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Paulinho open to Barcelona return as another free agent signing for Liga giants
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Paulinho open to Barcelona return as another free agent signing for Liga giants

The Brazilian midfielder was a surprise addition at Camp Nou in 2017 and is not ruling out a second stint Paulinho is leaving the door open for a second move to Barcelona, with the Brazilian midfielder another free agent option for the Liga giants to consider this summer. Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia and Memphis Depay have already been snapped up at the end of their contracts at Manchester City and Lyon, with Ronald Koeman bringing in reinforcements that have required no transfer fee. Paulinho may be another addition to explore, with the 32-year-old severing ties with Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande, and he has already spent one season at Camp Nou after becoming a surprise signing in 2017.
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.  
Messi is a god – Eto’o
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Messi is a god – Eto’o

  Former Barcelona striker, Samuel Eto’o, has described the club’s captain, Lionel Messi, as ‘god’. Eto’o, who played alongside Messi at Camp Nou, believes the Argentine forward has given everything to football. The Cameroon legend stated this in an interview with Spanish newspaper, AS, on Monday. “I know that Messi loves Barcelona, that he has no problems and that it is not a question of money,” Eto’o said. “The only thing is the project, which has to be reliable and I know that Joan [Laporta, the new president] is working on that. “He has to enjoy the time he has left, football owes it to him, not just Barça. He has given us everything, he has to enjoy it and win titles. “Messi is god and when you have a god, you just have to admire him.” Messi, 33, has w...
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....
Griezmann still keen on MLS move after Barcelona contract expires
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Griezmann still keen on MLS move after Barcelona contract expires

A move to America has long been one of the striker's objectives and he hopes to make it happen three years from now Antoine Griezmann says he still wants to move to the United States after his contract at Barcelona runs out. The France international said last year that a spell in MLS has long been one of his career objectives . The 30-year-old still has three years left on his contract at Camp Nou and says he could then end up leaving Europe to experience the American lifestyle and watch basketball.
Garcia responds to Laporte transfer talk after leaving Manchester City for Barcelona
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Garcia responds to Laporte transfer talk after leaving Manchester City for Barcelona

The 20-year-old defender is currently with a familiar face in Spain's Euro 2020 squad and could be reunited with him at club level next season Eric Garcia claims to have had no talks with Aymeric Laporte regarding his future, but considers his Spain team-mate to be a "great player" and would have no complaints if he followed from Manchester City to Barcelona. The 20-year-old defender has made his own switch from Etihad Stadium to Camp Nou this summer, with the Catalan returning to his roots after four years in England. Sergio Aguero has also traded City for the Blaugrana, and Laporte could complete a hat-trick of deals as he is heavily linked with a move away from Manchester.
‘Messi has to finish his career at Barcelona’ – Koeman confident new contract will be announced ‘soon’
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‘Messi has to finish his career at Barcelona’ – Koeman confident new contract will be announced ‘soon’

The Blaugrana boss believes fresh terms will be agreed with a talismanic figure at Camp Nou, preventing him from hitting free agency Ronald Koeman says Lionel Messi "has to finish his career at Barcelona", with the Blaugrana boss expecting a contract extension for the mercurial Argentine to be announced "soon". The six-time Ballon d'Or winner is yet to make an official decision on his future, with the 33-year-old still seeing his current deal run down towards free agency. The expectation is, however, that he will extend a career-long association with the Liga heavyweights, with fresh terms on the table and ready to be signed.
Barcelona President, Laporta reveals why Messi is yet to sign new contract
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Barcelona President, Laporta reveals why Messi is yet to sign new contract

  Barcelona president, Joan Laporta has insisted Lionel Messi wants to stay at the club but financial regulations are preventing them from announcing a new contract. Messi’s current deal expires at the end of June, but Laporta says the 33-year-old has been convinced to remain at Barca. “Leo Messi’s boots will continue on the Camp Nou pitch. He wants to stay. “I do not contemplate a no. It isn’t easy. We’ll do what we can,” Laporta said. Laporta however said Barca have not been able to confirm an agreement so far, because they must balance the books. “In economic terms, he has made it very easy, but financial fair play is another battleground. “We have to follow the rules, we will follow them. There will be more sales and loans. Without paying a transfer fee. W...
Messi wants Barcelona stay but FFP is holding up contract extension, claims president Laporta
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Messi wants Barcelona stay but FFP is holding up contract extension, claims president Laporta

