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The La Liga transfer window will officially open on July 1, but FC Barcelona have already signed a few and have been heavily linked with multiple big players from across Europe.

Welcome to our special live blog relating to all Barcelona transfer rumours, latest breaking news and everything related to the famous Catalan giants.

Messi likely to sign new Barcelona contract in early August

SPORT report that Lionel Messi is likely to sign his new contract with Barcelona in early August. Messi is currently a free agent after his previous contract with Barcelona expired at the end of June, but is expected to stay at the Catalan outfit.

Sergino Dest turns down 3 big offers

Sergino Dest has turned down offers from three big clubs, and the full-back has no interest in leaving FC Barcelona, according to SPORT.

The Spanish outlet names Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco as the clubs who have made moves to sign Dest, but the young defender swiftly turned down all offers and is not considering leaving the Catalan outfit.

Jordi Cruyff insists he does not have plans to replace Ronald Koeman

Jordi Cruyff has insisted he would never replace Ronald Koeman. "Neither in my head nor in the head of anyone else is the idea of me replacing Koeman. If that had been my intention I would have agreed to coach elsewhere in Spain when I had the opportunity in recent years. This possibility hasn't been hinted at, nor is it part of my plans. I have known Ronald for almost 30 years and he already knows that with me around he has someone who can help him. It would be very ugly for me to have this plan, I have my principles," he told Marca.

Koeman 'worried' about Lionel Messi contract situation

Ronald Koeman has admitted he is worried Lionel Messi's contract situation has not yet been solved. The Argentine, who became a free agent after his contract expired at the end of June, is expected to stay at FC Barcelona, but the Catalan outfit have to cut costs drastically in order to balance the books and re-sign Messi.

"Whenever an issue is not solved, you have to be worried," Koeman said of Messi's contract situation.

"But I have complete confidence in our president [Joan Laporta] to fix this issue, and I hope [it will] because it is very important for the club but also for LaLiga that the best player in the world stays and we all have to make an effort for him to stay with us."

Arsenal interested in Pjanic

Arsenal have expressed an interest in Miralem Pjanic, who FC Barcelona are looking to offload as they look to cut costs drastically in order to balance the books and register new players. Sport (via Sport Witness) claim Arsenal have made it clear they would be interested in signing Pjanic on loan, but could face competition from north London neighbours Tottenham Hotspur, who are also said to be keen to sign the Bosnian midfielder.

Barcelona could offload Antoine Griezmann

Barcelona could offload a number of players this summer as they desperately try to balance the books. Among those who could be on the move this summer is Antoine Griezmann, with Sport reporting selling the Frenchman could be key to retaining Lionel Messi, who is currently a free agent after his contract with Barcelona expired at the end of June.

'Everything's on track' - Laporta on Messi contract renewal

FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta remains optimistic on extending Lionel Messi's new contract. Messi's is currently a free agent after his contract with the Catalan outfit expired last month, but Laporta reassuringly told media "Everything's on track," according to Sport.

Setien helped me a lot, says Puig

FC Barcelona youngster Riqui Puig has revealed he learned a lot from club's former manager Quique Setien. "I think that because of the way he understands football and how he treated me, [I'd choose] Setien," Puig said [via Marca] when asked to choose between Ronald Koeman, Pep Guardiola and Setien. "He was very close to me, he helped me a lot and I learned a lot from him."

Barcelona could offload Pjanic this summer

Miralem Pjanic has been told by FC Barcelona that he can leave the club, according to Mundo Deportivo [via Marca]. Pjanic joined Barcelona last summer, but has not featured for the Catalan outfit as much as he would have hoped for, and the Bosnian midfielder could be on the move this summer.

Messi's Barcelona contract expired

Lionel Messi's contract with FC Barcelona expired on June 30, and the Argentina has officially become a free agent. However, the 34-year-old is still expected to stay at the Catalan outfit.

FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta remains optimistic as he said they are 'still working through things' and that Messi wants to stay at the club. "We want Leo to stay and he wants to stay," he told Onda Cero's 'El Transistor' [via Marca]. "Everything's going the right way, and we're trying to find a solution that we're all happy with.

"It's about 'fair play' now.

"I'd love to say he is staying but I can't say that yet because we're still working through things."

Laporte unlikely

Barcelona's chances to sign Aymeric Laporte from Manchester City are diminishing as they struggle to offload players this summer. [Sport]

Alba clears his future

Jordi Alba is not interested in leaving Barcelona despite speculation the club is willing to sell and there is interest from Serie A champions Inter. [Football Espana]

Barcelona negotiate Umtiti's departure from the club

Barcelona have told Samuel Umtiti to look for a new club but the defender does not want to leave. The Catalans have not ruled out taking “drastic measures.” [Sport]

Barcelona identify Jordi Alba replacement

Marca report FC Barcelona have identified Valencia left-back Jose Gaya as the ideal replacement for Jordi Alba, who could leave the Catalan outfit this summer.

