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FC Barcelona News: 19 July 2018; Preparations Continue for New Season, CSKA Reject Alexander Golovin Offer

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Preparations continue | FC Barcelona
Training continued for the first team at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. During the morning session on Thursday, the only one of the day, every available player was put through their paces on pitch seven. Rafinha and Samper did specific work. As preparations intensify and the first games of pre-season draw nearer, Ernesto Valverde’s men will return for a double training session on Friday, July 20.

Two great comebacks against Boca Juniors | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will once again be facing Boca Juniors in the traditional season opener at the Camp Nou, the Joan Gamper Trophy. This will be the sixth time that the Argentinian giants have featured at the event, equalling the record held by PSV Eindhoven (excluding ourselves, of course, who always appear!).

Ernesto Valverde examines Barcelona academy La Masia | Sport
Not even the distance between the top flight and Segunda B is seen as an unjumpable gap; if the player has high level of talent and has been taught correctly, he can have his role in the squad. That is how Valverde sees it, who has been ‘casting’ young players in the last few days. The coach is giving chances to an open group - Cuenca is the only player who has been in all the sessions.

Barca offer Dembele plus cash for Hazard | Football Espana
Barcelona have made a cash plus Ousmane Dembele to land Chelsea star Eden Hazard this summer, according to Onda Cero. The report, which is cited in Diario Sport, claims the Catalan giants are willing to send the France international to Stamford Bridge in order to secure Hazard.

Russia: Barcelona have offered 30 million for Alexander Golovin | Sport
According to newspaper, Barcelona offered CSKA 30 million euros for the star. They had been talking to the Russian club during the tournament, but CSKA rejected the offer. They do not want to sell the playmaker.

Barcelona, Man City & Bayern told ‘insane’ offers won’t land De Jong & De Ligt | Goal
Barcelona, Manchester City and Bayern Munich have been advised to not waste their time lodging bids for Ajax starlets Frenkie de Jong, Matthijs de Ligt and Donny van de Beek. Goal revealed back in June that 21-year-old midfielder De Jong has emerged as a top target for those at Camp Nou.

Marlon is on Lyon’s radar | Marca
Barcelona sent centre-back Marlon on loan to Nice last season and he played so well with the Ligue 1 side that French giants Lyon are now said to be closely monitoring him. Marlon isn’t in the Catalan club’s plans for the 2018/19 season and he is one of the players they are looking to move on this summer.

The tickets for the Joan Gamper Trophy are on sale from today | FC Barcelona
Today the tickets go on sale for the 53rd edition of the Joan Gamper Trophy, which will be held on Wednesday, August 15 at 6.15pm CEST. The match against Boca Juniors, who have already played in this competition on five previous occasions, will once again be the starting point for the new season and will see the official presentation of the 2018/19 Barça squad.

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