Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli reportedly asked Lionel Messi’s advice about whether to bring on Sergio Aguero during the team’s win over Nigeria on Tuesday. Not long after asking Messi the Manchester City striker arrived on the pitch.
Barcelona are the top earners in world football when it comes to sponsorship. The Catalans earn $247 million a season through sponsorship deals which is more than Manchester United ($202m) in second place and Real Madrid ($200m) in third.
Arthur won’t play for Gremio again but will continue to train with the club so he is in peak condition when he arrives in Barcelona. The midfielder is due to fly to Barcelona at the start of July when his contract will be finalised and he will begin pre-season training with the squad.
Colombia coach Jose Pekerman has been talking about Yerry Mina’s struggles at Barcelona. He said: “I think he was affected by a poor match of the whole team, Barcelona were scored on several times by a team that usually doesn’t score so often. I’m sure that affected him and on top of that there are always other things on people’s minds because since he was a key player in Brazil, he chose Barcelona thinking the situation would be different.”
Rafinha’s father and agent Marzinho has told Inter Milan they’ve left it too long to sign his son. He said: “Milan was always our priority but time has run out We couldn’t afford to wait any longer, now it’s only right for us to look around. He loved it at Inter, he adapted immediately and the fans took to him with affection and enthusiasm.”
Sevilla defender Clement Lenglet will be Barcelona’s first summer signing. The club will activate his release clause at the beginning of July. Lenglet will be in Seville on Sunday to begin pre-season preparations and could tell the club then of his decision to leave.
Munir has been offered to French side Lille and Marseille are also said to be interested. The forward spent last season on loan at Alaves and Barcelona are willing to sell him this summer.