Eto'o claims Laporta is preparing an interesting project for Lionel Messi

Samuel Eto'o has claimed FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta is preparing an interesting project for Lionel Messi, who is expected to extend his contract with the Catalan outfit.

"I know that Laporta is preparing an interesting project for Messi," Eto'o said in an interview with La Nacion [via Marca]. "I can't imagine Leo wearing another shirt; it's his club, his home.

"I don't think his continuity is a question of money, Leo is Barcelona and Barcelona is Messi."

No Suitors for Philippe Coutinho

Diario AS [via Sport] claims FC Barcelona have not received any offer for Philippe Coutinho, who they are said to be keen to offload as they look to rebuild squad ahead of the 2021-22 season.

The Brazilian playmaker, who is currently recovering from an injury, could remain at the Catalan outfit beyond the summer, though there's still time for a new twist in the story.

Messi a 'very important player for the future of Barcelona' - Koeman

Ronaldo Koeman said Lionel Messi is a very important player for the future of Barcelona, but admitted he is not sure if he'll coach the Argentine, who has not yet signed a contract extension at the Catalan side.

"I don't know if I will coach him next season, the club are working to reach an agreement," he told reporters, as quoted by Marca.

"He is a very important player for the future of Barcelona."

Depay's dream come true as he joins the 'biggest club' in the world

Memphis Depay has said it is his dream true as he joins FC Barcelona on a contract till the end of the 2021-22 season.

"It's literally a dream come true for me to join the biggest club in the world, with the greatest fans" Depay told Barcelona's official channels [via Marca].

"I want to thank the president and the coach for the signing. At last, we reached an agreement with Lyon.

"I'm excited to play in a full stadium. I'm looking forward to it playing in front of the fans. "The cules are special, they feel the club."

FC Barcelona official announce Memphis Depay signing

Koeman wants a new central-midfielder this summer

Marca reveal Ronald Koeman’s top priority is to sign a central midfielder this summer after losing out on Gini Wijnaldum this summer.

Aymeric Laporte hits back at report about his Man City future

Aymeric Laporte has hit out on social media about a report in Mundo Deportivo which claimed he wants to leave Manchester City.

Barcelona reportedly not interested in Matthias Ginter

Football Espana has revealed that Barcelona are not interested in signing Germany international Matthias Ginter despite heavy rumours. Ginter is said to be valued at around €30m.

Koeman reveals Depay close to Barcelona move

Ronald Koeman said Memphis Depay has not yet signed Barcelona contract, but admitted the Netherlands international is close to a move to the La Liga side. "Memphis [Depay] has said something about his future which I can confirm," Koeman said, as quoted by Marca.

"As far as I know, the move is well on its way. Although he hasn't signed yet, it is close. I wanted to complete the deal in January and if he comes it is great for us."

Koeman hopes Barca can soon make Messi extension official

Ronald Koeman has said he hopes Barcelona can soon make Lionel Messi's contract extension official. Messi's contract with Barcelona expires at the end of June, but the Argentine has not yet signed new contract.

"Messi has to finish his career at Barcelona, so I hope we can make it official soon," Koeman told Sport [via Goal].

Man City reveal Bernardo Silva price

According to the Mail’s Goncalo Lopes, Bernardo Silva has two proposals in front of him, one from Atletico Madrid, one from Barcelona.

The report continues that Manchester City value Bernardo Silva at above €60 million.

Van De Beek's agent dismisses Barcelona talk

“He (the agent) said it was complete bullshit,” Van De Beek's agent said, as reported by Simon Zwartkruis to Voetbal International.

He added, "There has been a conversation with the trainer about next season. He just has to get fit quickly so that on day one, he is the strong Van de Beek they bought at the time."

Laporta talks about Messi's contract

“I would like to say that it is already done, but it is not like that.” Laporta said, as reported by Marca.

He added, "The talks are going well, but it is not done. The idea is to reach an agreement as soon as possible. It is convenient for him and also for us because if we solve this matter others would be solved faster."

The president continued, "We are confident because he wants to stay. We are doing everything possible to offer him a competitive team. We have signed Kun [Aguero] who reminds him every day at the Copa America that he has to sign so they can play together."

