PREPARATION FOR REAL VALLADOLID VS FC BARCELONA:
Barça will face 14th placed Real Valladolid tomorrow, and maintain their winning streak.
Barça trained with all the available players including De Jong and Firpo.
But, only Firpo managed to get medical clearance. Arthur Melo also joined De Jong, Umtiti & Dembele on the sidelines.
Setién called up 18 Players, out of which three are from the B team. Ansu Fati won’t be travelling with the group after he was red-carded against Espanyol.
Barça have agreed personal terms with Lautaro Martinez:
Barcelona have agreed on personal terms with Lautaro Martinez for the Inter Milan striker to join the club next season, but the signing could depend on selling Philippe Coutinho, sources have told ESPN.
The Catalan club had been hopeful of including players in any potential deal to bring the cost down, but sources have told ESPN that Inter would prefer cash.
Garcia Pimienta signs his contract renewal:
Francesc Xavier Garcia Pimienta has today signed his Barça B contract renewal, meaning that he will remain as a coach until June 30, 2021, and the deal can be extended for another season.
The event took place at the Estadi Johan Cruyff in the presence of the president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, the manager responsible for Barça B, Xavier Vilajoana, and the technical secretary of professional football, Eric Abidal.
UEFA announces the date for Barça vs Napoli:
The venue and kick-off time for Barça v Napoli has been decided. UEFA has announced that, finally, the second leg of the Champions League Round of 16 will be played at the Camp Nou at 9.00 pm CEST on Saturday 8 August.
UEFA also confirmed that “all UEFA matches will be played behind closed doors until further notice.”
Barça shown interest in Eric Garcia:
Barça has shown interest in Eric Garcia but acknowledges that it is going to be difficult to sign him.
At Camp Nou, they know that Manchester City has decided to put a lot of money on the table for him to renew his contract Barça admits the interest but believes that it will be challenging to beat City’s offer.
Barça to raise money by selling ‘on loan players’:
Todibo, Wagué and Coutinho are trying to be sold to cash in by the Barça Board, while selling Umititi and Dembele seems complicated owing to their injuries. Thus the duo can be incorporated in the squad for the upcoming season.
Jose Luis Chilavert keeps Messi ahead of Maradona:
Ex Paraguay goalkeeper Jose Luis Chilavert keeps Messi ahead of Maradona, saying the latter “did not win even one per cent of what Messi won”