Two years or ups and downs for Valverde | Marca
It’s exactly two years to the day since Josep Maria Bartomeu announced that Ernesto Valverde would become the new coach of Barcelona. In those two years, there have been plenty of highlights, such as the back-to-back league titles, and a number of low points like the Roma debacle and the collapse against Liverpool.
Bartomeu puts Griezmann’s signing on ice | Marca
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has no intention to signing Antoine Griezmann for the moment at least as he is aware of the complexity and risks of such a transfer. The Frenchman recently announced his decision to depart Atletico Madrid, with his release clause dropping on July 1 from 200 million euros to 120m euros.
Barcelona target Valencia duo Dani Parejo, Rodrigo | Football Espana
Barcelona want to sign Valencia captain Dani Parejo and striker Rodrigo Moreno this summer, according to Super Deporte. The Valencia-based outlet claims the Blaugrana want a double swoop for the players who were instrumental in the Copa del Rey final victory over Ernesto Valverde’s side.
Cilessen: “The fact Barça are asking for 60 million euros doesn’t help” | Sport
Jasper Cillessen is desperate to move on this summer but it isn’t going quite as smoothly as he would’ve liked. Barça are demanding a certain fee and until that is reached, they won’t let the goalkeeper go. ”The fact Barça are asking for 60 million euros doesn’t help. I’m still relaxed about it. We just need to wait and see,” the stopper told VTBL.
Ivan Rakitic begins his summer holiday earlier than expected | Sport
With LaLiga over, the Copa del Rey final loss to Valencia and being knocked out of the Champions League, Ivan Rakitic only had two matches with Croatia left before his season was officially over. However he picked up an injury in training and now won’t represent his country against Wales and Tunisia.
Barcelona need Neymar back to win Champions League again, claims Brazil legend Rivaldo | Goal
Rivaldo believes his former club Barcelona need to re-sign Neymar to win the Champions League again – as he backed the star to help Brazil take the Copa America title “with a certain ease”. Neymar is with the Selecao ahead of friendlies with Qatar and Honduras in preparation for Group A games against Bolivia, Venezuela and Peru on home soil.
Toe Poke Daily: Obama’s message for Messi - ‘Few people achieve great things on their own’ | ESPN
Former United States President Barack Obama is currently in Bogota, Colombia to speak at the EXMA marketing and business conference. Ahead of that, he somewhat bizarrely broached the subject of Messi’s shortcomings with Argentina.
Spain match-fixing detainees to face judge | ESPN
The Spanish police conducted raids in five cities -- Huesca, Malaga, Valladolid, Madrid and A Coruna -- on Tuesday as part of an investigation into suspected match-fixing in the country’s top three divisions. The ongoing police operation named “Oikos,” follows an investigation by a court in Huesca.