The 33-year-old could leave for free at the end of the month but the boss at Camp Nou insists he will remain for at least another year Barcelona president Joan Laporta says Lionel Messi wants to stay at the club, and it is only financial regulations that are preventing them announcing a new contract. The Argentina star can leave Camp Nou at the end of the month when his deal expires, and the club have been trying to commit him to an extension. Messi wanted to leave last year and attempted to exercise a release clause in his contract, but decided to stay because he did not want a legal battle with Barcelona.
Fabregas: Messi deserves his happy ending at resurgent Barcelona
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Fabregas: Messi deserves his happy ending at resurgent Barcelona

The pair played together both throughout their youth careers at La Masia and on the senior stage at Camp Nou Cesc Fabregas wants a happy ending for Lionel Messi at Barcelona, but says his friend needs time to consider his "very personal decision" of whether to stay or leave Camp Nou. Messi is expected to remain at Barca, but with less than a month remaining on his current contract there is speculation that he could soon end up moving to Manchester City or PSG. Fabregas, who is close friends with Messi having grown up with him at Barcelona's academy, believes his former club are on the right path to convincing the legendary player to remain.
‘Griezmann isn’t always judged fairly’ – Barcelona and France forward backed by Lenglet to deliver on expectation
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‘Griezmann isn’t always judged fairly’ – Barcelona and France forward backed by Lenglet to deliver on expectation

The Blaugrana defender believes his club and international colleague will live up to a billing as "one of the best in the world" Antoine Griezmann "isn't always judged fairly", according to Barcelona and France team-mate Clement Lenglet, but the talented frontman is being backed to live up to his billing as "one of the best players in the world". The 30-year-old World Cup winner has never seen his ability doubted, but questions have been asked across two testing seasons at Camp Nou of whether he can perform at his best on a consistent basis. Lenglet believes doubters will be silenced by a fellow countryman who has made a habit of doing that over the course of a distinguished career, with enough offered during his time in Catalunya to suggest that he can be a key man alongside talism...
‘It was a joke!’ – Alba slams Barcelona’s decision to sell Suarez to Atletico
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‘It was a joke!’ – Alba slams Barcelona’s decision to sell Suarez to Atletico

The Spanish full-back thinks his employers were wrong to sell the prolific striker to a direct rival last summer Jordi Alba has branded Barcelona's decision to sell Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid as "a joke" while admitting his ex-team-mate has "shut a lot of mouths" at Wanda Metropolitano. Suarez completed a €6 million move to Atletico from Barca last summer, bringing to an end his trophy-laden six-year career at Camp Nou. The Uruguayan was deemed surplus to requirements in Catalunya due to his age, but the 34-year-old proved he is still sharp as a tack in front of goal by firing the Los Rojoblancos to their first La Liga title in seven years last term.  
Man City have no plans to offload Gundogan amid Barcelona transfer rumours
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Man City have no plans to offload Gundogan amid Barcelona transfer rumours

The Germany international has been linked with a move to Camp Nou but still has two years remaining on his current contract Manchester City have no plans to sell Ilkay Gundogan this summer and remain relaxed about his contract situation, Goal can confirm. The Germany international, who finished the season as the club’s top scorer, has two years remaining on his current deal with no talks planned over an extension. Barcelona, who have already signed Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia from City on free transfers this summer, have been linked with a potential move for Gundogan.
Barcelona President Gives Condition to sell Dembele
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Barcelona President Gives Condition to sell Dembele

  Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, will sell forward Ousmane Dembele, if the France international stalls on a deal. According to L’Esportiu, Laporta wants to keep Dembele at Camp Nou but will sell if need be or consign the 24-year-old to the reserves. The Barcelona chief has initiated talks with Dembele’s representatives but will not tolerate any reluctance on the player’s part to commit to the club after four seasons at the Blaugrana. Dembele’s current deal at Barcelona will expire in 2022. He has drawn interest from Premier League and Serie A clubs. Dembele joined Barcelona from Dortmund for €105 million plus add-ons in 2017. He has made 118 appearances for Barcelona in total and scored 30 goals but missed almost the entirety of the 2019-20 season due to a...
Barcelona schedule date for Depay signing announcement
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Barcelona schedule date for Depay signing announcement

