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FC Barcelona News: 12 June 2019; Pre-Season Start Date Announced, Barcelona Eying Fluminense Youngster

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The first team will begin pre-season on July 14 | FC Barcelona
The first team will begin pre-season training on Sunday, July 14. On that day, those players who have not taken part in the Copa América in Brazil will be required to attend the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despí. As usual in the first session back after the summer break, the players will complete several physical and medical tests before starting to do field work on Monday July 15.

When does the 2019-20 La Liga season start and end? | ESPN
The 2019-20 La Liga season is expected to kick off on the weekend of Saturday, Aug. 17. It is likely the opening match will be brought forward to the Friday night for television broadcast. The full fixture list for the new season is due to be published in the first week of July, though an exact date is yet to be confirmed.

Messi beats Ronaldo to be named world’s highest paid athlete | Goal
Lionel Messi has been named as the world’s highest paid athlete over the last 12 months, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, in the Forbes top 100 list. The Barcelona and Argentina star earned $127m in the last year – more than Juventus forward Ronaldo ($109m) in second place and Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar ($105m) in third.

FC Barcelona star Arthur Melo fit for Copa America | Football Espana
FC Barcelona midfielder Arthur Melo will be fit for the 2019 Copa America despite an injury scare. The former Germio man was substituted during Brazil’s 7-0 warm up friendly win over Honduras on June 9, however the player and the Brazilian FA have confirmed there is no major damage to his ankle.

Sources: Barca want €60m in sales by June 30 | ESPN
Barcelona hope to bring in at least €60 million in player sales before June 30 with the aim of balancing their accounts for the 2018-19 season, sources have told ESPN FC. Ernesto Valverde would like to add three or four new players to his squad this summer but has been warned that the club’s delicate financial situation dictates that players must be sold to allow others to join.

André Gomes and Cucurella are on the brink of leaving Barça | Sport
FC Barcelona are working on getting the unwanted players out of the club as the ramp up their search for new signings. The next two who are set to depart are Marc Cucurella and Andre Gomes. Barça will exercise their right to buy back Cucurella after his impressive performances for Eibar and he is expected to move to the Bundesliga.

Barcelona close to signing West Brom’s Louie Barry | Sky Sports
Sky Sports News understands West Brom are keen on keeping their prodigious talent, but fear a move to the Nou Camp may prove too tempting to turn down. The prolific striker, who has been at West Brom since he was six, has attracted the attentions of a host of top clubs after scoring 10 goals in five games for England U15s.

Barça are interested in 17-year-old Brazil sensation Joao Pedro | Sport
Joao Pedro Junqueira de Jesus, more commonly know as Joao Pedro, is one of the hottest prospects in Brazilian football right now. His goalscoring record in his native country has caught the attention of of anyone - including FC Barcelona’s Pep Segura.

Cillessen: “The transfer market is absolutely crazy right now” | Sport
Cillessen, who is wanted by Valencia and Manchester United amongst others, spoke to ‘Voetbal International’ about his situation. The keeper, who has a €60m buyout clause, is aware his current club won’t sell him on the cheap despite not being first choice at the Camp Nou.

FC Barcelona renews agreement with KONAMI, with Messi to appear on the cover of the new edition of eFootball PES 2020 | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and KONAMI announced today that they are renewing their relationship with a new Global Partnership agreement, whereby the digital entertainment firm behind the Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) series of videogames will be continuing its association with the Club for the next four years.