Ivan Rakitic ‘very happy’ at Barcelona, agent insists | Football Espana
The agent and brother of Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic insists the players is ‘very happy’ despite reported links of a move to Inter. 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 move for Matthijs de Ligt stalled by commission | Football Espana
Barcelona’s hopes of signing Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt have been hit by commission demands from his agent Mino Raiola, say Marca. The fresh report says the Italian super-agent is demanding a whopping €14m for the deal and has been at loggerheads with the Blaugrana over this sum.
‘Messi’s shadow is too much for some players’ - Argentina coach Scaloni sees downside to Barcelona superstar | Goal
Lionel Messi’s shadow “hangs over the pitch and might be too much for some of the youngsters”, says Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni. The South American nation are delighted to have an all-time great available to them.
Koeman the favourite with the bookies to replace Valverde at Barça | Sport
With the Liverpool loss still fresh among Barcelonismo, the bookies are already wondering who will be in charge at Camp Nou next season. Barça have not commented on it, although Ernesto Valverde did sign a one-year extension in February.
Barcelona looking at Filipe Luis as possible Alba backup - sources | ESPN
Luis is out of contract in the summer and available for free, which makes him an attractive proposition for Barca, who will look to use any money available to them to move for Matthijs de Ligt and Antoine Griezmann.
Jasper Cillessen close to Benfica move | Sport
Jasper Cillessen, Barcelona’s second goalkeeper, is one of the players who will leave the club this summer. The Dutch national team stopper has a lot of suitors and per A Bola, the Portuguese newspaper, he is close to a move to Benfica.
Pau López would cost Barça close to 35 million euros | Sport
“Pau, your foot shows us the way.” That phrase could be reead from a banner at Cornella-El Prat during a Copa del Rey game between Barcelona and Espanyol. The origin of the phrase is from the same month, when Pau Lopez stepped on Lionel Messi. Now goalkeeper Pau could be Messi’s teammate.