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FC Barcelona News: 2 June 2019; Chelsea Join Philippe Coutinho Race

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Messi ends the season as the Champions League’s top scorer | Marca
Another Champions League season has ended without Barcelona getting their name on the trophy, but Lionel Messi ended as the tournament’s top scorer with his 12 strikes. The Catalans fell to the eventual champions, Liverpool, in the semi-finals in humiliating fashion, meaning Messi was unable to play in every round, though he still managed to play 10 of their 12 games.

Messi: “The day I no longer enjoy playing football is when I’ll retire” | Sport
Off the pitch, Messi has plans too. His “love at first sight” relationship with Antonella is fantastic but he admits he’d like a girl after three boys. ”The day I no longer enjoy playing football is the day I’ll retire.” But there’s no need to panic as Messi isn’t in any rush to hang up his boots. “I still enjoy every match and train as I did when I was a youngster.”

Chelsea eye Philippe Coutinho as Eden Hazard replacement | Football Espana
Chelsea could bid for FC Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho, as they look to replace talisman Eden Hazard this summer. With Hazard expected to complete a move to Real Madrid in the coming weeks, the Blues will be on the look out for a replacement, and the Brazilian international is reported to be on their list of targets.

Barcelona won’t splash out on Neymar | Marca
The Brazilian left some very good friends at the Camp Nou when he departed for Paris Saint-Germain two years ago, and he is a fashionable subject in Barcelona at the moment. The sport newspapers are speculating on a daily basis about his possible return to Catalonia, with Neymar often dominating across the front pages.

Rexach: I would not sign Antoine Griezmann for Barcelona | Sport
Antoine Griezmann isn’t creating a consensus at FC Barcelona. The Atletico Madrid forward says he’s leaving his club to play elsewhere, although his destination is unknown. From July 1 his release clause drops to 120m euros from 200m and Barcelona have been heavily linked with him, some saying a deal between the player and club is done.

‘Lacazette would do very well at Barcelona’ – Former Lyon boss likens Arsenal striker to Suarez | Goal
Alexandre Lacazette would do “very well at Barcelona”, says Claude Puel, with the former Lyon boss seeing similarities between the Arsenal striker and Luis Suarez. A move to Camp Nou has been mooted for the France international.