Depay hints at Barcelona move

Memphis Depay has given the clearest hint yet that he'll sign for FC Barcelona this summer. Depay insisted he wants to play under Ronald Koeman again, with the latter having previously coached the former at the Netherlands national team. "Everyone knows that I have been negotiating with Barcelona for some time," Depay said, as quoted by Marca. "I want to play with Ronald Koeman. Now we have to wait, but there will be news soon."

Barcelona put Umtiti on the transfer market

FC Barcelona are looking to rebuild their squad ahead of the 2021-21 season, and Samuel Umtiti is among the players who could be shown the exit door this summer.

According to Marca, Barcelona have made it clear the Frenchman does not have a future at the club.

Leicester City emerge as potential destination for Coutinho

Leicester City have emerged as a potential destination for FC Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Barca are keen to offload Coutinho, and Leicester could snap up the attacker this summer, though they'd need to overcome competition from other sides, including Arsenal and Everton.

Juventus considering Griezmann as Ronaldo replacement

Juventus are considering FC Barcelona star Antoine Griezmann as a potential replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo has been linked with a move away from Juventus, and should the Portuguese leave the Italian side this summer, they could make a move for Griezmann, according to Calciomercato [via Marca], who also claim Barcelona are willing to allow the Frenchman to leave the club in order to get him off their wage bills.

Aleksander Ceferin terms Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus "children"

As reported by AS, in his latest interview, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has called ESL breakouts Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus "children".

He said, "I will just say that justice can sometimes be slow, but it always comes in the ends. I didn’t get into the disciplinary case but, as I see it, this is not a definitive situation."

Ceferin added, "First we will clarify the legal things and then we continue. Sometimes I get the feeling that these three clubs [Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus] are like children who skip school for a while. They are not invited to a birthday party and then try to get in with the police."

Barcelona contact Joachim Low

Barcelona have contacted former Germany coach Joachim Low to manage them from the start of next season.

Bild has revealed that the club contacted Low in March and coincidently (or not), Joan Laporta became Barcelona president on March 7.

Pique wants Haaland to come to Barcelona

"I have no idea, I hope that he (Haaland) comes [to Barcelona]," Pique said during a chat with YouTuber Ibai Llanos.

He added, "The great players should be with us, but that's a decision for the club to make. They will know."

Messi misses out on La Liga's 2020-21 player of the season

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak beat the likes of Lionel Messi to win La Liga's 2020-21 player of the season.

Depay refuses to speak of his future amid Barcelona and Juventus rumours

As reported by Mundo Deportivo, Depay said, "I know there is speculation, there always is. The world of football works like this and I am already used to living with this type of situation. But I’m not going to say anything more about my future.

The transfer market is very long and there is still time to go. Now my job is to prepare well for the Euros nothing more. The rest of the topics do not worry or distract me. I’m only focused on the game against Ukraine. I don’t want to talk about it, I just want to have a good tournament.

Pjanic wants Juventus return this summer

As reported by Sport, Miralem Pjanic wants to leave Barcelona this summer after a dry first season at the Camp Nou. He is aiming to return back to Juventus.

Xavi reveals his feelings about coaching Messi

On being asked about the Barcelona coaching job and training Messi, Xavi told AS, "I am always on the market. The club decided to continue with Koeman and I wish him the best. In these last four months."

Speaking about ambitions to coach Messi, he added, "What coach wouldn't want to train Messi? Who wouldn't want a joker up their sleeve like Leo, who can make the difference in 0.1 seconds? Physically he is still in good shape. He is still the best. It would be a huge privilege to coach Messi."

Messi's renewal offer is still pending to be sent to him

Marca report that Lionel Messi's new contract made by Barcelona is not yet officially sent to the player.

Laporta is said to be clear about the offer he wants to make to Messi. Barca will offer a two-year renewal with a 50 million euro gross salary per year, half of his current pay.

Then, there would be a 10-year offer for Messi to work as an ambassadorial for the club, which would see him earn ten million euros.

Xavi declares availability for Barcelona role

"I'm always on the market. I've been coach for two years and I have a very good relationship with [Barcelona president Joan] Laporta," Xavi said about his wish for Barcelona's coaching role at the presentation of the Xavi Hernandez Campus in Barcelona.

He added, "He decides, I have not been able to talk to him. They have decided to stick with Koeman and I wish him all the best. Whatever he has decided, I imagine it will be the best for the club. I'm always aware of what Barcelona are doing, I'm still very invested in the club, but in these three or four months I haven't had any contact with anyone on the board."

Haaland or Martinez?

Lautaro Martinez or Haaland reportedly remain the dream signings for Barcelona, but they will have to sell a lot for it to become a reality.

