Barcelona duo Ivan Rakitic and Samuel Umtiti are not considering leaving the club in the summer transfer window. Rakitic has attracted interest from Inter but has made it clear he wants to stay, while Umtiti is hopeful he can overcome his injury problems and regain his place in the team.
Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund are reportedly keen on bringing Malcom to Germany. The club need to sign a replacement for Chelsea-bound Christian Pulisic and have been following the Brazilian since his time in France with Bordeaux.
Ronald Koeman says Barcelona will not be distracted by their Champions League disappointment when they take on Valencia in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday. He said: “I don’t think Barcelona are distracted. Their players have a lot of experience and this squad has always shown that it has the desire to win titles. Lots of things can happen in a final. For me, Barcelona are favourites, but it’s not a foregone conclusion because Valencia have players that can cause an upset in 90 minutes.”
Barcelona want to sign a No. 9 this summer in order to give Luis Suarez a break. The club may also bring in Antoine Griezmann but also want a back-up striker after seeing the decisive performances of players such as Divock Origi and Fernando Llorente in the Champions League this season.
Valencia midfielder Dani Parejo has been talking about Sergio Busquets ahead of the Copa del Rey final. He told EFE: “[Busquets] has been a top player ever since he first started playing for the first team, and now he is being questioned. In this country we want to sacrifice or take negative things out of people and it should be the other way around.He should be always praised because I think it’s incredible how he understands and conveys [a certain style of] football.”
Barcelona decided against bringing in Adrien Rabiot on a free transfer this summer for a number of reasons. The Spanish champions felt his financial demands were too high, were not too impressed with his attitude and were also put off due to reported difficulties in dealing with his mother and agent Veronique.