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FC Barcelona News: 12 August 2017; Ousmane Dembele Rumors Continue, Barcelona B End Preseason With Win

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Super Cup season in Europe | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s official season gets under way this Sunday at Camp Nou at 10.00pm CET when Ernesto Valverde’s team face Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup with the second leg to come on Wednesday in the Santiago Bernabéu. The campaign in Spain kicks off with a Clásico and in the other major leagues in Europe, several of the continent’s other top clubs have been in action in this traditional curtain raising fixture.

When and where to watch FC Barcelona v Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup first leg | FC Barcelona
The US Tour was great fun, and Gamper night was a wonderful occasion too, but on Sunday at 10.00pm CET, things start to get even more serious. The first official fixture of the 2017/18 season is the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup at the Camp Nou, and it brings together hot rivals FC Barcelona and Real Madrid for the second time already this summer.

Barcelona could still sign Ousmane Dembele, Dortmund CEO suggests | ESPN
Ousmane Dembele's transfer to Barcelona could still happen, Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has suggested. Dortmund said in a statement to the stock market on Thursday that they had turned down a first bid from Barcelona for Dembele, 20, reported to be €100 million. Dortmund are reported to be asking for around €130-150m for the France international.

Di Maria ‘in Barca’s sights’ | Football Espana
Angel Di Maria is reportedly “in Barcelona’s sights” as they look to capitalise on Paris Saint-Germain’s need to balance the books. According to Marca, despite relations between Barca and PSG being strained from Neymar’s world-record, €222m transfer to Parc des Princes, the Blaugrana see Di Maria’s arrival “with very good eyes”.

Barcelona turn to Eriksen after being warned off Coutinho | ESPN
Barcelona's search for Andres Iniesta's replacement could lead them to Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen now that their pursuit of Philippe Coutinho looks set to end in failure. Liverpool released a firm hands-off statement on Friday, warning Barca that Coutinho "will remain a member of Liverpool Football Club when the summer window closes."

'Nobody thought Neymar would leave' - €222m deal came as a surprise to Barca icon | Goal
Former Barcelona star Xavi says nobody expected Neymar to leave the club for Paris Saint-Germain.The Brazil international sealed a move to Ligue 1 last week after PSG smashed the world transfer record by activating a €222million release clause in the forward's contract.

Rakuten adorns the façade of the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
The Japanese company Rakuten has already made its mark on the Camp Nou. This week has seen advertising installed at the stadium for FC Barcelona’s new main global sponsor and Global Partner of Innovation and Entertainment. When fans arrive at the main stand they will now be greeted by a hoarding that reads ‘Believe in the future’, complete with images of stars such as Leo Messi, Luis Suárez, Gerard Piqué, Andrés Iniesta, and Ivan Rakitic.

Barça B 1-0 Lleida Esportiu: Preseason ends on a high note | FC Barcelona
A 51st minute goal from Marc Cardona split the teams as Barça B beat Lleida Esportiu in the last of their preseason fixtures. The reserves always looked the better team in an interesting game – and will probably feel that they deserved to win by a wider margin.