Barcelona approve Jules Kounde and De Ligt but it depends on Griezmann-Dembele sales

Mundo Deportivo have suggested that the departure of an expensive player, such as Antoine Griezmann or Ousmane Dembele, would allow the Blaugrana to spend on the signings of Jules Kounde and Matthijs De Ligt.

Depay to be announced on Friday

Sport reveal that Depay will become Barcelona's fourth signing after the arrivals of Aguero, Eric Garcia and Emerson.

However, the player's official presentation will happen after the Netherlands' Euro championship campaign.

Wolves want Carles Alena

23-year-old Barcelona academy pass out Carles Alena is reportedly up for sale and Sport report that Wolves are keen on bringing him to the Premier League.

Wolves have already brought in Nelson Semedo from Barcelona after paying 30 million euros plus 10 million in add-ons, but they would pay much less for Alena.

Valverde had a hard time talking to Messi: Lucas Digne

Former Barcelona left-back Lucas Digne spoke to L'Equipe in an interview and gave insight on the issues faced by Ernesto Valverde during his managerial stint at the Camp Nou.

Speaking about Valverde, Digne said, "I didn’t have any connection. He was not a good communicator and it was noticeable. He even had a hard time talking to Messi."

Frenkie De Jong is La Liga's most valuable player

Barcelona star Frenkie De Jong has been named La Liga's most valuable player based on future transfer potential with an estimated figure of €138m.

According to a survey from football transfer experts CIES, as reported via Mundo Deportivo, De Jong’s fee is calculated as an addition of his current value and his estimated future price based on performances.

De Jong's teammate Pedri is 7th on the list, with a predicted value of €133m.

Guardiola says Koeman is the ideal coach for Barcelona next season

Man City coach Pep Guardiola insists Ronald Koeman is the ideal coach for FC Barcelona. Joan Laporta had recently confirmed Koeman, who joined Barcelona ahead of the 2020-21 season, will continue as the manager of the club for the 21-22 season.

"He is the ideal coach for next season. I am very happy and the president [Joan Laporta] is convinced," Guardiola said at the Legends Trophy in Mallorca [via Marca]. "It has been a difficult year for everyone, and Ronald deserves another year, with fans in the stadium. Besides, the second years are always better."

Xavi reveals he turned down Barcelona twice

Xavi has explained why he twice turned down the chance to become Barcelona manager as he continues his coaching career in Qatar with Al Sadd.

The Barca legend was offered the chance to take over at Camp Nou twice in the last couple of years, and admitted he doesn't think it's the right time for him to take the hot seat in the dugout just yet.

He told La Vanguardia: "Fortunately or unfortunately I have said no to Barcelona twice, due to different circumstances, family, professional, contractual... And of course it was very difficult because I am a Barcelona fan, but it was not the [right] time."

Read the full article: Xavi Explains Why He Twice Turned Down the Chance to Become Barcelona Manager

Wijnaldum set to join PSG

Paris Saint-Germain have beaten Barcelona in the race to acquire Gini Wijanldum's services. According to Fabrizio Romano, the Liverpool midfielder has decided to join the Ligue One giants, who doubled Barcelona's contract offer.

Barca set to offer Moriba new contract

Barcelona are set to offer youngster Illaix Moriba a new three or four year contract, according to Marca. The youngster's current contract with the Catalan outfit expires in 2022, and Barca are said to be desperate to tie down him to a long-term contract.

Lenglet insists he will remain at Barcelona

FC Barcelona centre-back Clement Lenglet insisted he will remain at Barcelona next season. "I don't see myself leaving," he told Eurosport [via Marca]. "I signed a new contract last summer.

"I will be at Barcelona next season."

Arsenal wanted to sign Sergio Aguero before Barcelona

According to Aguero's father, Arsenal were interested in signing Sergio Aguero before Barcelona came calling.

“He didn’t know what was going to happen with his future,” Agüero Sr told Radio Le Red (via Daily Star) before adding, "There were several clubs interested in signing him. Arsenal were interested in him and Chelsea to the last minute. If he didn’t stay in England, it was going to be Italy or Spain.”

Messi's new £206m - 10 year Barcelona contract

Barcelona are not going to mess about with regards to the future of Messi and are readying a staggering 10-year contract.

According to reports in Spain, the 33-year-old will be handed a contract until 2031 as it will be feasible for Barcelona to manager finances in the long term.

Messi will reportedly earn around £206 million over the next four years, with the first two of those years while playing for Barcelona.

From 2023, it is proposed he would join David Beckham's Inter Miami where he will play for a further two seasons before retiring in 2025.

After that, Messi will take a position behind the scenes with Barcelona as a Strategic Partner and Club Ambassador.