Barcelona are preparing to announce the signing of Lyon striker Memphis Depay this week. Sport says Depay will become Barcelona's fourth signing of the summer after the arrivals of Sergio 'Kun' Agüero, Eric Garcia and Emerson. A final agreement is close to being signed off and Barça hope to officially announce Depay's signing on Friday, before the start of the European Championships. That way, the Lyon forward's future will not become a distraction during the tournament and he can focus exclusively on the Netherlands. Depay's deal with Lyon expires on June 30 and he will sign for Barça on a free transfer. The forward wants to make the move to Camp Nou and be reunited with Ronald Koeman, his previous coach with the Netherlands, and the final details should be sorted soon. ...
Pjanic expects to begin preseason with Barcelona
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Pjanic expects to begin preseason with Barcelona

Miralem Pjanic is tightlipped on his plans at Barcelona. Pjanic has stressed that no decision has been made regarding his future and that he will join the team's preseason preparations that begin in July. "Leaving Barcelona? It's difficult to talk about that now," Pjanic said in an interview for Federalna TV. "I'm enjoying the holidays with my family and that's all I'm thinking about. The preparations for the new season start in July and then I'll join up with the team. We'll see what happens later on." Barcelona signed Pjanic from Juventus last summer in exchange of 60 million euros plus five million euros in variables, but rumours have been sparked over his possible Camp Nou departure this summer.
Xavi explains why he has snubbed Barcelona twice after being offered managerial post
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Xavi explains why he has snubbed Barcelona twice after being offered managerial post

The Blaugrana legend has been offered a route back to Camp Nou on a couple of occasions, but those approaches were knocked back Xavi has been explaining why two offers from Barcelona to become their next manager were snubbed. The Liga giants have sounded out a familiar face on a couple of occasions in recent years when finding themselves in need of inspiration from the dugout. Both approaches have been knocked back, with a club legend who continues to cut his coaching teeth in Qatar with Al Sadd not yet of the opinion that the time is right to retrace his steps to Camp Nou.
Lenglet makes Barcelona future vow after sparking transfer talk at Camp Nou
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Lenglet makes Barcelona future vow after sparking transfer talk at Camp Nou

The French defender is among those to have seen a summer move mooted, but he expects to be back for more in 2021-22 Clement Lenglet has vowed to see out the summer transfer window on Barcelona's books despite generating talk of an imminent move being made. Change is on the cards at Camp Nou, with Ronald Koeman looking to bolster his ranks after being cleared to take in a second season at the helm. Eric Garcia is among those to have been acquired, adding to the competition Lenglet faces at centre-half, but a 25-year-old France international expects to stay put.
‘Relieved’ Koeman looking forward to Barcelona future after being confirmed by Laporta
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‘Relieved’ Koeman looking forward to Barcelona future after being confirmed by Laporta

The Dutchman was made to sweat for several weeks before finally receiving the green light to continue at Camp Nou Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman admitting to feeling a sense of relief after being confirmed in his post for another season. The Dutchman had to wait until Thursday to receive the final approval of new Barcelona president Joan Laporta, amid reports suggesting the chief could look elsewhere on the bench. But his future now appears clearer and Koeman is looking forward to getting back to work once preparations for 2021-22 begin.
Jordi Alba wants to ‘stay at Barcelona for life’ as summer transfer talk is shrugged off
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Jordi Alba wants to ‘stay at Barcelona for life’ as summer transfer talk is shrugged off

The Spain international full-back has seen a move away from Camp Nou mooted, but he has no intention of pushing for an exit Jordi Alba is among those to have sparked exit talk at Camp Nou, but the long-serving left-back says he wants to "stay at Barcelona for life". Change is being mooted in Catalunya as La Liga giants, who struggled for consistency in 2020-21, seek to return themselves to the loftiest of domestic and European perches. There have been suggestions that Alba could be among those offloaded as Barca look to lower the average age of their squad, but the 32-year-old has no intention of heading through the exits.
Aguero Drops Fresh comments on Messi’s future at Barcelona
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Aguero Drops Fresh comments on Messi’s future at Barcelona

  New Barcelona signing, Sergio Aguero, has insisted that captain Lionel Messi will stay at the club beyond this summer transfer window. Messi’s current contract with Barcelona is set to expire this summer. The Barca number 10 has been linked with a move away from Camp Nou. However, speaking on the development, Aguero, who officially signed for Barcelona on Monday, said his fellow compatriot, Messi would make a decision on his future at the Catalan club. “I hope we can play together,” Aguero was quoted by Barcelona’s official website as saying. “But the thing with Leo [Lionel Messi] is that he will make decisions with the club. I have been with him since I was a kid with the national team, I know him very well, and I think he will stay here. “We will try to do...
Barcelona Hold “Very Positive” Talks with Messi
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Barcelona Hold “Very Positive” Talks with Messi

