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FC Barcelona News: 8 April 2019; Ivan Rakitić Rumors Continue, Arsenal Continue Samuel Umtiti Chase

FC Barcelona v Club Atletico de Madrid - La Liga Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Barcelona can secure La Liga title before May | Football Espana
Barcelona could have wrapped up the La Liga title by May if they win their next four league games.Late goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi secured a 2-0 home win over Atletico Madrid at the weekend, giving Ernesto Valverde’s side an 11-point lead of Diego Simeone’s second place side.

Eight keys to Barcelona’s imminent title win | Marca
Barring a collapse of a kind never seen before in LaLiga Santander, Barcelona will lift another title this season as their recent win over Atletico Madrid has them 11 points clear of Los Rojiblancos. Their success this season has been built upon strong foundations, with eight main pillars elevating the rest of the team.

In final quarter hour, look out for Barça! | FC Barcelona
Barça’s win over Atlético on Saturday night, thanks to a pair of goals from Luis Suárez and Leo Messi, in the 85th and 86t minutes, was just the newest example of late-game heroics from the Catalans. In fact, just four days earlier they scored twice in second half injury time to salvage a draw at Villarreal.

Barcelona couldn’t compete with Man United to sign Pogba in 2016 - Bartomeu | ESPN
Josep Maria Bartomeu has told ESPN FC that Barcelona could not afford to compete with Manchester United to sign Paul Pogba when he left Juventus in 2016. Pogba and United face Barcelona in the Champions League at Old Trafford on Wednesday, but the France international could have been playing for the La Liga leaders had things worked out differently.

The lowdown on Manchester United | FC Barcelona
After a 2-0 defeat of Atlético Madrid left Barça within touching distance of the Liga title, Barça return to Champions League action 25 days after their spectacular 5-1 win over Olympique Lyonnais ensured passage into the last eight, and a trip north to Old Trafford to face Manchester United (Wednesday at 9.00pm CET). It’s a team that needs very little introduction, but are lowdown may teach you a few things you didn’t know about the Red Devils.

Emery refuses to give up hope on Arsenal signing Umtiti this summer | Sport
Arsenal manager Unai Emeru has spoken for the first time about the London clbu’s interest in signing Samuel Umtiti from FC Barcelona. In an interview with RMC Sports, Emery pointed out Umtiti’s quality as well as his own history of working with French players.

La Gazzetta dello Sport: Rakitic has said yes to Juventus | Marca
The future of Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic remains up in the air, given the imminent arrival of Frenkie de Jong from Ajax, and reports in Italy have suggested that the Croatian’s preferred destination is Juventus if he is to depart the Camp Nou.

COPE: Despite offers from elsewhere, Rakitic will stay at Barça | Sport
Ivan Rakitic will stay at FC Barcelona next season. Despite huge offers from all around Europe, notably from Italy, the midfielder will see out his existing deal at Barça. On Sunday ‘Gazzetta dello Sport’ claimed Rakitic was ready to accept a deal to join Juventus. However on Cadena COPE’s ‘El Partidazo’ programme it’s been revealed that the Croatian will stay for at least another season at the Camp Nou.

Philippe Coutinho denies giving an interview to the ‘Daily Mirror’ | Sport
Philippe Coutinho has denied ever taking part in an interview which has been reported by the ‘Daily Mirror’. The Brazilian forward, via his current club FC Barcelona, claims he hasn’t spoken to the British newspaper where they posted articles about his future as well as the upcoming match against Manchester United in the Champions League.

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