Barcelona are reportedly one of several clubs willing to pay Rodri’s €70 million release clause. The midfielder is expected to leave Atletico Madrid this summer and Manchester City, Bayern Munich and now Barca are all believed to be interested.
Manchester United are reportedly interested in Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen as David De Gea’s future at the club is in doubt. De Gea is in a contract stand-off with the Red Devils and could be sold with the club then considering using the funds to reinvest in the squad.
Former Dutch defender Jaap Stam thinks Matthijs de Ligt is a good fit for Barcelona. He said: “If you look at the squads: Barcelona, after losing to Liverpool, probably wants to strengthen their squad, especially in defence, if you ask me. The question is how they are going to solve that problem. I think that Matthijs de Ligt would be a good fit though. It will be great to see how he performs against better players in a better league, not just every few weeks, but every weekend.”
Real Madrid have beaten off competition from a number of top clubs, reportedly including Barcelona, to sign Luka Jovic from Eintracht Frankfurt. The Serbia international will move to the Santiago Bernabeu in a deal worth €60 million.
Barcelona have ambitious plans for their women’s team who will play in the Champions League final against Lyon on Saturday. Director Maria Teixidor said: “The women share the exact same identity as the men. We are Barca. It is about being the best club team in the world. We want everything, we want the league, we want the Copa de la Reina, Champions League, and we are focusing on doing lots of things that will make the women more visible to our fans all over the world.”
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has spoken of his pride at being awarded the Creu de Sant Jordi. He wrote on social media: “Many thanks for awarding me the Creu de Sant Jordi, I feel very proud to be recognised with a distinction that I really appreciate because of its importance in Catalan society.”