Barcelona and Lionel Messi have held “very positive” talks over a new contract, ESPN reports. The club’s president, Joan Laporta, has already held a meeting with Messi’s father and agent. The 33-year-old has a first informal proposal on the table from Barca. The proposal contains the money the Catalans are ready to pay Messi to continue at the Camp Nou beyond this summer. However, Messi wants to wait and see the club’s sporting project before making a decision. It is believed Laporta planned to offer Messi a two-year contract with an option to extend it an additional year, to compensate for the wage reduction that the Barca captain would have to accept.
Simeone Discloses what he told Suarez Immediately after Barcelona Put him up for Sale
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Simeone Discloses what he told Suarez Immediately after Barcelona Put him up for Sale

  Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone, has disclosed that he immediately called Luis Suarez to convince him to join the Rojiblancos as soon as Barcelona put him up for sale last summer. Simeone said he could not believe Barcelona were willing to sell Suarez, adding that he was stunned when Atletico Madrid’s hierarchy contacted him to reveal the Camp Nou club were offering the chance to sign the Uruguay striker. Suarez was reduced to tears in his farewell speech to teammates and supporters after Barcelona made the surprise decision to offload him last summer. The former Liverpool player went on to win the LaLiga title with Simeone’s side, scoring the winning goal on the LaLiga final day of the season against Real Valladolid on Saturday. “I met a man. I expected no...
Barcelona to Complete Signing of Three Players this Week
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Barcelona to Complete Signing of Three Players this Week

Barcelona are set to complete the signing of three players this week. According to Cat Radio, the Barcelona board plans to finalize three transfers in the coming days, consisting of Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, Lille’s Memphis Depay, and Manchester City’s Eric Garcia. Aguero, Depay and Garcia will all arrive at Barcelona on a free transfer. Aguero has been linked to Barcelona since he announced that he would not renew his contract with Manchester City some weeks ago. Man City manager, Pep Guardiola, also confirmed that Aguero would join Barcelona following their 5-0 victory against Everton on Sunday. Depay and Garcia have been linked with Barcelona for almost a year now. Both players were very close to signing for the Camp Nou club in the last transfer window as w...
Valverde has Messi story his grandchildren won’t believe as ex-Barcelona boss reflects on coaching an icon
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Valverde has Messi story his grandchildren won’t believe as ex-Barcelona boss reflects on coaching an icon

A man who guided the Blaugrana to two La Liga titles still looks back fondly on his time working with an all-time great Ernesto Valverde admits his grandchildren will not believe his tales of how he once worked with a player who was "was capable of dribbling past seven rivals and scoring", with the former Barcelona boss still in awe of Lionel Messi's remarkable talents. A man who landed two La Liga titles during his time in charge at Camp Nou has remained out of management since being relieved of his duties in Catalunya back in January 2020. Despite being unceremoniously dumped by a side that has struggled for a spark since he departed, Valverde still looks back fondly on his time in Catalunya and the opportunity to work with a six-time Ballon d'Or winner.
Sergio Aguero Finally Agrees on Deal with Barcelona
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Sergio Aguero Finally Agrees on Deal with Barcelona

  Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero, has agreed on personal terms with Barcelona to join the Blaugrana in the summer transfer window, according to Catalan outlet Beteve. Barcelona hierarchy has tabled a €5 million-per-year (£4.3m-per-year) contract, which will keep Aguero at the LaLiga giants until 2023. Aguero’s arrival at Barcelona would come as a major boost to the club’s president, Joan Laporta, as he continues to try and convince captain Lionel Messi to stay at Camp Nou. Aguero and Messi are close friends from their time with the Argentina national football team ranging from youth level to featuring alongside each other in the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil. Aguero will leave Man City at the expiry of his contract this summer after a decade at Etihad. A...
LaLiga: Barcelona President, Laporta Takes Final Decision on Manager to Replace Koeman
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LaLiga: Barcelona President, Laporta Takes Final Decision on Manager to Replace Koeman

