Valverde didn’t ask for this underachieving Barcelona, the board gave it to him | ESPN
Valverde was sold an ideal of Barcelona with the “MSN” trident. Less than two years after joining, he ended up with a cup final front three of Philippe Coutinho, Messi and Sergi Roberto; and then Malcom, Messi and Coutinho. He neither asked for, nor wanted, either Coutinho or Malcom -- and they cost the club the better part of €200 million.
Barça’s season, by the numbers | FC Barcelona
After falling to an unsavory defeat to Valencia in the Copa del Rey final, the season is finally over. Hence, it’s now time to review the stats produced by 10 months of football.
Leo Messi breaks 50 goals mark once again | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi had another landmark season in 2018/19, including a sensational scoring record. The Argentine found the net 51 times in his 50 official appearances, exceeding a half-century of goals for the sixth time in his career. He would claim both the Pichichi award and the European Golden Shoe as a result, as well as having reached 600 goals for Barça.
Senegal right-back Wague to be promoted to Barcelona’s first team | Sport
Moussa Wague will be one of the Barça B players promoted to the first team next season. The Sengal right-back has taken his opportunities when called up by Ernesto Valverde and convinced him he’s worthy of a place in the squad next year.
Barcelona defender Nelson Semedo wanted by Atletico Madrid | Football Espana
Atletico Madrid will negotiate for the signing of Barcelona full-back Nelson Semedo this summer, according to a report in Diario AS. The Portugal international has started less than half (36) La Liga matches since his arrival at the Camp Nou in the summer of 2017.
Barça stars on the international stage | FC Barcelona
The Copa America, European Nations Cup, Euro 2020 qualifiers, Women’s World Cup ... There’s plenty more action from our players to look forward to!
Barcelona’s Marc Cucurella joins Eibar permanently | Football Espana
Eibar have completed the permanent signing of Marc Cucurella from Barcelona in a €2m deal, the club have confirmed. However, whilst this has not yet been confirmed, it is expected that the Catalan giants will subsequently buy him back for €4m.
Barcelona move for Wolfsburg defender Jerome Roussillon | Football Espana
Barcelona are considering a move for Wolfsburg defender Jerome Roussillon this summer, according to a report in El Mundo Deportivo. The 26-year-old impressed for the Bundesliga club last season, making 31 appearances following a €8m switch from Montpellier the previous summer.
La Liga players ‘arrested on suspicion of match fixing’ | Eurosport
Sport and El Pais are among those to claim that a number of players have been detained – including Leeds United forward Samuel Saiz, on loan at Liga side Getafe – plus the president of relegated Liga club Huesca. Former Real Madrid player Raul Bravo, cited as the head of the organisation, is among those named. Borja Fernandez and Carlos Aranda, both once on Real’s books, were also arrested along with Deportivo’s Inigo Lopez.