XAVI: 14 PLAYERS PRESENT FOR TRAINING

Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez is the man saddled with the responsibility of getting the club back to being one of the best teams in European football. He was unveiled as the new Barcelona manager on Monday afternoon after a long drawn saga with Qatari club AlSadd.Barcelona had to pay a compensation fee to secure the release of the ex-Spanish midfielder from his contract at Al Sadd.

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During his unveiling as the new Barcelona manager, Xavi Hernandez talked about the need to start taking training sessions. He also touched on his playing style and plan of action.
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ARSENAL, CITY KEEN ON SERGI ROBERTO

 Two Premier League teams are interested in signing Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto who’s said to become a free agent at the end of this season.

Sergi Roberto, 29, has less than a year remaining on his existing Barcelona contract and he has already talked up the chances of putting pen to paper on a new deal with the Catalan giants. Barcelona are yet to agree on a new contractwith the Spanish international despite the fact that his current deal ends next summer. Continue reading

LA LIGA: SUAREZ MAKES BARCELONA PROMISE

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Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez has promised not to celebrate if he scores against Barcelona when the two clubs meet at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium later this weekend. Suarez made the promise not to celebrate if he finds the back of the net in an interview with Catalan newspaper SPORT. According to him, he has a lot of admiration for Barcelona. The Atletico Madrid star was specifically asked if he would celebrate scoring against a Barcelona team under pressure after the 3-0 loss to Benfica in the Champions League in midweek.

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman is under pressure after Uruguayan national team striker Darwin Nunez found the backof the net twice to lead his team to a well deserved victory over the Catalan giants. Various media reports claimed that the Joan Laporta-led Barcelona board has decided to relieve Dutchman Koeman of his duties as the Barcelona boss though no official confirmation has been released and he’s expected to prepare the team for the away game with the holders in the Spanish La Liga this weekend. Continue reading

OSCAR GARCIA ON BARCELONA RADAR

Reims manager Oscar Garcia is the latest name linked with the managerial job at Barcelona if the Catalan giants decide to sack Ronald Koeman.

Dutchman Koeman is under pressure to keep his job after a series of poor results in addition to his frosty relationship with club president Joan Laporta. Barcelona supremo Laporta has made no secret of the fact that Koeman was not an appointment under his regime. Ex-Barcelona player Koeman was named the new Barcelona manager last summer by the immediate past board under the presidential reign of the embattled Josep Maria Bartomeu. Koeman was the man who replaced Quique Setien. Continue reading

BARCELONA START NEW SEASON WITH WIN

Five-time European champions Barcelona began the new Spanish La Liga season with a win following the six-goal thriller with Real Sociedad. The Ronald Koeman-led team beat the Basque outfit 4-2 at home to start the new campaign on a winning note.

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Barcelona have been the centre of attention for several days ahead of the new La Liga season following the exit of the great Lionel Messi who has been at the club throughout his professional career. The Catalan giants could not accommodate Messi and his salary on their wage bill due to the ongoing financial crisis at the club. French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) took full advantage of the financial situation at the Nou Camp by snapping up Messi on a free transfer with an annual salary worth €25m.
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MESSI FINALLY RETURNS TO BARCELONA AFTER SUMMER HOLIDAY

 

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has returned to the club after completing his holidays this summer. The star attacker is expected to join up with the rest of the Barca squad in their preparations as they continue their pre-season games ahead of the new La Liga season. Messi has been a center of so much speculation in recent times both on and off the pitch having already been linked with an exit from the Camp Nou. However, his return to the club is a huge relief to the fans who have always been urging him to not leave anytime soon.

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Although he is currently a free agent, Messi is expected to sign a new contract extension at the club, as confirmed by President Joan Laporta some weeks ago. There have been talks regarding him signing a new deal but there have also been a few problems encountered as well. Messi’s recently-expired contract is a hefty one and Barcelona were told that they would need to cut down players’ wages if they want to sign the Argentina international superstar under another deal.

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WHY BARCELONA CAN’T RE-SIGN MESSI NOW

 

Barcelona fans won’t forget the Josep Maria Bartomeupresidentialera at the club in a hurry mainly due to the several bad financial decisions made by him and his board members. A lot of the big European clubs, Barcelona inclusive, are no stranger to little financial issues but the financial situation at the Nou Camp spiralled out of control under the watchful eyes of the aforementioned Bartomeu as big monies in transfer fees and wages were spent on flops like Philippe Coutinho and OusmaneDembele.

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Bartomeu was the head of the basketball section at Barcelona during the first spell of Joan Laporta as president before he became the vice-president to SandroRosellbetween 2010 and 2014. He then became president after Rosell resigned due to the controversy over the transfer that took Brazilian superstar Neymar from Santos in his native Brazil to the Nou Camp. The Bartomeu presidential reign started well with Barcelona winning all the six trophies on offer under Luis Enrique in 2015 before things fell apart for him as the product of bad financial decisions and bad signings. His time as the Barcelona president promised much but delivered little eventually. Bartomeu and his board members resigned towards the end of last yearleaving the club in a pretty bad shape financially. New president Laporta has been forced to solve the bad financial situation at Barcelona at the start of his second spell as president.

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BARCA REPORTEDLY IN ADVANCED TALKS TO SIGN MAN CITY STAR

 

Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona are said to be coming close to reaching an agreement with Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte and are willing to go all out to sign the player in the summer transfer window. Barcelona are reportedly working on a couple of summer deals as they continue their search for potential signings that will be capable of strengthening the squad and helping them fight for major titles next season.

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The Spanish giants slipped up in the La Liga title race last season and lost the trophy to League rivals Atletico Madrid but are already looking ahead in their attempt to win the league crown next season. One of the areas they are said to be interested in adding new players is the defensive department, after of course, bolstering their attack.

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WILL AGÜERO BE A TOP SIGNING FOR BARCELONA?

Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona are currently going into a decline and are losing their status as one of the best teams in Europe. In the last few seasons, they have encountered a couple of difficulties that have affected them dearly both on and off the pitch, from internal crises to financial problems. However, they are hell-bent on staging a comeback and want to reinstate their status as one of the biggest names in the history of football.

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They started the move by electing a new president in Juan Laporta and the club’s new president has pledged to make things right at the club by first convincing their star players, including Lionel Messi, to sign new contract extensions and then attracting some top players to the club in the next few transfer windows starting from this summer.
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BARCA OPEN TALKS WITH XAVI OVER MANAGER ROLE

It continues to look very highly likely that Ronaldo Koeman will not be Barcelona’s manager for next season, according to several reports. The Dutch manager has come under intense pressure to perform at the Nou Camp this season but even though he has performed excellently at some points and in some areas, he still has a lot to do to earn the full trust, support, and backing of the club’s board. But as things stand, it looks like he has run out of time and the club no longer want to exercise patience with him.

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Just last week, it was reported that the Spanish La Liga giants could be in the hunt for another manager as they no longer want to stick with Koeman, which is coming as a surprise because at the beginning of the season, Juan Laporta, the club’s new president, had already gon confirmed that the former Southampton manager had the full backing of the board.
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