-mate of the six-time Ballon d'Or winner still expects fresh terms to be thrashed out at Camp Nou Xavi "would bet on" Lionel Messi signing a new contract at Barcelona at some stage in the near future, once financial issues at Camp Nou are ironed out, with both sides of those discussions considered to "need" each other. The six-time Ballon d'Or winner is technically a free agent after seeing his previous deal come to an end on June 30. No discussions are being held with other clubs, despite long-standing interest from the likes of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, but the Liga giants have salary cap concerns to contend with before they can thrash out fresh terms with the talismanic presence.
Messi has made up his mind’ – Uganda’s Express FC ‘sign ex-Barcelona star’
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Messi has made up his mind’ – Uganda’s Express FC ‘sign ex-Barcelona star’

The newly crowned champions have left their fans in stiches after posting a picture of the Argentine in the team’s uniform Newly crowned Uganda Premier League champions Express FC have left their fans guessing after claiming former Barcelona star Lionel Messi was headed to the club. The Argentine star became a free agent after his contract at the Catalans giants expired at the end of June. Although Barcelona were hopeful of Messi signing a renewal before the June 30 deadline, the 34-year-old is now officially unattached.
‘Hi Leo, are you there?’ – Newell’s Old Boys urge Messi ‘risk’ as Barcelona superstar hits free agency
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‘Hi Leo, are you there?’ – Newell’s Old Boys urge Messi ‘risk’ as Barcelona superstar hits free agency

An Argentine icon has stated in the past that he would like to return to his roots at some stage and is no longer under contract at Camp Nou Newell's Old Boys have wasted little time in making their play for Lionel Messi, with a favourite son of the Argentine outfit hitting free agency in Barcelona. A six-time Ballon d'Or winner has seen his contract expire at Camp Nou, meaning that he could enter into discussions regarding a move away from Catalunya. Fresh terms are still expected to be agreed at some stage, but Newell's have made it clear that doors would be swung open in Rosario if a familiar face wanted to take a "risk" and return to his roots.
Lionel Messi becomes a free agent
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Lionel Messi becomes a free agent

  One of the world's greatest players is now officially a free agent. Yes, 12 months on from his aborted attempted to leave Barcelona, Lionel Messi is now out of contract. The Argentine superstar's deal expired at midnight and despite months of rumour and conjecture, he has failed to commit to an extension. Talks over a new contract are believed to be ongoing, meaning Messi may well decide to stay at the Nou Camp. But, for now, he is available for absolutely nothing. Spanish football writer Guillem Balague said earlier this week that Barcelona had "raised the level of urgency" in contract talks, with the hopes of making an announcement of a new two-year deal before the start of July. The club started negotiations in April and since then they have met or spoken to ...
Barcelona vs Real Madrid Clasico dates confirmed as LaLiga Announces 2021/22 fixtures
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Barcelona vs Real Madrid Clasico dates confirmed as LaLiga Announces 2021/22 fixtures

  Real Madrid and Barcelona will clash in the El Clasico on October 24 and March 20 next season. This was confirmed on Wednesday, as LaLiga unveiled their 2021/2022 fixtures. The two rivals finished behind champions Atletico Madrid last term and will be looking to reclaim their place at the top of the Spanish top flight. The first LaLiga weekend will be on August 15, while the season finishes on May 22, 2022. Real Madrid is away to Alaves on August 15 to kick off the season, while Barcelona welcomes Real Sociedad on the same day. Atletico begins their title defence with a trip to Celta Vigo. Espanyol, Mallorca and Rayo Vallecano meanwhile will all join LaLiga in 2021-22 as newly-promoted sides.
Chelsea make final bid for Man Utd’s Lauren James after extended talks
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Chelsea make final bid for Man Utd’s Lauren James after extended talks

The Blues want to add another star forward to their squad after a successful campaign under Emma Hayes Chelsea have made a final offer for Lauren James after growing frustrated in the talks to sign the Manchester United forward. The Blues have targeted reuniting Reece James with his sister at their women's outfit, which won all three domestic trophies but lost in the Champions League final to Barcelona. The 19-year-old has been in talks with the west Londoners for almost two months but negotiations between the clubs have hit a stumbling block in recent weeks.  
Mourinho explains why ‘childish’ Depay failed at Man Utd as Dutch star heads for Barcelona
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Mourinho explains why ‘childish’ Depay failed at Man Utd as Dutch star heads for Barcelona

The Portuguese coach was the man to let the Netherlands international leave Old Trafford, but claims to have always believed in his ability Jose Mourinho admits that a "childish" trait cost Memphis Depay at Manchester United, but the Portuguese claims to have always believed in the Dutch forward's ability and is backing him to shine at Barcelona. The highly-rated Netherlands international was a promising youngster when taken to Old Trafford by fellow countryman Louis van Gaal in 2015, but left for Lyon 18 months later after taking in 53 appearances and scoring only seven goals. Mourinho was the man to sanction a permanent move elsewhere, with Depay struggling to fulfil his potential in Old Trafford as questions were asked of his temperament and character.
Xavi Simons: Will the PSG wonderkid be able to live up to the hype?
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Xavi Simons: Will the PSG wonderkid be able to live up to the hype?

