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FC Barcelona News: 15 May 2019; Antoine Griezmann Rumors Intensify, Nelson Semedo Considering Options

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Griezmann confirms he is leaving Atletico Madrid as Barcelona rumours swirl | Goal
Antoine Griezmann has confirmed he is leaving Atletico Madrid in a video posted to the club’s official Twitter account. The France star only signed a five-year contract extension last summer, but has now said his time with the club will end after Saturday’s match against Levante.

Barcelona set to trigger Antoine Griezmann release clause after he announces Atletico Madrid exit | Sky Sports
Antoine Griezmann has told Atletico Madrid he will leave the club this summer with La Liga rivals Barcelona set to pay his £108m release clause, according to Sky sources. In a farewell message on the club’s website, the forward said: “It’s been an incredible five years; Thank you very much for everything, I take you in the heart.”

Griezmann can pick his club but Barcelona have Messi as bait | ESPN
The likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Inter and PSG could undoubtedly present their need for the brilliant, hard working, ambitious Frenchman who, until he announced his exit, was loved at Atleti. But Barcelona offer a special package. If the Catalans are willing to deposit his €130m buyout clause on July 1 and persuade Griezmann to reject other offers, then Messi is jewel in the crown.

L’Équipe reveals details of the contract Griezmann will sign with Barça | Sport
In France, they say Barça are in pole position ot land Griezmann and that they’ve offered him a five-year deal worth 17 million euros net per year. The base of the negotiations goes back to last year, when the Atletico forward turned down Barça and committed to the Madrid club via a documentary called The Decision.

Barcelona one step away from Matthijs de Ligt transfer | Marca
With Frenkie de Jong having already been signed, Josep Maria Bartomeu has returned to the Amsterdam giants to further bolster his squad, with a long-term successor to Gerard Pique required. There are no suggestions that De Ligt wouldn’t be involved straight away though, especially with the Blaugrana less than enamoured with the way Samuel Umtiti has progressed this season.

Semedo considering his future at Barcelona | Marca
Barcelona signed Nelson Semedo from Benfica in 2017 for a fee of 30 million euros, plus a further five million in add-ons, and the Portuguese defender has largely lived up to expectation since arriving at the Camp Nou, despite sharing right-back duties with Sergi Roberto.

Inter take step forward in their move to sign Barça’s Rakitic | Sport
The end of the Serie A season could be decisive for Ivan Rakitic’s future. Inter Milan are playing for one of the final two Champions League spots with Atalanta, Milan and Roma. It’s been a big week for Inter, who beat Chievo 2-0 in a key game on Monday. They sit third with one point more than Atalanta and four more than Milan and Roma with just two games to go.

Benfica and Barcelona at odds on Jasper Cillessen fee | Football Espana
It is said that the Eagles also tried to sign the Dutchman two summers ago but were deterred by his high salary although that is not thought to be an issue any longer. However, it now appears that instead it will be the transfer fee which will prove the sticking point on a deal, although it is not indicated what Benfica are willing to pay.

5 things to know about the 2019 Copa América | FC Barcelona
Between 14 June and 7 July the 46th edition of the Copa América will take place in Brazil. The competition includes 10 South American nations and two guest participants and will feature some of the best national teams in football. Who will be crowned champions? For that we will have to wait for the final in Rio de Janeiro but before we can take a look at what makes the tournament so attractive.

Barcelona aim to launch women’s team in United States - vice president | ESPN
Barca meet Lyon in the Women’s Champions League final in Budapest on Saturday but continue to seek other ways to invest in women’s football. The club are working on improving the academy sides which feed the first team, but have also re-opened talks to launch a women’s team in the U.S.