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FC Barcelona News: 21 July 2017; Neymar Saga Continues, Barca Renew Interest in Paulo Dybala

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Barça complete first two-a-day at the Red Bull Training Facility | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona crossed the Atlantic on Thursday, but the players most certainly haven’t been taken to the United States just to get a gentle summer break. There is work to be done, and after getting a good night’s rest at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel, Ernesto Valverde and his men were up bright and early for a 9.30am local time (3.30pm CET) training session at the Red Bull Training Facility in Whippany.

A familiar Juventus with a few new faces | FC Barcelona
The current Italian league champions Juventus are FC Barcelona’s first opponents on their US tour. La Vecchia Signora claimed their sixth scudetto in a row last season and coach Massimiliano Allegri can count on the majority of the squad that also reached the Champions League final in 2016/17, losing to Real Madrid in the final after having eliminated Luis Enrique’s Barça side in the quarter finals.

When and where to watch Juventus vs FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s American tour begins with a bang today when they face current six-time Serie A champions Juventus. It’s Ernesto Valverde’s first game in charge, and his reign opens with a real test against a side who did the domestic double in Italy as well as reaching the Champions League final.

Barcelona will leave Neymar's decision on future up to him, his father - source | ESPN
Barcelona have grown tired of the ongoing Neymar speculation and will leave a decision on the player's future up to him and his father, a source close to the Catalan club has told ESPN Deportes. Various reports this week have linked Paris Saint-German to a possible move for the Brazilian star, who has a release clause that would allow him to end his contract at Barcelona for €222 million.

The great Neymar debate: Should he stay at Barcelona or join PSG? | Eurosport
His achievements will always come with that caveat. For a player as talented as Neymar it must grate a little to be reduced to the role of supporting act. An outrageously talented supporting act but a supporting act all the same. It says much for their friendship that a subservient professional relationship has not boiled over.

Mascherano on Neymar: I hope he's here with Barcelona for many years | ESPN
Javier Mascherano has told ESPN FC that he still thinks Neymar can be Barcelona's future amid increasing reports that Paris Saint-Germain will pay the Brazilian's €222 million buyout clause. Media outlets in Brazil, Spain and France are now all reporting that talks between the forward's representatives and PSG are at an advanced stage, with RAC1 suggesting an agreement is 95 percent complete.

Report: Barcelona interested in Juventus forward Paulo Dybala | SportsMole
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has made Juventus forward Paulo Dybala his top summer transfer target, according to a report. The Argentina international enjoyed his most impressive campaign to date last time out, scoring 19 goals and setting up a further seven as Juve fell just short of winning the treble.

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho not for sale, says Jurgen Klopp | Sky Sports
Sky Sports News revealed on Thursday that Barcelona want to sign the Brazil international this summer and are willing to pay more than £70m. Coutinho pledged his future to Liverpool in January by signing a new five-and-a-half-year contract, with the deal including no release clause.

Sergi Roberto says he'll play 'wherever the coach asks' | FC Barcelona
Thursday morning in Whippany, New Jersey was a scorcher. Minutes following Barça’s first training session on U.S. soil during this, their 2017 summer tour in the United States, two players, still drenched in sweat as the midmorning temperature here continued to rise, emerged from the main building and sought refuge in one of the few slivers of shade available.

Josep Bartomeu expects Xavi Hernandez to manage Barca one day | ESPN
After winning 15 major titles at Barcelona, Xavi Hernandez is expected to return to the club and win some more -- as their coach. Speaking on Thursday during an interview at The Associated Press' headquarters, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu said Xavi is using his time at the Qatari club Al Sadd to prepare for a future role in Spain.

Belletti gives his verdict on new signing Semedo | FC Barcelona
One right back to another, Juliano Haus Belletti to Nélson Semedo; the hero of FC Barcelona’s second Champions League victory is now a Club ambassador during the tour of the USA and from there he gave his thoughts on Barça’s latest signing. “Nélson Semedo is a strong player with technical ability and I think Valverde will use him in a system that makes the most of his attacking abilities,” believes Belletti.

Jasper Cillessen says he's staying at Barcelona amid Crystal Palace links | ESPN
Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen says he will stay at the club despite reports claiming Crystal Palace are interested in signing the Dutch goalkeeper. Cillessen joined Barca from Ajax last summer but was restricted to just 10 appearances in his first year at the club, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen preferred ahead of him.

President Bartomeu speaks to the US media | FC Barcelona
Barça have only been in New York for a few hours and the local media is already buzzing. Josep Maria Bartomeu had a date first thing on Thursday morning with some of the biggest names in the US: Bloomberg, Associated Press, Forbes and New York Times.

See how Barça is managing its equipment on this year's U.S. tour | FC Barcelona
How entertaining would Barça be if they had nothing to play with? Football requires plenty of equipment, every piece of which plays a role in the team's training sessions and on game days. See how Barça is managing everything on this summer's tour in the U.S. and why having a special place just for the equipment is so important.

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