  Barcelona President, Joan Laporta, has decided on the manager to replace the club’s current coach, Ronald Koeman. According to Spanish radio station RAC1, Laporta has spoken to Bayern Munich boss, Hansi Flick, with regard to becoming Barcelona’s next manager. Laporta found Flick ‘receptive’ and liked the ‘methodology and the intensity’ he would bring to the Barcelona squad. He sees Flick as his first choice to replace Koeman at Camp Nou if the Dutchman was sacked. Koeman is currently under intense pressure at Barcelona, having won just one of their last five La Liga games. He also saw his side crash out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage last February following a 5-2 aggregate defeat to Paris Saint-Germain. Barcelona’s draw with Levante and then de...
‘Any team would be crazy about having Griezmann’ – Atletico president wants Barcelona star back
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‘Any team would be crazy about having Griezmann’ – Atletico president wants Barcelona star back

The Atleti chief would welcome back the Frenchman with open arms although does not expect Barca to allow him to leave Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has admitted that he hopes to bring Antoine Griezmann back to the club from Barcelona. Griezmann emerged as one of the top forwards in Europe during his five-year stay at Atletico before completing a €120 million (£103m/$146m) move to Camp Nou in the summer of 2019. The Frenchman has since struggled to live up to the same high standards with Barca, and Cerezo would love to see him return to Wanda Metropolitano in the future.  
Koeman Hoping 2-1 Defeat to Celta isn’t Messi’s Last Game for Barcelona
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Koeman Hoping 2-1 Defeat to Celta isn’t Messi’s Last Game for Barcelona

Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has said he hopes Lionel Messi has not played his last game for the club at Camp Nou. Messi headed in his 30th league goal of the season, as Barca lost 2-1 in their final home fixture of the year. The result saw their title hopes end mathematically. Messi is out of contract at the end of June and he has not yet agreed to a new contract with the club. Next week’s game at Eibar, therefore, could be his last in a Barca shirt. “I hope not because I think [against Celta] he has shown his effectiveness and that he’s still the best in the world. “It [would be] impossible to play without him. But it is Leo on his own and, to win more games and get more points, we need more players to score goals. “But [his future] is a question for him. Fo...
Xavi ends Barcelona coaching speculation with two-year Al-Sadd extension
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Xavi ends Barcelona coaching speculation with two-year Al-Sadd extension

The 41-year-old is set to stay with the Qatari outfit through 2023 Xavi has ended speculation that he could take over as Barcelona head coach by signing a two-year contract extension at Al-Sadd. The 41-year-old had been strongly tipped to take over at Camp Nou after becoming a club legend through 17 years with the Barca first team. But Xavi is now set to stay on at the Qatari club through to 2023.
‘I want to play with Ronaldo’ – Neymar eager to link up with Juventus star amid PSG rumours
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‘I want to play with Ronaldo’ – Neymar eager to link up with Juventus star amid PSG rumours

The Brazilian says he would like to add the Portuguese star to his list of illustrious team-mates at some point in the future Neymar has revealed that he wants to play with Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been strongly linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain in recent months. PSG paid a world-record fee of €222 million (£190m/$269m) to sign Neymar in 2017 from Barcelona, where he had established himself among the best players of his generation. The Brazilian shone alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at Camp Nou, and has also thrived in a world-class squad at Parc des Princes, but still harbours ambitions to play alongside a five-time Ballon d'Or winner currently plying his trade in Italy with Juventus.
Barcelona reach agreement to sign Manchester City defender Eric Garcia
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Barcelona reach agreement to sign Manchester City defender Eric Garcia

The Spaniard will become the Blaugrana's first summer signing, with an official announcement expected in the coming weeks Barcelona have reached an agreement to sign Manchester City defender Eric Garcia, Goal can confirm. Garcia will move to Camp Nou on a free transfer when his current contract at City expires at the end of June. The 20-year-old rose through the youth ranks at La Masia before moving to Manchester in 2017, but will return to Barcelona ahead of the 2021-22 season.
Koeman convinced Barcelona contract will be honoured as Dutchman shrugs off exit talk
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Koeman convinced Barcelona contract will be honoured as Dutchman shrugs off exit talk

The Blaugrana boss is tied to terms through to the summer of 2022 and does not expect that agreement to be cut short Ronald Koeman remains convinced that he will be in charge of Barcelona next season, with the Dutchman responding to ongoing exit talk by pointing out that he "signed for two years". The first season of that agreement is coming to a close, with steady progress made at Camp Nou in what has been a testing campaign for all concerned. Koeman has faced questions of his ongoing presence, with Joan Laporta now back in a presidential post and further change being considered, but the 58-year-old remains confident that he will be back for more in 2021-22.
Aguero would be a great signing for Barcelona’ – Rivaldo wants Man City legend at Camp Nou
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Aguero would be a great signing for Barcelona’ – Rivaldo wants Man City legend at Camp Nou