The 18-year-old has a huge following on social media thanks to his time at Barcelona, and made his first steps into first-team football last season In the aftermath of Paris Saint-Germain's narrow 1-0 win over Caen in the Coupe de France back in February, most of the talk surrounded one major issue. Despite the game coming just a week before PSG's meeting with Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League, Mauricio Pochettino had opted to start Neymar against lower-league opposition, only to see the world's most expensive player pick up an injury that would rule him out of facing his former club. That the majority of the attention fell on one ex-Barcelona playmaker meant that a momentous day for another former Blaugrana attacker could have been overlooked.
Damsgaard given €50m price tag but is ‘not for sale’ as Sampdoria warn off Barcelona & AC Milan
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Damsgaard given €50m price tag but is ‘not for sale’ as Sampdoria warn off Barcelona & AC Milan

The Danish midfielder has caught the eye at Euro 2020, but his Serie A employers have no interest in discussing a deal Sampdoria have warned any suitors of Mikkel Damsgaard that the 20-year-old is "not for sale", with Barcelona and AC Milan among those said to be mulling over bids for the €50 million-rated (£43m/$60m) midfielder. The promising Denmark international has been catching the eye at Euro 2020, with a prominent shop window found in which to display his talents. His valuation is now said to be soaring, with big-money bids potentially in the pipeline, but his Serie A employers have no intention of listening to offers for a hot prospect.
Messi becomes Argentina’s most capped player
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Messi becomes Argentina’s most capped player

  Lionel Messi scored twice as he became Argentina's most capped player in their 4-1 win Copa America win over Bolivia. The Barcelona forward, 34, made his 148th international appearance, to take Javier Mascherano's record. Messi set up Papu Gomez's sixth-minute opener, before scoring a penalty and adding a second just before half-time to extend his record goals tally to 75. Elsewhere, Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani scored a 21st-minute penalty as Uruguay beat Paraguay 1-0. Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez also scored in Argentina's win and the team are now unbeaten in their last 17 games. They take on Ecuador in the quarter-finals on Sunday, while Uruguay play Colombia on Saturday. Hosts Brazil play Chile, while Paraguay face Peru.
Copa America: Messi sets new Argentina record after 4-1 win over Bolivia
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Copa America: Messi sets new Argentina record after 4-1 win over Bolivia

  Lionel Messi is now Argentina’s most-capped player, after he captained the side to a 4-1 victory over Bolivia at the Copa America on Monday. Messi has now turned out 148 times for his country, moving him ahead of former Barcelona teammate Javier Mascherano, who had 147 caps. Ex-Inter Milan defender, Javier Zanetti, held the record before Mascherano with 143 international appearances. Messi is also Argentina’s all-time leading scorer with 75 goals, having surpassed Gabriel Batistuta (54 goals) in 2016. Sergio Aguero, who won his 100th international cap against Bolivia, is third in the rankings with 42 goals. Messi is yet to taste success in senior international football, but won the Under-20 World Cup in 2005 and an Olympic gold medal with Argentina’s U23s in 20...
If I suicide myself, I didn’t’: John McAfee’s 2019 Tweet surfaces online after he’s found dead in Spanish Prison
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If I suicide myself, I didn’t’: John McAfee’s 2019 Tweet surfaces online after he’s found dead in Spanish Prison

John McAfee, the founder of antivirus company McAfee, was found dead in a Spanish prison near Barcelona on Wednesday afternoon June 23, after the Spanish high court authorised his extradition to the United States   The British technology entrepreneur reportedly committed suicide in a prison cell, just hours after a preliminary ruling for his extradition to the United States on charges of tax evasion. The charges carried a prison sentence of up to 30 years.   McAfee was arrested last October at Barcelona's international airport as he was about to board a flight to Istanbul.   In a statement, the Catalan justice department said that prison officers and medics had tried to save the life of a 75-year-old man but had been unsuccessful. After attempts to save him...
Lionel Messi to sign new Barcelona contract till 2023
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Lionel Messi to sign new Barcelona contract till 2023

