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FC Barcelona News: 25 March 2019; Ivan Rakitic Set for Barcelona Stay as Matthijs de Ligt Chase Continues

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Ousmane Dembele training harder than anyone to regain match fitness | Sport 360
AS reports that the former Borussia Dortmund player is fighting hard to ensure that he will be fit in time to take on United. Rafinha, Luis Suarez and Dembele were the main attendees at the training facilities last week during the international break. Among them, Dembele was the only player who trained full-time every single day.

Ivan Rakitic set to stay at Barcelona this summer | Football Espana
Ivan Rakitic looks set to remain at Barcelona this summer on the insistence of Coach Ernesto Valverde, according to Diario AS. The Croatian international’s current deal at the Camp Nou runs through until the summer of 2021 although Barca signed midfielders Arturo Vidal and Arthur Melo last summer and have a deal to sign Frenkie De Jong from Ajax this summer.

Barcelona ‘offensive’ for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt | Football Espana
The 19-year-old has been the captain of the Amsterdam-based club for over a year and has starred for club and country. Widely regarded as one of the best upcoming talents in world football, the central defender is set to command a €75m fee from Ajax.

Barça: Todibo could be included in the deal for De Ligt | Sport
Ajax are well aware of Barça’s interest in the 19-year-old De Ligt. As such, the conversations have been direct and to the point after the two sides agreed to work together during the De Jong transfer. Barça have decided to offer another young centre back in exchange - on a temporary basis - in the form of Jean Clair Todibo, who is of interest to Ajax.

Barcelona to scout striker Luka Jovic for Serbia | Football Espana
Barcelona transfer gurus Eric Abidal and Ramon Planes will scout striker Luka Jovic in tonight’s match between Portugal and Serbia, say El Mundo Deportivo. Last week, The Guardian reported the Catalan club are prepared to pay €50m for the Eintracht Frankfurt striker while Abidal, Planes and Pep Segura also watched him for his club in the Europa League win over Inter.

CD Ebro 0–1 Barça B: Superb away win! | FC Barcelona
Despite being without a number of players because of international commitments, Barça B managed their first away victory of 2019 against CD Ebro (0-1). A Monchu goal just before the break, together with an inspired performance from Iñaki Peña, who saved a penalty in the second half, earned the blaugranes the three points.

Samper to MARCA: I feel like a footballer again | Marca
One week after making his debut with Japanese side Vissel Kobe, Sergi Samper has given an insight into his motives for the move, his future plans and how it feels to be playing again after failing to establish himself in the Barcelona first team.

1999: Man United’s miracle at Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
The Camp Nou has been the stage for some of the greatest moments in football history. But one of the most spectacular involved not FC Barcelona but our next European rivals, Manchester United. It was here, in the 1999 Champions League Final, that the Red Devils produced what many regard as the most remarkable late comeback that the game has ever seen.

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