A prolific Argentine frontman is set to become a free agent this summer and has seen a switch to Catalunya mooted for some time Sergio Aguero would be "a great signing for Barcelona", says Rivaldo, with a Blaugrana icon hoping to see another Argentine forward lining up alongside Lionel Messi next season. Manchester City's all-time leading goalscorer is set to drop into the free agent pool, with a Premier League legend preparing to take on a new challenge at the age of 32. A switch to Camp Nou has been mooted for some time and Rivaldo - who has spoken in the past about the impact a deal for Aguero could have on Messi signing a new contract - is hoping to see a bargain agreement put in place by Barca.
Barca, Atletico Stalemate Hands Real La Liga Title Advantage
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Barca, Atletico Stalemate Hands Real La Liga Title Advantage

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid played out a tense goalless draw at the Camp Nou that suits neither side, handing the advantage to Real Madrid in an engrossing La Liga title race. With very little to separate the two sides, Atletico came closest to finding the net during the opening period as Luis Suarez - on his return to his former club - was denied from close range. Ousmane Dembele missed a glorious chance when he headed wide at the far post as Barcelona took control of the second period before Lionel Messi's free-kick veered inches wide. The result means Atletico remain in top spot on 77 points, with Barcelona leapfrogging Real Madrid into second place on 75 points. Real - on 74 points - can move top if they beat Sevilla on Sunday by virtue of...
I was very close to joining Barca & spoke with Messi’ – Lautaro admits he almost left Inter for Camp Nou in 2020
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I was very close to joining Barca & spoke with Messi’ – Lautaro admits he almost left Inter for Camp Nou in 2020

Inter star Lautaro Martinez has admitted that he was "very close to joining Barcelona" in 2020 and "even talked it over with [Lionel] Messi". Lautaro has emerged as one of the top young strikers in European football since joining Inter from Racing Club in 2018, attracting plenty of high profile admirers in the process. Camp Nou was touted as the most likely next destination for the Argentine when transfer talk reached its peak last summer, but he ultimately chose to stay at San Siro as Barca passed up the chance to meet his reported €111 million (£96m/$133m) release clause.
LaLiga: Koeman Angry Over Barcelona’s Loss to Granada
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LaLiga: Koeman Angry Over Barcelona’s Loss to Granada

  Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has bemoaned his team’s lack of efficiency at both ends of the pitch, as they lost 2-1 to Granada at Camp Nou on Thursday. The result means the Catalans blew the chance to go top of LaLiga with five matches left. Lionel Messi opened the scoring, before missing a big chance to make it 2-0. Darwin Machis and Jorge Molina were left in acres of space to turn the game on its head in the second half. Barca’s second loss in 23 matches, means they are no longer in charge of their own destiny in the title race. “We lost our focus in the second half and made errors at the back,” Koeman told Movistar. “We need to accept the fact we’ve lost, that’s the reality of things. “We had chances to win the game, but that’s that. We’ve got fiv...
Neymar requests return to Barcelona, stops contract talks with PSG
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Neymar requests return to Barcelona, stops contract talks with PSG

  Brazilian star, Neymar told the new Barcelona board about his desire to return to Camp Nou in the summer, according to ARA. Sports journalist, Gerard Romero, also confirmed the report, adding that the Brazilian International has stopped the negotiations over his new contract with PSG. According to the report, the PSG star is well aware of Lionel Messi’s desire to remain in Barcelona. For this reason, Neymar, who left Barcelona a few years in a world-record transfer, wants to return to Camp Nou. The 29-year-old forward has scored 13 goals and provided 5 assists for PSG in 19 appearances this season. Recall that Neymar’s former agent, Andrea Cury, had hinted that the Brazilian forward will play with Messi again at Barcelona. There are rumours about Messi movin...
Pep Guardiola Chooses Between Messi, Haaland
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Pep Guardiola Chooses Between Messi, Haaland

  Manchester City have abandoned their quest to land Lionel Messi from Barcelona. Pep Guardiola now favours a move for Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, according to the UK Mirror. Messi had long been linked with a reunion with his former manager since last year, when he tried to engineer a move away from Spain. City were one of Messi’s two feasible destinations alongside Paris Saint-Germain. Now however, with talk that Messi may yet remain at Camp Nou, City have moved to make Haaland their first choice. Haaland’s representatives are expected to fly into England to hold talks with up to four clubs, as Haaland looks set to depart Borussia Dortmund imminently.
Messi gives Barcelona conditions to sign new contract
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Messi gives Barcelona conditions to sign new contract

  Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has given newly-elected president, Joan Laporta, a list of demands he expects to be met before signing a new contract, according to Eurosport. Messi tried to force a move away from Spain last summer but ended up staying at Camp Nou. However, the 33-year-old is set to become a free agent at the end of this season. Barca has grown increasingly confident of keeping Messi beyond this summer, following an upturn in results and Laporta’s return last month. However, Messi will not put pen to paper until he can see clear progress is still being made on and off the field. He also expects Barca to make astute signings, such as Eric Garcia on a free transfer from Manchester City, plus one marquee signing – possibly Borussia Dortmund star E...
Messi will play with Neymar again – Football agent
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Messi will play with Neymar again – Football agent

  Neymar’s former agent has hinted that the Paris Saint-Germain forward will play with Lionel Messi at Barcelona again. There are rumours about Messi moving over to PSG having refused to sign a new contract with Ronald Koeman’s side but Andre Cury believes Neymar will return to Barcelona instead. Cury, Neymar’s former agent, is backing Joan Laporta to arrange a reunion for the pair at Camp Nou. Cury thinks there is a far greater chance of the Brazilian star returning to the Catalan outfit than Messi leaving for PSG. “Neymar has an open door at Barcelona, their fans know he made a mistake and even he recognised it some time later,” Cury told Argentine publication El Litoral. “Two years ago, Neymar formally asked me to return to Barcelona,” adding that re-elected p...
Koeman addresses Haaland to Barcelona transfer rumours
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Koeman addresses Haaland to Barcelona transfer rumours

The Dutch head coach responded to the Blaugrana's links with the Borussia Dortmund star ahead of a meeting with Real Sociedad Ronald Koeman has addressed the ongoing rumours of a potential transfer to Barcelona for Erling Haaland. Barca are one of several top European clubs being linked with a summer swoop for Haaland, who has been in prolific form for Borussia Dortmund this season. Koeman was asked to weigh in on the speculation ahead of his side's Liga clash with Real Sociedad this weekend, but gave nothing away with regards to the possibility of the Norwegian moving to Camp Nou in the near future.
Why I Always Pass the Ball to Messi – Pedri
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Why I Always Pass the Ball to Messi – Pedri

Barcelona youngster, Pedri, has said that he always tries to pass the ball to captain Lionel Messi when he gets it because every time the Argentine touches the ball, something happens. Pedri, who was called up to the Spain national team for the first time on Monday, said this following Barcelona’s 4-1 win over Huesca in the LaLiga at Camp Nou last night. The 18-year-old also praised Messi for the records he achieved against Huesca. “To play alongside Leo [Messi] is an absolute joy,” Pedri said at a post-match press conference after the game. “I enjoy going to training every day. “Whenever I get it [ball], I try to pass to him because every time he touches the ball, something happens. “It’s absolutely crazy what he’s achieving. He’s the best player in the world.” Barce...
It’s a Great Honour – Messi reacts to equaling Xavi’s historic Barcelona record
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It’s a Great Honour – Messi reacts to equaling Xavi’s historic Barcelona record

  Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has reacted to equaling the club’s legend, Xavi Hernandez’s all-time appearance record for the Blaugrana. The Argentine captain said it’s a “great honour” for him to hit the landmark. Messi made his 767th outing for Barcelona in Monday’s 4-1 victory over Huesca in the LaLiga at the Camp Nou to match Xavi’s record for appearances. The 33-year-old’s brace and a strike from Antoine Griezmann and Oscar Mingueza gave Ronald Koeman’s side all three points against Huesca. Reacting, Messi wrote on Instagram after the game, “it is a great honour to reach this number of matches played with FC Barcelona. “Thanks to all the colleagues who accompanied me over the years and to my family and friends for always being by my side.” Barcelona’s...
Messi Equals Xavi’s Record after Barcelona’s 4-1 Win over Huesca
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Messi Equals Xavi’s Record after Barcelona’s 4-1 Win over Huesca