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi is in the final week of his contract with the Spanish club, and it has been confirmed that he will sign a new contract till 2023.   The recent signings of Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay convinced the Argentine playmaker to extend his contract with the Spanish giants.   Transfer window specialist Italian journalist, Fabrizio Romano, confirmed that an agreement between Barcelona and Messi is all but reached, with only a few details of the contract remaining to be finalised. Messi, as claimed by Romano, will sign a new contract that would keep him at the club till 2023.   "Lionel Messi will extend his contract with Barcelona until June 2023, all parties involved have no doubt - but there are still some clauses to be fixed in th...
Oshoala scores as Barcelona maul Athletic Bilbao
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Oshoala scores as Barcelona maul Athletic Bilbao

The 26-year-old striker scored her 17th league goal of the current season as the Blaugranes silenced Iraia Iturregi’s women away from home Asisat Oshoala was on song as Barcelona outplayed Athletic Bilbao 4-0 in Tuesday’s Primera Division encounter. The 26-year-old was on target in the second half as the Blaugranes strolled past the Lionesses away from home. Despite returning from international assignment a few days before the fixture, the Super Falcons captain was handed a starter’s role by coach Lluis Cortes.  
Messi and Barcelona yet to agree over extension as superstar’s contract enters final week
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Messi and Barcelona yet to agree over extension as superstar’s contract enters final week

Though the club remains in constant dialogue with Jorge Messi, the player's father and agent, no official offer has been made Barcelona and Lionel Messi are in talks but have yet to agree on a contract extension, Goal can confirm. Messi's deal at Camp Nou is set to expire at the end of June, meaning he will be a free agent in just over a week. Though Barcelona remain optimistic over Messi signing an extension, no breakthrough on a new deal appears to be imminent.  
Spain pardons 9 imprisoned Catalan leaders for their roles in failed secession attempt
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Spain pardons 9 imprisoned Catalan leaders for their roles in failed secession attempt

Spain's Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez has pardoned nine leaders serving prison sentences for their roles in Catalonia's failed secession attempt, the European nation has announced. Catalonia is the wealthy, restive northeastern region of Spain whose capital is Barcelona. For decades many of its citizens have clamored for independence from Spain, causing rift in the region. The pardons, approved by the Spanish cabinet and announced at a news conference, made good on recent promises by Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez to reconcile with a separatist movement that in 2017 rocked Spain with an independence referendum.   Spain’s courts declared the vote illegal and the government ordered a crackdown, confiscating ballots and even sending in riot squads to beat many who tried to v...
Transfer: Barcelona Offer Griezmann, Coutinho, Roberto in deal to Sign Cristiano Ronaldo
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Transfer: Barcelona Offer Griezmann, Coutinho, Roberto in deal to Sign Cristiano Ronaldo

  Barcelona are offering three players to Juventus in order to signed Cristiano Ronaldo this summer. Ronaldo, who has one year remaining on his contract in Turin, has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid. Diario AS reports that Barcelona president Joan Laporta is formulating an audacious plan to lure Ronaldo to Barcelona where he will unite with Lionel Messi. The prospect of Ronaldo and Messi playing for the same team is something improbable which has fascinated football fans over the last decade. Messi and Ronaldo are entering the last years of their careers and it becomes more possible they will pen short-term deals with the highest bidder. The reports say that in the eyes of Barcelona president, Laporta the...
Arsenal Gives Condition to sign Coutinho from Barcelona
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Arsenal Gives Condition to sign Coutinho from Barcelona

  Arsenal will sign midfielder, Phillipe Coutinho, from Barcelona this summer on one condition. According to Le10 Sport, Arsenal will sign Coutinho only if there is good news involving his knee injury. Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, is a huge admirer of Coutinho but any move for the 29-year-old hinges on his rehabilitation regarding a knee injury he sustained at the tail end of last season. The report claimed that Arsenal chief executive, Edu, is planning on bringing in at least five new players to Emirates this summer, with moves for two midfielders, two full-backs and a centre-back all potentially on the cards. Recall that Barcelona was keen to sell Coutinho last summer and the player’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, had held talks with Arsenal over a potential deal. ...
Messi Could Leave Barcelona over wage bill
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Messi Could Leave Barcelona over wage bill

  LaLiga president, Javier Tebas, has warned Barcelona they might not be able to register Lionel Messi next season, if they don’t reduce their wage bill. Messi’s deal expires June 30, with a final decision yet to be made over his future. Barca president, Joan Laporta, is optimistic the cub’s captain will sign new terms at Camp Nou. But Tebas has said the Catalans must ensure they remain within the league-imposed salary cap. “Barcelona have exceeded their wage cap,” Tebas said on Monday. “I hope they can keep Messi, but to do so, they will have to make cuts elsewhere.” Before the outbreak of COVID-19, Barcelona had the largest cap in Spain’s top flight in 2019/2020 at €671 million. However, LaLiga’s new limit for the 2020/2021 season was €382.7m....

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