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FC Barcelona News and Transfers LIVE: Leicester Emerge as Potential Destination for Coutinho, and More

Mudeet Arora
Jun 14, 2021, 9:13 PM GMT+5:30
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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.

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.

Barcelona want Raheem Sterling to replace Ousmane Dembele

Sport report that Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling is interesting Barcelona. They say Barca are confident of being able to fund one big signing this summer after initially focusing on free agents.

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."

Ronald Koeman 'glad' Joan Laporta has given him support

Ronald Koeman said he is 'glad' Joan Laporta has given him the support after the FC Barcelona president confirmed the Dutch tactician will continue at the Catalan outfit for another season.

"I am relieved to say that my players and my staff can now fully focus on the new season, the last few weeks have been intense, but I'm glad the president has given me his support," Koeman wrote on Instagram. "Calm has now been restored and everyone's goal at the club remains the same, to build a winning Barcelona and to achieve success."

Sergi Roberto not considering Barcelona exit

Barcelona star Sergi Roberto isn't considering a possible departure from the club this summer, as reported by Marca. The Spaniard's contract at the club runs until June 2022 and while there are no updates on a new deal, Roberto himself is adamant to stay.

Roberto had a season filled with injuries which led to him dropping down the pecking order. He missed 37 matches in the 2020/21 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.”

Barcelona opens membership registrations

In a huge development, Barcelona's board wants to make it possible for any fan to become a member of the club without restrictions.

Barcelona to battle Manchester United for Gerard Moreno

The Blaugrana has entered the race to sign Villarreal hitman Gerard Moreno with Manchester United already chasing the Spaniard this summer.

According to a report from Spanish outlet Fichajes, Villarreal forward Gerard Moreno could be a man in demand in the upcoming transfer window, with him catching the eye of La Liga giants Barcelona.

Ansu Fati attends Spain's training session

Fati attended Spain's training session on Thursday. The Barcelona striker caught up with his teammates ahead of the Euro championship.

Cruyff gearing for new Barcelona role

Jordi Cruyff is looking forward to getting to work at Barcelona. He told Marca, “It’s like coming home. I also know this place very well and that will help me in my work.”

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.

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