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has equalled the club’s legend Xavi Hernandez’s record for the most appearances for the Blaugrana. Barcelona made this known in a post via its website on Monday. Messi achieved the record after featuring in Barcelona’s LaLiga 4-1 win over Huesca last night. The match was Messi’s 767th appearance for Barcelona in all competitions so far. Xavi also featured 767 times for Barca before he left the LaLiga giants in 2015. Meanwhile, a brace from Messi and a strike from Antoine Griezmann and Oscar Mingueza gave Ronald Koeman’s men all three points against Huesca at Camp Nou. The win over Huesca means Barcelona are now in the second position on the LaLiga table, with 59 points from 27 games. The Catalan club are four points behind league leaders...
Koeman Reacts as Barcelona Crash Out to PSG
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Koeman Reacts as Barcelona Crash Out to PSG

Barcelona boss, Ronald Koeman, has reacted to his side’s exit from the Champions League on Wednesday. The Catalans crashed out to PSG in the last 16. The game between PSG and Lionel Messi-led Barcelona ended 5-2 on aggregate in favour of the Ligue 1 side. The first leg ended 4-1 in Camp Nou with the second leg tie ending in 1-1 in Paris, Kylian Mbappe cancelling out Messi’s opener. Addressing the press after the game Koeman said: “Okay, we are out, which is what counts in this sport. “But we leave with good sensations. We had opportunities to make things very complicated for our rival. “We were the superior team in the first half, taking big risks at the back with man-to-man marking. “Really, we deserved more for that effort. It should at least have been 2-1 to us ...
PSG Confirm Bad news on Neymar Ahead of Barcelona Clash
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PSG Confirm Bad news on Neymar Ahead of Barcelona Clash

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar, has been ruled out of their Champions League tie against Barcelona, after failing to recover from a thigh problem. The 29-year-old has been sidelined since picking up the injury against Caen on February 10. Neymar returned to light training, but PSG confirmed on Tuesday that this week’s second leg against Barca in the round-of-16 comes too soon. “He’s very sad. He was really looking forward to going to Barcelona. He loves Barcelona. “He’s a player who loves to play these games, he’s made for them,” PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino said. Neymar, who joined PSG from Barca for a world record €222million fee in 2017, also missed the first leg at Camp Nou, which the French champions won 4-1.
Lionel Messi Votes At Barcelona Presidential Election In Camp Nou (Photos)
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Lionel Messi Votes At Barcelona Presidential Election In Camp Nou (Photos)

Lionel Messi has now casted his vote in Barcelona's presidential election today on Sunday. Messi submitted his vote alongside his son Thiago at the Camp Nou. Over 110,000 Barcelona club members get to decide who will lead Barcelona over the next few years. The candidates for the Barcelona Presidential Election are Joan Laporta, Victor Font and Toni Frexia. Messi came close to leaving Barcelona while Josep Maria Bartomeu was the club's President. The 33-year-old was unhappy about the direction of the club on and off the pitch. Messi can now leave Barcelona at the end of the current season for free. Barcelona's presidential race will be a key factor about if Lionel Messi stays or leaves the Spanish club. Voting started at 9am local time in Spain earlier today. Vo...
Go home warm – Messi attacks Sevilla’s Monchi in tunnel
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Go home warm – Messi attacks Sevilla’s Monchi in tunnel

  There was a clash between Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi and Sevilla Sporting Director, Monchi in the tunnel after their Copa del Rey game on Wednesday,” Diario AS reports. Barcelona, who were 2-0 behind going into the second leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals at Camp Nou, forced extra time through Gerard Pique’s goal at the death and then went ahead to win it through Martin Braithwaite’s header in the added time to reach the final. They will now face Athletic Bilbao who defeat Levante 2-1 in the other semi-final on Thursday. Monchi had called Barcelona boss, Ronald Koeman “crybaby” when Sevilla met Barcelona in the LaLiga at the weekend. After the Copa del Rey match, he was noticed by several Barca players as he made his way into Sevilla dressing room. The ar...
Neymar Preparing to Face Barcelona in Return leg
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Neymar Preparing to Face Barcelona in Return leg

  Paris Saint-Germain could have Neymar available, for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash with Barcelona next Wednesday. Neymar has been left out of the squad to play Brest in the Coupe de France on Saturday. But he has returned to partial training and manager Mauricio Pochettino is “very happy” with his recovery. Neymar has not played for PSG since suffering an injury in the 1-0 cup win over Caen on February 10 and missed out as they beat his former side 4-1 at Camp Nou. Speaking in a press conference on Friday, PSG coach Pochettino said: “He will not be here tomorrow but we are very happy with his development and we will see in the days to come if he can be part of the squad against Barcelona.”

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