Coutinho back at training | FC Barcelona
The Wednesday workout included the welcome return of Philippe Coutinho, who joined in with part of the group activities as he battles to get over a hamstring injury in time for the weekend. However, Jean-Clair Todibo is feeling unwell and was excused from a session that also featured a strong Barça B presence in the form of Iñaki Peña, Moussa Wague, Oriol Busquets, Riqui Puig, Carles Pérez and Abel Ruiz.
De Jong shown around Barcelona by Patrick Kluivert | Marca
Frenkie de Jong and Patrick Kluivert met up in Barcelona, where the former Blaugrana striker showed the young Dutchman around the city.The 22-year-old midfielder, who has been in Catalonia the last few days, had the opportunity to unite with Kluivert, who was able to offer a few tips on the transition from Ajax to Barcelona, having made the same move via AC Milan in 1998.
Barcelona holding out for €25m as Cillessen agrees Benfica move | Goal
Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen has agreed a deal to join Portuguese champions Benfica, but negotiations over price are holding up the transfer. Goal understands that the Blaugrana are demanding €25 million (£22m/$28m) for the Netherlands international despite him having barely appeared for the first team over the past two seasons.
Cillessen: A substitute with starter’s numbers | Marca
If there’s one player in the Barcelona squad for whom Saturday’s Copa del Rey final means even more to than the rest, it’s Jasper Cillessen. It’s more than likely that this game will be his last for the Catalans but what’s more is that this competition has become his own during his time at the Camp Nou.
Rakitic: I’d love to have Griezmann on my team | Marca
After Antoine Griezmann made it clear he intends to leave Atletico Madrid this summer, a move to Barcelona has been atop the rumour mill and Blaugrana midfielder Ivan Rakitic is open to having the Frenchman move to the Camp Nou.
Manchester United intent on Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic | Football Espana
Manchester United are prioritising a summer deal for Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic and are prepared to pay €40m, according to reports. Diario Sport cites a report in the Express that United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘wants to rebuild’ his team and sees the Croatian midfielder as a key part of such a project.
Barcelona bid for Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez | Football Espana
Barcelona and Celta Vigo are in negotiations for the transfer of striker Maxi Gomez this summer, according to reports in Spain. Diario Sport cite a report in Radio Galega that Celta have rejected a €25m offer from the Blaugrana - half the striker’s release clause - as they are holding out for a €40m fee.