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FC Barcelona News: 1 April 2019; Lionel Messi still leads Golden Shoe race

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Messi still ahead in race for Golden Shoe | FC Barcelona

Lionel Messi continues to lead the race for the Golden Shoe, given to Europe’s top goalscorer. The Barcelona captain tops the standings with 30 league goals, ahead of Kylian Mbappe, Sampdoria’s Fabio Quagliarella, AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piątek and Sergio Aguero.

Barça’s move for Luka Jovic is starting to become more complicated | Sport

Barcelona’s move for striker Luka Jovic is reportedly “dead” at the moment because his club, Eintracht Frankfurt, are asking for too much money. The Spanish champions were willing to spend €60m but his price has gone up after interest from Paris Saint-Germain.

Gil Manzano will take charge of Barcelona-Atletico clash | Marca

Referee Gil Manzano has been appointed referee for Barcelona’s La Liga clash with Atletico Madrid on Saturday. Victory for Ernesto Valverde’s would all but seal the league title with seven games left to play.

Rodrigo Moreno is still on Barça’s wish list this summer | Sport

Valencia striker Rodrigo Moreno is still a target for Barcelona this summer. Ernesto Valverde is said to be a “huge fan” of the Spain international, and the club are “keeping tabs” on his current situation at Mestalla.

Inter linked to Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal | Football Espana

Inter Milan are being linked with a summer move for Arturo Vidal if they are unable to tempt Ivan Rakitic to the San Siro. The Chilean midfielder would be a cheaper alternative and is valued at €25m-30m, according to a report in Italian newspaper Tuttosport.

As Bayern’s interest cools, Barça have a free run at signing De Ligt | Sport

Bayern Munich have cooled their interest in Ajax defender Matthjis de Ligt, giving Barcelona a free run at the defender. The German champions are targeting his team-mate Hakim Ziyech instead, leaving just Barca and Juventus to battle it out for De Ligt.

Abidal held talks with player over signing for Barcelona | Sport Witness

Eric Abidal has already serious talks with Antoine Griezmann about signing for Barcelona, according to Mundo Deportivo. The Frenchman fancies playing at the Camp Nou next season and is said to be a “serious candidate” even though president Josep Maria Bartomeu knows he would not be a popular signing after last summer’s snub.

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