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FC Barcelona News: 21 June 2016; Lionel Messi ready for Copa América semifinal, Barça target on Man City radar

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Leo Messi and Javier Mascherano are one win away from a second straight berth in a Copa América final. On Tuesday evening at 9.00pm ET (3.00AM CET on Wednesday) Argentina take on the United States in Houston, Texas. The USA, this year’s hosts, will attempt to throw the brakes on the FC Barcelona striker, who has scored four goals in the competition thus far. Messi is currently sitting on 54 career goals with Argentina and is one strike from taking the all-time lead.

“We are not scared,” said United States national team manager, Jürgen Klinsmann, drawing comparisons with his side’s total shutdown of Messi’s Portuguese nemesis in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup.

Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets claims the €18m being asked by Celta Vigo for midfielder Nolito would be a good deal for his club. Busquets is the latest to urge Barca to make the deal happen this summer, and claims his Spain teammates’ buy-out clause is a snip.

The Spaniards take on Croatia in Bordeaux on Tuesday night, and Pique is hoping to add further clean sheets in the rest of the competition to the ones achieved in the Group D victories over the Czech Republic and Turkey.

Although the Catalans have reached an agreement to sell 60 per cent of the defender’s rights to Cruzeiro for €2m, Douglas does not want to go back to South America as he is intent on getting Spanish citizenship, which requires a three-year stay in the country.

Manchester City have tabled a reported €21.5m bid for Barcelona target Gabriel Jesus. One World Sports report that City have lodged the offer with Brazilian club Palmeiras for the 19-year-old striker, who is considered one of the most exciting young talents in world football.

Sergio Busquets is confident Barcelona team-mate Neymar will continue with the Catalan giants, despite persistent rumours linking him with a big-money exit from Camp Nou.

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